Amadeus research reveals astounding diversity amongst Asia Pacific travellers

Singapore: Asia Pacific today sits at the heart of the global travel industry. It’s already the world’s largest travel market, even though the vast majority of its population have never crossed their country’s borders. Consider that in China, the world’s leading outbound market, less than 9% of its population owns a passport[1].

This makes the Asia Pacific traveller a force to be reckoned with – one that presents the greatest opportunity for the travel industry, but also many challenges.

According to Albert Pozo, President of Amadeus Asia Pacific, “Travellers are the bedrock of travel, and there is no traveller today quite as important as the Asia Pacific traveller. Yet the irony is that even as we talk about the ‘Asia Pacific traveller’ – it doesn’t exist. The diversity we see across nationalities, gender and generation in this reg


Lucknow Metro | LMRC celebrates 71th Independence Day of India

Lucknow: The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) today celebrated the 71st Independence Day with great fervour at its Administrative Building, Vipin Khand Office. The occasion was graced by Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director and other Directors of the organisation.

The Managing Director unfurled the national flag in the presence of officers and staff of the organisation. It was followed by the national anthem. On the occasion, the Managing Director said “It is a great and memorable day for LMRC as the organisation has received all the necessary technical and safety clearances from all the statutory body and the Metro trains are all ready for public inauguration.”

“This has been possible only because of extreme devotion and continued hard work by the whole team of LMRC and good wishes and support of the people of Lucknow. Now, doors are ready to be opened


Govt. of India approves new Metro Rail Policy 2017

New Delhi: The government today approved a new metro rail policy for expanding the metro network across various cities in the country, officials said.

The new policy was approved by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The metro policy will talk about standardising norms and developing a procurement mechanism for implementation of the projects. It will also talk about funding and financing, officials said.

At present, metro projects with a total length of more than 350 km are operational in eight cities – Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Gurugram.

Metro projects are also under way in Hyderabad, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Pune and Lucknow.

To read more about the salient features and ins


Delhi Metro | DMRC smart cards becomes common mobility card soon

New Delhi: After years of delay, common mobility cards are going to be a reality in Delhi as the first 500 buses having the facility will be rolled out in two weeks from now.

The Delhi government has begun procuring chips known as Secure Access Modules (SAMs) from South Korea to ensure cashless transportation in the city. These chips will be fitted in the electronic ticketing machines (ETMs) that have already been handed over to the bus conductors.

“The Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) is procuring the first 100 SAM chips from South Korea as they are not available in India. These will be rolled out immediately. We need 2000 more such chips for cluster buses for which tenders have already been floated. The bidder is expected to import the same product for us,” said a transport official.

In the first phase, the government will introduce thi


Delhi Metro | DMRC cuts fares up to 50% on metro ride on Independence day

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday announced that fares this independence day will be discounted to up to 50 per cent. As per the announcement, this is a special offer for all Metro users who can avail up to 50 per cent off on their metro fares, amid recent rise in metro fares. In another notification, the DMRC announced that all Metro parking will remain close from 6am on August 14 till 2 pm on Tuesday.

The decision to offer fares at discounted prices on national holidays of Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti was proposed by the committee which decides metro fares. This move also seems to be an attempt to boost public transportation on days when traffic routes around the city are diverted in several points.

The second notific


Delhi Metro | DMRC to provide pick and drop points in underground stations of phase IV

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed to to provide Multi Modal Integration underground because most of the Metro stations face problem of overcrowding at the gate. The pickup point in the underground Metro stations of phase IV will be one level below the ground, to avoid congestion on the road.

“In phase IV we are contemplating this. Since the space is not available on the street, all our underground stations will have one more level. Today we have two level stations, but in phase-IV we will try to have three levels so that one level can be used for traffic,” DMRC managing director Mangu Singh said.

Of the 103.9-km network proposed in phase-IV, about 35. 92 km will be underground. Seventy-nine stations are planned in phase IV of


Kochi Metro | Pedestrians feel unsafe while crossing Kochi roads

Kochi: The city is just not pedestrian-friendly. A walkability study has revealed that 60% of pedestrians in the city are afraid to cross busy roads. The study on ‘safety of pedestrians in the city and development of basic facilities’ was carried out at 10 major junctions in the city over a period of seven months.

It found that 74% of the footpaths in the city is in a rundown state, and 50% of the people surveyed said the damaged footpaths have an adverse impact on their daily commute. The study conducted by ESAF for Kochi corporation pointed out that 86% of pedestrians have to get down from footpaths and walk along the road due to obstacles like cables, motor vehicles, construction materials and trees.

Handing over the study report to Kochi corporation, ESAF programme director Jacob Samuel said they conducted a sample survey of pedestrians from July, 2016 to January, 2017. According to the report the city has a high pedestrian volume irrespective of peak and non-peak hours,