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TUI sees growth from tier 2 & 3 cities, plans expansion


British travel and tour operator subsidiary TUI India sees its growth in India coming from tier 2 and tier 3 citiesin future. Accordingly, TUI plans to increase its presence from current six to 15 stores by the end 2015.

Speaking at the launch of its Ahmedabad store, Vishal Sinha, Chief Operating Officer, TUI India told the media, “Gujarat is currently one of the fastest developing states of our country and we have seen a rise in the number of Gujaratis travelling abroad for their holidays. Research has shown that over 30 per cent of Indian tourists are Gujaratis.”

He added the for TUI India nearly 70 per cent came from domestic travel. “And with states focusing more on developing their local tourism spots, we see this business to grow more,” said Sinha. Encouraged by Gujarat government’s travel promotion under Khusbu Gujarat ki, TUI sees several tourist spots set to emerge as short-trip holiday destinations. “We are developing packages for domestic travel of Rann of Kutch and blackbuck sanctuary for travel packages.” Within India TUI offers tour packages in Kashmir, Rajasthan and Kerala besides Gujarat.

He also mentioned that India’s outbound tourism is expected to witness a jump in summers with tourists’ traffic likely to increase by about 15 to 20 per cent. Sinha mentioned that India has emerged as the world’s fastest-growing outbound market and its numbers are second only to China. “The number of Indians travelling overseas is set to rise from around 15 million today to 50 million by 2020. It states that 67 per cent of outbound travellers are from Western India, mainly Gujarat and Maharashtra,” he said.

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