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Policy must ease doing business

The National Tourism Policy, which had been in the pipeline for a long time, is now under the observation of various trade associations, as the Ministry of Tourism seeks suggestions and feedback from them. TRAVTALK spoke to association heads to understand the recommendations they plan to make. Subhash Goyal, Secretary …

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India: Bookings hurt but will lead

ForwardKeys, in association with PATA India Chapter, has come up with air travel trends to India and South Asia during COVID-19. The report, which also lays focus on the future, predicts that growth in air travel bookings to the region will be led by India. Travel analytics company ForwardKeys has …

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Why not tourism, asks FAITH

After not being able to get a specific stimulus package for tourism, FAITH and its member associations have reached out to parliamentarians, asking them why tourism was not  part of the government’s relief package. Nisha Verma Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH), along with the its member …

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No or little compensation by states

Hotels are being used by states for housing health workers with little or no compensation, pushing these unsung heroes further into debt. Gurbaxish Singh Kohli,President, HRAWI and Vice President, FHRAI, explains… Hazel Jain Speaking about the need for transparency with regards to hotels being used as quarantine centres and accommodation …

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ETAA’s 2020-21 National Committee

Jagat Mehta will continue as the President and Board Member, while Dharmesh Advani is the new National General Secretary and Board Member of Enterprising Travel Agent’s Assocation (ETAA). The Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA) has announced its new National Committee for the term 2020-2021. Jagat Mehta will continue to be …

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Dealing with guests in ‘new normal’

The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) has released a set of guidelines for post-COVID-19 handling of guests by tour operators and keeping them safe and secure during the trip. The document also includes hotels in its ambit, suggesting measures that can be followed to keep guests safe. Manas …

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What is TARP & what does it entail?

FAITH has proposed the Tourism Aid & Restructuring Package (TARP) to the Tourism Minister to seek specific measures for Indian tourism from the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister. The association states that TARP is a comprehensive six-step plan that will address both supply and demand measures. Step 1: Tourism …

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‘Expand working capital’

In continuation with its effort to highlight the issues and concerns of the outbound industry to those in office of power, Riaz Munshi, President, OTOAI, met the Minister to discuss the woes of the tourism sector. During a detailed meeting, he enumerated the relief the association is seeking from the government …

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‘Year of Domestic Tourism’

Sharing his view with the Minister, PP Khanna, President, Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), said that his primary concern is the cash flow issue for the small and medium tour operators. Responding to the concern, the Minister said detailed recommendations have already been sent to the Ministry …

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Benefits be extended still

President of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Captain Swadesh Kumar, in discussion with the Tourism Minister, briefed about various issues the industry is currently facing. He said that the meeting was really good and positive. “We are really happy after meeting the Tourism Minister who was very …

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