Guest Column

What’s in a name? This is what…

I have many names. Why? The answer to this goes back into the abundance of my history, my geography, my present, and even to my future. So, let us see if you can guess my name correctly! I am the Bean Town. Once upon a time while on a hunting expedition, …

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The tide must turn!

  Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Manoj Saraf, MD, Gainwell Travel,has business in his blood and travel in his heart, and these two things have made him achieve many successes while making sure he lives life to the fullest. The travel bug bit me early,” says Manoj Saraf who …

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Nip the counterfeit threat in the bud!

Vaccination passport security is the major new issue facing the travel industry, according to Adam Schrader, Director of Operations at travel risk intelligence company Riskline. Counterfeit vaccination passports and certificates will seriously undermine their role in reopening travel and events sectors unless the issue is addressed quickly. ‘COVID-19 Vaccine Set …

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The present is a wake-up call

  ‘The second wave has been a wake-up call for India, pushing the government to increase its spending on strengthening the medical infrastructure in the country,’ says Mandeep Lamba, President (South Asia), HVS ANAROCK. In the last decade, India has emerged as one of the leading medical tourism destinations globally. …

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FDI reviving tourism industry

The government has been taking several strong efforts to build a supportive ecosystem which could forge and reshape the growth of tourism and hospitality in India. A slew of initiatives has already been announced including interest free loans to finance working capital, government stimulus packages & tax exemption for a …

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Travel demand in 2021 pivotal

Sandeep Dwivedi, Chief Operating Officer, InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ), shares his views on the increasing consumer sentiment to restart travel, which in turn is leading towards air traffic surge. He expects full domestic recovery to 2019 levels by end of the year. The first weeks of 2021 have renewed our …

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A world of plenty

Being an IATA Accredited agency about three decades ago was not easy– it was a milestone! But what is the value of being an IATA agent today? Have we bartered quality for quantity? Sunil B Satyawakta, Director, Civica Travels, shares his views. Some 30 years ago, for a travel agency …

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Stretching one’s horizons

Author and Critique Rama Joshi offers a compelling review of ‘What Next? Recollections of an Inveterate Voyager’, a travelogue by CP Sharma, Managing Director, Neptune Travco. Belonging to the genre of a travelogue, the book is also a kind of bildungsroman. This book is akin to a very big travel …

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ATF – A Fuel for Growth in Travel & Tourism

‘I am a sharp critic of airline commercial policies and believe they definitely need to be strongly regulated so interests of the distribution industry – GDS, travel agents and tour operators who play a pivotal role in facilitating airline consumers – are also recognised and protected,’ asserts Seema Luthra, Founder, …

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