Online Travel in India

Expected to reach $2 billion by 2008, the online travel industry in India is attracting a number of national and international players – at less than 5% of the total industry, the potential seems enormous. According to a report by PhoCusWright, the online travel industry grew at 126 per cent from a base of $295 million in 2005 to $796 in 2006. In 2007, it is expected to record a 66 per cent growth to be a $1,325 million industry and by 2008, it will grow at 51 per cent to be a $2,004 million (around $2 billion) industry.

Moreover, the air passengers in the country increasing from 22.788 million in 2005 to 32.172 million in 2006 is both a result of the launch of a number of Low cost airlines, and testimony of a fertile economy making air travel within grasp of the average Indian. However, take a look at the bigger picture – In 2006, India attracted 4.43 million foreign tourists; the same year, around 350-400 million domestic tourists are estimated to have travelled around the country, and the still to be tapped potential in the industry jumps out.

The way forward?

  • An increasing emphasis on train and road bookings – According to Applied Travel Intelligence, online car rentals and bus reservations will be an $80 million business by 2008. A couple of players in this field are Redbus and Ghumo. Indian railways, estimates 40,000 tickets sold daily over the Internet, and estimates it to touch Rs. 1,400 crore in 2007-08.
  • An increased emphasis on services at the destination of travel.
  • More social elements – MakeMyTrip has Oktatabyebye, Travelocity has IgoUgo, Yatra has Raahi. Think social networking?
  • Offline arms to help with visa processing, etc. and online kiosks – Ezeego1, Yatra and MakeMyTrip have already started.
  • Bookings via the mobile.
  • I wonder if there is a possibility for segmentation here as well – say specialised travel portals for women travellers, or for religious trips, etc.
  • Fare prediction engines such as Farecast or Flyspy.

I can remember the time when I used to scour through all the airlines websites, to book a ticket – then came the travel portals, and now the metasearch engines. Here’s a list of each:

Airlines

Air Deccan, IndiGo, Go Air, Spicejet, Jet, Kingfisher, Indian, JetLite, Paramount Airways, Indus Air

Travel portals

Arzoo, Yatra, Travelocity India, Ezeego1, Makemytrip, Travelguru, Cleartrip, Ghumo, Via (formely FlightRaja), Indiatimes Travel

Metasearch portals

Zoomtra, Yahoo Farechase, Rediff Faresearch, iXiGo, Mobissimo

Coming up

Expedia India

World’s 10 Most Popular Travel Destinations

Planning well and purchasing travel insurance are two ways to get the best out of any of the exciting destinations below:

France 

With a whopping 19 million more visitors in 2009 than it’s nearest rival, France is the undeniable destination of choice for international tourists. Paris’ image as the city of love, and iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees are no doubt major draw cards. World renowned wine regions like Bordeaux and internationally recognised sporting events like the Tour de France and French Open tennis also put France centre stage. Over 74 million tourists visited French shores in 2009.

United States of America 

With so much popular culture emanating from the US, it’s no surprise that people want to go and see the real thing. Indeed just under 55 million tourists visited the United States of America in 2009. New York and it’s Statue of Liberty, Los Angeles and the movie capital of the world, Hollywood, stand out as major attractions.

Spain 

Northern Europeans flock to Spain to enjoy its warmer weather, when it is cold at home. Beautiful beaches and a nice climate are two attraction. The running of the bulls in Pamplona is another. Don’t forget to try a lovely seafood paella. Fifty-two million people made their way to Spain in 2009.

China 

As China has opened up to the world, visitors have flocked there. It’s no surprise, with unique attractions such as the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors. Over 50 million people visited China in 2009.

Italy 

Rounding out the top five is Italy, with 43 million visitors in 2009. Historical Roman ruins, beautiful artwork from famous painters such as Michelangelo, amazing cities like the waterborne Venice topped off with Italy’s delicious pasta and pizza make this country a popular choice.

United Kingdom 

Steeped in tradition, landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle continue to draw the crowds. Premier League Football is a major draw for some, while others prefer the village experience in the quaint English countryside.

Turkey 

Turkey, where east meets west, contains many important relics from the great Ottoman Empire. Aegean and Mediterranean resorts are also popular with visiting holidaymakers. Turkey’s explosive growth as a tourist destination has seen it become the seventh most popular in the world, with 25 million visitors in 2009.

Germany 

Now a united country, the divided past draws many curious visitors to the previously partitioned Berlin. Oktoberfest in Munich is a must for serious beer lovers. Hearty and delicious meals of German sausage and sauerkraut can be found in many town pubs. Over 24 million sampled Germany’s delights in 2009.

Malaysia 

Malaysia is certainly open for tourism. With more developed infrastructure than some other neighbouring South East Asian nations, Malaysia can be enjoyed in comfort. Kuala Lumpur’s striking Petronas Twin towers signify Malaysia’s development, while it’s beautiful islands and cool highland retreats highlight the wonderful natural experiences on offer. Visitors in 2009 totalled over 23 million.

Mexico 

Over 21 million people visited Mexico in 2009. A popular destination for those in Latin America, Mexico offers Aztec, Mayan and Olmec ruins for the historically inclined, and beautiful beach resorts for other types of holiday makers.

Cheap Travel Insurance should be booked in along with your airline ticket, when visiting any of these great destinations.

Time Travel Exotica

Travel and time, they go together. When you travel you take time, whether for business or pleasure or both there has to be time. If you are traveling for pleasure it takes some freedom doesn’t it and money. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to travel wherever you choose, in a moments notice, maybe to an exotic location in the blink of an eye? Read on….

Did you know?

In the past week many of my associates have heard about how people are not traveling because of the economy. Do not believe these comments. The travel and tourism industry and the manner in how I will show you how to apply my secret… “Time Travel Exotica” principal right now is stronger than ever. The travel and tourism industry continues to be a multi-trillion dollar worldwide business. It is almost its own mini-economy.

Here are some interesting facts!

“Cruise spending is up in a down economy in destinations visited by cruise line-members of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

Cruise tourism boosted revenues for ports and businesses in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean in one of the gloomiest financial years since the Great Depression, according to an FCCA-commissioned study from Business Research and Economic Advisors.

BREA reported that FCCA-regional cruise tourism in 2008-2009 generated more than $2.2 billion in direct expenditures, 56,000 jobs and $720 million in employee wages among 29 destinations surveyed.

“This certainly is wonderful news, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Michele M Paige, FCCA president, told association members attending the 16th Annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s Conference and Trade Show in St Lucia. “FCCA members are known for seeing opportunities — not obstacles.”

FCCA Chairman Micky Arison agreed. “No industry is recession-proof, but the cruise industry traditionally has been recession-resistant,” said Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.

The new study analyzed spending by passengers, crew members and cruise lines in destinations ranging from the Caribbean islands, Mexico, Central America and South America, said Andrew Moody, Ph.D., president of the Exton, PA-based research group. Among BREA’s findings:

Cruise passengers (17.56 million) spent $1.71 billion in 29 participating destinations. An average of 52 percent of passengers bought shore excursions, generating $328 million in total payments to tour operators. Passengers also bought watches and jewelry ($634 million); clothing ($168 million) and other goods and services ($164 million).

Crew members (3.24 million) spent nearly $289 million in the 29 destinations, mostly for clothing, food and beverages, as well as jewelry, electronics, perfumes and cosmetics.

Cruise lines spent an estimated $279.9 million in participating destinations for port fees and taxes, utilities, navigation services and ship supplies.

“These expenditures have a direct impact on local employment and wages,” Moody said. “Local businesses… create additional jobs and income.”

BREA-surveyed destinations included Antigua & Barbuda; Aruba; The Bahamas; Barbados; Cayman Islands; Curacao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Jamaica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Maarten; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos and US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean; Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Ensenada and Huatulco in Mexico; Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America, and Cartagena, Colombia, in South America.

Paige noted that polled passengers said they enjoyed their cruises, a strong indication that they are likely to cruise again in the region and spend money.”

So as you can see… the travel and tourism industry is transcending much of what other industries are experiencing.

Now, I bet you would like the answer to the question, how to apply my “Time Travel Exotica” principal right now? That is to be able to have the money, the freedom, the time and ability right now, to travel to an exotic location of your choice? Simple!

Travel Ventures International! Before I learned about TVI my Time Travel Exotica principal was only a dream… now its a reality.

TVI has entered North America July 2009 and is growing leaps and bounds. The team of which I am proud to be one of the leaders, TVI World Team, is the most productive in North America. I am racking up travel faster than you can say, “board the boat!” Truthfully, many have joined our team primarily not for the travel only but for the compensation plan. As you will see… instead of spending the high dollars on advertising like most companies do, they decided to use the power of the three megatrends to advertise their company.

Those three megatrends are:

Travel and Tourism
The Internet and
The Home Based Business Phenomenon

This allows regular folks to become agents of the company, not only to network advertise but at the same time, be compensated with the outstanding TVI Travel and Earn program.

Whatever way you stack it, it is the perfect vehicle to apply my “Time Travel Exotica” principal because it allows me or anyone else, in the blink of an eye, right in the comforts of their own home, to book an exotic vacation from their TVI Backroom without spending a dime out of their own pocket. Not only that but while using a selection of locations that would suit a prince and getting paid for it handsomely at the same time.