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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.

Tourism in the country of Brazil came to an almost complete standstill in the months of April and May earlier this year, but it is now lately showing some signs of recovery. In June, e- commerce for the travel sector peaked at a twenty- eight percent rise in comparison to the previous month. Business consulting firm Conversion conducted this survey to understand the ongoing impact of digital marketing, especially for the tourism segment. There was an overall nearly forty percent rise in e- commerce business if one compares with the base month of February, which is before corona virus was declared as a global pandemic. Family outings are being preferred by a little over half the respondents for their tourism needs, while a slightly lower percentage lays emphasis on open- air destinations such as waterfalls or beaches, so that large crowds may be avoided.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/online-travel-after-the-pandemic-on-the-rise-news11648

Uploaded Date:29 September 2020

Pre- the COVID- 19 pandemic, Uzbekistan, right at the heart of central Asia, was actually among the fastest growing markets for inbound tourism. A lot of the countries are especially faring badly during the summer. However, the silver lining is that even international travellers, do not want to venture too far off. So, Uzbekistan is bridging the gap for the potential travellers from neighbouring countries. A business innovation Uzbekistan’s tourism department has come up is an unusual one to lure tourists. The idea is that all those visitors who get infected with corona virus during their visit to the central Asian country, will be eligible to receive compensation worth up to US dollars 3000. The country’s president even signed a decree to this extent guaranteeing the same.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/uzbekistans-tourism-strategy-pay-the-infected-visitors-news11657

Uploaded Date:25 August 2020

There are several scenarios for a post- COVID- 19 world, as being envisaged by several tourism thinkers. One possibility is of the pandemic petering out as the earlier SARS outbreak had. There was a significant decline in tourism footprint post that and also post the September, 2001 attacks on New York City, but the industry recovered with aplomb in each case. China is seen as an indicator nation in all this. Chinese people are the largest global travellers now, so if outbound tourism rebounds from the country, then the future for the sector could be bright. Early indications are that things may take longer to return to normal, as business intelligence arriving from Italy, shows that nearly three- fifths of the population there shows no interest in travelling this summer. Another third will have really short holidays. Businesses in this sector will have to respond with the right package to attract back the customers. Some effects may be really long- term, that could end up redesigning the sector for ever.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/tourism-after-pandemics-safety-first-news11563

Uploaded Date:04 August 2020

The travel and tourism sector has of course been amongst those worst affected by the ongoing pandemic and the resultant lockdowns. Inter- country travel has been completely restricted including within Europe, once amongst the most accessible of zones. But some countries are devising means to somehow ride the storm and emerge with a sense of positivity. While continent- wide travel is not possible, some countries are considering travel bubble. Some have even implemented them, such as the Baltic states comprising of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Summer travel remains critical, as this is the period that sees maximum tourism within the continent, as a result of which scores of travel jobs are dependent on it. Some other groups of countries with similar epidemiological responses have gone ahead with such travel bubbles. This includes The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia as one group and Greece, Israel and Cyprus as another. China too is keen on establishing a travel corridor with neighbours Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/new-strategies-to-boost-tourism-news11565

Uploaded Date:04 August 2020

In a bid to reopen the struggling tourism industry, authorities in the central European country of Austria have decided to allow for free corona tests for tourism industry professionals. The federal government will bear the costs of the same. It is hoped that about three- fourths of the country’s businesses involved in the sector can be part of this initiative. Specific laboratories have been equipped to handle this rush of professionals for the testing phase. This move will also help protect the tourism jobs, as most of them depend on the peak tourism season, that tends to coincide with the European summer. An information sheet will be created to this end, by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/austria-offers-free-corona-test-news11615

Uploaded Date:17 July 2020

Tourism has been one of the worst affected sectors in the corona virus pandemic, so efforts are now on to reopen the same. Russia has been one country quick to jump in towards the tourism recovery path. For its part, the country has planned a simplified e- visa which will be applicable for nationals visiting from a select group of fifty- three countries. Russia had in fact introduced something along these lines even before the lockdowns in March, but for obvious reasons this did not receive the kind of traction initially hoped for. Rosotourism, which is the Russian Federal Tourist Agency, has been a little cautious on this business innovation, due to its earlier experience during the 2018 Football World Cup. It is believed that a few thousand illegal migrants did find entry in to Russia back then, taking advantage of the visa relaxations for the tournament.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/russia-to-offer-simplified-e-visa-to-53-countries-news11620

Uploaded Date:17 July 2020

Now with the tourism industry broadly facing severe issues, eco and community tourism may turn out to be the saviours. The tourism and entertainment industries could probably pitch in their efforts together in this fight for revival. Restaurants have somewhat ground out survival tactics by leveraging home deliveries. The same can’t be said about hotels, who have ground to a complete halt, thereby severely impacting travel jobs’ survival. International travel will suffer for quite some time now. Several opportunities can also be carved out at this time. The advantage of eco or community tourism is that it can be executed in rural areas, with low population densities. This will largely help in maintaining the social distancing norms.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/small-businesses-will-have-many-opportunities-for-tourism-news11556

Uploaded Date:09 June 2020

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