As representatives of governments work to develop an international policy to tackle climate change at the ongoing UN climate talks in Madrid, there’s an effort to identify sectors and actions that help meet the goal. Tourism figures prominently in this list. For experts, tourism’s contribution to climate change presents a conundrum.
SAP Concur India managing director Mankiran Chowhan said: “I believe there is great potential in the Indian market for the adoption of latest automated travel technologies. Since India is an evolving and fast-growing business travel market, it’s imperative for us to ensure a safe and secure environment for all business travellers.”
"A social audit has been conducted in the Swadesh Darshan scheme and there is a lot of room for changes. We have moved the cabinet for the same. We have discussed whether we should work on select circuits or one circuit at a time or should include circuits on all states at the same time," the minister said.
However, ‘regional tourists’ from India, Bangladesh and Maldives were not subjected to the SDF and visa fee. Bhutan is now going to introduce SDF and a permit processing fee for the regional tourists as well and a draft policy on the matter may be receive approval by the end of December.
UK, France and NY top attractions as big brands offer huge discounts, logistical support. La Vallée Village in France, which is home to brands such as Armani, Jimmy Choo, Givenchy and Versace, has been organising trade events in India and saw visits by Indians increase 40% last year.
Looking to develop high-value tourist destinations, Niti Aayog has prepared a Rs 1,500 crore water and land villa project in the lagoons of Lakshadweep and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Along with the villas, infrastructure would be developed, including the building of new airports, the introduction of sea planes to these destinations
But things may be changing for the better: more millennials are opting for ‘greener’ holidays, and many resorts, homestays and hotels across the country from Gir and Bandhavgarh to Andamans and Kerala are working to build a conscious client base.
Delhiites appear to be moving out of the city on short holidays to nearby hill stations and other cities such as Bengaluru and Mumbai not affected by severe deterioration in air quality. Bookings for other north Indian cities seemed to have declined, travel operators said. Airline bookings to Delhi have fallen 17% for travel between Oct 27 and Nov 5.
Lonely Planet kept Bhutan at the top most position in its annual publication ‘Best in Travel 2020’ that highlights the top 10 countries, cities, regions and best value destinations among near 200 countries.