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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.

London has once again reinforced its position as the leading business travel destination. It tops the index for 2019, created by tourism consulting firm BCD Travel. The study is titled the Cities and Trends Report 2019. Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich and Paris completed the top five for the European rankings. Zurich and Paris in fact swapped places from last year. This was the only change from the previous edition. Barcelona comes sixth. Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan and Stockholm complete the top ten. When it comes to the Inter- continental rankings, as expected New York City tops the index. Shanghai, San Francisco, Singapore, Dubai, Chicago, Tokyo, Beijing, Boston and Los Angeles are the others in the top ten. If one counts countries, then it’s the UK, Germany and Spain which are Europe’s toppers, while USA, China and India, in that order are the top of the intercontinental rankings.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/top-business-travel-destinations-not-changed-much-news11425

Uploaded Date:11 March 2020

Overcrowding by tourists has become a significant problem is several tourism hubs such as at Amsterdam. To curb this, but only slightly, the present mayor has proposed to put a stop on what is dubbed as “cannabis tourism”. Cannabis is one of the major attractions for people to visit the city, but now plans are afoot to reduce or disallow tourists from accessing the same. Likewise, another attraction to the city is its legal Red Light district. Business research conducted by a team concluded that among cannabis consuming tourists, frequenting cafes was the most popular route. A whopping forty- four percent of those surveyed even revealed that they would be less keen on visiting the city, if these regulations would be put in place.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/cannabis-tourism-needs-to-be-stopped-says-amsterdam-news11410

Uploaded Date:11 March 2020

Due to the ongoing global economic slowdown, added to the uncertain political environment, business travel is feeling the heat. A study was recently concluded by Air Plus International, which is in to tourism consulting. More than four- hundred business leaders from Asia, Europe and the USA, were surveyed as part of this study. Among the global communities, it is Italians, who are the most circumspect of the present political condition. Ninety- three percent of them feel that their businesses will suffer amidst the crisis, with the French and Chinese not lagging far behind and eighty- five and eighty- three percent respectively. Companies from Germany are less skeptical with only forty- two percent of such pessimistic view. The more serious impact is that of terrorist attacks, whenever they occur. To cite an especially acute crisis, the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul saw business travel reduce by about two-thirds after the attacks in June, 2016.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/business-travel-threatened-by-political-situation-news11395

Uploaded Date:27 February 2020

Booking.com, which was founded back in the year 1996, in Amsterdam, is now one of the world’s largest booking platforms. It is available in a total of forty- three different languages, with twenty- nine million accommodation entries listed on it. A significant chunk of this is occupied by holiday homes. As travelers these days have far more accommodation choices, Booking.com decided to come up with its own ratings system for holiday homes, something that was missing till now. While the star classification for hotels is well known, this is a novel move. With this, the global scale will be easier to understand. The quality rating system will use business analytics to break down data from across four- hundred odd factors, before coming up with the points. The countries that have in the preliminary round done best as holiday home hosts are – the USA, Italy, France, Greece and Spain. These holiday homes are most frequented by travelers from the UAE, China, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/unique-quality-rating-system-introduced-news11372

Uploaded Date:21 February 2020

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

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