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12% demand of e-procurement in India comes from hospitality sector

12% demand of e-procurement in India comes from hospitality sector, according to a recent survey report in the e-procurement space in India by C1 India, The report revealed that 40% of demand for e-procurement comes from government organisations while 10% comes from manufacturing industries, 4% from IT and software companies, 3% from e-commerce companies, 20% from banking entities, 3% from FMCG players, 3% from the telecom industry, 4% from the healthcare sector, and 1% from other industries. Released in line with digital India, the report sights some interesting findings on the changing trends and talks about the growth & development in the procurement industry in India.

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Chinese biggest users of e-Tourist Visa in September: MOT

The percentage shares of top 15 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during September, 2019 were highest from China (11.87%), followed by USA (9.91%), UK (8.84%), Malaysia (6.09%), Australia (4.72%), Germany (3.95%), France (3.75), Israel (3.26%), Canada (2.68%), Singapore (2.67%), Spain (2.59%), Japan (2.52%), Oman (2.31%), Italy (2.12%) and Indonesia (2.07%), according to statistics revealed by Ministry of Tourism.

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Indians at the top in wanting long-haul destination that has all their favourite activities

Indian travellers are at the top in wanting to take on long trip to a destination in 2020 that offers all their favourite activities close by, with 72% of them wanting the same, according to Booking.com. 71% of Thai travellers saying they want to go on one long trip to a destination that has all of their favourite activities and sights close together, followed by 68% of Indonesians wanting the same, ranking at second and third position respectively. 

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Asia contributes maximum tourists to Asia-Pacific region in 2018: PATA

Data from the Annual Travel Monitor 2019 Final Edition (ATM) released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) last month shows that Asia continued to dominate the supply of international visitor arrival numbers (IVAs) into Asia Pacific in 2018, generating close to 63% of the 696.5 million IVAs into the region. In percentage growth terms between 2017 and 2018, Africa outbound into Asia Pacific had the strongest annual increase at over 13% year-on-year, followed by Europe at almost 11% and then Asia at 7.3%. The nondescript ‘Others’ category increased by 7.5% in 2018, year-on-year.

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IndiGo signs one way codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways

IndiGo has signed a one-way codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways, allowing Qatar to place its code on IndiGo flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, revealed that they are looking at making it a two-way codeshare in future, and even grow the relationship further with IndiGo. Baker revealed that they are not denying a possibility of buying a stake in IndiGo, since they have been interested in the same for a long time. However, there is no progress in the same as yet.

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Cruise Professionals launches special offer for travel trade on its 11th anniversary

Cruise Professionals has launched a special offer for the travel trade on its 11th anniversary. Nishith Saxena, Founder & Director, Cruise Professionals said, “For year 2020, travel agencies just have to sell five cabins (balcony or higher grade cabins) on any of the Princess Cruises year 2020 itinerary, after which, they will be entitled for a free cruise ex Singapore, along with a part of air fare and visa fee of Singapore. The special offer is valid from November 7 to December 6.”

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Slovakia opens new Visa Application Centre in Mumbai

H.E. Ivan Lančarič, Ambassador of Slovakia to India, officially inaugurated VFS Global’s Slovakia Visa Application Centre in Mumbai’s BKC area. The centre is one of three that opened in India in the last quarter of 2018, to cater to the growing demand for Slovakia as a travel destination. The Ambassador revealed that in 2018, there were around 12,000 Indians that travelled to Slovakia. He added, “I would like to announce here in Mumbai, heart of the film industry in India that Slovakia offers a 20 per cent cash rebate of certified private expenses spent for film or TV production in the Slovak Republic, and starting from January 1, 2020, this cash rebate will increase to 33 per cent. Slovakia offers culturally rich and diverse locations, historical and modern as well and has a rich filmmaking tradition. I would like to encourage filmmakers from Mumbai to consider filming in Slovakia as we have a lot of to offer to them professionally, and VFS Global in Mumbai can easily process the necessary visa applications.” Vinay Malhotra, Regional Chief Operating Officer – South Asia, Middle East and China, VFS Global said, “Slovakia’s reputation as an aspirational destination is growing, and we are pleased to pro-vide travellers our best in class visa services, to make the first step in their journeys as comfortable and relaxed as their visit to Slovakia. We are honoured to have the Ambassador to formally inaugurate our centre here in Mumbai, and hope for a long and fruitful association with the Embassy.”

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India will need nearly 2,500 new aircraft in two decades: Boeing

To cater to growing travel demands, India would need around 2,400 aircraft in the next 20 years and around 85-90 per cent of them would be narrow-body, a senior executive of Boeing said recently. Indian airlines currently have around 600 aircraft in their fleet. While narrow-body planes are smaller and used for short-haul routes, wide-body aircraft are used to fly on medium and long-haul routes. “Based on economic growth, evolving business models and the dynamics in the marketplace, India will need around 2,400 new aircraft deliveries in the next 20 years,” said Darren Hulst, Deputy Vice President of Commercial Marketing, Boeing. “The vast majority of these aircraft, as we no doubt expect, would be single-aisle fleets, 737-sized aircraft. It will make up for 85-90 per cent of the deliveries in the market place,” Hulst explained.

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EbixCash becomes title sponsor for Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals IPL team

On the concluding day of WTM London, EbixCash Travel & Holidays announced that they have become the titles sponsors of the IPL teams, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals. Making the announcement in London, Naveen Kundu, Managing Director, Mercury – A Luxury Initiative of EbixCash said, “What we have launched at WTM London is a part of our initiative to take the Kings XI Punjab brand outside India and build extended fan base in UK. We want travellers to come to India and follow, Kings XI Punjab. We want to encourage them to follow their team, travel with them to watch matches in different parts of India. Sharing details on different tours the company is going to launch, Kundu said that it will be a complete inbound tour to India being launched in UK. “We are targeting all the Kings XI supporters and cricket fans, who wants to travel to India to watch their team play and win. We are going to launch pre and post cricketing tours, where we will take travellers to cricket stadiums to watch matches from the EbixCash Stand and all the other destinations they want to travel in India,” he said.

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Uttarakhand targets 5000 homestays for tourists, completes over 1500 till November

Under the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Grameen Paryatan Yojana, Uttarakhand has a homestay project, under which they have completed 1522 homestays and are targeting for 5000 homestays in the near future, revealed Satpal Maharaj, Tourism Minister, Uttarakhand. He says, “We have already completed 1522 homestays across the state and have given loans for more to people in the state. I am sure having more homestays in the state would help tourism in Uttarakhand. The tourism department in the state is going to train the homestay owners and will also do promotion for the same.”

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