Category: Travel News

New Delhi, July 07, 2016: Ken Research has announced its latest publication, “Sustainability in the Travel and Tourism Industry: Emerging Trends, Organizations Approach and Travelers Viewpoint”, which aims at providing in-depth market analysis of sustainability in the travel and tourism industry globally. Further, it provides information about Key drivers of sustainable practices in organizations and Prominence of sustainable measures and green initiatives for future business activities. It elucidates projected change in sustainability management budget over the next two years, potential impact of sustainable practices on organization's profitability and significant challenges in the industry. It discusses the impact of sustainability in traveler’s selection for hotels, transport and meals, traveler’s viewpoint about additional expenditure incurred and World's top sustainable hotel destinations.

Global Economic Environment

In past few years, global economy has witnessed substantial rise in income and growth. Global integration has contributed significantly in escalating international trade and tourism. Developing countries are best performers currently in terms of economic growth with mind boggling rise in GDP and income of middle class population. India, China and East-Asian tigers are emerging as global superpowers. Developed countries are though growing at slower pace but income and standard of living is still increasing. However, global economy is facing serious economic challenges like rising poverty, unemployment, inequality in income, rising crime, disputes between nations, falling oil prices, etc. which is adversely affecting economies. European Union, Latin America and Africa are facing serious economic recessions.

Brief Overview of Global Sustainable Travel and Tourism Industry

Global travel and tourism industry globally has witnessed massive expansion in last two decades. Demand for all sort of tourism like adventure tourism, medical tourism, ecotourism, geo tourism, sustainable tourism, etc. is rising.

In past few years, sustainable tourism have evolved globally. In such sustainable travel and tourism practices, tourists take responsibility of exploring the travel location without making any adverse effect on environment, ecology and society. Various steps are adopted to promote this ecotourism practices:

· Use of carbon neutral way of travel.

· Avoiding hunting of endangered species.

· Many companies are offering sustainable tourism packages.

· Environmental organisations awareness and educational programmes.

· Steps taken by NGO’S and environmentalists.

· Laws formulated by government for environment protection.

Many factors has led to this rise in demand. All these key drivers of demand in sustainable tourism industry are given below:

Ø Rising Gross domestic product

Rise in GDP and income across nations has led to rise in sustainable tourism. Since sustainable tourism is slightly expensive than normal tourism, now people are ready to pay more for such type of tourism practices.

Ø Rise in ecological awareness

People across the world are becoming more aware about importance of ecology and environment conservation, they are rising demand for sustainable tourism in order to preserve environment in its pure form.

Ø Steps taken by stakeholders

Government, non-government organisations (NGO’s), environmentalists, local communities, etc. have taken stern efforts to promote sustainable tourism. This has generated awareness amongst tourist to adopt sustainable tourism practices.

Ø Organisational responsibility

Many firms are coming up with sustainable tourism packages which are extremely cost effective and efficient in promoting green tourism.

Key market trends explained in report are listed as below:

§ Improvement in efficiency and cost reductions are encouraging organizations to implement sustainable practices

§ The majority of organizations have implemented energy-efficient lighting and the regular monitoring of electricity/gas/water consumption

§ The highest percentage of executives forecast an increase in their organization's profitability with the implementation of sustainable practices.

§ The survey results reveal that 47% of executives either strongly agree or agree to pay 10% more to stay at a green lodging facility.

Major Market Players

Accor Hotels, London Heathrow Marriot, The Kempinski Hotel are leading market players which are providing sustainable tourism packages to the tourists to promote green and responsible tourism.


Though sustainable tourism industry is expanding substantially but there are many challenges to this industry:

High costs involved in implementing sustainability measures.

Tourists are less interested to pay higher travel expenses.

Despite of challenges industry is expanding rapidly. The majority of travel and tourism companies have already initiated sustainable practices. The focus on reducing costs and improving efficiency, and minimizing the carbon footprint, are encouraging organizations to implement sustainable practices. Despite the high costs involved in implementing sustainability measures, sustainable practices reduce operational costs, decrease waste, and enhance worker productivity, which ultimately boosts the overall profit margin of travel and tourism companies. Travel and tourism companies strongly agree that consumers would pay 10% more to stay at a green lodging facility.

Corporate Comm India (CCI Newswire)

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New Delhi, June 18, 2016: In its latest publication, “SOURCE MARKET INSIGHTS: INDIA”, Ken Research provides a detailed analysis of India’s outbound tourism industry. It covers the market trends, spending patterns of tourists for various categories in the travel and tourism sector, such as purpose of spending and top destination of tourists in its report. Information and insights on historic and forecast tourist volumes and values have also been provided.

India has become one of the fastest growing outbound tourism industries given its favorable economic conditions, such as high growth rate of GDP, increase in disposable income and emergence of potential entrepreneurs who aim to mark their success globally. Further growth is expected as a total of 32.3 million outbound trips are forecasted in 2020, outpacing China to become the fastest growing outbound tourism industry. As there is an increase in people shifting abroad, there is a resultant increase in number of tourists visiting their friend and relatives. Ignoring its positives like high and repeated visitation, longer stays and a greater share of wallet for experiences, the VFR segment is often mistaken to be a less-attractive segment of the outbound tourism industry. Besides their propensity to visit with greater frequency and stay for longer periods, VFR are cost eff­ective to target as they can be reached via VFR hosts in destination’s home market. Local businesses and community associations, community press and geographic targeting have proved to be e­ffective means of targeting these groups, according to Ken Research Analyst.

With a lot of Indian origin people in the UK, trips to this European nation are because of VFR and the UK is one of the largest source markets. On the other hand, the fast growing reason leisure has Singapore on the top of its list. India is a diverse country with multiple religion and numerous languages, which plays an important role in the destinations people choose. Thus, quality of the experience is critical to a perception of value. So, it becomes important to make sure that value is attuned to Indian needs by emphasizing uniqueness, high quality and good service are all important ,according to Ken Research Analyst.

Corporate Comm India(CCI Newswire) 

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New Delhi, May 24, 2016: The Ministry of Tourism has been working very closely with Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs for easing of the Visa Regime in the country over a period of time. The Ministry supported the initiative regarding the implementation of Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled with Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) (renamed as e-Tourist Visa) strongly and committed all support to Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Civil Aviation for implementing this programme.

How e-Tourist Visa Work

The e-Tourist Visa enables the prospective visitor to apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country online without visiting the Indian Mission and also pay the visa fee online. Once approved, the applicant receives an email authorizing him/her to travel to India and he/she can travel with a print out of this authorisation. On arrival, the visitor has to present the authorisation to the immigration authorities who would then stamp the entry into the country.

This facility is available to Foreigners whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight-seeing, short duration medical treatment, casual business visit, etc. and not valid for any other purpose/activities. This will allow entry into India within 30 days from the date of approval of e-Tourist Visa and will be valid for 30 days stay in India from the date of arrival in India. The e-Tourist Visa cannot be availed more than twice in a calendar year. The facility will encourage people to travel with short-term planning, take via routes while travelling to other countries and bring family members while on business visits.

e-Tourist Visa Fee

Government of India w.e.f November 2015 has also revised the e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) fee in four slabs of 0, US$ 25, US$ 48, and US$ 60 from November 3, 2015. Presently e-TV application fee is US$ 60 and bank charge is US$ 2 which is uniform for all the countries. The revision of Visa fee has been done on the principle of reciprocity. Bank charges have also been reduced from US$ 2 to 2.5% of the e-TV fee. There is no bank charge for zero visa fees.

List of countries eligible for e-Tourist Visa on Arrival Scheme in India

Commencing from 27th November 2014, e-Tourist Visa facility was available until 25th February 2016 for citizens of 113 countries. The Government of India has extended this scheme for citizens of 37 more countries w.e.f 26th February 2016 taking the tally to 150 countries. The list of 150 countries eligible for e-Tourist Visa as on 26.02.2016 is given below:-

Albania, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam., Zambia & Zimbabwe.

List of Airports where e-Tourist Visa facility is available

e-Tourist Visa facility is now available in the following 16 airports (as on 26.02.2016) - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Goa, Varanasi, Gaya, Ahmadabad, Amritsar, Tiruchirapalli, Jaipur and Lucknow.

Category: Travel News
New Delhi, June 3, 2016: Ministry of Tourism has formulated an Action Plan for “Incredible India Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Scheme”. The salient features of the Action Plan are as follows:-

1. As Home Stay / Bed & Breakfast is the need of the hour, it was decided to revisit the scheme guidelines and update it based on present and future requirements.

2. To ensure expansion of Home Stay Scheme in State where it is already prevalent and introduction where it is not there.

3. Move towards ease of doing business through rationalization of taxes, simplification of procedures etc.

4. Launch an aggressive marketing strategy to enlist more B&B Establishments. 5. Involve online travel agents in promoting this scheme and bring it on the fast-track.

6. Groups were constituted to study various aspects of this scheme and submit recommendations in a time bound manner.

The Ministry of Tourism organised a Workshop on Incredible India Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Scheme here on 30th May 2016. It was chaired by Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, M/o Tourism and attended by officials from various State Governments, representatives from Hospitality and Travel Trade Industry, CEOs of online travel agents and officials of the Ministry of Tourism.

This workshop was conducted with the prime objective of meeting shortage of rooms in accommodation sector – specially the budget category. As construction of hotels has a long gestation period, it was felt that the desired additional hotel capacity can be supplemented substantially by giving impetus to the Incredible India Bed & Breakfast Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism as well as similar schemes run by the State Governments and Online Travel Agents.

Category: Travel News
New Delhi, May 13, 2016: A total of 70,045 tourists arrived in April 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 19,139 during the month of April 2015 registering a growth of 266%.

Commencing from 27th November 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility was available until 25th February 2016 for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India. The Government of India has extended this scheme for citizens of 37 more countries w.e.f 26th February 2016 taking the tally to 150 countries. The following are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during April, 2016.

The following are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during April, 2016:

(i) During the month of April, 2016 a total of 70,045 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 19,139 during the month of April, 2015 registering a growth of 266.0%.

(ii) During January- April 2016, a total of 3,91,094 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 94,998 during January - April 2015, registering a growth of 311.7% .

(iii) This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 43 countries.

(iv) The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during April, 2016 were as follows:

UK (18.82%), USA (14.08%), Russian Fed. (8.16%), France (7.12%), China (6.31%), Australia (4.67%), Germany (4.32%), Canada (3.70%), Thailand (2.09%) and Netherlands (1.93%).

(v) The percentage shares of top 10 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during April, 2016 were as follows:-

New Delhi Airport (46.48%), Mumbai Airport (19.09%), Goa Airport (9.96%), Bengaluru Airport (6.48%),Chennai Airport (5.55%), Kochi Airport (3.02%), Kolkata Airport (2.50%), Hyderabad Airport (2.23%), Trivandrum Airport (1.44%) and Amritsar Airport (1.37%) .

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