• Egypt will hold a roadshow in June for promoting its cultural tourism in Spain

    Published on : Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Egypt will hold a roadshow in June for promoting its cultural tourism in Spain, said Mohamed Osman, head of the Committee for the Promotion of Cultural Tourism in Luxor.

    Osman also said that the roadshow would work in order to attract global companies and tour operators.

    Osman said that the event will feature Egypt’s various tourism destinations and its latest archaeological discoveries.

    The roadshows would also shed light on the protective measures implemented at airports, hotels, archaeological sites and museums across Egypt, besides presenting an analysis of the country’s novel corona virus (COVID-19) situation and reducing number of cases.

    Osman highlighted the plans that will be put into effect by the Committee for the promotion of cultural tourism in Luxor during the post-COVID-19 period. The plans aim to uphold Egypt’s cultural tourism, thereby boosting the long-suffering sector.

    The Committee is also preparing to organize more roadshows in Scandinavian countries, since the region’s markets are very important for tourism.

    “We are also conducting a study on the reasons for the disappearance of some markets from Egypt and focusing on creative, innovative ways to attract them again to the country,” Osman said.

    He stressed the fact that Eastern Europe has been proven to be an important market for Egypt since traditional markets are no longer providing their input.

    Osman spoke about the need to undertake necessary preparations and celebrations for the important historical event represented in the opening of the 2,700 metre Rams Road linking the Luxor and Karnak temples. This celebration will be held under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

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  • Delaware Tourism Office to launch Destination Development ProgramTravel And Tour World

    Published on : Friday, February 26, 2021

    The Delaware Tourism Office has decided to launch the Destination Development Program, an incubator and workshop training program for the state’s tourism industry. The program will provide resources to empower small business owners and non-profit organizations to develop and promote their tourism assets and to assist small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have limited time, staff and resources.

    The Destination Development Program includes a business incubator that will provide participants with a free guided program of business development resources and assistance from national travel and tourism marketing experts. Three tourism-related businesses or nonprofit organizations, one in each of Delaware’s three counties, will be chosen for the incubator program. In addition to the incubator, DTO will offer free training workshops for 15 professionals working for tourism-related businesses or nonprofits, five in each county.

    The workshops will provide participants with the tools and ongoing support for tourism professionals to develop and implement a robust communications and marketing strategy. Over the course of six months, participants will learn at sessions on a new topic each month led by subject matter experts from a top marketing agency. The training also includes one-on-one follow-up sessions to expand on that month’s topic. Applications for the incubator and workshop programs are already available and must be submitted by March 15.

    Jeff Bullock, Secretary of State, Delaware said in a statement that the Delaware tourism destinations have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He mentioned that the program from the Delaware Tourism Office builds on the resources the state is providing during the challenging time to industries like tourism that have a substantial impact on the economy. Liz Keller, Tourism Office Director, Delaware added that in the ever-changing landscape of online marketing and at a time of severe budget and staffing constraints in the industry, the Destination Development Program aims to provide the tools and resources to help tourism-related businesses and organizations better reach potential travellers. She mentioned that the goal is for participants to learn from this program how to develop sustainable marketing programs that can help them for years to come.

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  • Beth Potter appointed President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of CanadaTravel And Tour World

    Published on : Friday, February 26, 2021

    Beth Potter has been appointed the new President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), commencing from March 15, 2021. She is a recognised leader and comes with more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit and tourism industries and has worked with a variety of boards and committees, including her recent contributions to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s tourism recovery efforts. Most recently Potter served as the President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.

    Speaking on her latest role, Potter said that she is excited to be taking on the new challenge. She shared that the decisions government takes in the coming weeks and months will have a significant impact on the ability to bring back the jobs and economic growth that tourism contributed to the Canadian economy before the COVID-19 pandemic. She mentioned that though the times are challenging and difficult, the tourism industry is an innovative and resilient sector and shared that she will harness all of her thirty years of experience in advocacy, shaping government policies and experience in collaboration on the international stage to meet the challenges head on.

    She also stated that in the past 11 months, TIAC has made significant progress in winning key economic support programmes for the tourism industry and said she is determined to build on the achievements and ensure that tourism receives the sector-specific support it requires to rebuild. David McKenna, Chairman of the Board, TIAC added that prior to COVID-19, Canada’s tourism sector was a CAD$105bn industry, accounting for 2% of the country’s GDP and supporting over 1.9m jobs. He said that COVID-19 is the worst crisis the sector has ever faced and Beth is joining TIAC at a critical time and will lead the visitor economy’s path to recovery. He mentioned that her experience will be vital to support the TIAC team and the industry through the pivotal time and shared that with effective advocacy, Canada’s tourism sector will be well positioned to welcome back visitors from the rest of the country and all over the world, when it is safe to do so.

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  • TTF Kolkata 2021 is set to boost the revival of tourism industryTravel And Tour World

    Published on : Thursday, February 25, 2021

    TTF Kolkata, the oldest travel trade show in India is back on the ground, manifesting the revival and setting the wheels of the tourism industry in India with confidence. The 2021 edition of the show promises to bring the best and the most of the travel industry for reviving and restarting tourism in India. More than a 140 exhibitors and representatives from 13 states are showing up at TTF, from February 26-28 at a brand-new venue Uttirno in Alipore, in the heart of the city.

    India’s oldest travel trade show organisers aims to pioneer travel and tourism revival with the oldest show in the multicity TTF series. The year 2021 is beginning on a hopeful note for the travel and tourism industry. With the vaccination drive underway, traveler confidence seems to be coming back. Air travel has exceeded 85% of its pre-covid levels 1. There is also a strong revival of demand for domestic leisure travel and hotel bookings have reached three-fourth (75%) of pre-COVID levels.

    According to leading travel agents, while international travel may restart later in the year, business travel within India has also recovered almost half-way (50%) and is soon likely to reach the levels of previous year. Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media, the organisers of TTF said in a statement that they are extremely happy to report that the confidence in domestic travel is growing by leaps and bounds and shared that a special series of shows have been launched in Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai in Feb-Mar this year, to assemble pioneers in reopening travel destinations,and  to market in the top three markets in India.

    West Bengal Tourism has joined as the Host State of the show while Gujarat is the Premium Partner State and the Statue of Unity is the Partner Destination. Uttarakhand and Rajasthan are the Partner States while Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland and Tripura have already joined the show as Feature States, alongside key private players from DMCs, hospitality sector, aviation and others. Air India is the Official Partner of the show this year. India Tourism will also be present.

    This year, TTF Kolkata is also hosting a panel discussion on Domestic tourism: Leading the way in reviving travel & tourism in India, right after the inaugural ceremony. In addition, Rajasthan Tourism is hosting a destination presentation for travel agents. Some other tourism boards might host similar presentations on the remaining days of TTF Kolkata. TTF Kolkata has the support of TAAB, TAHAT, OTOAI, ATOAI, TAAI, ADTOI, IATO, IAAI, ETAA, SKAL International.

    The show will be open to travel trade visitors only on February 26, from 11 am to 7 pm and on February 27 February, from 11 am to 2 pm. The second half of the second day and all of the last day of will be open to all. TTF Kolkata 2021-one of the very first and major travel trade shows to be hosted in 2021 will be followed by TTF Ahmedabad on March 4-6. Both shows will culminate in the grand finale of OTM Mumbai, to be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre on March 19-21.

    The Government of India has given a fresh push to reviving domestic tourism under its ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ initiative and TTF Kolkata will add to the country-wide efforts in reviving tourism. The Ministry has also revised its Market Development Assistance (MDA) scheme at the beginning of the year to incentivise and upskill the travel trade fraternity. One of the biggest draws of the MDA happens to be the financial incentives chalked out for travel agents, tour operators as well as state tourism boards for participating in trade fairs.

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  • Black Hill tourism is keen to witness Mount Rushmore fireworks at 2021 without any hassle

    Published on : Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, has recently sent a letter to the South Dakota congressional delegation, requesting them for their support to carry on a display of the fireworks on Fourth of July at Mount Rushmore.
    From last year’s display, the tourism industry and economy of the Black Hills witnessed a rise which included a visit from former President Donald Trump.

    During the 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks display, the Governor Noem explained that visitors spent around $2,000,000. This resulted in $160,000 in tax revenue for state and local governments.

    Michelle Thompson, president of Black Hills & Badlands Tourism, stated that the show of the fireworks and visit by former President Trump acted as a much-needed boost up for the tourism of Black Hills in the wake of the damaging pandemic and is hopeful that 2021 would be far better.

    “We think that this could be a much bigger year with the pandemic not as serious as it was last July,” Thompson said. “We can have bigger crowds. We’re really looking forward to drawing more people into the area.”

    Thompson mentioned that for the Black Hills, the fireworks worked like major advertisement, and was quite contented that numerous people were present at the time of the display, not only in person but also by watching the fireworks on their television set, throughout the country.

    She stated that this has created immense interest in people who have never visited Black Hills.

    “Last year, when the fireworks were announced, we immediately started getting phone calls from people who had not been here before and said that we were on their bucket list, and the Mount Rushmore fireworks were why they wanted to come here,” Thompson said. “So, it’s a fantastic event for this area.”

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  • New hope for tourism, employment through Kerala homestead farming

    Published on : Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Homestead farming along with tourism might hold the future for Kerala’s tourism and labour sectors, both of which have been severely affected by the pandemic situation.

    Anyone having land ranging from five cents to even 25 acres could opt for homestead farming, a combination of homestay and farming, without spending much on augmenting amenities to host visitors. It would be apt for people interested in agriculture with cultivable land around their house, said Jose Dominic, co-founder and former CEO of CGH Earth.

    “All that is needed is conversion of one’s farm land into an enterprise. This will help attract visitors, including tourists, while furthering the cause of food security. It will also provide solace to people rendered unemployed by the pandemic, including returnees from West Asia,” he said.

    Homestead farms would be different from colonial-era plantations that abound in the State. Intercrop, rearing of farm animals, and making of cheese and other dairy produce could also be done. Such farms could also provide respite for city residents who want to take a break and be in the midst of greenery for a few days. Farmers could opt to convert their produce into value-added items, get them packed and brand them. It would empower local labour, said Mr. Dominic, who owns a homestead farm in Pala.

    Kerala’s Responsible Tourism (RT) initiatives kicked off in Kumarakom with focus on homestead farming, said Rupesh Kumar, State coordinator of the RT Mission. “Members of the local community there arrayed themselves under clusters and began selling their agri products to hotels. A total of 18,000 small and medium farmers across Kerala are now part of this.

    Tourists love being introduced to the concept. It is yet again emerging as a trend since substantial number of people have turned to this to tide over the pandemic and in order to eat healthy food. It will in the long run usher in self-sufficiency in vegetables, fruits and other produce,” he said.

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  • 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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  • Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) holds ‘Journeys in Arabia’ – a special online event

    Published on : Saturday, February 20, 2021

    The Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) recently held ‘Journeys in Arabia’, a special online event curated particularly for Travel Trade Partners around the globe. The travel offerings provided by Saudi were highlighted with the help of this event.

    The global travel industry is going through its most profound change. With the evolving of landscape, it is important than ever to inspire, engage and educate travel trade when the world safely re-opens and travel restarts.

    Saudi Arabia is a relatively new destination on the global stage. As the authentic home of Arabia, Saudi offers unique, diverse and incomparable experiences, a land rich in natural assets, culture, heritage and adventure.

    The virtual engagement series, taking place across six markets around the world, is a unique initiative for STA, providing inspiration and excitement, designed to inform partners about the diverse products and experiences that Arabia offers.

    Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO, Saudi Tourism Authority initiated the event with his welcome address.

    • India has been identified as one of the key source markets, with STA’s tourism strategy focusing on promoting experiences related to culture, heritage, nature and adventure in Saudi.
    • Indians, especially the online consumers and millennials, are late planners; they are seeking new destinations frequently, within close proximity to India for last-minute holiday planning. Shorter-duration packages, direct flights and easy visa (preferably e-visas) procurement will be game-changers for a new destination like Saudi.
    • Saudi offers extraordinary experiences for diving, adventure sports, and sustainable tourism. The country will also host the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021.
    • The high-end Umrah market from India is a major captive audience, combining pilgrimage with leisure through post-Umrah leisure packages.
    • Promoting exclusive destinations like AlUla for wedding tourism will be a huge benefit for Saudi.

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  • With lesser foreign tourists, Morocco relies on local tourism

    Published on : Saturday, February 20, 2021

    The closure of the borders, more than a year ago due to the pandemic, has blocked foreign tourists who visited regularly, getting lured by the beauty of Morocco’s snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

    Moulay Abdellah Lahrizi, owner of the Auberge des Jardins d’Azrou, has lost 70% of his clientele.

    “We hope to be able to see foreign tourism in the country as soon as possible because that’s what really saves the situation because it’s tourism that runs all year round and runs every day. And then we, as guides, as lodge owners, we receive tourists like those every day. Other than that, local tourism is really a good thing, it has saved our work, but it’s not sufficient,” said Moulay Abdellah.

    Even though foreign tourists have significantly declined over the past few months, local tourism seems to have stayed positive.

    Youssef Mouhyi, director of the “Maison de la cédraie” said, “This region has been more or less saved by local tourism because we are in a fairly open region, we are in the ecotourism sector, so thank God, there is traffic, there are people coming, visiting the region. We are also mainly helped by Ifrane, a region in great demand where there are demand and many visits.”

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  • FAITH India Tourism Mart (ITM 2021) begins with a ‘Physical Inauguration’trendybloggers.com

    Published on : Saturday, February 20, 2021

    Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH), the policy federation of all the national associations representing the complete tourism, travel and hospitality industry of India and cause partner AIRDA in association with ministry of tourism and KPMG as its knowledge partner, kick-started its annual India Tourism Mart (ITM) with a physical inauguration on Thursday, February 18. India Tourism Mart – ITM, which is a buyer seller meet, is taking place in a virtual format from February 18-20, 2021.

    In his inaugural address, Mr. Subhash Goyal, Chairman, ITM 2021 and Honorary Secretary, FAITH emphasised how the past year was the darkest in the history of mankind and tourism was the worst hit where the travel fraternity was literally left hanging from a thread. He urged the industry to come together and consolidate their efforts for the revival of tourism in India. He mentioned that to revive the tourism industry and save millions of jobs, three key actions are being undertaken by policy makers – re-starting of e-tourist visas; reinstatement of scheduled international flights, at least to those countries with which India has air-bubble arrangements, with the necessary precautions on safety to allow willing travellers the opportunity to travel again and modification of policies to help subsidise or reduce the financial burden on the sector.

    Reiterating Mr. Goyal’s viewpoint, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India said, authorities have already started issuing medical visas are planning to soon restart E-Tourist Visas and schedule International flights in a phased manner. He shared that the restart will be on a reciprocal basis, first with those countries with whom India have an air bubble agreement. He stated the Ministry of Health is fully supporting the Ministry of Tourism’s efforts in reviving international tourism to India.

    Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Ayog, said that the revival of tourism is integral for India to regain the GDP growth of 9 to 10 per cent sooner than later. He also reiterated that there remains no doubt regarding the recovery of the tourism sector and he is confident of its bouncing back. Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of Tourism, Government of India, who could not be present physically, addressed the gathering and delegates virtually, assuring Government’s complete cooperation to the tourism sector and stating the numerous Government policies & initiatives and how they are providing relief and benefit to the tourism sector.

    Mr. Nakul Anand, Chairman, FAITH in his address shared all that FAITH has successfully achieved in the past few years. He reiterated how the federation has worked closely with the Central as well as the State Government for the growth of Indian tourism industry. He shared that authorities have closely worked with Governments on tourism components and various strategic national and international policies, such as E-Visa, GST, Strategy on monuments, PPP policy, Tourism Vision Document, Foreign Trade, Udan policy, Union Budget discussion, economic surveys, cruise tourism policy, I Respect Women badges and more. He also mentioned that they are excited to bring ITM 2021 – Virtual, which is a great marketplace for Indian tourism to showcase its products and services to the global audience. He also emphasized that as a new feature this year, domestic buyers were invited as well.

     Mr. Amaresh Tiwari, Co-Chairman, ITM 2021– Virtual and Vice Chairman, ICPB was applauded by all for not just burning the midnight oil in putting together a great event but also for putting together extremely insightful and knowledgeable panellists together for the Leadership Conclave. He shared that during these 3 days, there will be 12 Knowledge Sessions with 73 Speakers. He stated tha ITM 2021 – Virtual,  has 73 countries participating along with 316 International Buyers, 240 Domestic Buyer and over 1200 delegates joining in virtually.

     Mr. Arvind Singh, Secretary Tourism, Government of India; Mr. Rakesh Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Mrs. Meenakshi Sharma, DG Tourism, Government of India in their respective addresses applauded the efforts of FAITH in organising the event virtually and assured complete cooperation of the government in reviving the tourism sector in India starting with revival of e-visa and international flights soon. Mrs. Rupinder Brar, ADG, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India gave the vote of thanks. The road ahead vision document prepared by FAITH & KPMG was also released on the occasion.

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