Creative Travel’s Deputy Managing Director, Rajeev Kohli, has played an important role in SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Executives) and other bodies, and recently spoke at the IATO (Indian Association of Tour Operators ) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. , where he offered some interesting suggestions for coping with these crucial moments. Rajeev’s father, Ram Kohli, founded Creative Travel and himself headed IATO, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) and other organizations in the travel and tourism industry.
Rajeev has used these COVID days to learn more about his own home country. He’s been rafting, visiting cultural attractions, and basically doing things he didn’t seem to have time for before. It’s his prediction that everyone just has to get used to living with this coronavirus as more and more variants keep coming. He thinks travel will start to pick up again this year, while adding that the government also needs to realize that the loss of revenue is at a point where it is too much for those still lucky enough to be in business to bear. . He said:
2022 will be a better year than the previous one, simply because it has to be.
Of course, not everyone involved in the struggling travel industry holds the same or even similar views on how the industry will shape in 2022. The range of varied opinions and ideas ranges from optimism to total pessimism in these uncertain times.
Sayaji Hotels Managing Director Raoof Dhanani believes that overall the hospitality industry has changed 180 degrees since COVID, and with the new year comes new hope, new dawn and new light. He sees a big upturn in traffic and an increase in demand through the innovative use of technology, which he believes will play a much bigger role in the industry.
Travel Spirit’s managing director, Jatinder Taneja, who is also active in PATA, says it’s difficult to predict 100% what will happen in the coming year, but he remains in constant contact with other industry leaders in the market and is confident. that domestic travel will continue to grow. He said the cultural and natural tours offered by his company show good prospects and it is important to keep a close eye on current trends.
Travel bureau general manager Sunil Gupta believes that high-end domestic travel will continue to grow, as will domestic travel in general. He believes, however, that international tourism will be a big challenge, saying overseas tours may have to wait until 2023 to make a comeback. He believes the domestic MICE industry, including weddings and events, will begin to pick up in April this year and sees better air connectivity as the engine that will significantly boost domestic travel.
What awaits the Indian travel and tourism industry will play out in the days to come, as it does for everyone in the industry globally, in this new life in the face of COVID.