A multifaceted travel junkie

first_img Mail Today Bureau June 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 10:47 IST Gul Panag, actorAt the 5th Mail Today Tourism Summit, actor Gul Panag, spoke passionatelyabout her favourite tourist destinations and how responsible tourism is the need of the hour. Travel does three things for me. It allows me to de-stress, spend quality time with my family and is always a learning experience, said the star who is also a trained pilot, entrepreneur, politician and an adventure enthusiast.In a conversation with India Today group editorial director Raj Chengappa, Panag spoke about how state tourism boards should move beyond basic targeting and look at creating sub-sects of tourists. I’d like to see targeted reach from state tourism boards. Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand are strong cases for adventure sports. Madhya Pradesh could be a great place for rock crawling with SUVs or rock climbing. Within domestic travellers, these are the opportunities that exist.An avid champion of electric mobility, Panag will be headed to Bern, Switzerland, later this month to support the Indian Electric Racing team. I am going to Bern for the second time and this time around am going to use that opportunity to learn the significance of it being the Capital of Venice Burroughs.Ladakh remains the 40-yearold’s favourite destination and it’s always the mountains that are her calling when it comes to holidays. Citing experiential travel as the trend that needs to be chased, Panag said, Where can I show my son how to milk a cow or buffalo than in villages of our country? Talking about how the Archaeological Survey of India needs to take better care of monuments, Panag, also asked travellers to be responsible and avoid littering tourist places.advertisementA fitness enthusiast who has also co-founded a company creating fitness apps, Panag explores a city by running first. Her only pet-peeve with herself is that she doesn’t experiment with food. Unlike me, as a traveller you must explore the culture through food.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Tags :Follow Gul PanagFollow tourismFollow tourist destinationFollow Mail Today Tourism Summit A multifaceted travel junkieAt the 5th Mail Today Tourism Summit, actor Gul Panag, spoke passionately about her favourite tourist destinations and how responsible tourism is the need of the hour.advertisementlast_img read more

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UN aviation agency adopts new unified strategy to boost air safety worldwide

“The unified strategy creates mechanisms for the integration of efforts to increase transparency and disclosure of safety-related information, to analyze available safety-related data from multiple sources and to establish partnerships to resolve safety-related deficiencies,” said the President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council, Assad Kotaite.“I am confident that the unified strategy will make an important contribution toward further improving aviation safety around the world,” he told the Global Summit on Regional Aviation Safety Oversight, hosted by the George Washington University Consortium in Washington, DC, earlier this week.The new guidelines follow a resolution adopted last autumn at the 35th Session of the ICAO Assembly to resolve safety-related deficiencies by directing the Organization’s 188 Contracting States to share critical safety information which may have an impact on the safety of international air navigation.Full reports from the Organization’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) will now be made available to all Contracting States, rather than summary reports as is currently the case. USOAP assesses a State’s level of implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).Because of their inherent economies of scale and focus on harmonization, Mr. Kotaite said regional or sub-regional safety oversight organizations should be developed or strengthened to help countries that lack the required human, technical and financial resources to adequately perform their national safety oversight operations.“It is critical that ICAO, national civil aviation authorities, industry and funding institutions coordinate and cooperate in the provision of aviation technical assistance and guidance,” he added. “I encourage all stakeholders to forge better relationships with their counterparts in order to support countries and regional organizations in their various endeavours to comply with international standards.” read more

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