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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 Statue of Liberty has been the symbol of New York City and perhaps for the entire country of the USA, since it was opened up one- hundred and thirty years back. More than four million people visit this each year, but not all can reach up the parapet due to limited space. Now, a museum has been opened up right next to it, to facilitate the same. This business innovation cost around a hundred million dollars. The museum’s star attraction is the original torch which was removed in 1984. Information boards, showcases and films are part of the museum.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/new-museum-dedicated-to-lady-liberty-news11068

Uploaded Date:20 July 2019

With Brexit looming round the corner, opinionists are divided on the exact nature of the same. People are not sure on the exact relationship the UK will have with the EU members. This will also have an impact on tourism, especially with the nearest neighbors in France and Ireland. One area of concern is travel insurance. This had long ceased to be any worry, as the travelers from the UK the European Insurance Halth Card (EHIC). The EU consumer rights laws also protected them against any cases of fraud. Now tourism consulting agencies are gearing up to provide the citizens of the UK, information regarding travel insurance, as many are fretting over the same. Post- Brexit, many worry that UK citizens could lose their protection against travel cancelations and disruptions.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/post-brexit-reminder-travel-insurance-for-british-tourists-news11116

Uploaded Date:20 July 2019

Cuba has long been known for its sun and sand tourism. But now, it is diversifying towards heritage tourism. Overall, as per business intelligence supplied by the authorities, there has been an increase in inbound tourism lately. This has been at the rate of more than seven percent in the first quarter of this year. The country plans to showcase its rich culture and heritage to the world. One such initiative is in the restoration of Old Havana. A lot of tensions also exists due to the infrastructure loss that happened post Hurricane Irma in 2017. Yet, a number of high- end properties survive. To cater to the richer clientele, golf courses are also being developed. As of now, the majority of tourists are from Canada, followed by the EU region. Inbound numbers form the USA have declined again, while regional tensions such as that in Venezuela haven’t helped the matters either. Canada is also the port of entry for Chinese travelers, as flights to Cuba are routed from there.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/heritage-tourism-growing-in-importance-in-cuba-news11046

Uploaded Date:03 July 2019

Russia is losing a portion of inbound tourists each year, thanks to the tangled and bureaucratic system for visas in play at present. To ease this, the country plans to follow a complete e- visa regime. It has already been experimented since 2017 on a limited basis. Nationals of eighteen countries are right now under the gamut of the e- visa stipulations. This includes those from Japan and China. Limitations too exist on this regime as it is now programmed. The country aims to experience a growth of nearly five percent in tourism’s contribution to GDP by the year 2025. Russia also plans on expanding its export of tourism services to be among the top twelve in the world. It finds itself presently at sixteenth as per global tourism consulting body UNWTO.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/russia-preparing-an-e-visa-regime-news11115

Uploaded Date:03 July 2019

The number of air travelers has increased by seventy five percent between the years of 2007 and 2018. Another development during this period has been the reduction in airport baggage problems. As per business intelligence shared by SITA, which is a global technology support service for air transport, the reduction in baggage misplacements has taken place by sixty- six percent. A mere 5.7 baggage per thousand travelers now get misplaced. This is in spite of the fact that about ninety- five percent of the baggage do run through irregularities, they get returned to the rightful owner. One of the reasons for this substantial improvement, is the deployment of baggage tracking solutions.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/number-of-lost-airport-baggage-decreased-news11035

Uploaded Date:27 June 2019

Most individuals across the generations, and from across geographical divisions, tend to be more productive and creative during their business trips. This is because their energy levels tend to be high during such trips. Part of this happens due to the face- face- interactions, still considered most effective. These findings were submitted by CWT, which is a tourism consulting and travel management portal. This heightened creativity was highest among the millennials, especially those who are Americans, followed by those from the Asia- Pacific region. Those from the latter, also report the highest rates across generations. Among millennials, the least impact is on the Europeans. The overall levels of collaboration are also the highest when professionals work face- to- face.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/business-trips-result-in-creativity-news11107

Uploaded Date:27 June 2019

Mexico is quickly becoming a beacon for medical tourism. Travelers from a number of countries visit Mexico for operations, that would cost double or even more back in theirs. Annually, the industry is worth twenty- three billion dollars. The states of Mexico with the highest potential in the same are Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, Tamaulipas and Baja California Norte. The vast majority of these medical travelers come from the neighbouring USA. The share of US travelers to the overall pool is about eighty percent as per business intelligence supplied by the Medical Tourism Association. The majority of US travelers meanwhile are expected to come over from the states of Arizona, California and Texas.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/medical-tourism-rise-in-popularity-news11062

Uploaded Date:26 June 2019

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