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German leisure airline Condor is making significant enhancements to fuel optimization through the deployment of eWAS to more than 700 pilots and dispatchers. The signing with SITA’s aircraft domain of expertise – which includes the provision of eWAS Pilot and eWAS Dispatch applications – brings several major benefits for the popular holiday airline.

As severe weather events become more frequent and intense, eWAS Pilot delivers both forecasts and satellite-based observation data, enabling Condor’s crews to avoid the avoidable and create more economic, intelligent and flexible flight plans.

Through enhanced route optimization, Condor is further ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its passengers, pilots and crews, as well as addressing demands to lessen environmental impact, by reducing unnecessary fuel consumption and limiting turnaround times, achieving significant fuel- and cost-savings.

eWAS Dispatch, which has been developed in collaboration with dispatchers themselves, will improve workflow by providing the same, real-time, graphically optimized view and information as pilots, enhancing processes and collaboration across dispatch and cockpit teams.

Christian Schmitt, Managing Director Operations of Condor, says: “At Condor, our focus has always been delivering on the promise of quality to our passengers and ensuring the highest safety standards for customers, crews and pilots. As an existing SITA customer, its aircraft communications technology has enabled us to collaborate more efficiently. Taking this next step in our partnership enables us to further enhance our operations and increase fuel economy, reflecting our strong emphasis on ecological responsibility.”

Stephan Egli, Commercial VP Europe, Middle East & Africa, SITA FOR AIRCRAFT, comments: “The expectation for real-time data flow is growing rapidly, with a host of changing mandates and regulations to ensure that flying is safer and more sustainable than ever. Alongside this, we want to enable our airline customers to provide real passenger satisfaction and optimize costs wherever possible. We’re pleased to continue our work with Condor to transform its optimization plans into reality and help them achieve this.”

Czech Tourist Authority – CzechTourism India office has been organizing Czech E-Classrooms, wherein it trains the Indian Travel Trade on the various regions and experiences in the Czech Republic, emphasizing those beyond Prague.

CzechTourism India is making the best out of the current situation by educating and informing the travel trade about the various facets of the destination, which are still new to India market. This is being done via Czech E-Classrooms, which include the update on the destination’s covid situation, destination videos, presentation, questions and answers round, and ends with a short quiz. This online training platform also informs on the places with natural surroundings and are less crowded, as this is expected to be one of the priorities in the post-covid-era.

The Czech E-Classrooms not only help the tourism board to stay connected with the travel trade partners but on top is keeping them equipped with updated information about the Czech Republic for the time when the travel bans will be lifted and agents can promote the delightful and scenic country to the discerning Indian travellers.

CzechTourism is also set to roll out an E-Learning module for travel trade partners in India. Through completing and passing the e-module successfully, agents in India can be certified as the Czech Republic Specialist.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has appointed Amandeep Sarna as Vice President Information Technology. Amandeep brings with him over two decades of extensive experience in Information Systems & Technology.

His last assignment was with Kerzner International – Dubai, where he was leading the technology function in the capacity of Vice President – Global, Application Development. Prior to this he has worked with many international brands including Marriott International, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Interstate Hotels and Onyx Hospitality.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has appointed Anjali Mehra as Vice President Marketing. A passionate storyteller and a brand evangelist, Anjali brings with her over two decades of rich and varied experience in hospitality Brand Marketing and Communications. Prior to this, Anjali was the Senior Director Communications Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

In her new role, she will provide strategic counsel to the company’s senior executive leadership team and be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive and integrated Marketing and Communication roadmap for the Leela.

In her earlier stints, she spearheaded the Marketing and Communications strategies for Starwood Hotels and its brands in India, Maldives, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan from 2009 to 2015.

She then moved to Dubai as Regional Director Communications, Africa, from 2015-2017, where she was tasked with defining and executing communication strategies for Starwood Hotels in some very dynamic markets across Africa & Indian Ocean.

Alitalia will increase number of flights in August, when the Airline will operate a total of over 1,600 flights per week, 24% more than in July and more than double compared to those operated in June.

Alitalia aircraft will fly on 75 routes (24 more than July) and 52 airports (16 more than in the previous month), of which 20 in Italy and 32 abroad. Seats offered in August will return to exceed one million per month, with a growth by 29% compared to July. Despite the significant growth of operations compared to the previous two months, Alitalia will increase its activity in August at around 45% of what was planned before the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Alitalia flight schedule will see in August, on the long-haul sector, the beginning of the Rome-Tokyo Haneda route (from 17 August), the resume of the Milan Malpensa-New York service (from 15 August) and the increase of flights between Rome and New York. On the medium-haul international network, Alitalia will increase the number of destinations served in Spain, France and North Africa and will resume services to and from the Middle East, as well as increasing the number of flights to airports already served abroad; in addition, the Airline will launch many seasonal services to the Balearic Islands and to the Greek Islands (both from Rome and Milan). For the domestic sector, Alitalia will increase air services between Northern and Southern Italy.

Furthermore, beginning on 24 July Alitalia will resume operations to and from Milan Linate airport where the Airline will operate, in a first stage, only the PSO routes to and from Sardinia. Starting from 1 August, the Airline will operate to and from Milan Linate airport the other domestic and international routes operated until 31 July to and from Milan Malpensa, in compliance with the limit at the number of hourly movements on the city airport of Milan, that was decided by Authorities in order to reduce the number of departing passengers and ensure social distancing inside the airport.

From the beginning of August, Alitalia will start flights from Rome Fiumicino to Malaga, Algiers, Cairo (6 flights per week for each airport) Marseille and Tel Aviv (10 flights per week for both airports), as well as new seasonal summer flights to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Corfu, Kefalonia, Heraklion (Crete), Rhodes, Mykonos (4 flights per week with each of these airports) and Zakynthos (2 weekly flights).From 17 August, Alitalia will inaugurate new service from Rome to Tokyo Haneda (6 flights per week).

Alitalia will also increase from 1 August the number of air services from Rome Fiumicino airportto New York (from 8 to 14 flights per week), Athens (from 2 to 4 daily flights), Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Geneva, Munich, Tunis (from 10 to 14 flights per week for each airport), Malta, Nice and Tirana (from 6 to 14 flights per week for each airport). Frequencies of flights will also be increased on domestic routesfrom Rome to Brindisi (from 2 to 4 daily flights) and Pantelleria (from 4 to 6 flights per week). With the reopening of Milan Linate airport, in August Alitalia will resume services from Rome to both Milan Linate (with 10 flights per day) and Malpensa (4 flights per day) airports.

Alitalia will serve a total of 24 destinations from Milan Linate and Malpensa airports with approximately 710 weekly flights.  

Hotel Association of India (HAI) has expressed steadfast support to the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir for the revival of tourism. Speaking at the recently concluded India Global Week, KB Kachru, Vice President, HAI and Chairman Emeritus and Principal Advisor South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group called on investors to consider J&K for their new ventures citing quick developments and assuring good returns based on promising infrastructure and tools in the Union Territory.

The India Global Week 2020 was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and witnessed the presence of several luminaries from across the country and the world coming together to discuss the India Revival Strategy.

Focusing on Tourism in these unsettling and unpredictable times, Kachru said, “Tourism is a real springboard for giving a major thrust to overall economy particularly in J&K. There is a need to think of some quick wins for survival and revival. Fact remains that J&K and tourism are inseparable. It has established and known multiple destinations for leisure, adventure and religious places. Hospitality is in Kashmiri blood; Kashmir has the capability of becoming a challenge to established world known destinations in the world. As Prime Minister Modi said in his inaugural address, we need to kill the existing anxiety and use this adversity as an opportunity.”

Calling for support from the Central and State Government, Kachru said, “Given that investment friendly policies are being set, key players need to have a steady hand on the wheel. Infrastructure development is the need. We need to identify new destinations and create easy accessibility. Moreover, the Government needs to continue to listen and handhold stakeholders at this time of crisis starting with those operating businesses, hotels, houseboats, and transporters. The government must take care of the workforce. In the long run, policy reforms will be needed.”

Kachru, on behalf the Hotel Association of India made some sharp suggestions to attract investments and for the revival of the sector including:

• Long-term Tourism development plan.

• Declare Tourism as an industry and accord all infrastructure benefits

• Creating Tourism Zones, clusters and new destinations with incentives

• Recognise and support existing stakeholders

• Special incentives and approvals

The session “Revival of Tourism in Jammu & Kashmir” saw a high-powered panel with Girish Chandra Murmu, Lieutenant Governor, Government of Jammu & Kashmir, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir representing the Administration along with leading entrepreneurs from the region Farooq Amin, CEO, Kanwal Foods & Spices, Vikrant Kuthila, Director, R B Jodhamal Bishan Lal Hotel & Resorts, Amit Wanchoo, CEO, Space Communications and Sanjay Puri, Managing Director, PBI India.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced the ‘Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020 – Non-Stop Shopping’ from 15 July to 15 September 2020, to stimulate tourism spending and help entrepreneurs in tourism-related industries.

TAT has invited over 10,000 establishments across the country to join the ‘Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020 – Non-Stop Shopping’ project and give special privileges to Thai and foreign residents throughout the two-month period in the main tourism centres of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya and Hat Yai.

The project will differ from the last three years, which formerly focussed on discounts from participating establishments, and event marketing in key areas and lucky draws. This year’s project will take an “O2O: Online to Offline approach” through online activities on the project’s LINE official account (online) that will offer gift vouchers for shoppers to redeem as discounts at participating establishments (offline).

Weekly online sales promotions on different categories of products and services will be introduced to entice interest among Thai and foreign residents throughout the two-month period.

TAT expects the project to generate 100 million Baht in direct spending on products and services in the various categories, and help enhance sales promotion for at least 10,000 entrepreneurs in the tourism and travel-related industries in Thailand.

Following the partial lifting of international flight restrictions by Indian authorities to allow outbound travel from 12 July to 26 July 2020 for eligible individuals from India to Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of special flights from six Indian gateways. During this period, the airline will operate services to Abu Dhabi from Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai to Abu Dhabi. Etihad will recommence daily services from Mumbai, six weekly from Delhi, five weekly from Chennai and Bengaluru, two from Cochin and one weekly from Hyderabad.  

Eligible passengers include UAE nationals and residents as well as people with relevant UAE entry approvals from India. All passengers must have ICA approval from the government of Abu Dhabi before they travel and will not be permitted to check-in without the necessary approvals.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) India Offices, New Delhi and Mumbai implemented a unique idea to stay connected with the bloggers and social media influencers of India who otherwise keep travelling to various parts of Amazing Thailand and share their amazing experiences round the year. As a token of gratitude, TAT wanted to convey to all these social brand ambassadors how important they are in promoting a destination to the audience.

During the last week of May 2020, the contest was thrown open to all the Indian bloggers and influencers initially for about one week. They were asked to create a nice video / photo story from their stock materials of previous trips to Thailand, a story that gives a throwback memory. The videos submitted by the contestants were worth watching as many of them were of great quality with good creative expression, voice narration of the story or depiction of colourful visual art to express their experiences in Thailand.

With more than 100 high quality unique entries, including many top/award-winning ones; the contest is a success in terms of reaching out to the blogger and influencer community of India. We reached out a total of +2,400,000 people across India.

After a very careful process of multiple layered selection considering both quality and engagement, the winners were picked by the selection committee. Out of hundreds of participants, 5 were selected as Grand Winners and each received a GoPro Hero 8 Sports and Action Camera while 10 were chosen Secondary Winners receiving attractive gifts.

Speaking on the excellent response of the contest, Vachirachai Srisumpan, Director - TAT (New Delhi) said: “This activity was conceptualized keeping the millennial in mind, considering that they would be the early travelers once situation normalizes. I would like to congratulate all the winners who have shared their bond with Amazing Thailand by creating some beautiful videos and made Thailand as “Top of the Mind Destination”. Thank you, participants, for joining this online event and keeping the spirit of travel and tourism moving during this challenging period. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is looking forward to welcoming all to the Land of Smiles.”

Continuing the same spirit, Cholada Siddhivaran, Director - TAT (Mumbai) commented: "Congratulations and thanks a lot to all the bloggers who kindly shared their experiences while they were in Thailand with us. Although the world has experienced several pandemics, through all dystopia and ‘new normal’s', life in Thailand never went out of style. We are very well adept with our daily life to the next level of the new normal. Thus, whenever travel resumes, Thailand will be waiting to welcome you where you can enjoy nature, culture, food and shopping even better!"

The pan-India contest saw winners from all over India. The top five Grand Winners shared their experiences on the excitement of participating in the contest and how they see post-pandemic travel and Amazing Thailand as a preferred destination.

India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (ITDC) has signed an MOU with AIIMS, New Delhi to come together and monitor the situation to prevent COVID-19 infection and implement preventive measures that can be taken up by ITDC across its hotels and offices to provide a safe, hygienic and healthy environment to guests and staff.  

Talking about the MOU, Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture said, “The MoU between ITDC and AIIMS to fight the COVID 19 battle is a commendable and appreciable step taken by ITDC. We need to win over our fear and do everything possible in order to revive the tourism industry, which is one of the key contributors to the country’s GDP. This move by ITDC would be helpful in rebuilding trust & confidence of international as well as domestic tourists.”

“The ongoing pandemic has had a severe impact on the travel and tourism industry. The MoU with AIIMS, New Delhi will help us in monitoring the situation and take necessary measures to fight the pandemic. The tourism sector contributes immensely towards the creation of jobs, as well as the GDP of India, it is imperative to ensure preparedness and readiness of the sector in order to gear it back into action.” Patel added.

To take this forward an advisory board will be formed consisting of representatives from AIIMS, ITDC and/or representative from any other organisation to provide inputs on designing and developing the safety Protocols with respect to COVID-19 infection, based on existing and ongoing situation as well as on real time basis. This would help in instilling trust and confidence in domestic tourism and also help in image building of the nation for international tourists and travellers.

These measures are in addition to following guidelines issued by Govt of India as well as extensive training provided to more than 1000 employees of hotel in areas of Front Office, Guest Relation, House Keeping, F&B etc. to effectively handle the situation.

 

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