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Travel outlook for 2022 highlights a good reason for travel industry to be optimistic: Forward keys

As per the analysis by Forward Keys, there are signs to be optimistic about the future in 2022. Following four key trends show the potential to make a difference in the near future- while the international travel recovered, domestic travel remained strong, the gap between leisure and business travel is narrowing, the APAC region is to reopen soon and the pent-up demand is real, people still want to travel.

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Lockdown Fatal for Amusement Park in Maharashtra, IAAPI requests to operate at 50% capacity

Amusement Park industry will remain closed as per the latest Maharashtra govt. notification, to prevent spread of Omicron. Rajeev Jalnapurkar – Chairman, IAAPI and Director Ramoji Film City, requested the state government to allow amusement parks & theme parks to operate on 50% capacity as allowed to indoor venues like malls, cinemas, restaurants, gyms, saloons, etc for survival and employment retention in the industry.

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ETAA North changes the core committee, adds new membership head

The ETAA north India committee organized a networking event at the Taj Ambassador, New Delhi on December 8, ensuring all appropriate COVID protocols. The Chairperson, Sangeeta Manocha announced the new core committee for the north India Chapter, with Punit Bhasin taking on the role of Vice Chairman, Gaurav Arora as the Joint Secretary and the addition of the new Membership Head, Deepika Khanna, along with Saurabh Tuteja as General Secretary, Dinesh Kumar – Treasurer, Praveen Ghai – Joint Secretary.

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MEA aims to open Passport Seva Kendra in every LS constituency

The Ministry of External Affairs signed an agreement for the second phase of the Passport Seva Programme with TCS, for opening a Seva Kendra in every Lok Sabha constituency — where there is no Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK).The Programme is connected to more than 176 Indian Missions through Global Passport Seva Programme (GPSP), for “seamless” delivery of passport services.

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India to become hub for spiritual and religious tourism: Rupinder Brar at EXPO2020 Dubai

Speaking at a session on the ‘Investment Opportunities in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality’ during the ‘Tourism Fortnight’ at the India Pavilion, EXPO2020 Dubai, Rupinder Brar, ADG, MOT, GOI said, “India has opportunity and potential to become a hub for spiritual and religious tourism, as the govt. is focused in showcasing the strength of the Indian religions and philosophies to the world.”

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IRCTC launches new scheme for issuing Rail Reservation Tickets from 9147 post offices in Uttar Pradesh

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), launched a new scheme on for issuing Railway Reservation Ticket from 9147 post offices in UP. The rail passengers can now get their e-ticket from the nearest post office. Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Railway Minister, launched this new scheme in Lucknow. Railways has taken this step keeping in view the convenience and needs of the passengers.

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Carry the message ‘Investment ready North East’: Reddy urges business community at the NE festival

G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER virtually participated in the NE Festival and interacted with entrepreneurs and potential start-ups. With the visible and rapid development in the last 7 years, he urged the business community to confidently carry the message of ‘investment ready North East’ across the country and beyond.

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12,000 start-ups mobilizing US$ 83 million are working on new tourism technologies: UNWTO

Highlighting the interest in UNWTO’s innovation and start-up competitions, UNWTO has been showcasing talent and readiness to hear new voices and embrace new ideas. Their global innovation ecosystem is now made up of more than 12,000 start-ups from 160 countries, with US$83 million mobilized and 300 corporate partners currently working on new tourism technologies.

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Employment set to rise by 18% in 2022 to reach 324 million jobs: WTTC

Travel & Tourism sector’s employment is set to rise by 0.7% in 2021, representing 2 million jobs, followed by 18% increase in 2022 – only 10 million below 2019 levels. However, there is dire need to proactively address the current issue of staff shortages that the sector is facing, particularly in developed countries. Highlights WTTC’s latest economic projections from October 2021.

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Luxury hospitality market reached €79 billion in 2021: Bain & Company

Luxury hospitality bounced back from the middle of second quarter of 2021, and occupancy rates gradually increased. However, overall spending on hospitality stayed below pre-pandemic levels due to continued restrictions on international travel. The market reached €79 billion, up 20 to 22 per cent at current exchange rates from 2020, but still down 58 to 62 percent from 2019. Hotel chains outpaced independents, powered by their greater adaptability to shifting consumer needs.

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