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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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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 …