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Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL) has selected Tata Projects Ltd. to undertake the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of Noida International Airport (NIA).

The company has been selected from three shortlisted teams with demonstrated experience in the design, procurement, and construction of large infrastructure projects. Tata Projects will construct the terminal, runway, airside infrastructure, roads, utilities, landside facilities and other ancillary buildings at Noida International Airport.

Christoph Schnellmann, Chief Executive Officer, Yamuna International Airport Private Limited, said, “We are pleased to partner with Tata Projects for engineering, procurement, and construction work at Noida International Airport. With the award of this EPC contract, our project enters the next phase, which will witness a rapid increase in the pace of construction activities on site. Together with Tata Projects, we’re working to deliver a passenger terminal, runway, and other airport infrastructure with a capacity of 12 million passengers annually, by 2024. We are aiming to enable, promote and strengthen all-inclusive sustainable development of aviation ecosystem in India. Noida International Airport will bolster employment generation and economic growth in the state as well as the country.”

Vinayak Pai, CEO and MD Designate, Tata Projects Ltd, said, “We are proud to be entrusted the EPC works for the greenfield Noida International Airport at Jewar. Tata Projects will work closely with YIAPL to deliver India’s most advanced and environment friendly airport on time. We shall deploy the latest technologies in its construction, while meeting the highest standards of quality, safety, and sustainability.”

Noida International Airport’s passenger terminal has an efficient layout, convincing design language, multiple high-quality areas spaced out with lush greenery, and a balanced concept for both energy savings and a tangible sense of sustainability. The design complements customer comfort with sustainability, and timeless design with flexibility for future needs. 

Nijhawan Group has been appointed the India Sales, Marketing & Public Relations agency for ONYX Hospitality Group. Nijhawan Group would be responsible for strategizing and executing ONYX Hospitality Group’s in-market trade engagements, joint marketing cooperation, product advocacy, brand collaborations and building trade and media relations.  

Priyanka Nijhawan, Director- Representations, Nijhawan Group said, “We take pride in announcing that ONYX Hospitality Group is the newest addition to our brand portfolio. We are prepared to magnify and pave the path for extensive trade and media outreach for one of the top hospitality brands in the world.”

"India has been a key source market for us, and with a new representation in the country, we are optimistic of this growing opportunity. With our diverse portfolio catering to the many needs of our guests we are confident of strengthening our presence amongst Indian travelers.” said Hazel Chua, Senior Director of Commercial Operations

 

The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru recently elevated Rohit Pandey from Executive Assistant F&B Manager to Hotel Manager. In their current position Rohit will be responsible for overseeing the hotel's operations across all functions, aiming for operational excellence, achieving high levels of guest satisfaction and driving revenues across all segments along with maintaining brand standards.

With over two decades of experience working with some of the finest, luxury properties across Thailand, Seychelles, Maldives and India, Rohit champions in pre-openings with a proven record of 6 successful pre-openings so far.

Starting his career with The Oberoi group at Trident Agra, Rohit has held various managerial roles during his stint with the One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives, Anantara Resort Maldives, Central Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel, to name a few.

The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism of the Sultanate of Oman has restarted promotional strategies aimed at sector operators, media, and Indian consumers.

Accordingly, Oman Tourism has appointed Buzz Travel Marketing India as its new Indian representative. The alliance intends to successfully increase the destination's reach in India. Buzz Travel Marketing India will ensure that Oman's diverse tourist attractions reach every travelling Indian.

The organisation's marketing initiatives for Oman will be positioned to meet the needs and developments that have shaped travel demand in recent years, such as the preference for large spaces, seeking experiences in harmony with nature to rejuvenate in complete safety, and connecting with the locals and the culture.

VFS Global has successfully completed the highest level of the KPMG People Maturity Model (PMM) assessment at Level 5 (Innovative), becoming the first visa services company to reach this milestone. The certification was awarded following a rigorous assessment conducted by KPMG. The PMM certification represents the organisation’s commitment to continuously improving people process maturity and practices in consonance with the organisational business objectives.

KPMG’s PMM takes various elements that cover the latest trends in HR system process maturity and practices, focusing on enterprise-level improvements. VFS Global had already achieved the People Capability Maturity Model (PCMM) Level 5 appraisal in 2019. In 2018, VFS Global achieved the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Service Excellence maturity level 3, reflecting the organization’s importance on the quality of work produced.

The PMM Level-5 certification is a testament to the well-established set of human capital management practices at VFS Global, ensuring we attract, develop, motivate, organise and retain the required talent, guiding and assisting them in establishing a culture of excellence.

Nirbhik Goel, Chief Human Resources Officer, VFS Global, said, "Our people are the organisation’s biggest strength, and receiving the Carnegie Mellon CMMI PCMM 5 certification in 2019, followed closely by the KPMG PMM Level-5 certification this year, is further encouragement to keep upskilling and strengthening our workforce across the globe, keeping our people and practices at the centre of all our business initiatives. We thank KPMG for their support and guidance through this process and congratulate our employees on the hard work they put in every day, which results in our unwavering success as a business.” 

BLS International announced today that it has been authorized by the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Mumbai recently. BLS will be accepting visa applications on behalf of Royal Thai Consulate-General, Mumbai from 6th June onwards.

Commenting on this, Shikhar Aggarwal, Joint Managing Director, BLS International said, “We have been working with the Thai Embassy in Delhi and this authorization is a testimony of our quality services. Thailand is one of the favourite international tourist destinations for Indians and we are confident that our best-in-class visa application services will be able to provide faster and simplified customer service overall. We continue to deliver impeccable services and make applicant’s journey of visa processing, a delighted experience.”  

BLS will be providing Thai visa application services along with several value-added services like form filling assistance, primetime submission, SMS tracking, photocopy & printing, photographs, travel insurance and courier services for the convenience of the applicants. BLS centres are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and has the capability to service other countries as well. 

The Cathay Pacific Group has released its comprehensive annual Sustainable Development Report that addresses its commitment and progress in the areas of environmental, social and governance, which are of great importance to its stakeholders, and towards its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Regional General Manager, South Asia Middle East and Africa (SAMEA), Rakesh Raicar said, “We continue to ramp up our efforts to fight climate change and have made specific tangible progress towards supporting and prioritising our sustainability issues which are communicated in our 2021 Sustainable Development Report. This includes supporting our communities in India by transporting essential aid during this global health crisis and making new commitments towards the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in our operations. We are certain, together with our partners and customers, we will continue to positively contribute to the environment and communities, and also connect Hong Kong to the world in sustainable ways as recovery accelerates.”

Some highlights from the 2021 report include:

• Helping to deliver vaccinations around the world: We raced against time to develop a dedicated Vaccine Solution to make COVID-19 vaccines available to global communities. In 2021, over 165 million vaccine doses along with other essential medical supplies were delivered to Hong Kong and beyond by our airlines.

  Making progress towards carbon neutrality: We became one of the first airlines in Asia to target 10% SAF use by 2030 and have committed to purchasing more than 350 million gallons of SAF beginning from 2024 alongside our oneworld Alliance peers. We also co-founded the Aviation Climate Taskforce, an industry platform through which we will accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies that will help drive the decarbonisation of civil aviation. We also developed Asia’s first major Corporate SAF Programme in 2021, which came to fruition in April this year with the launch of its pilot phase, bringing SAF into Hong Kong International Airport for uplift for the very first time.

   Strong commitment to diversity: We have pledged to increase female representation at senior positions by 25% – reaching 30% in total – by 2025. To drive changes, a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Steering Committee and a dedicated team were set up in 2021.

MakeMyTrip has partnered with Climes, an Indian climate-tech startup, to introduce carbon neutralization options when booking a flight through its platform. Through this collaboration, flyers of MakeMyTrip will be able to neutralize the carbon footprint of their air travel - entirely or partially.

Commitments made by MakeMyTrip users will be distributed by Climes to carbon removal projects that focus on increasing biodiversity through agroforestry, and restoring degraded agricultural lands, across the country. Flyers will additionally have the option of choosing the project they wish to support.

Sharing his thoughts on introducing travellers to a new way to reduce carbon footprint when flying, Vipul Prakash, Chief Operating Officer, MakeMyTrip said, “Over the past few years, there is an increased awareness and sensitivity amongst travellers towards sustainable travel. With Climes, we are looking forward to empowering travellers with options that allow them to make sustainable choices and doing their bit for the environment even when travelling. Through this and more initiatives that focus on travelling responsibly, we hope to bring forth a behavioral change amongst travellers by helping them think sustainable-first when booking travel in the future.”

Commenting on the partnership with MakeMyTrip, Siddhanth Jayaram, Co-founder, Climes shared “Climes enables individuals to take meaningful climate action and this collaboration allows flyers to do just that. We make it easy for consumers to neutralize their unavoidable emissions, by partnering with their favorite online brands, like MakeMyTrip. All it takes is a single-click as they checkout. Climes is the gateway for consumers and brands to take the first step in their climate journey. We are their allies in helping them do what we all want to do - to cool our planet down.”

Starting 5th June, on World Environment Day, flyers who book through MakeMyTrip will find the option to neutralize carbon emissions via a link on their e-ticket.

In celebration of the 2022 International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) which take place at Etihad Arena at Yas Bay waterfront, Yas Island Abu Dhabi between 3-4 June 2022, a colourful and opulent mural has been created by Yas Island Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s leading leisure and entertainment destinations to celebrate its association with Bollywood and brand ambassador, superstar Ranveer Singh and to countdown to the awards which are being hosted for the first time at the destination. 

 

The mural encapsulates everything IIFA stands for, with its bold and eye-catching nature, making it the perfect visual to build buzz and anticipation ahead of the event. 

Yas Island launched the now viral ‘Yas Hai Khaas’ campaign with Ranveer Singh earlier this year, receiving exceptional engagement across social media, with over 70 million views across Yas Island’s social channels as well as achieving 80% of 2019 full years website traffic in the first 10 days of the video launch.

The International Indian Film Academy Awards take place on 4th June 2022 at Etihad Arena, Yas Island.

Research conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed the Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to the Indian economy could surpass pre-pandemic levels this year, with a year-on-year growth of 20.7%. 

The forecast from the WTTC’s latest Economic Impact Report (EIR), shows the sector’s contribution to the nation’s economy could reach almost ₹15.9 trillion (U.S. $215 billion) in 2022, 1% above 2019 levels. 

Employment levels are set to grow to almost 35 million Travel & Tourism jobs, with an 8.3% growth this year. 

Over the next decade, India’s Travel & Tourism’s GDP is expected to grow at an average of 7.8% annually, compared to 6.7% of the India’s overall economy, to reach almost ₹33.8 trillion (U.S. $457 billion) – representing 7.2% of the total economy. 

The forecast also reveals the sector is expected to create over 24 million jobs over the next decade, averaging more than 2.4 million new jobs every year. 

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “After the pain suffered by India’s Travel & Tourism sector, the future looks bright with Travel & Tourism to and from India set to exceed 2019 levels. 

“The outlook for the next decade is looking very positive with India accounting for one in five of all new Travel & Tourism jobs globally.” 

Before the pandemic, India’s Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to GDP was 7% (₹15.7 trillion, U.S. $212 billion) in 2019, falling to just 4.3% (₹9.2 trillion, U.S. $124 billion) in 2020, which represented a shocking 41.7% loss. 

The sector also supported more than 40 million jobs in 2019, falling to just over 29 million in 2020, when the pandemic devastated the sector.  

Following the significant decline in 2020, the global tourism body’s latest EIR report reveals that 2021 saw the beginning of the recovery for the country’s Travel & Tourism sector. 

Last year, its contribution to GDP climbed 43.6% year on year, to reach ₹13.2 trillion (U.S $178 billion). 

While the sector also saw a recovery of just under three million Travel & Tourism jobs, representing a positive rise of 10.2% to more than 32 million, this is still eight million fewer jobs than in 2019. 

The sector’s contribution to the economy and employment could have been higher if it were not for the impact of the Omicron variant, which led to the recovery faltering around the world, with many countries reinstating severe travel restrictions.

 

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