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The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India under its “Incredible India” brand line is participating in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), Dubai -2022 being held from 9th to 12th May 2022 showcasing India’s rich & diversified tourism potential and providing a platform to the tourism stakeholders to showcase the various tourism destinations and products including Niche products. Also, it is aimed to promote India as a ‘Must See, Must Visit’ destination.

During the Mart the India Pavilion is showcasing India as a “365 Days Destination” a year-round multi-faceted tourist destination such as Culture, Adventure, Cruise, Golf, MICE, luxury, wildlife, wellness and medical tourism etc. India Reopening as a theme has been amplified during the mart with the ‘Namaste Campaign’ to welcome International Travellers showcasing must-visit destinations of India.

The India Pavilion was inaugurated in the august presence of Satpal Maharaj, Minister of Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand, Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Aman Puri, Consul General of India to Dubai, Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary, Tourism & MD, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and Kitto Zhimomi, Commissioner &Secretary, Government of Nagaland. 

Around 18 Participants from India representing the State Tourism Government of Kerala, Nagaland and Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Hoteliers/Resorts, will be present in the India Pavilion showcasing the diverse tourism products and services. Apart from this, State Government of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka are also showcasing the tourism potential that States have to offer.

As the situation is getting slowly & steadily normalized and the international travel has resumed, India is seeing a positive response from most of the source markets. The Gulf and the Middle East region is one of the most important markets for India. The availability of e-Visa facility in three different segments that is tourist, business & medical segment makes it far more convenient for visitors to travel to India. Also, Ministry of Tourism has been undertaking focused campaigns to target the Indian Diaspora in line with the appeal Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of ‘ChaloIndia’ thereby urging Indian Diaspora to inspire at least five of their non-Indian friends every year to visit India, calling them 'Rashtradoot'.

India has emerged as a Destination for Medical / Wellness Travel in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The percentage of Foreign Tourist Arrivals visiting India for Medical Treatment has been increasing over the years and growing rapidly. India is poised to become a hub for medical tourism because of several factors viz. world class hospitals with latest technology; highly skilled Indian physicians and surgeons; cost effective treatment; excellent quality of care and nursing; less waiting time for availing of medical services; traditional healthcare therapies like Ayurveda & Yoga combined with allopathic treatment providing a holistic wellness destination.

Tourism professionals from around the world have return to Dubai when Arabian Travel Market, the leading event for the travel industry in the Middle East, returns to the Dubai World Trade Centre on Monday, 9 May.

 

The event will welcome more than 20,000 visitors and over 1,500 exhibiting companies during the four-day tourism showcase, which concludes on Thursday, 12 May. 112 countries will be featured on the show floor ranging from Japan to Jamaica and South Africa to Italy. Industry professionals will have the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest trends from a cross-section of travel, including technology, transport, sustainability, events and business.

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME – Arabian Travel Market, said: “Arabian Travel Market 2022 will reiterate the importance of the travel industry as we continue to address the challenges of COVID-19 while also outlining how we drive the industry forward.

“The tourism industry has rebounded incredibly well. As a result, we have seen a clear uptick in participation, with floor space increasing by over 85% compared to the previous year and Middle East exhibitor space eclipsing 2019 levels. We now have the perfect opportunity to hear from industry professionals on the latest trends helping the industry recover and flourish in many instances.”

In line with this year’s theme of ‘The future of international travel and tourism’, ATM 2022 will unveil new technology that will eliminate the need for business cards and allow exhibitors and visitors to share details, brochures and marketing material via innovative scanners and badges.

Further underscoring the technology focus is the revamped and rebranded ATM Travel Tech event, previously called Travel Forward. A host of exciting sessions will take place, including the vision for the NEOM and its strategy for creating memorable experiences by Andrew McEvoy, Managing Director of Tourism, NEOM. Elsewhere on the agenda, Zeina Dagher, CEO Emaar Entertainment, will look at the future of visitor attractions, traveller trends, and what’s next in distribution, attraction tech and the guest experience.

ATM 2022 is held in conjunction with Dubai World Trade Centre and it’s strategic partners include Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) as the Destination Partner, Emirates as the Official Airline Partner and Emaar Hospitality Group as the Official Hotel Partner.

Ashok Travels & Tours (ATT), the travel subsidiary of India Tourism Development Corporation, New Delhi (ITDC) has signed an agreement with the Border Security Force (BSF), to provide a streamlined travel solution to all BSF executives for their official travel.

The MoU was signed by Ravi Gandhi, IG (ADM) BSF in the presence of officials from both ATT and BSF, the significant initiative was conceived by Pankaj Kumar Singh, DG, BSF. The online ticketing system offered by Ashok Travels & Tours (ATT) includes self-booking features, making it simple and hassle-free for officers to purchase flight tickets.

Akasa Air has chosen the cloud enabled Navitaire Airline Platform to power its digital retailing strategy. It will leverage key solutions, including the New Skies® order-based reservation and retailing system, Digital Platform, GoNow day-of-departure and SkyLedger® revenue accounting systems.

Underpinned by its tech-led approach, the Mumbai-based airline will take to the skies in the summer of 2022 and serve routes between metro to tier 2 and 3 cities in India. The airline has plans to add international routes in 2023. The carrier’s strong growth plans are bolstered by its order of 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to be delivered over the next five years, which will give it the youngest and greenest fleet in the Indian skies.

Commenting on the partnership, Anand Srinivasan, Co-founder and Chief Information Officer at Akasa Air said,” Our goal is to leverage best-in-class technology and build a data-driven organisation and our partnership with a technology leader like Navitaire is a testament to the same. We are convinced that globally proven solutions like New Skies and SkyLedger will power our tech-enabled strategy and help us run reliable operations and offer affordable travel options to our customers.”

“It is a pleasure to partner with Akasa Air as they launch this innovative, inclusive airline, and we look forward to supporting Akasa Air’s dynamic growth,” said David P. Evans, Navitaire CEO. “Our proven digital commerce solutions, digital experience capabilities, and cloud-first approach are uniquely suited to help visionary airlines like Akasa Air leverage new technology specifically designed to help the leading digital pioneers of the skies move fast and grow fast. This experience and our shared culture let us focus on delivering what Akasa Air, one of today’s new breed of digital-first airlines, needs today and in the future.”

Leisure Hotels Group has announced a special ‘Heli Char Dham Yatra’ for Pilgrims traveling this year in 2022 in partnership with an aviation company.

Char Dham comprises of the four sacred Hindu sites –Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. This pilgrimage includes 5 Nights/6 Days of entire Char Dham Darshan by Helicopter, VIP visits to Shrines & temples, accommodation priority darshan and other special arrangements for Puja.

Vibhas Prasad, Director, Leisure Hotels Group said, “The Chardham Yatra is a soulful inner journey not just limited to the physical trip to these holy sites and our camps but one which is an experience for many lifetimes. We try to make the Yatra an experience that enriches the mind, body & soul in more ways than one”.

Leisure Hotels Group is one of the pioneers offering premium accommodation facilities in all the four Dhams. The journey will start with a stay at Rishikesh, followed by the Helipad transfers to Yamunotri – Gangotri  – Kedarnath – Badrinath –  Dehradun (Airport Drop).

Jordan-based Discovery Circle Tours has appointed TRN Marketing to act as a representative and consultancy agency to support and advise it in gaining direct business from Indian based tour operators.  

Jack Farraj, Owner of Discovery Circle Tours, says “We were specifically looking for an agency who understands our unique view on Jordan and how we interact with our tour operator partners. We needed a partner in India that understands the luxury market and can help us develop our position in India. We felt that Sidhartha Roy and his team at TRN is not only aligned with our aims and long-term goals but also has a fantastic reputation in India.”  

Discovery Circle Tours aims to create lasting partnerships with Indian based tour operators by offering them a unique perspective on Jordan, unparalleled levels of service whilst providing their clients with the very best Jordan experience possible. “We believe TRN will be able to help us achieve this quickly and efficiently” adds Farraj.  

Speaking on the signing of contracts with Discovery Circle Tours, Sidhartha Roy, Senior Vice President, TRN Marketing, India said: “We believe we can complement the business philosophy of the company in the Indian outbound market in every way.”  

Discovery Circle Tours specialises in high end luxury tours themed by cultural, historical, religious and specialist activities and provides its tour operator partners with exemplary service and attention to detail. Discovery Circle Tours also manages the dedicated adventure travel division Discovery Terhaal, that specialises in walking, trekking and cycling tours across Jordan. 

TRN Marketing was chosen for its experience in promoting high end luxury tours and for its unrivalled contacts within the Indian tour operator market.

Airports Authority of India has undertaken the expansion work of Trichy Airport which includes Construction of a New Integrated Passenger Terminal Building, a new Apron, Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower, and upgradation of Air side facilities to cater the growing passenger traffic and reduce congestion during peak hours at the airport.

The new terminal building being constructed at the cost of Rs.951.28 Crores has been designed to process 2900 passengers during peak hours. Equipped with 48 check-in counters and 10 boarding bridges, the terminal will be an energy efficient building with sustainable features.

With an area of 75000 sq m, the new terminal building has been designed as an iconic structure of dynamic and dramatic building form with majestic roof. The interiors of the building reflect the colors and culture of the city through materials and textures in a contemporary manner.

The intuitive form of the new terminal will create a unique architectural identity in southern region and will add a new dimension to the terminal design. Strong references to the local culture and traditional architecture will be expressed by the building’s architecture. Arriving and departing passengers will sense this identity and reference to the place.

The airport expansion project also includes new apron, associated taxiways, isolation bay to make the airport suitable for Multiple Apron Ramp System i.e. five wide- body (Code E) or 10 narrow body aircraft (Code C). Other than this, construction of a Control Room, supporting Equipment Rooms, Terminal RADAR, RADAR simulation, Automation facilities, VHF, AAI offices and Meteorological offices are also the part of the project. Project also includes four-lane elevated access road connecting the Terminal Building to the city.

More than 75% of the construction work for terminal building is completed and the project will be ready by April 2023. Trichy is the second largest airport in International Passenger Traffic next to Chennai & Coimbatore. Development of Aviation Infrastructure will ensure enhanced air connectivity for the people of Trichy and surrounding area in Tamil Nadu.

 

 

Flybig has been on a rapid expansion mode ever since its flight operations began in January 2021. On 2nd May 2022 Shillong became the 8th destination for flybig in the Northeast of India after 4 cities in Assam, 2 cities in Arunachal Pradesh and 1 city in Tripura. 

It can be clearly projected through estimates that the Shillong-Delhi operation of flybig would introduce enhanced efficiencies and productivity for several local and regional businesses especially those who aspire to connect with a major transport and commercial hub such as Delhi and beyond.  

In terms of seat capacity added by flybig through the Shillong-Delhi operations it added 312 seats per week which accumulated to a capacity of 16,224 seats per annum. 

Speaking on this growth and route expansion, CMD flybig Captain Sanjay Mandavia said, "I feel very proud and privileged that flybig has become the fastest growing airline in India with true people connect. Not only have we effectively converted thousands of passengers from rail to air, but we have also provided connectivity to lakhs of passengers from across India, including the whole North-East.” 

It is to be noted that conventional travel by train takes about 42 hours while travel via other airline operators on the Shillong-Delhi route takes 8-10 hours (with atleast one stoppage).

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Puskar Singh Dhami has asserted that he is expecting a boom in the Char Dham Yatra this season and called upon all the stakeholders to be prepared for a record footfall this season. 

The Chief Minister addressed the inaugural Uttarakhand Tourism and Hospitality Conference 2022 organised by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board in Dehradun recently. The conference witnessed to the launch of short commercial films ‘Apnatey Hai Dil Khol Ke’. The films by UTDB based on themes of overall tourism, wellness tourism and Homestays and meant to promote tourism in the state. 

Dhami said interest in Char Dham was back on track after two years of pandemic challenge and pilgrims and tourists in big numbers are expected to arrive in the state.  “Last two years, Char Dham was not smooth due to pandemic and the subsequent restrictions due to it. But now this year we are expecting a record footfall,” Dhami pointed out. 

Referring to better connectivity, Chief Minister asserted that the day was not far when travel time between Delhi and Dehradun will be just two hours. “Elevated road is coming up that will provide faster and smoother connectivity between Delhi and Dehradun, and people would then prefer travelling by road than taking a flight,” he added. 

Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj stressed on promoting caravan and camping tourism. “It’s like “Room on Wheels”.  Our state has lot of opportunities on that count. What we need is to develop campground with toilets and cafeteria on it,” Maharaj said. He called upon the stakeholders to become service provider emphasizing that tourist are bread and butter for the state. 

Maharaj also referred to the importance of winter tourism besides Char Dham Yatra.  “Char Dham is in summer season, we need to promote skiing and other linked activities to promote winter tourism too’, he added. He also reminded of assistance provided to the tourism stakeholders during the trying times of pandemic. 

Earlier, Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar said that the state in last two decades has made a place for itself in the tourism world and was today an all-weather destination. Referring to commercial films launch, Jawalkar said the films were meant to promote tourism in Uttarakhand. 

The Board has developed a mobile app for the safety of devotees coming this year on Char Dham yatra or a pilgrimage to the Hemkunt Sahib. The need to develop an app like this was felt after the 2013 Kedarnath disaster in which thousands of people were killed and thousands went missing. Once they have registered themselves on the app, a tab will be kept on their movement en route to the five centres of faith with the help of 28 high definition cameras put up at 14 pre-identified locations along the travel route, Jawalkar said. 

Additional Director Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board Vivek Singh Chauhan accorded the vote of thanks.  Col Ashwin Pundhir, Additional Chief Executive Officer (Adventure) was present on the occasion. 

Meanwhile, the state government is preparing a master plan for the expansion of Auli at a cost of about 250 crores. The ground exercise has started regarding this and these days the officials are doing survey work in Auli. Till now, Auli, which was famous for snow sports, is now planned to be developed as an international tourist destination. Recently, the National Games of Skiing was organized here.

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline group, is celebrating 50 years of continuous service to Mumbai (then Bombay), India.

Ethiopian Airlines made its debut flight to Mumbai on 01 December 1971 although it started operations to New Delhi in 1966, just 20 years after the airline was founded.

The once-a-week flight from Addis Ababa to Mumbai and onward to Peking operated by B720 aircraft pioneered the air transport linkage between Africa-India and China.

Gradually over the years, the frequency increased to twice and then thrice weekly until Ethiopian commenced daily operations to Mumbai. The airline, on 12 February 2015, increased its services to Mumbai to double daily proving the great scope it had in the commercial capital of India.

Ethiopian has expanded its operation to three passenger and five cargo destinations with its enhanced services and modern fleet.

Marking the 50 years of uninterrupted service to Mumbai, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said, “We are thrilled to have celebrated this big milestone-50 years of uninterrupted service to Mumbai thereby connecting the people of India to the vast Ethiopian global network. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and one of the key destinations in Asia; we will maintain our commitment to serve Mumbai, thereby providing it access to our 127 destinations with our latest aircraft. Ethiopian has paved the way for people to people and trade ties between India and Africa with its multiple destinations in India. We are glad to have served Mumbai and the people of India in general for the last 55 years. “

The five decades’ journey of Ethiopian Airlines in India started from B720, B727, B757, B767, and became the first to bring the B787 Dreamliner to India.

Currently, Ethiopian operates A350 and B777 to Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru in India. Ethiopian freighters also operate to Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad.

 

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