Cox & Kings wins award

November 23, 2017 by  
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MUMBAI, 23 November 2017: Cox & Kings, India, won the “Best Luxury Travel Curator, at the Travel + Leisure India’s Best Awards 2017 held at ITC Maurya, New Delhi, Monday.

Considered one of the world’s oldest tour operators  with offices in 22 countries, was recognised for its best in class travel destinations, based on readers’ feedback and experiences

The annual award ceremony is organised and hosted by the widely read consumer travel publication, Travel + Leisure India. Read more

Air China ends North Korea flight

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 23 November 2017: Air China has suspended flights to North Korea, further limiting the secretive state’s links with the outside world, but the company said Wednesday it was a business decision.

The suspension comes shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Beijing and pressed his counterpart Xi Jinping to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear programme.

China sent a special envoy, Song Tao, to the North last week but his four-day trip ended with no direct statement on the crisis, after Pyongyang’s series of nuclear and missile tests triggered global alarm. Read more

Pepper joins Mandarin team

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 22 November 2017 – Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas has hired Pepper, a humanoid robot, as hotel technical ambassador.

The newest team member will primarily be based in the Sky Lobby located on the hotel’s 23rd floor, greeting guests and complementing hotel services through “engaging and playful” entertainment.

However, Pepper is described as a hotel team member and acts as a colleague, event at four-foot (1.2-metre) tall  and blessed with enormous eyes. Read more

Rajasthan bags awards

November 21, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 21 November  2017: Rajasthan Tourism has been recognised as the “Best Wedding Destination” in India at India’s Best Awards 2017 by Travel+Leisure India and South Asia, hosted in New Delhi, last week.

The  consumer magazine said the award,  based on readers’ opinions, was a testimony to an unmatched experience offered to couples by the state in terms of forts, palaces, gardens and courtyards, making Rajasthan the ultimate destination for fairy-tale destination weddings.”

Also last week, Rajasthan Tourism was conferred with an award for outstanding “marketing innovation” at the 5th WTTCCI-Hotelivate State Ranking Survey 2017, also hosted in New Delhi. Read more

Delhi still tops the charts

November 21, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 21 November 2017: Delhi still wins top recognition in India’s state ranking survey despite its reputation for air pollution.

The Indian national capital territory scored top points as the country’s “destination leader” in the fifth biennial Hotelivate State Ranking Survey for Tourism.

The survey checks out the status of tourism and hospitality industries across the country supported by the World Travel & Tourism Council. Read more

Japanese fair trade raids Airbnb

November 21, 2017 by  
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TOKYO, 21 November 2017: Anti-monopoly officials raided Airbnb’s offices in Japan, the home-sharing giant confirmed at the weekend, while denying any wrongdoing.

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission reportedly carried out the raids over suspicions Airbnb was requiring users to sign exclusively with its site and cut ties with other agencies.

“Airbnb Japan received an on-site inspection by the Japan Fair Trade Commission and we are cooperating with the Commission’s ongoing investigation,” the company said in a statement. Read more

India races to save World Heritage

November 21, 2017 by  
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AHMEDABAD, 21 November 2017: Traffic chokes the centuries-old stone archway into Ahmedabad’s historic quarter, the snarl of honking rickshaws and sputtering buses coats the monuments of India’s only World Heritage city in a layer of soot.

Conservation experts warn Ahmedabad, one of the world’s most polluted cities, faces a mammoth task defending its newly won UNESCO status as its fragile cultural icons decay under neglect, traffic and trash.

The 600-year-old enclave was named India’s first ‘World Heritage City’ last July — despite warnings from some of UNESCO’s own experts that it lacked a convincing plan for protecting its ancient citadels, mosques and tombs. Read more

Runners brave Delhi smog

November 20, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 20 November 2017: Tens of thousands of runners Sunday braved the smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring health warnings from doctors who fought for the race to be postponed.

More than 30,000 people, some sporting pollution masks, braved a hazy morning to run through the Indian capital despite almost two weeks of hazardous smog that forced schools shut for several days.

The US embassy website, Sunday, showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants hovered near 200 — eight times the World Health Organization’s safe maximum — for the duration of the 13.1 mile (21 km) race. Read more

India wins six of the best

November 20, 2017 by  
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SANYA, China, 20 November 2017: An Indian medical student was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event in a Chinese resort at the weekend, making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant’s history.

Manushi Chhillar is the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai.

Her win brings India level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant, now in its 67th edition. Read more

White Christmas at HK Disneyland

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, Travel Deals

HONG KONG, 17 November 2017: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will be transformed into a winter wonderland this Christmas.

“A Disney Christmas” rolled out Thursday and continues to, 1 January, 2018, with special offers from travel trade partners.

Hong Kong Disney is presenting travel agents with opportunities to sell the “ultimate heart-warming Christmas celebration’ with even snowfall and Christmas carols Read more

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