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Planning holidays on the Net simpler

To keep pace with the rest of the world, India needs to focus on new online strategies for inbound and outbound travel, suggest organisers of an upcoming conference on the same.

business Updated: May 01, 2007 10:59 IST

The way you plan your travel itinerary is changing at the speed of Internet. To keep pace with the rest of the world, India too needs to focus on new online strategies for inbound and outbound travel, suggest organisers of an upcoming conference on the subject.

To be held at the Hotel Inter Continental The Grand, New Delhi on May 18, the conference will focus on new opportunities for online travel payments and how to target, engage, fulfil and retain online customers, among other themes.

Among the speakers for the event are Travelguru.com CEO Ashwin Damera, Yatra.com co-founder Dhruv Shringi, and Travelocity India Managing Director Himanshu Singh.

The conference is aimed at executives from airlines and hotels, online travel providers, tour operators and agencies, other travel suppliers, leisure and holiday travellers, corporate and business travellers and executives from software companies.

Growing Internet access and the enhanced popularity of cyberspace has made this medium a convenient way through which many plan their holidays, buy their tickets and book into hotels.

Currently, a number of networks offer an amazing range of information about travel in India - including collaboratively crafted enterprises like IndiaMike.com or chalukyas.com, which is " a group of travel enthusiasts that provide accounts of trips and travel across India".

One of the sites that offers credible information is incredibleindia.org, the official site of the ministry of tourism and culture.

Other popular sites include indiatravelportal.com, Lonely Planet of India, Wikitravel (wikitravel.org/en/India).