Philippa has been a specialist in travel to India for twenty years. She has been responsible for establishing Indian divisions for various UK based travel companies including Ampersand Travel, Real Holidays and Experience Travel Group. She has lived in India for over ten years and has consulted for various hotels and Indian DMC’s. She is passionate about showcasing ‘A Different India,’ beyond the mainstream destinations. She established Indian Experiences in order to provide consultancy services to the Indian travel trade. The team works with hotels in India, DMC’s and UK Tour Operators in order to enhance their experiential offerings, service levels, product development, content and social media. She also has a blog about India, www.memsahibinindia.com and in addition contributes articles to the Times of India travel website, www.happytrips.com as well as for their print publication and MINT.
Gwen began her career in the travel industry in 1998 at Real Holidays in London, a privately owned agency specializing in experiential, bespoke worldwide travel, where she headed the Product Team for the Sri Lanka and India portfolio. In 2010 she moved to Sri Lanka where she was responsible for re-establishing Banyan Lanka Tours in Colombo in the immediate aftermath of the war. She then took over the product development, sales and marketing for Borderlands Lanka, an experiential based activity hotel before finally heading up the marketing and product team at Sri Lanka in Style. In in 2016 she moved to India where she was instrumental in the pre-and post opening of Rakkh Resort, an experiential, boutique resort located in Himachal. Gwen’s strengths lie in curating guest experiences for hotels, marketing strategies and social campaigns.
After stint in London, at one of the UK’s leading luxury tour operators, Meg soon realised that India was where her heart lay. In 2013 she moved to New Delhi to work with The Ultimate Travelling Camp, where her job took her as far north as Ladakh and as far East as Nagaland. It was this foray into hospitality, that deepened her interest in hotels, and the elusive ‘five star’ stay. In 2015 she began working with The Hotel Guru, as their Asia Hotels Editor where her roles included creating content for the entire sub-continent, as well as sourcing (and visiting lots!) of wonderful hotels. It was during her travels in India, that Meg became aware of a huge gap between the experiences available, and those that were being experienced. For the last two years, she has been working on a freelance consultancy basis, helping hotels set themselves apart from the rest. From organising photoshoots, to creating itineraries, and creating content that stands out, to social media campaigns that will get them noticed. In addition she is still a regular contributor to The Hotel Guru, I-escape, and Mr & Mrs Smith, and has written for Travel & Leisure, SUITCASE magazine, The Times Of India, and Vice magazine. Meg documents most of her travels on her travel blog, www.anenglishwomanabroad.co.uk.
Neha Arora, is the founder of Planet Abled, an organization which provides accessible and inclusive travel solutions for people with different disabilities. Born to parents with disabilities and the personal challenging experiences they faced when travelling, she realized a huge gap existed in this area, as no travel companies or hotels in India were geared up to cater for people with disabilities.
With a totally un utilized degree up her sleeve Neha started her career with companies like HCL, Nokia & Adobe before taking the plunge to start Planet Abled. Based on the concept of Universal Design, Planet Abled now offers accessible and inclusive experiences across 30 destinations in India (and counting!). Each of the trips that Planet Abled curates is completely tailormade for each disability.
Neha has joined Indian Experiences as a consultant to assist travel companies as well as hotel and resorts to create disabled friendly travel destinations and experiences throughout India.
Planet Abled also organizes an annual Access2Travel conference where all stakeholders meet on one platform and work together to make India a barrier free travel destination for all.