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6 tech start-ups to watch for

We put the spotlight on six of the most innovative and exciting travel technology start-ups that the industry should look out for in 2021 who can together contribute to the industry’s recovery and help people to feel confident enough to travel again. From more efficient booking systems to managing travel …

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Hybrid ATM sets bar high

Arabian Travel Market 2021 has successfully concluded both its in-person and virtual elements. The two exhibitions highlighted the need for collaboration and a growing need for being sustainable. The in-person element of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2021 was hosted from May 16-19 in Dubai, with the virtual exhibition being conducted …

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Register for IITF e-course

More than 200 registrations have been received for the online IITF certification programme for tourist guide training in Maharashtra. More can still sign up as registrations are open. In February 2021, the Directorate of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra had announced an online IITF (Incredible India Tourist Facilitator) certification programme for …

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LCCs to benefit post re-start

Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Group, has said that low-cost carriers would benefit when the aviation sector resumes in a post-COVID world, thanks to a strong domestic demand in the US, China and Europe. He adds that business travel will return in absolute terms, but airlines have to be ready …

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Scale up with technology

Adapting technology will help companies scale their business globally through greater market footprint, optimised cost and processes with great profitability and return on investment, thereby powering this sector with exponential growth trajectory. Where are you in the technology curve? Hazel Jain Technology has become the backbone of our business today. …

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The tough get going!

SpiceJet reinstated its flight from Delhi and Ahmedabad to Jaisalmer after an unprecedented airline-citizen partnership. Manvendra Singh Shekhawat, MD, Suryagarh and Founder, I Love Jaisalmer, who was instrumental in getting the travel community together, shares the success story. Nisha Verma The travel community in India’s Golden City – Jaisalmer– came …

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What procurement must entail

‘Consolidated procurement strategies are the effective way forward to survive in post-COVID scenarios,’ says Dr Amit Sharma, Vice President – Contracting and Product Development, Abercrombie & Kent and Expert (Roster), UNWTO. Dr Sharma has also been teaching in various management institutes and universities for the last decade as a visiting …

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Airline industry will be smaller

Willie Walsh, Director General, International Air Transport Association (IATA), has said that the global aviation industry will emerge smaller from the COVID-19 crisis, unable to recover all the capacity it enjoyed pre-pandemic, in 2019. He also believes that the sector should remain more cautious in the future. Nisha Verma The …

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Being event-ready

Hilton Chennai’s approach has been to offer flexible event solutions in an optimum pricing band, thus encouraging clients to feel confident to restart physical and hybrid events, even on a small scale to begin with, says its General Manager Ruban Das. Hazel Jain Do you see corporates booking for this …

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NIMA reconstitutes its team

The Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), on the occasion of its seventh Foundation Day, reconstituted its Executive Team, and has announced Jagdeep Bhagat of Vee Bee Tours, Delhi, as the National Coordinator for the second time and Gajesh Girdhar from Paryatan, Muzaffarnagar, as Chairman Emeritus. Nisha Verma NIMA’s new …

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