Technology and travel are two terms that go hand in hand. If you think about the 1980s, booking a flight ticket meant going to the airport and standing in long queues, and booking a hotel was a luxury that only the rich could afford. Now, however, with the advent of the internet and advancing technology, booking a vacation is something anyone can do with the click of a mouse. Flights, hotels, taxis, and even food can be booked online now. There is, however, always scope to be better. But how?
This is exactly what Incredible India 2.0, The Next Trillion Dollar Opportunity, an event organised by the Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) aims to find out.
The tourism industry in India is growing steadily, creating more jobs and generating more income year after year. It contributed 9.6% to the nation's GDP in 2016 and supported 40.34 million jobs. In the first six months of 2017, India welcomed 4.89 million foreign tourists! The numbers don't lie, and these prove that the Indian tourism and hospitality industry is one of the key drivers of growth in the services sector of India.
The tourism ministry has set huge targets for India's tourism industry in the coming years and technology and digital is one of the major contributors towards achieving these targets. And that is exactly what the Internet & Mobile Association of India aims to discuss during the Incredible India 2.0, The Next Trillion Dollar Opportunity conference.
The aim of the conference, as stated on the IAMAI website, is to chart the roadmap on how technology can be used to maximise the potential of tourism. The discussions are expected to set a series of recommendations on policies and innovative measures that India needs to implement to develop a competitive and sustainable tourism sector making it a major contributor to strategies aimed towards an inclusive and sustainable growth.
Where and when
The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi, will be the host for this event held on March 13, 2018. The event will start at 9am and is expected to end by 5.30pm.
Why you should go
This is your one-stop place to know and learn all about how technology is not only supporting tourism, but also helping it move forward. With speakers from leading travel organisations in India, the discussion is expected to be knowledgable and interactive. You'll hear interesting talks from Abhinav Sinha, COO, OYO Rooms, Anirudh Gupta, Co-Founder, Tripoto, Deep Kalra, Chairman and CEO, MakeMyTrip, Manish Amin, Co-Founder and CIO, Yatra. The event will have panel discussions, speeches by keynote speakers, as well as opportunities to mingle with the speakers and fellow enthusiasts.
This event is a must-attend for those who want to not only understand travel better as a business, but also for those who want to see further advancements in technology and travel as an entity. You can register for the event right here.
Know more about the speakers and the event here.
In association with IAMAI.