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TAFI President urges youngsters to join the industry

TAFI President urges youngsters to join the industry
July 11
16:14 2017

Praveen Chugh, President, Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) stressed on the need to motivate and educate youngsters to join the industry and be a part of its growth story.

Wonderlust Bureau

As per Chugh the tourism, hospitality and aviation segments are all set for an unprecedented growth and the current scenario calls for the infusion of young blood in the industry. He also expressed concern that many youngsters are disillusioned with the industry and hence have doubts in mind whether to be a part of it.

“The present growth of tourism, hospitality and aviation segments is phenomenal. In the last one or two years the industry has not recorded such an overwhelming growth be it in terms of selling air tickets, tour packages or inbound tourism. There are an estimated 480-odd aircraft in the country at present and a total of 880 aircraft are on order. India is poised to become the third-largest buyer of commercial passenger planes in the world, with only the US and China ahead of it. This is the reflection of the growth our country is going to experience”, said Chugh.

According to reports with more than 20 million Indian nationals now living throughout the world (3.4 million in the US), the volume of outbound travel is increasing about 25% a year. Besides this scores of Indians every year travel abroad for reasons that include to conduct business, attend meetings, study, sightseeing, shopping and honeymoon.

India’s population is expected to overtake China’s as the world’s largest in the next five years, and its young, tech-savvy, educated middle class will double in size to 547 million shortly thereafter. Within five years, India will also rank as the world’s youngest country demographically.

“However, the youngsters within our families are not very keen to join the business as most of times they see us under pressure because of declining margins, taxation and competition from players like OTAs. They understand that the realities of marketplace today are putting additional pressure on travel businesses. So, now the old generation has to decide what role they can play to be the guiding light to youngsters. We need to educate our youth about the immense potential that the industry has to offer”, he further shared.

According to the TAFI President in old days a lot of greetings and meetings within the industry used to take place which slowed down as companies started to curtail their expenses. It has resulted in fewer networking opportunities for youth within the trade.

“When we see various clubs of travel businesses we see mostly old faces. We have to think in a way that whether the old generation can become the future of tomorrow or through them can we create a future of tomorrow? So, we have come to a conclusion that the future of the industry lies within us. We need to address all the misconception of youngsters who are turning away from the sector”, shared Chugh.

The TAFI President expressed happiness over the Government’s various initiatives to make sure that the infrastructure grows simultaneously with tourism. “We can see the growth taking place in infrastructure development be it hotels, amusement parks or other places of interest for tourists,” said Chugh.

He also stressed on the need to train youngsters on the skills required in the tourism, hospitality and aviation industry. TAFI is looking to join hands with the travel and tourism educational institutes to organize training sessions for youngsters.

“TAFI is geared up to play a role that will be critical in bringing young energy in the industry. We need fresh ideas and vision to take on our challenges. TAFI as an association will continue to work relentlessly for the growth of tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors,” concluded Chugh.

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