International Tourism: Guess Who's Back, Back Again!

International Tourism: Guess Who's Back, Back Again!

By Author

Published on September 22, 2023

International arrivals reached 80% of pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter of 2023, says UNWTO. In various destinations, the return of tourists has been robust, nearing or even surpassing pre-pandemic arrival levels.

Following the devastating COVID crisis, at a time when the tourism industry believed that people might never venture beyond their homes to rediscover the world's marvels, something extraordinary happened. Like birds released from captivity, travellers eagerly grabbed their bags, taking flight and causing a significant spike.

In just the second year after the pandemic, pre-pandemic visitor levels were attained, defying earlier expectations.In the first quarter of 2023, international arrivals reached an impressive 80% of pre-pandemic levels. During this period, approximately 235 million tourists embarked on international journeys, which was more than double the number for the same period in 2022.

UNWTO data also examines recovery at the sub-regional and destination levels. The Middle East stands out with the most robust performance, surpassing 2019 arrivals by 15% and becoming the first region to fully recover pre-pandemic numbers within a quarter. Europe reached 90% of pre-pandemic levels, driven by strong intra-regional demand. Africa achieved 88%, while the Americas reached approximately 85% of 2019 levels. Asia and the Pacific are gaining momentum, with a recovery rate of 54% of pre-pandemic levels. This upward trend is poised to accelerate further as most destinations, particularly China, have now reopened.This demonstrated the industry's ability to bounce back and maintain a strong recovery, even when confronted with economic and geopolitical challenges.

When discussing this, the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, remarked that "The start of the year has shown again tourism's unique ability to bounce back. In many places, we are close to or even above pre-pandemic levels of arrivals. However, we must remain alert to challenges ranging from geopolitical insecurity, staffing shortages, and the potential impact of the cost-of-living crisis on tourism, and we must ensure tourism's return delivers on its responsibilities as a solution to the climate emergency and as a driver of inclusive development."

Expectations are high for a strong performance in the upcoming Northern Hemisphere summer season, supported by pent-up demand, the ongoing restoration of air travel connections, and the recent reopening of significant Asian markets and destinations. Nevertheless, certain hindrances may disrupt this flow. The primary obstacle to the effective recovery of international tourism in 2023 remains the economic landscape, with surging inflation and rising oil prices resulting in elevated transportation and lodging expenses. This is likely to prompt tourists to increasingly seek cost-effective options and opt for travel closer to their homes.


AMRPL Unveils ‘Vue De Luxe’- A Premier Sunglass Concept Store at Lucknow and Ahmedabad Airports

AMRPL Unveils ‘Vue De Luxe’- A Premier Sunglass Concept Store at Lucknow and Ahmedabad Airports

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 8, 2024

April Moon Retail Pvt Ltd (AMRPL) has launched its first exclusive sunglass concept store, ‘Vue De Luxe,’ located at the Departure Sections of Terminal 3 at Lucknow CSS International Airport and Terminal 2 at Ahmedabad International Airport. This new venture aims to elevate the shopping experience for premium sunglasses, targeting millennial and Gen Z travelers, business professionals, and holidaygoers.

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‘Vue De Luxe’ offers a sophisticated selection of luxury eyewear for both men and women, featuring a curated collection of international brands. Shoppers can find renowned names such as Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Givenchy, Off-White, Prada, Prada Linea Rossa, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, and Versace.

Designed to be visually appealing and state-of-the-art, the store provides a seamless shopping experience. It is equipped with digital screens that display brand videos and communications, enhancing the overall ambiance. The launch of 'Vue De Luxe' is well-timed, coinciding with the holiday season and the recent cricket season, which have brought increased passenger traffic to both Lucknow and Ahmedabad Airports. These prime airport locations are ideal for catering to travelers seeking luxury and style.

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Gaurav Singh, CEO of AMRPL, shared his excitement about the launch, stating, “It is with immense pride and joy that I announce the opening of our latest sunglass concept, ‘Vue De Luxe,’ at the new Lucknow Airport Terminal. This luxury sunglasses store is not just a testament to April Moon Retail Pvt Ltd's commitment to excellence but also a symbol of our vision to bring the finest experiences to the discerning traveler. ‘Vue De Luxe’ stands as a beacon of style and sophistication, offering a curated selection of eyewear that embodies the spirit of luxury. The store is designed to provide our customers with an unparalleled accessory experience. I invite you all to visit 'Vue De Luxe' and see the world through a new lens of luxury.”

AMRPL’s initiative with ‘Vue De Luxe’ reflects their dedication to offering top-notch products and services to travelers. By focusing on high-quality brands and an enhanced shopping environment, ‘Vue De Luxe’ aims to set new standards in luxury eyewear retail. This launch marks a significant step in AMRPL’s mission to provide exceptional shopping experiences in premium locations.

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About AMRPL

April Moon Retail Pvt Ltd (AMRPL) is a company committed to delivering premium retail experiences. With the introduction of ‘Vue De Luxe,’ AMRPL continues to showcase its dedication to excellence, catering to the needs of discerning travelers by offering a unique blend of luxury and style.


Snow World Entertainment Announces Major Expansion Plans Across Key Indian Cities

Snow World Entertainment Announces Major Expansion Plans Across Key Indian Cities

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 24, 2024

Snow World Entertainment, a trailblazer in the Indian entertainment and hospitality sector, announced today its ambitious plan to expand its footprint across the nation. Founded by Prasuk Jain, the company is set to open new facilities in prominent cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Thane, Pitampura, Connaught Place, and Golf Course Extension Road, aiming to double its presence by 2026.

Prasuk Jain, the visionary behind Snow World Entertainment, stated, "The entertainment sector in India holds immense potential for growth. Our objective is to revolutionize entertainment by introducing unique experiences that cater to diverse customer preferences, contributing to the 'Make in India, Make for the World' initiative and enhancing India's global stature in these sectors."

The expansion includes the launch of new outlets under popular brands like The Game Palacio, The Game Ranch, Amazonia, and Snow World. With an investment of approximately INR 300 crores in 2023-24 and INR 500 crores in 2024-25, the expansion is expected to generate numerous job opportunities across its new locations.

Currently, Snow World Entertainment operates 14 luxury gaming and bar concepts and three complete restaurants nationwide. Notable among them are The Game Ranch, a cowboy-themed luxury gaming and bar experience; The Game Palacio, a palace-themed venue; KOA, a bohemian-themed restaurant; and Amazonia, an immersive dining experience themed around the Amazon rainforest.

By focusing on customer satisfaction, embracing innovation, and advocating ecological responsibility, Snow World Entertainment is poised to redefine the entertainment landscape in India, ensuring unforgettable experiences for its patrons.

For further information on Snow World Entertainment and its range of services, please visit Snow World Entertainment.

About Snow World Entertainment:

Founded by Prasuk Jain, Snow World Entertainment stands as a pioneering force in the Indian entertainment and hospitality industry. The company boasts a diverse portfolio, including Snow World, The Game, Amazonia, and several other distinct brands, each offering unique experiences tailored to a variety of customer interests and age groups. Dedicated to delivering exceptional entertainment, Snow World Entertainment is shaping the future of leisure and hospitality in India.


Regency Holidays Showcases Qatar’s Luxurious Offerings at ATM 2024

Regency Holidays Showcases Qatar’s Luxurious Offerings at ATM 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 18, 2024

Regency Holidays, Qatar's premier destination management company (DMC), recently participated in the Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) 2024, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event, themed 'Empowering Innovation: Transforming Travel Through Entrepreneurship', saw Regency Holidays engaging with a global audience, showcasing the opulence and luxury that Qatar has to offer to travelers.

With a 15% increase in attendance from last year, ATM 2024 provided an unparalleled platform for Regency Holidays to display its extensive range of luxury travel services. Throughout the four-day event, the company highlighted its vast network of luxury hotels and resorts, exclusive excursions such as visits to the Inland Sea and Katara Cultural Village, personalized shopping trails, and city tours, all designed to offer a premium experience in Qatar.

Manoj Kumar Tiwari, General Manager of Regency Holidays, expressed his enthusiasm about the company's participation: "ATM 2024 was a record-breaking event, with about 46,000 travel professionals from around the world in attendance. It was an excellent opportunity for Regency Holidays to present our signature products and upcoming offerings, enhancing Qatar's appeal as a global luxury destination."

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The vibrant and meticulously designed stall by Regency Holidays drew significant attention, translating into increased foot traffic and potential business opportunities. The company showcased how it could tailor travel experiences to meet the specific needs and preferences of international tourists, emphasizing luxury and cultural richness.

Regency Holidays collaborates with an extensive list of partners, including travel and tour operators, cultural sites, and luxury accommodation providers, to craft unique travel experiences. This network, coupled with their premium ground transport fleet, ensures that every aspect of the traveler’s journey in Qatar is seamless and tailored to high standards of luxury and personalization.

As Regency Holidays continues to innovate and expand its offerings, the company is set to play a pivotal role in promoting Qatar as a top-tier destination for luxury and culturally enriching travel experiences. For more information on planning a luxurious trip to Qatar with Regency Holidays, visit their official website.

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