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MakeMyTrip’s Deep Kalra opens up on navigating COVID-19, revenge travel, and the way ahead

COVID-19 upended most businesses across the world, but the travel industry took one of the greatest hits. 

Speaking at TechSparks 2021, YourStory’s flagship startup-tech conference, Deep Kalra, Co-founder of MakeMyTrip, one of the most prominent players in the Indian travel industry, spoke about the hardships he faced as an entrepreneur in the last one and a half years, and how the pandemic has changed and should continue to change the perspective of humanity to ensure a better tomorrow. 

In a session titled ‘Ticket to nowhere: Travel in pandemic world’, Deep sounded wary about letting “our guard down” as the vaccination drive continues and pent-up demand drives recovery.

That said, he stated that the internet in India accelerated to a different level because of COVID-19, and that India’s internet moment has come. “Rather the internet’s India moment has come after Silicon Valley (in America) and China,” he said.

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