Manas Dwivedi

Qatar Airways Expands IATA Travel Pass Trial Becoming the First Airline to Integrate Vaccination Certificates in the ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App

Qatar Airways continues to set the benchmark for innovation, safety and customer service, becoming the first airline to trial COVID-19 vaccine authentication through the IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App. As more travellers return to the skies, the airline remains committed to reducing paperwork and providing a more contactless, secure and seamless travel experience for its passengers. The trial will be rolled out in phases from July, beginning initially with cabin crew returning to Doha travelling from Kuwait, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Sydney. Cabin crew will be able to upload their Qatar issued COVID-19 vaccination credentials along with their COVID-19 test results to the IATA Travel Pass Mobile App and verify they are eligible to travel. On arrival in Doha, crew will then be able to safely and securely share their vaccination certificate and proceed through immigration at the airport. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said: “Despite the significant challenges the pandemic has caused international aviation, our industry has continued to be a leader in adopting new technologies and innovations to ensure a safe, secure and seamless travel experience for our passengers. Qatar Airways is proud to lead the way by becoming the first airline to trial COVID-19 vaccine authentication through the IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App. I want to especially thank Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Interior, Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation, whom without their ongoing support, this trial would not be possible. “We know as more people begin making plans to return to their favourite holiday destinations, they will inevitably face the challenge of ensuring they have the right paperwork. Through trialling …

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Israel Tourism to conduct webinar on 6th July focusing on Holy Land offerings

The Israel Ministry of Tourism, India Office will conduct a virtual presentation for the Indian travel trade in all the seven states of the North East region of India on Tuesday, 6 July at 3 pm IST. The session will highlight various offerings on the theme of the Christian faith. To sign up, contact Jaspreet Kaur on 9650196532 or jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com.

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UK-based start-up airline, Hans Airways plans direct non-stop flights to India

UK-based start-up airline Hans Airways has revealed the initial board line-up to spearhead its drive to gaining its Air Operator Certificate from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) later this year. The carrier plans to begin direct non-stop flights from the UK to India in Autumn 2021. The airline will soon make announcements about the structure of the senior management team.

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SpiceJet to raise funds of up to Rs 2,500 crore to strengthen balance sheet: Ajay Singh

Ajay Singh, Chairman & MD, SpiceJet said that SpiceJet has decided to raise funds of up to Rs 2,500 crore. “To ensure our long term growth and sustainable operation we have decided to raise funds, these funds will be used to significantly strengthen our balance sheet,” he said. The airline has reported a net loss of Rs 998.3 Crore in FY2021.

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33,898 accommodation units registered under NIDHI till 30th June: MOT

Recognising the significance of social media in transforming the country, The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) on the 6th anniversary of Digital India said that a total of 33,898 accommodation units have been registered under the National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry (NIDHI) portal as on 30th June 2021. The number of self-certified units under the SAATHI initiative are 10,646.

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VFS starts accepting applications for Netherlands visa in India

VFS Global has informed that it has started accepting applications for The Netherlands Visa for select visa categories in India with safety measures in place. At present, visa applications are only accepted in cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Hyderabad. For more details on visa categories, operational days and safety norms, visit, www.visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/nld

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Spain to conduct webinar on Xacobeo Holy Year on July 1 at 3pm

The Tourism Office of Spain – Mumbai continues with its hour-long webinar series in July that has been exclusively designed for the Indian travel trade. The next one will be held on Thursday, July 1 at 3pm IST and will focus on the Xacobeo Holy Year. Those who attend all three webinars and participate in the educational quiz stand a chance to win Amazon gift vouchers. To register, write to jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or 9650196532.

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FM’s announcement for tourism industry too late and too little: Subhash Goyal

Reacting on the Finance Minister’s relief measures announcements announcement for the tourism industry, Subhash Goyal, President, Confederation of Tourism Professionals of India said the announcement is ‘too late and too little’. “Already 10 million people in the industry have become jobless and thousands of companies have become bankrupt,” he said.

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Around 1100 buyers and 2700 meetings recorded at the 1st Korea Travel Expo

Korea Travel Expo, which was held from 22-24 June, recorded a total of 1100 buyers having 2669 meetings with over 15 exhibitors from South Korea. The delegation, led by Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), consisted of representatives from around 9 DMCs, 6 regions and 1 attraction. South Korea is expected to open its borders for inbound tourism this year.

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