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EbixCash Travels (Via.com) initiates trade re-engagement with multi-city roadshows

EbixCash Travels(Via.com) has taken the bold initiative to re-engage with the trade by conducting Travel Sub-agent Meets across the country, making sure that all COVID protocols are followed. Naveen Kundu, MD, EbixCash Travel Services (parent company of Via.com) says, “The aim behind these meets is to bring agents out of their post-COVID shells and from their offices/ homes, to get back to work and their business. These are small and medium enterprises, and we have been telling them that we as a conglomerate will help you with technology, credit lines, efficient payment remittances. When the partners and the principles meet together, they develop a camaraderie, which eventually will work in the favor of the customer, suppliers and the business. We must put in efforts to bring the business to normal, these are the efforts that we are making and rewarding them for staying through with us, even during the pandemic.” Now that the situation is getting better, EbixCash Travels (Via.com) is all out to support, reassure and extend help to its trade partners to grow their business because we believe in developing and keeping the connection personal with the community, and expanding it by creating physical community meetings. The meets are being conducted to have a closed group conversation with the partners to understand challenges and help them overcome them.

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West Bengal cabinet announces new guidelines for tourism service providers

The West Bengal cabinet has announced the new guidelines for the recognition of tourism service providers of Bengal. Under the new guidelines, the State Tourism Department will extend recognition to the eligible tourism service providers registered in West Bengal in the segments of tour operators, travel agents and tourist transport operators. This would certainly help the state to position Bengal as one of the top line destinations in India by ensuring quality service providers for the travellers across the world.

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Tourism can be a game changer to bring socio-economic change in Northeast: Reddy

Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER, addressed the inaugural session of the two-day conference of Tourism and Culture Ministers of North Eastern States in Guwahati, Assam. The aim is to discuss development of tourism and issues related to connectivity in the North Eastern Region. “Tourism can be a game changer that can bring socio-economic change in the nation especially in NE region,” he said. The conference also had in presence, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister of Assam; Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs; Ajay Bhatt, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Defence, also graced the inaugural session of conference.

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DCT Abu Dhabi’s leisure webinar ‘Reunite #InAbuDhabi’ today at 3pm IST

Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) Abu Dhabi is organising a webinar titled ‘Reunite #InAbuDhabi’ webinar, dedicated to leisure travel today at 3pm IST. Participants will learn about luxury experiences, iconic sights and instagrammable locations. To register email Jaspreet Kaur at jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or call +91 96501 96532.

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Ashok Hotel to soon have mall and service apartments

The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) is reportedly planning to lease out ‘The Ashok’ to investors and turn the 25-acre property into a ‘multi-purpose’ building, which would have an array of facilities including service apartments and a mall, revealed an official. According to a PTI report, MOT working on the details of bidding and aims to complete the process in the current financial year. “The intention is to turn ‘The Ashok’ into an iconic building which would house service apartments, besides a mall and other amenities taking advantage of its location,” said the official.

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Sarovar Hotels set to open second Golden Tulip in Goa

Sarovar Hotels have signed a new Golden Tulip hotel in Goa. It will be the group’s 4th hotel in Goa, which is nestled amidst the picturesque and peaceful green hills of Arpora. Golden Tulip, Arpora upon completion in 2023 will have 50 well-appointed rooms and suites encased beautifully by quaint architecture that reflects Goa’s history and culture. Golden Tulip, Arpora aims to promote tourism in the area and offer high- quality service and stay options. Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels and Resorts, said “We are delighted to expand and strengthen our Golden Tulip’s leisure portfolio in this market which is a very popular destination among Indian and international tourists. We believe the hotel’s location with Sarovar’s signature hospitality will deliver a notable experience to business and leisure guests alike.”

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6 times spike in travellers from India opting for Visa At Your Doorstep service: VFS Global

Foreign-bound travellers from India that opted for Visa At Your Doorstep (VAYD) services grew by more than six times between January and July this year, revealed a data analysis by VFS Global. “Touchless travel with an enhanced focus on safety and well-being are key to customers today. The uptick in VAYD services is another great indication of changing customer preferences. With the digital consumer experience evolving rapidly, we foresee a higher demand for such premium services that enable our customers to prioritise safe travel,” said Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – South Asia, Middle East & North Africa and Americas, VFS Global.

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India starts flights to 49 cities in 18 countries in September under air bubble agreement

According to Ministry of Civil Aviation’s (MoCA’s) latest notification, India has started flights between 49 cities under the Air Bubble arrangement with 18 countries in September. These special flights will be operated by airlines under an air-bubble pact between two countries, their territories. The schedule of these flights is available only till September 30.

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Sustainable tourism can be a job creator for locals in Lakshadweep: Amitabh Kant

Amitabh Kant participates in Investors conference on Eco Tourism projects at Minicoy, Kadmat & Suheli islands. In a tweet, he mentions that responsible & sustainable tourism is based on carrying capacity in Lakshadweep islands. “Sensitive tourism can emerge as a big job creator for local islanders,” he said, stressing on the need to develop sustainable tourism products on the island.

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