As per the order, hospitality providers can resume operations outside the containment zones with standard operating procedures (SOPs) prescribed by the ministry of health and family welfare in a phased manner.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns to contain COVID-19 have sounded the death knell of global tourism. Fewer people are visiting other countries, and global revenue through tourism and hospitality has plummeted.
Several homestay owners in popular destinations such as Chikamagaluru, Kodagu and Uttara Kannada in Karnataka, and Wayanad, Idukki and Ernakulam in Kerala were probably earning a higher income than their mainstay activity of farming or plantation until this spring. But now, they don’t expect the business to pick up anytime soon with coronavirus infections
The report said that 81 per cent travel and tourism companies have lost their revenue up to 100 per cent while 15 per cent of the companies have witnessed it slide up to 75 per cent. The BOTT Travel Sentiment Tracker survey was done online with over 2,300 travel and tourism business owners and company representatives across the country over a period of 10 days.
MakeMyTrip said the travel safety pledge has been taken by eminent leaders from the airline, hospitality and other ancillary industries and it showcases the commitment from leaders of the industry which has been one of the worst hit by the pandemic.
"What is encouraging is that our business travel teams have already received bookings and are getting a steady flow of enquiries for work related travel from our corporates, seeking to travel over the next few weeks," Thomas Cook (India) Chairman and MD Madhavan Menon said in a statement.
For international destinations in Indian travellers wish-list includes Dubai as the top destination, followed by Ubud (Bali), Bangkok (Thailand), Istanbul (Turkey) and London (UK). The survey is based on comparing wish-list data on Booking.com platform between March and April 2020.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a package of Rs 20 lakh crore, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman "has neglected us and no relief to us is seen", the TAAI said in its letter to the Central government on Sunday.
FAITH said the Indian tourism, travel and hospitality industry, which is believed to impact almost 10% of GDP directly and indirectly has already seen over one quarter of accumulated losses which began from February onwards. There is no cash inflow expected for many quarters over FY 20-21 as the key segments of the Indian tourism economy will be down.
The Association’s demands include six-month road-tax exemption and 50% tax concession for the next six months, 15 days advance tax payment to be extended to 30 days and the signing of reciprocal agreement to drop inter-state tax.
The state of 6 lakh population has around 30,000 rooms to generate a lodging business of around Rs 6 crore a day with over 90% occupancy during its peak season March - May. Over 50% of 1.5 lakh foreign and 15 lakh domestic tourists visiting Sikkim come here during this season.
Luggage giant Samsonite is closing about a quarter of its India stores or more than 100 outlets as the company is severely stung by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, multiple people aware of the development said.
Lockdown has pushed hotel business in tourism hotspot Sikkim to the brink where investors from Bengal and other states are the first tire victims. Equal sufferer is over 70% of Sikkim's population dependent on hospitality industry that generates around Rs 1.5 k croer business there in a year.
Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality, the policy federation of all the national associations representing the tourism, travel and hospitality industry of India has revised upwards its value estimates at risk to Indian tourism.