Tourism Breaking News

105 more branded hotels expected to open in 2019 than in 2018: HVS ANAROCK

The year 2019 is expected to outpace 2018 with a total of 105 new branded hotel openings with a total key count of 8,574 keys, revealed HVS ANAROCK in its recent report. It revealed that the effort to open new hotels, big or small, requires hotel operators to coordinate large amounts of preopening effort. So, while domestic operators opened 65 hotels of the total 134 openings in 2018, which represents nearly half of all the openings, in terms of key counts, domestic operators represented only 32% of the total 7,215 keys.

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Delhi most preferred city for MiCE events in India

Delhi came out at the top as host (84.6%), organiser (88.5%) and supplier (88.2%) of MiCE events in India, revealed the Final Report on MICE Market In India And The Role Of ICPB In Promoting MICE Tourism Products. The report, which was released on May 9, 2019 revealed that the three base metros of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata in addition to Bangalore are at the top of the mind when it comes to recall of all the segments at both demand as well as supply end. Mumbai was a close second as host (76.9%), organiser (79.2%) and suppliers (79.2%) of events followed by Kolkata as host (53.9%) , organiser (48.3%) and suppliers (73.2%) of events.

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Passenger Load Factor for domestic carriers declines in July as compared to June: DGCA

The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) for scheduled domestic carriers in the month of July 2019 has shown declining trend compared to previous month primarily due to the end of tourist season, according to DGCA. Overall, SpiceJet came out on top in terms of PLF amongst all other domestic carriers, with a PLF of 92.4%, while GoAir was a close second with 90.4%. Air Asia was at the third place with a PLF of 89.5%, followed by IndiGo at 86.2%, while Vistara recorded a PLF of 86.2 per cent. Air India recorded a PLF of 79.7 per cent.

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e-Conference Visa soon to be made available for private sector: Suman Billa

Suman Billa (IAS), Joint Secretary, MOT and Chairman ICPB, recently revealed at a meeting that they are taking steps to facilitate easier MICE movement. He adds, “We had already opened the e-Conference visa earlier but that was only open for events that were organised by the government and for the PSUs, so now the door has been opened for the private sector as well. It is open to all private conferences. However, if there are some listed countries, and if you have delegates from those countries you need to take special permission for them. Also, we understand that GST is high, especially if you are dealing with a price sensitive and cost competitive industry like the MICE segment.  We are also trying to get the GST reduced, hopefully we will be able to do away with the 28 per cent slab. We are also planning to have a bidding corpus, if there are conferences where you need  go out and bid for,  to help sweeten the deal with a certain amount of money we will put on the table to better the opportunity. We are thinking this should be done with a collaboration with the states on a matching basis. In the next four to five months, we should be having this ready. ” On ICPB he said, “We have been working on the idea to restructure ICPB for some time. We had commissioned this study a while ago, but we are also picking up from there. We have already changed the constitution and are bringing it in line with the recommendations of this report.”  On the same Chander Mansharamani – Vice Chairman, ICPB added , “The marketing role of …

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Sri Lanka Tourism to focus on Indian weddings

Sri Lanka Tourism will now focus on tapping the growing wedding market in India, revealed Jeevana Fernando, Assistant Director, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLPB). Speaking at the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, where they organised a workshop for Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) on Ramayana Trail, he said that they are working with wedding planners and the travel agents to promote Sri Lanka as a wedding destination for Indians. He stressed that Sri Lanka has very good hotels, infrastructure and connectivity to be a preferred destination for Indian weddings. 

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Chandigarh emerging as MICE hub: Horwath HTL, STR

According to Hotel Market Review H1 2019 by Horwath HTL and STR, the city of Chandigarh generated good corporate and MICE demand during the first half of this year (H1 2019). The report also suggests that Mumbai grew rates across all segments; Delhi was somewhat modest and Kolkata struggled with new supply and a slow Q2-19. The all-India results are positive with 4.2% RevPAR growth.

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Luxury Travel Market is worth US$ 5200 million and growing at 8.5% CAGR

Over the next five years, the Luxury Travel Market will register a 8.5% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size will reach US$ 8460 million by 2024, from US$ 5200 million in 2019 states a recent Reuters report. Promoting this segment, the Travel Luxury show will be being held on September 14-15 in Jaipur and will connect exhibitors to the right buyers who can sign business and help grow business. 60 one-on-one pre-fixed meetings are organised for each participant with the most sought after luxury buyers and get a chance to discuss collaborations and synergies in a disturbance free meetings with the key decision makers.

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ETAA conducts educational tour to Rajasthan for members

The Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA) jointly with Rajasthan Routes Trails recently organised an educational familiarisation trip for its members to Rajasthan. The trip was hosted by Rajasthan Routes Trails Pvt Ltd and had 25 participants from cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Satara and Nagpur. The group travelled across Rajasthan starting from Udaipur and covering Kumbhalgarh, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jaipur. The itinerary included sightseeing of prominent monuments, temples and other attractions and visits to hotels from across various categories. Besides enjoying the gracious hospitality of the sponsoring hotels and the main host Rajasthan Routes Trails Pvt Ltd, the members also enjoyed some local and traditional activities like camel rides, jeep sand dune safaris, jungle safaris, authentic Rajasthani cuisine and shopping in the local markets. This is the second year in a row that ETAA and Rajasthan Routes Trails Pvt Ltd collaborated for an educational tour.

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