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tourism 3 2Tourism sector has yet to realise its potential in India,especially,when it has so much to offer which is uniquely Indian.The Govt. is also receptive to public private partnership in strengthening and building state of the art infrastructure. and professional cadre to service the tourist. The recent initiative of visa on arrival for 43 countries is indicative of the Govt.’s resolve to move in the direction of Tourism promotion.Segments like Business,Leisure and special categories of tourism like Medical tourism,Sports tourism,Hallmark events,heritage destinations & attractions,ethnic tourismetc. are now being looked at separately with due emphasis on each category. While Hospitality sector always had large groups/MNCs players,the Tourism sector essentially has fragmented participants or smaller scale operators.Large groups,only of late have shown keen interest in multi destination presence and investing in developing virgin spots as product development initiative,Even large projects like huge convention centre at Hyderabad are drawing interest from large groups. The promotional aspect such as large special events generating huge foreign tourist on the lines of Dubai shopping festival could be distinct possibility in near future.On the domestic side Kumbh Mela is a regular feature.. The potential for development of Tourist spots like Beaches,Mountainside,Village tourism,Hallmark sports events like Olympics,Ski Resorts,Disney like Destination,Medicities,Yoga & meditation centers deserves attention from all stakeholders and realisation is there now.The intent needs to be operationalised now.

The tourism industry is one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions, and this to climate change. One of its many polluting ways is food wastage. Each year about a billion tons of food gets wasted or lost. This is also a huge economic loss, being responsible for over a billion US dollars’ worth. Reasons for food wastage differ between developing and developed countries. At the former, it is due to weak infrastructure issues. The latter suffers at the consumption stage. Top hotel chains such as Accor, Hyatt and Hilton have pledged to reduce food wastage up to nearly a third by the year 2030. Such efforts at improving their operational sustainability will also boost the hoteliers’ digital marketing efforts, as such videos go viral within hours on social media. Marriott for instance has banned outright the use of disposable plastic straws.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/tourism-industry-fighting-the-food-waste-news11341

Uploaded Date:29 January 2020

Religious tourism is on the upswing in Mexico, generating substantial inbound tourism, both in terms of numbers, as well as revenues. More than twenty million tourists visited the faith centres and religious sites, as per business intelligence generated from the CONCANACO- SERVYTUR. It stands for Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism. 12th December is the key date, as visitors on that day stand roughly equal to the records established each year by Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The USA, Argentina, Germany, Colombia and Spain remain the largest source countries for these tourists. Nearly a third of the visitors to the renowned Basilica of Guadalupe are foreigners. Taxco, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi and Queretaro remain others important religious destinations to visit in Mexico.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/religious-tourism-in-mexico-is-booming-news11325

Uploaded Date:28 January 2020

2020 could be a bumper year for the air travel industry. Estimates shared by tourism consulting firm- IATA (International Air Travel Association)- suggest that the net profits will soar to nearly twenty- six billion dollars. This follows on from a successful 2019. An earlier forecast had put it at 28 billion. The reasons for the slight reduction are the impacts of the global economic slowdown. Cargo demand also reduces as a result. Trade wars and geopolitical tensions do not help either. Among the regions, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa could lose money, while North America will do the best. The latter should account for about 65% of overall industry profits.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/airline-industry-has-a-positive-outlook-news11323

Uploaded Date:06 January 2020

The size of the global luxury tourism industry is worth a billion and a half US dollars’ worth of turnover, as per a report submitted by marketing research firms Wealth-X and Barton. This figure does not include air fare or accommodation, which add up another US$ 1.4 billion to the pack. These astronomical figures would actually add up to being among the top fifteen economies in the world had it been a country. While a number of countries are chasing this super- rich club, not all have been equally successful. As per business intelligence shared by Global Blue, only thirteen percent of this travel is captured by Spain, where France, Italy and UK do much better, with more than double the capture. The new challenge for the global economies will be sustainable luxury.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/luxury-travel-market-concerned-about-sustainability-news11324

Uploaded Date:06 January 2020

The developed travel destinations need to shake off any lethargy acquired by being market leaders for so long. This is because of unique challenges the next few decades are likely to pose. The first major challenge will be to smoothly navigate the triangular relationship involving the visitor, the host brand, and the local inhabitants, who were dormant for long. Tourism jobs can no longer be generated at the cost of the local environment, and this is something the entrepreneur has to take care of. The environment her refers to both the natural as well as the socio- cultural one. The second key challenge will be that of data warehousing, as the more comprehensive work on that will ensure, improved understanding of one’s market. The final challenge is about the emergence and near complete market domination by the so- called super brands. These are overarching brands that are competing at each chain against smaller, localized players. Innovative means will be needed to take them on.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/travel-destinations-face-difficult-challenges-news11321

Uploaded Date:27 December 2019

The Half Moon Island near Antarctica is now proving to be the springboard for a new form of tourism taking place. The island is part of the Southern Shetland Islands, suzerainty to which is divided and sometimes even disputer between Argentina, Chile and the UK. This year, the total number of visitors to the Antarctic Peninsula is about eighty- thousand, thus representing a forty percent rise from last year. The Chilean Antarctic Institute, calls Antarctica as “like the heart of the earth”, as coined by its director. The tour operators need to ensure that all their tourism initiatives follow environmentally sustainable practices. The key business innovation in this entire process is to let humans swim in the waters with penguins, sea lions and other maritime creatures.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/antarctic-tourism-poses-environmental-questions-news11309

Uploaded Date:27 December 2019

 

A detailed study has been conducted to understand the status of the Villa Rental Market in the Asia Pacific region. The data and the business intelligence were provided by Villa Finder, which is an aggregator to help travelers locate their ideal kind of villa. Some of the major cities or regions, within the region, covered under this study included Pattaya, Bali, Koh Samui, Phuket, Byron Bay, Perth, Sydney, Phuket, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai, besides the countries of Sri Lanka and New Zealand, surveyed separately. The total market size is worth US$ 441 million, and growing annually on average at about twelve percent. Goa in India sees the strongest growth at 23%. Even a mature market like Australia is experiencing annual growth. One country that is somewhat struggling, is Thailand. One possible reason is over- supply. The reduction in inbound Chinese travelers has also hurt the market there.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/growth-of-villa-rental-market-in-asia-news11307

Uploaded Date:27 December 2019

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