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Tuesday, 16 February, 2016, 09 : 00 AM [IST]

Namaste Tourism, Osiris Travel conduct education programme for travel trade in Mumbai

Namaste Tourism and Osiris Travel recently educated the travel trade in Mumbai about how Portugal and Spain can be clubbed in a single itinerary. “Travel agents can combine Portugal and Spain for their clients. We are taking into consideration different groups - MICE, leisure, religious, etc. We try to help the agents sell both the destination. People are not aware about how safe Portugal is,” shared Ricardo Ferreira, Business Manager, Osiris Travel at the education programme in Mumbai recently.

This year, we have organised the first group of 100 people to Spain and Portugal. Ferreira is expecting the number to rise to 500 by year end. He also stated that there is a big interest for MICE and leisure groups. Both the destinations can be covered in seven to eight days. Some of the main destinations that must be covered in these two countries are Lisbon, Portu, Madrid and Barcelona.

Subhash Motwani, Founder Director, Namaste Tourism, said, “We have met agents in Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and last year, we tapped Ahmedabad. As the popularity grows we will look at increasing such programmes.” Portugal is the birthplace of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, and is apt for Indians to visit the destination their increased interest in football. Apart from that, Motwani shared that Indian guests can also savour genuine Indian cuisine in Portugal. “There is a good number of Gujaratis and Punjabis living in Portugal,” he stated.

Currently, among the two destinations, Spain is visited more by Indians. At times, many travel agents club the Portugal city of Lisbon into the Spain itinerary. “There’s more awareness about Spain and not Portugal. It is great value for money. The natives are warm, friendly, less crowded and safe,” Motwani said. Portugal, as a destination, also offers self-drive options. From north to south, one can cover the entire country in seven hours.
 
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