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TAAI MP&CG conducts physical AGM on Oct 31 in Indore

The MP&CG Chapter of TAAI recently organised a physical event for its members at Crescent Spa & Resort, Indore. Hemendra Singh Jadon, Chapter Chairman (MP & Chhattisgarh), TAAI, shares, “We organised our annual members meet on October 31 at the resort keeping all health protocols in mind, and 45 members attended it. The aim is to not just conduct our annual meet but also to build confidence among our clients that we are ready to travel. We conducted presentations on MSME benefits and on Star Air airline for members.”

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Tripjack Travel Agent Fantasy League winner: Upendra Kumar

Upendra Kumar from International Travels in Patna, has been using Tripjack’s website for his agency bookings since the last two years. Sharing his experience, Kumar says, “Before that, I would use other B2B portals for my bookings. But the service provided by Tripjack is very good and I have never looked back since using them. Their website is very user-friendly and their flight and hotel fares are very competitive. I keep referring them to all my travel agent friends. Even their recent Fantasy League contest that I have participated in, lets you play as well as earn Tripjack coins at the same time. I won the first prize of 15,000 Tripjack coins for the match played between Mumbai v/s Rajasthan.” Top winners get air tickets sponsored by AirAsia and hotels stays every week. Visit tripjack.com now!

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Ankush Nijhawan appointed as Co-Chairman of PHDCCI Tourism committee

In its latest move, the Tourism Committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (PHDCCI) has been reconstituted for the year 2020-21 with Anil Parashar, President & CEO, Interglobe Technology Quotient (ITQ) as the Chairman and Rajan Sehgal, Kishore Kaya & Ankush Nijhawan getting elected as the Co-Chairman. Vinod Zutshi, Former Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, GOI, continues to be the Hony. Member and Mentor for the Tourism Committee. The tenure of the newly constituted committee will be 1 year but it can be reconstituted before as well. The committee is dedicated towards the betterment of tourism in India, one that is sustainable and develops India’s heritage tourism.

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LA Tourism launches FB page dedicated to travel agents

Seema Kadam, Regional Director (India), Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, reveals, “We have created a new ‘Travel Trade Facebook’ page for all English-speaking markets. We have a consumer website but realised the importance of having a dedicated B2B page to provide regular updates, showcase new products and answer questions from the global travel trade community on all things LA. We will have information on hotels, special days, LAX Airport updates, COVID protocols, info on LA’s outdoor activities, e-learning Programme i.e L.A, itinerary suggestions, etc. At a later stage, we will built the content to have data on LA/California suppliers.”

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Statue of Unity can become a 2-night destination

Randhir Singh Vaghela, IATO Chairman (Gujarat Chapter), says, “The Statue of Unity is becoming a great destination for tourism. And the latest development of seaplanes being launched on October 31 has added another feather to its cap. Believe me, there are so many activities added at the Statue of Unity that it is now a minimum two-night destination and we are hoping that it will soon become one of the global destinations that every tourist would like to visit.”

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MOT seeks inputs from IATO for Incredible India promotions

Ministry of Tourism has sought inputs from IATO on the promotion and marketing of Incredible India. The Ministry desires to plan in advance for these promotions and marketing so that as soon as e-Visa, tourist visa and international flights are announced or resume, it can begin with the promotions and marketing effort in a bid to revive tourism from international market.

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FSSAI is taking to task illegal home kitchens: FHRAI

FHRAI has welcomed FSSAI’s enforcement rules making registration mandatory for home-cooked food sellers, whether operating from home or from dark kitchens. “FSSAI has responded to our plea and is taking to task any such unregulated and illegal dark kitchens. Quite a few of these are actually funded and run by the Food Service Aggregators (FSAs) to escape responsibilities attached to operating restaurants legally,” says Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, VP, FHRAI.

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Cruise ship Karnika sold for $11.65 million

Cruise ship Karnika, operated by Jalesh Cruises, has been sold at an auction in India for $11.65 million. Having debuted in 1990, Karnika has operated for numerous cruise lines throughout her history. It was in April 2019 that a cruise ship Pacific Jewel was renamed Karnika at a ceremony held at the Princess Dock of the Mumbai Port Trust. Jalesh Cruises has suspended operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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