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TOURISM AND HOTEL INDUSTRY AWARENESS - November 2019

Nov 2019

Nov 30, 2019

Jyoti Mayal Is The New President Of TAAI

  •  Jyoti Mayal, Director, New Airways Travels and erstwhile Hony Secretary of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has been elected as the President for TAAI for 2019-21.
  • Mayal, with her team, made a clean sweep in the election by winning all seats for the TAAI Executive and Managing Committees.
  • Interestingly, Jay Bhatia has been elected unopposed as Vice President of TAAI. While Lokesh Bettaiah is elected as Hony. Secretary, Shreeram Patel bagged the post of Hony. Treasurer.
  • The entire Managing Committee – Anoop Kanuga (Mumbai), Rajan Sehgal (Delhi), P Murugesan (Chennai), Devesh Agarwal (Kolkata), Paras Lakhia (Ahmedabad), Sunil Notani (Bhopal), and R Venkatachalam (Trichy) – from Mayal's team got elected for 2019-21.

Nov 28, 2019

ITM 2019 Focuses On Sustainable Tourism

  •  The 8th International Tourism Mart (ITM) – 2019 held at Imphal in November 2019 witnessed the participation of 34 foreign delegates from over 19 countries along with 49 domestic delegates representing the travel industry.
  • After the presentations, a panel discussion was moderated by the Rupinder Brar, Addl. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India wherein eminent panelists comprising of Chetan Gupta, representing Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India, Arjit Purkayastha, a leading Tour Operator of the North East Region and Swadesh Kumar, President, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India deliberated on "Sustainable Tourism as an engine for Economic Growth and Employment".

Nov 27, 2019

Special Developments for Kurukshetra to Put it on World Map

  •  Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced that Kurukshetra will be developed as an international tourist destination. As per reports, the state government will give plots, measuring 1500 sq m to 2000 sq m, at discounted prices to states intent on building bhawans or rest houses for pilgrims coming to the ancient, pilgrimage city.
  • The Centre approved INR 9734.70 lakhs under the Krishana Circuit Phase I for developing tourism infrastructure at sites related to Mahabharata era in Kurukshetra. In addition, 12 sites have been included for approval under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme with an approximate project cost of INR 9706 lakhs.
  • The CM also added that a Bharat Mata Temple would be made in an area of five acres in Kurukshetra at a site between Jyotisar and Brahma Sarovar.

Nov 25, 2019

Strong Hotels Body to Shun Zomato Gold Delivery

  •  After a boycott on dine-in, food delivery and search aggregator Zomato is now facing the heat on delivery.
  • The Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR), which has 8,000 members nationally, said it is unanimously boycotting delivery services by aggregator Zomato under its Zomato Gold programme with immediate effect, over allegations of delivery from illegally-run kitchens, steep discounts offered for Zomato Gold members and unavailability of delivery executives.
  • Zomato Gold on delivery offers members one free dish each time they place an order. Gold was extended to delivery by Zomato in September 2019, amidst its stalemate with restaurants on dine-in services.
  • Launched in 2017 as a membership programme, Gold service has been opposed by the restaurant industry at large which has alleged it is hurting their profitability deeply.
  • The association demands include crapping of the 'gold service', servicing by only those restaurants which have legal mandatory licences, and an end to alleged arbitrary commissions charged by Zomato and steep discounts which it said were loss-making proposition for restaurants.
  • AHAR has alleged that delivery commissions charged by Zomato go up to 22-25% and asked for a cap of 15% including Goods and Services Tax, adding that the brunt of the increase has to be borne by the customer since the hotels and restaurants are being forced to increase prices.
  • On August 15, 2019, hundreds of restaurants led by the NRAI had logged out of multiple aggregator platforms including Zomato Gold and EazyDiner, over a series of allegations including deep discounting, data masking and uneven commissions. With the exception of Zomato, the restaurants have logged back with other aggregators.

Nov 24, 2019

Railways Mulls Automatic Train Protection System

  •  The Railways is planning to cover its entire network of 68,000 route km with an automatic train protection system in a phased manner.
  • It was announced during the 62nd annual day of Indian Railways Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunication (IRISET).
  • As a pilot project, he said, the system would be implemented on 650 route km of the golden quadrilateral corridor.

Dubai Sees Over 12 Million Visitors In 2019

  •  India has retained its position as Dubai's leading source market, with over 1.39 million visitors during the first nine months of the current year 2019. The city welcomed 12.08 million international visitors during this period.
  • Surge in arrivals over the summer months has accelerated Dubai's tourism momentum.
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