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Art of Living webinar today at 11:30 am

IATO in association with TravTalk is organising a webinar with Art of Living, titled ‘Redesign Your Itineraries – Wellness Tourism’ today at 11:30 am. During the session, Rajeev Nambiar, Director, National Teachers Desk, The Art of Living, will share his thoughts on the subject with the audience, and inspire them to do better planning. To know more and register, contact Jaspreet Kaur at jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or call 9650196532.

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Art of Living Webinar on Thursday, 5th November

IATO in association with TravTalk is organising a webinar with Art of Living on the topic, ‘Redesign Your Itineraries- Wellness Tourism’ on Thursday, November 5 at 11:30 am. During the session, Rajeev Nambiar, Director, National Teachers Desk, The Art of Living, will be sharing his thoughts on the topic with the audience and inspire them to do better planning. To know more and register, contact Jaspreet Kaur at Jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or call 9650196532.

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Daily prizes to be won in Tripjack IPL Fantasy League

Participate in the IPL Travel Agent Fantasy League organised by Tripjack, India’s largest B2B travel company, starting tomorrow to win prizes every day! Hasan Patel, Director, Tripjack, says, “There are about 60 matches in the IPL and the Fantasy league will have contests daily. Before every cricket match, travel partners need to log into the app or through tripjack.com and set up a team of the best 11 players. Top winners from every match can win hotel stays, air tickets, gifts, and loyalty points called ‘TJ Coins’.”

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Most preferred holiday destination for Indians—Thailand

Naeem Khan, Director, Mulberry Tours , says, “Thailand is a destination well suited for all kinds of travel, whether it be leisure, FIT, MICE or weddings. The country has a lot to offer—amazing beaches, wonderful food, great night life and a vibrant culture, I have so many fond memories to remember from my numerous trips to Thailand. It is the most preferred holiday destination for Indian travellers.”

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Need relaxed policies of refunds and cancellations: Colombowalla

Mehernosh Colombowalla, Director, Beyond Borders Travel Management Company, believes that going forward, when travel restarts, there should be relaxation in refunds and cancellations form service providers like hotels, airlines and tourism boards. “Going forward, I would like to see a little more relaxed policies from service providers in terms of cancellations and refunds so. For example, when a client is overseas and gets infected by the virus, we would expect the hotel to give refund on the remaining part of the stay, and airlines should be more accommodative in both charges for re-booking or even refund on the return portion of the journey, whatever the fare type maybe, in case the client has to come back on the first available flight. Hence, collectively we just need to work together to build trust and make sure that the client does not feel that he’s going to have huge losses if he contracts the virus when he is on a vacation overseas,” he commented at the 5th TravTalk Digital Conclave.

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IndiGo appoints Venkataramani Sumantran as Independent Director

Venkataramani Sumantran has been appointed as an Independent Director on the Board of IndiGo, for a period of five years. He is currently Chairman and Managing Director of Celeris Technologies and has held this position since 2014. Sumantran has earlier served as Executive Vice-Chairman of Hinduja Automotive, UK; Executive Director of Tata Motors; and Director, Advanced Engineering in GM-Europe, among other roles.

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DDP launches CovidSMART, India’s first COVID-19 training module

CovidSMART is DDP Group’s latest initiative, a programme designed by WHO-certified professionals and ISO-trained individuals to promote safe travel and help build in tour operators & travel agents the confidence to succeed in this industry, once again. To access the programme, you can log on to www.covidElearn.com. Key learnings would include protecting your business during COVID-19, dealing with emergencies and anxiety related to the pandemic and its impact, and the importance of a PPE kit. SanJeet, Director, DDP Group, says, “All our initiatives during this pandemic have been our way of looking after our tourism industry and this is another such programme. Our aim is that every travel professional should accept this fast-paced change, be prepared and be ready to drive tourism in the future. By introducing CovidSMART, we hope to put India in the driver’s seat. Now, it is up to the travel industry to encash this opportunity. I encourage the industry to convey to their partners as well as the Indian travellers that they will now be dealing with a COVID-19 certified specialist, who understands and will guide them through this jungle.”

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Cross Hotels Webinar concludes successfully with 850 attendees

Cross Hotels & Resorts concludes its webinar with an overwhelming attendance of around 850 people. The hospitality brand showcased 24 hotels in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. Also, the brand is offering prices, much lower than the online prices, as a gesture to support the industry. Ms. Yui, Director, Cross Hotels & Resorts, along with Ms. May, Cluster Manager, Cross Hotels & Resorts from Thailand addressed the webinar and shared information on the brand and its various properties.

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Indian stimulus package follows same trajectory as global ones: Suman Billa

Suman Billa, Director, Technical Cooperation & Silk Route Development, UNWTO, has said that the Indian stimulus package follows the same trajectory as other global stimulus packages, and instead of being disheartened about not having a specific tourism stimulus package, the industry should reach out to the government and share what in the existing package doesn’t work for them. “The industry should pitch for moratorium on interest and lowering of interest rates. They should look at firms which were left out and ensure that everybody should get access to loans. We need to look at the existing package and see what provisions are pinching us and tell the government that it is not catching the sensitivity of the tourism sector. If we can say that, I am sure that the government will be happy to consider the request,” commented Billa while speaking at the ‘Saving Airlines & Allied Industries – Saving Jobs’ webinar. He added that most stimulus packages across the world are sector-agnostic, and that the industry should carefully assess the existing provisions and propose the changes that are specifically required for the tourism sector.

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DDP pledges Rs1 crore to trade under its ‘Standing with the Trade’ initiative

The DDP Group, to support travel and hospitality companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis, has created a media fund of Rs1 crore under its ‘Standing with the Trade’ initiative. The move will help support businesses by providing targeted advertising campaigns, free of cost. Advertisements will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested businesses can contact the DDP team through gaganpreet@ddppl.com. This initiative is supported by all of DDP Group’s premier publications, including TravTalk, Tourism Breaking News, TravelTV.News, M!CETalk and Hospitality Talk. Together, these publications reach 600,000 travel and hospitality professionals daily. “The timeliness and effectiveness of our actions as a united industry are more important than ever before and we are hoping that our initiative can assist stressed businesses till the market begins to strengthen again. Although it is difficult to predict how long this might continue, history has enough examples to show that after a time of economic difficulty, industry and countries have always bounced back,” says SanJeet, Director, DDP Group.

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