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Travelling abroad? Don't forget your passport and etiquette

Should you split a bill in Beijing? Should you give a tip in Tokyo? Should you say Merry Christmas in Maryland? As Indians increasingly travel abroad — to both East and West, for business and pleasure — they have to navigate a minefield of manners and be mindful of local customs. India Inc tells you what to do and lets you in on its own learnings.Thou Shalt Not Order One-by-Two Soup: Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya knows the old Indian soup trick: order a bowl and say 1 by 2, that charmed code word for the server to divide one portion for two people. The 35-year-old sales director at mobile marketing platform Clever-Tap knows that is par for the course in India where dishes are shared in a spirit of casual camaraderie and congenital thrift.Last month, he was introduced to a set of Swedish rules while he was out at a restaurant with his friends in Stockholm. “We got seven bills for our table,” he recalls. The server asked each one of them what they had ordered and issued separate bills.In countries like China, Japan and South Korea, however, the most senior or the richest person at the table often picks up the tab. Sometimes it is even considered impolite to offer to pay in the presence of a senior person.What to Do: Get a sense of the restaurant etiquette of a country before you traipse along for dinner. Have a split pea soup but do not split the pea soup.

Sporting bonanzas abroad attracting more Indians now

About 15 lakh people were expected to visit Russia around the World Cup last year with Indians accounting for more than 20% of the number.

India to generate over 2 million outbound tourists annually by 2020: Report

According to figures published ahead of the 7th Annual MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT), the tourism market is expected to reach USD 9 billion by 2025.

Short-haul destinations turn hot this summer season

Travel to destinations like Thailand, Malaysia, Mauritius, Cambodia and the Maldives is picking up with the airlines of some of these countries also enticing travellers with attractive offers.

Travelling abroad? 7 ways you could get robbed of your money

By Shipra SinghIt was the perfect spring break in Tanzania for Delhi-based professional Priya Nanda. That is till she was duped out of Rs 9,000 by a smooth-talking scammer. This was in 2010. Since then, thousands of people travelling abroad on work or pleasure have been robbed of their money and valuables by frauds who only seem to have become more innovative with time.Nanda was cheated as she looked for a money changer. A tourist suggested a commission-free place he claimed to have used himself. He introduced her to a “cashier”, who handed her a wad of notes in exchange for dollars. “He counted the money really fast and counted twice. Since the pile was big and I wasn’t familiar with the local currency, I left without recounting it,” says Nanda. What she got was actually half the amount she should have. While you can be cheated anywhere, the chances are more in some countries. “The most notorious destinations are those with a high footfall like Thailand, Singapore and Europe,” says Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C), Yatra.So how do you protect yourself? To start with, carry a photocopy of your passport instead of the original when stepping out. Don’t hand your card to strangers at ATMs and acquaint yourself with the place before the trip starts. This will save you from the most common frauds. Remember, no insurance policy will cover travel scams.

Travellers headed toward Europe are facing a shortage of euros

According to Cox & Kings, about five lakh Indians travel to Europe between April and July – the peak summer holiday season at home.

Sterling Holidays appoints Ramesh Ramanathan as CMD

Currently, Ramesh Ramanathan is the managing director of the company, and will now lead the company as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD).

Cox & Kings owned Meininger Hotels signs pact to open fourth property in France

"Meininger's number of prospective beds in France grows to over 2,600," Cox & Kings said in a statement.

Cox & Kings has over 170 offices across India The company it also has a 24X7 call centre to facilitate all the RCI inquiries.

Booking.com sees opportunity in India, will invest more: CEO

Tans, who rides a bike to work everyday, spoke about Oyo’s overseas expansion and its business model, hospitality industry and the OTAs and overtaking Airbnb in homestay business.

Millennial travellers opt for loans to see dream destinations

Millennial travellers opt for loans to see dream destinations

With many financing avenues available, travel gets affordable for globetrotters.

Travel portals and tour operators bet on ICC World Cup

Travel portals and tour operators bet on ICC World Cup

The demand is led by MICE segment; India-Pak cricket match is a ‘mandatory inclusion’ in the package.

India Inc high-fliers splurging on bespoke vacations

India Inc high-fliers splurging on bespoke vacations

From igloo stays to view Aurora Borealis to private yachting on Mediterranean — execs spending up to Rs 4 L per person per day for luxe trips.

Indians spent Rs 6.5 lakh crore on travel in 2018

Indians spent Rs 6.5 lakh crore on travel in 2018

Expenditure of Indian travellers grew at a compounded rate of 9.3% over the last three years and could grow up to $136 billion

India’s travel spends expected to grow at 13% to $136 billion by 2021: Google and Bain & Company report

India’s travel spends expected to grow at 13% to $136 billion by 2021: Google and Bain & Company report

​​The momentum is expected to continue and the industry will grow at a 13% CAGR to $136 billion by 2021, according to the report titled ‘How Does India Travel’.

Customised packages will gain momentum: Vineet Budki, CEO, Guiddoo World

Customised packages will gain momentum: Vineet Budki, CEO, Guiddoo World

In an e-mail interaction with ET, Budki discusses travel trends, curated holidays and more.

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