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Ministry of Tourism aims to elevate wildlife tourism, plans to explore new source markets like Southeast Asia

India’s foremost offering in tourism is culture and heritage but as a sub-continent, we have a lot to offer. Manisha Saxena, DG, Tourism, said, “We want to make wildlife a big tourism offering. We need to segment the offerings not only to the traditional source markets but have to identify newer ones as Southeast Asia and others.”

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APAC’s tourism on road to full recovery, to reach 92% of 2019 level in 2024 fuelled by robust demand: Fitch Ratings

Fitch Ratings report affirmed that the tourism and travel sector in the APAC region will continue to recover although the pace will be slow. Footfalls in APAC will reach 92 per cent of 2019 level this year, with nominal global tourism receipts exceeding that in 2019 by six per cent, fuelled by robust demand, economic resilience, and additional flight capacity.

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Large hotel chains leverage brand name for bookings, 40% bookings for mid-size hotels come through OTAs

RateGain report revealed that 40 per cent of the bookings of mid-size hotel chains happen through Online Travel Agency (OTAs). In contrast, for large-scale hotels 32 per cent of bookings come through OTAs, concluding that large-scale hotels mostly use their brand name for bookings, while mid-size hotels take a balanced approach worldwide.

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National Stock Exchange launches Nifty India Tourism Index, will track performance of 500 tourism companies

NSE has launched the Nifty India Tourism Index, a new thematic index, which will track the performance of Nifty 500 tourism firms. It will track the largest 30 stocks from the eligible basic industries. Following stocks are presently among the 17 stocks in the index: BLS International, Chalet Services, Easy Trip Planners, GMR Airports, Indian Hotels, IRCTC, and InterGlobe Aviation.

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Tourist arrivals hit one crore mark in Goa, global footfall surges to 150% above pre-pandemic levels

Rohan Khaunte, Minister of Tourism, Goa, assured that the number of visitors to Goa has surged in the just-concluded tourist season touching the one crore mark. There has also been a rise in the number of international tourists, which is 150 per cent above pre-COVID figures. Goa continues to see the arrival of tourists in monsoon season as well.

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Meghalaya government to invest ₹5,000 crore in tourism, plans to generate 50,000 jobs, says Conrad Sangma, CM

Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya, announced at Convocation 2024 of ICFAI University Meghalaya that the state government is planning to invest ₹5,000 crore in the tourism sector, expecting to create around 50,000 jobs. He urged the youth to leverage the upcoming changes and contribute in the sector for better future.

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MOT determined to promote sustainable tourism through various programmes, says Manisha Saxena

Manisha Saxena, DG, MOT India, “India has been at the forefront of promoting sustainable tourism. In line with PM Modi’s ‘Mission Life,’ MOT has come up with a sectorial programme, ‘Travel for Life.’ It aims to  encourage tourists and tourism businesses to adopt sustainable practices and mindful approach in managing the resources.”  

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Southern states should come together to chart a common tourism policy: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister

Addressing ‘Dakshin Bharat Utsav,’ DK Shivakumar, Deputy CM, Karnataka, said that the southern states should come together and have a common policy to promote tourism. He raised concerns about the Centre’s role in promoting tourism in South India. He stated, “The 18 per cent GST and other revenue cuts are killing the sector.”

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Aquaventure World kicks off a legendary summer season, recruiting David Hasselhoff as its new head lifeguard

Aquaventure World – home to Aquaventure Waterpark, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, watersports, the Dubai Balloon, Dolphin Bay and so much more – is kicking off the summer season with a brand-new campaign starring none other than David Hasselhoff as Head Lifeguard. Globally known as “The Hoff” the beloved Hollywood star brings back his iconic lifeguard character, inviting guests to embark on their own legendary experiences with new Adventure, Super, and Annual Passes. Stepping into the role as Head Lifeguard, or more formally on LinkedIn as the Head of Aquatic Safety at Aquaventure World, David Hasselhoff was papped around the aquatic theme park as he performed his daily duties – from donning his famous red jacket to testing waterslides to teaching the team to run in slow motion on the beach. The world’s most famous lifeguard also makes a cameo in Aquaventure World’s new campaign video as he takes the helm at Aquaventure’s scariest ride, Poseidon’s Revenge. Joining him are international content creators, adventurer Jay Alvarrez, acrobat Jacob Grégoire, professional globe trotter Paula Díez, extreme surfer girl Maria Riera, and waterpark enthusiast Alex Ojeda, who spent multiple days at Aquaventure World and showcased their adventure across all aspects of the experience. David Hasselhoff introduces Aquaventure World as one destination encompassing a host of incredible experiences. More than just the world’s largest waterpark as verified by Guinness World Records™, guests can choose their own legendary adventure from taking on record-breaking slides to adrenaline-filled watersports to encountering 65,000 animals in The Lost Chambers Aquarium. They can also relax on more than 1km of private beach, swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or soar above the Palm in the Dubai Balloon – every visit is unique …

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Peter Semone elected as Chair of PATA Executive Board for second term, aims to fulfil remaining objectives

PATA has announced its new Executive Board. Peter Semone will be the Chair for a second term. Suman Pandey as the Vice Chair, and Luzi Matzig as the treasurer. Noor Ahmad Hamid, PATA, CEO remains on the board as an ex-officio member. Executive Board members are Ben Montgomery, Henry Oh, Noredah Othman, Mayur Patel, Gerald Perez, and SanJeet.

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