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Rajiv Mehra is the new IATO President

The IATO members today have voted a new team to power for term 2021-23 during the election process conducted physically in New Delhi. Rajiv Mehra, Uday Tours & Travels has been elected as the new President while EM Najeeb, Air Travel Enterprises was voted again as the Senior Vice President …

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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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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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