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EaseMyTrip and magicpin, India's largest platform for local shopping and savings, have come together to form a unique partnership to bring delightful customer experiences for their users. As part of the partnership, EaseMyTrip and magicpin are launching a suite of products and services that will bring travel and shopping experiences together through cross promotion to give their customers a holistic purview.
This partnership will have unique and specially curated offerings on each other's platforms, mutually benefiting both parties and consumers alike. The step is taken towards the strong recovery of both the industries; Travel and Retail shopping which is expected to grow even further during this year's festive season giving its customers the perfect opportunity to enjoy savings on their purchase.
Rikant Pittie, Co-Founder, EaseMyTrip said, "We are delighted to be partnering with the largest retail savings company, magicpin. Both the brand's core mantra focuses on savings. EaseMyTrip also swears by offering zero convenience fee to its customers that help them save better on their bookings. With this partnership, we are excited to come up with exciting offers to delight the customers even more."
Anshoo Sharma, CEO & Co-Founder said: "The economy is getting back, and people are stepping out more. We've seen a massive surge in the last 6 months, and this is going to go to its highest this year. We're excited about our partnership with EaseMyTrip as it will enable people to get the best of both worlds, travel and savings on shopping."
Braydon Holland, Senior Director, Asia, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) talks about the safety and positivity of the cruise industry as well as NCL’s latest offerings
The health and safety of guests, crew and communities is always the top priority. No setting is immune, however only on a cruise can you be certain that all of your fellow shipmates aged 12+ are fully vaccinated. With the comprehensive Sail Safe protocols in place, NCL believes cruising is now the safest way to travel. Excerpts from interview :
What steps you are taking to rebuilding the consumer confidence?
At NCL, we’ve been working diligently behind the scenes to resume our cruises carefully and safely. Our entire fleet is back in operation and once again welcoming guests in Europe, the US and the Caribbean, Hawaii and the South Pacific. Our agent community is telling us they’ve never been busier, while our guests are telling us, they’ve never felt safer.
We have taken a thoughtful approach to itinerary planning in partnership with destinations and local authorities, guided every step of the way by the leading experts of the Sail Safe Global Health and Wellness Council, enhancing our already robust health and safety protocols.
100% vaccination for all guests aged 12+ and crew is the cornerstone of our Sail Safe health safety protocols. We continue to evaluate and modify our health and safety protocols with our team of scientific and public health experts.
How does the booking trends look in the remaining 2022 and in 2023?
Now that we’re seeing the pace of the vaccination drive accelerate and the global resumption of cruise go from strength to strength, Indian travellers are recognizing the incredible value that cruise offers, allowing them the ability to secure a 2023 or 2024 cruise for a 2022 price.
We’re also seeing incredible positivity around Norwegian Prima, set to debut in August in Iceland. Our most in-demand ship ever, Norwegian Prima notched up the single-best booking day and best initial booking week for any of our new-build sales in our 55-year history.
What is the impact of Russia -Ukraine war on NCL?
We have cancelled all 2022 calls to Russia. As the conflict continues, our thoughts and support remain with the affected people including our very own officers, staff, crew and team members who are experiencing this devastating event first-hand. We’re keeping our Ukrainian team members and their families in our hearts and prayers as they face these incredibly difficult times.
In addition, NCLH pledged USD$100,000 to Save the Children’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund to support their efforts in Ukraine. The fund provides children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance.
Have you noticed changed in traveller’s profile post pandemic?
We are seeing an upward trend of multi-generational family groups, where families, including kids and grandparents, are all travelling together. The Haven by Norwegian is a top pick for such groups. We’re responding to guest demands by reimagining our itineraries, delivering more port calls and longer stays, allowing them to immerse themselves more deeply in the destinations they visit.
What is your India marketing and promotional strategy?
Our top priority in 2022 is showcasing the first of six new Prima Class vessels (Norwegian Prima & Norwegian Viva) to Indian guests, offering itineraries to some of the most sought-after bucket list destinations like the Mediterranean, Baltic, Iceland and Norway in Northern Europe.
In addition, we’re doubling down on the strength of our European offering, with nine ships sailing from a wide variety of home ports, including a year-round Europe offering with our new Canary Island voyages, 2022 marks the most capacity we’ve ever offered in the region and delivers Indian travellers with more choice than ever before.
And of course, we are always focused on working closely with our travel agent partners to optimise their selling potential – it’s our Partners First commitment and it guides our brand in India.
As a part of that Partners First philosophy, we have recently launched two new platforms for trade partners- Book-A-BDM and Norwegian Central Asia. Book-A-BDM enables travel agents and tour operators to seamlessly communicate with NCL’s regional Business Development Managers (BDMs).
Whereas Norwegian Central Asia is a brand-new knowledge hub to help travel partners in Asia and India learn about and market NCL holidays simply and seamlessly.
How serious is the cruise industry on green and sustainability front compared to aviation sector globally?
Our very business depends on the health of the oceans, the environment, and the communities around us, but preserving these natural resources for future generations is simply the right thing to do. We are committed to driving a positive impact on society and the environment while delivering on our vision to be the vacation of choice for everyone around the world. Based on this commitment we have developed Sail & Sustain, which is Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ global sustainability program. It starts with our commitment to pursue net zero by 2050 and will be the most transformative voyage our company has ever taken.
Are you in collaboration with any other players for developing alternative fuels? If yes, please share details? How do you plan to take it forward?
In 2022, we joined the Methanol Institute, a global trade association for the methanol industry which represents the world’s leading methanol producers, distributors and technology providers, to collaborate, share and adapt solutions for the future. Alongside strategic partners such as engine manufacturers and classification societies, we are assessing the feasibility of retrofitting existing engines to operate with dual fuels — diesel and methanol — with the goal to test the use of methanol by 2025.
What sort of sustainable initiatives NCL is adopting to become carbon zero?
We have committed to pursue net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 across our operations and value chain. To support the path to net zero, we also committed to develop short- and near-term greenhouse gas reduction targets. We are assessing the feasibility of retrofitting existing engines to operate with dual fuels – diesel and methanol – with the goal to pilot the use of methanol by 2025. We also target for approximately 70% of our NCLH fleet to be equipped with shore power capabilities by 2025, allowing these ships to connect to onshore electrical power grids while in ports with the required infrastructure. We are committed to offset three million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) over a three-year period from 2021-2023 to help bridge the gap in our decarbonization efforts in the short term.
In an attempt to offer authentic village experience, Monteria Village Resort in Khalapur, Raigad District, a short weekend getaway situated just at a two-hour distance from Mumbai and Pune, recently organised a familiarisation trip for media and travel trade. Curated with the idea of sustainable tourism, ‘The Kabila’ is an attempt to recreate the village lifestyle, away from the city rush. The stay experience is an amalgamation of comfort and simplicity which connects you back to your roots.
Discussing the idea of Monteria Village, Rahi Vaghani, Managing Director, Monteria Resort, said, “I always had an inclination towards the hospitality industry, and we were keener in giving something different experience to the industry and the people. Now in this fast-paced life when we have everything, the thing which is missing is a vibe of a village or a town. We wanted to recreate the ecosystem that is in the village and implement a complete village theme.”
He informed that the Kabila further amplifies village experience, giving one a well-deserved break from the daily urban schedule through a banjara living setup. “From lazing around the periphery space around the tent to relaxing at the group hammocks under tree covers, The Kabila is a perfect setting to soak into nature’s beauty and relive the moment of life. Go back to your roots with this refreshing getaway at Monteria Village”, Rahi added.
The village setup is composed of carpenters, furniture makers, tailors, potters, metal and stone artists, bamboo and khaat weavers, blacksmiths, cobblers, and goldsmiths doing their daily work to make the concept of the village a self-sustainable one.
To make the most out of the getaway, one can indulge in a slow walk through the village to explore the colorful Kutch houses & Sarpanch house, take a dip in a lake with safety bars and grips, shop handicrafts from bamboo & furniture weavers, play traditional games, visit the Gaushala (cow shed), witness folk dances & music, enjoy the natural showers, etc.
On asking about the plans for acquiring guests, Rahi mentioned, “We didn't have to promote the idea of this staycation separately to the people, people are already aware of the value of oxygen, the value of greenery, the value of open surrounding and the value of space. Due to COVID-19, the strive to find such a place to unwind got amplified. Therefore, it was not very tough for us to get into the minds of people who needed this. We made sure that we have all the things here that they can put their hands on and get a spell-binding experience. One can see the hardworking villagers’ way of spending a day, right from growing food, to selling the beautiful hand-crafted items in the shop inside the village.”
About the initiatives in generating employment opportunities, Rahi said that they have about 125 workers who strive to make the model of the village resort a self-sustainable one. “We are putting special emphasis to provide employment opportunities for the village nearby and absorbing anybody who is willing to work. We hire them, train them, and delegate their responsibilities based on their strengths,” he added.
Drawing attention to responsible tourism, he said, “I am glad to say that we have about 70% of the power we need, generated by solar power when the resort runs on full occupancy with all staffs. We have a 220-KW plant installed at the resort. We also recycle all the plastic waste, single-time plastic waste, and everything, that are reduced to the packaging part only of the materials that we purchase for our handicrafts. And that packaging also is recycled, we convert it into powder and send it back to the recycling station. Also, food waste, like the organic waste that is also converted into manure, and we use the same in the resort garden.”
During the fam, a short and informative village tour was organized for the residents after lunch. The tour let the residents take a look at the age-old techniques of open farming and modern adaptations of hydroponic practices. The village walk also led to the Nakshatra (Zodiac) garden - built on the concept of the 12 zodiac signs; a uniquely built cave tunnel; a swing circle and a giant harness swing; a replica of Lakshman Jhula, and much more.
By Kuhelika Roy Choudhury
The Government of Maharashtra has taken a number of initiatives to establish the state as a major tourism hub. Tourism is emerging as a good contributor to the state’s economy. “We are working with a vision to utilise the unbounded potential of Maharashtra and position the state on the world map as the most preferred destination for tourists by showcasing the diverse set of attractions and experiences that the state has to offer,” Dr. Dhanajay Sawalkar, Joint Director, Directorate of Tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra, said during a PATA webinar.
Sawalkar informed that Maharashtra recently accorded industry status to the hospitality sector. The state is promoting agro-tourism and 400+ farmers already registered to promote to offer agricultural/farm experiences to tourists. “We also launched the adventure tourism policy under which 150+ adventure units are registered. We have come up with the Caravan Tourism Policy where we are providing vehicle tax exemption and we have around 12 operational caravans in the state,” Sawalkar informed.
Replying to a question over the upcoming plans and projects to boost tourism in the state, Sawalkar said that the tourism board is focused now to promote hospitality in the rural and urban areas. “The board has offered land for Taj Hotel in Shiroda. Samruddhi Highway has been constructed that is going to become operational from 15th August connecting 24 districts to enhance the connectivity. Mumbai Trans Harbor Link Road which is a 16-kms bridge and the 2nd longest bridge on sea that connects Mumbai to Raigad and the rest of Konkan is now 80% completed and will be inaugurated by 2023,” he informed and informed that the state is planning to inaugurate the International Cruise Terminal building by 2023 that would make Mumbai the hub of cruise tourism. The first phase of Navi Mumbai International Airport is expected to get operational by end of 2023, he added.
Divulging more details, he said that the government is also planning the Ekvira ropeway project and the first glass skywalk at Chikhaldara in Amravati. “We are also coming up with the Tour Operator Accreditation Policy (TOAP) to strengthen the conditions of the local operators. We are looking forward to conducting roadshows, FAM trips, and participation in the top travel and trade exhibitions,” he added.
When asked about the plans and projections to uplift the film tourism sector, Sawalkar said: “We have a separate film city corporation who takes care of the improvements of the sector, and we have a land of 500 acres in Aarey Colony where we are trying to construct a studio to attract both domestic and foreign visitors towards our film culture as well. We are also implementing an influencer marketing program to promote travel, travel, and film towards the vast audience.”
Talking about the connectivity and accessibility, he mentioned that Maharashtra is amongst the most well-connected states in India, with 18 highways: 2 main ports, 14 airports including 3 international airports. Maharashtra also boasts of being the state with the highest number of registrations on the NIDHI portal, referring to a number of 4,700 registered accommodation units.
As per India Tourism Statistics 2020, Maharashtra saw around 39 million domestic tourist visits and approx 1 million foreign tourist visits in the state. Later, statistics reported 43 million domestic tourist visits in 2021. The share of employment generation directly associated with the hospitality sector stands at 5 million.
By Kuhelika Roy Choudhury
The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Sultanate of Oman recently concluded its roadshow across the cities of Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The second leg of the roadshow in Ahmedabad took place on 24th August 2022 at the Hyatt Ahmedabad. The event welcomed over 80 key travel agents.
This was followed by the roadshow in Mumbai on August 25 with an overwhelming response of 160 key travel trade participants. Both cities together welcomed over 200 eminent travel professionals, a testament to Oman being a preferred destination of choice by Indian travellers.
During the roadshow, Oman Tourism shiowcased its diverse tourism products to the attendees.
In attendance at the roadshow were decision makers from Thomas Cook India, SOTC, FCM Travels, Byond Borders, Hyperlink, Sunday Pure Holidays and Syrisa Travels in Mumbai. While Ahmedabad welcomed decision makers from Ajay Modi Travels, Flamingo Transworld, The Travel Planners, Pathfinders Holidays, Holidays Exotica and Rezlive.com.
The Oman Tourism contingent is comprised of 10 private players that include Eihab Travels LLC Discover Oman, Golden Oryx Tours, Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Zahara Tours, Visit Oman, Khimji's House of Travel and Bahwan Tourism. The two airlines, Oman Air, the national carrier and Salam Air, the first low-cost carrier in the region also had key representatives present including the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism’s MICE and Wedding tourism representatives.
Commenting on the roadshow, Asma Al Hajry, Deputy DG of Tourism Promotions, Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Sultanate of Oman said: “We are extremely happy with the reception Oman Tourism received during its recent roadshows in Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Interactions with agents suggested a renewed focus and commitment to promoting Oman among their clients. Being key cities in the country, we were reminded that India has always been close to Oman not just for tourism but as a country with similar values.”
Recent statistics from the ministry report that the number of Indian arrivals into Oman for just the month of July 2022 stood at 36,087. The highest in the last 10 years. Furthermore, the total number of Indian tourist arrivals in Oman from January – July 2022 stood at 167,678 visitors.
Oman Air touched upon the forthcoming FIFA World Cup highlighting the scheduling of as many as 48 shuttle flights, including a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that will operate daily between Muscat and Doha. The extra flights will be deployed during the FIFA World Cup from 21st Nov to 3rd Dec 2022.
The highly anticipated epic fantasy drama, ‘House of the Dragon’, the prequel to HBO’s global phenomena series Game of Thrones, headed to the spectacular landscapes of AlUla as part of a promotional campaign to launch the series which broadcasted on August 26 worldwide and in the region on OSN+.
The clip - released on social media - was shot on location at the archaeological and using CGI introduces Daemon Targaryen’s dragon, Vhagar, spreading carnage with his flames and formidable size.
The celebrations continued with the House of the Dragon’s sigil emblazoned on AlUla’s iconic natural rock formation Elephant Rock, and a gigantic Balerion dragon skull seen in the Diwan at Jabal Ithlib, one of Hegra’s most fascinating sites, and within the stunning landscape of Wadi Al Fann.
The striking activations will continue throughout the series with more dragon action to be seen around AlUla’s natural and man-made monuments. The OSN+ activations were created by producer and director Tom Jauncey of creative content studio Beautiful Destinations to strike a chord with diehard fans while tempting the uninitiated to check out the show ahead of the thrilling journey in ‘House of The Dragon’, a series set to dominate the TV landscape.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.
With its historical and archaeological significance in the region, as well as its striking rock formations set across the Saudi Arabian desert, AlUla was undoubtedly an ideal location for OSN+ to activate for one of the biggest television premiers, House of the Dragon, the prequal to HBO’s Game of Thrones, both globally and in the region,” said Ashley Rite, VP of Marketing & Growth at OSN+. “We are pleased to have collaborated with the Royal Commission for AlUla on such an immersive activation and experiential campaign.”
Phillip Jones, Chief Destination Management and Marketing Officer, at the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) explained: “With the otherworldly landscapes of AlUla and ancient sites built by civilisations stretching back 7000 years, AlUla is the perfect location to stand is as the home of the dragons. With so much history and as the crossroad of civilisations, AlUla has its own myths and legends and stories to tell and we are very happy to lend our destination to the HBO and OSN teams and be part of the Game of Thrones phenomenon.”
Saudi Arabia offers a 40% cash back rebate for international and local feature films, television series and documentaries planning to shoot in the Kingdom. Film AlUla, The Royal Commission for AlUla’s film agency, established to promote and support international film and TV production in the County of AlUla, supported the activations with location scouting and permitting.
AlUla offers film makers a diversity of landscapes to shoot including desert landscapes, interesting rock formations, luscious oases and historical landmarks. Film AlUla supports with filming incentives and on the ground facilitation and has most recently welcomed Ric Roman Waugh’s US action thriller ‘Kandahar’ starring Gerard Butler and homegrown production ‘Norah’ written and directed by Tawfik Alzaidi.
The San Francisco Travel Association (SFTA) forecasted marked increases in visitor volume, visitor spending, group business and hotel occupancy this year compared to 2021 at its Annual Visitor and Lodging Forecast Forum.
According to the association’s latest projections, San Francisco will receive 21.5 million visitors in 2022 compared to 2021’s 17 million visitors, an increase of 26.5%. Visitor spending is forecast to be up 89.3% in 2022 to $6.7 billion, but down 30.2% compared to 2019, when the city had a record 26.2 million visitors and $9.6 billion in visitor spending.
"We are clearly on the road to recovery, but we still have a way to go before we will reach pre-pandemic tourism levels. San Francisco will not see a full recovery until travelers from Asia return and business travel and group business increases,” said Joe D’Alessandro, San Francisco Travel’s president and CEO.
Factors driving this year’s recovery include an increased volume of domestic overnight and international visitors. In 2022, more than 6.9 million domestic overnight visitors are expected, an increase of 33% compared to 2021. The forecast reports San Francisco will see 1.5 million international visitors, a 163% increase over the previous year.
According to data provided by Tourism Economics, overnight domestic business travel has grown 134% compared to 2021, and spending is up 152%, but both are down more than 30% compared to 2019.
The outlook for 2023 anticipates sustained gains with an estimated 24.5 million visitors and $8.9 billion in visitor spending. San Francisco Travel’s current projections indicate visitor spending will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, and global visitation will not reach 2019 levels until 2025.
Compared with 2019, international visitor volume is down 50%, with only half of 2019’s three million overnight international visitors projected in 2022. The return of international travelers is critical for San Francisco’s continued economic recovery. International overnight visitors accounted for $5.1 billion of the $9.6 billion in overall visitor spending in 2019. This year, international overnight visitors are expected to contribute 46% ($3.1 billion) of the $6.7 billion in visitor spending.
“One of our key priorities is driving increased international visitation as this segment stays the longest and spends the most,” said D’Alessandro. “We are pleased to see an increased number of visitors from countries we’ve focused our marketing efforts on this year given ongoing travel restrictions in parts of Asia.”
According to data provided by Oxford Economics, the top international inbound markets for San Francisco’s visitor volume are Mexico (up 51%), the U.K. (up 666%), Canada (up 499%), Germany (up 226%) and India (up 142%). The top overseas markets also include France (up 412%) and Australia (up 798%). The U.S. government lifted Covid-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers on Nov. 8, 2021.
Data from Amadeus/TravelClick shows the states outside of California driving the most visitor volume to the city are Texas, New York, Florida, Washington, and Illinois.
Regional Visitor Growth Up 21.4%
Visitor growth for the entire region, including the Peninsula, the East Bay, Marin, and wine country (Napa and Sonoma counties), is projected to be 49.8 million this year compared to 41 million visitors in 2021 and 57.7 million in 2019. Regional visitor spending is forecast to be $14.3 billion compared to $9 billion in 2021 and $19.7 billion in 2019.
The city of San Francisco accounts for 45% of total regional volume and 49% of spending historically. The Peninsula and wine country are expected to record the highest volume of visitors in 2022 after San Francisco with 9.1 million and 8.7 million visitors, respectively.
In 2023, the regional forecast projects 54.5 million visitors and $17.8 billion in visitor spending.
Hotels See Increase in Occupancy, Average Daily Rate and Revenue Per Available Room
San Francisco’s ranking among the top 25 US hotel markets improved from 13th in 2021 to 5th for the month of June 2022. The city’s hotel occupancy is forecast to be 58.6% in 2022, a 67% increase compared to 2021 but still down 28.7% to 2019. The average daily rate (ADR) is projected to be $230.25, an increase of 41% compared to last year but down 16% from 2019. Revenue per available hotel room (RevPar) is projected to increase 104% compared to 2021 but remains down 37.4% from 2019.
In 2023, San Francisco Travel is forecasting further improvement. Occupancy is projected to be 72.5% with an ADR of $252.62 and a RevPar of $183.10. However, hotel occupancy is not expected to reach 2019 levels until 2025, although ADR is expected to slightly exceed 2019 figures by 2024.
Conventions Return to San Francisco
After the omicron Covid-19 variant negatively impacted the first quarter, business travel and conventions bounced back in the second quarter. Growth in conventions business was significant given Moscone Center reopened only in September 2021. Last year, five events were held at Moscone Center, with 16,500 attendees accounting for 17,100 room nights. This year, conventions at Moscone Center are projected to account for nearly 350,000 room nights.
In 2022, 34 events are confirmed for Moscone Center with an expected 308,700 attendees. However, room nights tracked to citywide conventions remain well below pre-pandemic levels when 970,000 convention room nights actualized.
Convention room nights on the books for 2023 are up 84% over this year, with 637,753 definite room nights and 25,678 tentative room nights.
San Francisco International Airport Forecasts Over 40 Million Passengers in 2022
SFO projects it will see over 40 million passengers in 2022, up ~16 million from the 24 million passengers seen in 2021. The airport forecasts it will return to 2019’s 58-million-annual-passenger-levels of traffic between 2024 and 2026.
This year SFO has seen a steady return of service with 38 international carriers operating there, including three new ones, Flair Airlines, Air Transat and Condor, plus one new domestic carrier, Breeze Airways. In 2019, SFO had the fourth largest number of international carriers operating at the airport compared to all U.S. airports. This summer, SFO moved up to third place.
Passenger load factors have been high for most of the summer, with nearly every domestic seat filled. Europe, Mexico and Oceania have also seen extremely high load factors this summer. Capacity on Europe routes is largely recovered, with 93% of available seats this summer. Latin America is one of SFO’s strongest performing markets, nearly matching 2019 levels. Canada is close to 80% of pre-pandemic levels with strong demand to SFO after the borders fully reopened. The Middle East/India region is exceeding 2019 levels, and the Oceania region is at about 70% of 2019 levels but is expected to increase this winter.
Sarovar Hotels has appointed Ankush Sharma as the new General Manager- Development. Ankush brings with him more than two decades of diverse experience in the hospitality industry both in India and abroad.
Before associating with Sarovar Hotels, he was the General Manager at Ramee Rose, Bahrain and the General Manager for Clarion Collection, Qutab, New Delhi. In the past, he has worked with hospitality brands like Taj Group of Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels Group, etc.
He has been associated with pre-openings as well as running hotels and has accomplished operational success in all spheres. His last assignment was as General Manager for The Gaurs Sarovar Portico, Greater Noida.
As part of a global initiative by Hyatt Hotels, Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore has collaborated with women-led small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore offers an opportunity to small businesses to showcase their products by offering them prominent spaces in the hotel for the exhibit.
Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore started their initiative with 2 women owned local enterprises - Elemental by Nanya which creates eco-friendly statement pieces made of solid concrete and Colorishta by Irene James, a showcase of colorful and interesting paintings. The curated selection of items are displayed and on sale for guests and locals, at the White box the lobby area of the all-day dining restaurant the Bengaluru Brasserie by the pool
“I have really enjoyed my journey partnering with the Hyatt Loves Local initiative. It is heartening for Bangalore’s community of women entrepreneurs and artists to see ideas like ‘Change Starts Here’ taking root in institutions like the Hyatt group and I am delighted to add our brand’s element of handcrafted beauty, inspired by the dual ideals of rustic-chic aesthetics and sustainability, to the rich tapestry of art and culture that guests can experience at the Hyatt Centric MG Road”, says Rekha, Elemental by Nanya
Another such association is with Irene James, Colorishta whose vivacious pieces of art are displayed at the White Box, for sale for guests and locals, exclusively at Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore. On the association said Irene James, “I am delighted to be part of this initiative and thankful for Hyatt for giving small businesses like mine a platform like this”.
Varun Mohan - General Manager, Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore says, “We are proud to be able to continue the #Hyattloveslocal initiative which was started in 2021with the purpose of supporting small businesses, artisans and people who are an integral part of the culture. Each city has its flavor, and we are happy to have gotten an opportunity to show to our guests the essence of a place through its art, culture, food, and helped build a connection with the local community”
Nearly 100 Hyatt hotels and resorts in destinations across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East are providing complimentary resources and exposure to select local businesses that have struggled during the pandemic. In turn, these businesses can continue operating in different ways and offer Hyatt guests distinct and enriching experiences that foster a meaningful connection to the destination’s local community.
After the huge success with South Africa and the Domestic tourism vertical, ChaloDMC now expands to add Kazakhstan to their ever-growing range of product offerings.
Siddharth Jain, Founder & Director Chalo DMC, already having a strong persistent association with Kazakhstan is extremely excited to re-launch his alliance with the destination. With his profound knowledge and proficiency in Kazakhstan, the team at Chalo DMC intend to capitalize on the strong and growing travel opportunity the region offers for travel from India.
He shared, “There is a strong pent-up demand to explore the unexplored. Along with easing travel restrictions, having free Visas on arrival for Indian traveller and the commencement of direct flights from Delhi, all work as great stimulating factors for driving a positive consumer sentiment towards the Destination. Along with an enthusiastic team, we are looking forward to welcoming the Indian Traveller to explore this hidden Central-Asian gem.”
Pranav Kapadia Director Sales and Marketing, highlighted, “We are delighted to announce the opening of our new office in Almaty, this expansion will augment Chalo DMC's distribution and reach as we are all set to offer our travel agent partners end-to-end travel solutions for Kazakhstan. We intend to accelerate demand with a wide range of travel accommodation options, ground handling services and multiple itineraries for the Destination”.
The company’s current focus in market is to cater to the specifics of Luxury Travel, Corporate, MICE, Honeymoon & couples as well as niche such as Golf Tours amongst the various other traveller segments.
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