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The Principality of Monaco is set to host three Grand Prix in the space of just 28 days, for the first time ever.

With the Grand Prix Historique, the E-Prix, and the Formula One Grand Prix - all taking place between April 23 to May 23, 2021, the Principality and the Automobile Club de Monaco are trebling their efforts to stage this triple-header of outstanding events.

With the 12th Grand Prix Historique, which already took place, from April 23 to 25, 2021 and the 4th Monaco E-Prix took place on May 8, 2021. The 78th Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix will be taking place from May 20th to 23rd 2021.

After the 2020 edition was put on hold, one of the world's most iconic motorsports circuits, popular with fans and drivers alike, is back centre stage this spring. And what a programme the Principality of Monaco has in store!

Sports and glamor combine during the Monaco Grand Prix, which is a highlight of the year. As the engines start to roar, Monaco is brought to fever pitch. Organized by the Automobile Club de Monaco since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious races in Formula One both because of its unique circuit through the city streets, which is renowned for its difficulty, and the champions who have made history there.

It represents an unprecedented logistical challenge for the teams at the Automobile Club de Monaco and everyone involved in organizing these major events, followed by fans all over the world. Altogether, nearly 3,000 volunteers have devoted their time and know-how to make these meetings truly unforgettable. It all represents a monumental effort, with the aim of ensuring that motor sports fans everywhere get the chance to see a century of automobile history in full flight, from classic pre-war models to the latest generation electric cars, and of course the superstars of the discipline, the Formula 1 cars.

With the Historique, the Formula 1 GP and the E-Prix, past, present and future has come together in Monaco for an unprecedented month of racing in the streets of the Principality. There are guaranteed thrills in store along the 3.34-kilometre temporary track that winds through the heart of Monaco itself, the shortest of all the F1 world championship circuits, and one where overtaking is certainly not for the faint-hearted!

The Principality of Monaco remains vigilant and informed of the development in the international health situation. All precautionary measures are applied and taken to ensure a better safety for all.

India’s various airports and their corona warriors are working day and night to ensure the movement and delivery of essential medical supplies across the country. As a part of these efforts, Chennai airport is playing a significant role for the whole southern Indian landscape ensuring that the essential medical supplies are being transported and delivered while our country is fighting the Covid -19 pandemic. From 12th January 2021 to till 15thMay 2021, Chennai airport has handled 44.26 MT of inbound vaccine and related cargo domestically. The bulk of the vaccine tonnage received were Covishield vaccine shipments through Pune/Mumbai Airports and Covaxin vaccine shipment through Hyderabad Airport.

An exclusive vaccine corridor was established by AAICLAS (AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Company Limited) and AAI team for smooth delivery of vaccines to the consignee on arrival. The vaccines then get further connected to nearby states and districts. From 1st May to 15th May, 2021, Chennai Airport has received Oxygen concentrator shipments to the tune of 9.53 MT.

On the international front, Chennai Airport has received 402.39 MT of inbound medical essentials till 15th May 2021. Most of the consignment can be attributed to oxygen concentrators and medical equipment received from abroad viz; Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Singapore, Doha, Kunming, Istanbul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and France.

The airport is extending all possible support to Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft movements carrying medical oxygen cylinders and essentials for speedy distribution across the country. Since 01st May 2021 IAF brought 900 oxygen cylinders from the UK and 256 oxygen cylinders from Singapore.Oxygen concentrators are also brought in from within the country. Last week also saw an IAF aircraft airlifting liquid oxygen tanker from Chennai Airport. All these movements adhered to the Covid protocols in place.

Chennai Airport has organised Covid vaccination camp for employees of AAI and other stakeholders and approximately 2000 frontline workers have been vaccinated.In March 2020, when the first nationwide lockdown was declared due to the Covid- 19 first wave, the cargo movement at Chennai Airport continued undeterred catering to the entire region. A year later, when our country is passing through another precarious phase, the second wave, Chennai Airport is stepping up to support India’s fight against COVID 19.

Pullman & Novotel New Delhi Aerocity has appointed Vineet Mishra as the Complex General Manager. He will be spearheading the management of 670 room property, a unique combination hotel of two brands, Pullman and Novotel.

In his new role, Vineet will take charge for leading the overall operations, human resource management, directing sales and marketing teams, ensuring sustained recovery and growth for the two hotels.

He earlier worked with brands like Marriott International and The Oberoi Group.

 

In view of the Cyclone Tauktae approaching Western Coast of India, as per the Technical Circular issued on the subject, senior management at the Airports Authority of India took stock of the preparedness of western coastal airports in Southern Region and Western Region through a Video Conference at Corporate Headquarters in Delhi. Shri I.N Murthy Member (Operations), AAI directed the concerned airports to take all precautions and plan their preparedness.

Operation of scheduled flights at Agatti Airport in Lakshadweep have been suspended due to heavy rain till 16th May 2021 (10 AM). The airport will be made operational as and when cyclone passes the area. AAI Senior Management is consistently monitoring the situation at the other airports and so far, nothing adverse is reported and all operations are normal.

Keeping safety in mind and to minimize damage to the airport infrastructure, airports are advised to plan as per as per the SoP & guidelines. To safeguard the Airport Infrastructures, precautionary measures as per check lists for Pre-Cyclone and Post-Cyclone are being ensured by concerned airports.

The recently concluded 2-days conference on agri-tourism paved the way forward for the growth of this segment in Maharashtra. Organised by Agri-Tourism Development Corporation Baramati with the support of Directorate of Tourism, Maharashtra.

The virtual event was attended by Aditya Thackeray, Minister for Tourism and Environment, Government of Maharashtra; Dadasaheb Bhuse, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra; Aditi Sunil Tatkare, Minister of State for Tourism, Government of Maharashtra; and Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Government of Maharashtra.

The them of the conference was "Agri-Tourism - Women Farmer Entrepreneurship Development”.

Thackeray said, "I am really proud that our State has taken the lead in Agri-tourism. The concept of 30% Krishi Yojana proposed by the Agriculture Minister Dadasaheb Bhuse for women farmers is highly commendable. More than 60% of the country's population engage in Agriculture and it is crucial to link Agriculture to Tourism. Agri tourism is instrumental for employment generation and economic improvement especially in these pandemic times when people have lost jobs, livelihoods etc. Agri-tourism has given us the opportunity to bring together the two major sectors - tourism and agriculture. The current pandemic offers an opportunity for Agri-Tourism to grow as one of the fastest growing sectors in India.  One of the safest ways to enjoy travel right now is to visit rural areas, experience rural life and enjoy clean environment. "

On this occasion, Tatkare, Minister of Tourism, State Government informed that they have received positive feedback from the farmers about the benefits they received from agri-tourism. She said, “Agri-tourism can get the State out of the financial crisis. Such sustainable tourism ventures are especially appealing to the younger generation. Maharashtra is a leading State in the country in the field of tourism. Because of this, we, as a State, are doing well even in these times of crisis. With the help and participation of all stakeholders, we can make Agri-tourism sector reach new heights of success.”

Valsa Nair, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Maharashtra, said, “The conference will provide a platform for experts to share their experience and present examples on successful agri-tourism practices from various countries. Training will be key in agri-tourism.  Through the Experts who are attending the Conference, we will be able to impart knowledge and training in the fields of hospitality, marketing, etc., especially to women farmers." 

Since the start of the pandemic, hoteliers have had to rethink many aspects of their business to accommodate new safety procedures, cater to changing guest needs and survive in an extremely complex operating environment.

New research from Amadeus reveals how the hospitality industry worldwide has adapted, as well as the trends hoteliers think are likely to stay as the industry rebuilds.

Amadeus’ Demand360® business intelligence data shows that hotel occupancy levels are now on an upward trajectory. Worldwide occupancy reached 46% in April 2021, up from the low point of just 13% in April last year. This means that global hospitality occupancy has climbed two-thirds of the way back to pre-pandemic norms of around 70% for this time of year.

Australia and New Zealand, in particular, recorded a steady increase in occupancy levels from 30% to 60% in February – April 2021, surpassing global occupancy rates. The results are aligned with the recent quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand which sparks international travel for holidays and family reunions between the two countries. 

On a global level, the data shows the booking lead time is lengthening, indicating growing consumer confidence to plan ahead. For much of the past year, nearly all reservations across the world were made within 0-7 days of travel. In recent weeks, bookings made on the same day of travel, which are the most problematic for the industry to accommodate, have shrunk globally from 39% the first week of 2021 to 23% the week of April 25, 2021, and 31-60 days bookings increased from 6% the first week of 2021 to 11% the week of April 25, 2021.

The Rebuilding Hospitality report incorporates a survey of 688 global hoteliers delivering new insights into current sentiment and plans:

  Significant growth optimism: There is a sense of optimism as 30% of hoteliers anticipate opening one or multiple sites in 2021.

  Leisure travelers are driving recovery: The majority (63%) of hoteliers worldwide think that leisure travel will drive their recovery with domestic leisure by far the highest contributor (45%). In line with this, Amadeus data shows that US, China, and the rest of Asia are starting to see an increase in OTA booking volume, shifting the focus away from a dependence on direct bookings during the pandemic.

• Recruiting will be a high priority: Over half (59%) of global hoteliers anticipate that they will need to hire new staff in 2021. 

• Opinion on vaccine passports divided amongst hoteliers: Over half of Asian hoteliers say they are considering asking for vaccine passports before permitting guests to stay whereas just under half of hoteliers in the Americas say they will definitely not be adopting this approach. In EMEA, nearly half of hoteliers are uncertain on their strategy in this area.

When considering the aspects of the pandemic pivots that will be here for the longer term, the report reveals:

  Enhanced hygiene measures are here to stay: A third (32%) of hoteliers think that they will always need significant social distancing, sanitization and visible hygiene measures.

  Long-term reduction in guest contact and stayover cleans: 20% of global hoteliers indicate they will keep interaction between staff and guests to a minimum for the long term, and 21% plan to reduce daily housekeeping for guests.

  Personalization could help cross the contactless hospitality divide: Over a quarter of respondents (30%) said that contactless tech to support personalized guest experiences was one of the developments in hospitality they were most excited about as we emerge from the pandemic. Around one in four hoteliers (24%) went on to say they would be turning to technology to support personalized experiences making sure the ‘human touch’ of hospitality is not lost.

  Work ‘staycations’ and long stay rental investments: Creative business pivots like offering work ‘staycations’ and investment in facilities that help travelers elongate stays have helped hoteliers test out new strategies to access new guest segments. Hoteliers report that these will stay as part of the portfolio for the long-term.

Maria Taylor, Head of Commercial, Asia-Pacific, Hospitality, Amadeus, “From our survey, nearly half of hoteliers (48%) across Asia-Pacific said they expect pre-pandemic levels of occupancy to return in 2022. And those expectations are supported by our data, as Australia and New Zealand’s occupancy growth in the first months of this year reflect that strong appetite for travel. Meanwhile, technology continues to play a central role to help hoteliers adapt to changing traveler needs, as 1 in 3 hoteliers surveyed in Asia Pacific (33%) are turning to contactless technology to enhance guest experiences. At Amadeus, we will continue to support our partners as we continue to rebuild the travel industry together.”

The Rebuilding Hospitality report highlights the opportunities for hoteliers to rebuild and thrive in 2021 by combining survey data of 688 hoteliers worldwide with the latest insight from Amadeus’ Demand360® business intelligence solution. The survey was managed by Amadeus and conducted anonymously with global hoteliers in March and April 2021. The report seeks to surface hospitality trends that have defined the industry during the pandemic and the best practice examples and advice on how hoteliers can plan for recovery.

Indian Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (IC) Prahlad Singh Patel virtually met with the Mongolian Minister of Culture Chinbat Nomin was held today in virtual mode, to discuss various issues under cultural exchange program between the two countries, and other areas of common interest.

It was reaffirmed that our strategic partnership, which was established during the historic visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mongolia in May 2015, would continue to be sustained and strengthened.

Patel said that the Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) between India and Mongolia stands renewed until 2023, and that cooperation under specific areas would be discussed in detailed meetings between senior officers of the Culture Ministries of India and Mongolia.

It was also emphasized that India’s historical connect and convergence in Buddhism with Mongolia forms the basis of our deep, spiritual friendship.

Patel thanked Nomin for the special prayers conducted by some of the leading monasteries in Ulaanbaatar for India during the pandemic. Ms. Nomin took the opportunity to express solidarity of Mongolia with India and Indian people in their fight against Covid pandemic.

Patel stated that to further consolidate our shared legacy, 10 dedicated ICCR scholarships for studying ‘Tibetan Buddhism’ have been allocated for Mongolians to study in specialized institutes of CIBS, Leh and CUTS, Varanasi, starting from 2020-2021.

Patel reiterated India's commitment for digitization of Buddhist manuscripts in Gandan monastery and said India would consider Mongolia’s request for assistance in setting up a museum-cum-library there.

He further stated that Ministry of Culture is likely to complete reprinting of about 100 sets of sacred Mongolian Kanjur (108 volumes each) by next year for distribution in the main centers of Buddhism in Mongolia.

Both sides expressed deep satisfaction at the strong cultural bonds and spiritual connection that has been developed between the two countries and reaffirmed their commitment to take forward the mutual cooperation as soon as the situation of COVID eases in the two countries.

Everyday country's airports are transporting medical essential and equipment across the country to strengthen nation’s fight against COVID19. AAI`s Bhubaneswar Airport and its stakeholders have also been playing an active role by facilitating seamless transportation of medical equipment and materials 24x7.

A total 669 boxes (20.53 MT) of Covid Vaccine have been transported through various airlines till 09th May 2021 through the Bhubaneswar Airport. To overcome the oxygen crisis for the country, a total of 156 empty oxygen tankers, 526 oxygen concentrators, 140 oxygen cylinders were transported by 75 Indian Airforce aircraft like C17, C130J, AN 32 from 23rd April 2021 to 11th May 2021. 41 pieces of oxygen concentrator were transported through various airlines also. Transportation of 3500 pieces of 10 Litre Seamless Cylinder and 1520 pieces of 46.7 L seamless cylinders are in pipeline and the consignment is expected within a week from foreign countries.

Apart from this, Bhubaneswar Airport is also following all the COVID19 related guidelines and protocols as per the instructions of Central and State Governments to ensure a safe journey for passengers. The airport staff makes continuous requests to all the passengers, stakeholders, visitors, employees etc. to always follow COVID appropriate behaviour and maintain staggered timing to minimise crowding. To create awareness regarding COVID appropriate behaviour, ensuring safety of passengers, the airport is also displaying instructions through several electronic and permanent displays at the terminal.

All Airports are trying and joining every battle they can. Bhubaneswar Airport has also organised Covid vaccination camp for employees of AAI and other stakeholders in collaboration and with support from Government of Odisha, taking all safety measures into consideration.

GoAir has rebranded to become Go First. Go First is determined to be part of the socio-economic momentum to chart its next phase of growth. Go First also dons a rebranded identity. The new identity is complete with contemporary graphics and a bolder, brighter blue. With this change, Go First is poised for its next phase of growth as an ultra-low-cost carrier. The airline is in the process of transitioning all its operations under this new brand.

Commenting on this brand restage, Vice Chairman, Ben Baldanza said, “I am excited by the revamp of GoAir to Go First. India is a fast-developing airline market. Consumers in India is hugely value-conscious but is quite demanding when it comes to the flying experience. The combinations of attractive airfares, a squeaky-clean flying experience, well-sanitized flights, and on-time performance is what Go First is designed to deliver. And that is exactly at the core of our brand and service. At Go First, our Consumers Come First.”

Community networks have emerged as a lifeline during the pandemic as people stepped up to extend support, volunteer or offer services to communities they live in. To help meet essential travel and medical assistance needs during the pandemic, MakeMyTrip foundation has launched CoviRide, an open, peer-to-peer community platform designed to help individuals, organizations and larger community to seek and provide transport related assistance during this difficult time.

Available on mobile web and desktop <https://coviride.com/>, the community platform aims to solve for one of the biggest challenges of finding transport options (intercity or intracity) including ambulance services for COVID-19 infected patients. Additionally, it helps user locate a ride to a vaccination centre, drive through oxygen centres, to and from the hospital and for medical equipment transfer such as oxygen cylinder, concentrator, medicines, among others.  

Updated real-time, the platform enables private vendors and organizations to reach out to users directly as soon as a transport related query matches their service. Further the ‘Offer a ride’ feature allows individuals to volunteer and offer a ride to anyone in need for any transport assistance. Currently, the platform lists transport leads and sources in New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Agra and will be expanding reach to other cities shortly.

To help address medical equipment needs, MakeMyTrip foundation is procuring 300 Oxygen Concentrators and the initial set of Oxygen Concentrators have already been shared with Gurgaon Administration, Sir Ganga Ram City Hospital, Delhi; NGOs like Hemkunt Foundation and National Association for the Blind (NAB). To better support communities directly, the foundation is also collaborating with RWAs across Delhi-NCR to assist in setting-up Covid-Care facilities at large residential areas by providing oxygen concentrators.

In parallel, MakeMyTrip Foundation is extending support to Gurugram administration through manpower deployment for contract tracing and data management services.

 

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