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The emerging trend of mobile apps in travel and tourism industry – Why Mobile Apps are becoming increasingly popular in the industry?

Mobile apps in travel and tourism industry

In the modern world, the rise of mobile apps and social media has transformed every industry and travel industry is no exception!

Mobile apps have certainly evolved the way we used to travel around the world. Today, mobile apps for travel and tourism have become an integral part of the industry, facilitating customers to communicate and navigate in a highly interactive manner. These apps are able to help customers get first-hand reviews about hotels and locations, book their seats at hotels as well as in cases for cars and buses. In fact, with the rise of AI, they are actually serving as virtual tour guides for tourists to better interact with their surroundings (Google new maps is a great example of what we can expect at travelling in future).

Mobile travel apps are certainly handy utility tools for smartphone users. These are great to locate best travel resources as well as organize and plan the entire trip. That’s why it is no surprise as we see the skyrocketing demand and success of mobile apps for the travel industry.

Let’s look at some crazy statistics for travel and tourism industry.

According to Statista, the tourism and travel industry is estimated to generate over $17 billion revenue by 2020. In fact, travel and tourism industries are one of the largest industries in terms of revenue generated globally. The global revenue for travel and tourism accounts to over 7.6 trillion US dollars in 2016. Almost all travellers carry a smartphone and thus mobile apps provided an ideal opportunity for the industry to offer better facilities to customers. Today, the mobile apps have become a staple for travel and tourism industry that offer one-stop solutions for all travellers and tourists.

Here are some interesting facts from mobile apps for tourism and travel industry.

  • Around 15% of global users use travel and tourism mobile apps to plan and book a trip ahead.
  • Mobile apps for travel and tourism ranks at 7th spot in terms of most number of downloads
  • More than 30% of travellers prefer mobile apps to search for flight tickets and hotels

And now, let’s see some benefits of mobile apps for travel and tourism industry.

– Marketing Tools

Digital marketing is a compulsion for all businesses across sizes and trades. Mobile apps provide an ideal platform for businesses to project and market directly to global customers. These apps are helping the industry to stay connected with travellers across the globe and market their services in the most interactive way.

– Travel Bookings

Mobile apps in tourism industry
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Perhaps the best advantage of mobile apps is their potency to offer easy bookings to travellers. From hotel bookings to rental cars, trains or buses, mobile apps offer an unlimited facility to travellers and tourists to plan and manage the trip ahead of time. Furthermore, the intense competition in mobile apps category also helps travellers to get some great discounts and incentives for their hotel bookings. Many mobile apps also offer users the platform to completely plan and customize their journey and add as many booking as they want including some special trips or sightseeing bookings.

Oh, you can also check out the complete weather update from the mobile apps, this is especially helpful if you are planning for a high-mountain resort with high expectations of rain or extreme weather changes.

– Easy Transactions

You can complete all transactions through online payment mode. Mobile apps offer you one-stop solution to book, pay and manage all transactions from one platform, without having to undergo any paperwork or without bothering to manage tickets or other paper documents.

– Explore the destination

It’s always exciting to see your destination in advance. Mobile apps offer complete real-life pictures of all travel destinations, along with reviews and ratings. This gives an excellent opportunity for travellers to plan and customize their trip in line with reviews and ratings from other customers.

– Discounts and Incentives

There is a strict competition in terms of mobile apps for travel and tourism industry. With thousands of apps battling to dominate the industry, you can expect some crazy and amazing discounts and incentives when booking with mobile apps. The discounts range from hotel bookings to discounts in airfares and even some complimentary services, absolutely free of charge.

Take away:

Tourism and travel industry has become one of the largest industries will trillion dollars annual revenue. However, the success of the industry is heavily influenced by the ever-increasing number of mobile apps, offering better, faster and reliable services to travellers.

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The use of mobile apps for bookings and travel planning is increasing annually and the intense competition in the industry isn’t just beneficial for the industry itself, rather it also offers great benefits and incentives to travellers.

Beat the heat with these summer coolers

Summer coolers

With the average temperature rising across the country and the sun beating down on us, we need to deal with summer bummers. Heat strokes and dehydration are common enough and reaching out for a quick roadside cooler or juice is tempting but can make us vulnerable to stomach bugs and diarrhoea.

However, summer isn’t all that bad. Especially when you think of the joys of the swimming pool and lazy summer afternoons with fresh pickings of seasonal delicacies. From mint to wood apple, stock your kitchen with healthy grocery items and browse through the season! Here are a few ideas for summer coolers that are delicious and healthy.

Wood apple or Bael Fruit

Summer cooler- Bael
aegle marmelos wood apple bael Bengal quince

Consume this fibrous fruit for its versatile goodness and great taste, Dr. Suja Issac, a nutritionist and co-founder of Soukya advises. Commonly known as bael in Hindi, it is rich in fibre, calcium and vitamins A and B.

Wood apple can be eaten fresh or sun-dried, or made into marmalade. Its pulp is used to make sherbet, which is excellent for digestion.

The ripe pulp is good for the heart and brain and is also used as a laxative. It is a quick-fix remedy for intestinal worms, so a couple of spoonsful of ripe fruit for kids is a good idea. The raw fruit is used to treat infectious diarrhoea because of its anti-viral activity against certain pathogens.

Tannin in wood apple helps heal gastric and intestinal ulcers. Abundant in antioxidants and flavonoids; its phenolic compounds lend it anti-inflammatory properties. For best results, dilute with water.


Summer cooler- mint
mint green kitchen herb leaves menthol herbs heal

A powerhouse of phytonutrients and antibacterial properties, mint is more than a garnish. According to Dr Isaac Mathal, an alternative medicine expert and the founder of the holistic health centre Soukya, mint leaves can be chewed raw or steeped in tea, inhaling mint extract calms nerves as well as relieves headache-related nausea. Stream inhalation with mint helps decongest the sinuses and respiratory passages. Plus, smoke from dried mint leaves is an effective insecticide.

Often used in palm balms, its menthol content cools and numbs painful areas. Menthol also relieves abdominal cramps. It is good for digestion and acidity as it has a soothing effect on the mucosal linings.

Mint’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties make it effective in controlling bad breath- just chew a few mint leaves once or twice a day. When ground to a paste, mint is effective in treating acne and acts as a soothing balm for dry and itchy skin.

Psyllium husk

Plantago ovata form

Commonly known as ispaghula, psyllium husk is a soluble fibre popular for its gentle laxative and bulk-forming properties. It is derived from the seeds of Plantago ovata, a herb that’s native to India.

It is beneficial for a range of digestive issues like constipation, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome. Just add a spoonful to yoghurt or cereal for trouble-free digestion. Its ability to retain water helps soften stool and its bulk-forming property helps ease an upset stomach. It also binds to fat and helps eliminate bile acids from the body. Psyllium husk helps regulate high cholesterol, maintains healthy blood sugar levels and improves triglyceride levels in the body.


Triphala- Summer coolant

Triphala, as the Sanskrit name indicates, is an Ayurvedic herbal formula with equal quantities of three fruits- amla (Indian gooseberry), haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica). Dr. Salia Tewari, a naturopath and yoga expert and founder- chairperson of the Nature Cure and Yog Foundation, Uttaranchal, elaborates.

Available in powder, tablet and juice form, Triphala purifies the system by promoting better bowel movement. It treats constipation- a condition that begets health issues like sluggish liver, skin diseases, depression and diminished energy. Triphala’ s laxative properties are not habit forming.

Gooseberry is vitamin C- rich and supports the natural functions of the liver. Bibhitaki supports the respiratory system, offer relief from asthma and is known to prevent premature greying and hair loss. The third herb, haritaki, is prized for its cleansing properties. It removes toxins and helps maintain a healthy weight. The combined effect of these potent fruit enables smooth functioning of the digestive system and fights colds and allergies by making the immunity system stronger.


ginger summer coolant
ginger root spice herb ingredient seasoning spicy

Ginger is the world’s most commonly consumed condiment. It has at least 14 bioactive compounds like gingerol and shogaol that gives a range of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Add it to tea or pulverize it into fresh fruit juice or a smoothie-ginger is a stimulating herb that relieves flatulence, strengthens the digestive system and stimulates glandular secretions. Dry ginger is said to be good for chronic bronchitis. It is widely used in Ayurveda to treat digestive complaints, morning sickness, jaundice, piles, colds and coughs, asthma, bronchitis and whooping-cough.

Ginger is well known for its anti-cancerous properties. The root is a potent source of antioxidants. It has calming effect on inflamed joints and muscles. Ginger is packed with B vitamins like B6 and riboflavin apart from magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.

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SourcePrevention India– June 2014, July 2014, September 2014 and September 2015 Living Media India Limited.

Live a healthy lifestyle for a healthy future

Pretty woman leading a healthy lifestyle

Lifestyle is like Karma, everything about you is connected to your lifestyle, and whatever comes to you is a result of your lifestyle. If we ever look back, we will realize that we’ve come a long way. The face of life has changed completely, art has its new definition, technology took over everything but somewhere between all these things, there’s one thing which we left far behind, and that thing is a healthy lifestyle.

Let’s don’t go too far and think of our lifestyle just a decade ago and compare it to how it is now. You’ll see that you’ve lost some very amazing things with time. Everyone is running out of time now, running behind money, fame and luxury. But the reality is, it’s all just an illusion without a good lifestyle because a good lifestyle leads to a healthy life and health leads to all the happiness of this world.

Though, we really are trapped in this so-called game called life. But there are some subtle things we can do to get our healthy lives back. Some small changes in your routine and lifestyle will bring about great health and precious happiness to your life. It’s never too late to change your lifestyle and make some changes for your own health.

Walk for yourself
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Walk for yourself: No doubt that you car or bike save a lot of your time but on the other hand you’re compromising with your health too. Start taking walk for short distances, it will make you feel active and more alive, and will make your body explore itself. Longer the distance your feet cover, longer the time you stay healthy.

Be confident
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Be Confident: Never think of yourself less than anybody else. No one is perfect, everyone has their own type. Talk to people in a positive attitude with a blend of confidence.  Start wearing good and stop caring about what people think. Do the things that make you happy, it will make both your heart and mind feel good.

Be Grateful: Life comes in variations. Everyone has their own way of life. Never let your mind think about what other have and what you don’t. Be grateful for what you have and work harder to make things better around you. This positive attitude towards life will help you grow in all the aspects of life.

Push Yourself: Never spend your free time in bed and start doing new things. Try to do the things you always wanted to do. Explore yourself, go for travel, eat good, experience new things, go to gym, listen to music, spend time with your friends and take out time for your loved ones. Doing so will keep the depression and negativity away from you.

Entertainment:  Make a schedule for the Television and social media. Start living more in a real world instead of virtual world of internet. Be with the people around you and laugh. Engage in different household activities with your family. This will help you release stress and make you more social.

Eat the right food
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Eat Food: This is the basic of every form of life on this earth. Every living thing needs good food to survive and live a healthy and beautiful. Break up with the junk foods, sugary drinks and oily food. Indulge into green vegetables, fruits, dry fruits and natural remedies. Eat the right food in right proportions. This will help you prevent all the major diseases that we come across.

Sleep like a baby
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Sleeping Habit: A good lifestyle requires moderation in sleeping habit. Try to go to bed early and wake up before the sunrise. Watching the sun rise fills the body with a new energy. A sleep of seven to nine hours in the night is enough for the relaxation of body. It saves your time and keeps you active all day long.

Good Hygiene:  These minor habits have a major role in healthy lifestyle. To brush your teeth is the first thing you should do when you wake up, always clean your feet & cut your nails on regular basis. Take a bath and wear clean clothes every day. These good habits keep your body germs free and protect you from skin diseases.

If we look closely, we will see that these are just some basic and easy thing, but when it comes to follow these healthy habits. Where do we stand? It’s never too late to live a healthy lifestyle. It is the only way to live longer and healthier.

The article is authored by famous Dietitian Sheela Seharawat. She is the founder and chief mentor of Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt. Ltd. Also, she is one of the youngest successful entrepreneurs of India.


Ujjain, Kumbh Mahaparv
Vermillion and yellow flags
Vermillion and yellow flags

Once in 12 years, Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh , India explodes in the colour  SAFFRON as it is home to the “SIMHASTHA KUMBH”.

The  Gulmohar  Trees ( Hindi), Flamboyant ( English) , Delonix regia ( Scientific name) join the celebration of Faith in the Month of May and explode in the colour of the season, Saffron.

Seen through flowers
Seen through flowers

The Kshipra River In Ujjain seen through the  Flamboyant  Saffron  flowers of the  Gulmohar Tree.

The Trident or “Trishul” is the Symbol of the Ruling Deity of Ujjain , “Mahakaal” or Lord Shiva .

The Trishul rises over the flamboyantly flowering  Gulmohar Trees  and the  Saffron Bridge  across the Kshipra River  during the Maha Kumbh Festival.

Saffron bridge across the Shipra river
Saffron bridge across the Shipra river

The Ghats of the River Kshipra turn  Saffron  too as the River is worshiped in celebration of the Life-giving Powers of Water.

Millions will bathe in the River during the Month long festival Simhastha Mahakumbh held once in 12 years during a time determined by the Planets and Stars. The Sun enters Aries and Jupiter the constellation of Leo symbolizing the timing of this explosion of Faith and the  colour  saffron.

Saffron along the ghats
Saffron along the ghats

The Dumroo or Drum , held by the Saffron Sadhu ,is another symbol of Lord Shiva.

The reverberating and enchanting sound of the “Dumroo” symbolizes the healing Power of Sound.

Sadhus in their own world
Sadhus in their own world

Be Enchanted by the saffron colours in Ujjain as I take you through the Heart of India during a Festival of Faith.

A recent update of this site

Six die as storm hits Kumbh Mela. Lightning and thunderstorms hit the site of the ongoing Simhastha-Kumbh Mela in Ujjain. Four devotees and one sadhu died when a pandal collapsed due to strong winds. A woman pilgrim died after being struck by a bolt of lightning. Squall, coupled with rain, suddenly hit the area, uprooting several camps of sadhus.

Source: Mukul from Enchanted Forests and news sources.

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