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  • J&K looks to build religious tourism circuit; adds Venkateswara temple to the list
    on June 9, 2023 at 10:12 am

    The temple, which spans over 62 acres of land, is constructed by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and is nestled amidst the Shivalik forests in Majeen village. The addition of this temple in Jammu is expected to add another dimension to religious tourism in the region and further enhance the allure of Jammu and Kashmir as a spiritual destination.

  • SpiceJet to induct 10 Boeing 737 aircraft between September-October
    on June 9, 2023 at 6:37 am

    The airline has already signed a lease agreement for the ten planes which will start joining the fleet from September 2023. These ten B737’s include five 737 Max aircraft. “The induction of these planes, which coincides with the peak travel season in India, will help us launch new routes and strengthen our presence on existing ones,” said Ajay Singh.

  • Chitkul, 4 other Himachal villages to be developed under Vibrant Village Programme
    on June 9, 2023 at 4:30 am

    Besides Chitkul, the villages of Pooh, Nako, Leo, and Chango in the Kinnaur district will be the focus of development efforts under the Vibrant Village initiative. Additionally, plans are underway to establish a cultural and tourist centre in Chitkul to showcase the area’s rich cultural heritage and promote tourism activities.

  • NCLT issues notice to Go First resolution professional on Delhivery plea, asks for reply in 2 weeks
    on June 9, 2023 at 3:00 am

    In its plea, Delhivery had alleged Go First’s insolvency process as a sham and said the airline took payments of INR 57 lakh from Delhivery on May 2, the day it filed for insolvency. The airline took payments despite knowing that it was filing for voluntary insolvency before NCLT, Delhivery said.

  • Trevolution launches Dreamport platform to empower Indian gig workers; Europe market on radar
    on June 8, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Beyond the Indian and Uzbekistan market, the global travel industry player plans to launch Dreamport in a phased manner, starting with South America by August 2023 and Africa by November 2023. Europe is the next target for the digital platform, with a launch scheduled for the following year, the group shared.

  • Passengers at Delhi airport can use DigiYatra without downloading mobile app
    on June 8, 2023 at 10:30 am

    The initiative launched at Terminal-3 of IGI Airport will allow passengers to use the facility through a simple three-step registration process, Delhi International Airport Limited said in a statement. The registration process would entail the passengers to scan their boarding pass and their face, and produce an identification proof to the security personnel stationed near the registration desk.

  • Gujarat’s Vadnagar to become culture & tourism hub; buddhism trail, circuits slated: Official
    on June 8, 2023 at 4:30 am

    The historic town is undergoing a massive transformation as the Ministry of Culture is leading the holistic development of the town, planned in four phases. Plans are afoot to push tourism through the Archaeological Experiential Museum, tourism circuits, trails and redevelopment projects. Vadnagar is strategically located near other popular attractions like the Sun Temple of Modhera and Rani ki Vav.

  • BLS secures visa & legalisation agreement with Italy in Senegal
    on June 7, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    The agreement extends to six major countries falling under the jurisdiction of the Italian Embassy in Dakar, namely Senegal, The Gambia, Cabo Verde, the Republic of Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mali. The contract includes a comprehensive range of services, including the collection and processing of visa applications, as well as document legalisation.

  • Driving success: How corporates can optimise their fleet for maximum efficiency
    on June 7, 2023 at 9:53 am

    A comprehensive analysis of the fleet is an absolute must for every organisation. This involves evaluating the existing vehicles, their usage patterns, and the specific needs of the business. By identifying under-utilised vehicles or inefficient models, companies can streamline their fleet and eliminate unnecessary costs. The adoption of alternative fuel vehicles or electric cars, not only to reduce carbon emissions but also to take advantage of government incentives and lower operational expenses in the long run.

  • J&K’s Doda district aims to unlock eco, adventure tourism potential
    on June 7, 2023 at 4:00 am

    As a major stride towards this vision, the district administration has established the Jungle World, Tent Village, a hub for hiking, camping and adventure activities nestled in the Chinta valley. The district administration is also eager to collaborate with young entrepreneurs in creating a world-class tourism infrastructure that will captivate visitors from around the globe.

  • Korea Tourism Organization launches K-incentive Scheme for Indian travel agents
    on June 6, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    The main benefits of the incentive scheme include providing travel agents with prizes of USD 30 per passenger and support for quick, simple, and hassle-free tour visas for visitors to Korea between June and December 2023. The scheme assumes a special significance as 2023 commemorates the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Korea.

  • Dawn of an AI revolution in travel
    on June 6, 2023 at 9:15 am

    On one hand, the rise of AI could bring significant benefits, such as chatbot assisted travel booking, contactless check-in, personalised offers and bookings, and augmented experiences for travellers. On the other hand, there are also concerns about the ethical and societal implications of AI, including potential job displacement, biases in decision-making, and privacy issues.

  • Theme Parks work as ‘Economic Engines’; Company focus on boosting intl footfall, MICE: Imagicaa CEO Dhimant Bakshi
    on June 6, 2023 at 5:03 am

    The theme park industry in India is still in its early stages but holds significant growth potential, according to Dhimant Bakshi, CEO of Imagicaaworld Entertainment Limited. Speaking to ETTravelWorld, Bakshi also discusses Imagicaa’s 10-year journey, 132 per cent revenue increase and focus on the MICE segment, as well as the importance of collaborative efforts between the government and private players for the development of the theme park industry.

  • Airline industry to post USD 9.8 bn profit in 2023; revenues to grow over 9%: IATA
    on June 6, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Despite economic uncertainties, the airline industry has achieved a noteworthy return to net profitability, with a 1.2 per cent net profit margin. The industry’s outlook is driven by rising revenues surpassing expenses, with passenger revenues projected to reach USD 546 billion. Additionally, an estimated 4.35 billion individuals are expected to travel in 2023, approaching the pre-pandemic figure of 4.54 billion recorded in 2019.

  • Responsible Tourism is an initiative to make better places to live, visit: MP Tourism
    on June 5, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    After Kerala, Madhya Pradesh is one of the fore-runners among states that have successfully implemented the concept of Responsible Tourism on ground through various initiatives, active participation and community involvement. These also include initiatives such as Homestays, Gram Stays and Farm Stays, allowing tourists to immerse themselves in nature and local culture.

  • The Red Sea, Amaala will resonate well with Indian travellers: RSG CEO John Pagano
    on June 5, 2023 at 4:00 am

    “India is a very important market for us. With this in mind, we have established representatives within different markets, including India,” said John Pagano, Group CEO of Red Sea Global, as he shared details on the progress of the ambitious projects that are set to redefine luxury for the world. Its first three hotels – Six Senses, St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton Reserve – and phase one of the Red Sea International airport is set to open this year.

  • From travel assistance to trips: How travel agents constitute the basis of the travel industry
    on June 4, 2023 at 6:30 am

    Travel agents and tour operators serve as the backbone of the industry, offering a wide range of services that go beyond simple packages and holiday bookings, believes Sandeep Kapur. This article explores how travel agents and operators contribute to the growth of the travel industry in India, with a particular emphasis on the importance of travel assistance services and how it has become an integral part of an operator’s offerings.

  • Travel plans hit as 90 trains cancelled today, tomorrow
    on June 4, 2023 at 4:30 am

    At least 90 trains for Sunday and Monday have been cancelled, 49 diverted and 11 short-terminated. This will directly affect not only passengers travelling south for medical treatment but students, who need to sit for admission tests in the colleges down south and travellers who had intended taking a summer break in the Puri beaches or locales around Chennai.

  • V Vidyavathi assumes charge as Tourism Secretary; reviews G20 preparations in Goa
    on June 3, 2023 at 9:10 am

    The senior IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre, assumed her role as the new Union tourism secretary on June 1, 2023 succeeding Arvind Singh. In preparation for upcoming G20 TWG meet in Goa, Vidyavathi, along with senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism and the state government, reviewed the progress on the event and joined a presentation made by the Goa government to the CM Pramod Sawant.

  • How cloud is revolutionising travel and hospitality experience
    on June 3, 2023 at 6:53 am

    By delivering seamless journeys & happy stays, businesses are able to enhance efficiencies and drive immense growth across the globe. By embracing cloud technology, the industry has become more agile, efficient, and customer-centric. And as technology continues to evolve, cloud based solutions will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of travel and hospitality.

  • IndiGo expands global footprint with 6 new destinations, 174 weekly flights
    on June 3, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Besides destinations in Asia and Africa, IndiGo also has plans to expand its presence in the Middle East by launching more direct international services, connecting Dammam to Lucknow, Chennai, and Kochi; Abu Dhabi to Goa, Lucknow and Ahmedabad; Ras Al Khaimah to Hyderabad and Bahrain to Kochi. Additionally, the airline will establish international flights from North Goa Airport in the near future.

  • Radisson big on expansion, to launch 11 new hotels
    on June 2, 2023 at 9:31 am

    The list of new signings by the group in India between January and April 2023 include the key gateway cities and emerging destinations such as Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ujjain, Raipur, Sonamarg, Manali, Kerala and Visakhapatnam, all scheduled to open between 2023 to 2026. These openings further strengthen the group’s position in South Asia.

  • Saudi eyes India as its largest source market by 2030; strengthens partnerships through sports
    on June 2, 2023 at 4:05 am

    India is expected to bring two million visitors to Saudi this year. The Saudi Tourism Authority has tied up with the Indian Premier League to boost STA’s growing network of global partnerships. Saudi Arabia also established nine VFS Tasheel offices across Indian cities, introduced new Stopover Visa for Indians and direct connectivity routes to stay relevant in the Indian market.

  • Valley of Flowers opens for visitors; avalanche reported at 2 sites on trek route
    on June 2, 2023 at 3:30 am

    The world-famous Valley of Flowers in Chamoli district welcomed 40 visitors from various parts of the country on Thursday, marking the first day of its opening. However, the tourists faced challenging conditions as they had to navigate through two sites where recent avalanches had blocked the trek route. Unpredictable weather patterns this year prevented the valley from showcasing its usual riot of colours.

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