Manas Dwivedi

Indians 6% more optimistic towards better economic conditions: John Koldowski

John Koldowski, Special Advisor, PATA and Professor, Leshan Normal University, Sichuan, China in a webinar has revealed that in terms of countries that are expecting economic conditions in home country will be better in 6 months, India is second in line after Greater China, with 6% more people optimistic about the same since September 2020. Koldowski was speaking at a webinar by PATA, titled, ‘IVAs into Asia-Pacific in 2020 and Expectations for 2021-2023. “Those regions and countries that believe it will be better in 6 months, Greater China leads the pack, then India, followed by Asia-Pacific and North America. In Europe, it is trending in the other way, as they are feeling a bit gloomier,” he said.

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Tourism Ireland webinar to focus on offerings, safety guidelines

Tourism Ireland India is organising a webinar on Nov 19 at 3.30 pm to educate the trade on its offerings and COVID safety guidelines. Huzan Fraser Motivala, its India Representative, says, “It will see participation from four Irish suppliers and attendees can win gift hampers.” Contact Jaspreet Kaur at jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or +91-9650196532 to attend.

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18 Spanish suppliers to meet travel trade virtually on Dec 2-3

The Tourism Office of Spain in India is organising its annual travel show virtually for the first time with 18 Spanish companies. Elisa Robles-Fraga, its Director in Mumbai, says, “The Virtual Spanish Travel Show will be held over two days on December 2-3, 2020 and will include private meetings between buyers and sellers, presentations and knowledge sessions.”   

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Lufthansa implements Star Alliance biometrics, offers touchless experience

Lufthansa Group (LHG) airlines, Lufthansa, and SWISS will be the first to use the new Star Alliance Biometrics for elected flights in Frankfurt and Munich from mid-November. The new system is available via the app and Lufthansa Miles & More members will be able to pass through boarding and security without contact and have a touchless experience at airport.

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Jet Airways shouldn’t be given IATA membership immediately: TAAI

Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI, has said that they have written to MoCA and IATA that Jet Airways should not be given IATA membership till the time it is not known how they are working, what is their plan and how they would be moving forward. “They shouldn’t be allowed to become IATA members again for a couple of years, although they have filed for insolvency, which has rules and regulations,” she said.

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20 Spanish companies to be part of virtual roadshow on Dec 2-3

The Tourism Office of Spain in India is organising its annual travel show virtually for the first time with 20 Spanish companies. Elisa Robles-Fraga, its Director in Mumbai, says, “The Virtual Spanish Travel Show will be held over two days on December 2-3, 2020 and will include private meetings between buyers and sellers, presentations and knowledge sessions.”

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2.93 lakh domestic tourists visit Rajasthan since June 1

About 2.93 lakh domestic tourists have visited monuments, museums and tourist destinations in Rajasthan since June 1 this year. Since the crisis caused by COVID-19 had created a need for policy-level intervention, the state government would adopt a vision to explore the tourism sector’s potential to support economic development, said, Alok Gupta, Principal Secretary (Tourism), Rajasthan.

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Hotel occupancy improved by 26% in September 2020: HVS ANAROCK

According to the latest data from HVS ANAROCK on the Indian hotel industry, hotel occupancy improved from approx. 10% in April 2020 to almost 26% in September 2020 as the hotel industry currently cruising on domestic leisure travel & outbound Indian luxury travel. Corporate demand is still subdued and will remain constrained at least for the short term.

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