In order to cater to burgeoning number of overseas tourists from Europe and USA, landing agents or tour operators play a major role. Also known as DMC or destination management companies these operators organize package tours and independent travel for their counterparts in various countries.
Organizing wildlife and sightseeing tours in India is not a piece of cake, with a society and destinations as diverse it takes years of networking and tons of experience to deliver, apart from the management skills involved in designing, booking, and executing the tours. Complex inland flights, long distances and overnight train travel, frequent taxi hauls are a constant feature of expeditions and hence challenging.
The reputation garnered over a number of years based on testimonies and past success fetches the major players continuous clients as group travelers, independent and solo.
Jumping into the fray every year are small players with direct contacts overseas who send guests through their reference. This is the biggest reward that accrues to small players through year of dedicated service and successful performance to their past clients. They are guides, travel agents, interpreters, hospitality staff and naturalists. This in turn provides stiff competition to the established players, but also end up toning this hospitality industry for better.