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Lufthansa cancels all India flights amid air bubble disagreements between India, Germany



Special flights have been permitted under air bubble arrangements, which India has entered into with 16 countries, including Germany.

Lufthansa said Tuesday that it should drop every single “booked flight” from India to Germany and vice versa from 30 September to October 20 because of an “unexpected rejection” of its flight schedule by the Indian authorities.

The German carrier said it had asked for the continuation of the special flights as they were permitted to fly until the end of September however will currently need to drop the flights on account of the “unexpected rejection”.

Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March due to the COVID lockdown. In any case, special flights have been allowed under “air bubble” arrangements India has framed with 13 nations, including Germany.

Air India, as well, has thus dropped its trips to Frankfurt from Delhi because of the withdrawal of permission by the German securities. 10 trips on the Delhi-Frankfurt area and two among Delhi and Bangalore won’t work presently till fourteenth October.

Lufthansa said in a statement that its application process to work trips past September 30 was important since India has so far not acknowledged Germany’s encouragement to examine insights about a transitory travel arrangement between the two nations.

It said it had booked flights for October to keep associating Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore with Europe and different areas. The October timetable would likewise have seen the expansion of trips to and from Chennai, one of the most significant urban areas in southern India.

Lufthansa said it “sincerely urges” Indian specialists to cooperate with the German government to set up a transitory travel understanding between the two nations.

As visa issuance is restarting and interest for trips to and from India is expanding, it is unfortunate that Lufthansa is at present being unnecessarily confined.

As per the site of the German Embassy in India, there is a section restriction on travelers from “high-risk zones” like India.

However, as per the site, German nationals, residents of the European Union, outsiders with a valid residence permit, people having long haul (Category D) visa for work and study purposes, and who have to necessarily travel out to Germany can enter the nation from India.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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