India Outbound – Jan-Feb 2021
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The Jan-Feb 2021 edition of India Outbound is out now! Few years were so welcome for the global tourism industry as the year 2021. Despite crisis, most tourism destinations retain their focus on India, a key source market and are banking on a revival later this year.
Tour operators, too, have braved the pandemic and are spotting some early signs of revival, especially for honeymoon and leisure segments to handful of destinations that are open to Indian tourists currently, notably Maldives and Dubai.
One of the first segments to have resumed overseas, even if not fully, is film shooting as nearly half a dozen Indian films have already been shot or are on the verge of being shot overseas. Bellbottom, starring Akshay Kumar was the first to open the doors when its crew headed to London in August and has since been followed by a few other titles.
Another segment that is all set to ring the bells is destination wedding. With close to 10 million marriages a year in India and with an overall budget exceeding USD 50 billion, an increasing number of families had been opting for a wedding or at least part of a wedding overseas. With the gradual easing of restrictions, wedding planners have begun organizing wedding overseas. They expect a full-throttle revival, even with reduced number of guests and some budgetary cuts, to take place next year.
We bring to you popular yet less traversed destinations that can wait for you. The highlights of this month are:
A Musafirnama of Afghanistan
Ateliers des Lumières in Paris
Turkey: A Fairy Tale Tour of Prince Islands