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Singapore is Fully Open: India is already Second-best Market

India promises to regain its eminence as a tourist generating market for Singapore, says Srithar, Regional Director for India, Middle East and South Asia for Singapore Tourism. He has spent more than a decade in this region and is conversant with both the market as well as its key drivers. Effective 1st April, Singapore is fully open to tourism. “Presently, 14 Indian cities have direct air connectivity to Singapore. More than 50% of the pre-Covid …

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Bukhara Brings the Zing Back into Life after Covid, It’s a Big Reassurance that Good Times are on Hand!

Life has been strange in numerous ways, for want of a better expression, over the last two years. With bouts of hope and depression giving way to a sustained new burst of energy, that all too familiar is coming back as the new experience of a happier times. It has been over two long years since eating out has been taboo. It’s both looking back and looking ahead, with hope and expectancy for better times …

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Leela Builds Upon its Traditions and Core Values, Looks at Expansion both in India and Globally, says Anuraag Bhatnagar.

DI interviews the CEO, Anuraag Bhatnagar on what’s brewing at the hospitality chain, committed to the core values originally set by the legendary founder Capt Nair. We are meeting for the first time, since the last wave when we had multiple restrictions in place. As the world is opening, we caught up, to understand what’s new at Leela, that was bought over by asset management group Brookfield, just a few months before the first lockdown …

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TAAI Goes to Colombo to Bring a Fresh Momentum to Regional Tourism; Hosts Promise a Memorable Convention

It’s a bold Move by TAAI and president Jyoti deserves full credit for going that Extra Mile. It’s a bold new Beginning for Regional Tourism, in the post Covid era. The 66th annual TAAI convention will he held third week April in Colombo. At a press conference to formally announce the event and to launch its logo and brochure, president Jyoti Mayal stressed how this will multiply tourism between our two countries. “We have observed wherever …

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Air India confirms Chandrasekaran as its new Chairman; CEO appointment to happen soon.

A win-win situation for all the stakeholders, from government to employees, airline industry and the traveller at large is the crucial take away from the airline’s privatisation   Looking back, on the recent successful privatisation of Air India, it’s interesting to note how it represents a win-win situation for all concerned. For the government it means no more having to finance a losing proposition, in recent years it has been in excess of Rs. 5000 crores every year! …

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CII Summit Suggests a Shopping Festival to Promote Delhi as a Multi-facted Destination. 

It may well be an opportune time to curate a shopping festival for Delhi, concluded a select panel at a recently convened webinar by CII Delhi State unit. Panellists included the heads of DLF Malls, Pushpa Bector; head of Select Citywalk, Yogeshwar Sharma; head of asset management at InterGlobe Hotels, Manoj Agarwal; Navin Berry, editor of this website, was the moderator. It was stressed that shopping festivals was an excellent and proven model of promotion, …

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Challenges as We Get Back into Inbound: Roadshows in Traditional Markets Needed, says IATO President, Rajeev Mehra.

Traditional Markets are a safer bet, he says, though it’s all not that easy to get them back. There are challenges, which may resolve over the next year or so. With India gradually opening up for international tourists, we caught up with Rajeev Mehra, president of IATO, on how he views the challenges as we open? There is some debate between new and traditional markets as being better bets for the immediate run. What does he think? New markets …

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The world is undergoing a major shift in decision-making and buying power, and it’s altering the global and Indian hospitality ecosystem, says K B Kachru.

What is the impact, looking back, upon Indian hospitality industry – witnessing the last two years’ challenges? DI caught up with K.B. Kachru, Chairman Emeritus & Principal Advisor, Radisson Hotel Group-South Asia to get his impressions on the industry pipeline and growth aspect. In the Covid breakdown, what has been the impact on the Indian eco-system? “The past few years have been particularly challenging for the hospitality sector, but this hasn’t taken away the growth …

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The Young Legend in Luxury, Ankur Bhatia Passes Away leaving a Rich Legacy that Competed with the Best in the Business

For him, Amadeus was a start-up in the first wake of technology coming into Indian travel space. He was the master hands-on guy who later drove the Roseate brand in Delhi, Rishikesh and London. He became the classic understated icon for luxury – his amazing legacy will live on! He was his own man, his own type, inimitable, unique. As a young legend, at the early age of just 48 years, he had become the unmistakable …

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Impact of Tourism on our Economy: Our industry Needs a New, Credible and contemporary Narrative!

Does our industry need a new narrative on how it matters to the Indian economy? Is the present story inadequate to convince the powers that be? Has the time come for the government to fund a new study, both at secondary and primary levels, or would it be prudent for industry associations to get the ball rolling? The time to act is now, when the industry needs a more favourable and urgent hearing? At a …

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Leela Hotels Uses This Lockdown to Assure Its Associates, And Vaccinate Them and Their Families; Confident That When Business Starts, They Will Be There to Serve Their Guests Meaningfully.

Destination India spoke with Anuraag Bhatnagar, COO, Leela Hotels and Resorts on how they are coping with these times. At Leela, they have used this time to look inwards towards their associates and first ensure their well-being. How will your company cope with this stress? Any new re-imagining for the immediate times ahead? The second wave is an unprecedented reality that all of us are battling both on a personal as well as a professional …

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Important That We Calibrate How Hotels and Tourism Open Up, As Caring and Not Charging Over the Top, Sensitive to A Nation in Grief

As we look ahead to open our industry again, we must be cautious in how we portray ourselves as an industry: we must be seen as caring, sensitive and emerge as the first line of defence against the virus. And, we should not go aggressive in raising tariffs that may look like profiteering! It is important that we are seen as sensitive and caring, and not catering to the privileged. Our messaging needs to be …

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Lemon Tree Hotels Partner with hospitals across India to offer Early to Mild care to Covid Patients; Hospitality Chains Sign In to Help out the Needy

A most laudable initiative from the hospitality industry. A far cry from asking for more, this time, giving as best as it can. For instance, Lemon Tree has partnered its hotels with various hospitals across India who will provide early care to mild/asymptomatic COVID patients in Gurugram, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad (as on 1st May 2021). In total, Lemon Tree has provided 714 rooms. Admission to these facilities will be purely at the discretion of the relevant …

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Covid Times have snatched some of the best the industry has known.

First, we heard the tragic news of former Minister and former Governor Jagmohan, possibly one of the best tourism ministers we had in the country. His contribution to building tourism related infrastructure will remain unequalled for a long time to come. As Governor of J &K state, he revamped the entire Vaishnodevi yatra. If you consider ease in travel, a contemporary idiom we are so fond of, his revolutionary turn around of the route, the …

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Prashanth Takes on his second avatar as hotelier, launches Avatar Hotel in Mangalore

Prashanth Aroor has taken on his second avatar, as a hotelier, starting with The Avatar Hotel, (owned by development company Shanker Vittal), to develop the first hotel of his family promoted entity. What is on the cards are Boutique lifestyle localised hotels with a plan for 5 more leisure resorts across western Karnataka in the next cycle of development. The first is a city hotel in Mangalore which is now 99% ready. What does the …

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BITB BOUNCE suggests strategic, dynamic policy changes to how we position and promote hospitality and tourism

The recently concluded BITB Conclave – BOUNCE – has recommended timely and strategic interventions, both by government and industry, in a collaborative manner to ensure India gets its fair share of international tourism, as and when India opens up. It has also stressed upon the need for an equitable role for all segments of the industry. Going forward, we need to understand the new markets, changing demographics of the new age traveller and pitching our …