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Chevening networking skills question
For 1.5 years of work at my current company, I've realized that possessing and maintaining good and wide network is the most crucial factor for succeeding in my work. As an inbound tour operator company operating in b2b business model, it is vital for us to have reliable business partners - travel companies, who supplies us with tourists.
Beginning from the last year, Uzbekistan has been turning to a popular travel destination for people from various countries such as United States and Japan. Establishing useful network in these countries would help to capture a big market share. For building up and maintaining network I normally utilize email messages and telephone calls. Always being in touch with partners, even with those if I'm not currently cooperating with, contributes to keep strong relationships.
No way of maintaining a relationship can match the face to face meeting. So our company partakes on the biggest travel fairs, exhibitions and shows in Europe and Asia. These events are a perfect chance to find new partner as well as to meet with old ones. Believing in my ability of properly establishing networks, our director always takes me with himself to such kind of events. For the last year I've taken a part on big travel exhibitions such as Top Resa in Paris, TTG in Rimini and JATA in Tokyo. Especially, trip to Japan was the most successful - apart from Tokyo, I visited Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo, where my travel agent introduced me local outbound travel companies. As a result of these meetings, we are expecting significant increase in flow of Japanese tourists to Uzbekistan next year.
My job helped me to build up durable network of travel companies, tour agents, airlines representatives, hotel contacts and friends in countries such as Japan, Italy, France as well as Central Asian region. Since I have decided to continue my studies in tourism sphere, I'm sure these contacts will be useful for me and other Chevening students by sharing their invaluable experience and knowledge.