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EbixCash becomes preferred travel & forex partner of 5 IPL teams

Ebixcash Tours & Travels has become the preferred travel & forex partner of 5 IPL teams. The company will handle travel needs of players and provide end to end support including charter flights, ground transportation, foreign exchange, hotel rooms and event insurance coverage.   A fully owned subsidiary of Ebix Inc., EbixCash has announced that it is handling the travel needs for five of the eight franchises involved in an 82-day Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket sporting extravaganza in Dubai. Under the leadership of Naveen Kundu, Managing Director, EbixCash Tours & Travels, EbixCash has been able to secure this prestigious assignment. As a part of this engagement of EbixCash independently by five of the IPL Franchises, EbixCash is handling approximately 19,000 plus hotel room night bookings for four franchises, chartered flights for five franchises, ground transportation for two franchises, foreign exchange needs for the entire entourage of four of the teams and event insurance coverage for one team. Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings are the five franchises who have engaged EbixCash Tours and Travels for varied travel needs of each of the franchises. Sharing his views on the deal, Kundu says, “We are honoured to have been chosen as the vendor of choice by the majority of the IPL franchises. Their decision was made easier with EbixCash emerging as the only end-to-end services provider who could handle their varied needs under one window. Our depth of products and services, international expanse, travel expertise and the past record was instrumental in us being selected for this prestigious engagement.” Robin Raina, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, Ebix, said, “In COVID-19 times, …

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Start Tourism in Kerala immediately: CKTI

The Confederation of Kerala Tourism Industry (CKTI) led by EM Najeeb has called on the government to take immediate steps to reopen the tourism sector in Kerala without further delays. Najeeb added that if the crisis continues, the vast majority of enterprises in the region will face serious repercussions in the near future. The tourism sector, which has been in crisis since travel restrictions were imposed globally in last February, has been completely shut down with the lockdown imposed in India by March 24. More than 15 lakh people directly and 20 lakh people indirectly working in the tourism sector of the state and being the highest-earning industrial service sector in the state. Tourism is the highest income-earning sector with more than 45000 Crores and contributing around 12% to the state GDP in 2019. Excluding expatriate investment, it is one of the most lucrative foreign exchange earning sectors in the country and more than 20000 local investors and entrepreneurs are working in this sector with the support of bank loans and other financial institutions support. Central and State Governments should be prepared to take wartime measures to rescue the sector from the more damaging situation and intervene to restart the regular business with adequate safety and health control measure for the return of the tourism sector and lives of lakhs of people is, directly and indirectly, working travel, tourism and hospitality sector. At a time when the tourism industry is on the verge of literally collapsing as one of the state’s highest income earning industrial sectors and excluding NRI investment, the country is literally on the verge of collapse. CKTI President EM Najeeb requested. Based on unlock 4 declared by …

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TBO Group ventures into marine business

Leading B2B travel portal, TBO Group has launched “TBO Marine”, a hybrid e-commerce platform to cater to the niche market segment of the marine industry. Via this platform, TBO, is offering its audience quick and easy access to global seaman fares, providing an immaculate travel management service. TBO aims to extend its expertise in marine travel management; providing value and expertise to B2B segment in the following industries: Offshore oil and energy sectors, dry dock, specialized marine contracting, crew management companies, travel agents servicing the marine, and port agents. The portal will offer real-time seaman fares, which will assist with travel agents to explore an untapped industry in India. Ankush Nijhawan, Co-Founder, TBO Group and MD Nijhawan Group says “The key objective of TBO marine is to offer a seamless service to the B2B partners with the assistance of exclusively curated software, equipped to bestow a flawless experience.  Through this integration on our platform, TBO is empowering its partners to tap into a new segment. Our team of highly skilled professionals will be available 24/7/365, to offer specialized rates, state of the art technology and years of experience of airways schedules, visa assistance, and cost-effective ways to add value to our clients” The Marine industry in India is a standout amid the most dawning and breathtaking sectors. Identified as a lucrative and niche market segment, the Marine is yet to be discovered to its core potential. Worldwide, this potential sector is being explored at a high pace with technological development.  

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Nijhawan Group announces reversal of salary cuts

Covid-19 has diverted the whole world to habituate into the new normal. The travel fraternity is under immense scrutiny. Three months after cutting pay for most employees, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, one of India’s largest representation companies; Nijhawan Group has announced the reversal of salary cuts of their employees amid the pandemic- repaying them for what they gave up. The sentiment has a silver lining of new hope for the future of the travel and tourism sector. The representation giant announced it is ending those salary reductions in part because the plausibility of a worst-case scenario has “significantly reduced” since the pay cuts were implemented. Priyanka Nijhawan, Director, Nijhawan Group said, “During these difficult and unprecedented times, our employees have been through immense pressure & challenges. This pandemic has made us emerge stronger with courage and hope for a better future.  The travel industry as you are aware is one of the worst-hit by the pandemic and while others have struggled, Nijhawan Group as a team has shown courage, commitment and leadership in tackling the innumerable challenges in these crises times through commitment and hard work, we have tackled all hardships along the way. It is the faithfulness and loyalty of our employees that has made this possible.” In reviving employee salaries, Priyanka Nijhawan reiterated a pledge that “no one at Nijhawan Group is going to lose their job” because of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, she also urged everyone to continue to focus and participate in working together to bring back the business, as it was pre-COVID.  

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Ready to send clients to Thailand: Nagsri Prasad Sashidhar

Nagsri Prasad Sashidhar, Chief Happiness Officer, NAGSRI- Creating Special Memories, shares that as soon as Thailand is ready to open, they will be looking forward to send a whole lot of clients to the Land of Smiles. “With TAT India offices doing their job phenomenally, our clients are waiting to explore the lovely region and have wonderful experiences. Thailand is a wholesome holiday getaway for Indian travellers.”

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Sanjay Mehta’s Amazing Thailand experience

Sharing his experience in Thailand, Sanjay Mehta, CEO, Trans Globe Travels, “Two years ago, I went on a Mega fam trip to Thailand. It was a refreshing and amazing experience visiting Thailand. The weather was really good and I loved spending time on the pristine beaches. I visited Koh Chang and Pattaya and it is truly a hidden gem of Thailand.  Enjoyed Kayaking, snorkelling and spending time at pristine beaches during the trip. Overall, the country is the best place for a holiday.”

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Azerbaijan Tourism to host virtual travel trade event on October 14

Azerbaijan Tourism Board (ATB) will host its biggest virtual travel trade event “Travel Business Azerbaijan Online” (TBA 2020) on October 14. The online event will bring together local and international tourism professionals in hopes to forge partnerships and profitable business deals. The event aims to bring together 300 buyers from around the world.

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‘Our Thailand trip was filled with memories and wonderful experiences’

Sharing her experience in Thailand, Sonal Swamy, Managing Director, Syrisa Travels, says, “Our unforgettable trip to Thailand in the summer of 2019 was filled with memories and wonderful experiences. Can’t wait to travel again and enjoy late night walks, foot massages, green Thai curry lunches, long shopping tours and being in the wild with nature again in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.”    

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