Category: Travel

New Delhi November 14,2013: Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism in Rupees terms in October, 2013 increased by 4.40%. to Rs.8513crore as compared to Rs.8154 crore in October, 2012. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in October, 2013 were 5.89 lakh as against 5.56 lakh in October 2012 showing a growth of 5.94 %.

The following are some of the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of October, 2013:

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in rupee terms and US$ terms

  • FEEs during the month of October 2013 were Rs.8,513 crore crore as compared to Rs.8,154 crore in October 2012 and Rs.7,019 crore in October 2011.
  • The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms in October 2013 over October 2012 was 4.4% as compared to 16.2% in October 2012 over October 2011.
  • FEEs from tourism in rupee terms during January to October 2013 were Rs.83,727 crore with a growth of 12.8%, as compared to the FEEs of Rs.74,215 crore with a growth of 22.1% during January to October 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011.
  • FEEs in US$ terms during the month of October 2013 were US$1.382 billion as compared to FEEs of US$1.538 billion during the month of October 2012 and US$ 1.424 billion in October 2011.
  • The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in October 2013 over October 2012 was negative growth of 10.1% as compared to the growth of 8.0% in October 2012 over October 2011.
  • FEE from tourism in terms of US$ during January to October 2013 were US$ 14.582 billion with a growth of 3.9%, as compared to US$ 14.030 billion with a growth of 5.4% during January-October 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011.


Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

  • FTAs during the Month of October 2013 were 5.89 lakh as compared to FTAs of 5.56 lakh during the month of October 2012 and 5.60 lakh in October 2011.


  • There has been a growth of 5.8% in October 2013 over October 2012 as compared to a negative growth of 0.6% registered in October 2012 over October 2011.


  • FTAs during the period January to October 2013 were 53.30 lakh with a growth of 4.0%, as compared to FTAs of 51.24 lakh with a growth of 4.5% during January to October 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011.

Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of the FTAs data at major ports and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India.

Category: Travel

Oct 15, 2013, PURI: Contrary to expectations, the tourism industry at Puri sprang back to life on Monday, only two days after cyclone Phailin swept through the beach town. Industry sources said the occupancy status in hotels spiralled to an unexpected 80 percent from just 5 percent recorded on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"We have started receiving inquiries from tourists, who are eager to visit Puri. Bookings are being made in full swing," said Yugabrata Kar, secretary of Odisha tour operators' association.

"We have completed the restoration in our hotel after cyclone cause minor damage. Guests would start coming either from Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Bookings are full for the next fifteen days," said Mayfair Hotel's manager (Puri) Sanjeeb Pattnaik.

Hotel Association of Puri's (HAP) secretary Rajkishore Patra said nearly one lakh tourists arrived in Puri between Sunday evening and Monday afternoon. "Inflow of tourists gained momentum after the Howrah and Delhi bound trains started running from Sunday evening," Patra said.

Many tourists, who were evacuated from Puri to nearby hotels in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and other non-coastal districts in the event of the cyclone and high tide warnings, are back in Puri. Though power supply was not restored till Monday afternoon, the hotels are using generators to generate backup power sources.

The beach was abuzz with activity as tourists in large numbers thronged the shore on Monday after the turbulent sea turned tranquil.

Earlier the tourism industry suffered body blow following large-scale cancellations of bookings from Thursday. Tourism director Manoranjan Pattnaik on Saturday said the tourism and hospitality sector in the state incurred loss in crores. "Luckily, the tourism sector started limping back to normalcy in quick time. This is a good sign," Pattnaik said.  -- TIMES OF INDIA

Category: Travel

Mumbai, October 07, 2013: Even with the recent steep rise in airfares, Indian fliers haven't really woken up to the benefits of advance purchase, say executives at travel companies and airlines. Airlines hiked airfares since mid September by more than 30%, as price cuts in the preceding few months hurt their margins, already impacted by rising fuel prices and interest costs.

But customers are still waiting for till a week from their travel dates to book tickets.

Travel portal Cleartrip, for instance, finds most flights operating between November 1 and 10 have only sold about 25% of their seats yet. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 3. The week around the date will see a significant spurt in travel.

"On an average, airlines fill just 35-40% of their flights 30 days in advance," said Noel Swain, vice-president marketing at Cleartrip.

"Customers need to plan their trip much in advance. In fact, booking 90 days in advance could mean that you pay just half of what you would pay as against 3-7 days in advance," he added.

Consider this. A one-way ticket from Mumbai to Delhi for the week starting November 1, can cost as much as 9,746 if it's booked any time after the 22nd of October. The same ticket booked now would be 6,493.

Also, prices even for 60-day advanced bookings are up at least 20% over last year, which means last minute prices will shoot through the roof.

While airlines sell only a fixed percentage of their inventory on lower prices, companies say that they will get a discount of at least 2,000-3,000 if they book a month in advance.

On the flipside, however, travel companies and airlines are hoping this habit of the Indian traveller to not book in advance will help bring in healthy revenue during the next few weeks, when the prices surge further.

"Right now our bookings are 7-10% down but we are expecting an upsurge," said Sharat Dhall, president of Yatra.com.

Executives at carriers such as SpiceJetBSE -0.51 % and Air India say that it would be hara-kiri for any airline to cut prices at this time, just ahead of the festive season. But they are also confident customers will book tickets, irrespective of the price.

"When it comes to festivals, consumers are willing to spend much more than we would think. They have to travel. They will buy tickets," said an executive at an Indian carrier who didn't want to be named.

Indian carriers from mid-September discontinued all discounts on tickets and hiked price which led to a rise of above 30% in the average ticket prices.

Before that, airlines had cut prices to two-year lows, which led to a rise in traffic.

The International Air Transport Association recently said domestic traffic in India rose 15.7% in August compared to a year ago. Capacity rose 8.5% over August 2012 and load factor climbed 4.5 percentage points to 71.9%.

But analysts estimate, it would have grown at a much lower rate in September because of the hike in prices.  -- timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Category: Travel

New Delhi, September 29, 2013: Brand USA has successfully concluded its second India Travel Mission on Thursday (26 September). The sales mission began on 22 September in New Delhi and Mumbai.

Over 47 participants representing 31 organisations from US destinations, attractions, hotels and destination management companies participated in the second sales mission.

The travel mission also had two interactive business sessions in Mumbai and New Delhi that provided an opportunity for US delegates to interact and strengthen co-operation with their Indian counterparts.

The invitees included major stakeholders from the Indian travel trade, airline representatives, hospitality representatives and tour operators.

In the last couple of years, there has been a steady increase in numbers of Indian visiting the US. As per the latest figures released by the U.S Department of Commerce, India ranked 12th amongst the top 20 tourist generating countries for the US with 724,433 arrivals, an increase of 9.2 percent over the previous year. In 2012, Indian visitors also ranked 10th in the world in terms of money spent, with a total spend of $4.9 billion - an increase of 11 percent over the previous year.

"We thank our travel industry partners for their overwhelming support for yet another successful India Travel Mission. Such events augment our efforts in building positive awareness of the United States as a travel destination, and inviting more Indian travelers to experience the boundless opportunities that our country has to offer," said Jay Gray, Vice President, Global Partnership Development, Brand USA.

"The travel mission is the most appropriate and productive platform for U.S. suppliers to provide travel partners with vital destination information, that inspires and makes it easier for them to conclude mutually beneficial business deals," added Sheema Vohra, Managing Director of Sartha Global, the recently appointed marketing representative office for Brand USA. -- ibtimes.co.in


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