Fodor's and WebMD Launch E-book to Guide Travelers in the "New Normal"

WebMD | September 15, 2020

As millions of people look forward to a return to travel, a new e-book, launched today from Fodor's and WebMD, can help travelers navigate the 'new normal' in the age of Covid-19. Fodor's Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel: Practical Tips and Information for the Age of COVID-19 and Other Pandemics, written in collaboration with the medical experts at WebMD, provides information and tips on how best to safely and confidently travel when COVID-19 restrictions ease, and to assess travel with regard to other health issues that currently exist or may emerge in specific countries or regions.

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Travel and Hospitality is one of the key sectors of the Indian economy. Not only is it one of the highest foreign exchange earners, but also one of the largest employment generators. The future looks bright for travel and tourism, with more demand for supply growth in inbound as well as domestic tourism. The sector is also getting a significant boost from several government initiatives.

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Travel and Hospitality is one of the key sectors of the Indian economy. Not only is it one of the highest foreign exchange earners, but also one of the largest employment generators. The future looks bright for travel and tourism, with more demand for supply growth in inbound as well as domestic tourism. The sector is also getting a significant boost from several government initiatives.

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