Tripti Mehta

India leads in last-minute bookings

COVID-19 has shrunk flight booking lead times across the Asia Pacific region since March 2020, with last-minute booking trend led by India and Thailand. As per Amadeus’ first COVID-19 Travel Insights bulletin, flight bookings across the region have been made 17 days later on average compared to the same period in 2018 and 2019. Indian travellers appear to be the most last-minute in the region with an average of only 10 days before their departure date between March-July 2020. This is followed by Thai and Singaporean travellers, who have been making bookings on average 21 and 25 days prior to departure during the pandemic.

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Tripjack Travel Agent Fantasy League winner – Ketaki Mohite

Tripjack Travel Agent Fantasy League winner Ketaki Mohite, Owner of Mangal Travels based in Mumbai, has recently registered herself for the ongoing Fantasy League on Tripjack.com. Speaking about her experience, she says, “I really love the interface. It is extremely user-friendly. Moreover, during this crisis, Tripjack has come up with such an innovative and creative idea for engaging its partners. I loved it, especially because I am a cricket fan. I loved participating in this contest and while initially I lost many matches, I came second and third on the ledger board and won Tripjack coins.” To win exciting prizes, visit tripjack.com now!

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Now book train tickets on Amazon

Amazon India has joined hands with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), allowing customers to book train tickets on the e-commerce website. For the introductory period, the company has waived off service and payment gateway transaction charges. Amazon is also offering 10% cashback of up to Rs100 on first booking while Prime members can avail 12% cashback of up to Rs120.

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‘Moratorium extension not a solution, debt restructuring is’

Tarun Bajaj, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, during a webinar organised by FHRAI, shared his view on moratorium extension and debt restructuring. He said, “Extending the moratorium is not a solution as it is only postponing it; it is better to get restructuring done so that you know what is to be paid and in how much time.”

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Concession agreement signed for work to begin on Noida airport

The Government of Uttar Pradesh has signed a concession agreement with representatives of Zurich Airport International to commence the development of the Noida International Airport at Jewar. Scheduled to open in 2024, Noida International Airport will be developed as a public-private partnership and will be the first net-zero emissions airport in its class.

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Tripjack Travel Agent Fantasy League winner – Anuj Jain

Tripjack Travel Agent Fantasy League winner Anuj Jain, Founder, Wander Womaniya in Delhi, shares his experience with Tripjack and says, “I’ve been associated with Tripjack for about two years now. We organise women-only trips in India and abroad, and it’s been a fantastic journey with them and I continue to work with them for all our trips. Their ongoing contest is a lot of fun and I have been playing it regularly and even won one of the matches! I feel everyone should participate and win as much as possible.” Top winners every week also get Jalesh cruise package, air tickets and hotel stays. Visit tripjack.com now!

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Adaptability is part of our DNA: Madhavan Menon

Speaking about what he thinks the travel industry needs to do to restart business, Madhavan Menon, Chairman & Managing Director of Thomas Cook (India), says, “Adaptability is part of our DNA. Trust me, each and every travel agent will adapt, and is adapting already. I can see agents approaching us to book holidays for their clients, asking if we can provide them with packages. If you have the will to survive, you will adapt, however big or small you are. Even we are now adapting, with an increased focus on domestic business, which we had never put in before.”

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Need for specialised Tourism Administrative Services

Kapil Kaul, CEO, CAPA India, has suggested that leadership and governance will be essential in making structural changes in tourism. “Since tourism is going to be very dynamic going forward, we may require a specialised Tourism Administrative Service, which has policymakers on the lines of IAS. Since tourism covers so many aspects, unless we have policymakers who specialise in tourism, institutional foundations can’t be fed. There is also a need for a legally empowered tourism council on the lines of GST council, which can comprise of union minister of tourism, state tourism minister, secretaries and all other experts whose job should only be focused on policy and regulatory effectiveness, competitiveness, ease of doing business, financing, education and training,” he recommended.

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