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USA and Europe are popular business travel destinations for technicians from Kerala

According to a survey of IT companies in Thiruvananthapuram for the year 2019

According to a survey of IT companies in Thiruvananthapuram for the year 2019

In the era of outsourcing, the United States and Europe remain the most popular international business travel destinations from Kerala. According to a survey of IT companies in Thiruvananthapuram for the year 2019, the United States, Canada and Latin America are the top overseas business travel destinations for technicians, with up to 5,695 trips made by them to various destinations in these countries. Then come the United Kingdom and Europe.

V. Sreekumar, secretary of the Group of Technologies Companies (G-Tech), who led a session on the rise of the knowledge economy at the airline summit held recently in Thiruvananthapuram, said that among international travel for technicians, the United States and Europe account for the bulk of business travel from Kerala, followed by countries in West Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

According to the Domestic Business Travel Destinations report, which provides an overview of travel flows within the country, South Indian cities of Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad account for around half of the total internal business trips of technicians from Kerala, followed by North India (Noida, Delhi, Gurgaon, Punjab, UP, etc.), West India (Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, etc.) and East India ( West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, etc.)

Although the survey is based on IT companies in Thiruvananthapuram, the travel trend is also almost similar to Kochi, Sreekumar said.

IT companies, with a cumulative export revenue of ₹9,300 crore in 2022, together spent a sum of ₹8,800,000 on air travel in 2019. “After the COVID-19 pandemic, technicians’ business trips plunged. However, we hope it will be back to normal by the end of this year, given the current rate of growth,” Mr. Sreekumar said.

When the IT business started in Thiruvananthapuram in 1994, there were only two companies, employing 155 employees, which had by then recorded an annual export turnover of ₹50 lakh. Today, the capital alone is home to 465 IT companies which employ 64,000 technicians with annual export earnings of ₹9,300 crore.

In addition, private IT parks such as the TCS Aerospace hub are expected to provide around 5,000 IT professionals soon, and Embassy Taurus Down Town around 25,000 IT professionals, with the first phase going live.

The Technopark Phase IV development is also expected to boost IT business travel from Kerala significantly in the coming years.