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Search trends from Booking.com reveal that travellers are increasingly looking to stay in a single place for longer, bringing them the opportunity to experience a destination in a whole new way. Innovating to respond to this growing demand, Booking.com recently introduced an easy way for its property partners to implement weekly and monthly rate plans to attract travellers looking for longer stays with a great price.

The weekly rate plan requires a minimum length of stay of seven nights and the monthly rate plan requires a minimum length of stay of 28 nights. Partners can set these as foundational rate plans with flexibility based on their business needs, time of the year and cancellation policy of choice. While any property partner on Booking.com can implement these new rate plans to help boost occupancy by capturing new types of guests, for many longer stay travellers, the privacy, space and additional amenities of homes and apartments will be key reasons to book and hunker down in their new abode. The introduction of the program is testament to Booking.com’s commitment towards its accommodation partners and steady industry revival. 

Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager - India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Booking.com said, “Our current search trends reveal that travellers are increasingly looking at staying in a single place for longer. With an aim to meet such evolving travel needs we have introduced weekly and monthly rate plans on our platform. These rate plans will not only benefit our customers who are looking for an extended getaway and a change of scenery, but also help our accommodation partners capitalize on new sources of demand while boosting occupancy and increasing revenue as the travel industry begins its recovery journey.”

Alongside the introduction of the new weekly and monthly rates, Booking.com has simplified its search experience to help customers find their next stay, introducing filters for customers looking for private, whole home accommodations and properties that have implemented health and safety measures. As remote working becomes the new norm, and with location independence an increasingly viable option for more people, the platform is also helping travelers more easily find properties that have dedicated workspaces, wherever their travels take them.

Looking ahead, Booking.com will continue to look for new ways to respond to evolving traveler demand and support property partners in attracting new types of travelers and capturing more demand.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is to work with California-based Eightfold.ai to help connect tourism jobseekers with employers and so drive the global recovery of the sector.

The new partnership will see UNWTO harness the power of the Eightfold Talent Exchange, a marketplace connecting workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with available jobs. Using advanced deep-learning AI, the Exchange matches people to the right jobs in companies that are hiring, creating a bridge between those looking for a job and organizations that need to hire quickly.

This partnership will be a great help to the many millions of people who are dependent on tourism for their livelihoods, while also connecting employers with the very best talent our sector has to offer

“The COVID-19 pandemic has hot the global tourism sector hard, and up to 120 million jobs are at risk. However, tourism has a long history of adapting and embracing innovation. This partnership will be a great help to the many millions of people who are dependent on tourism for their livelihoods, while also connecting employers with the very best talent our sector has to offer,” Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO, says.

Kamal Ahluwalia, President of Eightfold.ai, added: “With Eightfold Talent Exchange, we’re providing all members of UNWTO with a platform that can unite Members over a shared goal: getting individuals who have lost their jobs back to work. The AI powering the Exchange understands the capabilities of each person: both the skills that they have from their work experience, and the skills that they could easily learn.”

 

 jüSTa Hotels and Resorts recently expanded its offerings with jüSTa Dignitii Retreat and Spa, Mukteshwar. This 35-cottage style room hotel with balcony offers valley views of snowclad Himalayan peaks of Trishul, Panchchuli, and Nanda Devi. The also offers banqueting facilities for 100 pax.

“We are confident that the resort is poised to be a premier leisure and wellness destination in itself for the entire region”, Ashish Vohra, Founder & CEO, jüSTa Hotels and Resorts, said.

In the background of the pandemic crisis which has disrupted almost all industries around the world, severely impacting the tourism sector at large and the MICE segment in particular, a need was felt to prepare for re-opening of the meetings industry.

As a marketing tool to showcase India’s readiness to host conferences, meetings, incentive programs, exhibitions and events, ICPB has developed a 2 minutes and 30 seconds film bringing out India’s strengths as a MICE destination in terms of economy, connectivity, infrastructure, skilled manpower, knowledge hub, technological advancement, safety of delegates and India’s varied tourist attractions.

The objective of the film is to communicate a positive message for welcoming events to India when competing destinations are already actively marketing their products. The tone of joy and confidence in getting back to business, warm hospitality, safety protocols in place and assurance of a delightful experience is the core message of the film

The film will be widely circulated to meeting planners, associations (national/international), corporates, members, industry stakeholders, Indiatourism offices - domestic and overseas, Indian missions etc. and promotions through social media platforms for resuming MICE business to India as per government guidelines.

“We hope this film is able to boost the confidence of people in India as a MICE destination. We have started our journey on the path to recovery and this film is one of the many steps that have been planned by us at ICPB in once again restoring India’s positioning as a MICE hub on the global conventions and meetings’ map,” shares Amaresh Tiwari, Vice Chairman ICPB.

"We had been working on this MICE film for quite some time and I am glad to see that it has come out well. The film has been circulated to all our members, giving them a go-ahead to share it further with their clients as a confidence-building measure - confidence once again in the MICE capabilities of India," says Girish Kwatra, Hony. Secretary, ICPB

The impact of COVID-19 has caused a paradigm shift for the travel, hospitality and tourism Industry. “There is a lot of pent up demand to travel. What is crucial now is our ability to generate and inspire confidence among the people that travelling is safe. Odisha Tourism is focusing on safety and health, domestic tourism and promotion on curated and niche experiences,”  Vishal Kumar Dev, Commissioner– cum– Secretary, Tourism and Sports and Youth Services Department, Govt of Odisha, said while addressing a webinar on ‘Future of Travel & Tourism and Strategies to Revitalize the Industry’ organized by FICCI and Odisha Tourism.

He informed that Odisha has been working on a number of innovative products over the past three-four months to enhance the brand value of the state. “These include houseboats, river cruises, culinary tourism, to promote the Odia cuisine and the makeover of the Niladri beach, which will soon be among the first ‘Blue Flag’ beaches in India. The Konark glamping festival had received a positive response last year and we plan to launch the same at four new destinations in Odisha this year, Dev noted.

Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav, Director & Addl. Secretary, Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha, said, “The Government is positive about the recovery and revival of Tourism sector and we are taking steps in this direction.” Taking the example of other states which have opened to tourism, he said that the earlier we open, the earlier we will learn to revive tourism.

“While our response to the pandemic has been tactical, our approach to restart tourism has to be strategic and we must set our priorities right,” he added. 

 Dhruv Shringi, Co-Chair, FICCI Tourism Committee, Chairman, FICCI Travel Technology Committee and Co-Founder and CEO, Yatra Online Inc, said, “It is high time that we focus on expanding the purview of domestic tourism. It will become more localised and we need to work with the authorities to promote hidden gems which have otherwise been unknown.” 

Anita Mendiratta, Global Advisor and Author- Tourism & Development and Special Advisor to Secretary General, UNWTO, said, “We have to first recognize that this is a global and humanitarian health crisis that has caused an economic travel and tourism crisis. Our industry is vital when it comes to supply chain and comprises of 80 percent of SMEs.” Travel and Tourism have become the solution and the basis of recovery of the global economy and society; trust is the new currency to restart this industry, she said. 

Dipak Deva, Co-Chair, FICCI Tourism Committee and Managing Director, Sita, TCI & Distant Frontiers, said, “The tourism industry is a huge job creator and has the largest number of SMEs that has shown the way for an Atmanirbhar Bharat.” Tourism will revive in a strong way, provided that we take the right steps now. However, we must ensure that travellers return to travelling in a sustainable way, he added. 

JK Mohanty, Co-Chair, FICCI Tourism Committee, Chairman, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) and CMD, Swosti Group, “This is the best time for the government to offer incentives for investment in hotel infrastructure in the state. A project like ‘Disneyland’ will also boost tourism to the state.” 

Anil Chadha, Chief Operating Officer, ITC Hotels, said, “We all have to co-exist along with the pandemic and make the best of it. The new code for hotels now is sanitization before personalization. Safety in hotel operations is the first assurance that a customer now looks for.”

Chef Ranveer Brar, Renowned Celebrity Chef, Author and TV Host, said, “We need to rework the way we look at food and be proud of our cuisine. The narrative for food should involve the traveller to make it experiential and valued.” 

Ashish Kumar, Co-Chairman, FICCI Travel Technology Committee & Thought Leader said, “We need strategies and policy changes in the private sector to revive the tourism industry.

OYO Hotels & Homes predicts ‘India’s Next Destinations’, a data-backed predictive analysis that brings to light the country’s upcoming leisure destinations for travellers. According to OYO’s forecast, Jaipur, followed by Goa and Kochi are set to become India’s top leisure destinations in October, November and December 2020.

The report reveals that Indians will turn to faith during these tough times. The trend forecasts an upswing in demand for the alluring, holy cities of India, including Varanasi, Shirdi and Haridwar. The data predicts that most leisure destinations to rule the roost in the latter half of the year are within a driving distance from mainstream cities, such as Jaipur and Udaipur for Delhiites, Goa and Shirdi for Mumbaikars, Mysore for Bangaloreans, among others.

As per OYO’s consumer use cases, 56% of consumers will be travelling for leisure while 43% would travel for business. When asked about their next travel destination, most respondents opted for Kerala, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan. Amongst these, 45% of leisure travelers would prefer hill stations like Shimla, Mussoorie while the remaining 55% of leisure travelers would prefer non-hill station destinations like Goa, Agra, and Jaipur.

The data further highlights that 56% of consumers would travel via private vehicles to nearby locations, with family or friends, preferably between the duration of 1-3 days.

Commenting on the developments, Rohit Kapoor, CEO, India & South Asia, OYO said, “After spending months under lockdown and restrictions easing across the country, consumers are looking forward to stepping out and exploring new destinations, closer to home, and of course with utmost precautions. While intentions to travel are strengthening, our teams at OYO are working round the clock to also strengthen our offerings, and our value to the consumer.”

With the country’s intent to travel strengthening, OYO’s consumer use cases showcase that approximately 80% of consumers planning to travel are searching for sanitised stays, while 46% seek regulation-related information during their decision-making process.

MakeMyTrip has announced its partnership with BluSmart to launch Electric Vehicles (EV) for airport transfers. With this new offering, the company aims to encourage customers to consciously opt for eco-healthy travel options while choosing and booking first and last-mile transportation.

Bookable through the platform, the new offering is currently available for customers in Delhi and Delhi-NCR region. Moreover, as safety of riders and driver partners continues to remain of utmost importance, MakeMyTrip is also ensuring that these EV vehicles meet the MySafety standards established in compliance to the guidelines of WHO and local health authorities.

“Sustainable travel that was once considered a niche has now found a whole new meaning following the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing uncertainty has pushed environment-friendly travel up the agenda of the entire industry as well as among travellers. At MakeMyTrip, as we remain deeply rooted in promoting responsible tourism, we have found a great partner in BluSmart which shares a common philosophy of making travel sustainable. With this partnership, we hope to improve accessibility of cost-efficient, go-green transit options while promising safety at all times for travellers as well as driver partners,” Parikshit Choudhury, Chief Business Officer – Ground Transport, MakeMyTrip, said.

Commenting on the partnership, Anmol Singh Jaggi, Founder & CEO, BluSmart Mobility shared, "BluSmart is on a mission to solve the problem of reliability, safety and pollution in the mega cities of India and we are excited to partner MakeMyTrip and take this endeavour forward. Now MakeMyTrip users will have an option to choose a clean mobility service, which in these Covid times is ensuring the highest standards of sanitisation, for their airport travel needs in Delhi NCR. This partnership will accelerate the transition to electric mobility and contribute towards keeping the Delhi skies blue."

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board on the occasion of Paryatan Parv (27th September to 30th September 2020) organised various competitions and activities in the state to promote state tourism and make people aware of the state's rich history, traditions, historical heritage, possibilities, tourism importance etc. and to enhance their tourism knowledge.

Travelogue, Painting and Online Quiz competitions in cooperation and coordination with School Education Department and State Education Centre are organized from 27th September 2020 to 30th September 2020 for State’s School Students. These competitions are based on recent World Tourism Day Theme ‘Dekho Apna Desh’. Keeping in mind recent Covid-19 pandemic situation all these Competitions are conducted online in all the 52 Districts of the State.

Over 52,000 Students participated in Online Quiz Competitions, Painting and Travelogue writing competitions, and exhibited their art and knowledge. In the painting competition Garima Rawat stood first, Aryan Rajput second and Nikhil Yadav scored 3rd Position. All the participants are awarded with certificates; Winners are awarded with Medals, Trophies and prizes by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board.   

Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Department of Tourism and Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board said "Tourism does not just help bring back the happy moments in our lives. It rather plays an important role in the social, cultural, political and economic development of any country. In today's time, the first need of every country is to strengthen the economy, Madhya Pradesh tourism Board is also making its efforts to make people familiar with the State’s tourism culture and can invite more and more tourists to Madhya Pradesh."

Additional Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, Sonia Meena, said “The main objective of this competition is to make students aware of the Tourism prosperity, culture and history of the state and to develop confidence in the students to participate in different completions as a team"

All the participating candidates will receive the certificate of Participation from Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board; Winners will be awarded with attractive Prizes and Certificates.

Famous hill station of Kerala Munnar was adjudged the First Runner Up in Mountain Destinations category in a nationwide poll conducted for the India Today Tourism Award. Accepting the award at a function that took place as an online event yesterday, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said Kerala Tourism, as a global brand, has won many national and international accolades during its long journey.  

“This India Today Tourism award for Kerala has come at the most opportune moment when the state is charting out the future course of its tourism and travel industry, being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This recognition will certainly encourage the partners of tourism in the state,” Surendran pointed out in his video message.  

The awards, decided through a nationwide poll for choosing India’s Favourite Destinations, were presented as part of the India Today Tourism Conclave, where major stakeholders of Indian tourism industry converged to virtually deliberate on the post-pandemic course of this vital sector.

Surendran said the damage inflicted by the unprecedented health crisis is grim, but the state government is determined to revive tourism. “The government has already announced a massive financial package of Rs 455 crore for the revival of tourism. The entire spectrum of tourism down to local communities will benefit from this package.”

“Kerala has bounced back from crippling natural disasters in the past like the 2018 floods that battered vast swathes of land, including tourism spots. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic is far more constricting. Still, we will overcome this testing and trying phase too and get back to the path of fast recovery and growth,” he asserted.

As businesses start adapting to a new normal, Meetings & Events are also slowly returning but with many factors to consider. In a survey led by Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s travel program, on the expectations of Meetings & Events in the new normal, half of those surveyed are planning to continue with offline events (50%). However, there is a high volume of concerns around government regulations (45%), and safety and hygiene standards of venue (30%), amongst many others.

The survey reached more than 500 respondents including event and meeting planners, administrative support staff and those in management roles across multiple industries in APEC.

“The current ‘new world’ we are experiencing through this pandemic has required us to have a different elevated experience for guests across different sectors and markets,” said Rajeev Menon, President, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China), Marriott International. “We are seeing leisure travel slowly returning, followed by business and then groups. And with our Commitment to Clean initiative, we are ready to welcome guests back to our hotels around the world, providing them with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols to travel and connect with confidence.”

To address some of these concerns, Marriott International is introducing new content via a digital platform for Meetings & Events. The platform aims to redefine processes and reimagine spaces guided by cleanliness experts and best practices to help hosts, organizers and attendees plan and execute meetings and connect with confidence. This comes after the company’s announcement of its Commitment to Clean and Global Cleanliness Council.

While offline events might be a popular choice, 36% of the respondents are planning to host more hybrid events – this means combining physical and livestreaming elements to maximise reach, across geographical restrictions.

 

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