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  • Vistara becomes the first airline in India to add Airbus A321LR to its fleet
    on February 6, 2023 at 6:08 am

    With an increased maximum take-off weight of 97 tonnes and the third auxiliary center fuel tank, enabling the aircraft to cover longer range; the Airbus A321LR opens an array of possibilities for Vistara as it focuses on expanding its international network. The A321LR aircraft has a total of 188 seats in Vistara’s three-class cabin configuration – 12 lie flat seats in Business Class, 24 seats in Premium Economy, and 152 in Economy Class.

  • Target 100% fund utilisation: G Kishan Reddy tells DoNER, NEC
    on February 6, 2023 at 5:06 am

    Leveraging this year’s increased budgetary allocations for the North East, Minister for DoNER G Kishan Reddy chaired a review meeting and urged the involved ministries to target for 100 per cent utilisation of funds before the end of the current financial year. Proactive coordination with state governments, quality proposals, frequent review meets were some of the key suggestions given out by the Minister.

  • Indians can now get US visa appointment at American embassies abroad
    on February 6, 2023 at 3:30 am

    The US Embassy in India cited the example of Thailand, saying that the country has opened appointment capacity for B1 and B2 visas (business and travel) for Indians. The US Mission will continue to open additional slots for appointments to take place on select Saturdays, according to the statement released by US Embassy in India.

  • UP to get highest share of modernisation funds allocated to Railways
    on February 5, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    Uttar Pradesh has got the lion’s share – INR 17,507 crore from INR 2.4 lakh crore allocated to the Railways in the Union Budget 2023-24. This time, the Centre has announced a budget of INR 2.4 lakh crore for the Railways. In this, INR 75,000 crore will be spent for new schemes.

  • Air India commences non-stop flights to Milan
    on February 5, 2023 at 4:36 am

    Scheduled to operate four-times-a-week, the Flight AI137 from Delhi to Milan is operating on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. It departs Delhi at 1420 hrs and lands at Milan at 1830 hrs (LT). The return flight AI138 will leave Milan at 2000 hrs on the same days to reach Delhi at 0800 hrs the next day.

  • Locals, environmentalists concerned over depleting snow cover, rising temperatures in Shimla
    on February 5, 2023 at 4:32 am

    There is growing concern among environmentalists and locals over the rising temperatures and depleting snow cover that the snow line is moving upwards and the “Queen of Hills” gradually losing her winter charm. Its effect now is more visible than ever in the hill city’s dwindling winter tourist inflow and drying water sources.

  • IndiGo reports 11-fold jump in Q3 profit
    on February 4, 2023 at 9:23 am

    The airline reported a steep rise in profit at INR 1,422.6 crore in the three months ended December 2022, up by 996 per cent from INR 129. 8 crore in the same period last year. The total income was at INR 15,410. 2 crore, 62. 6 per cent higher than INR 9,480. 1 crore in last Q3.

  • Government marks 5 priority areas for the first G20 Tourism Working Group meeting at Rann of Kutch
    on February 4, 2023 at 5:39 am

    The aspects of greening the tourism sector, digitisation, skilling of the youth, nurturing MSMEs and strategic destination management will be given a thrust during the first G20 Tourism Working Group meeting from Feb 7 to 9, 2023 in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch, shared Arvind Singh, Secretary Tourism. The last to be held in Goa.

  • Expansion of Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj airport on cards
    on February 4, 2023 at 3:30 am

    “There are currently no international flights from Prayagraj but the government intends to start the same soon. A proposal has been sent to the Union aviation ministry to start flights from here to every part of the country before Maha Kumbh-2025. After this, international flights can also be allowed here seeing that more facilities are being increased,” said Uttar Pradesh civil aviation minister Nand Gopal Gupta ‘Nandi’.

  • ‘We hope the number of Indian tourists returns to 1.4 million this year’: Thai ambassador
    on February 3, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    “India is regarded as one of the top markets for Thailand. The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai travel industry give high importance to all international markets,” said Pattarat Hongtong, Ambassador of Thailand to India, as she shared updates on recent developments for travel to Thailand and on current protocols for foreign tourists looking to visit Thailand.

  • Budget 2023: UDAN to get a boost with additional airports, MoCA sets target for 100 new by 2024
    on February 3, 2023 at 9:33 am

    The Ministry of Civil Aviation has reiterated its strong focus on its UDAN scheme. To implement the same, it has envisioned plans to operationalise one hundred airports and one thousand UDAN routes by 2024. The regional connectivity in India is all set to take off and the industry players couldn’t agree more.

  • Jodhpur to get INR 500 crore terminal building, Kota to get new airport: Scindia
    on February 3, 2023 at 6:35 am

    To cater to the increased air travel demand in Rajasthan, a new terminal building in Jodhpur built at INR 500 cr will be inaugurated soon and a new airport is also being planned for Kota. Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia gave out the information while inaugurating the IndiGo flight connecting Jaipur and Jodhpur, operating four days a week.

  • Turkey receives over 2,32,000 visitors from India in 2022
    on February 3, 2023 at 5:38 am

    Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, highlighted that the results certify that Turkey had a great comeback after the pandemic. Talking about future prospects, Ersoy shared that Turkey is set to bring 90 million tourists and achieve USD 100 billion in tourism revenues by the end of 2028.

  • Tourism Budget 2023: 20% TCS a big dampener, says industry; demands rollback
    on February 2, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    While the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement of prioritising domestic tourism through destinations development and efforts to boost regional connectivity got appreciation, the massive jump in TCS from 5 to 20 percent received a backlash. From demanding a rollback of increased TCS to ramping up the marketing efforts, here is what the association heads and veterans suggested ahead of the 2023 budget.

  • Tourism sector gets INR 2400 cr in budget 2023-24; 18.42% increase from last year
    on February 2, 2023 at 6:01 am

    Out of the total INR 2400 crores allocated to Ministry of Tourism, major portion of the outlay amounting to INR 1742 crore is allocated for development of tourism infrastructure and an amount of INR 242 crore for promotion and branding. An outlay of INR 1412 crore has been allocated for the Swadesh Darshan Scheme. DoNER allocation stands at INR 5,892 cr and the Culture Ministry gets INR 3,399.65 cr, both showing an increase in budgets.

  • Tourism Budget 2023: Industry hails positive announcements & infra push; TCS hike receives criticism
    on February 1, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    Following the presentation of the Union Budget 2023-24 by the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, stakeholders from the tourism, travel, aviation, hospitality, mobility, and infrastructure industry share their reaction and comments on the announcements. Further, the announcement on the launch of an app to enhance domestic tourism experience reiterates the country’s focus on digitisation.

  • Budget 2023: 50 destinations to be developed under Dekho Apna Desh, other schemes
    on February 1, 2023 at 10:28 am

    According to FM Nirmala Sitharaman, a total of 50 destinations in the country will be selected through ‘challenge mode’ and developed to boost tourism in the country. With a special mention to Dekho Apna Desh and Swadesh Darshan, the minister stated that these schemes will be given a push, besides expanding employment prospects in the sector.

  • Budget 2023: Finance Minister talks big on boost to tourism sector
    on February 1, 2023 at 7:11 am

    For the tourism sector, the FM made the government’s intent clear right at the beginning of her speech. She hailed the country’s tourism potential in her Budget speech and indicated that the government will consciously promote sustainable/eco-tourism in the country. More PPPs coming up. Unity Mall in the states to be launched and Swadesh Darshan, Dekho Apna Desh schemes to be given a further push.

  • India’s civil aviation sector has “great potential”, air travel has rebounded: Economic Survey
    on February 1, 2023 at 4:50 am

    The survey for 2022-23, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, listed various factors that are helping the civil aviation sector, including the UDAN scheme, which has considerably enhanced regional connectivity through the opening of airports in the hinterland. With the containment of Covid-19 infections and the lifting of travel restrictions worldwide, the survey said, air travel has rebounded.

  • Visit India Year 2023 logo launched, MoT for new strategies to boost inbound tourism
    on February 1, 2023 at 4:18 am

    After dedicating this year as ‘Visit India Year 2023’, MoT has released a logo for the same. The plan, said. Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy, is to make big improvements in both infrastructure and framework conditions impacting the growth of tourism within the year. The ‘Incredible India’ brand will continue to be leveraged to match the renewed traveller expectations, he said.

  • Cheetah Tourism to start from 2024, India signs cooperation agreement with South Africa
    on January 31, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    MP’s Kuno Palpur National Park which already has 8 Namibian Cheetahs introduced last year, is gearing up for a tourism boost with key developments and is expected to see ‘Cheetah Tourism’ happening from next year. As India signs an MoU with South Africa to bring about 12 more cheetahs in Feb 2023, MPTB strengthens efforts to identify tourism circuits around Kuno and create thematic packages.

  • Tourism revenue rises in war-hit Turkey in 2022 but trade deficit widens
    on January 31, 2023 at 10:53 am

    The two milestones for the big emerging market economy came as President Tayyip Erdogan faces a tight election in May, and as he forges on with an unorthodox policy of slashing interest rates to eventually achieve a current account surplus. That goal was complicated by a surge in oil and gas prices in the first half of last year and by the lira currency’s slide due to the policy itself, analysts said.

  • How the right budget can help Medical Value Tourism grow in India
    on January 31, 2023 at 9:27 am

    As the Budget 2023 nears its declaration, Rajeev Taneja talks about pre-budget expectations regarding Medical Value Tourism in India. He shares that the sector has suffered a series of setbacks in the last two years. ​​Currently, as India is getting to positioning itself as a global wellness destination, Taneja believes that a favourable budget will help in having facilities and treatments that are at par with the international standard.

  • IndiGo inducts its first widebody aircraft on wetlease for Delhi-Istanbul route
    on January 31, 2023 at 6:31 am

    The leading Indian carrier has wet-leased the aircraft from its codeshare partner Turkish Airlines. The airline is expected to wetlease two more aircraft to bolster its international operations. Last year, the Civil Aviation Ministry had allowed IndiGo to wetlease aircraft for 6 months. The Boeing 777 aircraft has the seating capacity of 400 passengers in a dual class configuration.

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