Sudipta Dev – Mumbai
After successfully introducing Lama Express Visa service a year ago in GCC nations and few other countries like CIS and China, Lama Tours is now focused on tapping the vast opportunities in the Indian market. A few months back the service was introduced in Delhi, with Mumbai and Bengaluru following next. Lama Express Visa service is for visitors who travel to visit their families and friends in Dubai and do not want to take hotel accommodation. “We are starting with Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru as the first three sectors. Eventually we will enter the tier II locations, and cities like Chennai, Kolkatta and Hyderabad,” said Kulwant Singh, managing director, Lama Tours.
The cities will have offices for Lama Express Visa service. “Now it is time for us to open this service in India and capture the huge potential here. The number of visitors from this part of the world is increasing to Dubai. This kind of service will add on a lot to the flexibility of the working patterns of the agents in India,” opined Singh. The time for the approval of visa is three working days. However, according to Singh, the time factor can be less than that, particularly for those who request for urgent service.
Pointing out that the first six months of this year has been very good in terms of Indian visitors arrivals to Dubai, Singh mentioned that he expects an excellent Diwali and year-end business. “At Lama we are fully geared to handle the upcoming season. There are a lot of special packages for Diwali for the Indian visitors, with many extras, freebees and value add-ons like adding water park in Abu Dhabi in the Ferrari World ticket. The water park is a great attraction. We are in discussion with the Dubai Calendar, which is the events department in Dubai, to bring more concerts to Dubai. Agents and public in India can book their packages accordingly, for instance Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone concert in December or international concerts like that of Madonna,” concluded Singh.