Manas Dwivedi

Agents need to be more ambitious in designing travel experiences: Mehernosh Colombowalla

Mehernosh Colombowalla, Director – Beyond Borders Travel Management Company says that he has sailed through the past few months by inspiring his clients to keep their travel dreams alive during this long hiatus. While he spoke at the 5th TravTalk Digital Conclave, he said, “As professionals in the tourism space we understand that regaining consumer confidence in travel is key to regenerating the industry. Clients do not have direct access to airlines & hospitality & thus shortly after lockdown, we invested our time in connecting with our clients, updated them with all the positive developments & factual information given to us by aviation, hospitality & tourism sectors. In the bargain, gained trust & became their validation point for various travel-related information. We spoke to them about new & less frequented destinations and sent them short videos on interesting & unique experiences around the globe – to keep their travel interest alive. Sent them information on the various safety procedures & new norms in travel. All this helped in generating business opportunities for us.” Talking about the future, he says, travel agents will need to become more ambitious in how they design experiences. As a new paradigm of luxury travel that is life-enriching & value-based is emerging.

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5th TravTalk Digital Conclave ‘Show me the Money’ today at 3 pm

Get insights on profitability, marketing approach and inspiring the confidence to travel at TravTalk’s 5th Digital Conclave today at 3 pm. Panellists include international speakers and real heroes who lead by example. Two power-packed sessions will exclusively focus on money and profitability. To register for the sessions, email to jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or call +919650196532.

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Spain & Slovakia agree to issue Gratis Visa to Indians in view of COVID-19

In a major development, Embassies of Spain and Slovakia have agreed to issue ‘Gratis Visa’ to all Indians who were issued a visa earlier this year but could not undertake travel in the last few months because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision came following the appeal by OTOAI, which had sent a letter to European Embassies in India, requesting them to issue Gratis Visas to all those travellers who despite having received valid travel visas this year could not undertake the planned visits. Riaz Munshi, President, OTOAI said, “We are pleased with this development and remain hopeful that in times to come, more European Embassies agree to issuing Gratis Visa. We understand that it will take some time for outbound travel to pick up from India but moves such as these will help in building people’s confidence for international travel while also offering some relief to their pocket. This is the time to show solidarity so that together we can get travel and tourism back on its feet.” This will benefit a lot of Indian travellers who couldn’t travel due to the Covid restrictions. Ivan Lancaric, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to India said, “Applicants, who could not travel on their Schengen visas to Slovakia, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, can apply for this visa fee waiver individually at the time of the submission of their new application. This possibility covers not only tourists, but all the Schengen visa categories. We are keen on promoting travel destinations in Slovakia, my visa section will assist the tourists travelling to Slovakia in this matter once they reapply for a Schengen visa.” “Please be informed that the Embassy of Spain will reissue …

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MOT lines up 5 webinars to commemorate Independence Day

As the nation equips to commend its 74th Independence Day on the 15th of August 2020, Ministry of Tourism as part of its  ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ webinar series has lined up five webinars to commemorate and honour nation’s most significant day. These webinars will collectively touch upon themes encompassing the freedom movement, places significant to it and pioneers who had a notable participation in helping India secure its independence. The webinar details are as follows: On 8thof August 2020 (Saturday) is the ‘Memoirs of 1857: A Prelude to Independence’ by Ms. Nidhi Bansal, CEO, India City Walks & India With Locals and Dr. Soumi Roy, Head of Operations, IWL & IHW On 10thof August 2020 (Monday) is the ‘Cellular Jail: Letters, Memoirs and Memories’ by Ms. Nidhi Bansal, CEO, India City Walks & India With Locals, Dr. Soumi Roy, Head of Operations, IWL & IHW and Ms.Somrita Sengupta, City Explorer, India City Walks. On 12thof August 2020 (Wednesday) is the ‘ Lesser known stories of India’s struggle for Independence’ by Mrs. Akila Raman and Ms. Nayantara Nayar from Storytrails On 14thof August 2020 (Friday) is the ‘Jallianwala Bagh: A turning point in the Freedom struggle’  by Ms. Kishwar Desai, Chairperson, The Partition Museum, Amritsar. On 15thof August 2020 (Saturday) is the ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel- Architect of United India’ by Mr. Sanjay Joshi, Addl. Collector & Chief Manager, Statue of Unity, Government of Gujarat. All sessions will commence from 11:00 AM till 12:00 PM.

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MOT to start discussions with stakeholders on 10th August on future preparedness

Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, has said that the tourism minister will be starting series of next round of discussions to further discuss the preparedness to deal with COVID-199 from 10th August. There will be layers of discussions with a common goal for the ministry and the stakeholders to work together, she said.

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Tourismo Jobs supported by 7M Tours inaugurated virtually

7M Tours has launched a global job search portal, Tourism Jobs primarily for companies in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The portal was launched virtually amidst the presence of travel trade leaders from around the world. From India, Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI among others took part and lauded the noble initiative. The portal is live at www.tourismojobs.com.

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