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Trafalgar enters partnerships to woo Indians with travel packages

Source : BUSINESS_STANDARD
Last Updated: Sat, Dec 08, 2012 18:54 hrs

pTrafalgar the flagship brand of UK-based Travel Corporation has tied up with Cox & Kings and Flight Shop among others to tap into the Indian market The company is also ramping up its marketing activities in India to increase brand awareness in the countryppFor the first time the company has also appointed a country manager to interact with the various business partners in India The company in line with its global strategy does not set up its own shops in foreign markets because it does not provide flight bookings Trafalgar is also partnering other outbound travel operators such as Comfort Leisure Master Holidays and Travel Heights to sell its itinerariespp&ldquoWe have been operating in India for the past 15 years through travel agents but it is only now that we plan to set up an India office It is a part of our company&rsquos look-east policy&rdquo said Nicholas Lim regional director-Asia TrafalgarppWith European economies slowing down companies such as Trafalgar see growth opportunities in Asian markets The travel company expects India to be its leading market in Asia in the next three years Currently India contributes only 5 per cent to the Asia revenues The leading markets for Trafalgar in Asia include Malaysia Singapore and the PhilippinesppTrafalgar&rsquos utmost selling point is its itineraries which include travellers from different nationalities who are guided along by a designated &ldquotravel director&rdquo For instance for Italy alone the travel company is offering 17 different holidays ranging from simple week-long Italian holiday to a 16-day long &ldquoGrand Italian Experience&rdquoppWhile the company also offers &ldquocost saver&rdquo packages it largely caters to the high-end segment Around 70 per cent of its overall bookings in India are in the upper segmentpp&ldquoWe are targeting the aspirational traveller in India coming from the affluent section which itself is rising&rdquo Lim addedppAs far as the competition that Trafalgar will face from the companies it will partner Lim is confident that it is not easy to replicate their itineraries Although it has not faced this problem in India elsewhere in the world companies have offered similar holidays under their brand namepp&ldquoThis is what makes it all the more critical for us to build our brand in India&rdquo said Lim The company is investing in social media and below the line activities to improve its brand awareness in Indiap


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