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The Way We Will Travel in 2021 / Travel Trends 2021

Rise of smart travel, slow staycations, nomadic hotels, mental wellness retreats, weekends in quiet forests… Travel megatrends for 2021 show us ‘the new normal’ way to travel!  The future of Tourism is changing. We are looking at emerging new niches, travel styles and changing travel experiences. Every year travel trends change, however, 2021 is set to be one of tourism’s most transformative years. As the world slowly hopes to recover from COVID-19 and borders start …

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Experiential Tourism Gets a Heads-up with NGOs like Adarshila

Take a walk through the varied interventions from an NGO like Adarshila. Open to tourists coming on board and providing a helping hand. The Experiential, Hands-on Traveller Community-based tourism in India has shown an upward swing in the past few years, as more visitors are showing a significant inclination towards service-based tourism. Travel agents’ itineraries are increasingly offering experiential visits to urban and rural NGOs which support development of underprivileged communities. Also being incorporated are opportunities to …

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How Countries are Developing Joint Responsibility to Open Up Tourism Businesses Post Covid stress?

Citing examples of some of the Best Practices Globally, here is a road map for opening up states and the country holistically and cautiously. Tourism continues to be one of the sectors hardest hit by the Covid19 and, as of today, the outlook remains grim and highly uncertain. International organizations and major tourist receiving countries have estimated that the sector went down between 70% and 80% in 2020, and only slow recovery is in sight in …

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Vistara Scores High Among Indian Carriers as Safest to Fly in Times Like These

Mumbai based rating company rates airlines in the APAC region for November 2020 Safe Travel Barometer, said to be the world’s most comprehensive B2B monitoring and benchmarking solution of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and traveler experience initiatives announced by suppliers, has announced the Safe Travel Score November 2020 leaderboard for Asia Pacific (APAC) airlines. 15 out of the 74 airlines assessed achieved a Safe Travel Score of 4.0 or higher. Airlines which were rated …

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Pragati Maidan 2.0 Reschedules its Timelines; Hopes for April 2021 to Bring Back Business

Inevitably, timelines had to be redrawn, given the lockdown and uncertain workforce. But a determined effort to keep to its best possible recovery, CMD L C Goyal, who is a former Home Secretary in the Government of India, says the project is back on track. Halls are open for business as per the GOI November guidelines and SOPs. Destination India brings you the highlights of the recovery in progress, with exhibition business presently in complete …

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737 MAX cleared for flights from 29/ 12. What does this mean for Indian Carriers such as SpiceJet ?

Boeing’s 737 MAX staged its first post-grounding flight on 2nd December, after a 20-month safety ban. American Airlines who intend to start scheduled services using the 737 MAX from the 29th December flew this 45-minute hop from Dallas, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma with media onboard. Earlier on November 18th the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorised the 737 MAX to re-enter U.S. airline service, with other countries regulatory agencies also expected to re-certify it soon. The …

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Maharashtra to Give Industry Status to Hospitality Sector, Becoming the First State to do so; Shacks to come up on 8 Beaches this Season.

In an interview with the state tourism and civil aviation secretary, Valsa Nair, she outlines a number of initiatives that will bring about ease in travel and open new tourism opportunities in the state.    Maharashtra state has made the big announcement for Indian hospitality, one that we hope becomes a trendsetter for other states to follow. With a dynamic minister for tourism at the helm, Maharashtra is anointing hotels with industry status, with the …

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PM Modi Reiterates Importance of Travel Related Infrastructure, says Tourism Follows

Ease of travel is catching the PM’s attention as he inaugurated the new six lane expressway connecting Varanasi with Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. He underscored the importance of connectivity to a growing economy and society. This is where we believe the future of Indian tourism will unfold, as people travel for all reasons including tourism! PM Modi made a whirlwind tour to the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh, dedicating a slew of infrastructural projects to the state’s …

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Reinventing and Re-Imagining Regional Connectivity is Critical to India’s Ongoing Growth Story.

Despite the undoubted potential of regional aviation in India, the sector remains severely under-penetrated and standalone regional carriers have struggled. CAPA held a virtual discussion on the subject and came out with remarkable clarity on the failures so far, the ambition of having a sustainable and meaningful regional connectivity, and the way forward towards achieving these goals. The regional connectivity is critical to India’s growth story. The Indian economy is undergoing a major transformation as …

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While Industry waited for Proposals to Motivate more Domestic Travel, Government has decided upon diverting LTC funds to other consumer Spends

A double whammy has fallen on the doorsteps of the travel and tourism sector. While for months, the sector has continued to look for help from government, to mitigate the stress, here comes a shocker of unprecedented magnitude. LTC provisions can now be diverted to other spends, subject to certain conditions. Tax payers can spend buying ACs and refrigerators and do not need to travel. It is virtually saying no need to discover your country …

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Domestic tourism the way to go, declares MoT; launches ‘SAATHI’ app for hospitality industry

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, recently celebrated the World Tourism Day, hosting a virtual seminar, with the entire top brass of the ministry in attendance. Dharmendra Pradhan, Cabinet Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel in the Government of India was also present as the event’s chief guest who launched the ‘SAATHI’ app.   SAATHI – System for Assessment, Awareness & Training for Hospitality Industry- is a ministry of tourism’s initiative in …

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Unleash the tsunami that tourism can bring, making it contribute upto 20% of India’s GDP, says Tourism Fraternity Members.

In India, travel and tourism has been decimated. Following the current protocol in place with regard to international travel, businesses involved in inbound tourism have overnight lost their relevance. Zero revenues in a highly competitive industry almost immediately triggered massive job losses and huge salary cuts. Thus, it’s an existential issue for the industry and its various stake holders, ranging from the most humble cab driver or guide which has come to the fore. It …

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Singapore Changi rated the safest among APAC airports evaluated by Safe Travel Barometer in its study.

Safe Travel Barometer, the world’s most comprehensive database for COVID-19 traveler health and safety protocols, has released the Safe Travel Score for airports worldwide including for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region (see table). This follows the announcement of the ‘safest airlines’ last month, a report that this website had carried earlier.  The Safe Travel Score is an industry-first rating initiative, based on an independent audit of more than 200 airports and 20 traveler health and …

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Travel agents are conserving cash; uniform policies critical to boosting demand, says Ankush Nijhawan

Much has been written and discussed on the B2C segment and the challenges therein. However, the churn in the B2B segment has not been adequately documented in the recent past. We reached out to Ankush Nijhawan, the B2B leader in India, to gain insights into the trends in the segment. He highlights the lack of liquidity, coupled with a sense of uncertainty, as reasons for the short-term conservative outlook among travel agents. Nijhawan seems bullish …

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Naveen Kundu confident of domestic appetite; first priority is to open up the travel sector, prefers industry to lead the recovery

Amid the doom and gloom comes heartening news for the industry. EbixCash Travels has inked a significant deal to provide travel (charter), on-ground and forex services to a majority of the IPL franchises. The agreement is the brainchild of Naveen Kundu, MD, Tours & Travels, EbixCash, and is expected to conservatively add close to US$3-5 million to the company’s kitty. We recently spoke to him to understand what went behind the making of the deal, …

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IATO President shares his prescription to relaunch Tourism in the country; Confidence Building is the Key to Success

There is little chance of inbound tourism in the immediate future, considering the spike in cases in key gateway cities. Air bubbles present an opportunity but not necessarily for tourism; these are more essential travellers who have to commute for family or business reasons. What does this scenario hold for the large community of inbound tour operators? We asked the IATO president, Pronab Sarkar for his strategy to build upon our tourism again, post COVID …