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Cricket a living bridge for India-UK

Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India and a cricket fanatic, says that the United Kingdom and India share a unique bond that’s perfectly encapsulated in the passion for cricket in the two countries. ‘I’ve played the game all my life and still do. I hope to be a part …

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TAFI national elections in limbo

The Travel Agents Federation of India’s (TAFI) national elections that had been planned for January have now been indefinitely postponed due to an unprecedented glitch in one of its chapter elections. Hazel Jain As per the association rules, the Travel Agents Federation of India was to hold its national elections …

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Spreading its wings with Asego

While travel assistance and insurance have always been at the core of Karvat Group’s business, it will also adopt a new business model with the launch of its new venture – Asego, says Dev Karvat, Chief Executive Officer, Karvat Group. What are the latest developments in your organisation? With the …

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Intervention at the right time

Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog, says that the government is aware of the hardships faced by the industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will intervene when the time is right. Nisha Verma Amitabh Kant has said that the government is in cognisance of the industry’s plight and …

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Buddhist tourism a necessity

Though Buddhist tourism holds great potential in India, it has been one of the least explored. But, with the government now wanting to bring it into the limelight, tourism stakeholders help us understand what can be done. Rajiv Mehra, Vice President, IATO I strongly believe that in all likelihood, tourism …

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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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A make or break Budget

The industry’s expectations from Budget 2021-22 seem to be rather unpropitious but the most anticipated. Will the upcoming announcement be the last straw in tourism’s undoing or a ray of hope for it? Experts remark… Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI We have asked for export competitiveness, domestic leadership, capital formation and …

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A move to kill business?

The sudden travel ban and mandatory institutional quarantine for Maharashtra passengers has agents fuming. Pradip Lulla, CMD, Cupid Travels All my clients travelling to Dubai have cancelled their bookings because of this sudden travel ban and institutional quarantine that has been imposed only for Maharashtra passengers. Not just Dubai, even …

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Trade optimistic in 2021

After a tumultuous 2020, the industry is hopeful that the New Year will bring different opportunities, as they work towards new beginnings with learnings from the year gone by. They see 2021 as the light at the end of the tunnel. Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI I hope that year 2021 …

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A memorable stay on Lake Pichola

A few top agents had the privilege to be invited by Vistara Airlines on Premium Economy to Udaipur, and hosted by the Leela Palace Udaipur. Tina Kanuga, Director, Bathija Travels, shares her experience as she raves about the comfortable Vistara flight, the luxurious Leela hotel and the warm hospitality of …

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