1. US embassy, consulates in India plan to process ‘record’ number of visas in 2023.
The US embassy is looking to reduce the backlog for first-time B1 and B2 tourist and business travel visas. “We recently opened up 2.5 lakh of B1/B2 visa appointments throughout India and we have dozens of officers, who have come from embassies around the world and Washington DC, specifically to help us to conduct interviews for first-time B1/B2 applicants,” said John Ballard, Chief, Mumbai Consulate.
2. Air India launches non-stop flight to Milan.
Operated by the B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, flight Al137 from Delhi to Milan will operate on Wed, Fri, Sun and Mon. It departs Delhi at 14:20 hrs and lands at Milan at 18:30 hrs (LT). The return flight Al138 will leave Milan at 20:00 hrs on the same day to reach Delhi at 08:00 hrs the next day.
3. Budget 2023: Highlights for Travel and Tourism.
Tourism identified as one of 4 key transformative opportunities for ‘Amrit Kaal.’ An app to enhance the tourist experience. 50 tourist destinations to be developed and 50 new airports to be revived to drive domestic and international tourism. Big opportunities for joint participation of the states, private players and Govt via the PPP mode. Unity Malls to provide a fillip for the promotion and sale of ODOP and GI products and handicrafts.
4. Budget Shocker 2023: Outbound travel to get costlier for Indians.
The government has proposed to hike the TCS on overseas tour packages to 20 per cent from the current 5 per cent. This would pose challenges for people intending to undertake vacations overseas as it will increase their immediate outlay.
5. Despite high costs, 31% travellers plan to spend more on int’l travel in 2023 : WTTC.
According to WTTC, 2023 is looking even better in terms of travellers’ spend. Despite concerns about inflation and the cost-of-living crisis around the world, nearly a third (31%) of travellers said they intend to spend more on international travel this year than in 2022.
6. Jodhpur to get new terminal building, Kota to get new airport: Scindia.
To cater to the increased air travel demand in Jodhpur, a new terminal building built at a cost of 500 crore will be inaugurated soon. Aviation Minister Scindia also added that new airports have been established in Kishangarh, Bikaner, and Jaisalmer and a new airport is also being planned for Kota.
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