Backwaters May Put Indian Tourism in Jeopardy

Tourists are not always beneficial as it has been seen that there have been instances where they have been involved in putting the overall environment in jeopardy. In fact, that is what has made the Kerala pristine backwaters at back foot. In one of the recent studies, it has been revealed that the tourism spots in the state of Kerala are making the backwaters in jeopardy.

In fact, on close scrutiny we find that the problem is primarily confined to places where boating facilities are available. They are primarily responsible for the sand-bed formation confined to the boating channels.

In one of the recent studies, it has been witnessed by the Hydrographic Survey Wing of the Kerala Government on the Vembanad Lake that backwater tours are proving dangerous for the beds of water and are not safe at all. It is primarily on the route of Alappuzha-Kumarakom route. So, Kerala Tours lean towards tours that are becoming a bit problematic.

According to one of the men involved in hydrography, it has been found that chief hydrographer A P Sunderalal telling the depletion of water levels. In fact, a ride through these channels is leaning towards causing accidents. As far as the survey is concerned, it has been found that nearly at all minor ports in the vicinities of Kerala state the survey came with following observations.

As far as the trend is concerned, sand-bed formation has been witnessed at regular intervals at Munambam and Azheekkal port. It also involved the dredging that was clearly visible.

However, as far as the current booking is concerned, there seems to be no looking back.

Key Findings of Global Online Travel Report 2012

The best way to keep a tab on the global travel industry is through gauging the online travel booking. As it is expected to grow especially in the current year, there is no dearth of market potential it finds especially in China, Brazil, and India as of now. It clearly suggests the upward trend indicating strong market scenario in the context of India Tours.

The trend of booking trips online is expected to grow further in 2012, especially in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil. As the growth of Internet is profuse, it is nevertheless one of the biggest factors in making online booking stronger and better.
What’s more, the current finding clearly shows that in 2012, the “Online Travel Segment” is expected to represent nearly one third of the total global travel market value. The data is exceptionally valuable from Indian travel point of view.


As far as online travel sales in the US are concerned, the forecast shows that they are to increase by more than 10% in 2012 in comparison to the previous year, 2011. No doubt, Tours to India are getting consolidated. The UK is projected to remain the largest share as far as Europe’s online travel market is concerned. It is projected to do best in 2013, which will be followed by Germany and France.

Gross bookings on the Asia Pacific online leisure/ unmanaged business travel are also showing great potential that is expecting to increase by more than +30% in 2012 compared to 2010. It is a fact that tours of India are growing unprecedentedly.

The Philosophy of Self Drive Tours

To be in control is the key. This is what primarily drives the philosophy of self drive tours that are increasingly becoming popular in India and elsewhere. The trend can be ascertained by the fact that there is no dearth of car rental companies that are being involved in the process.

In fact tours to India are laden with complexity as this country is extremely diverse in nature. With unparalleled destinations at one’s disposal there is no dearth of witnessing many forms of tourism opportunities.

Since it has been largely felt that India needs to be explored to a large extent, it is with the active help of self help tours, the same is becoming possible. Although the current concept falls in the category of a niche concept, the actual number of Indian tourists opting for self-drive has been on a sharp rise particularly in the past five years.

Pondering on the statistics, we find that in the year 2010, approximately 30 per cent of all Indians arriving into North America opted for a rented vehicle in wake of their stay. What’s more, the number has always been whopping. With more freedom and flexibility, the concept of self help tours is getting popular in leaps and bounds.

In fact, there are many advantages associated with it. As we indicated, there is always more freedom to explore the desired destination/s and that too at one’s own pace. At the international level, the concept of self-drive is making headway in its entirety.

The Spiraling Online Travel Bookings in India

Recent data, IAMAI, admired for its substantive abilities, reveals that travel industry is profusely growing online. The trend has even made retail sites, job portals or matrimonial sites lag behind in terms of e-commerce pace.

The noteworthy report for the month of October, 2012, this time by the Internet Economy Watch Report, 2012, released this week by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) clearly points out a significant growth of 31 percent in wake of online booking of air tickets.

The source from where the data has been taken is based on the monthly Internet tracker. Its substantive nature can be ascertained by the fact that it has been taken from various relevant sites. The usage for e-tailing, vertical classifieds and online travel are the major indicators.

Pondering on the numbers, October 2012 witnessed 1.58 million that is higher than October 2011 that stood at 1.21. On the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Web site, the growth has been impressive at 15 percent. The total number of bookings stands at 4.72 million in October 2012, which is higher than 4.1 million the previous year. Hence it can be ascertained that tours to India is profusely growing.

Pondering on the Domestic Scenario

Pondering on the economic state of the affairs, we find that the world faces the horror of economic slowdown and perhaps the crises as envisaged by some of the pundits.

Indeed, the Euro zone is trembling with ague with Pound getting weaker for a quite a long time. Even the great US dollar is losing its monopoly by a tad of bit. One could witness Romney and Obama debates over the issue in the recent times in wake of elections in America.

So, are we in pathetic situation? Well, for a moment one can think so but pondering deeper we find that the case is different as far as India in particular is concerned.

Money is catching up in India. Just look at the SUV-studded, gas-guzzling Bharat and you will realize on the contrary. There has always been a great upsurge in learning the English language. What’s more, it has been good for tour to India where many travelers came in heavy numbers.

On the other hand, we also find that the Domestic Tourism market is also flourishing. It is not contracting as to the popular belief. In fact, it is growing in leaps and bounds.

Indeed, travel in today’s times is no longer seen as a leisure activity. It has become a social act. The shrinking of Internet and cell phones has lead to the world and time to come closer without any hassles.

Wings of Tourism in Agra in Jeopardy

Agra State tourism industry is in news for a weird reason. It has been recently alleged that there is some lobby that is acting against the initiation of flight services at Kheria Airport. This is in wake of non availability of ILS (Instrumental Landing System) despite the fact that it has been approved by the Prime Minister Office, Defence Ministry of India and various other senior officers.

The flights are getting cancelled in wake of poor visibility on the landing track thus leading to incurring loss in business terms for the overall industry. The worst part is the non availability of safety certificate by the DGCA that is leading to behave on the same lines by the Indian Air Force.

The recent cancellation pertains to the Spice Jet flight, which was cancelled subscribing to the above mentioned reasons thus leading to considerable loss to the tourism industry of the state. Indeed India tours have been hit hard in wake of it.

Every flight results in loss for approximately 5 Crore and there has been a net loss for 60 crore in the last few months. It has been felt that some people are against the use of flights in Agra for some reasons. It has to be ascertained the identity of these people are as it has been indicated that they belong to Delhi, hub of powerful and mighty.

Music Tourism! Wow! A New Worth Pondering Buzzword

If you are of the opinion that tourism is only confined to going places and witnessing holiday hotspots, you need to widen your belief system. Indeed, tourism has always been evolving into an indomitable entity with unfolding of unique opportunities. Sooner the better!

Recently, there has been a term, Music Tourism, which may seem strange, that is gripping fast the imagination of travelers who value culture more than anything else. Yes, it is the power of music and dance that is attracting millions to various vicinities of the world.

Music festivals are becoming popular than ever. Take into account the largest music festival of the world, Summerfest that goes for 11 days in Milwaukee in Wisconsin. Attracting almost 1000000 enthusiasts from all over the world, you can well imagine its intensity.

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Indian Wildlife Tourism Out of Jeopardy

Respites are always sweet but this one seems to be the sweetest considering the anxieties, which Indian wildlife tourism underwent during the past few months after the ban on core tiger areas.

Just a few months ago, there was a ban on the core tiger areas as travelers were restricted the access to these core areas. Now this was something, which was seen as a jolt to the Indian wildlife in the wake of enormous profits that Indian wildlife tourism amassed from the interested wildlife enthusiasts.

However, as the Honourable Supreme Court of India (SC) today lifts the ban, Indian tourism industry gets a sigh of relief. In fact, with an interim ban on tourism activities especially in the core areas of Tiger Reserves in India in the month of July 2012, there was a fear that those Indian wildlife lovers opting for tours to India may get discouraged from traveling to India thus resulting in loss for the industry.

The only concern is that park guides in association with lodge owners are going to work together to make it possible to protect the wildlife as well as satisfying the wildlife lovers to visit these core areas without harming in tad. This needs to be left on time as it would be making things clearer.

Impact of Enhanced Bilateral Tourism between India and China

India and China are in agreement to consolidate bilateral tourism cooperation in the coming times. The same is confirmed by both, Zhu Shanzhong, Vice Chairman, China National Tourism Administration, and Girish Shankar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India. Tours to India are bound to receive impetus like never before as both the economies are emerging giants in the global world order.

It was also decided that the two countries would continue to conduct student and faculty exchange programmes. Both sides are ready to involve human resource development (HRD) institutes in their respective countries.

Special programs are also to be organized. What’s more, tour operators and travel agents of both countries will be getting an opportunity to interact with each other. In fact, there are immense possibilities whereby more package tours are in the offing.

The impact of the current decision would be positive since it has been backed by the recent FDI policy approval. Along with it, Chinese investment in tourism infrastructure in India could be one of the major areas of cooperation as well. In the wake, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on December 08, 2002.

Eco Tax to Enter Indian Tiger Reserve: NTCA

Just a few days back, Honorable Supreme Court of India banned the core areas where tigers reside in order to protect the wildlife from getting stressed in wake of heightened tourism activities. However, it has been observed that tourism in India accounts for considerable contribution to the Indian economy. Considering this fact, the Government of India has come up with the suggestion easing the entry to the core areas, however with due caution.

Levying of eco-tax has been suggested for this visitors going to the core areas. The decision has been taken by the committee, National Tiger Conservation Authority, comprising of experts from the field.

So, if you are one of them coming to Indian vicinity with an intention to spot a tiger, here’s catch. Get ready for spending 10% more in the name of eco-tax on all tourism facilities within the radius of 5 kilometers of tiger reserves. Although the current ban will certainly have an impact on India tours it was also necessary in wake of increasing stress on Indian wildlife. This is something, which has been tried to be curbed in wake of the current ban. All we need to see is the impact in terms of tourism it inflicts on to the tourism in general.