Agenda 2022

14, 15 & 16 March 2022

Mumbai, India

Agenda 2022

Day 1 | 14 March 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Inauguration of OTM, VIP walk-around and meet-and-greet with Exhibitors
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Inaugural Program
Addresses by Tourism Ministers from India & Abroad, Travel Industry CEOs
Theme: Reconnect, Revive and Rejuvenate Global Travel & Tourism Economy
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Post-Covid Luxury: What are the top trends that will define hospitality?
Pandemic has redefined the concept of ‘Luxury Travel’ in many ways. On one hand, vacations have become longer ‘staycations’ during the pandemic, and on the other, there is a rise of ‘revenge travel’ post-pandemic. In this session, we try to analyze what are the top trends that redefine hospitality, especially for the top-end brands and luxury segments.
Abinash Manghani
WelcomHeritage Hotels
Nandivardhan Jain
Vishal Kamat
Kamat Group Of Hotels
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
Presentation by Visit Monaco
Monaco - A destination constantly reinventing itself while preserving its core DNA elements
04:00 PM - 04:45 PM
The importance of India-Outbound in post-pandemic market recovery
The pandemic’s shock has been the heaviest for tourism, especially international travel. Borders are opening gradually but big emerging markets in Asia, especially China are not likely to open soon (due to ‘Zero Covid’ policy). India on the other hand seems to be reopening fully, more confidently. Even more than the Indian Government, Indian tourists have shown willingness to travel to destinations ready and open to welcome them (Maldives is such a great success story).
In this context we focus on the importance of India as a source market in the short run, at a time when bad news has not stopped coming (Ukraine conflict is the latest one).
Bahruz Asgarov
Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
Azerbaijan Tourism Board
Thoyyib Mohamed
CEO & Managing Director,
Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation
Philip Dickinson
VP International Markets,
Qatar Tourism
Sanjiv Agarwal
Chairman and CEO,
Fairfest Media Limited
05:00 PM - 05:45 PM
Adapting and innovating to meet post-pandemic customer travel preferences
The pandemic has been labeled sarcastically as a ‘great reset’ by many. Whether you believe so many travel restrictions were justified or not, these are likely to have their own half-life. Many of the administrative restrictions are easier put and forget - it tends to stay longer than desired, if not forever. On the customer side, the expectations and preferences are so varied and sometimes even polar opposite - some would like the new restrictions and hygiene practices to stay, many would like to return to the good old hospitality. In this session, we try to dissect these dos and don’ts, to analyse what really are competing customer preferences and how to strike a balance between masks and smiles, social distance and closeness, bureaucratic paperwork and hassle-free processes, privacy and administrative requirements of disclosures?
Sesh Seshadri
Director South Asia Sales and Business Development,
Twig Education (Former Director, Lonely Planet)
Devendra Parulekar
Louis D'Souza
Tamarind Global
Day 2 | 15 March 2022
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
The rise of women-focused tours: Safety, employment and opportunities
With the economic independence of women and increasing access to disposable incomes, there is a high demand for female-focused itineraries and tours. In this session, we will try to discuss interesting aspects of this market, and try to do a kind of SWOT analysis.
Vandana Vijay
Offbeat Tracks
Zinal Doshi
The Flapper Life
Rashmi Chadha
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Digital Travel Booking Trends: Understanding the trajectory of change in 2022
There was a standoff in digital travel booking tech pre-pandemic, where on one hand, the OTAs were fast gaining business and traditional wholesalers and travel agencies were simultaneously investing in technology transforming their businesses for the digital bookings. Though the pandemic has already telescoped digital buying in many other areas (e.g. groceries on Amazon), restriction on travel has probably kept the water muddy in travel bookings. In this session we will discuss what are the trends and what is the trajectory. Will the standoff between OTAs and Wholesalers plus TAs continue?
Joy Ghosh
Regional Vice President,
Amadeus, Hospitality
Gaurav Kr Gupta
Arun Ashok
Head - India & Middle East,
Luxury Escapes
Gaurav Chiripal
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Weddings & Travel 2022 by WeddingSutra
Achint Nag
Krayonz Entertainment
Chetan Chauhan
Mokshiva Entertainment
Devanshi Patel
Shreem Events
Aakash Doshi
Zest Events
Nikhil Murarka
Centre Point Events
Parthip Thyagarajan
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
The future of the MICE industry: What are the next steps?
Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events/Exhibitions are the most affected segments due to the pandemic. MICE travel is by nature ‘gatherings’ that became anathema in the pandemic. Off late, the rise of Zoom meetings and other alternatives appeared as disruptive telescoping of the physical being replaced by virtual, but there is increasing realization that there is nothing like ‘in person’. This show itself is a testimony of sorts. In this context we will discuss what the future of MICE looks like. What will bring these back to full life and when?
Harshad Donde
Country Director,
Jude Dsouza
Associate Vice President,
FCM Travel Solutions
Paresh Malvankar
Associate Vice President,
Thomas Cook India Limited
Nitin Sachdeva
CEO, Venture Marketing,
International Board of Directors, SITE Global
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
OTA's v/s Travel Agents! How to win the digital war with helloGTX ?
Gaurav Kr Gupta
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Bollywood Park Filmcity Mumbai: Experience the mesmerizing behind the real world of reels
Fredrick D'mello
Tour Consultant,
MOS World
04:15 PM - 05:00 PM
Destination Presentation by Rajasthan Tourism
05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Destination Presentation by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism
Day 3 | 16 March 2022
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Travel blogging under the new normal: Stories & testimonials of influencers
When the pandemic brought a shocker for travel, how did the storytellers keep going? What are they doing now? What are the new angles and stories they think are more in demand?

Curated in partnership with

Kaushal Karkhanis
Exotic Gringo
Divyakshi Gupta
Quirky Wanderer
Ajay Sood
Avantika Chaturvedi
Wayward Wayfarer
Nishu Barolia
Monica Mahendru
Solo Traveller
Rashmi Chadha
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Destination Presentation by Uttarakhand Tourism
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Valedictory and Awards Function
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Session by United Travel Events & Networking (UTEN)