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Think Strawberries celebrates anniversary along with rapid growth, client retention and market expansion

New Delhi, June 23rd, 2016: Think Strawberries is a leading travel representation company offering sales, marketing, public relation and media services in India and the Middle East. The company is a uniquely positioned, dynamic venture of some of the finest, most high profile travel professionals, along with a talent pool of handpicked senior achievers from the top corporates. It's aim is to provide a differentiated edge, aligned to cross-industry best practices, as its the only company offering 360-degree travel representation services.

The company also offers digital marketing and planning, communication and creatives, travel trade events and exhibitions and overall brand development services.

Think Strawberries was founded with the combined vision and idea of its co-founder, Amit Kishore, and a board of international travel experts to create a new kind of enterprise; one dedicated solely to be a market and thought leader in the travel representation business. Over the last 10 years, digital, social, and mobile technologies have changed how and how much people travel. The result of this transformation is a new era in travel where India has become the global travel giant. India is currently the world’s fastest growing outbound market and in absolute numbers it is second only to China. It is predicted that India will account for nearly 30 million outbound tourists by 2018.

“We built Think Strawberries to channel the India outbound market which is on an upward surge. Tourism boards, theme parks or hotels, are all looking to invest in India’s outbound traffic and we are there to define their business and its opportunities in the Indian market. Our goal and vision is finding shape thanks to our customers and partners, who, like us, seized the opportunity to put Think Strawberries on top of the pile. The vision of our company is to continue to innovate and grow in the travel space," says Amit Kishore, co-founder, Think Strawberries.

Munnmunn Marwah, COO, Think Strawberries, comments, "Our success is testament to Think Strawberries innovation, client-centric philosophy, which is supported by outstanding teams for sales, marketing and PR. In the structure of people, process, and technology, we have become the leader which have provided critical foundation to our future successes."

THE THINK STRAWBERRIES SUCCESS STORIES

Think Strawberries has been representing Taiwan Tourism Bureau since 2011, and Taiwan has shown a tremendous growth from 18,000 passengers in 2011 to 32,000+ passengers in 2015. This has resulted in more China Airlines flights between India and Taiwan.

Jordan Tourism Board has been with Think Strawberries since 2014, and till April 2016 the numbers have been very positive.

Maldives is another success story – they have signed with Think Strawberries for the third year consecutively in 2016, and the numbers to Maldives are registering a 14-16% growth year on year.

Yas Island and Ferrari World are with Think Strawberries since 2015 and continue to be best-sellers in the Indian market.

"We deliver where it counts – if you are a destination, your numbers will increase; if you are a hotel, we promise increase in room nights and if you are a theme park, we will increase your ticket sales -- we believe in hard-core sales and all our marketing and PR activities tie in with this ultimate goal. The company has succeeded in positioning itself as a model for the travel industry in India and the sub-continent, as well as in expanding its operations to several other parts of India and abroad; and in consolidating a world class corporate culture," says Marwah.

ITQ appoints Taruna Soni as Head Marketing & Communications

New Delhi May 30, 2016: Taruna brings with her more than 15 years of rich experience in marketing and communications. Previously she was engaged as the Communication and Brand Manager at SAFRAN, a leading international high-technology group. During her innings at SAFRAN, she has successfully executed multiple well-planned strategies to create brand awareness and its positioning through active offline media usage and online engagement. Her initiatives to strengthen brand position in the market were met with great achievements.

In her professional journey she has moved from success to success by inclining her processes with insight into the customers' thought process. She has done masters in dual specialization – International Business & Marketing from Institute of Management Technology. She joins InterGlobe Technology Quotient to take up yet another challenge of establishing and creating unmatched brand value.

TrawellTag Cover-More conducts ‘Travel Agents Engagement Programme’ in Bengaluru

 Posted on 6 Aug, 2015

TrawellTag Cover-More, the market leaders in travel ancillary services like global, medical and concierge assistance, luggage tracking and travel insurance conducted itsTravel Agents Engagement Programme (TAEP) in Bengaluru on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The programme was conducted exclusively for travel agents in Bengaluru and the daylong conference was spread over two sessions, morning and evening respectively. Held at ITCMy Fortuneand Taj Vivanta, this TAEPaimed at enhancing the product knowledge, upsell skills and updating the fellow agents about the recent market trends. This successful programme has already been held at several major cities in India like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Indore, Vizag, Pune, Hyderabad and now in Bengaluru.

The Travel Agent’s Engagement Programme is a highly successful internationally acclaimed programme. It is to be a productive step towards achieving higher quality of travel ancillary sales and also help increasing penetration and improving cross selling skills among travel agents.

Speaking on the occasion, Dev Karvat, Managing Director, TrawellTag Cover-More, said, “We are glad to see enthusiastic participation of the travel agents of our fraternity, who are self-motivated and constantly aspiring to better their overall skills and understand and follow the market inclinations.

Tripda celebrates World Environment Day by offering free rides to its patrons

 Posted on 7 June, 2015

Tripda, India’s leading carpooling website is offering free rides with 100 per cent cashback from 5th June to 8th June, 2015, to mark World Environment Day. The carpooling offer is applicable for the Delhi-Chandigarh and Mumbai-Pune highway routes.

Nitish Bhushan, Asia Manager, Tripda commented, “It has been a great journey so far for Tripda in India. Carpooling is definitely becoming mainstream - both inter-city and intra-city. With close to 100,000 rides offered on our platform, India has emerged as one of our largest markets, and we will continue to push on some of our key routes like Mumbai-Pune and Delhi-Chandigarh along with expanding to new ones. We thought the World Environment Day is a great opportunity to further spread the message about benefits of carpooling.”

The carpooling website has garnered immense popularity as well as reliability in the country. It has till date offered 90,000+ rides and 2,50,000+ seats and has covered over 400 cities pan-India. Its unique initiative to celebrate the World Environment Day, will further enhance its brand visibility in the market and will increase the awareness of this concept among the people of India.

Travelport’s Student of the Year brings talented candidates to the industry

 Posted on 26 May, 2015

A panel of judges Kapil Kaul, CEO-South Asia, CAPA India, Geeta Jain, CEO-India, Carlson Wagonlit and Dr M Sajnanai, Director, Amity Institute of Travel & Tourism identified the Student of the Year among five finalists of this year’s contest. The contest aimed at creating talent for the travel industry and encouraging academy students to reach standards of high excellence in the Travel and Tourism space. Targeted at for students from travel institutes, the selection process was started on 01 March, while the final round took place on 25th May at the Ibis Hotel at Aerocity, New Delhi.

Benefiting students who were keen to pursue a career in the travel and tourism space, the selection process for the Student of the Year program was open to all travel institutes associated with ITQ the selection process beginning on 01 March 2015 had over 80 students participating. Selected candidates from each institute underwent numerous elimination rounds, thus permitting the panel of experts to shortlist the top five students for the final round. Each of the five finalists under-went a presentation and Personal Interaction session with the respected panel of judges.

Anil Parashar, President & CEO, InterGlobe Technology Quotient said, “We are very pleased to have this event for the second year running. We wish to create a platform for these students wherein they can showcase their mettle. We would like to expand this for travel industry by creating a talent pool which can benefit all. The travel industry is growing and so is the enthusiasm of travellers at being more educated about their travel, therefore the need of the hour is to have well qualified professionals serving them.”

Sandeep Dwivedi, Chief Commercial Officer, InterGlobe Technology Quotient said, “We are extremely delighted that we had more than 80 students who participated in this year’s student of the year program. The objective of this program is to provide skill sets and knowledge base to students who are keen to be part of the travel industry. By undertaking this venture we are enabling them to be a part of travel industry and broaden their horizon.”

Travelport Universal API launches in India

Travelport, a leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, today announces the launch of its ground-breaking Travelport Universal API (Application Programming Interface) to developers in India. Over the course of this week, Travelport has delivered a number of customer workshops in Delhi (23rd & 24th September) where a panel discussion also took place exploring trends and developments in the region and globally.

Now available in over 90 countries, Travelport Universal API is the first API that aggregates content from the GDS (air, car and hotel), accommodation providers, low cost carriers, high speed rail suppliers, and merchandising and ancillary services through a single connection. Travelport Universal API enables developers to access multiple content sources by writing code for only one solution, decreasing the time required to launch new travel applications. The API is available to developers and companies that want to build or expand their commercial business from creating next generation travel applications and tools.

Rabih Saab, Travelport’s President and Managing Director, Africa, Middle East and South Asia, commented, “We are delighted to launch the Travelport Universal API in India as developers in the region see the value in this unique technology which helps them develop innovative new travel apps quickly and efficiently.”

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Parashar, President and CEO, InterGlobe Technology Quotient Pvt. Ltd, added, “We feel pride in introducing this new application to our users. The launch of the Travelport Universal API in India is the evolution of the next generation GDS, which redefines opportunities that unlock potential development and aggregates content from multiple sources to make it available through a single source. This new application provides the benefit of expanding offerings and capabilities while entering new channels and markets at a faster pace.”

 


 


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