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HotelScapes

HOSI 2020 Concludes as Major Hybrid Event for the Industry with 2000 Delegates

The year 2020 has seen little activity, especially after March, when the lockdown started. In recent weeks, with some activity kick starting, HOSI was back with what must be, among the first hybrid events in our industry in the country. As Manav Thadani, chairman, Hotelivate, organizers of the conference said, “HOSI 2020 was India first true blended hospitality conference”, a truly memorable experience in the new normal. “We hosted it from the Indian School of …

Travel & Tourism

Unleash the tsunami that tourism can bring, making it contribute upto 20% of India’s GDP, says Tourism Fraternity Members.

In India, travel and tourism has been decimated. Following the current protocol in place with regard to international travel, businesses involved in inbound tourism have overnight lost their relevance. Zero revenues in a highly competitive industry almost immediately triggered massive job losses and huge salary cuts. Thus, it’s an existential issue for the industry and its various stake holders, ranging from the most humble cab driver or guide which has come to the fore. It …

Travel & Tourism

Singapore Changi rated the safest among APAC airports evaluated by Safe Travel Barometer in its study.

Safe Travel Barometer, the world’s most comprehensive database for COVID-19 traveler health and safety protocols, has released the Safe Travel Score for airports worldwide including for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region (see table). This follows the announcement of the ‘safest airlines’ last month, a report that this website had carried earlier.  The Safe Travel Score is an industry-first rating initiative, based on an independent audit of more than 200 airports and 20 traveler health and …

HotelScapes

Year 2020 has been the Worst Year for Indian Hotel Industry, and Continues its Negative Growth, says Horwath Study

The industry, surveyed over the first six months of this year, shows a near ICU state of affairs for the industry. This report argues that urgent steps are needed for the industry’s resuscitation! In this report we present an analysis of hotel performance in India for the half year Jan-June 2020. All comparisons are with H1-19 or Q1 and Q2 of 2019, as relevant. If 2019 was the best performing year (among the last 10 …

Airports & Airlines

Mumbai based VIDEC releases its Safe Travel Barometer; LH is the safest with Vistara in second position.

Lufthansa rated the best among 150+ airlines evaluated worldwide by Safe Travel Barometer Safe Travel Barometer, said to be the world’s most comprehensive database for COVID-19 traveler health and safety protocols, has released Safe Travel Score for airlines worldwide. This is an industry-first rating initiative, based on an independent audit of more than 150 airlines and 20 traveler health and safety measures announced, as part of airlines renewed pre-boarding, boarding and onboard experiences. Germany’s Lufthansa …

Airports & Airlines

CAPA study recommends earliest intervention to ensure airline sector sustainability.

CAPA has come out with yet another alarm, saying that both industry and government need to sit down and together find solutions to problems, indeed, the grave crisis, confronting the airline industry. COVID 19 closure of the sector, and the slow calibrated re-opening, according to CAPA estimates, will need another two years before the sector can recover. In between, there is grave danger of collapse in the system. In another development, speaking at an IDEAS …

India Global

Calibrated opening: Egypt gears up to Indian tourists

As global tourism begins to recover, and as governments declare soft openings, we talked to senior representatives in Cairo on how they look towards Indian travellers again. Following are the extracts:  What was India’s profile before COVID set in?Let us say during 2019. How has this been shaping in recent years?Egypt has witnessed a great response from the Indian market over the last few years. Numbers has jumped from 60K in 2014 to more than 128k tourists …

HotelScapes

Roseate live streams kitchen feed for guests, works on the principle, seeing is believing!

As food safety and hygiene take centre stage, Roseate Hotels has commendably shown the way by providing live feed of its kitchen to assuage consumers’ concerns  The Coronavirus pandemic has forced hotels and restaurants to further scrutinize their established processes around handling and serving F&B. Several new nomenclatures have come about, from contactless dining to zero-contact dining, among others. While many believe that contactless dining may be a far-fetched, even an absurd idea given various …

Destinations

Rani George, secretary tourism, Kerala records her appreciation to all agencies who helped in repatriation of stranded tourists

Kerala Tourism has again extended support and assistance to foreign tourists who could not return home due to the ban on international flights which was effected to prevent the spread of COVID 19. The Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany came forward to operate charter flights to repatriate the German nationals and European Union nationals stranded in India. Those tourists who are asymptomatic and have completed 14 days in Kerala or tested negative were …

Travel & Tourism

Much Catching Up To Do for Goa, But CM Strikes Positive Note

From ensuring price competitiveness, offering an equally superlative experience as by competing destinations, to keeping its beaches clean, Goa’s travel and tourism industry is beset with challenges, but Chief Minister Pramod Sawant remains confident that these are surmountable, and he will personally interact with industry to ensure the success of tourism in the state. (This interaction took place before the lockdown happened in Goa and throughout the country. It is pause button for now, for …

Travel & Tourism

It’s Time to Walk the Talk, Says Veteran Hotelier Habib Rehman

Having spent more than four decades in the travel and tourism sector, S.S.H. Rehman knows very well that the many stakeholders have to come out of their silos and act with a unity of purpose to be able to harness the country’s missed tourism potential. This interview was conducted before the lockdown and before we knew any of what was coming! What Rehman has to say deserves even more urgent attention because when the recovery begins, …

Travel & Tourism

Travel and Tourism in Turmoil: industry awaits stimulus

WITH the arterial nodes of the country in a state of total lockdown, the travel and tourism sector is not only being mauled in the short term, but will also experience the ripple effects of the Covid-19 pandemic much after the present panic subsides. That’s seriously bad news for a nation struggling to get its travel and tourism act together. It is also an alarming signal to the government to consider a bailout package especially for these most afflicted …

Industry News

Tourism Industry Cancels All Events

The COVID story, as it unfolds, has among things, taken a toll of virtually every single tourism related event in the last six weeks. First ITB China was called off, then ITB India and finally ITB Berlin as well. All three ITB events stand cancelled for this year! IMEX Frankfurt was the next in line. Closer home, it was first HICSA in Mumbai, BITB India Tourism Conclave in Delhi and then GITB in Jaipur! All …

HotelScapes

India Hospitality Industry Overview 2019: HVS Report

HVS has released its annual review for the hospitality industry for the year 2019. Much of it, unfortunately, relates to a period before the COVID-19 set in, bringing its wrath upon the hospitality industry. It still makes important reading as this was the forecast for 2020 before the disaster struck. Introduction 2019 has been a mixed bag for the sector. The year started on a positive note, with the first quarter of the year performing …

HotelScapes

Skilling for 21st Century Tourism & Hospitality

Imagine experiencing Taj Mahal without a guide, said Manish Kumar, CEO, National Skill Development Corporation, in an interview with Tourism First. However automated and tech-centric the world may become, human capital will remain an invaluable asset that will drive customer loyalty and profitability. As MD & CEO of National Skill Development Corporation, Manish Kumar brings to the job his experience at the World Bank, working as Country Coordinator and Senior Institution Development Economist, Water and …