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Civil Aviation Minister plans to connect Amritsar to the rest of the world by air

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri recently said that he is planning to connect Amritsar with the rest of the world by air. “Amritsar is not just known for the Golden Temple. It is a religious place and we have Ramtirath Temple, Duryana Temple and we have some famous churches here. This is a place which people of all religions come and seek blessings,” he said.

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FAITH board members to visit J&K on Nov 7 to express solidarity with the tourism sector

The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) board members are all set to visit Jammu & Kashmir on November 7, 2019 to show their solidarity with the tourism industry in the UT, revealed Subhash Goyal, Hony. Secretary, FAITH. “On November 7, 2019, FAITH, along with FICCI are going to Srinagar to express  our solidarity with the tourism industry of Jammu & Kashmir. We have circulated the information regarding the same amongst all our members and we are getting a good response.”

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India’s Northeast will be a gateway to Southeast Asia: PM Modi

Addressing a gathering of Indian diaspora in Bangkok, Thailand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Northeast India is being developed as a gateway to Southeast Asia. He also said that plans are on cards to establish seamless connectivity between Thailand, Myanmar and North East India in the years to come. He also said, this initiative will immensely strengthen India’s Act East Policy and Thailand’s Act West Policy.

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India hosted seventh highest number of meetings in Asia-Pacific in 2018: ICCA

India ranked seven in Asia-Pacific region, in terms of hosting highest number of meetings in 2018, revealed International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). India hosted a total of 158 meetings last year. Japan topped the list in the region with 492 meetings, followed by China with 449 meetings. Third in the list was Republic of Korea with 273 meetings Australia at number four with 265 meetings. Thailand (193 meetings) was ranked fifth while Chinese Taipei ranked sixth (173 meetings).

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India to become 3rd largest air passenger market by 2040: Airports Council International

India is set to become the third largest aviation passenger market by 2040 with a total of 1.3 billion passengers, according to 2019 World Traffic Forecasts, released by the Airport Council International (ACI) World. China was placed at the first position with 3.5 billion passengers, followed by United States at the second spot with 2.9 billion passengers in 2040, in the report. Together, these three countries would handle almost 40 per cent of the global passenger traffic. India is also expected to be the third leading market for aircraft movements by 2040, after the US (23 per cent), China (16) with four per cent of global aircraft movements.

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India is an affordable destination for 150 million Chinese: COTRI

Travelling to India is affordable for almost 150 million Chinese, states a report by China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI). About 0.8% of Chinese, or roughly 12 million persons, can be considered as affluent. Out of these about 30%, or 3.5 million persons, are in fact, USD millionaires. Close to 10% or 135 million persons are members of the upper-middle class.

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25% growth in e-Tourist Visa arrivals in India in September 2019 vis-a-vis 2018

During the month of September, 2019, a total of 1,97,948 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1,58,884 during the month of September, 2018 registering a growth of 24.6%, according to Ministry of Tourism statistics. During January- September 2019, a total of 18,98,665 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 15,77,418 during January- September 2018, registering a growth of 20.4%. The percentage shares of top 15 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during September, 2019 were highest from China (11.87%), followed by USA (9.91%), UK (8.84%), Malaysia (6.09%), Australia (4.72%), Germany (3.95%), France (3.75), Israel (3.26%), Canada (2.68%), Singapore (2.67%), Spain (2.59%), Japan (2.52%), Oman (2.31%), Italy (2.12%) and Indonesia (2.07%).

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India to open 100 additional airports by 2024

The government is planning to build 100 additional airports, add 1,000 new routes connecting smaller towns and establish a plane-leasing financing business by 2024 to boost the economy, according to a report. The NITI Aayog proposal was discussed during an infrastructure review meeting held recently. Increasing the strength of locally trained pilots to 600 and doubling domestic aircraft fleet to 1,200 by 2024 was also proposed. (Source: Economic Times)

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7 new international airlines to operate to India during winter schedule

Seven new international airlines will start operating to India during winter schedule including Air Tanzania, Arkia Israeli Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, LOT Polish, Nok Air, Nok Scoot Air, and VietJet Airlines. Air Manas, Asiana Airlines, Brussels Airlines, PT Garuda Indonesia, Tajik Air and the now-defunct Thomas Cook Airlines will be the six airlines which will not operate in the ongoing winter season. Overall, 86 international airlines will operate in the current winter schedule as against 85 that operated last year. This has lead to a 3.5 percent increase in the number of seats offered by international players.

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ADTOI to organise roadshow and B2B meeting on 9 November

The Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) is going to organise a North East Tourism Roadshow and B2B meeting on November 9 between 2-7 PM during the North East Tourism Festival scheduled from 8-10 November at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. The B2B meetings will feature 20 tour operators from the Northeast states along with representatives from the state governments and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The discussion agenda will be on major tourism circuits of North East, networking and B2B discussion. PP Khanna, President, ADTOI informed that registrations for the roadshow is open now and the association has sent out invitation and registration forms to trade and other associations. “We have already received around 50 buyer registration for the roadshow. We are expecting around 100-125 buyers from the trade. North East India is poised to take giant strides towards development. ADTOI have recently launched its Chapter for the region in Guwahati and response have been very good,” he informed. The North East Tourism Festival brings the culture, dance forms and drama to the national capital, along with 40 food stalls displaying best of northeastern India’s cuisines. A large traditional craft exhibition, fashion shows, art, and musical festival will also be organized during the festival.

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