Chinhit Verma

Long-haul, direct flights to shine

Vinod Kannan, Vistara’s Chief Commercial Officer, believes there’s going to be opportunities for long-haul and direct flights from India. He also discusses in detail how the airline is faring and what lies in store for 2021-22. Despite the pandemic, Vistara has not cancelled any of its planned deliveries. In fact, …

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Book Thai ASQ hotels on Travelbullz

Unveiling a new product, TravelBullz is now offering travel agents the option to book Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotels in Thailand on its portal. This may well serve as a new opportunity for agents to earn while selling outbound packages, also allowing them to enjoy a multitude of other benefits. …

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How to build a brand in a pandemic

Representing 14 luxury brands within less than a year of its inception, the One Rep Global team didn’t let the pandemic bog down its spirit. They share their mantra for sustenance through a tumultous year for people and businesses around the world, some of the latter still reeling under the …

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A new era of personalised travel

Technology will play a major role in facilitating recovery, ushering in a new era of personalised travel that will present more opportunities for businesses and a better experience for travellers. Sean Menke, Chief Executive Officer, Sabre, outlines how Sabre enabled change beyond the pandemic. Year 2020 was game-changing – it …

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Gujarat’s latest GIFT to India

Gujarat Tourism recently conducted a Fam tour for agents to promote its international-class M!CE destination in the making – GIFT City. Narrating his experience is Randhir S Vaghela, IATO Chairman (Gujarat Chapter). Adding another flower to its bouquet of offerings, Gujarat Tourism is now looking to promote a new world-class …

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Indians can now fly direct to Maafaru

Maldivian, the national carrier of Republic of Maldives and owned & operated by Island Aviation Services (IAS), will start direct flights between Maafaru and Mumbai from April 13, 2021. Aishath Jennifer, Deputy Managing Director, Maldivian, shares details and what lies ahead for the carrier. Nisha Verma At present, Maldivian operates …

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M!CE budgets unchanged?

Data from SOTC MICE Survey reveals that 25 per cent of corporates are looking at foreign destinations for MICE and 39 per cent indicated their MICE budgets would remain the same. SD Nandakumar, President & Country Head (B2B & Foreign Exchange), SOTC Travel, shares more insights. Business environment is now …

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Philippines a premier dive destination

Themed ‘Our Sea, Our Story’, the three-day Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) 2021 was conducted virtually by Department of Tourism (DOT) Philippines to help support and sustain the country’s dive industry. Manas Dwivedi In her opening remarks, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Tourism Secretary, Department of Tourism, Philippines, said, “This is the largest …

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Should India adopt IATA Travel Pass?

While two international airlines have adopted the IATA Travel Pass, IATA is in talks with the Indian authorities and airlines to adopt the application.The Pass moves existing paper processes to a digital platform with up-to-date information on entry requirements. Here’s what it can do to solve the existing challenge of …

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Swosti’s intriguing tours

Swosti Travels is promoting its exciting six-night, seven-day itinerary to the shakti peethas in Odisha which could be promoted to not just pilgrims but also cultural tourists looking to learn about the Indian culture. There are 12 shakti peethas in popular Odisha culture and Swosti Travels’ tour covers some of …

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