Chinhit Verma

Vaccine success will lead the way

Which countries initiate and successfully implement their COVID-19 vaccination programme will likely determine which ones will restart tourism and air connections first. And, until a database that aggregates COVID-19 vaccination rates is made available, a platform that tracks the latest announcements is a need of the hour. Tracking COVID-19 vaccination …

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IATO ushers skill development

The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), in partnership with TravTalk, organised a series of webinars for its  members and the travel trade under its skill development initiative. With several webinars successfully conducted in the last three months, the team plans to bring introduce more sessions in the future. Manas …

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The ‘Emirati Cuisine Programme’

Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the launch of the ‘Emirati Cuisine  Programme’ (ECP). The initiative aims to boost the Emirate’s authentic cuisine offerings in Abu Dhabi’s hotels to raise profile of local cuisine and promote Emirati culture and traditions.   Coinciding with …

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Lake Tahoe: The all-season wonderland

It’s called the Jewel of Nevada, USA, and once you see it, you’ll know why. Lake Tahoe is the nation’s largest alpine lake, 22 by 12 miles of sparkling water surrounded by 72 miles of pristine shoreline. During the warm summer months, it’s a water-sports paradise. And when it snows, …

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Outsourced solutions help hotels

Outsourcing sales and marketing activities can provide independent hotels and resorts an expert panel working for  them so that they can focus on keeping their guests happy. Zuper Hotel Solutions offers such tailor-made packages  for boutique and mainstream hotels and resorts. Hazel Jain Ever thought of making your own dream …

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QualSTAR: The surety of hotel safety

Though the experience of a perfect hotel stay was once driven by availability of amenities and location of the property, a new guest priority has now emerged – that of safety and hygiene. Customers easily trust the adherence of branded hotels to safety protocols, but for the smaller ones, surety …

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Digi-pass boosts confidence

Digital passes and certificates lower the risk of COVID-19 infection by providing accurate health status details of passengers, says GlobalData, a research and consulting company. Amidst COVID-19, several stakeholders of the travel and tourism industry are exploring the option of digital passes and health certificates which include destinations, airlines and …

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Neighbouring states key markets

Yuvraj Padole, Deputy Director (Events & Marketing) Madhya Pradesh Tourism, highlights some key industry  engagements that his department has planned such as the Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart, creating new road trip  itineraries for the trade and registration of service providers in the state. Hazel Jain What challenges is the state …

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MOT revises MDA guidelines

To promote inbound tourism, Ministry of Tourism (MOT) has released the revised guidelines for Marketing Development Assistance (MDA) scheme for overseas promotions by tourism service providers. Manas Dwivedi Under the new guidelines that took effect from the beginning of this month, service providers will be entitled to more financial benefits …

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ISA Tourism push for Conrad Maldives

ISA Tourism has been appointed as the India representative for Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort in Maldives.  The sales and marketing representation company is targeting luxury travellers from India for the Maldivian property which is a twin-island resort featuring 151 luxury beach and over-water villas. Manas Dwivedi Boutique sales and …

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