Spike in Covid-19 cases fails to dull Indians’ appetite for travel

Travel is booming across the country, and despite a recent spike in Covid cases, demand has not dampened, with travel companies continuing to witness a rise in bookings for both leisure and corporate purposes. A total of 8,329 new infections were recorded in the past 24 hours, an official statement said on Saturday. “With the … Read more

Govt working on comprehensive national tourism policy: Union Tourism and Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy

Union Tourism and Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy on Sunday said that the government is working towards a comprehensive national tourism policy to give an impetus to the tourism industry. Addressing the last day of the two-day India International Cruise Conference here, Reddy also urged the industry stakeholders to prepare a road map for the … Read more

Commercial flights resumption: Enquiries for overseas travel picks up after govt opens skies

“We are seeing a trend of travellers now eager to book long-haul destinations, fuelled by international borders reopening and relaxation of rules across the globe,” he said. Enquiries for overseas travel destinations have picked up after the government announced that scheduled commercial international flights will resume from March 27. With more capacity getting added into … Read more

Omicron scare: Uncertainty hits yr-end travel plans

“Pent-up travel demand continues to be strong despite high occupancy and rates/air fares, and our domestic demand is even higher than pre-pandemic levels,” shares Madhavan Menon, managing director of Thomas Cook India group. Just when we thought we are seeing the end of the pandemic, news of the Omicron variant has put the world back … Read more

Life behind bars piques your interest? Visit to a jail could be your next travel hotspot

India is often overwhelming for many first-time travellers. If you thought leisure sojourns are just about beaches, hills, forests and monuments, then a trip to a prison could set the tone for your next destination. A sobering glimpse of the gallows where death row prisoners were hanged, what do inmates eat, or where did freedom … Read more

A perfect holiday: Rejuvenating tourism with digital support

Uma Ganesh Portrait THE Tourism industry that contributes 10% of the global GDP creating one tenth of the jobs is one of the worst affected industries the world over due to Covid-19. As per World Travel and Tourism Council (WTC 2020) report, 31% of the jobs in this sector have been lost; that’s approximately 100 … Read more

‘Desi Travel’ the buzzword of Indian hospitality sector recovery

Roop Partap Choudhary By Roop Partap Choudhary As industries are in the process of rebooting to the new normal after being hit by the pandemic, the hospitality industry which was one of the worst hit industries is also getting back to operations. After the unprecedented and unimaginable scenario created by the pandemic, the Indian hospitality … Read more

Tourism in the Post-COVID world: Steps to building better future

Country is gearing up to open international and domestic travels. By Mr Amit Sharma, Of all the industries trying to sustain the pandemic crisis, the tourism industry suffered the most over the past two years. The tourism industry is a significant contributor to a country’s economy in terms of GDP, foreign exchange earnings, and employment. … Read more

‘Need of more proactive relief packages to uplift Rs 200-500 crore loss incurred by tourism industry’

The loan benefits extended are set to benefit only a section of registered Travel and tourism players, but the interest rates remain a matter of concern. (Photo source: Kerala Tourism/Facebook) By Aditya Chamaria, The travel and tourism industry accounts for 8% of the GDP and equal volume of employment; looking at the brunt this industry … Read more

Airbnb, Oyo, Yatra & EaseMyTrip join hands to form Confederation of Hospitality, Technology and Tourism Industry

The fear of contracting the virus has also prompted people to shun travel and outdoor activities. Airbnb, EaseMyTrip, Oyo Hotels & Homes and Yatra have joined hands to form an association — Confederation of Hospitality, Technology and Tourism Industry (CHATT) — an industry body that seeks to represent the interests of small and independent hotel … Read more