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first_imgHarsh Chhaya, who’s playing the role of Dharaa Solanki’s coach in serial Tamanna currently, will next be seen in the Season 2 of Anil Kapoor’s 24. According to The Times of India, Harsh will play the role of a senior intelligence officer, who gets a posting in ATU (Anti Terrorist Unit) to foil Jai Singh Rathod’s–who is suspected to be working against the country–plan.Apart from Neil, these actors are expected to be part of the star-studded line up:Also read: Popular 90s show Hasratein might return for second season Tabu: Director Abhinay Deol has been trying to rope in the veteran actress since the Season 1 of the show. This time as well, she has been approached. But we don’t know whether she has been finalised or not.Akshaye Khanna and Prachi Desai: The Bollywood actors might be seen in an important role in the show, but the details about their characters have not been revealed.Sikander Kher: Anupam Kher’s son is all set to play a villain in Season 2. “I am playing a negative character in the show. I am thrilled, as it is completely different, something which I haven’t attempted before. Shooting it was great fun and I had a good time on the sets. Now I am waiting for the audience’s reaction,” says Sikander.Sakshi Tanwar: Sakshi Tanwar of Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and Bade Achche Lagte Hain fame will be seen as the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief on the show. The actress will sport traditional outfits in the thriller.advertisementAlso read: Sikandar Kher turns baddie for Anil Kapoor’s 24 Season 2 Apart from Anil Kapoor, the first season featured Mandira Bedi, Tisca Chopra and Neil Bhoopalam in important roles, with Anupam Kher and Shabana Azmi also featuring in the show.Delhi Belly director Abhinay Deo, who directed the first season, will also helm the second season, which will be aired next year.The show is written by Rensil D’Silva, Bhavani Iyer and Priya Pint, and produced by Rashvan Films.last_img read more

Virtuoso flash poll finds travel disruptions occurring

first_imgVirtuoso flash poll finds travel disruptions occurringA new survey by international travel agency network Virtuoso has found travellers are avoiding certain worldwide destinations as a result of the uncertainty tied to specific countries and global regions. Virtuoso was one of the first travel organisations to introduce the term VUCA, which stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, as a means of describing the potential travel disruptions caused by geopolitical situations.“The world is going through a transition where uncertainty is the new norm,” says Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso. “Whether it’s Brexit, the shifting political climate in the U.S., or the threat of terrorism or disease such as Zika, there seems to be only two certainties. First, we have no idea what we might wake up to find tomorrow because change happens fast. Two, and this is of utmost importance, travel is the best way to bring people together when isolation begins. At Virtuoso, we say borders divide, but travel unites. Never has it been more important to keep the ability to travel as a fundamental right.”Among the questions asked, Virtuoso surveyed its travel advisors globally to discover the impact of the Presidential Executive Order disallowing travelers from seven countries to enter the U.S. Although the order is not currently in effect, Virtuoso advisors report that it is still impacting clients’ travel decisions. Among U.S.-based advisors, 10 percent say clients are changing travel plans due to a concern over anti-American sentiment. However, a much higher 40 percent say their clients are now avoiding certain destinations due to concerns over terrorism, including the Middle East, Europe and Africa, with Turkey and Egypt topping the list of countries. Instead, Americans are choosing to travel within their own country, as well as visit those perceived as safer, including Japan, Canada and New Zealand.Forty-two percent of Virtuoso-affiliated travel advisors outside of the U.S. say their clients are avoiding travel to the United States due to factors including opposition to the country’s foreign policy and concerns over obtaining visas. As an alternative, they are electing to travel to destinations such as Italy, Australia and the U.K. The majority of advisors anticipate the slowdown in travel to the U.S. will last three to six months.About VirtuosoVirtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specialising in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organisation comprises over 770 travel agency partners with more than 15,200 elite travel advisors in 44 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $21.2 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry.Source = Virtuosolast_img read more