Cox & Kings wins award

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, tour company

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

Rajasthan bags awards

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

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

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

Amari expands in Sri Lanka

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

COLOMBO, 16 November 2017: ONYX Hospitality Group will launch a brand-new Amari hotel in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo.

Owned by Winil Holdings, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka-based Winil Gems Group, the new Amari Colombo will be located in the Kollupitiya commercial district of the capital.

Close to government buildings, embassies, bus and train stations, the hotel site is close to some of the city’s main attractions such as the National Museum of Colombo, Gangaramaya Temple and Park, and Kollupitiya Market. Read more

India to host MICE event

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia

BANGALORE, 14 November 2017: A major gathering for specialists in the events planning market will be hosted in Mumbai, May 2018, for the first time under the banner of Mice Conclave India.

Hosted 24 to 25 May, 2018, in Mumbai, the inaugural event will underscore the robust growth in the business travel market in India.

From being one of the world’s top 20 business travel destinations less than a decade ago, India has steadily climbed to join the top 10 league. Read more

India tourism brainstorms ideas

November 10, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 10 November 2017: India will improve its tourism through adopting innovative solutions as the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India takes onboard ideas and feedback from a recent top-level workshop.

Titled ‘Innovation in Tourism’ the workshop, held late last month, was chaired by the Minister of State for Tourism, Shri K J Alphons, and attended by approximately 50 leading stakeholders from the country’s tourism industry.

They represented hotels, tour operators, travel agents, adventure tour operators, tourism professionals, media representatives and trade associations. Read more

New flight links India and Singapore

November 10, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 10 November 2017: Air India Express will launch a new service linking Coimbatore and Singapore, 18 November.

The airline is the low-cost subsidiary of the national airline Air India flying a fleet of 23 Boeing 737-800s.

It will introduce three weekly services to Coimbatore departing Singapore at 1040 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Read more

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