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Ayodhya’s Deepotsav 2021 sets World Record again for lighting over 9 Lakh Diyas

In the fifth Deepotsav of Ayodhya on Wednesday more than 9 lakh lamps were lit up on banks of the Saryu River in Ayodhya, breaking all the previous records. The Deepotsav program and the construction of grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya will boost the tourism opportunities in UP. “UP govt with the assistance of Govt of India is working towards achieving new heights”, UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

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TravelBullz & TAT to have semi-final of ITL on 10th November

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), India Offices, and TravelBullz Indian Travel League organised an Indian Travel League for Pan India Travel Agents. ITL is a weekly campaign with a total of 4 rounds. The campaign began on October 20th, and each week, a match would be followed by a wordplay format quiz. The campaign is set to have its semi-final round on November 10th with K. D. Singh, founder and president of TravelBullz, and K. Vachirachai Sirisumpan, Director, New Delhi Office, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), as the panellists for the semi-final round. The winner stands a chance to win a 4-night stay in Phuket.

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In Karnataka, property taxes reduced by 50% for hotels, resorts,restaurants and amusement parks.

The Karnataka government announced a slew of concessions and relief measures for hotels, resorts, restaurants, and amusement parks in the state on Thursday, the most notable of which was a half of property tax dues. They also announced that for the months of April, May, and June of 2021, electricity charges will be waived. The government has also agreed to provide a one-time financial payment of INR 5000 to all Tourism Department registered beneficiaries, which will be directly sent to their accounts.

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The Maldivian Airlines started its first non-stop direct flights between Delhi and Male

Maldivian airlines first flight departed from Delhi to Male’. It’s a non-stop flight with Economy Class and Business Class configuration. Maldivian, the national carrier of the Maldives, will be operating this service three times a week with an Airbus A320 aircraft. For Business Class travellers, the airline also offers access to lounges at airport, exclusive check-in counter and generous seats with comfortable recline and seat-pitch.

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Thailand extends quarantine-free entry for vaccinated tourists from 63 countries, including India

From November 1, 2021, Thailand’s Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed that fully vaccinated foreign tourists, including returning Thais and foreign residents, from authorised countries/territories would be able to enter the Kingdom by air with no quarantine restrictions. Thailand will also accept fully vaccinated tourists from countries that are not on the list, with fewer restrictions. Travellers can choose from 17 ‘Blue Zone’ destinations for their first 7-night required stay before moving on to other parts of Thailand.

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Rapid rural development shall be done sustainably and responsibly: PATA CEO

The admiration for rural tourism, according to Liz Ortiguera, CEO of PATA, is a silver lining to the pandemic-driven industrial impact, but it can have severe consequences if rapid rural growth is not done sustainably and responsibly. PATA strives to advance methods that promote good growth. PATA recently co-hosted the 15th UNWTO/PATA Forum on ‘Tourism and Rural Development,’ during which Ortiguera stated that rural tourism is growing in popularity across Asia-Pacific, owing to consumer demand and government efforts to ring-fence safe vacation destinations.

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Etihad Airways’ senior executives meet the trade and plan market prospects

Etihad Airways hosted a meeting to explore how the market is opening and what prospects exist for the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. The meeting was attended by top clients at the MD and CEO levels. Also in attendance were, Martin Drew, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, and Murli Krishnan, Vice President, Revenue, both from Abu Dhabi; Neerja Bhatia, Vice President for the Indian Subcontinent; and Salil Nath, Regional Sales Manager, North Central India, Bangladesh, and Seychelles, both from India.

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Need state level tourism committees to review what’s being done: Govind Mohan, Secretary, Ministry of Culture

Tourism ministers and leaders from South Indian states were urged to push for Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, as per Govind Mohan, Secretary, Culture. “A national implementation committee led by the Home Minister manages these programmes at the central government level, and the Prime Minister oversees them periodically.” The states must put equal focus on execution, with state-level implementation committees led by senior ministers reviewing what was done, what needs to be done, and then carrying out those programmes.

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South African Tourism’s debut virtual roadshow in India welcomed nearly 1900 visitors

South African Tourism’s maiden virtual roadshow ‘VirtuallyYoursSouthAfrica’ concluded successfully with 99 South African suppliers as part of the trade delegation who exhibited their products and services from 20th to 22nd October 2021. Of the 99 suppliers, over 41 were exhibiting in India for the first time and they showcased their product and services to 1,871 Indian buyers. The event also saw inclusion of 31 SMMEs – more than double the number that participated in the 2020 roadshow. In addition to SMMEs, representatives from accommodation establishments, destination management companies, experiences, 7 South African Provinces, VFS and airlines. Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head – MEISEA, South African Tourism, says, “India is a high potential source market for us, at South African Tourism. In fact, the market has been recognized as one of our key international focus markets, along with China and Nigeria. While India has traditionally been a multigenerational, family source market, we see huge opportunity to leverage the destination amongst millennials as well. They are looking for an adventure and with 3000+ adventure activities, South Africa is known to provide one at every turn! We hope to welcome more and more Indian travellers to have safe, sustainable and memorable holidays, as well as a taste of our warm hospitality and local culture.”

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