In all probability, Germany may be the next destination for many Bangaloreans who are planning their year end holidays. The German National Tourist Office concluded its road show in Bangalore on Wednesday that witnessed great enthusiasm from the travel trade industry.
The 10 German partners, who were present at the road show, were thrilled to see the response by the industry. This also helped them understand the Indian travel market better. The event also facilitated interactions on latest updates, highlights and attractions for the Indian travellers. “If Bangalore is a city of beer, Germany is a country known for beer. It is but obvious for Bangaloreans to think of Germany as their hot destination,” said Romit Theophilus, Director Sales and Marketing, who plans to have one GNTO road show every year.
“Although with prevailing economic uncertainty and devaluation of the rupee that has affected Indian outbound, Germany has still been receiving a fair amount of travellers. We have witnessed 402,440 overnights from January-August, this year. We want to change the image of Germany from a business destination to a major leisure destination,” he added.
Romit also reasons out why Germany can be a hotspot for Indians in particular. “One can discover wide variety of special events like sporting, spectacular art exhibitions and traditional folk fair at Frankfurt. One can discover and experience the Stuttgart region which has two extraordinary automobile museums and a shopping precinct over a kilometre in length and lots of green spaces. Berlin tops the tourist attractions in Germany with the Television Tower and also the German capital brimming over with surprises for visitors where fun and adventure is guaranteed. More or less it will be a brilliant experience for the whole family,” he explained.
He further added, “Affordable hospitality and tax refund can also be another attraction for Indians. With Christmas round the corner, Germany will be fully lit up with small carnivals that gets everybody into a festive mood.