Tangalooma Resort to open Mumbai office
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort will this month cement its Indian sales and marketing operations when it opens a new office in Mumbai. The newly formed Blue Ocean Tourism, has been appointed to represent Tangalooma’s growing interests in the region, with the investment being seen as a vote of confidence for the Indian market.
Tangalooma Director David James said he was delighted to welcome Blue Ocean Executive Director Sagar Raman and his team on board to spearhead the new entity.
“India has been a priority market for Tangalooma over the past 10 years and in that time the close working relationship we’ve formed with Mr Raman has become invaluable,” Mr James said.
“We recognise and value India as an economic powerhouse and a market that will continue to grow exponentially over the coming years.
“Tangalooma Resort has already established itself as a high quality experience and one that has been very well received by the Indian traveler - this new development will further enhance Tangalooma’s position in the market and provide for greater support to the Indian travel industry”.
“The Resort offers Indian travellers unique wildlife experiences and is recognised as one of the very few places in the world where you can hand feed wild bottlenose dolphins”.
“Our enthusiasm for the Indian market extends right across our resort operations. Not only have we designed holiday packages to meet market expectations, we also employ a number of Indian staff to ensure guests’ needs are always catered for, while Indian chefs provide authentic vegetarian and Jain cuisine.”
Mr Raman said his focus for Blue Ocean Tourism would be on building strategic alliances and gaining greater market exposure and penetration..
“We have a very strong distribution network on the ground here in India and we need to ensure our trade partners get the training and support they need,” Mr Raman said.
“We want our partners to fully understand the Tangalooma product, exactly what it offers and how it can be linked with other genuine experiences, so they can create innovative holiday packages that will have strong and lasting appeal in our markets.”
“As Tangalooma appeals to leisure holidays, luxury getaways and caters to special events while offering unique film shooting locations there is great scope to work with all facets of outbound travel.”
Mr Raman said in the Year Ended September 2009, Queensland received 29,000 Indian visitors.
The Tourism Forecasting Council has predicted an 11 per cent annual increase in the number of visitors to Australia between 2008 and 2018.