India

The wonder is that India never stops overwhelming your senses. The most populous democracy has a certain spirit that becomes profound once experienced. India has on offer a variety of regional cuisines and a magnificence of a varied landscape that spreads itself out from the mystical Himalayas to the warm serenity of the backwaters of Kerala, from the deep mysterious Sunderbans to the brilliant colours swirling around the deserts of Kutch. Travel here takes you from country- sized bustling cities to forgotten mudhut villages around rich monuments in locations where empires once existed. The subcontinent as it is rightly called touches three large bodies of water.

Destination Insider

Kalpana Uberoi

Deputy General Manager, responsible for overseeing operations of all events, new business and managing the team.

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE A TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL WHO IS PLANNING A MEETING IN YOUR DESTINATION?

Do research on the short listed destination compared to international connectivity that affects foreign participation. You will need to do an advance trip to understand the venue. Also check the proximity to key tourist locations in the country. Most foreign delegates also see the meeting as an opportunity to explore this intriguing country.

WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS IN YOUR COUNTRY?

Goa for its pristine beaches and happening nightlife. Kerala for its amazing greens and laidback backwaters & water systems. Rajasthan for its living history in the shape of palaces, forts & colours. Delhi for being an eclectic mix of cultures and where history and the future cohabit so effortlessly! And of course Agra, for the Taj Mahal!

WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND YOUR DESTINATION FOR MEETINGS & INCENTIVES?

India continues to fascinate the world. Many of its mysteries make it a unique destination for the meetings & incentives segment. Its unique character of strong traditional and cultural base, mixed with the modern make it a one-of-a-kind destination. India is a key player market in today’s world economy, making it a destination meeting planners simply cannot ignore. It has a strong and successful political system; it is the world’s largest democracy. And finally, it offers world-class convention venues and is continuously enhancing its infrastructure – airports, convention centres, hotels and roads.

WHAT IS YOUR DESTINATION FAMOUS FOR?

Well, this is going to be a long list: religion, philosophy, history, culture, food, tradition, its workforce, IT and many world wonders - natural and man-made – like the loftiest peaks, longest shoreline, tropical jungles, rare wildlife, magnificent buildings. And don’t forget the organised chaos, making most foreigners wonder in awe… How does it all work? 

WHAT IS STILL MISSING IN YOUR DESTINATION?

Lack of sustainable and continued government focus and long-term strategy in marketing India as the international meetings & incentives destination now and in the future. We also require more city convention bureaus and a pan-Indian infrastructure to host 6,000+ events.

CAN YOU GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF A SUCCESS STORY WHICH YOU HANDLED IN THE PAST?

We handled the logistics of the Indian leg of the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay in April 2008. We always knew that it was not going to be an easy task. However, despite the level of complexity and importance the event finally rose to in terms of security arrangements, ensuring its smooth passage through Delhi, the event was unprecedented. The outcome of the torch relay was directly linked to the fulfilment of the Indian Union Government's assurances to its Chinese counterpart. The entire world was watching…

General information -INDIA

AREA 3,287,539 km²

POPULATION 1.170,000,000

CAPITAL CITY New Delhi

CURRENCY Rupee (INR)

LANGUAGES There are a total of 15 major languages spoken in India in addition to English

TIME ZONES + 06:00 (GMT/UTC)

COUNTRY PHONE CODE +91

ELECTRICITY 220 V (Asia)

TIPPING It is usual to tip waiters, guides and drivers. Tips are normally not included in the bill.

BANKS OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

HEALTH Yellow Fever: vaccination certificate required if arriving from infected area. Cholera/ Typhoid: innoculation recommended.

NATIONAL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS New Year Day:01.01.2014,Republic Day: 26.01.2014, Holi: 27.03.2014, Good Friday: 29.04.2014, May Day: 01.05.2014, Independence Day: 15.08.2014,Krishna Janmasthmi:28.08.2014, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi: 02.10.2014, Diwali: 03.10.2014, Christmas: 25.12.2014

CONTACT Kuoni Destination Management India, Tower B, Delta Square, M.G.Road, Sector 25, Gurgaon-122001, Haryana, India