Sprint Travels opened its first office in South India in Vijayawada on Thursday. Spring Travels, which has offices all over North India, is recognised and approved as a travel agent and tour operator by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Department of Tourism.
M.S. Anand, chairman and managing director of the company, talking to The Hindu, said that his firm had established itself as one of the major agencies in the country managing travel related services of corporate clients, sub-agents, and individual travellers.
He said that the technology driven travel management company would open more offices in Andhra Pradesh, but it would function with Vijayawada as its headquarters. It was planning to open offices in Tamil Nadu and Kerala soon.
The two-tier cities had become the real growth centres in the country. Air connectivity to two-tier cities was improving with the private airlines launching new flights. “There are international flights from several two-tier cities and this is going to be an incentive for more people to travel,” Mr. Anand said.
About opening an office here he said: “In the metros people make their travel plans taking the help of the Internet, but in the two-tier and three-tier cities the consumers prefer to go to the office of travel agencies. Therefore we are providing an office with an amicable ambience.”
A few years ago, if people had some money they used to buy gold ornaments or make fixed deposits, but now they were preferring to travel, he said and added that agencies like Spring Travel were coming up to guide the people to get the best for their money.
The office is near Siddhartha Arts and Science College right opposite the Moghulrajpuram Caves.
Business partner J.J. Singh participated.