Associations

UFTAA seeks revised IATA rules

The second mid-year forum of United Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations (UFTAA) saw some pertinent questions rising in terms of agents’ rights with respect to IATA and airlines. Here is what ensued… Nisha Verma Stating that UFTAA and the travel agent community cannot wait for the crisis to get over, …

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FAITH puts forth post-COVID vision

  Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) recently organised an ‘India Tourism Vision Day’  with the theme ‘For Indian tourism to thrive tomorrow, it has to survive and revive today’. The event saw in attendance Presidents of all 10 member associations of FAITH. Nisha Verma In his …

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Trade condemns LTC cash voucher scheme

  Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the LTC cash voucher scheme, under which government and private sector employees can use their Leave Travel Concession tax-free benefit for various types of purchases subject to certain conditions. FAITH, however, has denounced the scheme and has expressed disappointment for the Indian travel …

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TAAI for TCS withdrawal & STZ

JyotiMayal, President, TAAI, has said that she is in constant touch with both MoCA and MOT for the resolution of some longstanding industry demands and pandemic-induced concerns, including creation of Special Tourism Zones (STZ). Constantly working with both Ministry of Tourism (MOT) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on the …

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Tourism needs a changed focus

During a webinar organised by Indian Institute of Management Lucknow – Noida campus and Centre for Marketing in Emerging Economies (CMEE) on ‘Tourism in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era: Challenges and the Way Forward’, eminent leaders and stakeholders shared their views and vision for revival. Manas Dwivedi The webinar was an …

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Flexibility super trend for Benelux

Speaking at the webinar, TeunKees, Director, Benelux TMC, claimed that while the COVID-19 situation in the Benelux region (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg) is quite similar to that of Germany, the Dutch are big on saving. “Being Dutch, we started saving ever since the crisis started and in the four months …

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European expectations from India

PATA India Chapter recently organised a webinar titled ‘Europe: The New Order – Market Expectations and Opportunities’, where reputed Destination Management Companies (DMCs) from different regions in Europe shared how these markets interpreted India as a destination, and what Indian tour operators could do to attract numbers. Nisha Verma Divided …

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1000+ delegates at Virtual PTM

Virtual PATA Travel Mart (PTM) 2020 saw delegates indulge in B2B meetings online and discuss how they could work together under changed circumstances induced by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Nisha Verma Virtual PATA Travel Mart 2020 welcomed over 1000 delegates from 60 destinations across the world. A total of 208 …

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CKTI wants September restart

The Confederation of Kerala Tourism Industry (CKTI), led by EM Najeeb as President, has called on the government to take immediate steps to reopen the tourism sector in Kerala, and submitted a memorandum. Manas Dwivedi EM Najeeb, President, CKTI, has said that when the tourism industry is on the verge …

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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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