Travel News and Updates: travel and tourism

8 Jul 2019 Tourism

Emphasizing infra: 17 tourist locations to be developed to advance the travel and tourism industry

As per the newest Union Budget of 2019-20, about 100 lakh crores are to be spent in the span of the next five years on developing and enhancing of the tourist destination spots. This enhancement is to be classy and luxurious to attract travellers from across the globe. This shall result in the advancement of the travel and tourism sector in India.“Even though we are as thrilled to hear about the newest investment in the industry, a sensitive matter of developing the connectivity among the key tourist locations is still a sore spot for a rapidly growing industry in India”, said Deep Karla, Founder and Group CEO of MakeMyTrip.“Developing these 17 prime tourist locations into world-class destinations will serve as an example for other upcoming tourism spots”, said the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam in her Budget speech. Thomas Cook in a similar sense added that it is encouraging to see the government focussing on the liquidity, FDI, infrastructure and employment along with the aviation industry.
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28 Jun 2019 News

Tax burden mitigation is expected by the travel and tourism industry

Budget 2019 is in making and the travel and tourism industry has its demands. Relaxation in the taxes will allow improvements in the area. The native and global tourist crowd will experience immense growth and double the income in the sector. Enhancement in the infrastructure and connectivity is expected from the Budget 2019. Hastening the tourism projects in the destinations will attract travelers from across the world. "Last mile connectivity from major metros to tourism destinations will act as a catalyst to double our tourism numbers and contribute to overall development," stated Peter Kerkar, CEO of Travel company Cox & Kings Group. In order to bring in more tourists from abroad, the air seat capacity needs to be increased. This is one of the significant challenges faced by the tourism sector while attracting foreign tourists, he mentioned. Extending the UDAN Scheme to more airports and helping the private tourism sector in making it feasible, he said.

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Travind Institute Delivers 4th Convocation Ceremony of the academic year 2018-2019

Travel and tourism industry has scaled a massive leap in recent times with the government taking every possible step to boost the tourism industry in the country. However, the Travind Institute of Travel and Tourism witnessed its 4th convocation ceremony in the presence of two renowned personalities in the Tourism & Hospitality industry, Dr L.S. Chirmule, Principal of the BVDU Institute of HMCT, Pune, along with Prof. Nachiket Aradhye, who was present as a keynote speaker. The ceremony was hosted by Ms.Pooja N. Pardesi, a senior faculty at Travind Institute, Pune.
The ceremony kick started with felicitation of the chief guests by Mr.Bhimrao Gotarne, Branch Head of the Travind Institute, accompanied by Ms.Shweta Bodhe, Director of Travind. However, the students present at the ceremony were addressed by the Key Note speaker, Prof. Nachiket Aradhye, who has had a vast experience in the industry. He stressed on how the Hospitality and Tourism Industry goes hand-in-hand:
“It’s no longer a hidden truth that Hospitality and Travel Industry goes hand-in-hand. In the absence of tourism, hospitality suffers a direct impact. Similarly, in today’s scenario, we can readily observe that the students are failing to be consistent enough to survive in the industry. I have had a major struggle to reach the consistency level that made me achieve success. And hence, while going hand-in-hand with the booming opportunities in the industry, one must also take care of maintaining
the consistency to give the tourism industry a major boost.”
To share a piece of knowledge with the students, out of her overall experience, so far, Dr L.S. Chirmule quoted that,

“We have been blessed with the outcomes of the booming hospitality and tourism industry. But, while going hand-in-hand with the industry, there’s also a great need felt of grooming the students. Earlier, only the visual appearance was considered, but as per to what the pacing industry suggests, we need to evolve with the overall skills. You may also be judged upon your representation in public. And hence, do not restrict yourself … absorb as much knowledge as you can.”
Later, the students who were top performers throughout the years, in overall aspects, were called upon the stage to award them for their success. Neha Panjwani was awarded as a ‘Student of the year’ for securing the 1st rank in all her previous semesters, followed by Vedika Kulkarni with ‘Most Consistent Student Award’ for her 95 % attendance. Shruti Neve was awarded for securing the first rank in her recent academics, laced up with 95 % attendance.
The ‘Travind Institute of Travel and Tourism’ has kept innovating things that could benefit society. Similarly, the convocation ceremony introduced a new concept, where an NGO named ‘Nirmalya Trust’ was given a lot of old clothes of the students in exchange for saplings. Later, Dr L.S. Chirmule and Prof. Nachiket Aradhye were awarded by the ‘Achievement Award’ and ‘Award of Excellence, respectively, for their years of outstanding work in the industry. The award was presented by Ms Shweta Bodhe.


11 Oct 2018 Tourism

MoU is Signed Between India and Romania To Promote Tourism

A new Memorandum of Understanding signed to promote tourism between India and Romania. It was signed during the visit of the vice-president of India to Romania. Romania is considered as a potential tourism market for India.   
The main motives behind signing the MoU are to expedite the movement of tourism between these two nations, to make more and more investment in the sector of tourism and hospitality, to increase cooperation in the tourism industry, etc.
Source: "Express Travel World"
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17 Sep 2018 Tourism

Travind Institute Organized Third Convocation on September 9, 2018

On September 9, 2018, the third convocation ceremony of Travind Institute of Travel and Tourism Management successfully took place at MCCIA Trade Tower Shivaji Nagar, Pune. The chief guests of the occasion were Mr. Deep Bhong(Founder and Managing Director), Mr.Vishal Terkar(Finance Director), Mr. Datta Dongare (Technical Director), Mr. Pramod Dongare (Operations Director), Mr. Vivek More (Director of Travind Institute) and the special speaker was Mrs.Archana Biwal, Senior Speaker of Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering. Travind certified 40 students  in this year’s convocation for the courses - Diploma in Travel and Tourism With the Certification of GDS Fares & Ticketing ( Amadeus )

While congratulating the students Mrs.Archana Biwal addressed,

“You will be entering the real world with its ups and downs. The process of transition pose some problems, but I am sure that with the value system and training that you have acquired at this institute, you will be able to face the world of work with confidence.”   

Travind Institute of Travel and Tourism Management marked its wonderful presence in the travel and tourism industry by providing proficient skills and education to the students in an effective and efficient manner. Its students are performing well in the industry and appreciated not only by their employers but clients as well.  
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10 Sep 2018 Tourism

British Airways And Vistara Partnership Boost Indian Tourism

British Airways and Vistara have announced their partnership to make travelling easier. It has introduced 13 new destinations, which will boost the Indian tourism in an effective and efficient manner.
With the help of this agreement, customers can book their flights from Chennai, Mumbai, and Delhi. Now,  British Airways customers can easily visit the cities like Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi, and Pune. Earlier it was difficult to travel India from the Uk.  
The facility of providing meals to the passengers has been also introduced. 
Source: "eurasiantimes"

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25 Aug 2018 Tourism

India Announces It's First Ever Indian Tourism Mart

India is going to organize the first Indian Tourism Mart (ITM) at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi for three days. In a press conference, Minister of state (In charge) for tourism KJ Alphons said, “This event is going to arrange under the partnership of Tourism Ministry and Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) with the help of states and UTs (Union Territories).”
The main motive is to enhance the tourist footfall in the coming three years, which will increase the platform for the entire tourism and hospitality stakeholders so that they can easily communicate and create maximum business opportunities which will lead to boost in tourism industry all across the country. With the help of this event, India can present its numerous little-known destinations to the world in an effective and efficient manner.
Source:"The Hindu"

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1 Aug 2018 Tourism

7 Lucrative Travel Jobs that Pay Over $100,000 a Year

Do you want to travel the world but are you stuck in a 9-to-5 Job with two weeks of holidays? There are jobs for which you can wander on your employer's penny that pay more than $ 100,000 per year.

1. Travel Advertiser (VP or higher)
Average salary: $ 116,000
A publicist establishes and maintains positive relations with the media, placing his clients in different media, from television to magazines. A travel blogger works for a hotel (or hotel chain), a cruise line, an airline or an advertising agency that represents travel clients.
The longer you stay with an advertising agency, the more you can do. The average salary for a high-level vice president is around $ 116,000 a year, according to the job website.

2. Luxury travel advisor
Average salary: $ 100,000
Before the Internet, travel agents (as they used to be known) could do as little as booking a plane ticket. Now, travel consultants not only prepare for your trip, but also provide a high level of service and advice, and manage your vacation time.
Travel consultants are always on the road, especially those who specialise in luxury travel, where customers with large budgets want consultants to know the product through first-hand experiences.
The salary of a travel agent is approximately $ 36,654 per year, with an extra $ 6,000 for bonuses and commissions.

3. Hotel manager
Average salary: $ 105,000
The hotel manager ensures that everything about the hotel works without problems. They manage all aspects of the property, including operations, staffing and customer satisfaction, and are mostly responsible for operational efficiency and profitability.
While the average salary for a hotel manager is approximately $ 105,000, those who work in a large, high-end hotel, especially in large metropolitan cities, can earn close to $ 200,000 a year. The Glassdoor employment website shows a manager position at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, a five-star hotel chain, with an average salary of $ 114,000 from $ 95,000 to $ 129,000.

4. Sales Director
Average salary: $ 108,737
A hotel sales manager is responsible for developing businesses through direct sales, marketing, direct mail and tours through the hotel, it also boosts sales revenue, which may be reserving large-scale events and conventions at the hotel. The minimum salary of a director of sales in a hotel is $ 88,116, with the additional compensation in cash (including bonus or commission) of $ 20,621 per year, which amounts to $ 108,737.
If you manage commercial sales for an entire region, such as all hotels of the hotel company in a city or region (that is, all Marriott hotels in New England), you can expect a higher salary of $ 117,440 per year with additional compensation of $ 56,729.

5. The pilot of the airline
Average salary: $ 137,330
If you have ever dreamed of being the pilot of a plane, know that you have a high salary: more than $ 100,000 per year (up to $ 208,000 per year for major airlines). The average annual salary is $ 137,330, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

6. Creative or art director
Average salary: $ 133,000
The average annual salary for a creative director in the US. It is $ 133,839, but it can reach $ 200,000 at the higher end for those who have more experience and get jobs in large companies.
Directors working on trips, such as a hotel chain, for example, get the advantage of travelling through their work, travelling to new hotel openings to determine the general vision, working with designers, artists, editors and marketing specialists


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21 Jul 2018 Tourism

Malabar Tourism to promote Kerala Travel Mart in September 2018.

The promotion of Malabar Tourism will be the focal theme of the upcoming 10th edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), which will be a platform for extensive business-to-business meetings and chalking out measures to make the money-spinning tourism sector of the state a sustainable enterprise.

India’s largest tourism event, the four-day KTM will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on September 27 at 6:00 PM at Grand Hyatt, Bolgatty, Kochi, coinciding with World Tourism Day organised by KTM Society in partnership with Kerala Tourism, the event will conduct its business-to-business meetings at Samudrika and Sagara Convention Centre, Willingdon Island, Kochi, from September 28 to 30.

Announcing the details of the KTM 2018 at a press conference on Wednesday, Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said the opening of Kannur airport this year would give a boost to tourism in the Malabar region in north Kerala.

This is in continuation of the summit meeting between the Indian Prime Minister and the Russian Federation President last year to celebrate 2018 as the Year of Tourism in India and Russia.
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4 Jul 2018 Tourism

Abu Dhabi hotel notices growth after cut off in tourism fee

Abu Dhabi has seen an increase in the number of guests in the first five months of 2018. It is expected to grow further after reduction in tourist and municipal tax. It is said that the bookings have gone up by 5 percent comparatively from the last year. 

The boost was mostly due to visitors from China, India and the UK. undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, Saif Saeed Ghobash said, "We expect to see significant momentum across the tourism sector in the forthcoming months with Abu Dhabi summer season having begun in June, the opening of new leisure establishments and resorts such as Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island from July 25, and Jumeirah’s luxurious Saadiyat Island Resort in November."

From 1st July Abu Dhabi has decided to cut down the hospitality related fees. The cut includes lowering down of tourism fees from 6 percent to 3.5 percent while the municipality fees from 4 percent to 2 percent. Ghobash said, “This decision encourages investments across Abu Dhabi’s tourism and hospitality sector." He also mentioned, “It will also help us attract more visitors and increase occupancy rates, revenues and the average length of stay, and thus increase the tourism sector's contribution to the UAE’s GDP." 

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29 Jun 2018 Tourism

Bali & Beyond Travel Fair 2018

Fifth Bali & Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) is being held in Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre from June 26th to June 30th, 2018. The main focus of this fair is on Exploring the Colors of Indonesia. 

Many experts have been invited to discuss the opportunities and trends in tourism along with the diverse culture of Indonesia. As this fair is focused on business to business event, it is acting as a meeting point for buyers and sellers. Various branches of tourism have been represented in this fair. 

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said, “Our biggest challenge is to create a harmonious synergy among all entities”. He also added, “The success of the Bali & Beyond Travel Fair since its first staging is proof of the Penta helix. It has motivated us to fully support the BBTF, which has proven itself to be an acclaimed travel fair with an incredible track record”.  

Head of BBTF, I Ketut Ardana said it was a proud thing to be a part of the development of Indonesian Tourism. He said, “We chose 'Exploring the Colors of Indonesia' as the theme as we believe in the country’s potential, and how Bali can function as a marketplace”. 

Source: Travel Guide

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27 Jun 2018 Tourism

Tourists will have to pay ‘Tourist Tax’ while visiting New Zealand

Tourists visiting New Zealand will now have to pay NZ$ 35 as a tourist tax. According to the New Zealand government website, “contribute to the infrastructure they use and help protect the natural environment they enjoy”. It is expected this law may come into operation by late 2019. 

Tourism in New Zealand has increased by 8 percent in 2018 as per New Zealand’s annual report. Simon Calder, the travel correspondent for The Independent, said, “Plenty of countries have departure taxes – Australia brought one in in the 1980s. And many impose visa fees. But I’ve not heard of a blatant admission fee for a major tourism destination such as New Zealand.” 

The tax will be used for development in infrastructure and amenities for tourists which can include, car parks, toilets and walking track maintenance, and conservation projects such as native planting, breeding programmes and predator eradication. Up to NZ$ 80 million, a year will increase for these projects.

Australian citizens, permanent residents, people from the Pacific Islands Forum countries and individuals on certain visas will be exempted from this tax. 

Source: The Independent 

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25 Jun 2018 Tourism

UAE Tourism Gets Boost After Free Transit Visa for 48 Hours

UAE recently announced that transit passengers will be exempted from all entry fees for first 48 hours. "This transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only AED 50. Getting transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counters at the passport-control hall across UAE airports," as per a cabinet announcement. 

UAE Ambassador to India, Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, said, "this has been done to encourage people from abroad to come to the UAE and experience the development and the tremendous changes that took place in UAE in the last 36 years. Relaxed rules for Indians carrying Green Cards or have a US visa or residency in Europe and UK have already been in force. They can come directly and get a visa upon arrival. The 48-hour visa fee waiver was created to further enhance tourism". 

According to some reports, it is said that Dubai is the 4th most visited city for Indians. ‘The Economic Times' wrote, "Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the top tourist destinations for Indians". This decision by the UAE will fetch many tourists in Dubai and Abu Dubai. 

Executive of Cox and Kings, Karan Anand said, "The move by the UAE to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours is significant. Many new attractions are opening up in these destinations, and as Dubai gears up for the Expo Dubai 2020, these measures will boost tourism inflows." 

Source: Emirates News Agency

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22 Jun 2018 Tourism

Is Travel Insurance Really Necessary these Days

As people are engaging more and more into traveling, travel insurance is usually neglected. People think that they have had enough experience with traveling and nothing can go wrong. One such incident occurred with Vaneeta Sethi. When she was traveling to the UK to meet her son, though it wasn’t the first time that she was traveling to the UK, she lost her luggage. She was traveling by a foreign airline, which caused more complications. She said, "I was nervous. I asked the airport officials to help me out. They tried to look for my luggage but could not locate it. Here I was ready to meet my son after a year and yet, all that I had brought for especially for him was lost. I first blamed the airline, which promised me the best of help. But I realized later that not taking a travel insurance was actually my fault".  People usually risk their belongs and do not choose a proper travel insurance policy. 

Travel insurance offers various types of policies which may or may not cover all the loss. So, it is essential to carefully choose a policy which best fits your travel plan. Usually, medical insurance is covered while one applies for a travel insurance. But, it is expected when one chooses a policy he/she is well which is beneficial when any situation occurs. 

There are few things to keep in mind while buying an insurance policy. Points that should be considered are, how much amount is payable? What loss is included? Are medical emergencies covered? Along with this, it is important that you keep the bill of whatever things you have and you might require while reclaiming to the insurance company. 

Also, adventure sports usually are not covered under the travel insurance policy. Especially when it has a travel warning. If one is high on alcohol or drugs, your insurance coverage gets void and you cannot claim. 

Source: NDTV

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9 Jun 2018 Tourism

On this World Ocean Day, make travel a responsible journey.

As we celebrate World Ocean Day, it is our responsibility to travel responsibly. 70% of our planet is covered by ocean. The five major oceans form our beautiful world. It is known that since long ago, humans love to travel from one place to other. But, from few decades, traveling has turned out to be harmful towards our nature. Our oceans are getting polluted and endangering the natural inhabitant of the ocean. 
Recently, it was found that a whale was found dead. The reason behind the death was it had consumed a huge amount of plastic that was dumped into the ocean. We not only are increasing the global warming but also risking the lives of these innocent creatures. 
So, this World Ocean Day, let us all create awareness and implementing it by taking few steps while traveling. Here, are few things that we can do:

No plastics
Plastics are the most dangerous thing in nature. Being nondegradable, plastics stay forever in the oceans. We can use alternatives for plastic bags with paper bags or cloth bags. Instead of using plastic bottles, we can carry our own reusable bottles. These small steps make a huge difference to the plastic producing industry. This will ultimately make them produce something which is eco-friendly.

No Littering
We think that ocean can take up all the waste that we litter in the ocean. But, that is not true. The waste we throw in the ocean gets accumulated in these huge oceans. Just remember when you travel to the beach or sail in the ocean, not to litter the surrounding. Which will eventually reduce the pollution level in the oceans! Be generous and keep the beaches clean, as it will also make the beach look clean.

Last but not the least. Walk wherever possible. If you want to travel a distance of a kilometer or two, walk to your destination instead of hiring a taxi or cab. This will reduce the pollution that is generated by vehicles as well as it will reduce the consumption of the fuel. Walking can actually give you a very different experience which you cherish.

You can also avoid products that are offered for free which are wrapped up in the plastics. These types of free products are specially given in the plane or the hotels. Try avoiding it and soon we can make a huge difference towards our nature. 

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6 Jun 2018 Tourism

Sports Tourism witness 10-12% growth in India

Sports Tourism is experiencing immense growth of 10 -12% in India. Sports enthusiastic are traveling places just to watch their favorite team playing. Cricket is the beloved sport for an Indian. After launching of Indian Premier League, a spike in travel is observed. Not just cricket, people are now turning towards sports like football, tennis and also Grand Prix Formula One race. People also travel to watch Olympics, especially the opening ceremony. 

Head of Cox and Kings, Karan Anand told to PTI, “Globally sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry. According to estimates, global sports tourism was worth USD 7 billion in 2017. While it is a mature industry overseas, in India it is in infancy (stage).” Men usually love watching sports and are always willing to travel to various countries to watch their favorite team or player playing. Love for football is emerging in Indians nowadays. As the FIFA is nearing, people will definitely travel to watch this exciting game. He said, "There has also been a shift in the interest for other sporting events like the Soccer World Cup or the Olympics. We see 10-12 percent growth in arrivals to these destinations when a major sporting event takes place." 

KAYAK Director, India and the Middle East, Abhijit Mishra said, “Many people use these trips as an excuse for a longer holiday, combining their sporting passions with a general love for travel. On the other side, many in the tourism industry have also begun to realize the value of wooing these tourists - many of them fall into the high-spending category, stay longer than other tourist categories, are high-caliber and often stimulate other tourism.” When a person travels to watch an interesting game, he/she usually tend to explore the area. They extend their stay by at least 2-3 days to enjoy their trip.

Source: moneycontrol

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14 May 2018 Tourism

Sports Tourism Witness 10-12 Percent Growth

As Indians are big fan of sports and travel, sports tourism industry in India sees 10-12 per cent growth says experts.

"Globally sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry. According to estimates, global sports tourism was worth USD 7 billion in 2017. While it is a mature industry overseas, in India it is in infancy (stage)," Cox and Kings Head, relationships, Karan Anand told here.

The first love for Indians is cricket and they travel to watch the game, whether in India or overseas, he added.  Sport events like the Soccer World Cup or the Olympics. We see large number of people travelling to the destination where the sport is going to be played. Over the last 10 years its reported that the interest to watch the olympics, the Soccer World Cup and Grand Prix Formula One motor events apart from cricket.

India Marketing Head, Brand, Manmeet Ahluwalia said India saw a change in travel patterns and rise in incidence of travelling for sports events ever since the launch of Indian Premier League in 2008.

“Indians always loved to adored the two games and travel, so occasions around donning occasions are the ideal mix to fulfill two desires immediately, he added.
Many people travel for watching these sports and hence these trips boost sport tourism and many tourism industry have began to realise the value of wooing these tourist -  many of them fall into the high-spending category, stay longer than other tourist categories, are high-calibre and often stimulate other tourism," he added.

Source: Economic Times.

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27 Apr 2018 Tourism

6 trends for travel startups You Must Know

If you are thinking to start with your new travel startup, then you must consider these 6 latest core trends before entering into tourism and hospitality industry.

These include -
1) Focus on smoothing the customer experience.
2) Establishing brands and services within existing ecosystems
3) Creating experiences that are unique and outside of traditional travel services
4) Sustainable tourism - Encouraging travelers to respect and support environment and economy of destination. 
5) Strong Online networking with advanced identifications and associate help inside groups using all social platforms. 
6) Tools and platforms that benefit from introduction of artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Source: phocuswire
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14 Apr 2018 Tourism

MOT targets to increase India’s FTAs to 1% by 2020 and 2% by 2025.

KL Alphons, the union minister said that the ministry of tourism targets to increase India’s FTA ( Foreign Tourist Arrivals) to 1% by 2020 and 2% by 2025 in the world’s tourist arrivals reflecting the boost in tourism. The share of India’s FTAs in during 2016 was 0.71 percent, while the share of India’s International Tourist Arrivals (which includes Foreign Tourist Arrivals and arrival of Non-Resident Nationals) in world’s International Tourist Arrivals during 2016 was 1.18%.

MOT launch has two flagship schemes – Swadesh Darshan – Integrated Development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits, and PRASHAD – Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive for creation of tourism infrastructure, generating pro-tourism culture in the people. 
MOT has launched Social Awareness Media Campaigns reinforce the spirit of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’.

Source: Tourism Breaking News.

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9 Apr 2018 Tourism

India world’s 7th largest tourism economy Says WTTC

As per the data, by WTTC the travel and tourism sector generated Rs 14.1 trillion (USD208.9 billion) in 2016, which is the world’s  7th largest economy and the sum is equivalent to 9.6% of India’s GDP.

Additionally, the new report says that the tourism sector created 40.3 million jobs in 2016, which ranks India 2nd in the world in terms of total employment generated. The sector accounts for 9.3% of the country’s total jobs.

David Scowsill, President, and CEO, WTTC, said-

“India is a tremendous Travel and Tourism economy, and I am pleased to see the sector GDP is growing. However, we believe that these numbers could be even higher and that the positive impact of our sector could be more wide-ranging. India has a huge potential to increase its international visitors and, in doing so, it can create more jobs and drive economic growth”.
He added, “We encourage the Indian government to continue to adopt policies that encourage the tourism in India”.

Therefore, it's a great advantage for those who are working in travel and tourism sector and also for those who wish to make their career in travel and tourism sectors.

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13 Mar 2018 Tourism

Technology Trends In Travel and Tourism Industry

The world was stunned by the arrival of latest technologies in recent years, same way the travel and tourism experts are surprised by the use of these technologies in travel and tourism industry. Subsequently, travel companies are opting different technologies to improve customer interface and operations.  

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According to Elena Mogos, Associate Analyst for Digital Travel & Tourism at GlobalData, remarks: “Travel still revolves around meaningful human interactions. However, to be successful, companies need to create a balance between the technological innovations and the human element. Improving the customer experience must always be on the back of travel and tourism companies’ minds when investing in technology.” - Source (Global data)

Here are some of the advance Technologies used in Travel and Tourism

Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR and VR):  Augmented Reality is being used in all other industries for content marketing or to enhance the consumer’s experience. Nowadays airlines are using VR Tech to show passengers the cabins in virtual reality, to get sell more expensive tickets.

Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI is almost behind every latest technology which is evolving in travel and tourism. The livingly applications of this technologies are  Machine Learning, ChatBots or Travel Bots, and Robots.

Internet of Things (IoT): Internet of Things has a lot of potentials to change the future of travel and tourism industry. For ex. Lufthansa Airlines has recently introduced the function of real-time tracking of your luggage in their respected app.

Wi-Fi connectivity: When traveling people want to stay connected with their family or friends by the medium of social media due to that most of hotels and airports are giving free of cost internet usage.

Wearable devices:  Now Disneyland and universal studio to introduce the smart  wearables to track the time for rides and to eliminate the waiting and it is smart innovation

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5 Mar 2018 Tourism

Indian Govt Asks Travel Agents: Add Value to the Tour Packages

Indian tour operators and the travel agents are requested to add value to the tour packages as per the growing demands, changing needs of the travelers apart from their define itinerary.

Ms. Meenakshi Sharma, Additional Director General Tourism, Government of India. She was addressing an interactive meeting of the IATO on March 1 in Delhi. She said -
 “ tourists were no longer interested in just seeing monuments, they wanted to experience things for themselves. Diversified products must be offered and value for money should be the criteria, not cheap packages.”

Ms. Sharma addresses more towards the growth of tourism, She talks about the Campaign "The Great Indian Blog Train" Where 60 bloggers who were on four luxury trains recently, commented that more freedom should be given while traveling, rather than just follow a rigid itinerary.

The ministry asks the tour operator to give their suggestions to revamp the ministry website as per the growing demands and changing needs of the travelers.
IATO president Pronab Sarkar revealed that under the ‘adopt a heritage program’, the association was taking up Mahabalipuram and Ellora for maintenance. said
“that the recent Bharat Parv Festival was a great success with domestic tourism promotion and should be held every year.”

source = eturbonews

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2 Jan 2018 Tourism

UP Govt to Boost Religious Business Tourism in India

Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath government has undertaken the development of 10 new airports in Uttar Pradesh (UP) to boost religious business tourism in India by increasing the connectivity between the religion, region and business to boost the economy of the country.

The Union Civil Aviation Ministry, develop Agra Kanpur airport after bidding under the regional connectivity scheme in the first phase. In second phase the government also decided to built 10 more new airports - Allahabad, Aligarh, Bareilly,Azamgarh,Chitrakoot, Hindon (Ghaziabad), Jhansi, Moradabad, Muirpur (Sonbhadra), and Shravasti are under the project. As these are the prominent cultural and religious tourism places in Uttar Pradesh. Kanpur (Leather) , Aligarh (Lock Making Units)and Moradabad (Brassware) are the place have industry that will help in the business growth.

Yogi government had urged the Center to expedite the proposal in order to boost the religious business tourism in India.

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27 Dec 2017 Tourism

Tourism Growth - Mumbai witness steady growth in Cruise tourism

‘Travel and Tourism’-the new engine for India growth. Cruise tourism is one segment of the tourism industry and is famous all over the globe. It is one of the expensive, luxury tourism witnessed a steady growth over time. India also has a large number of travelers who choose to spend time at sea and explore popular destinations at the same time.

Maharashtra's Minister of Tourism Jayakumar Rawal said cruise tourism will “create more jobs while making a value addition of Rs 32,500 crore to the national economy.”

An increase in the cruise tourism will increase the economic growth of the country as the purchasing power for India’s middle class has fuelled a rising demand for luxury travel. 

Mumbai developing the city as a homeport, Jayakumar Rawal along with the chairman of the Mumbai Port Trust Sanjay Bhatia working to boosting tourism in Mumbai the port has huge capacity to explore. 

Tourism Minister Jayakumar Rawal said that the “shipping ministry plans to convert all six ports into cruise ports”. He also lauded the Immigration Department for introducing e-visas at ports like Mumbai, Goa, Kochi and Chennai.

He also announced Mumbai Mela, a shopping festival on the lines of the annual shopping event in Dubai to attract more people to the city.

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26 Dec 2017 Tourism

India, European Union air pact will drive tourism said Ms. Bulc

The European Union’s Mobility and Transport Commissioner Ms Bulc has invited India to explore a longer engagement in the civil aviation industry.
Ms. Bulc talked focused on the importance of global agreement on railways and safety, security and improvements in airports.

Which result is the growth in the aviation sector in India. This will explore new career opportunities in the aviation industry in all possible concrete areas.
In an interview, Violeta Bulc said that she met Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday and had suggested holding an annual aviation summit in India to explore ways to improve safety, security, and the size of airports.

Ms. Bulc said - 

“We shared connectivity issues during our meeting,”  “That's why I invited the minister to consider the next step in our bilateral agreement, which would be a comprehensive aviation agreement. That will, of course, have a direct positive impact on tourism as well.”

She also met Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, where she discussed the issues related to railways and road safety.

She said - “Road safety is at the top of our agenda,”
“It has become a very important global issue. It has been elevated at the UN level as well. The Minister [Mr. Gadkari] expressed an interest in how we approached the systemic issues to decrease road safety, especially fatalities. So, I shared with him our policy attention, and also our Vision Zero, which I invited India to join.”

“One thing that was very effective in the EU was that we started to collect statistics on road safety and compare member states and wherever we saw that there was not such a good performance, we would then engage with the member state and help them make the next step,”

“In engineering, many new features will be introduced in cars, we are working with industry.”

While talking to Mr. Goyal Ms. Bulc Highlighted on the importance of global standards and had also said that there is emerging a need for an international agreement regarding railways.According to Ms. Bulc

“So, we will initiate a joint global event where we can start discussing standardization and regulator alignment on a global scale. We hope that this will emerge next year. There could be potential for a new UN chapter like we have for aviation,”


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20 Dec 2017 Tourism

Tourism forecast Medical Tour Value touches USD 9 Billion by 2020

Alphons says the tourism ministry has recognized medical and wellness promotion tourism by organizing campaign shows

The government said that the value of medical tourism in India is likely to touch USD 9 billion by 2020 forecast as compared to the USD 3 billion in 2015.

Tourism Minister KJ ALphons today informed the Lok Sabha that India has developed as a major medical tourism destination over the years.

According to a Ministry of Commerce report 2016- India is ranked among the top six medical value travel destinations of the world including - Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Mexico.

"It is further informed that as per the report, through adequate focus and effective execution, Indian medical value travel, pegged at 3 billion USD in 2015, can be 9 billion USD opportunity by 2020", the minister said.

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12 Dec 2017 Tourism

India-Asean country Connectivity through cruise tourism - Nitin Gadkari

Road transport and highway minister on Monday came with a big plan to promote Indian tourism industry by exploring the possibility of connecting India with Asean Countries through cruise tourism.

He said that he already had talked about this with the companies about the cruise connectivity from Singapore exploring the various option.

Gadkari said:

“We plan to boost cruise tourism from 80 ships per year to 900 per year. Cruises from India can start from Mumbai or Cochin and can go to Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia, saving Indian tourists time and money for specially travelling to Singapore to enjoy cruises,”

He also added, saying that India has already proposed a $1 billion credit to promote Asean countries connectivity through roads, air and waterways.The minister also address towards Asean- Indian Connectivity Summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry and Asian Indian centre said,

“The Asean India maritime transport cooperation agreement is being negotiated...An Asian Indian civil aviation task force has been established to see optimisation of air connectivity.”

He also pointed to the connectivity projects such as India -Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway project and also discussed about the establishment of marine transport working group with Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

source: financialexpress

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9 Dec 2017 Tourism

New Tourism Development Projects Worth ₹57 Crore in Kozhikode

The government to invest Rs 57 crore, implement new tourism development projects in Kozhikode.Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran has said.

Observing the good tourism prospect in north Malabar the Kerala State Institute of Hospitality Management here on Thursday decided to open the works for boys’ hostel.

The government would implement new projects that are beneficial for local communities, promoting the eco-tourism and cultural-tourism. All the projects would be scrutinized to ensure about the quality.Mr, Surendran the tourism minister said “ the government will work on girls hostel would start from next year” he participated in the cake mixing ceremony and distributed sweets in orphanages.

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After the cake mixing ceremony, the minister introduced about the cultural zone at the Kozhikode beach. The tourism department plans how to go head with the cultural tourism to set up two more stages to utilize them as permanent venue rich heritage for more tourism for the Kerala Literature festival.

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