India must leverage global opportunities & deliver highest ROI: KB Kachru

KB Kachru, Vice President, HAI and Chairman Emeritus & Principal Advisor, South Asia Radisson Hotel Group, speaking at a recent interaction chaired by Minister of Tourism and Secretary, Tourism, said, “Given the local pull factor & ability of our domestic market combined with recent government policies, we can showcase our diversity to attract foreign investment.”

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3 pillars must for tourism in mission mode: Active participation, Convergence & PPP

G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, lays out three major pillars for developing tourism in mission mode to make India the major travel destination—Active participation-to encourage competitive federalism among States and their participation in creating national strategies and models. Convergence of government programmes and Public-Private Partnership

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Attend GTFF 2023 and register for a free Familiarization tour of North Bay, Ontario

Travel Professionals attending GTFF 2023 may register for a free Familiarization tour of North Bay, Ontario. The full day program that will include lunch, will provide an opportunity to discover the charms of the city and get a taste of Ontario’s magnificent Northern region. Featured in the itinerary are museum visits, including the North Bay Museum, Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace which provides understanding and connection to Canada’s historical and current contributions to air defence, and a visit of the Heritage Railway and Carousel Company; to experience the magic of a restored Heritage Carousel and nostalgic Heritage Railway. Participants will continue the day with a tour of the city and tour a local North Ontario Brewery with a delicious selection of local craft beers; enjoying a flight or pint. Participants may also have the opportunity to visit a Maple Syrup Farm (subject to time availability), to indulge in savouring Canada’s iconic sweet delicacies from a region well known for maple syrup production.

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Philippines to ease entry for tourists, DOT holds visa reforms convergence

Anticipating the surge of foreign tourists coming into the Philippines in summer season and following President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s directive for the implementation of electronic visa systems, the Department of Tourism (DOT) initiated a high-level convergence meeting with the heads and representatives from the DFA, DICT, DOJ and B to discuss visa reforms to ease entry for country’s tourist source markets.

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Visa application volume from Kolkata reaches 85% of pre-pandemic level

The visa application volume from Kolkata has reached 85 per cent of the pre-pandemic level as travellers from here give vent to ‘revenge travel’ made easier by the re-opening up of borders and easing of COVID restrictions, said Prabuddha Sen, Chief Operating Officer (South Asia) of VFS Global. He said thatthe volume showed a 160 per cent rise in 2022 as compared to 2021.

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