TAFI Fortnightly Newsletter, dated 1st December 2022

TAFI Signs MOU with the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) and Federation of Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (FEDHATTA) on 29th November 2022 at Athens.

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TAFI Fortnightly Newsletter

TAFI Jammu Kashmir Chapter held their first Chapter at 7 C's Cafe & Fine Dine in Srinagar. Mr. MANZOOR PAKHTOON, Chairman, BURHAN MISGAR Secretary and TANVIR KHAN Treasurer successfully conducted the meeting. Members deliberated the formation of TAFI JK Chapter, TAFI National AGM, and Membership Drive etc., followed by formation of Membership Subcommittee for enrolling new membership. The office Bearers explained the meetings held with various Govt offices/ Departments. TAFI JK chapter has also been inducted in United Tourism Forum (UTF) which is constituent of 11 Associations & United Tourism Forum had a meeting with Honorable Home Minister of India Shri Amit Shah in which TAFI JK chapter was represented by Mr. Pakhtoon. Members deliberated and requested the OBs to write to the National Committee to hold the next TAFI convention or at least the NJC meeting in Kashmir.

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TTAFI Fortnightly Newsletter, dated 1st November 2022

The 28th AGM of TAFI was well attended. The President mentioned that the travel agency had gone through rough times in the past 2 years but has started to look back almost to its pre covid levels. He had emphasized on two major points namely accelerating Gender equality in the travel and tourism sector in India. He pointed that more women should be encouraged in managerial roles and gender-based pay gaps to be removed while ensuring healthy, safe and wellbeing for women in the workplaces. A pledge was signed by the Managing Committee and members present at the venue He also emphasized that we should educate and inform our clients to be responsive and care for Planet earth. The President Ajay Prakash also in his speech insisted all the Travel Agents should not feel shy in collecting Service Charges, while Airlines are charging for their services like seat, assistance in airport etc. The President congratulated the MC, the volunteers for the Convention, sponsors for a successful convention at Kuching, Malaysia. He also thanked Mr. Anandaveloo for his untiring efforts for bringing out a fortnightly newsletter for the benefit of the membership. He said the revived Newsletter had contents which was beneficial to the travel trade The AGM concluded followed by lunch at the same venue.

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Delhi HC fines Chinese ecommerce INR 20 lakh for Vistara trademark infringement

The Delhi High Court has imposed a cost of INR 20 lakh on AliExpress, a Chinese e-commerce company, for selling keychains and baggage tags bearing the ‘VISTARA Marks’ in an aubergine and gold colorcombination, infringing trademark of Vistara Airlines. “The use of the 'VISTARA Marks' is not only amounts to infringement and passing off of the mark of the plaintiff but would cause dilution of the mark of the plaintiff. It is also likely to cause deception and confusion in the mind of the plaintiff (Vistara) also issues baggage tags to its crew members which bear its ‘VISTARA Marks’, the suit said. “Airports are an incredibly critical junction of not only travel but also of trade and commerce; any lapse in security, especially by permitting the sale of vagrantly-infringing goods, would be turning a blind eye to obvious wrongdoings of the defendant (Chinese company),” the court noted. Disposing of the suit, the court said, “Keeping in view the above as also the object and mandate of the Commercial Courts Act, 2015; the Delhi High Court (Original Side) Rules, 2018; and the Delhi High Court Intellectual Property Division Rules, 2022, the plaintiff is held entitled to damages and costs quantified at INR 20 lakh.

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TAFI Kuching Convention 2022

The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) is a progressive and vibrant Association representing the Travel Trade in India. We have a membership base of over1400 members. The majority of our members are outbound tour operators and IATA accredited agents and account for close to 70 percent of the outbound businessfrom India. As you all are aware that, the 2022 Convention is scheduled for 20th to 23rd September at the spectacular Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia. We expect the participation of 500 – 550 Indian travel professionals plus approximately 150 – 200 Malaysian trade partners at the B2B event. Let me share my experience on Kuching, Borneo Convention Centre, Pullman Hotel & Waterfront Hotel at Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia. Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is simply unique. No other city in Malaysia has such a romantic and unlikely history, nor displays its charms with such an easy grace. The residents of Kuching enjoy living here, and take great pride in their fascinating city, which is reflected in their attitude to visitors. Kuching welcomes visitors warmly, but it does not put on an act for them. Kuching’s city centre is well preserved and very compact, virtually everything that is worth seeing can be reached on foot or by sampan.

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VietJet set to open four more routes between India and Vietnam

Hanoi-based carrier VietJet on Wednesday announced four new flights linking India and Vietnam. Among them are Mumbai - Hanoi, Mumbai - Ho Chi Minh City, New Delhi – Phu Quoc and Mumbai - Phu Quoc. The airline said that the direct services from Mumbai to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi will commence operation on June 3 and June 4, with a frequency of four weekly return flights and three weekly return flights respectively. "From September 9, onwards, the Mumbai - Phu Quoc route will operate four round trips per week while the New Delhi – Phu Quoc will operate with a frequency of three round trips per week," it added. Prior to the pandemic, VietJet had operated two direct routes linking India's capital city of New Delhi with Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi and the financial hub of Ho Chi Minh City in addition to charter flights from Vietnam to Bodh Gaya, the Indian Buddhist pilgrimage site. The two existing services between New Delhi and Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi will soon resume, on April 29 and April 30, respectively, with a frequency of three weekly return flights on each route.

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Lufthansa Group Resumes Regular Flights Between India And Switzerland, Germany

The Lufthansa Group, in a trade circular, announced the resumption of regular commercial flight operations between India and Switzerland, Germany effective April 2022. The announcement follows India’s resumption of scheduled international flights on March 27 after two-year suspensions due to coronavirus. According to the airline group, SWISS and Lufthansa have begun scheduled services connecting Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru with Zurich, Munich, and Frankfurt. Swiss International Air Lines, the flag carrier of Switzerland has started operating scheduled services between Zurich and two Indian cities viz. Delhi and Mumbai. The flight will be available four days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays; while the return flight from Zurich to Mumbai will be operated every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The airline has also started its operation with three weekly services from Zurich to Delhi every Tue, Thu, Sat and Munich to Delhi every Tue, Thu and Sun. Lufthansa, Germany’s flag carrier and largest airline, has also started scheduled flights between India and Germany. According to the airline’s announcement, it will connect Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru with Munich and Frankfurt. The Lufthansa Group further advised its passengers to follow the rules and regulations, as well as to check transit regulations for Switzerland and Germany, if applicable.

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Tamil Nadu Chapter Had its AGM for 2020-21 at Germanus Hotel & Resort at Kodaikanal

TAFI Tamilnadu Chapter had its AGM 2020-21 at Germanus Springs Hotel & Resorts, KODAIKANAL , Princess of Hills. It was attended by 45 members. It was 2 nights Package offered to members. Apart from members from Chennai- Trichy, Madurai and Kumbakonam Agents who had also attended the AGM. The AGM was held on 26th February & started at 6 pm as per Agenda in the Notice circulated to members. After the AGM, there was an interactive session moderated by our Senior Member Mr. Somaskandan with subject on “Present Travel Trade Status”. Members present actively participated. The session was electrifying and members express and exchange their views on present day Travel Trade matter affecting them. TAAI South Tamilnadu Chapter, Chairman Mr. Jaffar Sadiq and its past chairman Mr. Paramsivam who were also members of TAFI TN Chapter, felicitated the elected Office Bearers of the Chapter and 2 National MC from Tamilandu Mr. Baskar and Mr. Lalith Jain. Thereafter ASEGO – a Travel Insurance Company showcased their products. The presentation enlightens our members about additional earning from ancillary services like Travel, Health, Auto Insurance and many flexible options which were not available in the market. Office Bearers felicitated the Mr. Dhinay Shah, of AESEGO, Zonal Head-Sales and Mr. Senthil, Director of Sales of the Germanus Springs Hotel and Resorts. The event was closed followed by fellowship and Dinner. The AGM started at 6 pm and went on till 9.30 pm hence the entertainment- “Karaoke” session was not able held but postpone to next day evening (27th Feb) with fellowship and dinner. As 27 Feb was birthday of TN Chapter MC Mr. Raju Varghese’s birthday it was also celebrated with cake cutting. Members were enthralled by singing their favorite songs in Tamil, Hindi and English. 2ndday event closed@ 11 pm.

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