The ministry said the portal will help tourists get information on state tourism departments and regional offices of the ministry of tourism to help them stay safe and healthy while in India. It will also help them find information on ways of getting back to their home country, the ministry added.
India's biggest OTA MakeMyTrip has issued alerts to its customers stating there are attempts being made by fraudsters to seek bank account details and other personal information from customers who are seeking refunds for booking cancellations.
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"We are closely working with all our airline and hotel partners on lenient customer policies for date change, cancellations and waivers in the face of evolving travel trends and are seamlessly passing the waiver benefits to our customers, as applicable," MakeMyTrip said in the letter.
The association also demanded six to nine months' moratorium on all principal and interest payments on loans and overdrafts, besides deferment of GST and advance tax payments. They also asked the minister for removal of fees for any upcoming licenses, permits renewal, excise exemption for liquor for the hospitality and travel industry across the country.
Tour operators estimate January-March quarter earnings could fall by more than 60 per cent.
With just 73 confirmed cases of the virus and no deaths, India, a country of 1.3 billion people, has so far fared better than elsewhere in Asia, Europe and North America. But experts say India's already overstretched medical system would struggle to deal with a major rise in serious cases.
According to industry chamber CII, this is the one of the worst crises ever to hit the Indian tourism industry impacting all its geographical segments - inbound, outbound and domestic, almost all tourism verticals - leisure , adventure, heritage, MICE, cruise, corporate and niche segments.
Ladakh, known as the cold desert, is a famous international tourist destination attracting large number of visitors especially interested in mountain expeditions and longer solitary stays. In 2019 also, there was dip in tourist arrivals in Ladakh due to Lok Sabha election, erratic flight services and late opening of Leh-Manali highway.
A MakeMyTrip spokesperson in a statement said there has been a slowdown in outbound travel bookings since the outbreak of coronavirus. "Travellers are being cautious in making their (outbound) travel plans." The contributions from the Southeast Asian countries have got impacted, the spokesperson added.
Cidco has also proposed to develop a terminal on 3.05 hectare land parcel which will have a 30-metre-wide and 655-metre-long road will be constructed from Palm Beach road to connect to the Nerul jetty. It will also develop a terminal building which will house a waiting room, food court and other amenities as well as construct parking lots, navigational area and marshalling area.
Forward bookings for the upcoming busy summer season are down at least 20% year on year, senior executives at airlines and travel companies said. The Indian government also cancelled all visas issued to Iraninan nationals and all foreigners who visted Iran after February 1 this year.
With India temporarily suspending visas to people from China and those who visited China due to coronavirus outbreak, restrictions on travellers from several other affected countries, and fresh cases emerging in Europe and the US, leisure and business travel, both incoming and outgoing, has taken a hit.
Enquiries for Southeast Asian destinations are down by about 37% while fares to them have dropped 15-20%, according to the portals. Indian carriers have also started reducing capacity to these destinations due to the decline in travel.
Tour operators, hoteliers and houseboat owners — who have already lost thousands of crores as tourist inflows fell to a 16-year low in 2019 — told ET that going by the bookings, occupancy rates would be less than 10% for March and April.
Announcing the elevation during the earnings call, MakeMyTrip founder Deep Kalra said: “We believe that separating the roles of group CEO and executive chairman will allow us to focus more on long-term strategic opportunities within and outside India, while maintaining our market leading position in our existing businesses.
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