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‘Create equal opportunity’

Samina Munshi, Director, N Chirag Travels, says that gender equality is need of the hour and that all travel groups address and pursue this issue on a priority basis. Janice Alyosius Women in the travel and tourism business are setting an example of women empowerment all over the world. Whether …

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Unease over pre-travel testing

M!CE business hasn’t been able to catch a break since COVID-19 broke all over world and the industry is worried if immediate corrective action it is not taken, it may not recover at all this year. Hazel Jain In a bid to adjust to the new normal, the UK has …

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GRNconnect expands horizons

GRNconnect, apart from excelling in providing tech and hotel booking services to travel trade has now opened its DMC business in USA and will soon be expanding it in Egypt and India. Nisha Verma Deepak Narula, Managing Director, GRNconnect, has revealed that with innovation and adaptability being the key qualities …

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Overtourism: A double-edged sword

Although over-tourism can bring many benefits to the local communities and the country at large, including income, employment and international recognition, it can also lead to environmental and social damage. If not managed carefully, it can destroy the very assets on which it depends. Does over-tourism pose a real threat …

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Punjab needs biz

A surge in tourism business before the 2nd wave saw stakeholders in Punjab rejoice. But, the state still has a long way to go. Nisha Verma In Punjab, while the second wave saw business dropping for most hotels and tour operators, things were not that bad before March, especially in …

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Overtourism ahead?

Countries are slowly opening to tourism, but will this bring in enthusiastic travellers in hordes and cause another problem? Hazel Jain While more travellers bode well for the travel trade around the world, there might be a thin line between revenge tourism and over-tourism. Jay Bhatia, Director, Tulsidas Khimji Holidays …

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Hybrid weddings in the offing?

The pandemic has brought on some serious changes to the travel, tourism, events and hospitality world. As with everything else, the parameters of the wedding segment are also witnessing tremendous alterations. TRAVTALK speaks with six industry experts to find out what these changes are. Rajeev Jain, Director, Rashi Entertainment Almost …

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A hope in vaccines

Vaccinations are getting the popularity vote because they safeguard one’s health and allow for travel. But will it work? Benazir Nazar, CEO, Akbar Holidays We have been receiving a lot of enquiries for both international as well as domestic holidays from travellers who have got both their doses of vaccination. …

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Relief measures by FM vital

Officials of the Ministry of Tourism and trade association heads are all praises and grateful to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the much-awaited relief declaring free e-Tourist visa till March 31, 2022 for the first 500,000 applicants. Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism We, at the Ministry of Tourism, welcome …

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