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Dubai relaxes curbs for air passengers from India, Lifts requirement for Rapid PCR test before boarding

Dubai on Tuesday removed the requirements for Indian travellers to undergo rapid RTPCR at Indian airports before departing to UAE. An advisory issued by the Dubai Airport updated the travel requirements for passengers from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.  The fresh advisory requires Indian nationals to produce a negative COVID-19 test certificate taken up to 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the flight, from an approved health service provider. The passengers will require to undergo a PCR test upon their arrival in Dubai. 

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Switzerland Tourism to conduct webinar on visas for Indian nationals on Aug 27

As of 26th June 2021, Indian travellers fully vaccinated with Covishield can enter Switzerland without having to undergo quarantine. The Embassy of Switzerland and VFS Global have started accepting applications for all types of Schengen Swiss visas. Switzerland Tourism, in partnership with the Visa Section of the Embassy of Switzerland, will conduct a special webinar for the travel trade highlighting the latest news and information about the visa process and travel procedure for Indian travellers on Friday, 27 August, 2021 at 3:00 PM IST. To register, write to jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or 9650196532.

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10% increase expected in Indian arrivals to Middle East by 2024

The number of Indian travellers to Middle East market is expected to increase by a compound annual growth rate of 10% to 9.8 million travellers by 2024, reveals a study by Colliers International as part of Arabian Travel Market series. Out of the 26.1 million travellers who took outbound trips from India, 5.4 million Indian tourists arrived in Middle East region in the year 2018. The Middle East countries like UAE, Bahrain and Oman are taking initiatives to increase share of Indian travellers through roadshows and easing of visa regulations. These countries are focusing on the Indian wedding and M!CE segments, diversifying from traditional leisure market.

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52% Indians want to stay connected during their travels

Over 50 per cent Indian travellers want to stay connected while travelling compared to other APAC travellers. According to Amadeus’s Journey of Me Insights report, only 43 per cent of APAC travellers want to keep up to date with what is happening in the world. Besides, 46 per cent Indian travellers want to stay updated with work/business as compared to 32 per cent APAC travellers. The report further reveals that 43 per cent Indian travellers want to use apps to meet new people using travel and social apps compared to only 28 per cent across APAC, while 47 percent Indians want to be able to use convenience apps in comparison to 34 per cent in APAC. Indian travellers are committed to their work, open to meeting new people, but also looking for convenience while travelling.

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60 per cent Indian travellers receive travel recommendations via online channels

A report ‘Journey of Me Insights’ by Amadeus reveals that 60 per cent of Indian travellers receive the most relevant travel recommendations via online channels. Besides, these channels also provide the most relevant travel recommendations to 50 per cent APAC travellers as well. According to the report, travel review sites also contribute to relevant travel recommendations for 54 per cent Indian travellers and 47 per cent APAC travellers. Several other sources for the same include travel agencies, hotel concierge, airline in-flight magazine and social network (family and friends), among others.

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Over 55% Indian travellers preview destinations on virtual reality before a trip

A report titled ‘Journey of Me Insights’ by Amadeus reveals that 57 per cent Indian travellers are most interested in virtual reality that allows them to preview or experience something they would see on their trip, compared to 51 per cent APAC travellers. Also, according to the report, an augmented reality mobile app that delivers digital overlays containing interactive information about the culture or history of a tourist site interests APAC travellers the most compared to other new technologies. However, travellers in India showed greater interest in having a 360-degree interactive video that allows them to experience something they would see on their trip.

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Half of Indian travellers book accommodation in advance

Almost half of Indian travellers (48 per cent) book their accommodation in advance of their flight or transportation, compared to an APAC average of 35 per cent, a report titled ‘Amadeus journey of Me Insights — What Asia Pacific travellers want’ reveals. According to the report, only 15 per cent wait until after they have booked their flight but before departure, compared to 27 per cent regionally. Also, 34 per cent Indians book their accommodation at the same time when they book flight/transport. Only 15 per cent book their accommodation after their flight/transport is booked, but before departure. On the contrary, per cent APAC travellers book their accommodation after booking their flight/transport, but before departure. The report also suggests that 3 per cent Indian travellers book their accommodation after reaching the destination, as compared to 2 per cent APAC travellers.

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Hilton launches ‘Namaste’ programme for Indian MiCE

Hilton has unveiled an exclusive  programme ‘Namaste’ for its Indian groups designed to deliver a tailored experience for those travelling from India to Europe. The programme caters to three major segments—destination weddings, meetings and incentives, and film shoots giving guests the confidence that Hilton will meet all their needs and expectations every time, no matter the occasion or destination. Fiona Robson, Senior Director— Sales Operations Europe, Hilton, said, “Huge population, rising incomes and improving infrastructure, among others offer a strong growth opportunity. India is one of the biggest growth markets, with Indians now preferring luxury and overseas stays with their improving financial status. Exceptional quality, impeccable service and always the warmest of welcomes, no one knows hospitality like Hilton. We pride ourselves in understanding the needs of our Indian guests and ensuring that we deliver a truly memorable stay; this precisely is the thinking behind ‘Namaste’, our uniquely designed programme for group travel.”

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73 per cent Indian travellers use economy apps

Indian travellers are avid users of sharing economy apps and services compared to other APAC travellers, reveals ‘Amadeus Journey of Me’ report. According to the report, Indian travellers are embracing these services with 73 per cent using apps like Uber, Grab, Lyft, Ola, Didi Chuxing etc to get around during me trip, compared to only 37 per cent in the rest of APAC. Apart from it, almost half (48 per cent) use Airbnb, couch surfing for stays, more than the 29 per cent APAC average. The research, Journey of Me Insights: What Asia Pacific travellers want has been conducted in collaboration with YouGov.

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Singapore Tourism targets discerning, local experiences-seeking young Indian travellers

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has partnered with a popular music channel to launch a music video, featuring both Indian and Singaporean talents. With this, STB becomes the first tourism board to come out with its own, cross-border collaborative English music video. India is a key traveller source market for Singapore and moved up a spot to become its third-largest visitor-arrival contributor in 2017. With an estimated 65 per cent of India’s population being 35 years and under having strong disposable income and increasingly travelling overseas, STB recognises the importance of reaching out to them. These young adults or working millennials seek immersive, unique and local experiences and Singapore presents a plethora of options. With this music video, STB forays into a different public space: the world of English music, pop culture and entertainment to connect with the young Indians, who are more adventurous and seek lifestyle experiences when travelling.

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