SUDIPTA DEV – Mumbai
Insight Vacations operates premium and luxury tours (small groups) in Europe, USA/Canada, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. According to Sheryl Lim, regional director (Asia), Insight Vacations, since the introduction of premium and luxury itineraries, the operator has seen an increase of about 20 per cent in enquiries compared to the previous year asking for escorted tours to India. “Bookings has also increased about 10 per cent to date as compared to our inaugural introduction in 2012 for our India programme,” she added.
Insight Vacations’ luxury escorted tours include stay in the accommodation like historic palaces, exotic resorts and leading luxury hotels like Rambagh Palace, Taj Lake Palace, Oberoi Vanyavilas, Oberoi Armarvilas, etc.
“With the various negative reports regarding the safety of female travellers, it is imperative that more and more travellers will seek reliable and reputable travel companies, like Insight Vacations when visiting India,” said Lim, adding that, Insight Vacations has an established reputation of 35 years as a reliable tour operator with yearly repeat travellers of 30 per cent on its tours worldwide.
Lim also foresees immense potential in the outbound segment from India for luxury group tours. “We see a great opportunity in promoting our premium and luxury escorted tours. The mass affluent will aspire to travel in style and comfort when they have such an ability to do so. They travel in style and visit Europe in comfort. They will cruise the roads of Europe in our signature luxury coach, stay in quality First Class, Superior First Class and Deluxe hotels. Guests visit attractions via VIP access cutting down time wasted on queuing. Also it is the visit to many unique and lesser visited places that make our tours highly sought after each year. The tour director acts like your personal concierge,” stated Lim.
She believes that as Indian travellers are becoming more savvy, common destinations like London, Paris, Rome are no longer interesting for them. Consequently, Insight Vacations is promoting unusual experiences like ‘Spanish Gold’ tour which includes spending a night in a restored 16th century palace in Toledo and a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Seville.