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Fully vaccinated Indians need not do RT-PCR before entering Netherlands

The Dutch embassy in India has tweeted that “Indians with fully WHO-approved vaccinations will no longer be required to do a PCR-test prior to their departure to the Netherlands as of October 22, 2021.” It recommends visitors to review the website’s checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from outside the EU/Schengen area. India was moved from very high risk area category to high risk area from 22 October 9:00 AM onwards

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Qantas to relaunch commercial flights between Australia and India in nearly a decade, from Dec 06

From December 6, Qantas expects to resume service on the Sydney-Delhi route. These initial flights, however, are only available to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their close families and parents. With its A330 aircraft, Qantas plans to establish a new route from Sydney to Delhi on December 6, 2021, with three return flights per week, increasing to daily flights by the end of the year. Qantas and Jetstar will resume more international flights to popular destinations from Sydney, as well as operate regular flights to Delhi, which will be Qantas’ first commercial flights between Australia and India in in a decade.

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Odisha will host its first eco-retreat festival at the virgin Pentha beach

Officials stated the Tourism Department has planned to hold a three and a half month long eco-retreat event, to promote the scenic, calm beach at Pentha in Odisha’s Kendrapara district. Beginning on November 15, the event’s added attractions include cultural festivals, gastronomic festivals, and trekking in the neighbouring mangrove forest. Tourists will be able to stay in 15 luxurious tents for 106 days in the middle of nature.

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JKTDC debuts Dal Lake’s first-ever 80-seater cruise boat

The much-anticipated 80-seater cruise boat service on Dal Lake was launched by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) as a huge boost to the valley’s tourism infrastructure. People can make reservations for family reunions, weddings, and other social occasions. The cruise boat has a maximum capacity of 80 passengers and is furnished with a number of facilities. Following the government’s announcement that tourism is a priority industry to immunisation, the tourism department immunised tourism stakeholders as part of the inoculation efforts.

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South African Tourism’s first virtual roadshow starts today from 11am to 5pm IST

South African Tourism’s first virtual roadshow titled ‘VirtuallyYoursSouthAfrica’ will start today from 11am and will go on till 5pm IST. The two-day show will see participation from 99 South African suppliers. The NTO will also give away vouchers worth Rs 1,000 each to 200 lucky buyers. All they will need to do is conduct the most number of meetings, fill a survey and click a picture at the photo booth to share on social media tagging @meetsouthafrica.india #virtuallyyourssouthafrica

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Travel trade should make packages with value additions: Scindia

Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia has stated that tour operators should not merely act as a booking medium and rely solely on commissions. He did, however, propose that they should provide value improvements for travellers in order to boost their earnings. “Make packages for whatever circuit you want, and force hotels to offer packages with Value Addition Services (VAS), because today’s tourists want a hassle-free experience with only one point of contact for everything, from ticketing to taxi arrangements to hotel bookings to sightseeing, and everything needs to be done through one window, which should be through you.”

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72 percent of Indian travellers want to travel next year: Amadeus Traveler Research

The poll of 9,074 customers from France, Germany, India, Spain, Russia, Singapore, the UAE, the UK and the US found that there is a strong desire to travel. Over 35% of travellers feel the existing international guidelines on where and how to travel are complicated, making them less likely to arrange business or leisure travel. At the same time, travellers are showing a greater willingness to accept technology and share health information so that they can start traveling again.

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G Kishan Reddy addressed “Tourism in Buddhist Circuits” in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.

G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Culture and Tourism, spoke at the opening session of the ministry’s conference “Tourism in Buddhist Circuits – A Way Forward” in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday. “Several seminars focusing on the Buddhist circuit and tourism will be held throughout the two-day conference.” The tourism industry’s stakeholders, academics, and the media are anticipated to attend the conference, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

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Solutions & suggestions for Ahmedabad Airport by TAAI

A delegation of TAAI Gujarat Chapter met Naved Desai, Ahmedabad Airport Manager. In the meeting, they suggested to have advance token system of Rapid test for those who wanted to travel to Dubai. They also asked to share airport resurfacing plan to some professional agency to avoid frequent runway closure, which badly affect travel schedule. The TAAI delegation also suggested to form one advisory committee with a representative of travel trade also. Desai gave assurance to action on most of the requests and informed of major expansion of Ahmedabad Airport in phased manner.

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Kushinagar airport inauguration by PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi, in his address at the inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport, said that the new airport will facilitate international as well as domestic tourists with great connectivity to major Buddhist destinations related to the life of Lord Buddha such as Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Sarnath and Bodhgaya. He also highlighted that Kushinagar airport inauguration will form an ecosystem of employment generation & business development.

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