Tripti Mehta

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) conducts virtual familiarisation for India travel trade

More than 200 travel agents pan-India took part in the ‘SingapoReimagine Virtual Experiences Familiarisation Day’ organised by STB on July 27 and 31. Featuring virtual experiences by Singapore Airlines, Singapore Zoo, Monster Tours and a masterclass by Brass Lion Distillery, the full-day event set new standards of how virtual experience engagement can be presented immersively and seamlessly.

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Re-introduce ex-gratia payment of difference in compound & simple interest: FHRAI to FM

FHRAI has submitted a representation to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman requesting reintroduction of the scheme granting ex-gratia payment of the difference between compound interest and simple interest for six months to borrowers from the hospitality sector in view of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme was formerly announced in October last year.

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Northeast India holds immense potential to attract Southeast Asians for medical tourism

SS Dev Barman, Regional Director, Indiatourism North East, has said that the region provides an immense opportunity for medical tourism which can attract tourists from Southeast Asian countries. Besides this, he adds, the Northeast is endowed with diverse tourist attractions, biodiversity, wildlife and prominent archaeological sites, and each state has its own distinct features.

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Maharashtra to conduct free tourist guide training programme in Raigad till August 6

Directorate of Tourism (DOT) Maharashtra is conducting ‘Special 5 days Guide Training Programme’ for tribal communities, at Karnala Sanctuary and Phansad Sanctuary in Raigad district from today till August 6. These will be offline trainings. Dhananjay Sawalkar, Director, DOT Maharashtra, says, “To make the visit enjoyable, tourists need good guides to provide authentic and relevant information.”

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IITTM students represent India at UNWTO Students League 2021

MBA (TTM) students of Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) represented India at UNWTO Students League 2021, a global platform. The two teams, namely Team Samsara and Team Samviti, participated in the competition under the challenge Plastic Pollution and Rural Development for the Masters’ category, respectively. The competition had over 1000 applications globally and had different levels ranging from High School to Masters.

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Daily non-stop flights from Rajkot to Goa, Hyderabad with SpiceJet

Indian LCC SpiceJet has introduced daily non-stop flights from Rajkot to Goa and Hyderabad. Flights will depart Rajkot at 14:00 hrs for Goa and at 19:45 hrs for Hyderabad. The return flight from Goa will depart at 17:05 hrs and that from Hyderabad will depart at 06:05 hrs. The carrier has also added to its Rajkot-Mumbai frequency, departing at 07:30 hrs and 05:40 hrs, respectively.

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Outbound travel forecast to be more robust than inbound for India

During an insightful webinar organised by PATA, Prof John Koldowski, School of Tourism, Leshan University in China, said, “It looks like another tough year for inbound travel into India. But, if India can show that it is containing the spread of infection and upped its immunisation process, the numbers can improve. The outbound travel numbers from India however look more robust.”

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Amended AERA Bill to pair smaller airports with profitable ones to encourage development

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021, passed by the Lok Sabha, seeks to amend the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008. The bill proposes to amend the definition of ‘major airport’ so as to extend its scope to determine the tariff for a ‘group of airports’ also, which will encourage development of smaller airports.

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VisitBritain kick-starts promotions for Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

VisitBritain organised high-tea for the trade in Delhi to apprise them on the various offerings of West Midlands and Birmingham, which will be hosting the Commonwealth Games 2022. Shuja Bin Mehdi, B2B Manager – India, VisitBritain, says they will be doing promotions on the lines of the cricket World Cup. Moving forward, more promotional campaigns and familiarisation trips are on the cards for the trade.

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Brand openings & signings increased marginally in H1 2021: HVS ANAROCK

HVS ANAROCK’S latest monthly newsletter titled ‘Hotels and Hospitality Overview’ states that brand openings and signings (by property) increased marginally in the first half of 2021 compared to last year. During this period, 19 hotels (14 in H1 2020) were opened and 49 hotels (46 in H1 2020) were signed. Hotel operators signed smaller hotels with increased focus on tier-III and IV cities.

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