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TOURISM AND HOTEL INDUSTRY AWARENESS - October 2021

Oct 2021

May 25, 2022

India Drops to 54th Place on Travel and Tourism Development Index

  • India was ranked at the 54th place in a global travel and tourism development index, down from 46th in 2019, but still remained on the top within South Asia. Japan topped the global charts, followed by the US, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austraila, UK, Singapore and Italy in the top ten.
  • The World Economic Forum's biennial travel and tourism study also showed a recovering sector following pandemic lows, though the recovery has been uneven and challenges remain. The Travel and Tourism Development Index assesses 117 economies, identifying key factors in enabling the sustainable and resilient growth of travel and tourism economies.
  • The Travel and Tourism Development Index 2021 is a direct evolution of the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index, which has been published biennially for the past 15 years.

May 11, 2022

Railways launches 'baby berths' for passengers travelling with kids

  • To make train journey more comfortable for passengers travelling with infants, the railways has fitted foldable "baby berths" on the side of lower main berths of the Lucknow Mail as part of a pilot project. Based on the feedback of passengers on the "new product", plans will be drawn to expand the concept to other trains. The "baby berth", which are hinged to the lower main berths, can be folded and secured with a stopper when not in use. It has been is aligned the main berth.
    • On the Lucknow Mail, two "baby berths" of 770 mm in length, 255 mm in width and 76.2 mm in height were fitted to 12 and 60 main berths of the second cabins on both ends of coaches.
    • The (booking) system will be like the one currently used to offer senior citizens lower berths. So, once, a passenger says yes to travelling with a child, railways will offer the berth to them. 

May 10, 2022

IRCTC's Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train to Stop at Nepal's Janakpur

  • The Indian Railway Catering and Ticketing Corporation (IRCTC) will launch its maiden Bharat Gaurav Tourist train, with a stop in Nepal's Janakpur. This train will go around the Ramayana Circuit, which has been identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme and includes major locations related with Lord Shri Rama's life, such as the Ram Janaki temple in Janakpur, Nepal. The projected 18-day Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train Tour begins in Ayodhya, Lord Rama's birthplace, with visits to Shri Ram Janmabhumi temple and Hanuman temple, as well as Bharat Mandir in Nandigram, dedicated to Lord Ram's younger brother Bharat.
  • The train will then return to Delhi on the 18th day of its voyage, having covered nearly 8000 kilometres throughout the full Ramayana tour.

May 08, 2022

Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train

  • The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation's (IRCTC) first Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train will be run under the aegis of the new policy of the Ministry of Railways. On 21st June 2022, this train will be commencing its maiden journey.
  • This train will be showcasing all the prominent places that are associated with Lord Rama's life and also including Janakpur, Nepal which is the birthplace of Goddess Sita. This train's 18-day maiden journey will begin from the Safdarjung Station, Delhi. It will be running on the Ramayana Circuit of the Swadesh Darshan scheme.
  • The Indian Railways introduced the Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains with the aim of showcasing the country's historical places and the rich cultural heritage to the citizens of India as well as to tourists from across the world. These trains are theme-based tourist circuit trains. The trains have been launched under the central government's "Dekho Apna Desh" initiative.

May 03, 2022

Delhi Airport Displaced Dubai as World's Second Busiest in March

  • Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, India's largest, emerged as the second busiest airport in the world in March, displacing Dubai Airport and trailing only Atlanta in the pecking order, according to OAG, a global travel data provider.
  • Its flight to the second position was the result of a strong recovery in the domestic aviation market. The government's decision to reopen international flights also helped increase traffic flow.
  • Airlines operating into the Delhi airport flew around 3.6 million seats as compared to 4.4 million deployed by airlines in Atlanta. However, experts said that Delhi's rise in the pecking order was an anomaly primarily because of other big aviation markets not yet being fully open for international travel.
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