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Govt Launches Toll Free Tourist Infoline in 12 International Languages

The Ministry of Tourism on Monday launched a 24×7 toll free infoline in 12 international languages, including Hindi and English, for the safety and security of tourists in India, Union minister Mahesh Sharma said.

The tourists, both international and domestic, can reach for help when needed on the toll free number 1800111363 or on a short code 1363, while in India, minister of state for culture and tourism Sharma said at the launch of multilingual infoline.

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The call agents at contact centres will respond to Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish languages, besides Hindi and English, and provide information relating to travel and tourism in India.

It will also advice tourists “on action to be taken during times of distress while travelling in India and if need be alert the concerned authorities,” he said.

Secretary to Minister of Tourism Vinod Zutshi, who was also present at the launch, said the service focuses on information, education and communication (IEC) for the tourists, helpdesk, and safety and security of the tourists.

He said ministry will also revive the website of Incredible India to make it even more tourist friendly.

The multilingual infoline has been launched in collaboration with Tata Business Support Services Limited (Tata BSS), a Business process outsourcing (BPO) owned by Tata Sons.

Source: www.ibtimes.co.in

Why You Should Cater to the Solo Traveller

The Solo Traveller is slowly and steadily becoming one of the key influencers in the Adventure Travel Industry. Is your company geared towards the solo traveller? We tell you why you should.

 

Solo travellers have trekked, sailed, biked and bussed their way across earth for centuries, exploring and discovering.

 

Statistics show that about 20% of travellers take holidays on their own, for a variety of reasons. Many are not married or partnered, some prefer to travel alone, and others simply can’t find a friend who can take leave at the same time, or who wants to go to the same destination.

 

Solo travellers deserve better treatment than they have traditionally received. Most are happy to join group departures, while others prefer the freedom to go their own way. One of the most important considerations for solo travellers is safety. Whether it’s meeting new people in a group departure, sharing a room with a stranger to avoid the costly single supplement, or travelling alone somewhere exotic, solo travellers need to feel safe and secure.

 

As agents, it is our responsibility to ensure that all travellers have a safe and enjoyable holiday – especially solo travellers. Decent hotels, trustworthy drivers and guides, and empathetic office staff give confidence to prospective singleton travellers. Providing solo travellers with interesting itineraries and opportunities for meaningful interactions with locals and other travellers is good business.

 

Could you cater better to solo travellers?

 

Source: www.atoai.org