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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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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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