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India Announces Closure of all Tourist Offices by March 2023; Soon to be formed National Tourism Board to Take a Call on Next Moves.

It is a good decision, not an easy one. An effective alternative machinery that works transparently for inbound tourism, is the need of the hour. India has decided to close down all its tourist offices overseas. Effective end March 2023, the shutters will be down globally signalling a new era for Indian Tourism marketing. The debate has been on going for last few years, some offices had closed recently, and this time around, the decision …

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Businessman and Hotelier Binod Chaudhary Wins Seat in Nepal’s New Parliament.

It augurs well for tourism in our region. Chaudhary is a firm believer in facilitating businesses, promotes the concept of regional tourism, will  work towards India and Nepal together in tourism.  Leading business magnate and hotelier from Nepal, prominent tourism and hospitality industry leader in South Asia, Binod Chaudhary has entered the country’s parliament in the recent national elections, contesting and winning as a senior member of the ruling National Congress, the single biggest party in the new parliament. Given his love …

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OTAs Strengthen Outreach of the Travel and Tourism Product; Growth Inevitable as the Consumers Show Irreversible Passion to Travel.

In this research paper, the author outlines the changing contours of the Indian travel product and the envisaged growth in the immediate times ahead. At the heart of the Indian online travel story lies its burgeoning middle-class. With nearly 166 million middle-class households in 2018, it is expected to rise to 330 million by 2030. Indian travelers took approximately 1.8 billion domestic and 26 million international trips in 2018. In the last few years, improved infrastructure …

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“Making India more Incredible is a reality waiting to happen”, says Nakul Anand, president FAITH at the Tourism Ministers Meeting

Making a strong plea for collaborations in the industry, between government and the industry, Anand reiterated the industry’s belief in the strength of the Indian Tourism product. He expressed lucidly some of the main issues that need to be tackled to make India the leading tourism destination. Anand highlighted that tourism and travel was a common cause for both industry and government, “a cause that has provided livelihood and life to so many. It is …

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India’s Aviation and Foreign Policy Mix: an UDAN type Intervention can Leverage India’s Soft Power in the Neighbourhood.

Dr Sanat Kaul, leading aviation analyst, has brought out his book on this important subject. Released recently, the event featured an important panel discussion on the real time possibility! Former senior IAS officer Sanat Kaul, who has served as JS in the ministry of civil aviation, MD in Delhi Tourism and was Indian representative at ICAO in Montreal, has released his book on India’s aviation and Foreign Policy. An interesting and unusual spin on two …

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CAPA Sees Industry Consolidation Ahead Near Term, Industry may reduce fares to remain Attractive for Customers.

CAPA India Outlook FY2023 has been shared. Highlights of the study have some key indicators for the Indian aviation industry. These include: Domestic Traffic Domestic traffic is expected to reach 130-140 million passengers, perhaps remaining slightly lower than the FY2020 levels. The impact of higher fares on demand is becoming visible in Q2 with traffic recovery slowing down. International Traffic International traffic is expected to reach 55-60 million passengers, around 20% below pre-COVID. Airline Financials …

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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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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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Trans Himalayan Trails Offer a Pristine Opportunity to Break in the Big League of Adventure Tourism

Ajeet Bajaj, Padma Shri recipient for his unique successes in adventure tourism, scaling among other achievements, the Everest with his daughter, says in this feature that Trans Himalayan Trails offer a unique opportunity to tap our adventure tourism potential. Adventure Travel is a US 683-billion-dollar industry globally showing 21% Compound Annual Growth rate since 2012. According to the World Bank, Adventure travel is the largest niche market with about 238 million travellers annually. India, on …

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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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IATO Must Enlarge Its Mandate, To Represent All Tourism Businesses Under One Umbrella: Maharaj Wahi

A former president of IATO and a senior industry member, Maharaj Wahi seriously believes the time has come for the apex inbound tour operators’ body to go beyond it original mandate, as times have changed, and become representative of tourism businesses. It’s a call that only the association can make! As THE most affected industry during the pandemic it’s interesting to note that we have received oodles of sympathy from all corners but very little …

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CAPA outlines Challenges Before Airline Industry in the Year Ahead: Structural Reforms Needed for Sustainability

CAPA has released its 2022 Report on the Indian Airline sector, underlining that recapitalisation is critical, new norms must be introduced for new start-ups, and traffic will remain muted, in the face of possible rising costs of both oil and US$. It is going to be yet another difficult year! We have run out of words to describe the state of Indian airlines. But as we have repeatedly emphasised, the industry is standing on the edge …

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Fully Vaccinated Travelers, But Not Fully Welcomed by Destinations

Fully Vaccinated Travelers are not aware of destination disclaimers. Consider a scenario – Jung Lee, a Chinese national was recently fully vaccinated by the Sinovac shot. Not surprisingly, Lee wanted to waste no time in planning her post-vaccine vacation celebratory trip to Greece after an entire year of wait. Little did she know that her vaccination record would hold no value in the arrival destination? Lee was fully vaccinated, but she was reined to the …

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Politics Aside, The World’s Tallest Statue is an Incredible New Tourism Product for Gujarat and indeed for Indian Tourism!

From times immemorial, tourism in India was largely associated with the Taj Mahal. Afterall, India’s ‘Monument Of Love’ hosts an average of 70 to 80 lakh visitors every year. But apart from the many others on the national landscape we, as a nation, have not been able to add newer tourism products, not as many as India merits. In the last year, however, India has become home to the world’s tallest statue – the Statue …