Published on : Thursday, December 26, 2013
Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for promoting the United States as a premier travel destination, has launched a series of travel agency educational programs at major Indian metropolitan and second tier cities. The first of these educational programs, titled “Discover America” was held in Bengaluru on 17th December, 2013 and in Chennai on 18th December, 2013. The overwhelming response was beyond expectations, registering over 255 travel agents and tour operators that attended these seminars, making them an unprecedented success.
These seminars included presentations by following US destinations and suppliers:
Brand USA India
NYC & Company
San Francisco Travel and San Francisco International Airport
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Enterprise Holdings Inc
Visa Presentations – US Consulate
Ms. Jennifer A.McIntyre, Consul General of the United States of America, Chennai addressed the gathering of travel agents at the educational seminar held at Chennai whereas Mr. Nicholas J. Manring, Consul, American Consulate General, Chennai did the honors in Bengaluru. In both cities, there were presentations on US travel visa procedures from the visa team of American Consulate.
Spread over a whole day, these educational seminars have been designed to provide in-depth information on tourism products and attractions from the United States. Additionally, these programs will educate the travel community about the depth of experiences available for travelers to the U.S. By providing a holistic view of this exciting destination, the objective is to enable travel agents to understand the diversity of the country and effectively market holidays to the U.S. Ultimately, the goal is to maintain a positive relationship and ongoing engagement with the travel trade industry.
Jay Gray, Vice President, Global Partnership Development, Brand USA, said: “I am convinced that after participating in these educational workshops, Indian travel agents will be armed with the knowledge that is needed to sell the United States effectively as a diverse and desirable holiday destination.”
Ms. Sheema Vohra, Representative Brand USA India, commented, “ The USA is a very exciting destination for tourists. It has something for every Indian traveler. From the large exciting urban centers to great shopping and stunning natural areas – the country has an unbelievable range on offer. We just need them to know how much there is to experience and I am certain that these programs will address many of their questions.”