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Biggest learnings of 2020

Year 2020, when the travel trade had to not only bear the effects of a pandemic but also learn from it, is finally drawing to a close. Here, they share some of the biggest learnings to be remembered by generations… Homa Mistry, CEO, Trail Blazer Tours The biggest learning has …

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India offers new prospects

As a destination, India is known for its crowds, especially at popular tourist places flocked by both international and domestic visitors. But, to cater to the new-normal traveller, a country as vast as India must have alternatives, isn’t it? This is what experts say… Jatinder S Taneja, Vice Chairman, PATA …

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How credible is giving credit?

The travel & tourism industry has been surviving on credit for ages. However, the pandemic shook the sector and the way of doing business so much that the cash-strapped industry is now re-looking at its credit policies. Is this a long-term solution that is here to stay, or a short-term …

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WTM Award to GRNConnect

GRNConnect has won the prestigious TRAVTALK -WTM World Travel Leaders Award for having a positive impact on the tourism and hospitality industry in India. Deepak Narula, Managing Director, GRNConnect, shares details about the company’s future readiness during such unprecedented times. Nisha Verma GRNConnect bagged the TRAVTALK – WTM World Travel …

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Your quick guide to TCS!

Applicable at the rate of 5% on foreign remittances made through Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) of RBI, Tax Collection at Source (TCS) has created apprehension among travel agents. Global Panorama Showcase (GPS), in association with TRAVTALK, Flyremit.com and GMJ, organised a brainstorming session to clear doubts of the travel trade. …

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‘My date, your rate’ for weddings

Six event experts came together during the virtual launch of ‘Har Din Shubh Hai’ to discuss and popularise the idea that all dates in the calendar are auspicious for weddings. The industry is striving to find ways to revive itself instead of waiting for a government bailout. Stakeholders also shared …

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Adaptability is part of our DNA

Government initiatives, need for multi-tasking, and his wish list, Madhavan Menon, Chairman & Managing Director of Thomas Cook (India), discussed a variety of issues in a free-wheeling, hour-long interview with TRAVTALK. He believes that we, as Indians, have it in our blood to adapt to changing dynamics of the world. …

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Full refund to agents: SC

Hazel Jain The Supreme Court has pronounced the verdict on the airline refund case that was led by Pravasi Legal Cell. It has accepted all recommendations made by DGCA regarding refund of airfare to passengers for tickets booked during the lockdown, whereby agents will get a full refund for tickets …

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IATA: To be or not to be?

That is the question a lot of the travel agents are asking themselves these days. TRAVTALK speaks to IATA as well as the various national trade bodies to get their perspective to help our readers make an informed decision going forward. FY2020 saw 97% renewal of accredited agencies in India: …

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