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FCM to offer group tours, destination choices to Indian travellers

Firm has launched group tours to Dubai during Diwali

Aneesh Phadnis  |  Mumbai 

FCM Travel Solutions
Logo of FCM Travel Solutions. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A conventional group tour to includes must see destinations like London, and over a period of 10 to 15 days but next summer Indian will be able to hop from one tour to another and visit destinations of their choice.

Solutions, which is one the largest players in the corporate segment, is foraying into by offering customers the flexibility to choose dates and destinations in its is a part of the Australian firm Flight Centre Group.

The company has launched to during Diwali and the Shopping festival that will take off next January. will also roll out it's 2018 summer packages for and South East Asia in January.

"We will have fixed departure dates and offer conventional packages too. But we are experimenting with the flexible tour concept and we think we are the first in India to do so. We believe there will be takers for this, especially among young who want to have new experiences and with people with different nationalities," said Rakshit Desai, managing director of Solutions.

"Travelling in a group costs less and could be 20-30 per cent cheaper than travelling solo. There will be multi-lingual guides and vegetarian food too, though it need not be Indian," he said.

The group has a partnership with a aggregator who takes the inventory risk. secure deals from hotels and ground transport based on volume.

sector experts feel launching with hop-on offer is an ambitious move. "There could be logistical issues. A customer would opt for a mix of tours but what will happen if one of the tour is cancelled. Also for Indian travellers, food is important and the company would need to take care of it," an industry executive remarked.

like and sell leisure packages in India and groups comprise people from diverse nationalities. However, the sale of such packages in India is limited.

Desai said there will be guaranteed departures and there should not be cancellations as seats on tour are being filled up globally.

According to Desai, the company is opening new stores in Ludhiana and Chennai and is also expanding in tier II and III towns.

"are the biggest segment in the organised segment and is growing 10-12 per cent. We have been selling holidays and cruises and want to leverage our expertise and we are also building a technological platform for distribution," he added.




First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 20:28 IST