• Kerala Tourism intends to focus on Travancore Heritage Tourism Project

    Published on : Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Kerala Tourism plans to work on a new project called Travancore Heritage Tourism Project. This new project is also similar to other heritage tourism projects in the state, such as Alappuzha, Thalassery, and Muziris. The idea of such projects is to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of these locations.

    The department of tourism in Kerala is looking forward to appointing an architecture-cum-conservation consultant for the project, which is estimated at INR 100 crore. The job of the consultant is to identify the various sections of the project, and eventually work on a project report for each of them. The tourism department is also looking for an expression of interest from potential bidders for this project.

    Travancore has a rich history of culture, trade, and colonial legacy, all of which can go through conservation, and potentially become a great new destination for tourism.

    Travancore is also known for its beautiful beaches, hill stations, temples, and a lot of other attractions. Also, museums in the area, such as the Kuthiramalika Palace museum will get a major boost with this new project. The project will see Travancore develop into a world class heritage location, and it is in fact a long-term project, with a vision of over 30 years.

    Travancore was an Indian kingdom that was ruled by the Travancore Royal Family. It covered a large part of Kerala, and later it became a princely state under the British rule. The kingdom dates back to 1729 when it was first established.

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  • Theocharis: Greek tourism to focus on business

    Published on : Thursday, February 18, 2021

    In a recent meeting it has been decided that strategic planning is essential for growth and sustenance after the pause in travel business last year. Hence, in accordance with the Tourism Ministry they have laid down a ten year plan after discussing in detail in the 13th Meeting of the Regional Tourism Council.

    Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis informed the council about important international contacts and new collaborations in the field of tourism, as well as the results of his recent visit to Israel. He then referred to the launch of the ministry’s 10-year plan and stated about difficult times of the year in terms of challenges and competition.

     Theocharis further added that with the advent of the New Year, new opportunities bloomed and created new business opportunities as the international tourism opened.

    He also stated that the present year will be better in comparison to the other, and vaccinations for the virus will proceed as usual. There will be focus on exploring new tourism destinations in interesting areas such as Greece, and other destinations in Mediterranean and Southern Europe. The key aim is to attract business and improve thoroughly.

    Regarding the strategic plan, especially for 2021, the minister explained that the three pillars for opening up tourism are the promotional campaign, through the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), the internal health protocols, which he said will be adjusted to correct any dysfunctionality so that businesses can operate even better, and travel protocols.

    He pointed out the importance of the Destination Management and Marketing Organization (DMMO) regarding the further improvement of the domestic tourism product, through long-term cooperation between the private and public sectors, with strategy and the promotion as its key axes.

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    Tags: Coronavirus, Greek tourism, pandemic, Theocharis, travel and tourism

  • WTTC urges the world to focus on ‘high-risk travellers’trendybloggers.com

    Published on : Wednesday, February 10, 2021

    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has recently called upon governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and urged to focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders instead. WTTC is urging governments around the world to shift their focus from whole countries, towards individual travellers. The council mentioned that governments around the world should redefine their whole approach to risk assessment, to revive international business and leisure travel. 

    It is of the opinion that a common international consensus on the metrics used to assess risk and a laser-like focus on a cost-effective, comprehensive, and rapid departure and arrival testing scheme for all travellers, can pave the way forward for the meaningful return of travel. It would also ensure only those affected are forced to isolate, while travellers who test negative can continue to enjoy safe travels through observing hygiene protocols and mask wearing.

    Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, WTTC said in her statement that risk based on entire countries is neither effective nor productive and mentioned that redefining risk towards individual travellers instead will be the key for unlocking the door to the return of safe international travel asking everyone to learn from past experiences and crises such as 9-11. She stated that labelling entire countries as ‘high-risk’ which assumes everyone is infected should not be continued as the reality is much more complex.

    She shared that the current notion not only stigmatise an entire nation, but also halts travel and mobility when many people who test negative on departure and arrival could safely travel without exporting the virus. She stated that the risk to focus on ‘high-risk’ individuals should be redefined and said that WTTC firmly believes implementing a comprehensive testing regime and the use of technology is the only practical way to restore international travel securely. She also said that a comprehensive testing programme will be less expensive than the economic cost brought on by blanket quarantines and lockdowns as the refocus would avoid exporting the virus and enable the free movement of travellers, while still observing enhanced hygiene protocols such as mask wearing and social distancing.

    She added that people must learn to live with the virus, as it will take time for the global population to be vaccinated and said that WTTC has long advocated introducing a comprehensive and cost-effective test on departure and arrival for all international travellers, as a way of preventing those carrying the virus from spreading it. She concluded that a crucial balance needs to be struck between the priority on public health with the need to sustain economic activity and ensuring people are safe and healthy, while securing the health of the global economy and reviving the 174 million Travel & Tourism jobs affected by the devastating pandemic.

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    Tags: Coronavirus, Covid-19, World Travel and Tourism Council, WTTC