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Tourism to contribute $280 billion to Indian GDP by 2026

The total contribution of travel and tourism to Indian GDP is forecasted to increase by 4.97 per cent per annum to $280.5 billion by 2026, according to a recent report commissioned by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Deloitte. The value of the restaurant and hotel industry is expected to continue to grow at a rate (averaging 8.1% annually throughout the forecast period), as India seeks to develop and diversify the types of tourists served. Its value will increase to $39.8 billion by 2020. While the hotel and restaurant industry contributes less than 1.5% of GDP–a share that will be maintained in the next five years—this merely attests to the diversity and strength of other industries, such as IT, mining and infrastructure, which remain very important to the economy.

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Foreign Exchange Earnings from tourism in India to increase by 6.8% in 2019

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) from tourism stood at USD 28.9 billion (INR 1.97 trillion) in 2018, which accounted for 5.4 per cent of the total exports, according to a latest FICCI-Yes Bank report. The contribution is further expected to increase by 6.8 per cent in 2019 and rise by 5.6 per cent p a by 2029 to reach INR 3.63 trillion. However, India ranks 14th in terms of absolute FEE and 122nd in terms of share of visitor exports in total export. India is also the third largest globally in terms of investment in travel & tourism with an investment of USD 45.7 billion (INR 3.12 trillion) in 2018, accounting for 5.9 per cent of national investment. This is expected to increase by 9.4 per cent in 2019 to INR 3.42 trillion, and further rise by 7.4 per cent p a till 2029, taking the share in national investment to 6.1 per cent.

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India’s domestic market registers a meagre 3% growth in March 2019 against last year

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has declared that India’s domestic market rose just 3.1 per cent in March, down from February’s growth of 8.3 per cent.  These figures were part of the global passenger traffic results for March 2019, released by IATA, which shows that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 3.1 per cent, compared to the same month a year ago, which was the slowest pace for any month in nine years. The numbers are way against the scorching five-year average growth pace of close to 20 per cent per month.The slowdown comes in line with the reduction in flight operations of Jet Airways, which stopped flying in April, as well as disruptions at Mumbai airport owing to construction.

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HRANI to hold its next conclave in Ludhiana on 27 May

HRANI’s next conclave has been scheduled for Monday, May 27, 2019 in Ludhiana, Punjab at 1800 hrs onwards. The conclave will be inaugurated by Chief Guest, Pawan Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The conclaves are planned and organised by HRANI in all nine state of North India on rotation basis. The last conclave held in Uttar Pradesh’s capital, Lucknow, themed on the Environmental Concerns of Hospitality Industry witnessed participation in good numbers. The sessions captivated the audience and a Guide for Waste Management in Hospitality Industry was launched during the last HRANI Conclave. This time, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) in collaboration with Hotel & Restaurant Association of Punjab (HRAP) has planned to introduce ‘HRANI Awards – Ludhiana Edition’. The awards have been instituted by HRANI to encourage industry professionals and recognize excellence, in the hospitality industry. More information can be found on HRANI’s website about the awards. The session on Hygiene Rating is planned with the aim to sensitize hoteliers and restaurateurs about the various benefits of the rating system. Apart from that, knowledge drive presentation on re-purposing used cooking oil into bio-diesel and FSSAI’s Hygiene Rating initiative are planned in the interest of the hotel and restaurant members. Start-ups such as BioD have initiated the repurposing of used cooking oil with the objective to create sustainable solutions for a greener environment and a healthier society. The knowledge will highlight the harmful effects of consuming cooking oil which is used and re-used.  

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Younger travellers are spending longer in a given destination: CAPA-Expedia report

Group packages to Europe traditionally covered five to eight destinations within a couple of weeks. However, millennial travellers are expressing a preference for visiting fewer destinations on a single trip, reports a study by CAPA India and Expedia titled ‘The Inflection Point for Indian Outbound Travel’. There are two drivers to this. Firstly, a desire to better discover and experience the places visited. This is supported by the increasing affordability of travel which means that people believe that they will have the opportunity to travel again in future, rather than a trip being a once-in-a-lifetime event where they need to tick multiple destinations off a list. Secondly, travel is increasingly seen as a means to rejuvenate and recharge and hence more leisurely itineraries are preferred.

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‘Tourism MasterClass’ by PATA India Chapter to be held on May 15 in Delhi

PATA India Chapter’s First ‘Tourism MasterClass’ to be held on May 15, 2019 at the Le Meridien, New Delhi from 9:15 am – 5:30 pm for tourism professionals. It is a platform for gaining knowledge and learning from the experiences of well-known leaders of the tourism fraternity. MasterClass is targeted to attract middle to senior business leaders and help to add to their professional strengths to deliver a differentiated and profitable product offering  and will be inaugurated by Assistant Director General (ADG)- Meenakshi Sharma, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

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Tourism to provide employment to nearly 53 million people in India by 2029

Travel and tourism is expected to provide employment to nearly 53 million people in India, directly and indirectly, by 2029, as per a latest report on inbound tourism commissioned by FICCI and Yes Bank. The sector has been a key source of employment as well, directly accounting for 26.7 million jobs in 2018. Further, the total jobs from indirect and induced activity stood at 42.7 million. The number is estimated to reach 43.7 million in 2019, accounting for 8.1% of the total employment in the country.

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India’s golf tourism revenue to double by 2021: Peter Walton

With international tourists expected to grow in the next few years, it is important that India has the right product to meet the need of the visitors. Peter Walton, President and Chief Executive, International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), says, ‘India is an incredible kaleidoscope of destinations and experiences and so are the golf courses. I can see doubling of golf tourism revenue in India by 2021. India is still an undiscovered golf destination, even though you have 230 golf courses. Through golf, visitors will be able to experience India. 70 per cent of golf travellers are looking for a unique place which they ahev not discovered earlier.” Sharing statistics on the value of the market he adds, “Since the global economic crisis in 2008-2009, that impacted the entire leisure industry, golf bounced back within 18 months to two years, because golfers will not be denied their annual golf travel fix. Since 2011, golf tourism has grown every year at a rate between 8 and 10 per cent. So, on an average double the rate of growth of an average leisure tourism which is about 4 per cent. That carried on until 2018, we actually anticipate now that the rate of growth will slow to 5-7 per cent per year for the next three years. Mainly due to the lack of sufficient golf courses of a suitable standard in destinations people want to travel to. So, demand is still there but supply in the most popular destinations at the most popular time of the year is insufficient to cope with the demand. That is why new destinations like India can really advantage of the strong situation in the market.”

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ADTOI to open two new chapters in Madhya Pradesh & Tamil Nadu

The Association of Domestic Tour Operators (ADTOI) has recently opened its Northeast Chapter in Guwahati. Rajesh Arya, Vice President, ADTOI, says, “Recently we opened our 10th chapter in the Northeast. Further, we are likely to open two more chapters shortly after the elections- Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The timeline we are looking at is, July-August. Also, the convention is due this year, which we will conduct in August or September, most likely.

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ADTOI to open its 10th chapter in Guwahati on Apr 6

The Association of Domestic Tour Operators (ADTOI) is all set to open its Northeast Chapter in Guwahati on April 6, 2019 at Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati and will coincide with Rongali Festival. PP Khanna, President, ADTOI, shared the news saying that it will be the Association’s 10th chapter. “The inauguration ceremony of the chapter will be graced by the presence of the Principal Secretary, Tourism, Government of Assam, tour operators and hoteliers. The Chairman of the Northeast chapter of ADTOI will be Arijit Purkayastha, MD, Koyeli Tours. The launch event will be followed by B2B meetings between ADTOI members and the local agents in Guwahati.” Arijit Purkayastha, MD, Koyeli Tours, who will be the Chairman for Northeast Chapter, ADTOI, said that his main aim would be to connect the tour operators based in various parts of India to those in the Northeast. “We would want everyone in India to know about the Northeast region, since many tour operators from Meghalaya and Assam are not participating in travel shows in other parts of India. Also, people and even tour operators living in other parts of India are sceptical about the safety and connectivity in the region. Our main agenda is to make people aware of the safety in the Northeast region.”  

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