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The ArkNation Juggernaut cruises on..Meetings, Weddings, Religious Satsangs now get on board!

ROHIT HANGAL

Over 400 travel agents aboard the Star Cruise Gemini, in what appeared to be one-of-a-kind familiarization experience educated, cajoled and wowed the fraternity to an unbelievable crescendo. Travel agents and Tour Operators across the Indian hinterland were unleashed the Star Cruise Cruise-experience like no other. Kishan Biyani and Naresh Rawal and their respective able teams gorged and splurged to a never attempted before-event to hold this captive audience to a stand-still over the Straits of Malacca.

The Big Bang Nautical Fiesta – Charter Cruise was packed with non-stop entertainment in form of Magical Shows, Aqua Zumba, Rain Dance & Beer Fest, Indian Idol Nights, Matinee Crew Show, War of DJs, Gala Nights and Cuisine Fiesta from across the world. The highlight of the event was the Independence Day Celebration on-board the SuperStar Gemini’s Stardust Lounge at Deck 10.

With the Star Cruise Gemini moving base to Bangkok and Singapore, now being home to the Genting Dream, it throws up opportunities to Indian travel-agents to enhance the stay of their holidaymakers aboard these cruise ships.  Michael Goh, Senior VP – Sales, Star Cruises added “With cruising adding value to corporate’s incentive plans, Star offers an exciting range of MICE venues and offerings”. Naresh Rawal, VP Sales – India added “India’s FMCG sectors, Pharma and cement are leading contributors to the MICE business aboard the Star Cruises. The MICE portfolio has also supplemented with the weddings and Religious group segment as a growing segment. We can handle any group from 20 Pax to 1200 Pax without a hitch”.

The very charismatic Kishan Biyani, Managing Director, Ark Travels said “Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities contribute significantly to our market and this megafam is a way to thank them for their contribution. Ark Travels has grown to be the market-leader in the Indian cruise market and with the segment poised to be the fastest growing travel product, our emphasises to reach out to the travel agent community is absolutely imperative”.

He further added “We are overwhelmed and extremely excited with the kind of response we have received for our Charter Cruises over the last two years. Big Bang charter cruise is a concept designed to fill the gap and bring cruise sailing closer to Indian travellers. In terms of passengers we have achieved 33 percent year-on-year growth for our charter cruise as compared to 2016. We have even increased the number of charters from the previous year and looking forward to add more from next year onwards”.

 

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