Manas Dwivedi

Hotel occupancy improved by 26% in September 2020: HVS ANAROCK

According to the latest data from HVS ANAROCK on the Indian hotel industry, hotel occupancy improved from approx. 10% in April 2020 to almost 26% in September 2020 as the hotel industry currently cruising on domestic leisure travel & outbound Indian luxury travel. Corporate demand is still subdued and will remain constrained at least for the short term.

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Gujarat Tourism meets trade associations

Officials from Gujarat Tourism recently met up with two national and three regional travel trade associations in Kolkata along with other travel agents and tour operators in order to promote tourism offerings in the state, particularly the Statue of Unity in Kevadia. Around 85 people attended this event at Hotel Astor. Gujarat is also planning to conduct fam trips for the trade-in smaller groups of 25 pax. Present at the occasion were Nilanjan Basu, Secretary of Travel Agents Association of Bengal; Koushik Banerjee, Chapter Chairman of Enterprising Travel Agents Association; Kamal Gupta, Secretary of Association of Tourism Service Provider of Bengal; and Supratim Sinha, Secretary of Travel Agents Hoteliers & Travellers.

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Uptick in demand for travel, holiday-goers show zeal as they plan a festive vacation: Yatra.com festive survey

Yatra.com, leading online travel portal conducted its annual festive survey amongst 5000 respondents, highlighting what the travel trends look like in the new normal. The survey indicated an uptick in demand for travel as almost 75% of respondents said they are planning to take up a vacation compared to 2019 where 61% of respondents were willing to go on a holiday during the festive season. The trend of advance booking continues with 39.3% of respondents planning leisure trips for more than one month in advance to rest, relax, and recuperate. Safety and hygiene take priority while planning a holiday as travelers are looking at the number of cases in the vicinity, sanitization measures adopted, government guidelines, amenities in case of emergency, among other factors. The survey revealed that about 52.5% of respondents are seeking medical/travel insurance for the sake of security and more than 50% of respondents said that they would be prefer ordering room service rather than visiting restaurants and bars. Taking extra safety precautions, about 72.1% of respondents said that they will be going through sanitization processes followed by monuments and tourist spots before planning a visit to them. This assurance is important as about 48.2% of respondents are planning their holiday with the family.  Interestingly, beating beaches as a preferred location for holiday goers, 37.9% of respondents said they would like to visit the hills, to escape the monotony and stress brought by the pandemic. Budget travel continues to see a spike as 35.4% of respondents are keeping Rs.10,000-Rs.25,000 per person as set targets for their budget during vacations. Commenting on this survey Sabina Chopra, Co-Founder and COO, Corporate Travel & Head Industry Relations, Yatra.com, said, “Over the years, consumers have given priority to various aspects of travel while planning a trip …

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2 week-long itinerary ideal for wellness tourism in India: Rajiv Nambiar, Art of Living

During a webinar organised by IATO and TravTalk on redesigning wellness itineraries, Rajeev Nambiar, Director, National Teachers Desk, Art of Living said that 2 week-long itinerary is ideal for visiting India for wellness tourism. He further said that the Art of Living International Center in Bengaluru offers various programs for wellness, recreation and yoga.

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World-class hotels in pipeline at 12 locations: Andhra Pradesh Tourism

Tourism Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao has said that the state government plans to establish 7-star and 5-star hotels at 12 locations across the state. These locations are Gandikota, Kakinada, Pichukalanka, Horsley Hills, Nagarjuna Sagar, Suryalanka beach, Orvakal, Kalingapatnam, Rushikonda, Bhavani Island, Tirupati-Perur and Polavaram. To attract investors, roadshows will also be conducted.  

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PS Patel discusses new information features

Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism & Culture, conducted a review meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Tourism on Incredible India Portal new information features. All the senior officials of the ministry, including, Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary; Meenakshi Sharma, DG; Rupinder Brar, ADG; and Rakesh Verma, Joint Secretary, were present at the meeting.

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