Tripti Mehta

ibis Vikhroli Mumbai to open next year: Puneet Dhawan

Puneet Dhawan, the newly-appointed Senior VP Operations at Accor India & South Asia, has said the group will continue to grow its network in India. He adds, “The 20th ibis will be launched in Mumbai with the ibis Vikhroli, in the middle of next year. We are also looking forward to introduce Raffles Udaipur early next year, and will be adding Novotel Chandigarh soon.”

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Indian travellers continue to book charters for future trips

Hemant Mediratta, Founder, One Rep Global, has said that Indian travellers are optimistic and are already booking charters for future trips. “There has been a surge in the number of queries in the past four weeks for flights to Europe and island destinations where guests are travelling with their family. Queries just short of half a million USD are in different stages of fruition. Savvy Indian travellers are also buying 30 to 50 flying hours valid for the next 12 months,” he says.

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Tripjack Travel Agent Fantasy League winner: Avneet Singh

Avneet Singh, Owner, Adarsh Communication based in Jaipur, has been thoroughly enjoying playing the Fantasy League. “This is something new that a B2B travel company has started to engage us. I have been associated with Tripjack since a long time now. I am impressed with their competitive fares and their back-end support. It’s the best portal that I have come across for travel agents. So far, their service has been top notch,” he says. Top winners every week also get Jalesh Cruise Package, Air Tickets, & Hotels Stays. Visit tripjack.com now!

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Norwegian Cruise Line announces 2021/2022 Australia & New Zealand summer sailing season

Ahead of World Tourism Day, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is celebrating the forthcoming arrival of Norwegian Spirit to Australia & New Zealand waters for the first time. The ship has recently undergone the most extensive bow-to-stern modernisation in the history of the line’s innovative fleet and is designed with the adult cruiser in mind. NCL’s new Australia and New Zealand itineraries allow travellers the opportunity to experience New Zealand’s pristine vistas and Australia’s rugged coastlines from one of the best vantage points in the world – the ocean. The inaugural 2021/2022 summer sailing season sees Norwegian Spirit head Down Under, offering a collection of 8, 10 and 12 day port-intensive itineraries departing from Sydney and Auckland that will reveal breathtaking beauty to even the most well-travelled. From cruising the scenic peaks and tree-lined cliffs of Milford Sound, to exploring the historic buildings and fine food of Akaroa – New Zealand’s only French settlement – or venturing to Eden’s Ben Boyd National Park for some snorkelling in the summer sunshine, guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities to explore ashore. Once onboard the all-new Norwegian Spirit, guests will experience laid-back luxury as they explore a completely enhanced ship, offering reimagined and refined adult-centric spaces, fresh staterooms and 14 new venues. Further updated elements include the second Onda by Scarpetta restaurant at sea, a doubled-in-size Mandara Spa, an expanded Pulse Fitness Center and the adult-only retreat Spice H2O. Guests can enjoy panoramic ocean views from Spinnaker Lounge, or a glass of bubbles in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired Magnums Champagne & Wine Bar. Norwegian Spirit boasts 10 bars and lounges and 14 dining options – from Teppanyaki, an …

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2021 should be ‘Dekho Apna Desh Year’: PS Patel

Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism & Culture, has said that 2021 should be the year of Dekho Apna Desh and the focus should be on domestic tourism. “The Prime Minister asked us to concentrate on ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ one year ago and that every citizen should visit 15 domestic destinations till 2022. However, now the time is such that in 2021 people will only travel within India, and this campaign would be really helpful for us. Year 2021 should be the year of Dekho Apna Desh and all of us should promote it with full force,” he said.

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Developing rural tourism is an opportunity and a necessity

In his address on World Tourism Day, Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary – Tourism, said that this year’s global theme of rural tourism laid out by the UNWTO is in the right context and has come at the right time. “In a country as diverse as India where a significant number of people are deeply rooted to the villages, it is both an opportunity as well as a necessity that tourism develops itself and in turn develops rural communities. Rural tourism in India has significant potential, considering rich cultural and historical heritage, variety in ecology and terrains, as well as places of natural beauty spread across the country,” he said.

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Awaiting acceptance of credit cards by airlines: Jyoti Mayal

Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI, has said that they have been in discussion with Ministry of Civil Aviation for many of their issues, one of which is the acceptance of credit cards by airlines. “It has been cleared by the PAPJC and IATA, but we are still knocking every airline’s door. There should be a directive from the government for the same. There should be neutral capping of fares. Also, we are looking at remuneration in a big way. As travel consultants, we should have a right to charge our fee. Else, our services can be treated as MRP product so that we are protected. We should be allowed to charge 10% fee on it like the hotel industry is charging service fee,” she said.

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Tripjack IPL Travel Agent Fantasy League winner – Zaid Kaladia

Zaid Kaladia, Proprietor of Chisti Tours & Travels in Mumbai, has been associated with Tripjack since the past four years. “The team at Tripjack is very helpful, accurate, and quick with responses 24×7, whether it is an urgent query or for a future booking. Moreover, the fare is very competitive. As one of the winners of their contest, I request all agents to sign up and win Tripjack coins that can be redeemed against future bookings,” he says. Top winners every week also get Jalesh Cruise package, air tickets and hotels stays. Visit tripjack.com now!

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First Virtual PTM 2020 to lead tourism’s recovery in the region

The first Virtual PATA Travel Mart (PTM) 2020 opened to a massive number of attendees. Addressing them through a virtual message, Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA, said, “Virtual PTM is the perfect place to begin, with Asia Pacific predicted to be the leading force of global tourism recovery from COVID-19, as both inbound destinations as well as robust source markets. As PATA acts as a catalyst for the responsible tourism development to, from and within the Asia Pacific region, we understand that both the public and private sectors must work together in order to build a more resilient, responsible and sustainable global travel and tourism industry, and hopefully Virtual PTM provides such a platform for the industry. In addition, there are buyer-seller meetings where I encourage delegates to take part in various networking opportunities. One can gain further insights into the travel and tourism industry during the PTM forums, quick-fire presentations and group chats. At the 2020 PATA Gold Awards Presentation, we will celebrate, recognise and support outstanding achievements in Asia Pacific travel and tourism.”

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