Tourism Breaking News

Delhi records fifth consecutive year of RevPAR growth in 2019; up by 9%: STR

Asia Pacific hotel performance for 2019 by STR states that Delhi has recorded its fifth consecutive year of RevPAR growth (8.5% to Rs 4801.75), and the absolute occupancy level was the market’s highest for any year since 2007. STR analysts point to a 7.1% jump in demand as the driver of that performance. November was the strongest month of the year for RevPAR growth due to the Diwali festival calendar shift from November in 2018 to October in 2019. Occupancy: +4.9% to 73.0% ADR: +3.4% to INR6,581.95 RevPAR: +8.5% to INR4,801.75

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Kempinski intensifies efforts to bring the brand back on the Indian sub-continent: CEO

Martin R. Smura, Chief Executive Officer Kempinski Hotels and Chairman of the Management Board, says,”India is a very dynamic market and offers enormous potential for future growth in the hospitality sector. Our plans are to intensify our efforts to bring Kempinski back on the Indian sub-continent. India is a growing market to us where we see huge potential for future growth for outbound travellers. Several of our hotels already enjoy a strong wedding business from India. We tapped into the market last year and opened a Global Sales Offices in partnership with Nijhawan Group. Since 2018, we see very promising results with revenue from the Indian market increasing by 30%.

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Mayfair to open 252-room five-star deluxe property in Kolkata by early 2021

Explaining the group’s plans for 2020, Pradipta Mohapatra, Asst. Vice President (Sales & Marketing), MAYFAIR Hotels & Resorts, says, “We will be opening a tea resort in Siliguri this year. Other projects in the pipeline include a 252-key five-star deluxe property in Kolkata- the work for which is also underway, and we plan to make it operational latest by early 2021. We are also in process of establishing a Golf Resort in Satapada region of Puri, Odisha, wherein our group will be investing Rs 125 Crores. It will be a Five Star Deluxe property featuring facilities like helipads.

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Accor’s showcase on 26 & 28 Feb in Delhi & Mumbai respectively

Accor has announced its Showcase, at Pullman New Delhi Aerocity on 26 February and Sofitel Mumbai BKC on 28 February. Accor Showcase acts a catalyst for interaction with the industry representatives such as travel agents, wedding planners, corporate clients, tourism partners and MICE organisers. Accor representatives from around the world provide insights about Accor’s new developments, products, and services to enhance the overall experiences for travellers. The 2020 Accor Showcase will also represent Accor’s new vision ALL – Accor Live Limitless which represents live, work or play- the three essentials of the everyday life. ALL, our all-encompassing platform elevates Accor’s relationship with clients, members and partners from transactional to emotional and invent a completely new aspirational way to Live Limitless. ALL’s new application and website which helps guests, travel agents, trip organisers, incentive planners, to book room, experiences, even meetings and events. “Since last three years, Accor Showcase has achieved prominence in the travel and tourism industry. In the last edition of Accor Showcase we hosted around 1,600 delegates from the country. This year Accor Showcase will focus on strengthening the luxury portfolio messaging and also familiarize the delegates with our vision of ALL-Accor Live Limitless. We are hopeful that the fourth edition of Accor Showcase will create a great buzz in the industry.” said Kerrie Hannaford, VP, Commercial, India and South Asia, Accor

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VFS Global increasing its capacity by 40% for peak season rush

VFS Global is increasing its manpower and visa handling capacity by 40 per cent across its centres in South Asia region ahead of the peak season rush. Sharing the news, Sanjeet Joher, Head- South Asia, VFS Global, said that they are working to enhance the visa appointment system as well, apart from extra operational hours. “We are increasing the size of our team to provide better services to our customers. We want to ensure that they have a seamless experience when they visit VFS with the help of our customer relationship managers across our centres. In our efforts to educate the trade about our services and initiatives, we will organise more training sessions and roadshows with travel agents. We also want to debunk myths around visa application and procedures,” he said.

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Bharat Parv to be held from 26-31 January in New Delhi: MOT

The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) will be organising Bharat Parv from January 26-31, 2020. Now, an annual affair, the ‘Parv’ will showcase the cuisine and culture of different states of India. Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General (ADG), Tourism, said, “We are extremely excited about the upcoming Bharat Parv. The event gets a lot of footfall and attraction from people across the country. We are looking forward to an exuberant response this year, just like the previous ones and we are prepared to showcase the food, arts, culture and also the tableaus that will come from the Republic Day parade.”  

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Chennai Airport to be first Indian airport to have five-screen PVR multiplex

Chennai Airport will be the first airport in India to house five screens of PVR Cinemas. The screens will be located in the multi-level car parking complex, which is under construction. The facility is being built at a cost of ₹250 crore by the Olympia Group, and will not only have a theatre but also many options for food and beverage. The five screens would have roughly over 1,000 seats. According to officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the multi-level parking would be completed and thrown open to the public by October. It has been revealed that the facility will be constructed in such a way that it will be convenient for passengers to park their cars, shop and watch a film. The facility is coming up on either side of the Chennai Metro Rail station at a height of 27 metres. The parking facility can accommodate 2,000 cars. The theatre will be built by Olympia Group for a budget of 250 crore rupees.

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3200 people already enrolled for MOT’s tourist facilitator programme: Rupinder Brar

The Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC), which was rolled out on January 1, 2020, already has 3200 enrolments, reveals Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General (ADG), Ministry of Tourism (MOT), Government of India. She said, “The programme started off really well and there has already been a growing interest of people in joining the programme. Currently, there are about 3200 people who have enrolled for the programme.”

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JNTO launches ‘Your Japan 2020’ campaign

In a bid to attract the Indian outbound travellers, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has launched its brand new ‘Your Japan 2020’ campaign, aimed at offering special experiences and never-before kind of offers to Indian visitors. Through the campaign ‘Your Japan 2020’, JNTO wants to invite visitors globally to experience Japan their way through events. This high magnitude campaign began on 1st January and will extend till end of this year; that is 31st December 2020. JNTO, through its premeditated partnership is allowing travellers on an economical trip to Japan as both, domestic and international airlines are handing out phenomenal discounts. Yusuke Yamamoto, Executive Director, JNTO said, “The year 2020 is highly crucial for Japan as all eyes would be on our destination for hosting the World Olympic Games. In order to make every individual’s visit to our destination enthralling, JNTO has made conscious efforts in planning. We have categorically focused on each areas of traveler’s interest and spread activities all around the year starting from 1st January to 31st December 2020. We are extremely thrilled to host each one of you in Japan and are certain that your visit would be something, which you would never forget. Through our new campaign “Your Japan 2020”, we would like to invite more and more Indian to come and explore Japan to the fullest the way you want it to be.” Japan witnessed 11,700 Indian tourist arrivals in December, posting 13.9% SPLY hike. Moreover, 175,900 Indians visited Japan from Jan-Dec’19, posting a phenomenal 14.2% year-on-year hike. In addition, 2020 also marks the year of Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan, and hence the country is set to welcome visitors from across the …

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Sanjay Kumar returns to IndiGo as Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer

Sanjay Kumar, who recently stepped down as COO of Air Asia India, will now be joining as Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer, IndiGo Airlines. Kumar was previously employed with IndiGo Airlines as Chief Commercial Officer till 2018, before his stint with Air Asia. With over 25 years of experience, Kumar has even worked with SpiceJet and erstwhile Sahara Airlines as well. The news has been confirmed by Kumar, who will reportedly be joining IndiGo very soon.

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