Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to India

During his visit to New Delhi, India from October 12-14, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun delivered keynote remarks at the India-U.S. Forum and met with senior Indian government officials ahead of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this year.

At the India-U.S. Forum, Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun joined Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla to underscore the importance of the U.S.-India partnership, particularly in advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific. The Deputy Secretary emphasized the work of the Quad toward a region protected and made prosperous in equal measure by strong and peaceful nations in the Indo-Pacific. Deputy Secretary Biegun also underscored enhanced cooperation among the Quad to create resilient supply chains, promote transparency, and increase maritime security, topics most recently discussed in the October 6 meeting of Foreign Ministers attended by Secretary of State Pompeo.

In his meetings with External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit

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Signs of green shoots in air travel?

There is hope and signs of green shoots for the Indian aviation industry: domestic passenger traffic in September was up 39% over the preceding month. Data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation showed that 3.94 million domestic travellers took to the skies last month, as against 2.83 million in August. The figures for July and June were 2.1 million and 1.98 million, respectively. However, domestic passenger traffic is nowhere near the pre-Covid-19 levels.

Domestic air travel resumed operations on May 25, following a two-month halt due to the country-wide lockdown on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the recovery in air travel has been gradual and is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. To begin with, a controlled re-opening of air travel was put in place, with the government allowing airlines to operate only up to 60% of their pre-Covid-19 schedules.

“In reality airlines

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15 Arizona travel destinations named among the best places to visit

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The votes are in: Over 715,000 readers voted in Condé Nast Traveler’s 33rd Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020 and 14 Arizona hotels, resorts and spa resorts made the cut.

The city of Tucson also grabbed an accolade this year, ranking ninth on the list of top large city destinations in the United States, which brings the number of Arizona awardees to 15.

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“The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience,” said Jesse Ashlock, the U.S. editor of Condé Nast Traveler, in a statement.

Arizona properties ranked in three categories. And two properties even cracked the top 30 awards list for best spa resorts across the world. 

Top 20 hotels in

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Holidays: Britons ditch holiday favourites in 2021 for these top five destinations | Travel News | Travel

Earlier this year, thousands of Britons had their holiday plans cancelled as the pandemic pulled the breaks on international travel. Instead, Britons decided to go on holiday in the UK, ditching flights overseas for something closer to home. But with many missing the opportunity to travel overseas, Britons are looking to broaden their horizons and truing out some new destinations.

1. Orlando

The USA has been out of bounds to Britons for the majority of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, if the country opens its borders to Britons, it’s looking as though it’s likely to be a popular choice.

Mr Thorne explained that Florida is very popular with families, especially due to the abundance of theme parks.

He said: “After a year spent at home, some parents are keen to make new childhood memories with their kids and have perhaps been saving throughout 2020 in order to

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German travel startup Getyourguide lets go of a sixth of staff

BERLIN, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Getyourguide, one of Berlin’s best-backed travel startups, said on Wednesday it has laid off 90 people, or a sixth of its staff, after the coronavirus pandemic hit its business of tours and trips.

A spokesman confirmed a report in tech publication Gruenderszene on the job cuts, which come barely a year and a half after the company raised nearly $500 million from investors led by Softbank’s Vision Fund.

“As our view of the market’s path to recovery has come into focus, it’s become clear that it was necessary for us to adapt our company to the present reality,” Getyourguide said.

As well as being forced into a go-slow by the pandemic, Europe’s travel tech industry has chafed at the terms offered by Google – the search engine it relies on heavily for online referrals – urging the Alphabet unit to offer more flexibility on payments

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Exclusive! New Tourism Policy to overhaul India’s travel sector



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The Narendra Modi Government has started work on making India the next Tourism Destination with big changes proposed. As a travel destination few other nations can offer the diversity of products & experiences found in India.  The New Tourism Policy 2020 which has been formulated revolves around ten strategic pillars which are Welcome the Visitor, Seamless connectivity, Destination planning, Investment promotion, Develop and Diversify Tourism Products, Market India, Quality assurance & standards, Market research & intelligence and Skill development said sources privy to the development. The draft new tourism policy 2020 has been floated to ministries for comments and we are hopeful that the cabinet approval will be sought soon, the source added.

The policy marks a decisive shift from department & scheme centric approach to a tourist and destination centric approach. The government is looking at providing incentives to attract investors to make investments

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Police general accused of forging details in travel permit for Djoko Tjandra – National

A police general has allegedly ordered his subordinates to falsify information contained in a travel letter issued to allow graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra to travel within the country while he was a fugitive.

Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office read their indictment against Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo, the former head of the Civil Servant Investigators Supervisory and Coordination Bureau at the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), during a hearing on Tuesday.

Prosecutors also wrote in the indictment letter that the one-star police general had ordered his subordinates to burn the letter to eliminate any evidence linking him to the fugitive.

“On June 3, the defendant ordered a witness, Dodi Jaya, to issue a letter for travel to Pontianak, West Kalimantan, in the defendant’s office,” a prosecutor read from the indictment at the East Jakarta District Court, as quoted by kompas.com.

According to the indictment, Prasetyo instructed Dodi

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How Hawa Hassan Built a Cookbook Around East African Grandmothers: Women Who Travel Podcast

LA: No, no, it really does. Sort of going on to food appropriation and recipe appropriation, I mean, you kind of touched on this before, but where do you think that line lies between who gets to cook what?

HH: I think all of it is rooted in respect. I think everyone should eat what they want, they should cook what they want, but how are you sharing that space when you’re in it? Are you occupying it? Are you closing the door behind you when you get into someone else’s culture? Who else is in that position to better tell those stories that is from that place? And then also, what is your reasoning for being in that space? Is it to learn more and to bring the world closer to one another and to make the table longer? Or is it to just, again, occupy it?

It’s like,

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EU seeks to bring order to COVID travel confusion

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[AUDIO ONLY] The European Union adopted on Tuesday a “traffic light” system to guide member states whether to require COVID-19 testing or quarantines for non-essential EU travellers such as tourists.

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