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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 …

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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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A ‘One with nature’ tourism hotspot emerges in Coastal Karnataka; Destination Karavali set to become the Leading Beach Alternative

I think it’s now safe to say that the Karnataka coast, or Karavali as the locals call this coast, has a ready identity, driven by sustainable principles and curated for the discerning explorer by professional persons. The year 2020 brought me back to my home town Mangalore after 10 long years. When I left in 2010, I had the impression that Mangalore had a confused identity. There was the old and conservative pitched in battle against the …

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IndiGo signs LOI to bring Freighters on board, Initiates Foray into Logistics

Building on its fleet strength, its existing nationwide network, air cargo was but a natural progression. Building upon the success of the CarGo business in recent years, IndiGo has initiated a freighter programme and is in the process of sourcing 4 A321ceo aircraft each of which will be converted from passenger jets to a full freighter configuration.  A Letter of Intent has been signed with a lessor for two aircraft already, and IndiGo expects to …

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Thinking of taking a staycation : Goa is emerging a top choice destination

As Goa beckons, imagine your next holiday starting with the hosts welcoming and walking you into their home. A destination where you are looking to make a connection with the local community, live their lifestyle, eat their food and imbibe some of their culture. As travel increases, search is on for sustainable, experiential options, perhaps a house that is a total breakaway from your own home. Accommodation are available with varied frills in diverse categories, …

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Go Experiential with Camels, at Camel Charisma with the Raikas in Rajasthan

“About 25 years ago, it all began with a kiss…. a big smooch on the cheek by a friendly female camel. Earlier, in 1979 while working as an archaeozoologist in Jordan, I saw a line of hundreds of orderly camels descending down a hill to their watering point. It was like a mirage – and so began my love affair with camels!” recalls Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson of Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS), Sadri, Rajasthan and The League for Pastoral Peoples (LPP), …

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Two-thirds of Americans planning summer vacations, Long-haul not in sight!

An extensive survey quoted by eTurbo News has highlighted that less than 10% of Americans were planning to go overseas for long haul. With the recent advisory saying 80% of the world has been blocked off, Americans are even more likely to stay within their own country, spend time in the neighbourhood, with countries like India not likely to be on top of the shopping list. With summer right around the corner, it’s not just …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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 …