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New Delhi: Today, when we talk about the largest and fastest growing economic sectors, travel and tourism sector has made its name at the top of the list.

Such immense growth in India under this sector has been due to flexible policies and regulatory support by the government authorities, which further includes rising income levels and changing lifestyle of the common people.

No matter there has been drastic fluctuations in the rupee value, or the GDP increasing by more than seven percent every year, yet Indian tourism did not seem to get affected. Moreover, even the static economy could not tremble the number of tourist’s departure from India.

Thus, India has emerged as the world’s fastest-growing outbound market and in absolute numbers, it is second only to China.

Whatever be the reason, leisure, business, a shopping trip, any global sports event or even meeting any relative living abroad, and Indians have been increasingly traveling.

Indians offer such immense potential for future growth in outbound level.
According to the predictions of UNWTO, India will account for 50 million outbound tourists by 2020

Traditionally Thailand, Singapore, United States, and Malaysia are among the most preferred tourist’s destinations among Indian travelers, but there are other countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, and China which are also preferred nowadays.

The increasing in the tourism is mainly due to decrease cost of international airfare and availability of affordable travel packages.

However, there are many challenges in outbound travel. In India, companies tend to specialize in either inbound or outbound, few do both successfully. The average Indian travel agent deals with customers who are extremely price sensitive and are inherent shoppers. Bargaining is a cultural trait.

Whereas there is also a feeling that the local agents have no right to make money. In general, agencies in India are not equipped or trained in charging fees.

Also, another hurdle for Indian outbound tourism market is the rupee depreciation that has become a very big hurdle for Indian outbound tourism. Destinations such as United States, Canada, London, France, Italy and Switzerland have seen a dip in bookings due to rupee depreciation.(input from agencies)(image: blog.raysoutdoors.com.au)

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India to Launch Electronic Intelligence Satellite Soon

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO

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TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this conceptual illustration obtained by Reuters on March 28, 2018. NASA sent TESS into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. VOA

India on April 1 will launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) along with 28 third party satellites and also demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of PSLV rocket, ISRO said on Saturday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new variant of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will first put the 436 kg Emisat into a 749 km orbit.

After that, the rocket will be brought down to put into orbit the 28 satellites at an altitude of 504 km.

This will be followed by bringing the rocket down further to 485 km when the fourth stage/engine will turn into a payload platform carrying three experimental payloads: (a) Automatic Identification System (AIS) from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships (b) Automatic Packet Repeating System (APRS) from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India – to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data and (c) Advanced Retarding Potential Analyser for Ionospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) – for the structural and compositional studies of ionosphere, the space agency said.

The whole flight sequence will take about 180 minutes from the rocket’s lift off slated at 9.30 a.m. on April 1.

The 28 international customer satellites (24 from US, 2 from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland)- will weigh about 220 kg.

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“It is a special mission for us. We will be using a PSLV rocket with four strap-on motors. Further, for the first time we will be trying to orbit the rocket at three different altitudes,” ISRO Chairman K. Sivan had earlier told IANS.

The PSLV is a four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel.

In its normal configuration, the rocket will have six strap-on motors hugging the rocket’s first stage.

On January 24, the ISRO flew a PSLV with two strap-on motors while in March, it had four strap-on motors.

The Indian space agency also has two more PSLV variants, viz Core Alone (without any strap-on motors) and the larger PSLV-XL.

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The ISRO selects the kind of rocket to be used based on the weight of satellites it carries.

The ISRO will also be launching two more defence satellites sometime in July or August with its new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO. (IANS)