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India’s Weddings Are Massive Enterprise for Journey Manufacturers

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At this time’s podcast seems to be on the enterprise of Indian weddings, United CEO’s apology, and Egypt’s tourism shortfalls.

Good morning from Skift. It’s Tuesday, March 19. Right here’s what that you must know in regards to the enterprise of journey as we speak.

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Episode Notes

Indian weddings are a billion greenback enterprise — and never simply in India. Asia Editor Peden Doma Bhutia delves into the more and more profitable phenomenon. 

Bhutia writes Indian weddings aren’t simply celebrations — they’re huge financial engines. The roughly 3.5 million {couples} that acquired married in India between November 23 and December 15 final yr spent about $57 billion on wedding-related bills. In the meantime, the greater than 900 weddings Marriott hosted in India final yr generated near 10% of its income within the nation. 

Bhutia cites Thailand and the United Arab Emirates as locations keen to draw rich Indians trying to get married. A Thai tourism official stated the nation hosts between 400 and 500 Indian weddings yearly. 

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Subsequent, United Airways CEO Scott Kirby has sought to reassure vacationers after a spate of current mishaps aboard United flights, writes Airways Reporter Meghna Maharishi. 

Kirby despatched a memo to clients on Monday stating that United is working to enhance security. United has had 5 incidents in the course of the previous month, together with one the place a Boeing jet landed in Medford, Oregon with an exterior panel lacking. Kirby stated United is reviewing the main points of every and plans to make use of data from these critiques to develop its security procedures. 

Lastly, Egypt’s tourism chief stated the continued Israel-Hamas battle has damage the nation’s progress, writes International Tourism Reporter Dawit Habtemariam.

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Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa stated tourism grew 6% within the first two months of 2024 in comparison with final yr. The federal government was anticipating a 20% enhance. Issa added Egypt has seen a lower within the variety of American vacationers, with two tour operator executives stating bookings from the U.S. have but to make a full restoration.   

Presenter/Producer: Jose Marmolejos

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