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e-ticketing arrives

TO obtain a travel ticket one need not wait for it to be mailed or hand delivered anymore. It can be ordered and collected at the airport just before boarding the aircraft thanks to Internet-based ticketing. The Indianised version of the popular e-ticket ing model of the US and European markets is expected to simplify the travel plans of frequent travellers.

e-TravelIndia, which has already built a Rs 75-crore travel business using technology-based services, has created a system, that helps a traveller to book a travel plan online and also the option to collect the ticket before boarding the plane.

Aimed at corporate segment, e-TravelIndia communicates with the airline system and undertakes the necessary transaction with the airlines after which the customers gets a ``unique reference number'', which enables them to collect the ticket and board the plane.

Talking about the system, Mr Sanjeev Agarwal, CEO, e-TravelIndia, said given that many corporates have offices in smaller towns and cities, there was a need for products like this. As e-TravelIndia could not afford the postal delays intending airline tic ket to the employees of it corporate clients, it was imperative for the company to hit upon this innovation.

Boasting of more than 70 medium and large sized corporates, and deploying innovating travel services, e-TravelIndia plans to complete the current financial year with a gross sale of Rs 115 crore and expects to reach a target of Rs 250 crore by next finan cial year. -- Our Bangalore Bureau

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