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Number of domestic passengers on February 12, 2021 rose to 2,97,102 on 2,349 flights, Hardeep S Puri, MoS, I/C, Civil Aviation said. He added that this is the highest since resumption of domestic flights on May 25, 2020. Puri informed that with air travel emerging as a preferred mode of travel due to safety, efficiency and time saving, the numbers are almost touching Pre-COVID levels.

Total flight movements of February 12, 2021 were 4697. The total number of footfalls on airports was 5,93,819.

In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, domestic flight operations were ceased with effect from midnight (11:59 pm) of March 24, 2020. The operation resumed after two months on May 25, 2020.

The slogan of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ by Prime Minister has given boost to domestic tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State (IC) for Tourism & Culture, said while inaugurating via video conferencing the two-day Annual Convention of Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) which is being held at Kevadia in Gujarat.

The three-day ADTOI 10th Annual Convention-cum-Exhibition at the Statue of Unity (SOU), Tent City 2 in Kevadia, is based on the theme: ‘Domestic Tourism – Hope for the revival- Dekho Apna Desh’. The three-day convention has been jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and ADTOI with support from Gujarat Tourism.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by Arvind Singh, Tourism Secretary, Govt of India; Rupinder Brar, ADG – Tourism, Govt of India; Nanu Bhasin, ADG, PIB; Mamta Verma, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Government of Gujarat and Jenu Devan, Commissioner of Tourism, Government of Gujarat: P.P. Khanna, President ADTOI: Chetan Gupta, Chairman, ADTOI Convention Committee; Ashok Dhoot, Co-chairman, ADTOI Convention Committee, other ADTOI office bearers and over 300 tour operators from across the country.

“If we work with well intention and planning, we can achieve great things and this monument (Statue of Unity) is a proof of that”. “You will get to see many such wonderful things in the Karmbhoomi of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”, he added. Congratulating the tourism industry stakeholders, the Minister urged that India should reach to the top position from the 34th spot in tourism soon. He also said, “India which believes in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’ has provided medicines to 140 countries and has provided vaccine to 16 countries till now. This will have positive impact on tourism which is already visible,” Patel said in its video message.

Speaking on the occasion, Arvind Singh, Union Tourism Secretary said that the pandemic has resulted in a drastic reduction in human mobility and tourism, both international and national, to an all-time low. The suspension of international flights, the closing of airports and borders, the adoption of strict restrictions on travel, including domestic travel had caused a crisis in many sectors, with the tourism sector being among the hardest hit with millions of jobs at risk. However, this year is showing some positive signs. The number of positive cases has come down significantly due the efforts by the Governments at both central and state level and with support of citizens. The restrictions on travellers have been eased and interstate travel has started all across the country. The encouraging news on vaccines has further boosted hopes for recovery. All means of travel i.e. airlines, trains and highways have reported regular increase in the visitors traffic.

“Domestic Tourism is the way forward and it will help in revival of the sector.” he added. The Secretary informed that the Ministry under its schemes of Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD has sanctioned 132 projects for Rs. 7103.12 Crores at various tourism and pilgrimage destinations in the country with the objective of providing enhanced experiences. The Ministry is also developing 19 iconic destinations and will position these iconic destinations at par with the best in the world. He appealed to all stakeholders including Governments and the private sector to join hands and spread the message to the citizens that it is time to travel again and ‘Dekho Apna Desh’.

With required protocols and safety measures in place there could be no better place then Statute of Unity, Kevadia and no better occasion then the Annual conference of Domestic Tour Operators’ to spread this message.  Kevadia is the right example how tourism can touch the life of people at every level, the Secretary said. Kevadia has transformed into a complete family destination with all amenities. It has direct rail connectivity with major cities in the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Chennai, Rewa, and Ahmedabad to name a few. The Ahmedabad-Kevadia Jan Shatabdi also has the Vistadome Coach which provides visitors a very unique experience.

Radisson Hotels is inviting guests to experience exciting road trips across India with safe, comfortable stays along the way. ‘India Road Trip’, a curation of road trip routes, is perfect for guests to plan their next adventure and enjoy special staycation offers at any of the Group’s operating hotels.

“India Road Trip is an extension of our India Unification Strategy that leverages the collective strength of our network. With 97 operating hotels across 60+ cities, we are destined to be within five-six hours of drivable distance from any location in India. Combining that with Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol, makes us the perfect choice for a safe and enjoyable family experience,” said Zubin Saxena, Managing Director and Vice President Operations, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group.

Planning a trip across India is further made easy by exciting ‘staycation’ offers at Radisson Hotels including benefits like free daily breakfast and a set lunch/dinner for two, drinks for up to two guests per night and early check-in and late check-out (conditions apply). Radisson Reward members can enjoy an additional 10% discount. The offer will be applicable for stays booked until June 30, 2021.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has been awarded ‘The Voice of the Customer’ recognition by Airports Council International (ACI), demonstrating the efforts of the airport in gathering passenger feedback to better understand their needs and preferences during the pandemic.

The Voice of the Customer recognition was launched by ACI to celebrate the commitment of airports towards listening to passengers and adopting processes and procedures to meet changing expectations of customer experience in response to COVID-19.

Since the outbreak of the global pandemic, CSMIA has extended every effort to provide a safe haven for passengers at the airport. In adherence to the norms of the government and regulatory bodies, CSMIA ensures stringent screening, social distancing, mandatory compliance with wearing PPEs and required gears, sanitization and disinfection processes. Simultaneously CSMIA has innovated the use of technology to promote contactless experience throughout the airport as well as adopted other initiatives like the installation of glass partitions on all counters, strategic placement of hand sanitizers, sanitization of cabs across the airport to name a few.

The RT-PCR test facility at CSMIA for both arriving and departing passengers is a boon for traveler concerns regarding the various quarantine regulations across borders. Going a step further, CSMIA also launched a unique new rapid test technology that produces the results for COVID-19 detection in under 13 minutes. Through the reduction in the wait time for the results and early detection of the virus in time for the passengers to take the necessary measures to prevent disease transmission, this new express test facility enables the airport to provide a safer environment for passengers and airport staff.

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India as part of its ongoing engagement with industry and its stakeholders is supporting Association of Domestic Tour Operators for organising their Annual Convention at Kevadia, Statue of Unity from 12th to 14th February 2021.

Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism will address a session on “Role of Aviation in Promotion of Tourism” at the Convention. Rupinder Brar, ADG, Ministry of Tourism will moderate a session on “Technology Is Future-Travel Real from Virtual”.

Speaking about the convention in New Delhi yesterday, Singh said that this Annual Convention is the first major physical event being organized by a stakeholder Association Post-Lockdown and approximately 350-400 delegates which includes Government dignitaries, prominent speakers from the industry, domestic tour operators, airlines, Hoteliers, Media are expected to attend this event from all over the country.

He added that the Convention will be inaugurated at 1700 hrs on 12th February 21 andon 13th February there will be business Sessions dealing with current topics on tourism, product presentations, B2B meeting with Travel, Tourism & Hospitality partners, besides an exhibition showcasing various travel products.

Singh said, “India has a robust domestic market which could soften the impact of COVID 19 as compared with nations that rely largely on international tourists. Post lockdown and as the control over the spread of pandemic is achieved, it is widely agreed fact that domestic tourism will recover faster than international tourism.  Dekho Apna Desh is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism; the initiative is in line with the appeal of the Prime Minister made from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August 2019 in his speech asking every citizen to visit at least 15 destinations by the year 2022, to promote domestic tourism in India which is intended to enhance tourist footfalls in places of tourist interest so as to help develop the local economy.”

The outlay for Annual Budget 2021-22 of Ministry of Tourism is Rs. 2026.77 crore as against the outlay of Rs. 1260.00 crore approved for the revised Budget Plan 2020-21. The annual outlay in FY 2021-22 is 61 per cent higher than the revised annual outlay in FY 2020-21. Out of the proposed budget allocation of Rs 2026.77 crores, about Rs 950.00 crores would be used for creation of tourism infrastructure at different destinations spread over different states and about Rs. 670 crores would be spent on tourism promotional activities, Arvind Singh, Union Tourism Secretary, said in a media briefing.

The Secretary said that the emphasis on the infrastructure creation will help to improve connectivity for travellers. He added that developing expressways will provide better connectivity to tourist sites along these routes and contribute to the growth and development of tourism sector in the country.

Overall better road, air and train connectivity will benefit the tourism sector. The aesthetically designed vista dome LHB coach on tourist routes will also give a better travel experience to passengers. This initiative will go a long way to promote tourism to destinations where Vista Dome Coaches are introduced.

Singh emphasised that the vaccination drive will help to curb the spread of corona pandemic which will generate confidence among travellers and help revive domestic tourism, and also fast-track international tourism once the situation normalizes around the globe. In India, we are having one of the largest world’s largest vaccination drives, he added.

He further explained that opening of Wellness Centres in urban as well as rural areas would give fillip to wellness tourism in the country and propagate the theme of AtmaNirbhar Bharat.

Kerala has rolled out a string of new projects at a cost of Rs 60 crore, giving greater visibility to 25 spots, many of them in rural and semi-urban areas in the length and breadth of the state.

 Tourism in the state is on the comeback trail from the pandemic-induced crisis and the government is committed to providing all support to the sector, Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala, said while inaugurating the projects through video conferencing.

He noted that the Government did not allow the disruptions caused by COVID-19 to come in the way of implementation of tourism development projects across the state, which will position these destinations as must-see places for visitors.

In Kerala, tourism is a source of income for large sections of people. After remaining shut for eight months due to the pandemic, tourism centres in the state have started receiving visitors by strictly adhering to health protocols, thereby restoring livelihood of the people affected by the disruption, the Vijayan said.

The promotion of Responsible Tourism in a big way has brought benefit to local communities throughout the state, and the newly launched projects will boost their income. Also, it will help preserve our heritage including art, handicraft, unique farming methods and cuisine, the Chief Minister added.

Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said the new projects will help tourism overcome from the crisis and maintain its status as India’s ‘Super Brand.’   

Tourism is a key component of the state’s revenue and a major employment provider. So, tourism development projects are planned and implemented to achieve sustainable development goals, Shri Surendran added.

Rani George, Principal Secretary, Tourism, said the state has launched a new marketing campaign called ‘Change of Air’ to help tourism overcome the ravages of the pandemic and maintain its status as India’s ‘Super Brand.’   

She said the new projects are conceived and implemented in such a way that the local community is the principal beneficiary of them.

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is focusing its evidence-based recovery strategy in incoming tourism on digital tools for intensive customer communication.

Together with the tourism marketing organizations of the federal states and many other project partners, the GNTB is pushing innovative and responsible data use and the expansion of an efficient data infrastructure, thereby increasing the data competence of German tourism. The project reflects all fields of action of the new data strategy of the Federal Government.

Petra Hedorfer, Chairwoman of the GNTB's Executive Board: "Analysts agree that the recovery of international tourism from the Corona crisis will begin in 2021. The task now is to strengthen brand awareness for Germany as a travel destination and to use anti-cyclical marketing to direct demand to our offerings. Digital formats and technologies open up additional Digital formats and technologies open up additional opportunities for us to expand our customer dialog with pinpoint accuracy, intensify our contacts in the international tourism industry, and share new insights with our partners in the German tourism industry. We have already used the 2020 crisis situation to sharpen our digital profile. Together, we will help German incoming tourism out of the Corona crisis stronger."

In order to meet the growing technological and commercial challenges posed by a global platform economy, tourist offers from Destination Germany must be able to be found on all digital channels, also with the help of AI-supported applications, and be played out to customers in a targeted manner.

This means that the data content must be completely recorded by all participants along the tourism value chain, semantically structured, and made accessible at the various interfaces. and made accessible at the various interfaces. This also opens up additional opportunities for new business models, including in the start-up sector. In order for service providers and destinations in the competition with global players, the GNTB is driving the Open Data/Knowledge Data/Knowledge Graph project for the German tourism industry. The first use cases will be implemented in the second quarter of 2021.

Singapore Airlines has rolled out its recently launched lifestyle app Kris+ in India. The app is an innovative platform that brings payment, lifestyle and rewards services together under one umbrella for its customers. In India, Kris+ combines the best in dining, retail and entertainment discounts, which will allow KrisFlyer members to get the most out of their membership even without flying.

Kris+ launches with 32 local partners across more than 1,500 outlets in the country, providing customised deals with privileges especially curated for our customers. More partners will be progressively added in the coming months.

In addition, customers who travel to Singapore from India can also enjoy special offers and rewards at over 750 merchant outlets.  Kris+ is also progressively adding more partners and merchants in Singapore and overseas in selected destinations to the platform.

Chen Sy Yen, General Manager- India for Singapore Airlines said: “We are really proud and excited to launch Kris+ in India as it gives our KrisFlyer members a bouquet of everyday lifestyle privileges even when they are not flying with us. Our vision is to create a comprehensive and updated lifestyle and payments ecosystem with Kris+, which will offer even more and better options and benefits for our global customer base, and thus bring additional value to our partners around the world.”

Singapore Airlines has rolled out its recently launched lifestyle app Kris+ in India. The app is an innovative platform that brings payment, lifestyle and rewards services together under one umbrella for its customers. In India, Kris+ combines the best in dining, retail and entertainment discounts, which will allow KrisFlyer members to get the most out of their membership even without flying.

Kris+ launches with 32 local partners across more than 1,500 outlets in the country, providing customised deals with privileges especially curated for our customers. More partners will be progressively added in the coming months.

In addition, customers who travel to Singapore from India can also enjoy special offers and rewards at over 750 merchant outlets.  Kris+ is also progressively adding more partners and merchants in Singapore and overseas in selected destinations to the platform.

Chen Sy Yen, General Manager- India for Singapore Airlines said: “We are really proud and excited to launch Kris+ in India as it gives our KrisFlyer members a bouquet of everyday lifestyle privileges even when they are not flying with us. Our vision is to create a comprehensive and updated lifestyle and payments ecosystem with Kris+, which will offer even more and better options and benefits for our global customer base, and thus bring additional value to our partners around the world.”

 

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