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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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IATO President shares his prescription to relaunch Tourism in the country; Confidence Building is the Key to Success

There is little chance of inbound tourism in the immediate future, considering the spike in cases in key gateway cities. Air bubbles present an opportunity but not necessarily for tourism; these are more essential travellers who have to commute for family or business reasons. What does this scenario hold for the large community of inbound tour operators? We asked the IATO president, Pronab Sarkar for his strategy to build upon our tourism again, post COVID …

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MoT signs MOU with TAAI and FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) for Women Empowerment

A pioneering initiative has been signed between MoT and TAAI and FLO, towards women empowerment, laying emphasis on personal and hospitality skills, a more flexible work balance and greater options for entrepreneurship with significantly lower capital. This marks a new chapter in collaboration between government and industry; women power is an important and integral part of a cohesive and inclusive policy for tourism development. Women are a big part of our sector, employed in large …

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FAITH puts Industry First, Speaks for all Verticals in One Voice; Suggestions made to Government on the Way Forward.

FAITH, under the guidance of its chairman, Nakul Anand, has written to the Minister for Tourism, seeking support for a series of measures, that would help to kick start Indian tourism and save jobs and prevent bankruptcies. Speaking on behalf of the 10 founder member associations (ADTOI, ATOAI, FHRAI, HAI, IATO, ICPB, IHHA, ITTA, TAAI, TAFI) and their cause partner – AIRDA, Anand stated that the ten associations had met and had extensive discussion to …

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The future of hotels is here to stay, says Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited

It is as sweeping as it can get! Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited, speaks on all things travel, tourism and hospitality, in what must be his most extensive interview during his illustrious career. He shares his thoughts on the contours of the business, the changes that the black swan event may force upon sectors, and how ITC Hotels was gearing up for the next decade. Nakul Anand has grown in the industry from being …

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Eco-Tourism Society gets a new name, Rakesh Mathur as its incoming president.

In the belief that eco-tourism was self limiting, and working towards a larger canvas of being responsible, the Eco-Tourism Society has now become Responsible Tourism Society. The name change broadens its canvas and hopes to attract the entire industry as its members, ‘responsible’ being a common denominator.  Why this name change? What was the limitation in the earlier name, and what do you hope to change with the new one? It was discussed and decided to change …

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Reimagine, reinvent and reskill: Hospitality leaders moot Enduring Solutions to the Covid disruption

Recent hospitality industry deliberations have  focused upon the lack of government support during COVID stress and how the sector has been left to fend for itself. While there is no denying that these assertions are factual and concerns on short and medium-term sustainability of the industry remain overwhelmingly uncertain, stating the obvious hardly helps the industry, in dire need of reinventing itself to stay afloat! In a welcome change, at a webinar hosted by BW …

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Travel to Start next week, we expect, Signalling the Road Forward

It is around 55 days of national lockdown, with the entire nation united in our fight against the virus. Of course, there are the usual black sheep; there are also images of our underbelly exposed like we had not ourselves realized. It is now balancing our lives with a livelihood. We cannot remain for long with our hands tied, confined to our homes. Life has to move on.  Opening the economy is round the corner; …

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Air Traffic to resume sooner than later, says Minister Hardeep Puri

India’s Minister for Civil Aviation, in an interview with Times Now, broadcast this afternoon, said the Air India sale was only delayed by two months. Invitation for EOI had been postponed to end-June, in view of the Coronovirus concerns. Not selling the middle seat on board aircraft was not any solution, he said, as it did not create the required social distance of one metre. Read on… Plans for sell-off of Air India, have only …

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Covid-19 Impact and Revival of Travel and Tourism

By Ashwini Kakkar, former Vice Chairman, Mercury Travels; former President Travel Agents Association of India, and former President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This article first appeared in Business World. Coronavirus has emerged as a major black swan event and dealt a crippling blow to the entire Travel and Tourism industry, not only in India, but in the entire world. The disruptions that it has caused are across the entire value chain …

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Supporting Jobs and Economies Through Travel & Tourism

UNWTO has released an extensive analysis on the way forward for governments and destination promotion agencies. It reinforces the need to first take stock of the damage to every critical sector in the value chain, strengthen it with support, and then plan for a marketing strategy that invokes confidence among the travelling public. An important guide for us in India, for both the state governments and all the central government agencies.         

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Winds of Change are Here to Stay and How, say Industry Insiders

That COVID 19 is impacting travel and tourism like no other episode in recorded history is now understood by all. Now is the time to look ahead, post COVID times, and here the consensus is that change will become the new norm, that travel and tourism will adorn new clothes. Here are some specialist views, experts in inbound, outbound, and international travel and aviation and we get a ringside view on shape of things to …