Tourism Breaking News

Guldeep Singh Sahni honoured as DDP Trailblazer

The DDP Trailblazer has been awarded to Guldeep Singh Sahni. The managing director of Weldon Tours & Travels began his journey in the travel world with his own travel firm that was launched 24 years ago. His passion for outbound travel saw him create the Outbound Tour Operators Association of India that initially started with a handful of like-minded individuals which now has over 500 members and counting. Furthermore, he has achieved industry recognition and is a frequent speaker at various international industry forums owing to his experience and insights.

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Keshav Suri, the Face of the Future

Keshav Suri, the Executive Director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group has been felicitated as the Face of the Future for his exemplary contribution in the hospitality industry. While his brainchild ‘Kitty Su’ has been awarded the ‘Best Night Club’ in Delhi for three consecutive years, the enterpriser made Mexican food a rage with through hotel’s outdoor catering vertical – The Lalit Food Truck Company with four foodtrucks and 10 more planned across the country. He is currently spearheading new projects and his group, under his guidance, is making its international debut with their first ever hotel in London on November 19.

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Ajay Singh wins DDP Game Changer

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet, has been honoured with the DDP Game Changer award. Previously an advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, he later joined the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Not only did he successfully launch SpiceJet as a budget airline, he returned to the organisation and gave it new-found glory and a new life under his leadership. SpiceJet is now one of the leading domestic airlines in the country and has been growing exponentially ever since.

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Sham Nijhawan joins the Gallery of Legends

Chairman of Nijhawan Group, Sham Nijhawan, has won the prestigious Gallery of Legends award at the third North India Travel Awards, held at Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon on October 21, 2016. A chartered accountant by profession, he entered the travel industry in 1974, as British Airways’ GSA in North India. His persistent efforts and exemplary marketing technique saw him grow his territory of work from the northern region to the whole of India. Today, under his guidance the Nijhawan Group successfully runs Travel Boutique, India’s largest online B2B player active in 55 countries, besides retail business of franchise, catering business and air charter business.

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Parvez Dewan declared Legend in Public Service

Parvez Dewan, Advisor to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, was awarded Legend in Public Service at the third North India Travel Awards, held at Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon on October 21, 2016. Dewan has held many coveted posts like Chairman and Managing Director of ITDC, Secretary to the Govt. of India, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and most importantly, Secretary Tourism, where he has many firsts to his credit. Dewan has authored over 26 books.

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3rd North India Travel Awards kicks off

The third edition of North India Travel Awards felicitated achievers in the travel and tourism industry of the region during a glittering ceremony held at Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon on October 21, 2016. The Chief Guest for the event, Om Prakash Singh, Tourism Minister, Uttar Pradesh Government, inaugurated the event along with other dignitaries in the presence of the who’s who of the travel industry from North India. The North India Travel Awards salutes the best in the industry and awardees are selected based on a non-biased system of voting.

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Civil aviation sector can create 60 lakh jobs in 10 years: Jayant Sinha

Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, has said that the civil aviation sector has the potential to create about 10 lakh direct jobs in the next 10 years. He further said that with a six-fold multiplier effect that jobs in this sector have, this can lead to the creation of about 60 lakh jobs – direct and indirect – in the next 10 years. As jobs in the civil aviation sector tend to be of high value, this would go a long way in improving the economic condition of a large number of young people. The Minister also said that the sector can reasonably be expected to grow at an average rate of about 10-12 per cent over the next ten years. However, to achieve this we first need to fill the gap between the demand for skilled manpower for a huge variety of trades in the sector, and the availability of the same. Stressing upon the need for world class training and skilling, he said that this can raise the employability of our people across the world. Sinha also flagged the issue of non-availability of land to build airports as another constraint for growth of the sector. The Minister was speaking at a workshop on Building Awareness on Aligning Skill Development in the Civil Aviation Sector with the National Skill Qualification Framework ( NSQF) in New Delhi. The event also saw the signing of an MoU between the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship for training of people in the various trades associated with the civil aviation sector.

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MOT & ESOI focus on sustainability

Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, launched the Implementation of the Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) in association with Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI). He recalled the MoU signed in March 2016 between ESOI and Government of India to launch the STCI programme across the country. Zutshi indicated the importance given to sustainable tourism in the National Tourism Policy that is to be released soon. Speaking on the occasion, Steve Borgia, President, ESOI, hailed the commitment shown by  Ministry of Tourism. India is one of the few countries in the world to have a criteria of its own. C.B. Ramkumar, Board member, Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) presented the  global picture and also suggested the direction which India could go in this regard. The STCI was curated with the need for developing criteria for sustainable tourism specific to India given the environment that the tourism industry operates in.

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Sabre launches Traveler Experience Platform

Sabre has unveiled its new Traveler Experience Platform that brings together the critical aspects of travel management into a single mobile app that will manage the whole trip for business travellers. The Platform combines the online booking capabilities of GetThere for air and hotel, and the itinerary management and messaging features of TripCase. Sabre has also introduced a travel risk management solution to the platform, SafePoint, which helps travellers to check-in with their employer via a GPS location and request assistance if an emergency arises. Early next year, the Traveler Experience Platform will also offer e-payment solutions via Sabre Virtual Payments to corporations in APAC. “Travel is a strategic investment for corporations that can bring significant returns, which is why we built a platform that provides scalable innovation to drive two key objectives: experience and efficiency. In the past you had to give up one to have the other. With this scalable platform, you basically have it all,” said Florian Tinnus, vice president of Traveler Experience at Sabre. “With personalization becoming an expectation for travelers, and mobile as an enabler of a true personalized experience, the future of travel is in the collaboration and execution of the traveler’s experience with a corporation’s travel program. And with scalability and flexibility as the foundation of this platform, we’re not only meeting the needs of today’s complex corporate travel programs, but we’re continuously evolving with tomorrows.” The Traveler Experience Platform helps solve some of the biggest challenges facing business travel programs: corporate travel managers searching for a flexible platform, travelers looking for a seamless experience and corporations striving for a positive return on investment. Available to travelers through their employer’s travel program, the …

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Domestic airlines show 23% growth during Jan-Sept

According to the latest data released by DGCA, passengers carried by domestic airlines during Jan-Sept 2016 were 726.98 lakhs as against 590.21 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year, registering a growth of 23.17 per cent. SpiceJet showed the highest Passenger Load Factor (PLF) at 93.2 per cent. The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for the month of Sept 2016 has been 0.42 %. Vistara came out the winner when it came to On Time Performance, with a success rate of 89.6 per cent.

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