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Travel & Tourism

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 …

Travel & Tourism

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 …

Travel & Tourism

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, …

Destinations

Gujarat’s tourism to go ‘vocal for local;’ promises to extend all support to stakeholders

The time is ripe to look inward and focus on the state’s lesser-explored tourism products, believed Gujarat’s key tourism policymakers and senior industry insiders. They shared their thoughts in the recently organised webinar titled ‘Future of Tourism Post COVID-19′ by FICCI Gujarat State Council. Here are some edited excerpts from the proceedings:   The government’s specific strategy, mounted on “a war-footing,” under the leadership of PM Modi, had worked well to arrest the transmission, Jawaharbhai …

Heritage & Culture

Amish Tripathi on ancient Indian heritage and culture, at the INTACH webinar

We are all familiar with the sweeping scale of Indian heritage and culture, and its cumulative impact on projecting the nation’s soft power, a crucial component for travel and tourism. But soft power is intrinsically linked to hard power, argues Amish Tripathi – a renowned writer turned diplomat, whose books have offered ground-breaking perspectives on Indian history and mythology. It is no coincidence, therefore, that India’s unprecedented clout in global affairs in the first century …

Destinations

A vision, ease of business and piecing together products critical for driving Delhi’s tourism: CII

The need for a resilience framework to ensure a stronger comeback for travel, tourism and hospitality sectors, has never been more profound. COVID-19-induced challenges have underlined the need for calibrating strategies to place tourism and travel, and related businesses, at centre stage for the state’s economic recovery. CII Delhi recently conducted an e-conclave titled ‘Building Delhi for a New World’ to highlight the challenges and moot the road ahead.  Senior industry leaders suggested opportunities and …

Airports & Airlines

Consolidation inevitable; the aviation industry must assess strategic pivots to new business model

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing disruption has wrecked sectors across the spectrum. The aviation industry, already under duress, has been facing unprecedented strain with no-show because of lockdown measures. CAPA India recently conducted a webinar titled ‘Reinventing the airline business model in India’ to underline the criticality of recalibrating strategies and processes to ensure business viability and consequent profits in the longer-term. Kapil Kaul, Chief Executive Officer and Director, CAPA, highlighted the challenges and …

Destinations

States must assuage concerns about safety and hygiene, says Souvagya Mohapatra

Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director of Mayfair Group of Hotels, Chairman of FICCI Eastern Region Tourism Committee, Co-Chair of CII Eastern Region Tourism Council and Co-opted Executive Committee member of FHRAI has much on his plate. As a senior member of several industry associations, he has been making representations to state governments and the central government, outlining the industry’s pressing concerns. As the chief executive of the Mayfair Group, he has a tough task of getting …

Destinations

Mata Vaishnodevi Yatra: measured steps needed to build confidence

Envisaging SOPs and establishing well-laid-out mechanisms to ensure a seamless experience, safety and well-being of pilgrims arriving at the Holy Shrine were the central themes of the recently conducted webinar titled ‘Way forward for tourism & Shri Vaishno Devi Yatra- Post COVID-19.’ Industry experts and government functionaries discussed a slew of measures that are likely to instil much-needed confidence among devotees hoping to undertake the coveted trip to the Temple. Here are some excerpts from …

Destinations

CII Webinar underlines Odisha’s challenges; a multi-pronged approach critical

Perfunctory measures won’t cut now, believe stakeholders, regional and national. In the recently conducted webinar titled ‘Tourism Insight and Strategies to the Covid-19 Crisis’, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in Bhubaneshwar, industry leaders advocated for a proactive stance from the government. They asked for immediate relief measures to stem the downward slide that threatens the very existence of businesses and is likely to render millions without employment in the tourism and hospitality …

HotelScapes

Uptick in hospitality business will also depend upon demand, says Radisson CEO Zubin Saxena

To say that these are testing times for the hospitality industry, may sound a trifle repetitive. But the truth be told, the industry is waging an unprecedented battle against COVID-19 – a crisis that threatens the existence of a large chunk of businesses, especially those with thinner pockets to tide over the impending liquidity crunch. Zubin Saxena, MD & VP, Operations, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group, shared his understanding of what lied ahead for the …

HotelScapes

Open to IPO, expect a better valuation in the next two years: Pride Hotels CEO Satyen Jain

Satyen Jain, CEO, Pride Hotels, believed that ‘wait and watch’ was a prudent strategy in the current business milieu before taking the IPO route, and suggested that a better market valuation was possible in the next two years. In a freewheeling chat, he spoke on several issues, including the much-awaited second property in South Goa. Excerpts:  That Pride Hotels was keen on taking the IPO route was a known fact but not much headway had …

HotelScapes

The Savoy stands out for true recreation of colonial legacy, a testimony to passion in hoteliering

What makes The Savoy distinct is perhaps its fascinating story but equally its painstaking restoration. India is replete with examples of heritage that have been transformed into hotels. However, the restoration work that has gone behind resurrecting the Savoy is beyond ordinary. The close to a decade-long effort behind carefully restoring the hotel to its original grandeur makes it one of the most, if not the most, exemplary hotel projects in recent history.  The Savoy …

HotelScapes

Industry leaders must speak their mind; Parivartan requires leadership, says Puneet Chhatwal

Mr Chhatwal, MD & CEO, IHCL, was at his informative and assertive best at the recently concluded BITB Paryatan se Parivartan. He touched upon numerous issues impacting the growth of the hospitality sector, making a pitch for leaders to take a strong stand, noting that the industry could ill-afford to play the waiting game, expecting the government to make a move. He also asked the industry to stop its fixation with the foreign inbound and suggested …

HotelScapes

Experiential, immersive tourism is here to stay; it’s advantage standalone hotels, believe insiders

Immersive and experiential tourism have acquired serious business propositions and can no longer be viewed as peripheral offerings. As the consumer’s awareness, capacity to spend on travel and desire to sample the unique grows, the segment will acquire a more significant standing in the hospitality business landscape and revenue pie, feel leading hoteliers. We spoke to them to understand what’s trending in the segment which has transformed into a mainstream and can’t be termed niche …

Travel & Tourism

A politically empowered minister, stronger private sector outreach, will piece the tourism puzzle 

‘Joining the Dots’ in industry and government for holistic and all-embracing development of the tourism sector has long been the big puzzle for stakeholders. The subject was under scrutiny at the recently held BITB Paryatan se Parivartan as industry leaders brainstormed on piecing together the effort, asking the private sector to take the lead, also putting forth some out-of-the-box solutions to challenges facing the industry. Extracts from the session:  The government needed to set up …