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Current situation

International air travel to remain suspended.International scheduled flights have be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis.

India has established travel bubbles with 13 countries, including USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, the Maldives, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Japan.Indian nationals holding a valid visa with validity of at least one month — other than visa for tourism purpose — are allowed to travel.on these air bubbles.Such an arrangement will also allow the members of the group to rekindle trade ties with each other, and kick-start sectors such as travel and tourism.

Tourism recovery from India to Dubai & Maldives has already started with the HNI Indians. Indians can travel on tourism visa to both these countries.     

Quarantine rules

Guidelines for international arrivals  (Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

India has started creating "air bubbles" with countries to ensure eligible people can continue to travel direct to and from there on airlines of both sides, till resumption of regular schedule flights in a post-pandemic world. 

There is no air bubble with Finland in discussion at the moment.

Consumer behaviour

Tourism revival to Dubai & Maldives has already started from India and HNI Indians have already started travelling to these countries from India. Domestic tourism is also growing specially during weekends. The most important thing for travellers is safety... There is a pent-up demand for domestic holidays; weekend destinations are favoured. Stay windows have increased because work from home could be from anywhere.

The Indian economy will contract 9.5% in fiscal 2021 due to disruptions caused by the covid-19 pandemic that has hit economic activities, according to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das. However, growth "may break out of contraction and turn positive during January-March" due to improving signs of recovery, he said.

71% millennials ready to travel within India in next 6 months:
Millennials are likely to become the key driver of tourism revival with 71 per cent respondents in the category saying they are willing to explore 'Incredible India' in the next six months due to various international travel restrictions, according to BOTT (Business of Travel Trade) Travel Sentiment Tracker. 

Future Outlook

We expect a post Covid-19 world will usher in some significant changes:

  • Domestic / International travellers would expect a perceivable change in health and safety standards when they have interface with stakeholders in the tourism value chain. 
  • Hospitality particularly will see technological innovation percolate for confidence building measures of their guests.
  • Road trips from major population centres will see a sizeable uptake for the months to come.
  • Family and multi-generational travel will be in vogue.
  • Demand for responsible travel will be real, no longer limited to mere lip service and by lines as nature and wildlife products will grab the attention of high spenders.
  • Travellers will demand more gratifying 'experiences' as they bond with near and dear ones.
  • Travel insurance, once an afterthought will gain wider acceptability among flyers.

Segments: India's wealthy (HNI) are still planning their travels—and they're taking to private jets. Private jet and charter companies witness a spike in interest from Indian families wanting to fly to luxe hotels in Maldives, Dubai and Rajasthan, wellness retreats in Kerala, and safari camps in Africa.

  • Luxury Segment (Intimate HNI family/ friend groups)
  • VFR- Visiting Friends & Relatives
  • Millenials, young and fearless travellers, tempted by great value propositions and a strong push back by customers who have been "boxed-in" for months in their homes and are yearning to break free.

Winter 2020-21: Currently cases are on a rise in India. International travel may resume to Finland only by Q1 2021 if a travel bubble is developed between both the countries & Finnair flights start & governments remove the quarantine restrictions. Luxury travel (small intimate family groups looking at isolated holidays focusing on experiences) as a segment is expected to generate business.

USPs: Safe & secure country with pure Nature, Not overcrowded, Limited Corona Exposure, Unique Bucket List experiences - Santa Claus, Northern Lights, Staying in Igloos, Crossing Arctic Cirle etc.

Travel trade update

Travel agents are currently focusing on promoting domestic travel as well as promoting travel to International countries that are gradually lifting restrictions for Indians (Example Maldives & Dubai).

A lot of travel agents have currently also diversified into additional businesses like food production, grocery, mask development etc. to survive the current crisis,

Most of the employees of big travel agencies are still working from home. Smaller agencies have also started opening their offices.

Tourism industry also seeks reduction in GST rate, tax benefits to revive sector:
According to them, the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, resulting in a loss of Rs 15 trillion and putting up to 40 million jobs at risk.

Updated 12.10.

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