Swapna Raghu Sanand

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Abu Dhabi’s warm welcome to Indian travellers! How to enjoy tourist attractions in the UAE capital through the Abu Dhabi Green Pass

Travelling abroad is gradually witnessing an uptick despite the pandemic. For Indian travellers, Abu Dhabi has always been one of the popular and safe leisure destinations.

Abu Dhabi

How to lock your flight fares, travel like royalty! This festive season is all about flexibility and air travel

Digital travel platforms such as MakeMyTrip, Agoda and Booking.com are rolling out unique initiatives to keep the uptick in travel demand more personalised and affordable.

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Travelling with pets: Your next trip isn’t a vacation, it’s a ‘Pawcation’

If you grew up in the early 80s and enjoyed reading as your favourite pastime, you may have been one of those who were glued to Enid Blyton’s books or Amar Chitra Kathas that were treasured like family heirlooms.


Goibibo’s market study: Millennials love to splurge on travel! Premium and luxury stays in popular demand

Bookings on the Goibibo platform show that the premium accommodation category witnessed about 150% increase in bookings as compared to those in February 2020. 

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OYO’s Unlocking Travel Report 2021: Indians love long weekends! Mysore, Darjeeling emerge popular destinations

With the latest travel trends, OYO's Unlocking Travel Report 2021 highlights top global travel trends and shares insights on some of the world's most sought-after leisure destinations.


What is baggage mishandling? How has the pandemic changed it? SITA’s 2021 Baggage IT Insights report shares key insights

SITA's 2021 Baggage IT Insights report delves into the challenges and innovative ways through which airlines and airports have been addressing them.

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Backpacker hostel bookings surge ahead of Durga Puja, Diwali! How to find affordable accommodation this festive season

Travel can open up turning points in one’s life, which is why young Indians love to opt for the best backpacker hostels to thrive with their kind of ‘tribe’!


Luxury homestay redefined: How homestays in India are now making it to the global tourist map

Amidst the pandemic, the need to unwind through immersive travel experiences is key to one’s own happiness quotient in these highly uncertain times.

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Travelling to Goa this festive season? Top travel trends to track before you head out

Remember, David Mitchel's famous quote “Travel far enough, you meet yourself,” and it is clear that these wise words belong to a world before the pandemic hit hard.


Tempting hotel offers! Amidst new hotel launches, wedding and staycation packages, a glimpse of hospitality laws

Worldwide, there are disturbing instances reported with regard to how restaurants face difficult interactions with customers when they are asked to mask up or show their vaccination status.


2 College Friends with a Unique Idea! Starting a Kitchen Robotics Company with a dream to to ‘build McDonalds of Indian Food’

Co-founded by Eshwar K Vikas and Sudeep Sabat in 2021, Mukunda Foods Private Limited, a kitchen robotics company, has been rolling out an innovative pipeline comprising six products that are currently installed in over 2000 l


How to travel with pets: Your next hotel booking can include your furry friends

With the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations ramping up, the conventional wisdom has been that people are safe to meet and hold discussions and travel, if required.

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Teachers Day 20201: Rare glimpse of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s life as an Educationist, Philosopher, Scholar and Diplomat

In India, the profession of teaching is one that has always been viewed as a noble calling.

Festive jewellery shopping! Demand for solitaire, engagement rings, kid’s jewellery at all time high: Avnish Anand, CaratLane

Remember, there’s a huge shift in the jewellery business with the rise of digital payments, as opposed to the conservative approach of shelling out cash to buy jewellery.

Avnish Anand

Book Review: Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami through the story of ‘Rukmini’

Celebrating the beautiful story of Rukmini is a tempting offering for many readers, one that matches the festive outpouring of emotional fervour across the country.


Leisure travel for families with children will lead recovery: Manish Tolani, Commercial Director and Vice President, Hilton India

The country’s hospitality industry has demonstrated resilience and agility in prioritizing contactless services right from check-in to check-out and are at the forefront of implementing safety requirements they can while ho

Manish Tolani

Rise of CivicTech to shape future of cities: How digital ecosystems are transforming urban governance and citizen engagement

In this exclusive interaction with Financial Express Online, Shilpa Kumar highlights the rise of digital ecosystems that are increasing the momentum in terms of benefiting those who were earlier excluded from the digital soci

Shilpa Kumar

How safe is it to travel and stay at hotels now? IHCL, Hilton, Raffles Udaipur roll out tempting offers!

After the second COVID-19 wave which forced people to stay at home again since April 2021, Indian travellers are ready to travel during the upcoming festive season.

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Bereavement packages, free meals and vaccinations: OYO, Swiggy, redBus roll out life-saving initiatives

A silver lining is that key stakeholders in this space such as OYO, Swiggy, redBus, among others remain bullishly invested in the travel and hospitality segment and are staying committed to the well being of their staff and o


Ditch revenge travel, take the road less travelled! Here’s how you can travel safely this festive season

Clearly, travel-loving Indians are flooding the hills in disturbing numbers, according to recent images that created a stir on social media.

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Neena Gupta’s ‘Sach Kahun Toh’: Candid as ever! From real life struggles as an actor to being a single mother

On this day, which is Neena Gupta's birthday, let's take a brief journey into her inspiring life and bold choices that she candidly shares in her memoirs.

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Planning to travel soon? From IATO to RateGain, optimistic outlook ahead for domestic travel

Will the recent announcements increase confidence in the travel segment? We reached out to a few stakeholders for more clarity on the impact of FM Nirmala Sitharaman's announcements on the travel and tourism segment.

Post-Covid rush at tourist spots, travel bookings soar! Recorded highest ever profitability in FY 2021: Rikant Pitti, EaseMyTrip

Ahead of school vacations, it became an annual practice to figure out where to go. While many aspired to travel abroad if their holiday budget would permit, others would look out for leisure destinations such as Goa to just c

Rikant Pitti

No time to cook? How hotels and cloud kitchens prioritize safety, delivery of online food takeaways

From cloud kitchens to restaurants and luxury hotels and e-commerce platforms that deliver fresh fruits and vegetables, the pandemic has shaken up how the food preparation and contactless delivery ecosystem functions in tande

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How young Indians eat? Major traction from these cities for ready-to-eat meals, snacks: Prerna Kalra, DaalChini

India’s current landscape for food takeaways, office meals and offerings looks and feels very different from what it was like before the pandemic struck.

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World Blood Donor Day 2021: Urgent need for comprehensive regulation for safety: Chetan Makam, Terumo Penpol

For those donating blood, there are a few basic factors to keep in mind now during the pandemic, he points out, “Donors should be between 18-65 years of age, weigh at least 50 kgs, and have a minimum hemoglobin count of 12.

Chetan Makam

COVID-19 lab tests: Essential blood tests for women, COVID-recovered patients and senior citizens; All you need to know

For those still wondering ‘What blood tests should I get annually’ or ‘what tests should a woman have every year?’, here’s a ready reckoner to take note of!

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