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Saudi Tourism Aiming to Make India High Supply Market



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Saudi Arabia witnessed a 50% enhance in Indian guests in 2023. Now, it’s ramping up its efforts to satisfy its formidable goal of seven.5 million Indian guests over the subsequent seven years.

The Saudi Tourism Authority has mentioned that the dominion goals to make India its prime supply market. The nation is looking for to herald 7.5 million Indian guests over the subsequent seven years. 


As a part of its outreach technique in India, the Saudi Tourism Authority held networking occasions in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Delhi and interacted with journey commerce associations. 

Saudi-India tourism: In 2023, the dominion witnessed a 50% enhance within the variety of Indian vacationers as in comparison with 2022. As many as 1.5 million Indian vacationers visited the Center Jap nation. The air connectivity between the 2 international locations has additionally elevated by 31% between 2019 and 2023. Flights now join 12 main hubs in India with Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam. 

Ramping up advertising and marketing efforts: Saudi Tourism Authority signed agreements and cast partnerships with a number of tour operators, journey commerce associations, and occasion planners through the networking occasions. Notably, the nation has simplified its visa course of for Indian vacationers by providing choices equivalent to e-visa and visa-on-arrival. 


Indian Inns Firm Opened 34 Inns in 2023-24 Fiscal 12 months

Indian Inns Firm (IHCL), which owns the Taj Inns, signed 52 accommodations and opened 34 properties within the 2023-24 monetary yr (April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024). The IHCL portfolio has crossed 300 properties, of which 91 accommodations are within the growth pipeline. 

The portfolio consists of 14 new accommodations which have been added as a part of IHCL’s strategic partnership with boutique lodge chain Tree of Life Resorts & Inns. The corporate has a strong pipeline for its luxurious model Taj, upscale model Vivanta, and finances model Ginger. 

The corporate’s future plans embody upscale full-service accommodations as a way to faucet into the potential of rising markets, the corporate mentioned. 


Akasa Air’s Worldwide Operations Begin

Price range airline Akasa Air commenced its worldwide operations final week. Its inaugural outbound flight took off from Mumbai, Maharashtra and landed in Doha, Qatar. The airline is about to fly the route 4 occasions every week. 

In a press release, the airline additionally mentioned that it has obtained visitors rights for 3 different worldwide locations. Within the coming months, Akasa Air is anticipating to broaden its community to Kuwait, Jeddah, and Riyadh.

Akasa Air has been operational for lower than two years. Nevertheless, the provider accounted for a 4.5% market share within the Indian aviation market in February 2024. For context, full-service airways Air India and Vistara had 12.8% and 9.9% market shares, respectively. It flies to twenty home locations, together with Port Blair and Srinagar. 


IndiGo Commences Operations From Jagdalpur, Agatti 

India’s largest airline IndiGo has its operations in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. It operated its first flight from Hyderabad, Telangana to the vacation spot on Sunday. One other flight connecting Raipur, Chhattisgarh with Jagdalpur commenced on Monday. 

The airline on Sunday additionally commenced operations between Bengaluru, Karnataka and Agatti island in Lakshadweep archipelago. IndiGo is about to fly this route each day. 

With these additions, the finances airline’s community has expanded to 88 home locations. 


India to Witness 10.5% Surge in Seat Capability in Second Quarter

The Indian aviation trade is predicted to witness a surge in airline seat capability within the second quarter of 2024. In line with a report by journey knowledge supplier OAG, the seat capability this yr is about to extend 10.5% as in comparison with the second quarter of earlier yr. Additional, it might even be practically 17% up as in comparison with the 2019 ranges. 

The projection by OAG locations India on the third place by way of common seat capability, behind the USA and China. The aviation analytics agency additionally said that IndiGo, India’s largest airline by way of market share, will witness a 4% enhance in common capability per flight within the second quarter of 2024 as in contrast with the 2019 determine. 

India Fourth-Largest Worldwide Tourism Marketplace for Canberra 

India was the fourth-largest worldwide tourism marketplace for Australia’s capital metropolis Canberra in 2023. The variety of Indian vacationers in Canberra final yr surpassed the pre-Covid ranges. In a press release, VisitCanberra mentioned that fifty% of the Indian vacationers had visited the town to go to family and friends. 
Indian arrivals in Australia final yr have been file breaking. Between February 2023 and January 2024, over 402,000 vacationers visited the island nation.


In an interview with Skift, Nishant Kashikar, nation supervisor — India and Gulf for Tourism Australia mentioned that India was the fastest-growing inbound marketplace for the nation because of the rising center class. He added that the federal government company is working with Indian in addition to Australian carriers and airports to spice up direct air connectivity between the 2 international locations.

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