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  • Hotel signings in India get a boost in Q2, domestic operators dominate inventory volume
    on August 10, 2022 at 9:04 am

    During Q2, 2022, Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) also witnessed an exponential growth of 339.3 per cent year-on-year (YoY) over Q2, 2021. Furthermore, the Indian hospitality sector witnessed a stellar 44.6 per cent growth at a pan-India level in RevPAR compared to Q1 2022 on the back of summer holidays, weddings, and MICE demand.

  • Follow your dreams, safely!
    on August 10, 2022 at 7:32 am

    As elements like sickness or unpredictable situation, when encountered while staying abroad, can create a financial burden in a student’s life, Parag Ved details how travel insurance can become a life saver for students moving abroad. Besides, he advises that it is always best to choose the right student travel insurance before heading off to one’s dream university to keep family’s finances and dreams safe.

  • Finnair launches direct, weekly flights to Helsinki from Mumbai
    on August 10, 2022 at 6:25 am

    The maiden flight departed carrying a full flight of passengers on board. With this new route, passengers travelling from CSMIA will have increased seamless access to Finland, the United States, and major European cities.

  • Average hotel occupancy reaches 74% in H1 2022, one of the highest in the world
    on August 10, 2022 at 4:18 am

    As Dubai firmly inches towards achieving pre-pandemic tourism numbers, hotels in Dubai are delivering a stellar performance to post significant growth across all metrics. Dubai’s hotel inventory by the end of June 2022 comprised 140,778 rooms open at 773 hotel establishments, compared to 118,345 rooms available at the end of June 2019 across 714 establishments.

  • New Zealand resumes visa processing; borders open to international travellers
    on August 10, 2022 at 3:30 am

    The reopening of borders will allow international students, and tourists, including those non-visa waiver countries to enter. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden described it as an “enormous moment” while adding that it has been a ‘staged and cautious process’. While there are no quarantine requirements, but visitors will still need to provide proof of vaccination to enter the country.

  • Uploading Covid vaccine certificate to Air Suvidha portal may not be mandatory for incoming international passengers
    on August 9, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Passengers have been complaining about the portal being periodically down, difficulty in accessing forms and uploading of certificates, the sources said, adding the removal of the provision may come as a relief for them. However, the existing mandate of filling up a self-declaration form online on the portal will continue, official sources said.

  • OYO contributes to ‘Invest in Denmark’ with acquisition of Nordic-based Bornholmske Feriehuse
    on August 9, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    Bornholmske Feriehuse, one of Bornholm’s largest vacation home companies, manages over 700 Vacation Homes (Storefronts) in Denmark & expected to clock more than 250,000 guest nights in 202 2.OYO is further growing its existing presence in the Europe vacation homes industry with this acquisition, adding to its brands DanCenter, Belvilla, Traum

  • Headwinds from competition, elevated ATF cost & rupee depreciation to maintain turbulence in Indian aviation industry
    on August 9, 2022 at 8:30 am

    ICRA believes that the domestic yields have increased by 25–30 per cent over pre-Covid levels. The cost headwinds will result in an increase in air fares; however, will be limited by intense competition and endeavour of airlines to maintain and/or expand their market shares.

  • Digital & sustainable operations will change the course of Indian aviation: Noida International Airport CEO
    on August 9, 2022 at 5:11 am

    In an exclusive conversation with ETTravelWorld, Christoph Schnellmann, CEO, Noida International Airport, shares details on the status of designing and building the country’s most-awaited airport and how Zurich Airport International and the Uttar Pradesh government are aiming to make it the nation’s first fully digital airport. Sustainability will also be a key focus area with plans to operate on a net-zero emission basis.

  • Isada Saovaros takes charge as Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Mumbai Office
    on August 9, 2022 at 4:13 am

    Prior to joining the India office, Saovros was the Director of Trat province. With over 23 years of experience, he is well versed with the travel industry. In his current role, he will also be responsible for the Western and Southern India as well as Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

  • Indian aviation sector plans to employ 1 lakh more people in next two years: MoCA
    on August 9, 2022 at 3:30 am

    The Ministry said the ratio of indirect to direct jobs in aviation is around 4:8. It further shared that the fleet size of Indian carriers is expected to grow substantially which would require an additional around 10,000 pilots during the next five years to cater to the expected traffic growth,

  • Railways Ministry launches ‘Operation Yatri Suraksha’ to improve the security of passengers travelling by Indian Railways
    on August 8, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    As part of this initiative, several steps are being taken to provide foolproof security to passengers i.e., train escorting, visible presence on stations, surveillance through CCTV, surveillance on active criminals, collection of intelligence about the criminals and action thereupon, identifying black spots and crime prone trains/sections and enhancing security thereat among others to formulate an actionable strategy to reduce crime against passengers.

  • ASI monuments witness increase in student visitors, Culture Ministry plans to further boost number
    on August 8, 2022 at 10:41 am

    The Union Culture Ministry recently announced free entry to all Archaeological Survey of India-protected monuments, sites and museums across the country from August 5 to 15, for both domestic and foreign visitors. The Union Minister, G Kishan Reddy, who also holds the portfolio of tourism, said that Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is a start to foster a greater sense of patriotism among people and it should be promoted more.

  • A brief history of travel
    on August 8, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Be it hunting-gathering, leisure, exploration, research or breaking the monotony through virtual tours during the Covid-19 pandemic, travel has donned different roles with changing times. Sanjar Imam encapsulates how travelling has been an integral part of human existence throughout history. Read on to understand how the travel industry got its current shape in this first of a series of articles.

  • A promotion council for tourism exports is the need of the hour: Sarabjit Singh
    on August 8, 2022 at 5:00 am

    One who is known in the industry for calling a spade a spade, Sarabjit Singh, MD, Travelite India, and former Senior Vice President of IATO and former Vice President of FAITH, feels that it is high time India revisited international tourism completely under a new and dedicated services promotion council for tourism exports with powers for international sales and marketing.

  • TOFTigers to drive the Travelife global sustainability certification programme in India
    on August 8, 2022 at 4:13 am

    ‘Travelife’ is a fair and affordable globally recognised certification system that helps tour operators and travel agencies to manage and improve social and environmental impacts by complying with the highest level of sustainability criteria. In order to announce the partnership, TOFTigers along with Travelife organised the first in a series of workshops that they plan to organise to sensitise the travel industry stakeholders about the need to join global advocacy and certification programmes for sustainability like Travelife.

  • Aviation Minister Scindia flags off newest airline Akasa Air’s inaugural flight from Mumbai
    on August 7, 2022 at 10:44 am

    After virtually flagging off the flight, Scindia said this indeed is a “new dawn” for the civil aviation sector in India in more ways than one. “The sector across the world has been through a very trying time through the last decade or two. Many black swan events have turned the fate of this industry globally,” he said.

  • Over 40,000 foreigners overstayed in India after visa expiry in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic
    on August 7, 2022 at 4:30 am

    According to the Union Home Ministry statistics, the number of foreign nationals residing in the country after the expiry of their visas in 2019 was 54,576, and in 2020 was 40,239. Officials said that overstaying in India beyond the visa date can lead to a fine, imprisonment of up to five years and even a ban on entering the country again. The penalty for overstaying in India is nil in the first 15 days, INR 10,000 if it is 16 days to 30 days, INR 20,000 if it is 31 days to 90 days and INR 50,000 if it is beyond 90 days.

  • Myanmar announces new terms and conditions for tourist visa applications
    on August 6, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Under the new guidelines, tourists are required to provide a proof of full vaccination, a colour photo that was taken within three months and passport that is valid for six months to their visa application. As per the new terms and conditions, a visa applicant, who has children aged under seven on the same passport, is required to put the child’s name and birth date in the minor section of the application form.

  • Uttar Pradesh to have five international airports: Scindia
    on August 6, 2022 at 4:30 am

    With 63 air routes being allotted to Uttar Pradesh, the state will have many more such connectivity under the regional connectivity scheme of the Centre, increasing the number of new routes to 108. Scindia inaugurated direct flights between Lucknow and Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Goa by Air Asia on Friday.

  • India stresses on early completion of trilateral highway from Northeast to Cambodia under Act East Policy
    on August 5, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    As he conveyed Prime Minister Modi’s personal greetings to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh recently, visiting External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also called for speeding up connectivity from the Northeast to Vietnam through Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

  • Da Nang, Vietnam holds its first tourism roadshow in Delhi; signs MOU with local partners to promote destination
    on August 5, 2022 at 9:51 am

    There has been a remarkable increase in outbound tourism from India due to the pent-up demand for the last two years. The average number of visas for Indians to enter Vietnam has surged after Covid-19, from 250 visas per day before the pandemic to 6,000 at present. This information was shared by the Ambassador of Vietnam Republic Socialist to India, Pham Sanh Chau, at the roadshow held in New Delhi.

  • Vietjet Air records 15% rise in air transport revenue in Q2 2022, announces more direct flights between India & Vietnam
    on August 5, 2022 at 8:19 am

    The airline will launch two first direct services linking Mumbai and New Delhi with Da Nang starting October 17 and 18, and three more routes to Da Nang from Bengaluru (Bangalore), Hyderabad and Ahmedabad on November 28, 29 and December 1. respectively. Besides, the airline is planning to expand its network to connect India’s top destinations with Southeast Asia (Bali, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur), Northeast Asia (Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei) and the Asia Pacific.

  • Germany sees a rise of 214% in Indian tourist in first half of 2022; announces new campaigns
    on August 5, 2022 at 6:22 am

    In its annual press conference held in New Delhi, the German National Tourist Office, India shared the travel trend analysis (globally and for the Indian market) and its intent to invest 5 lakh euros to promote tourism in India. It also announced new marketing campaigns focusing on promoting German.Local.Culture & Embrace German Nature for the year 2022.

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