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Internet, personalization and social media driving Indian travellers: Sharat Dhall, Yatra.com

In his ‘Travel trend wrap up report by Yatra.com’, Sharat Dhall has listed out Virtual Reality, social media, and internet as major influencers in driving Indian tourists, within the country and globally. Also, family vacations are in as Indians are now looking for experiences and not just travel. Excerpts from an insightful report:  The Indian travel industry has been growing at an exponential rate at the backdrop of burgeoning socio-economic disposition and evolved preferences of …

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CII Report reaffirms the need for diversifying beyond the long-haul for inbound

CII has recently unveiled a report which suggests a slew of measures to mainstream tourism, further integrating it to the national growth. The report has underlined the need for a concerted plan around cultivating the Chinese market as the biggest potential source of international inbound for India. Titled ‘CII policy dashboard on tourism’, the report has batted for reinvesting at least 20 per cent of earning from tourism back into the sector to strengthen the …

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Tourism assumes a greater significance in India’s ‘Act East Policy’

That tourism would act as a crucial plank in India’s ‘Act East Policy’ is a thought that would find little traction beyond the boundaries of the Indian tourism industry. But it has come to assume a much greater role in strengthening bilateral ties between India and Myanmar. Indian tourists flying to Myanmar’s three international airports are now eligible for visa-on-arrival. Interestingly, the decision coincides with President Ram Nath Kovind’s five-day state visit to Myanmar. Foreign …

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Tier-2 cities gaining unprecedented traction, suggests KAYAK’s India Study report

Kayak’s recently released ‘KAYAK’s 2019 ‘Best Time To Book’ travel guide has given some interesting insights into the behaviour of the Indian traveller. The big finding suggests that tier-2 cities are gaining an unprecedented traction, with Varanasi topping the charts as the most searched destination. It also outlines that Bangkok and Dubai are the most favoured destinations among the Indian outbound. Here are some excerpts from the report:  Best time to book flights for most domestic destinations …

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Delhi, Mumbai among the top ten cities in job creation via tourism: WTTC Report

The recently released World Travel & Tourism Council: City Travel & Tourism Impact 2018 – October 2018 report has given interesting insights into global tourism trends. It comes as no surprise that Chinese cities will continue to dominate as destinations with the fastest growing travel and tourism GDP, for the near future. Much of the global growth is also being fuelled by the Asia-Pacific region. From an Indian perspective, Delhi has been ranked seventh, and …

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Change of guard at WTTCII; Rajeev Talwar is the new Chairman

There has been a change of guard at World Travel & Tourism Council, India Initiative (WTTCII). New office bearers have been appointed for the year 2019 at the recently held AGM meet in the capital. Rajeev Talwar, Chief Executive Officer, DLF has been appointed as the Chairman of WTTCII for the year 2019. He served as the Vice Chairman of WTTCII for the year 2018 and takes over from Sunder G. Advani, Chairman & Managing …

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Growth in cruise numbers a prelude to the rise of cruise tourism in India: Ratna Chadha

There have some positive developments in the cruise segment. A new association has been formed. The government has been sounding positive and the y-o-y growth in tourist numbers have been more on the expected lines. TIRUN has been a market leader, one of the first movers in the space and has essentially driven the segment, creating a visibility for the Indian audience. Ratna Chadha, Chief Executive, TIRUN believes that the steady growth in numbers could …

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Hold the visa fee hike until Incredible India 2.0 stabilises in key markets: Sunder Advani

The hike in visa fee was a dampener for tourists heading to the Indian shores and GoI needed to resist the temptation until the newly rolled out Incredible India 2.0 campaign stabilised in key source markets, suggested Sunder Advani, Chairman, WTTCII. He also advocated bringing aviation fuel within the ambit of GST, exhorting the government to view tourism as a driver of national growth and employment. Excerpts from the interview:  Stakeholders have suggested that India’s …

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FM Arun Jaitley releases Amitabh Kant’s book on transformative ideas

The book provides food for thought and action Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog has edited a book on thoughts into the future. Transformative ideas for Indian economy and society. A book that took a year into publishing, contributions coming from some of the best minds and domain experts. A look at the sectors that will form the cornerstones of India’s growth. Identifying the challenges and their best solutions, to take the India story forward. As …

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Rope in MoEA, commerce ministry to boost global outreach: Sarab Jit Singh

In a meeting with key commerce ministry officials, Sarab Jit Singh, Managing Director, Travelite has suggested a slew of measures to enhance the growth prospect of tourism in the country, most notably roping in the Ministry of External Affairs and Commerce to better coordinate outreach activities. He recently took a delegation to share the perspective of private stakeholders. We spoke to him to understand the key areas of intervention mooted by him and its possible …

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FICCI YES BANK report backs private sector initiatives for infra

A FICCI YES BANK report titled ‘Tourism Infrastructure Investments: Leveraging Partnerships for Exponential Growth’ has suggested a slew of measures to improve the state of investment in the sector. Here are some excerpts from the report, outlining the way forward: Tourism Specific ‘Ease of Doing Business Rankings’: ‘EoDB Tourism State Rankings’ can be introduced with comprehensive parameters for assessment of State initiatives. A uniform format can be introduced for collection and publishing of tourism data …

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GoI aiming to push tourism’s contribution to 10% of GDP: Rajnath Singh   

The e-Visa regime continued to be the game changer for the tourism sector and its growing ambit meant only meant well for the tourism sector, the home minister said. While inaugurating the second edition of “Paryatan Parv”, a 12-day tourism festival at the India Gate lawns, he said that the online means was now available for citizens of 166 countries and allowed visits for business and medical treatment. He said the process of obtaining the …

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Culture ministry endeavours to piggyback on tourism initiatives, says former secretary Raghvendra Singh

Raghvendra Singh, the erstwhile culture secretary assured that the culture ministry was working in tandem with the ministry of tourism and was eager to piggy ride on some of the MoT initiatives pertaining to outreach. He has since moved to the ministry of textiles. Excerpts from the interview when he was the secretary, ministry of culture. Recently, the culture and tourism ministries were in the eye of the storm, with the “adopt a monument programme”, …

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Technology is an enabler, cannot replace the experience quotient: Ashwani Lohani

Despite an impressive advance in technology, and its growing pervasiveness in the tourism industry, “the human factor” was going to remain important for businesses and railways, insisted Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board. Excerpts from his address at ICONIC Forum at Le Meridien, New Delhi: Ashwani Lohani insisted that technology was being put to good use by the Indian Railways to bring sweeping changes in the quality of passenger comfort and interface, but he, in the …

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India, Nepal come together to promote the Buddhist and Ramayana circuits

A long overdue idea has been finally put to implementation. Tourism minister K J Alphons has shared that India and Nepal will jointly promote the Buddhist and Ramayana circuits. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, he informed that the decision was taken by both the governments after the second round of meeting held in the first week of July at Kathmandu. As per the agreement, both the governments have decided to constitute a joint forum – …

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Conserve, nurture artisans, knowledge systems to conserve the Taj Mahal

The art had assumed greater significance than the artist, leading to a systematic loss of knowledge systems and traditions involved in creating such heritage structures – critical to ensuring the conservation of the structure itself, suggested Navin Piplani Principal Director, INTACH Heritage Academy.  He was speaking at a lecture on “Taj-A search for Authenticity” at INTACH. Navin Piplani suggested that conserving and nurturing artisans involved in the process of creating traditional art and crafts was crucial towards …