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Union Minister of State (I/C) for Ports, Shipping & Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya in the presence of Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant inaugurated the second floating jetty at Old Goa virtually today on the occasion of Goa statehood yesterday.

Mandaviya expressed hope that the floating jetty at Old Goa will prove a game changer for the tourism sector of Goa. He also announced that Panjim and Old Goa will be connected by ferry and cruise services. The Minister said the jetty will offer safe, hassle free transportation to the tourists. The Minister lauded the work done by Government of Goa in making tourism sector a growth engine of the state.

The Government of India has approved setting up of two Concrete floating jetties on River Mondovi (NW-68) to connect Old Goa and Panjim. This is the second floating jetty constructed on River Mondovi (NW-68).  Earlier, the first jetty located at Captain of Ports, Panjim Goa was inaugurated by Minister of Ports Shipping & Waterways in presence of Chief Minister of Goa on 21st February 2020 at Panjim.

Concrete floating jetties have many advantages over the fixed jetties. – Their price is approximately 1/5th of the price of fixed jetty. Similarly, they are quicker to build and install, easier to use. The designed life of floating jetty is up to 50 years. Also, being floating structures, they don't need CRZ clearances. They can be increased in size or reduced as per changes in users' requirement or the changes in jetty site's hydrographic profile.

Vistara welcomed its first purchased Airbus A320neo powered by CFM LEAP engines, strengthening its operational assets and further growing its modern fleet. The aircraft, registered VT-TQE, arrived in Delhi recentl from Airbus’ production facility in Toulouse, France.

It is one of the 13 Airbus A320neo that Vistara had purchased in 2018 as part of a larger order totaling 50 aircraft from the Airbus A320neo Family, including the Airbus A321neo aircraft as well. The new set of A320neo aircraft that Vistara has been adding to its fleet come with higher range capability (77 tonnes of maximum take-off weight), enabling the airline to fly longer regional international routes without payload restrictions.

This addition to Vistara’s fleet takes the total count of the airline’s owned aircraft to three. Vistara had also purchased six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for long-haul international operations, two of which are already in service.

Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “The Airbus A320 is an integral part of our fleet and growth story, and this particular aircraft is, indeed, special. It mirrors the maturity that Vistara has achieved in the Indian aviation industry in a short span of time, continuing to steadily grow in scale, size and operational assets. The new aircraft underlines our focus on continuous enhancement of fleet to provide world-class flying experience to our customers.”

Turkey is ready for 2021 summer season with  heightened safety measures. Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) hosted the ambassadors of foreign missions, in the Safe Tourism event held in Antalya, Turkey from May 21 to 23. Indian Ambassador to Turkey also graced the event with his presence and experienced the measures on-site. The ministry aims to ensure that all safe tourism measures are experienced directly by the representatives of foreign missions to Turkey.

Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, talked about the preparations for the 2021 summer season and stated in his speech that,  "As a leading country in safe tourism, Turkey welcomed more than 16 million guests in 2020, and we are looking forward to 2021 to be a year of heightened safety in tourism season. We are ready for the Summer  2021  season with  more than 10,000 certified tourism facilities across Turkey.”  

While addressing the ambassadors during the event, Minster Ersoy also mentioned that, “Tourism safety has been our top priority over the last year and we had a successful season of certification program that has become one of the best practices worldwide. In our national vaccination program, more than 27 million doses of vaccine have been applied to Turkish citizens to date. The vaccination program, in which we prioritize tourism workers, will continue to accelerate in June,” added Minister Ersoy. 

Launched by Turkey in June 2020, Safe Tourism Certificate certifying compliance with global safety standards for tourist spots,  accommodation facilities and airports. The Certificate have been awarded to more than 9,800 businesses as it enters its second year and includes various restaurants, cultural venues, congress facilities, marine tourism facilitates, theme parks and ski lift facilities. Starting in 2021, Turkey made this certificate compulsory for all accommodation facilities with a bed capacity of 30 and above. Turkey has also given priority to tourism personnel within the scope of the national vaccination program and is ready for 2021 summer with high safety standards.

 

On account of the disruptions caused by the second wave of COVID 19 pandemic to businesses across various sectors of the economy, the Government has further enlarged the scope of Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for MSMEs and aviation. “The Civil Aviation sector to be eligible under ECLGS 3.0,” the release said.

Commenting on the development, Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director Bird Group, said: “The extension of Emergency Loan Credit Guarantee Scheme for aviation sector will ease the prolonged strain on employment-intensive sector. The move will bolster the much-needed liquidity to these sectors which employ a large number of people.

“It is appreciated that inspite the revenue constraints faced by the government and its impact on the widening fiscal deficit, the government has taken cognisance of the strain the aviation sector is going through.This will help the sector tide over the cash crunch and working capital issues.

“One of the key challenges faced by the stressed sectors is severe liquidity crunch in the wake of low demand and an ECLGS scheme could help provide interim liquidity support, till demand recovers.” 

The modifications in ECLGS,would enhance the utility and impact of ECLGS by providing additional support to MSMEs, safeguarding livelihoods and helping in seamless resumption of business activity. These changes will further facilitate flow of institutional credit at reasonable terms.

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) recently launched exclusive astro-tourism experiences in partnership with premium tour operator, Gulf Adventures, brightening up stargazers’ travel plans when borders re-open. With excellent visibility, the Qatari desert provides a truly unique setting to learn about the stars, guided by an astronomer.

The unique ‘Arabian Nights’ packages are available to book now through Gulf Adventures and are redeemable until 30 April 2022. There are four new experiences to choose from, from camping under the stars, to being escorted from a luxury hotel to a moonlit excursion.

“Qatar’s desert is a perfect spot for astronomy enthusiasts to observe the dark and starry skies. The packages will make for unforgettable experiences that travel-lovers can look forward to when we welcome them back to the country. This dazzling new addition will add to a multitude of activities visitors can enjoy in our diverse and unique country,” Berthold Trenkel, Chief Operating Officer, Qatar National Tourism Council, said.

The packages are in line with the Qatar Clean programme to protect visitors from COVID-19 and measures will be in place to adhere to government guidelines.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted permission of “No-Permission-No-Takeoff' (NPNT) compliant drone operations at 166 additional green zones to facilitate, smoothen, and promote drone operations in the country. The approved sites allow drone usage up to 400 ft Above Ground Level (AGL).

These zones are in addition to the Sixty-Six green zone sites approved earlier. The list of the approved green zone sites can be accessed from the Digital Sky Platform.  

As per DGCA, under “NPNT or ‘No Permission – No Take-off’ compliance, every Remotely Piloted Aircraft (except Nano) has to obtain valid permission through the Digital Sky platform before operating in India. The framework mandates users to register on the online portal that acts as the national unmanned traffic management system for remotely piloted aircraft. Flying in these approved ‘green-zones’ will require only intimation of the time and location of the flights via the Digital Sky portal or the app.

Drone flights in the green zone sites shall be compliant with the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 dated 12th March 2021 and other relevant orders/ guidelines issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Surat Airport has been tirelessly working to ensure that vaccines, medical equipment and other essential supplies are safely loaded and reaching their destination on time.

During April and May 2021, 5143 kgs (397 pcs) of oxygen concentrators, 1023 kgs (22 pcs) of oxygen cylinders and 1435 kgs (92 pcs) of Covid vaccines have been transported safely by Surat Airport. The airport has also facilitated five flights of IAF C-17 Globemaster movements which brought Oxygen tankers to be refilled at Surat.

Surat Airport is one of the first airports where Rapid Antigen testing is being carried out by local authorities for arriving passengers. Covid vaccination camp was also arranged for all the passengers and stakeholders during Tika utsav.

Apart from this, the airport is ensuring that all the COVID 19 related instructions and protocols of the central and state governments are being strictly adhered to, making the journey of passengers safe and hassle-free. All the employees, visitors, and passengers are always required to maintain COVID appropriate behaviour and the airport staff works tirelessly to ensure the same. All the safety measures are in place to ensure maximum protection of all the stakeholders.

Siddharth Shanker Giri is appointed Director of Sales at Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala. With over two decades in hospitality, Siddharth has worked with leading hotel brands including Holiday Inn Resort Goa, Hilton Hotels, Pride Group of Hotels, Sarovar Hotels, Eros Hotel New Delhi and Cidade De Goa.

His last assignment was with The Suryaa New Delhi. At Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala, Siddharth will lead the hotel's overall sales strategy and will work towards positioning the property as a leading resort in India.

 

Managed travel firm DigiTravel Consulting has appointed industry veteran Jyothi Varma as Vice President-India. In her new assignment, Jyothi will expand and penetrate the reach of DigiTravel in India market.

Jyothi, in her over 25 years of experience in travel industry, has worked with various global brands at different levels and successfully introduced new products and processes in the corporate travel space with a focus on travel technology, payment solutions and education.

Commenting on the appointment, Susan Lichtenstein, Managing Partner, DigiTravel Consulting, said: "DigiTravel Consulting is expanding into other markets to support global companies with their next-generation business travel omnichannel consulting needs. Most global companies have their footprint in India, and the travel spend is of significant size.

"India is a leader globally in development, engineering, and innovation. Companies realize that they require new ways of managing their travel program focused on multi-channel booking options, the complete duty of care coverage, and reduced costs and fees for themselves and their suppliers. With Jyothi Varma and her expertise on board as Vice President of our Indian operations, we are confident her leadership will drive successes for the India corporate travel industry, providing progressive next-gen consulting and readiness programs for our buyer and supplier clients.”

Greeley Koch, Managing Partner, DigiTravel Consulting, added : “Jyothi and I worked together at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, and I know there is no one better who understands how to bridge the needs of business travellers, the companies sending them on the road and the travel suppliers supporting them.  Her ability to connect with everyone will provide our Indian clients, whether corporations or travel suppliers, the best solution possible to grow their businesses.  I am so pleased to be working again with Jyothi.”

Jyothi has earlier worked with global brands such as Travelport, Amadeus, CWT and American Express.

Thomas Cook India has reported total income of Rs.401.64 crores during the period ended March 31, 2021 as compared to Rs.271.41 crores during the period ended December 31, 2020. The company reported total income of Rs.1109.02 crores during the period ended March 31, 2020.

The company has posted net loss of Rs. (10.33) crores for the period ended March 31, 2021 as against net loss of Rs. (59.34) crores for the period ended December 31, 2020. The company posted net profit of Rs.2.99 crores for the period ended March 31, 2020.

During the 12 months period ended March 31, 2021, the company has reported total income of Rs.945.74 crores as compared to Rs.6948.30 crores during the 12 months period ended March 31, 2020.

The company has posted net loss of Rs. (254.11) crores for the 12 months period ended March 31, 2021 as against net loss of Rs. (0.69) crores for the 12 months period ended March 31, 2020.

Madhavan Menon, Chairman & Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Limited said, "We are already seeing positive signs with the tapering of infection rates globally and travel reopening in select countries, albeit in an understandably careful and calibrated manner. Announcements of safe travel corridors, traffic light models, digital health passports and exemptions for vaccinated travellers are serving to build consumer confidence in travel.

“This augur well for the revival of the sector, with indications of international restart for India possibly around Q3 of FY22.

“Fresh funding of Rs. 4,357 Mn from our parent Fairbridge Capital through preferential allotment of OCCRPS will help TCIL strengthen its balance sheet and leverage opportunities when travel demand returns.

“Vaccination is critical in our journey to recovery. Our companies in India have commenced a vaccination program to cover our people and their families and are aiming at 100% vaccination on a priority basis."

 

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