‘A six-point solution for post-pandemic travel for Mumbai’

a man smiling for the camera: MC Chauhan, ex GM-NCR

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MC Chauhan, ex GM-NCR

Speeding up rail expansion projects, increasing speed, construction of Metro lines faster, including cycling and walking lanes and complete digitization of the ticketing system are among the six-point solutions for post-pandemic commute in Mumbai highlighted by senior railway official who has also been a former divisional manager in Mumbai and the head of Kolkata Metro.

M.C. Chauhan, who was also the former General Manager of North Central Railway, said the Mumbai suburban railway carries 7.5 million commuters per day and is one of the busiest commuter rail system in the world. During peak hours, these trains carry 14 to 16 passengers per square metre of floor space while the recommended capacity is of four passengers per square metre.

“It is, therefore, imperative to expedite the execution of works under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) Phase 3 and 3A, to reduce peak-hour loads

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U.S. Cases Rise 0.8%; Texas Nears 14,000 Deaths: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — The virus is surging among the young in the U.K., as France’s prime minister warned of a “clear degradation” with more than 9,000 cases reported for a second day. Israel is headed for a second national lockdown.


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U.S. cases rose 0.8%, above the 0.6% average daily increase of the previous week. Florida is taking further steps to reopen its economy, announcing that bars will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity. Miami schools seemed poised to reopen, even as the state’s daily cases ticked up slightly. Texas neared 14,000 deaths.

U.S. doctors recommend cardiac screening tests for competitive athletes who have recovered from Covid-19 after a small study found heart damage in 1 in 7 college sports competitors.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases surpass 28.2 million; deaths exceed 911,500Trump’s stimulus end run fizzles as firms spurn payroll tax haltVolatility in vaccine support highlights looming Covid challengeThe

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Travel Pakistan: The World in One Country

The six part series is a rare look at the extremely diverse and complex country that is Pakistan.

When we started filming ‘A Place Called Pakistan’, I don’t think we realised that we were about to witness a whole world in a single country. I had been living in Pakistan for a few months, observing and learning, but it was only while filming ‘A Place Called Pakistan’ that the crew and I were plunged into one of the greatest challenges of travel filmmaking: how to summarise an entire country into a six-episode series?

The further along we went, crossing the country from North to South, reaching all of its borders, meeting people of diverse cultures and religions, the more we realised that there’s so much more to Pakistan than what you might find reported in most mass media.

The first surprise was Karachi: the former capital, and currently the largest

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Airlines Seek Gate Checks for Virus to Revive Foreign Travel

(Bloomberg) — A coalition of international airline and aviation groups is calling on U.S. government leaders to help set Covid-19 testing protocols to assuage passenger concerns and boost severely depressed international travel.

a group of people standing in a room: A worker speaks with travelers at San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 31.

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A worker speaks with travelers at San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 31.

In a letter to three cabinet secretaries signed by 18 groups, they call on the government to set up “a globally accepted framework for testing protocols for international travel.” The plea comes as the U.S. and U.K. are discussing virus protections aimed at reopening travel between the two countries.

Traffic on most international routes has fallen dramatically since the pandemic emerged across the world in March.

“Coordinated and deliberate action must be taken to safely reopen the international travel market,” the letter said. “A collaborative approach between governments and industry will help to ensure the development of standardized measures that promote needed consistency

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Focus on COVID-19 Impact, Growth Forecasts and Changes

DUBLIN, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Online Travel Agent Global Market Report 2020-30: COVID-19 Growth and Change” report has been added to’s offering.

The global online travel agent market is expected to decline from $744.73 billion in 2019 to $595.78 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -20%.

The decline is mainly due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, restriction on cross-border travel and the closure of industries and other commercial activities. The entire supply chain has been disrupted, impacting the market negatively. The market is then expected to recover and reach $820.18 billion in 2023 at CAGR of 11.24%.

Rising possibilities of uncertain events such as COVID-19 outbreak or natural calamities is projected to limit the growth of the tourism industry and online travel agents. According to the UNWTO estimates, the global

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American Airlines attendant gives Black Lives Matter note to travel influencer

This flight attendant made sure that one of his passengers felt truly supported.

On Tuesday, travel influencer Kellee Edwards was flying in first class when she received a “meaningful” note from her American Airlines flight attendant.

Edwards, who hosts the Travel Channel’s television series “Mysterious Islands,” posted a picture of the note on social media.


The message was written as a postscript on a generic card for first class passengers on American Airlines flights. The note, written by flight attendant John McCullough said: “I see you. You matter. Black lives matter.”


On Twitter, Edwards said the note made a big difference to her.

“Now THIS is customer service,” she tweeted. “Such a simple gesture, but BEYOND meaningful. To simply be seen, in today’s climate and world. I may or

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Travel industry fears Covid-19 crisis will cause more holiday companies to collapse

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The travel sector is bracing itself for the collapse of yet more holiday companies as businesses continue to struggle to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.

Several longstanding travel companies have failed during the pandemic, among them touring company Shearings in May and round-the-world ticket specialist STA in August. On Monday, Cities Direct ceased trading. It had been operating for 20 years.

Industry bosses have voiced concerns about the closure of the government’s furlough scheme at the end of October, as well as the ongoing slump in overseas bookings, a double whammy that may be the death knell of more businesses. In a statement issued by the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito) – of which Cities Direct was a member – executive director Martyn Sumners said many formerly vibrant companies are now in desperate straits because of the pandemic.

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Travel the World in Fairfax City

Smoked Salmon Crostini at The Wine House.

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While it may look and feel a bit different than usual, Fairfax City’s 3rd annual Restaurant Week still promises to provide fun experiences and delicious food. The upcoming event will run Sunday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 20, and will highlight taste-tempting dishes from all over the world.

Restaurants taking part will be offering three-course, prix fixe dinners for $35, plus lunch/brunch options for $20 per person or couple. All meals are available for dining in, as well as take-out with RW2Go. And in light of the pandemic, this year’s focus is on the return, recovery and support of the City’s independent dining establishments.

“Over the past several months, restaurants have demonstrated support for their employees and our communities while facing operational and financial challenges,” explained Fairfax Mayor David Meyer. “Let us take this week to give back to those

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This Young Travel Photographer Likes to Explore ‘Offbeat’ Indian Landscapes

a man walking down a dirt road: World Photography Day: This Young Travel Photographer Likes to Explore 'Offbeat' Indian Landscapes

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World Photography Day: This Young Travel Photographer Likes to Explore ‘Offbeat’ Indian Landscapes

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment: Robert Frank.

The emotion behind these words by the former Swiss photographer has been guiding photographers worldwide. On August 19, we pay homage to the history of this silent art, that captures a moment in time, to leave a trail for the future.

World Photography Day originated in 1837 when Frenchman Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce invented the daguerreotype, a photographic process. On January 9, 1839 the French Academy of Sciences announced its operation and on August 19, 1839 the French government announced the invention as a ‘gift to the world’.

On this World Photography Day, 22-year-old Tirthankar Ghosh, an aspiring travel photographer, recalls his first memory of holding a camera at the age of 12. Drawing much inspiration

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Embark Beyond offers the world for home-schooling: Travel Weekly

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Jamie Biesiada

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, travel agencies have been forced to examine their businesses under a magnifying glass and, in some cases, get creative to make it through to the other side. 

A number of agencies plan to start, or have already started, charging service fees to bolster revenue streams. Many are carefully evaluating supplier relations to ensure they are investing in their most profitable relationships. Still others have turned to temporary jobs, like selling homemade masks or working in a grocery store.

New York-based Embark Beyond has introduced several initiatives to continue working with clients through the pandemic, like organizing summer camps in clients’ backyards.

Last week, Embark announced its latest initiative, another great example of an agency pivoting in difficult times: Embark World Academy.

The program provides school-age children with virtual extracurricular experiences from around the world.

Jack Ezon, founder of Embark, said many schools

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