Tourism Breaking News

Delhi in top 10 of world’s most popular city destinations in 2019

Delhi is all set to enter the list of world’s top 10 most popular destinations in the world, according to a recent report by Euromonitor International. Currently, the city ranks at the 11th position in the list of world’s top 100 destinations and is forecast to climb to 8th place in 2019. Mumbai, the financial capital of India, has grabbed the 14th rank. The next city in line is Agra at 26th spot, while Jaipur is on 34th rank. Chennai is at 36th rank, Kolkata is at 74th spot, and Bengaluru is at the 100th spot. Overall, India has emerged as the strongest emerging destination with seven cities in the top 100 popular cities this year, according to Euromonitor report. The number 1 spot has been grabbed by Hong Kong while New York City is the most popular American destination on the 2019 ranking list.

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Domestic aviation market in India doubled during FY2015-FY2019: CAPA

Over last four years, domestic aviation traffic has grown at a CAGR of 18.6 per cent rising from 89.6 million to in FY2015 to 137.6 million passengers in 2019. International CAGR has grown at a CAGR of 8.1 per cent during the same period. CAPA India total traffic to grow only marginally during FY2020. (Approximately 2-3 per cent). In the first 7 months of FY 2020, total airport traffic has increased by just 0.7 per cent year on year.

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With scenario unchanged, India to get 20 million visitors by 2024: John Koldowski

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has forecast that India will receive 20 million tourist visitors by 2024. John Koldowski, Special Advisor to CEO, PATA, in his presentation at the 2nd PATA Tourism Powerhouse in New Delhi, said that if India continues to grow its tourism arrival numbers at a similar pace as today and the scenario remains the same, it will reach the 20 million mark in the next 5 years. He made the statement with reference to the PATA Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2019 to 2024.

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Second PATA Tourism Powerhouse concludes with a full house in Delhi

The second edition of PATA Tourism Powerhouse, presented by the Inder Sharma Foundation (ISF), concluded at The Park, New Delhi on December 6, 2019, with the attendance of the stalwarts of tourism industry from India and outside, who shared knowledge and forecast for tourism in India and across the world. The day-long event was inaugurated by Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA; Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary, Tourism, Government of India and Chairman, PATA India Chapter; Jatinder Taneja, Vice- Chairman, PATA India Chapter; John Koldowski, Special Advisor to CEO, PATA  and Professor, School of Tourism, Leshan Normal University, Sichuan Province, China; Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels; Arjun Sharma, Trustee, ISF and Chairman, Select Group; Neeraj Ghei, Chairman, ISF and SanJeet, Hony. Treasurer, PATA India Chapter.

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London, UK: Abercrombie & Kent acquires Cox & Kings UK

Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury travel company, headquartered in Illinois, United States, has completed the acquisition of Cox & Kings UK. Post this acquisition, both the companies will continue to increase its presence in the luxury travel world as these two brands have a database of loyal clients and strong trade partnerships. Abercrombie & Kent believes the two entities will complement each other and will grow the UK luxury travel market, together.  

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Northeast, United States: Power outage & winter storm disrupt thousands of flights

Thousands of people have been affected by power outages in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with lake effect snow expected across the Great Lakes area as the powerful winter storm exits the Northeast. Nearly 14,000 flights from, through, and to the U.S. were delayed and more than 1,200 flights were cancelled on Tuesday, while more than 4,637 are delayed and 463 were cancelled on Wednesday. A new storm brewing off the West Coast is expected to bring heavy rainfall and snow showers. New Jersey has been hit with the bulk of it, with more than 32,000 power outage incidents currently reported in the state.

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Lisbon, Portugal: Airport to close overnight for five months from January 2020

Lisbon Airport will close for five months at the start of next year as it undergoes work which will increase its capacity. The closure will happen overnight in January 2020 until the summer months to allow the airport to expand. The city’s airport will be closing for crucial expansion works between 23:30 and 06:00 starting January 2020. The airport anticipates work expanding taxiways and aircraft parking will last for a maximum of six months. And the reason behind it all? The €1 billion construction will help growth in the capital from foreign travel. Flights will not be allowed to operate between the times of the airport closure which has forced low-cost airline EasyJet to alter some of its routes. The airline has even had to axe its Lisbon to Lille service which normally operates between these times.  

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London, UK: Severe weather warning for fog with freezing temperature, flights delayed

Met Office weather warnings are currently live for parts of the UK, as the country struggles under cold and blustery conditions. This week, forecasters have issued several yellow warnings for the country, as fog, rain and floods threaten to cause chaos across parts of east and south England, especially around London, Brighton and Salisbury. The Met Office has warned there is a chance flights may be delayed or cancelled due to visibility. The warning for fog is in place from 4am on the day, and is expected to last until 11am, causing possible delays to bus and train services.

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Paris, France: Flights cancelled, severe delay could affect local transport amid strikes

The French national strikes across the country has affected transport and travel to and from France with several airlines cancelling flights and severe delays expected travelling via trains, metros, buses and trams. EasyJet, British Airways, and Ryanair have already been forced to cancel a number of services as a result. While the strike will mainly affect local transport, French air traffic controllers (ATC) and airport fire service are also planning to walk out, which will mean disruption to flights to and from France as well as over French air space. EasyJet has already cancelled 233 flights across its network. British Airways and Ryanair has also cancelled a number of flights. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned of severe delays that could affect “trains, metros, busses and trams” across France. Travellers heading to France next week should therefore check before they travel to make sure services are still running. Other international rail services such as those to the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Germany may also be affected.  

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Johannesburg, South Africa: South African Airways on verge of bankruptcy, fears shutdown

South Africa is going to place its state-owned flag carrier, South African Airlines into a local form of bankruptcy protection in a last-ditch effort to avert a full collapse. The airline has incurred huge losses and has availed state bailouts as well in last 10 years. The airline will now work on a bankruptcy alternative to avoid closure. The airline is the first South African state company to enter business rescue since the end of the apartheid in 1994. The South African Airlines, which also owns Mango, a budget carrier, and has stakes in local airlines of South Africa, has struggled to compete internationally with resurgent African state-owned rivals. It has been unable to release financial results for the past two years.

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