Sucheta Nagpal, Director, Travstarz share about the lesson and the milestones from the book of her life during an exclusive interview with T3FS.
“Time is changing and our entire thought process is evolving” – By Sucheta Nagpal
Q. To start with, I would like you to highlight on your journey from ground zero to where you stand today.
I completed my schooling from New Era Public School, New Delhi and graduated in BA (Honours) from Delhi University while pursuing a 2 Year Full Time program in Interior Designing & Architecture though I never pursued a career in designing. I started my first job in the Hospitality industry in 1999 with International Club Systems, a Holland based company specializing in designing loyalty programs around the world which were unheard of in India at that time. After spending few years there, I moved onto Visas and Immigration Industry and spent few years there reaching the level of Vice President of the company. I then moved to Travel and MICE Industry and handled major Corporate Relations successfully. Then in 2008 along with my husband I started Travstarz Global Group, a specialized B2B travel company in India and started offering Travel Services to travel Agents and Tour Operators. Initially, we started with Hong Kong as a destination and added many more destinations along the way. We then started the Hotel and Air Consolidation business and finally Rezb2b, a CTRIP Subsidiary invested in us in 2018 and there has been no stopping since then in our growth.
Q. Every new chapter has erudition, lessons and milestones to write the book of life. Tell us about success story of yours.
Well, hard work and success have always gone hand in hand and our case was no different. It was indeed a tough grind. Determination, perseverance and consistency have been our few keys to unlock success. The concept of a B2B company was still very new to India at that time but Outbound Travel was increasing at a fast pace and Travstarz bridged the gap. The company soon came to be known for its quality services and competitive pricing and grew rapidly to add various other destinations. Soon we got noticed by leading Hotel Chains of the World as one of the leading Wholesaler and Consolidator in India.
Q. How’s you feel working in a male-dominated industry. How do you think you'd fare?
Looking at the fact that travel industry is a male dominated industry never held me back. My work has always been independent of any such thing. Now even women are actively participants of the industry.
AIso, I thinks time is changing and our entire thought process is evolving.
SLICE OF LIFE
1. You believe in taking risk or plan before hand.
I strongly believe in planning because I go by the quote that failing to plan is planning to fail.
2. Your high points.
That surely has to be determination tied to my optimism
3. Your low points.
I am very impulsive and that at times has gone against me in some situations.
4. Favorite industry leader.
Its very difficult to pick one because the industry has a lot of stalwarts and each one has their own strengths
5. Novel you are inspired with.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
6. A movie that motivates you.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara…I strongly believe in fully living every moment as life is always unpredictable.
7. How you spend your day on day off.
Mostly till the evening or afternoon its work but post that I make sure my kids and family are my only priority.