NEW DELHI, 16 January 2017: India has the world’s fastest growing passenger airline industry, expanding at an annual rate of around 20%. Here are some facts and figures:
How many Indians fly
Nearly 90 million people in the financial year that ended in 31 March 2016, according to industry analysts CAPA — up from fewer than 20 million in 2004, when the sector first opened up. But the country of 1.2 billion remains one of the world’s most under-penetrated markets with huge potential for growth. Read more
NEW DELHI, 16 January 2017: A major acquisition by Indian budget airline SpiceJet, this week, underscored the vast potential of the world’s fastest-growing aviation market.
But there is another side to the story. Experts say woefully inadequate infrastructure and high operating costs could threaten the industry’s rapid expansion.
India’s burgeoning middle classes are taking to the skies in ever greater numbers, with passenger growth of 20% in 2015 according to industry body IATA — nearly double China’s 11% increase over the same period. Read more
COLOMBO, 11 January 2017: Airlines have advised international passengers departing Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport to check-in five hours prior to their scheduled departure times.
Passengers are facing long queues and delays checking in due to repair work on the airport’s runway, which is limited operational hours for airlines.
Work started 6 January and is due to be completed by 6 April this year. Read more
NEW DELHI, 27 December 2016; Indian police on Monday arrested four men accused of drugging and raping an American tourist at a five-star hotel in New Delhi earlier this year, an officer said.
The woman told police that she was part of a tour group visiting India last April when her local guide gave her a spiked bottle of water and raped her with four acquaintances inside her hotel room.
“We arrested four of them a few hours ago… the tour guide, driver, cleaner and another hotel employee, have been charged with rape,” Delhi police spokesman, Dependra Pathak, told AFP. Read more
AHMEDABAD, 27 December 2016: An Indian diamond trader has thrown a mass wedding for more than 200 fatherless brides and given each of them gifts worth thousands of dollars, to help poor women start a new life.
Mahesh Savani performed the Hindu wedding ritual of ‘Kanyadaan’ — the practice of giving away one’s daughter in marriage — for 236 fatherless brides from poor families at a mega-wedding event in the western state of Gujarat at Christmas.
Savani, who believes that giving away brides is a blessing from God, has been organising similar mass weddings every year since 2012. Read more
NEW DELHI, 8 December 2016: Torrential rain and rough seas have stranded around 1,000 tourists on one of India’s tropical islands off its east coast, officials said Wednesday.
Officials from the local Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration said they have asked the Indian navy to help rescue tourists from Havelock, one of the smaller islands most popular with visitors.
“Around 1,000 tourists who had gone to Havelock island have been stuck there since Monday because of heavy rains,” T.K.S Ajayan, deputy director at the local disaster management department, told AFP by phone. Read more
MUMBAI, 6 December 2016: Cox & Kings was crowned winner at the sixth edition of Conde Nast Traveller India’s Reader’s Travel Awards, when it bagged the title of favourite tour operator.
The awards ceremony held at The Lodhi in New Delhi, celebrated the best in travel, voted by readers.
Commenting on winning the award, Cox & Kings director, Peter Kerkar said: “We are extremely proud to be recognised as the best in the business by readers who are seasoned and travel lovers.” Read more
COLOMBO, 1 December 2016: The first Asia Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC) concluded at the weekend having attracted Asia’s leading hotel investors from 19 countries.
They discussed investment potential in Sri Lanka and other destinations around the Indian Ocean from Mauritius and the Seychelles to Malaysia and Vietnam.
Data from ForwardKeys demonstrated that Sri Lanka has achieved a 12% growth in visitor arrivals by air during the past year, more than double the growth rate of that achieved by the Asia Pacific region as a whole. Read more
COLOMBO, 1 December 2016: Advance flight bookings to Sri Lanka, during the next five months are up 1.3%, ahead of where they were at the same time last year.
The booking trends were highlighted in a ForwardKeys presentation, Tuesday, at the Asian Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference in Sri Lanka.
But the figures prompted a down-to-earn warning that Sri Lanka’s spectacular visitor growth looks likely to stall. Read more
NEW DELHI, 18 November 2016: India’s government must put tourism at the heart of its economic agenda and deliver on its manifesto promise of 2014, according to Tourism & Travel Council president and CEO David Scowsill.
Speaking at the recent Hotel Investment Forum India in Mumbai, Scowsill highlighted that India’s Travel & Tourism sector has extraordinary potential and is forecast to grow by 7.5% per annum over the next decade.
But growth remains largely untapped due to a lack of a co-ordinated approach to tourism policies. Read more