I would like to thank both of you for providing the wonderful opportunity of visiting Madagascar, “the treasure island”. I really had a great experience. I visited the northern part of the island – Diego Suarez. (My group members were Mr. Pravin Shah, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Manish Rathi and Mr. Girish Babu). I believe, we got the best itinerary in terms of location. It has a lot of things to experience for a traveler, namely a rainforest, waterfall, wildlife, hiking, beaches and city life, etc. We visited – Amber mountain national park, Red Tsingy site, 3 baies, lemurs park. Everything was very well planned and managed. Tour guide Mr. Florence was very friendly and very well learnt.
We struggled a little for the veg food initially, but thanks to the head chef at “Le Grand Hotel”, he understood our food preferences and cooked us veg food, very similar to the Indian cuisine. Our tour operator, also took us for a visit at a local community group. They welcomed us singing and dancing on their local song for guests. We leant about their initiatives local art and handicraft. To encourage the community and appreciate their skill, all of us bought some hand crafted souvenirs from them. From improvement point of view, the area needs better road infrastructure, as some roads are in very bad condition leading to long travel time and painful rides.
Being a travel consultant, I got to learn a lot about the island country, it pros and cons, do’s and don’ts, challenges and winning points. Honestly, at the start I was skeptical but as the trip came to the end, I am very positive and excited to promote the destination so that more and more people can enjoy this unique island. The b2b meeting and press conference, was cherry on the top of the cake. It helped all of us connect with various DMC’s and understanding their strong holds at different parts of the country. Now, I am wishing for the direct flight services to start soon between India and madagascar, so that the destination is easily accepted by the Indian travelers. Anyhow will start the promotion from our end shortly.