Spain Tourism – ‘I need Spain’ at Taj Bengal, Kolkata

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

June 13, 2015

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There’s good news for those who have marvelled at the sights and sounds of Spain while seeing the Bollywood movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara! In an effort to create awareness about tourism prospects in Spain, the Spanish Office of Tourism has turned its attention majorly on India driving up the influx of tourists to the European country.

 

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They recently conducted a road show at The Taj Bengal in Kolkata. Road shows have proven to be effective platforms for travel and trade partners from India to meet potential clients and suppliers from different countries. And this time too, it was no different. At the recently conducted road show, travel and tourism partners and suppliers from India and Spain interacted and identified mutually beneficial areas of collaboration.

 

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Said Lisha Krishnan, Trade Manager at the Tourism Office of Spain in Mumbai, “We want to highlight every aspect of tourism in Spain through road shows in India. Spain is the second country in the world with the largest number of historical sites and monuments and most of these are prominent tourist locations.”

 

She further added, “India is a strategic market for Spain and is one of the leading in Asia. We have been active in the market for more than a decade and have opened a Tourism Office in Mumbai in 2010. Through sustained and constant promotion, we have seen a growth from this market and we expect the flow of tourists to increase consistently over the next few years.”

 

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She believes that the typical Indian visitor to Spain is assumed to be in the age bracket of 35-50 years, is a relatively seasoned traveller to Europe, wants to expand his/her horizon and undergo a melange of heritage and modern experiences while on a tour of Spain.

 

Ms Krishnan also said that Spain coming under the lens of Bollywood movies with a flurry of directors shooting there has piqued interest levels of the Indian traveller about the country as a friendly and experiential destination.

 

She also enlightened those who had gathered at the road show about the high speed train network in Spain called the AVE which connects the major cities in Spain and helps people reach from one destination to another in just 2-3 hours. This allows tourists to travel in great comfort and economy.

 

What’s more, Spain is home to BarcelonaFC and Real Madrid – the country’s two major football teams. Spain is thus a must visit place for every sports lover!

 

The way ahead now is increasing the number of packaged holiday options which include Spain as a destination besides customizing travel itineraries for different kind of travellers be it for business-oriented tours, a trip for the solo traveller or a cruise circuit, covering places like Madrid, Barcelona and Andalucía.

 

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Good news not just for Spanish tourism but the wider economy as a whole! Spain, it seems, looks all set to become the playground of Europe!

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About Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word ‘foodie’ and prefers, instead, the expression ‘food devotee’. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

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1915940_101100699948573_1759232_nRajdeep Bhattacharjee wears many feathers in his cap. A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – Rajdeep, once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word 'foodie' and prefers, instead, the expression 'food devotee'. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

He is the founder of Gourmets Travel Guide, a website devoted completely to food and travel. Rajdeep is an avid blogger and one can find many of his sojourns aptly expressed on the website www.gourmetstravelguide.com.

Rajdeep had been recently chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to board the inaugural flight from Kolkata to Bangkok (TG – 336) and received accolades for wonderfully recounting the experience, from start to finish, in his blog. In fact, his travelogue was featured in Hangla Hneshel, one of India's foremost Bengali magazine dedicated completely to food and travel. Rajdeep doesn't stop there! One of his undersea walks also got featured in The Telegraph, one of India's leading dailies. He is also one of the chief curators and a selector for chefs and restaurants for Channel One's Resto Ranna episodes.

Zomato ranks Rajdeep among the top ten food connoisseurs in the city. He has also been ranked number 5 and 6, in this year's Network 18 and Burrp surveys respectively, as one of the discerning food critics in the country.

Rajdeep loves eating out at different restaurants. A true blue Bengali at heart and gut, experimenting with food and palates come naturally to him. And he doesn't mind leaving an endearing word or two for chefs who have displayed their talents on the plate and the restaurant management for the inviting ambiance of an eatery.

Rajdeep counts is as his forte the wonderful rapport he shares with different media houses. Thus his writings have already been picked up by top food journals and news dailies apart from the exposure he has to talk about them on social media. Reputation management of his clients come naturally to him be it on the virtual platform or in print.

He has been blogging for the last three years. When he is not writing on food and travel or working as a Government employee, you can most certainly catch him with a camera slung around his neck and travel gear ready to satisfy his inner wanderlust.