Indian tourists to France they will be able to pay for tickets to the Eiffel Tower and other items in rupees after the two countries united using the Indian government Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
France and especially Paris is one of the most popular travel destinations for Indians. 423,701 Indian tourists came to France in May last year, according to CEIC data.
The IS mobile payment method It will be easier for tourists to figure out with complicated forex cards and avoid the need to carry money. prime minister Narendra Modiwho was on a two-day visit to Paris, the announcement just months after UPI and its counterpart in Singapore Pay now an agreement was initiated to allow users in either country to make cross-border transactions. The UAE, Bhutan and Nepal have already adopted the UPI payment system.
The UPI was launched in 2016, and has become one of the most used payment methods in the country, especially after the pandemic.
Modi also assured that Indian students pursuing a master’s degree in France would now get a long-term term of five years post-study visacompared to the work visa two years before.
In addition, India is set to open a consulate i Marseillessecond in France after Paris.
Radisson Hotel Group opens Radisson Blu Resort in Rajasthan
Radisson Hotel Group has revealed Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Located at a two-hour driving distance from the Udaipur airport and railway station, the hotel is the only one Indian Green Building Council-property certificates in the region.
Last month, the company opened Radisson Hotel Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir, the seventh operational hotel in the region. Radisson hotel group signed 11 new hotels in India across the brands between January and April this year. In April, the group also announced the India debut of its luxury lifestyle brand, The Radisson Collectionto sign the first hotel i Hyderabad. The room 300 Radisson Collection Hotel Hyderabad Financial District which is set to operate at the second quarter of 2026.
47% of Indians to Spend More on Travel This Year: Acko YouGov Travel Index Report
Indians plan to spend more time and money on both domestic and international travel in 2023, according to new report at a digital insurer Acko General Insurancein collaboration with a market research firm YouGov. The research surveyed 1,000 respondents who intend to travel this year, aged 24 to 45, across seven major cities, revealing key travel issues and preferences.
Considering how the Pandemic has put travel plans on hold, 31% said they will now plan more international tours this year. In addition, 37% said they will increase the length of the trip and 47% will also allocate the increased budget for travel. 71% of those planning an international vacation state a total budget between Rs 1-6 lakh ($1,218-$7,303). The domestic vacation budget for 55% is expected to be below $1,218.
The top five international destinations, in order of preference, are Dubai, Maldives, Singapore, Switzerland and Bali. Goa is the preferred home location, followed by Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.
Domestic Air Traffic Rose Almost 19% in June
Inland India passenger air traffic grew by 18.8% to approx 12.5 million in June compared to the period a year ago, according to data from the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Domestic carriers flew 12.487 million people in June compared to 10.512 million in the same period a year ago.
Among the airlines operating in the country, IndiGo had the highest market share at 63.2%, followed by Air India at 9.7% SpiceJet it finished last at 4.4%, due to the airline’s tough year with its finances and operations.
Furthermore, the data showed that in terms of on-time performance, Vistara led the industry with a punctuality rate of 88.3% at the four major airports of Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
India Invites US Businesses to Invest in Tourism Sector
Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy US businesses and companies urged to investigate investment opportunities in the Indian tourism sector. Reddy, who was i New York for a five-day visit, he highlighted India’s economic growth and Make in India initiatives while highlighting India’s enabling business environment through policies and regulations. He urged the diaspora community to encourage their friends, partners and non-Indian communities to invest and gain experience India tourist offers – from culture, cruise, craft and film to festivals, weddings, wildlife, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.
Reddy added that about him The G20 PresidencyIndia prioritized a sustainable and inclusive future for all, technological transformation, digital public infrastructure, multilateral institutions for the 21st century as well as women-led development.
Indian Hotel Company signs Ginger Hotel in Kolhapur, Maharashtra
It is owned by the Tata Group Indian hotel company signed a Ginger-branded hotel in Kolhapur in the western state of Maharashtra. The 100-key hotel will be developed in partnership with Jeswani Group. With the addition of this hotel, the company will have 31 hotels in the state, including 11 under development.
Last week, Indian Hotels Company signed 11 hotels and opened five properties across destinations in the second quarter of this year. With a current portfolio of 270 hotels, the company is still on track to achieve its vision of over 325 hotels by 2025. This fiscal, the hotel will step into Gangtok in Sikkim, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan while adding to his portfolio. in Mumbai, National Capital Region, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Srinagar, Tirupati, Ranthambore, among others.
Metro Cities, Manali and Dubai are among the Best Choices for Travelers
Metro cities New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai and hill stations like Manali and Rishikesh topped the chart for Indian travelers in the first half of 2023, according to Booking.com details. Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are the preferred international destinations for Indians.
Along with hotels, alternative arrangements resorts, guesthouses and residences were the most popular options during the period, the report said. The UK, USA, Bangladesh, Russia and the UAE were the most visited countries by travelers to India.
“86% Indian travelers are optimistic about their future travel plans in the next 12 months. This positive trend is expected to drive strong growth in the travel sector,” it said Santosh Kumarcountry manager for India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia at Booking.com.
Local communities within India with Airbnbs welcome over 19,000 guests in 2022, according to a new report. The data shows the value Airbnb listings bring to underserved communities, allowing tourists to explore new destinations.
“Unlike traditional travel that concentrates tourism in specific areas, creating overcrowding, congestion and tension, Airbnb is helping to spread guests, tourism revenue, and benefits to new and trending destinations, even those without hotels ,” said Amanpreet Bajajgeneral manager of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan at Airbnb India.
Airbnb hosts in India collectively made over $12 million from bookings with families last year. Last month, the company partnered with the Ministry of Tourism Show India legacy remains and promote cultural tourism.