This report focuses on:
- A sharp fall in outward remittance for travel has been reported by RBI, this year. The remittance was 2.1 million dollars this June-July, as compared to 8.5 million dollars in June-July last year.
- Launching India’s most comprehensive navigation platform with street-level imagery, the Ministry of tourism along with WoNoBo introduced a new tourism product, Walking Tours.
- Singapore reports drop in Indian tourists. The Strong Singapore dollar and weak Indian rupee has reduced the Indian tourist visitors to the city state. Singapore travel agents say that their revenue has dropped by 80 per cent across all tiers of the market in the last six months ago.
- With over 1,800 SCOTSagents in India, VisitScotland organized a workshop, updating them on the latest offerings.
- Nishantha Wickremasinghe, Chairman, SriLankan Airlines discussed their expansion plans in North India.
- Encouraging quality research, Thomas Cook released incisive insights into the travel and tourism industry at Disha 2013. This initiative by Thomas Cook brings quality research in the field of travel and tourism. Some of the award-winning papers were on ‘Infrastructure – the need for it in having a robust tourism in India’ and ‘Impact of Civil Aviation Policies on Tourism Industry in India’.
- SpiceJet launches daily services on the Madurai-Dubai route from November 22
- Ministry of Tourism’s smartphone quick response guides will be launched by the end of the year. The Ministry’s plan was to use quick response codes at tourist destinations across India to provide information. Quick response codes are two-dimensional barcodes that can store large amounts of information.
- Royal Rajasthan on wheels rolled out its first commercial journey for this year. This luxury train has 22 State of Art coaches comprising of 1 super deluxe coach, 13 deluxe coach, 2 Restro Bars and has a total capacity of 82 people.