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TOURISM AND HOTEL INDUSTRY AWARENESS - January 2020

Jan 2020

Jan 31, 2020

Railways Plans Six High-speed Corridors

  • As per railway board chairman V. K. Yadav, six high-speed and semi-high speed corridors will be built to ease up the congestion on the Indian Railways.
  • The detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared within a year.
  • The corridors include the Delhi-Noida-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi (865 km) and the Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad (886 km) sections. These will be constructed to join the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train which is scheduled to be completed by December 2023.
  • Trains can run at a maximum speed of over 300 km/hr on a high-speed corridor, while on a semi-high speed corridor, the maximum speed can go beyond 160 km/hour.
  • The other corridors also include sections along the Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur (753 km), Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad (711 km), Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore (435 km) and Delhi-Chandigarh-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar (459 km) corridors.

Jan 30, 2020

Airlines Suspend Flights to China as Fear Grows

  • Global airlines suspended or scaled back more direct flights to China's major cities amid an increase in travel warnings and decline in demand from passengers due to a growing outbreak of coronavirus. Fears over the spread of the flu-like virus, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, are increasing as the death toll topped 160.
  • The virus appears to represent the biggest epidemic threat to the airline industry since the SARS outbreak, which at its peak in April 2003 led to a 45% plunge in passenger demand in Asia.

Japanese Chef Wins First ever Three-star Rating in France

  • The French edition of the Michelin Guide, the Bible of gastronomy, for the first time in its history awarded the highest rating of three stars to a Japanese-born chef.
  • The accolade, unveiled at a ceremony in Paris, went to chef Kei Kobayashi who, according to the guide, is a virtuoso at marrying flavours and always spot-on with his conception of the dish.
  • Japan has several dozen restaurants with Michelin stars, but Kobayashi is the first chef from Japan to be awarded the recognition for a restaurant in France.

Jan 28, 2020

All Departing Flyers at IGIA will have to Remove Footwear

  • Passengers flying out from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) will have to take off their footwear before the mandatory body scan as part of the security check-in procedure starting in April, according to senior officers from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which secures the Delhi airport.
  • This is because extensive tests conducted on the body scanning machines showed that it did not deliver accurate results below the ankle. The CISF has been testing out the German-made machines since November 2019.

Malaysia Bans Visitors

  • Malaysia's government announced it will ban travellers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan and other parts of surrounding Hubei province beginning immediately.
  • A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Department said Malaysia would stop issuing visas for Chinese travellers from those areas.
  • Normal visa procedures will resume once the situation returns to normal.
  • Meanwhile, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that his country was considering evacuating its citizens from Wuhan.
  • A consular team was expected to arrive in Wuhan to provide Germans there with assistance.

Indian Railways to Run 100% on Electricity by 2024

  • Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Indian Railways is expected to switch entirely to electricity by 2024, as it is already shunting diesel locomotives gradually out of service.
  • Goyal said at India-Brazil Business Forum that it will be the first railway network in the world to be run fully on electricity. We are very conscious of our responsibility to the environment. We are embarking on rapid electrification of our rail network.

Jan 26, 2020

Kerala Tourism's Disabled-Friendly Project Earns UNWTO Special Mention

  • The Kerala Government announced that the state will make its tourist destinations disabled-friendly by 2021. Now Kerala Tourism's Barrier-Free Tourism Project has won global recognition, as the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) made a special mention as an 'Emerging Global Destination' in the Accessible Destination Awards 2019.
  • The recognition was for the implementation of the project in the central Kerala district of Thrissur, which thus became India's only destination to win the honour. Kerala has been the first state to work as per the UNWTO guidelines on making tourist destinations disabled-friendly.

Jan 25, 2020

Travel Ban Imposed in China's Wuhan

  • The authorities in Wuhan city in China where the coronavirus originated, have imposed a complete travel ban on local residents, in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
  • As per the ban, urban buses, subways, ferries and long-distance passenger transport would be suspended in the city.
  • Aside from this, flights and trains departing from Wuhan will also be suspended.
  • So far, the cases of the virus have been detected in the US, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand.
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