The adverse effects of pandemic is clearly visible on aviation industry, as it has pummeled airlines. In this context, there comes a big news where Dubai’s government says it will inject equity into Emirates airlines. As the Middle East’s largest carrier has abeyant its flights at its hub due to coronavirus. Considering the strategic importance of Emirates airlines across globe, Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bib Mohammed bin Rashid AL Maktoum said that it’s our key role to support our airlines in this pandemic as it is the major international aviation hub. The exact details of financial support is not out yet. Emirates airlines carried around 60 million passengers last year, keeping Dubai’s international airport as the world’s busiest airport in the world.
Due to coronavirus travel severance, aviation industry have pummeled worldwide, the carriers are all grounded temporarily laying off cabin crew, pilots and reducing salaries of staff. UAE, which is home to Dubai and Abu Dhabi has closed all its national and international borders to travelers. Only cargo flights, a small number of flights which are indulged in helping local citizens and medical emergency cases are flying through country’s airport. With its effect flydubai became the latest airlines to announce its staff cut-off of nearly 4000 employees. Not only staff reduction they have also reduced the salaries of existing employees by 20-50% for a initial period of 3 months starting from end of April.The decision has not been taken lightly.The company’s chairman said, but with a heavy heart that the aim of resuming its operations in best possible way and ensuring full satisfaction of their employees. Emirates and flydubai are owned by Dubai’s sovereign-wealth fund and have same chairman, but operate independently.
Looking at bail-out of Emirates airlines, carriers and lobbyists in Europe are also urging for the same treatment. In one similar case, Norwegian Air was offered $270 million in credit guarantees by government of Norway. The White House and Senate Republicans are offering upto $50 billion in loans with less rate of interest but no grants are being offered.
Tripura government aims recovery with Agartala Tourism Festival
January: Giving a hope to provide a reviving tourism, the 5 day Agartala Tourism Festival undergoing at the Swami Vivekananda Maidan in Agartala has been attracting several visitors. Beginning on the 9th January, it was an initiative by the Tripura government aiming to boost the state tourism.
Several mind-refreshing activities have been taking place for the tourist under the festival. Rock climbing, hot air balloon rides, archery, ziplining, jet skiing and rope climbing were available for the tourists.
Spending a day at the festival, Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy said, “Tripura is a small state but it is blessed with several natural gifts. This festival is part of the government’s efforts to make Tripura a tourist hub.”
Quoting the experience, a tourist said, “I am really glad to see such events taking place in Tripura. This is the first time we have had a festival for adventure sports. I’m sure that this will attract more tourists to our state.” Another tourist expressed, “We are so glad that we can come out and participate in this festival after the Covid-19. The tourism sector and the economy are in bad shape, so this is a good initiative by the government to start the recovery process.”
The widespread coronavirus has snatched the tourism opportunities amongst those many in the past year. However, with the unlocking phase taking place, the states, brands and several industries are hoping to have an improved scenario gradually.
Madhya Pradesh wishes to implement Kerala’s responsible tourism model
January: Walking over the footsteps of Kerala’s successful responsible tourism, Madhya Pradesh government wishes to implement the model in the state. The government aims at developing the local communities and village, lessen poverty and also to give emphasis to women empowerment. The Kerala Tourism department quoted on Sunday that a Memorandum of Understanding will be formed between the 2 states over this development on 13 January.
A high-level 13 member delegation will arrive on January 12, led by Madhya Pradesh Tourism minister Usha Thakur. They will be taking a 7-day tour to various spots in order to understand the RT mission model. State Tourism Secretary Rani George said that the Kerala mission has established 20,000 units with 1,09,000 beneficiaries and has given the local population an income of Rs. 38 crore from the tourism sector only.
The mission was launched in 2017 and it is the nodal agency to spread and implement the ideologies of responsible tourism across the state. Other than this, a Kerala delegation will also visit Madhya Pradesh to help implement the mission model.
The MoU contains a 16-point programme for creation of a masterplan, developing, and training the human for the initiative, to locate sustainable tourism projects, formulating the social and economic security measures among others.
Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said, “It’s gratifying to watch other states implementing the community-oriented and heritage-preserving responsible tourism mission activities of Kerala. Apart from Madhya Pradesh, many other states too have expressed their interest in the project.”
Suriname proposes removal of permits, allowing visa free travel with India
January: A small yet beautiful country in South America, Suriname has proposed to remove visa permits and promote ‘visa free travel’ between India and Suriname. President Chandrikapersal Santokhi on 8 January said that the country is ready to take the first initiating step to strengthen the bilateral bonds between the 2 countries. Expressing his wish, the President spoke on the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention organised by India on January 9.
This convention is organised every year by India to commemorate the Mahatma Gandhi arrived in India. This year, amid the covid scare, the event took place virtually. On the occasion, Suriname’s India origin leader also spoke at the external affairs ministry’s flagship event in Bhojpuri dialect.
Santokhi also quoted that Suriname is preparing to take the step in doing so by ending visa permits for visitors from India to Suriname. The president further said that the country diaspora has been a crucial part of India’s soft power and also, India is an integral part of Suriname’s soft power. The president is allowing free movement between the two countries and believes that this step will bring prosperity and add to various sectors including education and science.
The president said, “The importance of the Indian diaspora can and must be one of the mutual benefits. If we approach the opportunities in this way, we can achieve great things for our countries. In this interconnected world we all live in, we value international relationships based on respect and mutual benefits.”
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