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PM emerges biggest mascot for Indian tourism; time to create a Tourism Commission

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the 73rd Independence Day has batted for tourism, even more vehemently than any tourism industry protagonist ever could! He used the word ‘tourism’ a dozen times, which in itself was remarkable for our industry that has come to accept that tourism is not meant to be mentioned. Because that has been the rule, more often than not. Such importance has come as a shot in the arm for an …

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Kapil Chopra puts his stamp on The Postcard; makes the much-anticipated announcement

Life has come full circle for Kapil Chopra. The much-awaited announcement has finally come. After quitting the Oberoi Group earlier this year, there was much speculation about what he would do next. Post his life at the Oberoi, he had assumed an active Chairperson role at EasyDiner, an enterprise he had already been associated with. In recent months, he had begun talking about his luxury brand. Amidst an intimate gathering of media, friends, and his …

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That the govt. means business is best demonstrated by not being in the business to run Air India: Are we missing an opportunity?

The much-awaited sale of the national carrier attracted no buyer. The writing was on the wall. Some concern had been expressed by the prospective bidders that the terms of proposed sale were not attractive enough. Firstly, the huge debt, estimated to be around INR 48,877 crore, that would come with the airline, the determination of the government to retain 24% equity, and then the uncertain future of Indian aviation were all dampeners. Did the government go ahead, …

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IndiGo 2.0 gets going

Indigo is in the news again, this time in the process of announcing its new management team, as it embarks upon its next phase of development. Having acquired 140 aircrafts, all one type, become India’s leading airline by market share, its next phase will fly on multi-type aircraft, low cost long haul, and buying planes instead of leasing them. Its next phase will need more senior people, with more international experience. Its outgoing president has …

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Heritage Needs PPP, Private Sector has Equal Stake in Conservation

The signing of the maintenance agreement between Dalmia Bharat and Indian government for the upkeep of Red Fort is being criticized, for all the wrong reasons. Infact, adoption can be game-changer for our monuments nationwide. Is the private sector less ‘national’ than the government? Is the PPP model a sell-out of national heritage? Has the government ceded control of its assets? None of this is true. Only the leasing of conveniences, upkeep and upgrading of …

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South Mumbai embodies the spirit of the city, needs to be cherished for tourism

South of South Mumbai!! How often do we visit this prized part of the city? If only we had meetings with government or had reason to stay at any of the two most iconic hotels of Mumbai – The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai and The Oberoi. A larger part of visitors come for business and stay which ever part of the city beckons them, and they stay adjacent to where the business is. And the …

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Ten million done, next ten million in three years, says Minister, but how is the question?

We clocked ​ten million international arrivals​ in 2017. Whatever the potential of our country may be, the fact is that it is a historic milestone. There were muted celebrations on the occasion which also stands to reason because none of us were really gloating over it. We all realise that given India’s potential as a tourist destination, this feat should have been achieved a long time ago. It was during the time of the then cabinet secretary …

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Kapil Chopra to start his innings as an entrepreneur, quits the Oberoi Group

Seasoned hotelier Kapil Chopra has called it a day at Oberoi Hotels. In a letter from the Executive Chairman PRS Oberoi, announcing his exit, Mr. Oberoi personally acknowledged the contribution of Kapil Chopra to his chain, specifically for showing up a high RevPar for all his properties. ​Over the years, ​Kapil has been known to be a tough taskmaster, always pushing his team to perform, ​ consistently harping on yields. ​H​e has also been instrumental …

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Good time to consider the ‘Kerala model’ for the country

​How do we take our tourism to the next level has been a part of the national discourse for some time now. It is generally accepted that the present state of growth will continue unabated​, that there is a natural momentum to the economy and that travel will grow commensurately​. ​However​, if we are aiming at a quantum leap, a game changing scenario, and we are looking for solutions, ​it may​ make sense to examine …

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Inder Sharma Is No More

Inder Sharma is no more. He was ailing for sometime and breathed his last in his home. The Last of the Titans, his was one of those few faces that virtually launched Indian tourism, some 50 years ago. Over the years, he kept his head high, his principles upfront and truly represented the moral voice for the industry. In those days, tourism had only one vertical, that of inbound for group travel, and Sharma was …

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Industry needs more focus on detailed research to make the most of growing footfalls

On our cover page, in this issue, we have featured June’s performances of the Indian aviation sector. Overall domestic growth and, also, individual airline performances have shown considerable upward tick. The data put forth by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) gives a comprehensive insight into best and worst movers, their market-shares and other intricate details. When it comes to consistent and, almost, real-time research, a very good case in point is the automobile sector. …

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India-US ink MoU on tourism; to celebrate 2017 as tourism cooperation year

PM Modi’s recent visit to the USA saw some major developments in tourism related issues between the two countries. India and USA inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on tourism, deciding to partner with each other, celebrating 2017 as the year of tourism cooperation. The development, to our belief, is a statement of Prime Minister Modi’s understanding that we need to learn some more on tourism.  We would like to think that there is an …

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Stronger diplomatic engagements bodes well for travel and tourism into India

India, in the recent past, has been in news for all good reasons. Aimed at re-invigorating bilateral relations with plethora of countries, the government has gone all out on foreign policy front. Over three dozen foreign tours by the PM in the last two years and a host of programs aimed at bringing foreign investments, business investments into India have resulted in a dramatic rise in FDI inflows. Thanks to the roll-out of national programs …