Last-minute bookings keep afloat India’s travel market

New flight booking data released by Amadeus has revealed that COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on flight booking lead times in India since March 2020.  According to Amadeus’ first COVID-19 Travel Insights bulletin, flight booking lead times in India decreased by 68% between March-July 2020 compared to the same period in 2018 and 2019 – the biggest change seen across the APAC region.

The bulletin also found that Indian travellers are currently the most last minute in the region when it comes to booking flights – making flight bookings on average only 10 days before their departure date between March-July 2020.

According to Cyril Tetaz, executive vice president of airlines in Amadeus Asia Pacific, this shift towards last-minute bookings has major implications for how India’s travel industry should begin to think about recovery going into 2021.

“We expected that a greater number of passengers would prefer to book

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13 October

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With coronavirus grounding travel, India’s homestay owners win


With Indian families looking for properties that fit the bill as a home away from home, offering an option for long-term stays should they choose to also work, homestay owners across the country, especially in and around the metros, are witnessing a steady recovery in business after being hit hard by Covid-19 outbreak.

Jaipur’s historic forts and palaces, witness to numerous tales of valour, sacrifice and revenge, are gathering dust as the Pink City’s hospitality industry goes through the wringer in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, sculptor and homestay owner Tarpan Patel is thanking his stars as a completely different type of revenge helps save his business.“Believe it or not, it was revenge tourism that threw us a lifeline. I was expecting the

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India’s Request For Shorter Quarantine In Australia Likely To Be Rejected

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s request for a shorter than mandated quarantine period for the Indian team in Brisbane, ahead of its tour of Australia, is likely to be rejected, said a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. (More Cricket News)

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the rules of the game, which restarted with the Test series between England and the West Indies in July. Players have to be in quarantine for two weeks and be tested for the virus before they can take the field.

“Queensland health officials are set to make cricket’s most powerful nation adhere to strict national protocols, details of which have delayed Cricket Australia announcing a revised schedule for its USD 300 million summer,” the daily wrote in its report.

India is keen on a reduced quarantine and wants the players to be allowed to train in a bio-secure bubble instead of being restricted to a

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India’s September fuel demand posts first monthly gain since June

(Reuters) – India’s fuel demand in September rose for the first time since June as easing coronavirus restrictions supported economic activity and travel, but consumption remained weaker than a year earlier, government data showed on Friday.

A worker holds a nozzle to pump petrol into a vehicle at a fuel station in Mumbai, India, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/Files

Consumption of refined fuels, a proxy for oil demand, rose 7.2% in September from the prior month to 15.47 million tonnes, the first monthly increase since June when demand rose to 16.09 million tonnes.

However, demand fell 4.4% from the same period a year earlier, posting its seventh consecutive year-on-year slide, data from the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas showed.

India’s Sept fuel sales rise for the first time since June

India’s daily number of coronavirus infections has slowed since hitting a

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Hockey India ensuring Covid-19 is not a setback for India’s Tokyo Olympic dream – other sports

After a brief break due to a series of nation-wide lockdowns, the Indian National Teams (both Men and Women) are back on their feet. It’s been over six weeks since they returned to normalcy with regular, uninterrupted daily schedules in their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. They live in a safe bio-secure environment in Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru campus and will continue to remain in the National Coaching Camp until travel restrictions are lifted to tour and compete abroad.

I think this swift resumption of activities for the teams was largely possible due to the working relationship Hockey India shares with Sports Authority of India (SAI). When India went into a lockdown, Hockey India did not stop working. They used the virtual medium to engage with their state member units, continued with their ambitious Coaches Education Pathway courses through the virtual medium and also conducted online courses for

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India’s Nehwal Pulls Out Of Denmark Open

India’s Saina Nehwal has pulled out of the Denmark Open, saying it was not worth travelling to Europe for just one event


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Former women’s number one Saina Nehwal has pulled out of next week’s Denmark Open, the first tournament since the world tour was suspended in March as a result of the coronavirus.

Compatriot PV Sindhu, the world number seven, announced her withdrawal from the event last month saying she did not want to risk international travel.

The Super 750 event in Odense starting October 13 will be the first on the BWF World Tour since the All England Championships seven months ago.

Nehwal told Indian media it didn’t make sense to travel to Europe for just one tournament, and she would instead wait until the new year to resume tournament play.

Nehwal’s husband Parupalli Kashyap, currently ranked 24 in the world, has also pulled out

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India’s Tally Crosses 67 Lakh-mark With Spike of 72,049 New Cases; Dabbawalas Allowed to Travel in Mumbai’s Locals

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India's Tally Crosses 67 Lakh-mark With Spike of 72,049 New Cases; Dabbawalas Allowed to Travel in Mumbai's Locals

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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India’s Tally Crosses 67 Lakh-mark With Spike of 72,049 New Cases; Dabbawalas Allowed to Travel in Mumbai’s Locals

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The US Food and Drug Administration told coronavirus vaccine developers on Tuesday it wants at least two months of safety data before authorising emergency use, a requirement that would likely push any US vaccine availability past the November 3 presidential election. A senior administration official confirmed to Reuters that the White House had approved the plan, which undercuts President Donald Trump’s hopes of getting a vaccine before voters go to polls. In August, President Trump had said it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine before the November 3 election, a more optimistic forecast than timing put forth by his own White House health experts. Asked on the Geraldo Rivera radio program when a vaccine might be ready, “Sooner

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Exploring India’s most beautiful stepwells

Spectacular feats of water architecture, India’s magnificent stepwells are predominantly found in the cities and villages of the country’s northern and central states.

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These historic sites were once used to store water — particularly in the arid states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, where they number in the thousands.

Typically, there would be a set of steps leading to a pond at the bottom.

But a stepwell was so much more than a mere reservoir. It was used as a place for social gatherings, where communities would congregate.

Though Covid-19 is now impacting international tourism, thankfully many of these stepwells are still intact and waiting to be appreciated when India reopens to the world.

a person standing in front of a building: Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion Rhiannan Iffland of Australia dives at the Toorji Ka Jhalra stepwell in 2019.

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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion Rhiannan Iffland of Australia dives at the Toorji Ka Jhalra stepwell in 2019.

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SATTE launches its virtual avatar ‘SATTE GenX’ with Informa Markets in India’s Virtual B2B celebration

The travel and tourism industry has been one of the worst hit sectors due to the ongoing COVID-19  and is predicted to be the last one to revive. During these challenging times, SATTE with its new digital initiative, is offering an opportunity to the stakeholders of the industry to conduct business from location of their choice in order to connect with the target audience. SATTE GenX is a part of the industry’s broader plan to gradually reopen the travel, tourism and hospitality sector.

So far exhibitors such as Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Maldives, Bangladesh and Dubai have confirmed their participation as the Platinum Partners. Fiji and Utah are the Gold Partners for SATTE GenX. Moreover, Mauritius, Germany and Somatheeram amongst others are participating as Silver Partner. SATTE GenX is also in discussion with more exhibitors for the participation.

The Services Export Promotional Council (SEPC), an

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