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Demand momentum to sustain in travel industry for 4-5 yrs: Thomas Cook's Madhavan Menon

The travel industry is expected to continue growing at a steady pace for the next four to five years, according to Madhavan Menon, executive chairman of Thomas Cook (India). Menon believes that the increasing purchasing power of people who can afford holidays, regardless of the cost, will continue to drive the growth trend. He believes that the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered an evolution in travel and taught companies the importance of productivity.

23 Jun 2024 11:32 pm
India launches trusted traveller programme for faster immigration

Home minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Fast Track Immigration-Trusted Traveller Programme (FTI-TTP) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. This facility will be available free of cost for all passengers, Shah said.

23 Jun 2024 12:40 am
Delhi Airport becomes first Indian airport to launch Fast Track Immigration-Trusted Traveller Programme

Delhi Airport introduced the Government of India's Fast Track Immigration-Trusted Traveller Programme for Indian passport holders and OCI cardholders. The programme offers expedited emigration/immigration clearance with eight electronic gates at Terminal 3. Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the programme. Applicants must pay a processing fee and undergo biometric verification, with the initiative aiming to streamline airport congestion.

22 Jun 2024 1:22 pm
Indian travellers, CXOs take to adventure trips

Indian travelers are increasingly seeking adventure, with travel and hospitality companies noting a 30% year-on-year increase in demand for adventure trips. From biking tours in Malaysia's Penang to paragliding in Thailands Chiang Mai, the trend is gaining popularity among enthusiasts, including CEOs and CXOs of India Inc. Many are also interested in unique experiences in the Himalayas.

21 Jun 2024 2:12 pm
Up to Rs 10 lakh relief in train accident: How a 45 paisa IRCTC travel insurance can be a huge help for your family in case of death or disability

IRCTC travel insurance: Do you know that IRCTC offers an optional travel insurance policy at just 45 paisa premium per passenger. This policy offers coverage up to Rs 10 lakh in cases of death and permanent disability. God forbid if you perish in a train accident, atleast your family will get the required financial assistance.

21 Jun 2024 11:27 am
Travel dominates forex spending abroad: RBI data

Outward remittances from India under the liberalised remittance scheme fell by 2% year on year. Travel was the largest chunk of foreign currency outflows in April, with maintenance of close relatives being the second largest reason for remittances. Indians spent $31.7 billion overseas under the LRS in the fiscal ended March 2024.

19 Jun 2024 6:07 pm
Air travellers' trauma: Spicejet plane stuck on tarmac for an hour with no AC, passengers share videos

Air travellers' trauma: Spicejet plane stuck on tarmac for an hour with no AC, passengers share videos

19 Jun 2024 2:40 pm
Travel ease on horizon? Taiwan mulls visa-on-arrival for Indians

Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chung Kwang Tien, announced on Tuesday that the Taiwanese government is contemplating offering visa-on-arrival for Indian citizens.

19 Jun 2024 9:22 am
Don't scrimp on train travel safety

More than 22 million Indians travel daily in over 13,000 passenger trains, emphasizing the importance of safety measures in the wake of the Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express incident and the limited operationality of the anti-collision system, Kavach.

18 Jun 2024 11:19 pm
Ixigo IPO: A look at the online travel aggregators listed rivals

The travel industry, which had taken a beating during the Covid-19 period, witnessed a smart recovery post-pandemic, with some players registering more than double-digit growth in FY23 compared to FY20.

18 Jun 2024 7:42 pm
5 places to travel in Himachal apart from Shimla and Manali

Here are five lesser-known places in Himachal Pradesh that offer unique travel experiences apart from Shimla and Manali:

18 Jun 2024 1:20 pm
Uttarakhand accident: Four women sharing flat in Noida among dead in tempo traveller accident

In a tragic accident in Rudraprayag district, a tempo traveller carrying tourists, including six flat mates from Noida Sector 51, plunged into a gorge. Four women from the group died, identified as Mohini Pandey, Smriti Sharma, Nikita Bhatt, and Anjali Srivastava, while two others, Vandana Sharma and Shubham Singh, were severely injured. The incident claimed 15 lives and injured 11, with critical cases transferred to AIIMS Rishikesh.

17 Jun 2024 11:04 am
Tempo traveller falls in to gorge in Uttarakhand, 8 feared dead

A tempo traveller carrying 23 people plunged into a gorge near the Alakananda River In Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand. The accident resulted in at least eight feared dead and seven injured. Local authorities and the SDRF are conducting a rescue operation, with the injured receiving treatment at the nearest medical center. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed condolences and assured an investigation into the incident.

15 Jun 2024 2:53 pm
Greece shuts down tourist hotspots, warns travelers as severe heatwave sweeps country

Greece is facing the aftermath of a severe early heatwave that has resulted in fatalities, missing persons, and tourist site closures. Record temperatures exceeding 38C for multiple days have triggered urgent traveler advisories and high alert levels for fires, impacting tourism and daily life.

15 Jun 2024 12:04 pm
Top US delegation including former House speaker Nancy Pelosi to travel to India next week, meet with Dalai Lama

The delegation's official press release stated that they will meet with the Dalai Lama, Indian government officials, and representatives of US businesses in India. Chairman McCaul emphasized the importance of the US-India relationship, calling India the world's largest democracy and a crucial strategic partner.

15 Jun 2024 7:45 am
Few tips for budget traveling in India

India is a budget traveler's paradise. Few locations on Earth provide as many worthwhile travel experiences at such low costs, especially if you take the cheaper classes on buses and trains and stay in inexpensive hotels or hostels.

14 Jun 2024 4:21 pm
Is it a good time to buy travel related stocks? Daljeet Singh Kohli answers

But to assume or extrapolate that this similar kind of execution and similar kind of order book will stay for next three-five years which the stock prices are saying, I think that will be too much of expectation.

14 Jun 2024 4:18 pm
India Inc's high-flyers in for a travel treat; overseas tour, meet-ups with celebs among unique rewards

Offsites may never be the same again. Corporates across sectors such as banking, auto and insurance have loosened their purse strings for top performers, partners and distributors this season and are rewarding them with unique travel experiences, luxury watches and bags as well as catch-ups with Bollywood celebrities and other rewards. Travel, including trips with families, figures high on the rewards and incentives list.

14 Jun 2024 5:30 am
Samsung partners with Paytm to bring travel, entertainment services to Samsung Wallet

Samsung is collaborating with One 97 Communications Limited (OCL), which operates fintech Paytm, to launch flight, bus, movie, and event ticket bookings on the Samsung Wallet. Samsung Galaxy phone customers who use the Paytm app for flight, bus, and movie bookings, and the Paytm Insider app for event bookings, can add their tickets directly to Samsung Wallet.

13 Jun 2024 12:07 pm
Travel Insurance: What you need to know before you plan your next international trip

Travel insurance provides coverage for travel risks, including medical support, flight cancellations, and emergency evacuation. It is not always mandatory but advisable for international travel. Policies include trip-wise insurance and group travel insurance.

12 Jun 2024 11:18 am
PM Modi to travel to Italy this week for G7 summit in first trip abroad in third term

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the G7 summit in Italy from June 13-15, marking his first international trip after beginning his third term. The summit, focused on the Ukraine war and Gaza conflict, will also see leaders from the US, France, Japan, Canada, and others, including Ukraine's President Zelenskyy.

11 Jun 2024 4:39 pm
Southeast Asian nations top choice for Indians travelling abroad this summer: Survey

Southeast Asian countries are top choices for Indian travelers for short vacations, with Bali, Pattaya, and Bangkok being popular destinations according to the OYO Global Summer Vacations Travelopedia 2024 survey. Europe and the United States are preferred for longer stays. OYO Founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal highlighted the convenience for Indian travelers.

10 Jun 2024 5:07 pm
Pakistan urgently calls for return of Seema Haider's four kids, who travelled to India illegally

The National Commission for Rights of Children in Pakistan has urgently called for the repatriation of four children who accompanied their mother, Seema Haider, to India to marry her lover. Haider's husband, Ghulam Haider, remains in Pakistan. Seema and her children entered India illegally last year to be with Sachin Meena. Legal challenges arose, including Haider's arrest for visa violation and disputes over the marriage's validity.

10 Jun 2024 4:28 pm
Flight stories: Discover these 6 podcasts about the fascinating world of air travel

Discover a curated selection of podcasts that delve into the thrilling yet complex world of air travel. From tales of air disasters and mysteries like MH370 to insightful discussions about Boeing's quality crisis and the ongoing Boeing vs Airbus rivalry, these podcasts offer a unique blend of entertainment and education. Whether you're an aviation enthusiast, a frequent flyer, or simply curious about the intricacies of commercial aviation, these podcasts provide valuable insights, travel tips, a

9 Jun 2024 2:37 pm
Rahul Gandhi travelled 11,000 km, listened to people, should be made LoP: Jharkhand Congress chief Rajesh Thakur

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) passed a resolution appointing Rahul Gandhi as the Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha. Gandhi got support from party leaders like Rajesh Thakur who highlighted Gandhi's efforts during the election campaign and commitment to addressing public issues through the 'Nyay Patra'. This decision follows a growing demand within the party after their improved performance in the Lok Sabha polls.

8 Jun 2024 5:23 pm
Online travel aggregator Ixigo sets Rs 88-93 price band for IPO to raise Rs 740 crore

The company filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with the markets regulator in February and received approval in May. Ixigo IPO is scheduled to launch on June 10 and close on June 12. The company aims to raise a total of Rs 740 crore through the public issue.

5 Jun 2024 6:36 pm
Gen Z to help India's travel spending expand 9% a year: McKinsey Report

A new McKinsey report predicts India's travel spending to grow at 9% annually driven by strong GDP growth. Domestic air passenger traffic is set to double by 2030, boosting the domestic travel market to potentially become the world's fourth largest.

4 Jun 2024 12:01 am
Delhi-SFO flight delay: Air India apologises, offers USD 350 travel voucher to passengers

Air India has apologised and offered a travel voucher of USD 350 each to the passengers of the San Francisco flight that took off from the national capital after a delay of more than 30 hours. There were 199 passengers in the flight, according to a source.

1 Jun 2024 9:15 pm
Travel demand to outpace supply for next decade: Yezdi Nagporewalla

But you will always have a mismatch between demand and supply and it is largely because the hospitality sector is interdependent on other aspects like infrastructure, like hygiene, like safety, and those aspects. So, the entire ecosystem actually has to fall into play to make it comparable with developed places.

31 May 2024 8:01 am
Travel platforms see bookings hot up for chilly destinations

Travel companies are experiencing a surge in bookings as extreme heatwave conditions drive people to cooler destinations like Kullu, Manali, and Ladakh from Delhi. Flight fares to Leh have increased by 54%, with searches for last-minute escapes also rising.

31 May 2024 5:30 am
For women travellers, IndiGo introduces new feature for seat selection

IndiGo introduces new feature for female passengers during web check-in, offering visibility of seats booked by women travelers, aligning with #GirlPower ethos.

29 May 2024 3:52 pm
Average air ticket prices spike 9 pc in Jan-March period: FCM Travel

International air capacity has also increased 14 per cent due to India's growing aviation sector, Sodhi said, adding that average international airfares have softened 15 per cent, which is a general global trend of yields decreasing across airfares.

28 May 2024 5:32 pm
Airfares peaking as travellers in Europe, Asia seek savings

Airfares in Europe and Asia are plateauing or declining, signaling a slowdown in post-COVID travel demand. Airlines are facing challenges with higher costs and limited aircraft availability.

28 May 2024 11:15 am
Kyiv says first French military instructors to travel to Ukraine 'soon'

Kyiv's army chief, Oleksandr Syrsky, announced that French military instructors will soon arrive in Ukraine to train servicemen. The announcement was made after a video call with French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu. France's defence ministry said the issue is being studied but did not confirm the deployment of instructors.

27 May 2024 10:27 pm
Temperature surges, so does summer travel this year

According to MakeMyTrip's summer travel trends, the family travel segment has grown by 20% this year, as compared to the summer of 2023, while solo travel grew by 10% over last year's numbers. In terms of most booked holiday packages this summer, destinations with cool mountain terrains are the top picks with Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Goa, Kerala and the North East emerging as most sought after places.

27 May 2024 12:45 am
Best Toiletry Kits under 1000 in India for Organised Travelling (2024)

Are you looking for a toiletry kit within your budget? If so, then continue reading this article where we have curated a list of the best toiletry kits under 1000 in India. All of these kits are loved by their users, feature quality construction and are readily available on Amazon.

24 May 2024 8:55 pm
This airline aims to elevate dog travel with first-class flights

An airline based in East Farmingdale, New York, is revolutionizing pet travel by offering first-class flights exclusively for dogs. BARK Air, founded by CEO Matt Meeker, aims to provide a stress-free and luxurious experience for canine passengers, including a waiting lounge with treats, onboard spa services, and a special menu.

24 May 2024 6:13 pm
Swiftly Soaring: Taylor Swift's Eras tour sparks surge in European air travel for upcoming summer season

Taylor Swift's Eras tour is significantly impacting travel and the economy, causing a 25% increase in demand for flights to European destinations like Lisbon and Madrid. United Airlines and Delta plan to fly around three million passengers over Memorial Day weekend, a 5% rise from last year. Tourism is expected to surge as American fans flock to cheaper European concerts, with ticket prices exceeding $1,000 due to high demand and strict resale rules. Milan saw a 45% rise in passengers for Swift'

23 May 2024 6:01 pm
Domestic travel, tourism sector ready to capitalise on upcycle: IHCL MD Puneet Chhatwal

Indian Hotels Company Ltd Managing Director and CEO Puneet Chhatwal discusses the company's plans to capitalize on opportunities in the travel and tourism sector, targeting Tier II and Tier III markets and foreign tourist arrivals.

23 May 2024 5:05 pm
Want to travel to space? Learn how much space tourism costs

Gopi Thotakura, an entrepreneur and pilot, became the first Indian space tourist. He flew aboard Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin's NS-25 mission. Thotakura was one of six crew members selected for this mission, marking him as the first Indian space tourist and the second Indian to venture into space after Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma in 1984. The NS-25 mission took off from Launch Site One in West Texas, Blue Origin announced.

23 May 2024 4:30 pm
Kejriwal travelling with accused shows where his loyalty lies: BJP

BJP urges no interference in probe of alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal at Kejriwal's residence, questioning who was present and their role during the incident.

23 May 2024 1:52 pm
Travelling by Indian Railways? Now avail tech-driven services by MakeMyTrip

MakeMyTrip has partnered with Indian Railways to enhance travel experience by introducing tech-driven features like 'lock seat' and Route Extension Assistance. Additional features include Nearby Stations Recommendations, free cancellation policy, Food in Train for food delivery to seats, and Train Tracking and Platform Locator. CEO Rajesh Magow talked about the comapany's commitment to empowering travellers with choice and convenience.

23 May 2024 12:09 pm
Is travel insurance mandatory for Schengen Visa applications?

Indian citizens need travel insurance for a Schengen visa, covering medical emergencies, loss of valuables, passport theft, financial stability, mandatory requirements, documentation, and purchasing steps for a trip to Europe.

22 May 2024 1:20 pm
Hiring surge in travel and tourism: What it means for mid-career and senior roles

India's travel and tourism sector has rebounded post-pandemic, contributing Rs 16.5 trillion to the economy and creating 39 million jobs by 2020. The sector is also witnessing a spike in demand for AI specialists and data operations in the hospitality industry.

22 May 2024 12:36 pm
Indians break records with $31.7 billion overseas spending in FY24; international travel biggest expense

The Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) witnessed Indians spending a record $31.7 billion overseas in FY24, up 17% from the previous year, despite the introduction of tax collection. The data reveals a surge in international travel spending, surpassing education expenses. Travel expenditures accounted for 53.6% of LRS spending, marking a significant shift from pre-pandemic trends.

22 May 2024 12:08 pm