Kerala Workshops – Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester

Since World Travel Market last week. Here at Events for Travel, we have been very busy indeed running our last event for 2017. And what a fantastic 3 day event it has been. A wide range of exhibitors from Kerala Tourism have been touring the UK to meet with the very best travel agents.

Kerala is a destination known as one of the 10th paradises of the world, where travellers come in search of peace and contentment. Wedged in between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, the narrow strip of land known as Kerala is a destination of a lifetime.

On Thursday 9th November we were in The Copthorne Hotel in Gatwick. We arrived at the hotel nice and early to start with the room set up and get the welcome desk prepared for all our guests to arrive. All 24 exhibitors started to arrive at the hotel and they arranged their space with brochures, and little freebees to give out.

Arriving guests are greeted with a friendly welcome, they each received a traditional Kerala scarf, a booklet with all exhibitors’ details and a tote bag filled with a variety brochures and pamphlets for them to take home and peruse at their leisure. Drinks were served and the networking commenced shortly after.


After the weekend, we made our way to Birmingham and to the stunning MacDonald Burlington Hotel, with its traditional décor and large function room, we were even able to have a large stage set up for the presentation and videos.

Each exhibitor was able to give a short presentation about their products and services to each guest, in a business style of ‘speed-dating’, each guest moved on to the next table. This is a great opportunity to exchange contact details and to form and build working relationships. Once everyone had been to each of the 12 tables and seen each of the 24 exhibitors, a short presentation was given by Shree Dinesh Patniak, Deputy High Commissioner of India.



The next morning we got on the train to Manchester. This time we opted for a very different venue, The Refinery Restaurant in Spinningfields. The ‘L’ shape really complimented to the style of this training session. In the bar area we had our theatre style seating where guests were shown the ‘Live Inspired’ video and in the back of the restaurant we had the 12 ‘speed dating’ tables set up, which flowed seamlessly.

Kerala Tourism gave away a fantastic prize at each event. A Holiday to Kerala including flights with Oman Air for 2 people!!! 3 very happy agents received these prizes. I would like to thank everyone that attended and to all who were involved in making this event a success. We are very much looking forward to next year’s events; hope to see you all there.