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Monday , December 3 , 2012
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Foreign tour options rise

Mumbai, Dec. 2: Travel firm Trafalgar is expecting a surge in the number of Indians taking its guided holidays to Europe.

The 65-year old company that is part of Travel Corporation, a family-owned international travel group, has made its India debut with the launch of its European itineraries for 2013 offering more than 140 choices.

Called Inspired Holidays, the packages provide local perspectives on special areas of interest in different destinations. Its summer itineraries include the sightseeing of Europe’s various landmarks using the VIP access route. The cost-saver range of holidays targeted at the budget-conscious travellers has 34 itineraries.

Nicholas Lim, regional director (Asia) of Trafalgar, told The Telegraph that though the firm entered India late, it was optimistic about the market because of its resilient economy. Rivals such as Globus are already present in India.

“This (Asia) is where we see economies that are strong, the fundamentals are there and growth is there. Economies such as India are rock solid. In fact, we are seeing lot more savvier Asian clients coming to Europe. Therefore, this cannot but be a more appropriate time to come to the Indian market,” he said.

While Trafalgar carries around 150,000 travellers on various programmes to Europe, Indians form less than one per cent. By joining hands with various partners, the company hopes to see the Indian market grow 25 per cent.