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COVID passport ‘CommonPass’ starts trials this week

CommonPass, or a COVID-passport, is a technology framework that can be used by apps to verify an individual’s health status. It is being trialled by two airlines across a few sectors in the world. The system hopes to become a fail-safe way to verify a traveller’s health status and tally it against local entry laws. If it works, it could inspire governments to drop bans and quarantines.  

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No 7-day quarantine for tourists in Nepal with COVID-19 negative report

In a bid to revive the hard-hit tourism industry, Nepal announced that foreign tourists having COVID-19 negative report will not be required to quarantine themselves for seven days from October 17. Foreign trekkers may enter without quarantine if they produce a PCR negative report from October 17. Its tourism ministry is working to carry out instant antigen test for COVID-19 for foreign tourists upon their arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.

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GST on tour operators should be 1.8%: PP Khanna

Highlighting the reason why domestic tourism has not taken off in India, PP Khanna, President, Association of Domestic Tour Operators Association of India (ADTOI), said, “The GST on tour operators should be 1.8% with full set offs and not 5% which is making domestic tour operators uncompetitive. To survive, the domestic tour operators need to be supported have an operating cash subsidy to pay their salaries and operating costs.”

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Aim to get 5-10% share of world’s adventure tourism market: ATOAI

Captain Swadesh Kumar, President, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) has said that India currently has negligible share in the US$ 750bn world adventure tourism industry which is poised to touch US$ 1.5 trillion in the post Covid world. “We want to work closely with the Central and State government to get at a respectable market share of 5-10% in the medium to long run in the international market,” he said.  

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LTC funds can now be used to spend on items in 12% GST category

FM Nirmala Sitharaman made a slew of announcements to stimulate consumer spending and capital expenditure, including a special LTC (Leave Travel Concession) cash voucher. She said LTC funds could be used to spend on goods and items in the 12% GST category. However, FAITH and TAAI expressed disappointment stating that LTC funds of government employees will now be redirected to buy consumer goods.

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Instead of being bailed out, we are now deprived of LTC fund: TAAI

Sharing her thoughts on the changes made by the FM on LTC, Jyoti Mayal, President of TAAI, said, “The Finance Minister in her stimulus speech has announced that government officials can use their LTC funds to buy consumer goods for the festive season. The tourism industry instead of being bailed out is now deprived of the LTC fund. Our industry is dying and our employees are losing jobs in every avenue but the Prime Minister has forgotten of our existence – the backbone of India.”

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Tripjack Travel Agent Fantasy League winner – Ketaki Mohite

Tripjack Travel Agent Fantasy League winner Ketaki Mohite, Owner of Mangal Travels based in Mumbai, has recently registered herself for the ongoing Fantasy League on Tripjack.com. Speaking about her experience, she says, “I really love the interface. It is extremely user-friendly. Moreover, during this crisis, Tripjack has come up with such an innovative and creative idea for engaging its partners. I loved it, especially because I am a cricket fan. I loved participating in this contest and while initially I lost many matches, I came second and third on the ledger board and won Tripjack coins.” To win exciting prizes, visit tripjack.com now!

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Greece aims to enter India market dynamically in next 3 years

With an objective to re-establish its connection with the travel trade in India and further entice Indians to visit Greece, the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) has prioritised certain focus points for this market. Its aim is to touch base with the disruptive and ever-growing Indian travel trade associations and together explore opportunities. It will also share safety measures and travel guidelines that are being undertaken by Greece to ensure health and safety of all its visitors. Dimitrios Fragakis, Secretary General, remarked “Health first has been our imperative since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. And I am proud to say that we have been successful. The Greek government designed detailed health protocols, in consultation with the leading experts. The protection measures have been implemented professionally, consistently and credibly by the businesses and the Greek state, since the reopening of borders in July of 2020. My clear message as the Secretary-General of the Greek National Tourism Organisation is that this summer Greece managed to keep its visitors safe, by implementing all health protocols in tourism. The South Asian market, and in particular the Indian market, is a new dynamic and exciting field for the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourist Organisation. We are looking forward to enhancing our collaboration with the Indian market.” GNTO is working towards finding more lucrative opportunities to strengthen and expand their network in India and directly involve with travel communities to boost travel activities and position Greece on top of every Indian traveller’s bucket lists. Harris Theoharis, Minister of Tourism commented, “India is one of the emerging markets of high quality and importance on international level and it is one of the …

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Tripjack Travel Agent Fantasy League winner: Chanchal Patel

Chanchal Patel, Proprietor of Sewa Enterprises in Itarsi in Madhya Pradesh, is among the many winners of this contest. He says, “Tripjack is the first B2B travel portal that has conducted this wonderful contest. I’m really enjoying this. I have been associated with them for many years now. They have very competitive rates for flights and hotels.” Top winners every week also get Jalesh cruise package, air tickets and hotels stays. Visit tripjack.com now!

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60% plan to travel domestically: InterMiles Report

With easing of restrictions across the country, 60% respondents say they will plan a trip domestically within the next 6 months, according to a report titled ‘Consumer Sentiment Index Report’ by InterMiles. Only 20% said they were wary of travelling within India, with 14% saying they would not cross domestic borders without a vaccine, and a meagre 6% said they do not currently have travel on their mind. It is based on responses from more than 7,500 InterMilers in India between June-end and August-end.

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