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Travel & Tourism

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 …

Travel & Tourism

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 …

HotelScapes

Hotelivate Report 2021 Captures the Stress in Hospitality; The High and Low witnessed in Different Segments

Hotelivate has released its Hospitality Report for year 2021, giving its stats and pulse of the industry. With COVID cases rising in large numbers yet again, the first (and possibly second) quarter of FY22 are likely to remain under severe pressure. Forecasting in these uncertain times remains extremely challenging. However, one thing is certain. Recover we shall. A slew of measures taken by hotel owners, operators and lenders are all aimed at making survival possible. …

Travel & Tourism

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 …

HotelScapes

Robot Bartenders, Sushi and Ramen makers, Cashless Payments show the way in Japan, as leader in Global Technology.

Trust the Japanese to do it first! When it comes to contactless delivery in the hospitality business, how about robots being your next bartender! When it comes to innovation and technology, Japan has always been at the forefront. Automation and robotics are so deeply engraved in their day to day life that there is no going back. Japan for decades has been working on the ethos of social distancing by depending on technology and utilizing …

Travel & Tourism

Reinventing and Re-Imagining Regional Connectivity is Critical to India’s Ongoing Growth Story.

Despite the undoubted potential of regional aviation in India, the sector remains severely under-penetrated and standalone regional carriers have struggled. CAPA held a virtual discussion on the subject and came out with remarkable clarity on the failures so far, the ambition of having a sustainable and meaningful regional connectivity, and the way forward towards achieving these goals. The regional connectivity is critical to India’s growth story. The Indian economy is undergoing a major transformation as …

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 …