SpiceJet stuck in the mud

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 21 September 2017: Dozens of flights were diverted from Mumbai after a SpiceJet plane overshot the runway and became stuck in the mud as heavy rain lashed India’s financial capital and caused travel chaos Wednesday.

Schools and colleges also closed for the day as a precaution after severe monsoon rain late Tuesday and overnight led to fears of widespread flooding.

The storms came three weeks after ten people were killed when torrential rain deluged Mumbai, flooding homes and railway lines and shutting down the city for two days. Read more

PATA Gold goes to C&K

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia, South Asia

MUMBAI, 19 September 2017:  Cox & Kings (C&K), tagged the world’s oldest travel company, has won the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award for its ‘Forever Young’ campaign in the Marketing  Social Media category.

The award ceremony held at The Parisian Macao recognised 31 outstanding entries that were selected by an international panel of experts.

Cox & King’s winning entry featured a promotion selling solo women travel to Thailand. Read more

India tourism minister appointed

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

BANGkOK, 15 September 2017. India’s official government news channels confirmed Alphons Kannanthanam has been appointed Minister for Tourism Government of India.

He is a retired Indian Administrative Service officer and was recognised in Time Magazine’s list of 100 Young Global Leaders in 1989.

He worked in the Indian Administration Service until 2006, when he was elected a Member of the Legislative Assembly, from Kanjirappally in Kottayam District of Kerala. Read more

Qatar now four daily to Kathmandu

September 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News, South Asia

DOHA, Qatar, 1 September 2017: Qatar Airways will add an additional daily flight on its Doha – Kathmandu route, today, 1 September.

The new service will help to meet high demand during Nepal’s festival season, which takes place every year in September and October.

Using an Airbus A320, the extra flight will depart Doha at 0125 and arrive in Kathmandu at 0855. Read more

AVANI Fares resort to open 2019

August 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 24 August 2017: AVANI Hotels & Resorts announced, this week, the development of its first resort in the Maldives.

AVANI Fares Maldives Resort will be located on Fares Island in the Baa Atoll and is scheduled to open in Q4 2019.

Construction is underway on an untouched, private 12.4 hectare island, a 45-minute transfer by sea plane from Male and 30 minutes by speedboat from the recently opened domestic airport on Baa Atoll. Read more

India’s e-Tourist visas gain popularity

August 23, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 23 August 2017: India’s e-Tourist visa is gaining popularity according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Tourism that showed a 73.3% pick up in visas issued in July when compared with July 2016.

Overall tourist arrivals to India increased 7.4% in July from 734,000 in July 2016 to 788,00 visitors this year.

Foreign tourist arrivals, January to July, this year, numbered 5,670,000 representing a healthy 15.7% improvement, when compared with 4,903,000 in January to July 2016. Read more

Qatar and Vistara sign pact

August 23, 2017 by  
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DOHA, Qatar, 23 August 2017: Qatar Airways has entered into a new interline partnership, Tuesday, with full-service Indian airline Vistara.

It coincides with Qatar Airways’ 20th anniversary serving destinations in India.

The new interline agreement became effective 22 August and allows Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel seamlessly to and from cities within India across Vistara’s network, via Qatar Airways’ existing 13 Indian gateways on a single ticket. Read more

Midscale Mercure on Maldives

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 23 August 2017: Mercure Maldives Kooddoo welcomed its first guests, 20 August, at its Gaafu Alifu Atoll island location.

Situated adjacent to Kooddoo domestic airport, the hotel is the first beachfront property that is directly accessible via a 55-minute flight from Male without the need for a speedboat transfer.

AccorHotels upper Southeast and northeast Asia chief operating officer, Patrick Basset said: “We are delighted to offer one of the best value, full-service hotels in the south of Maldives at a time when airlift and inbound markets are diversifying for properties outside of the luxury segment.”  Read more

Accor resort to be a Raffles

August 22, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 22 August 2017: AccorHotels announced its first management contract for a resort in the Maldives, effective 1 September.

The group will take over Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort that occupies the private island of Meradhoo.

The resort will be repositioned following improvements to be completed by late 2018. It will then join the iconic collection of Raffles hotels and resorts. Read more

Crew averts mid-air fire

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

COLOMBO, 2 August 2017: Crew on a Sri Lankan Airlines plane carrying 202 passengers extinguished a mid-flight fire triggered by a mobile phone battery in an overhead locker, the carrier said Monday.

The airline said a “major” incident was averted by the quick-thinking attendants on the flight that departed, Sunday, from Kochi in India to Colombo.

Smoke was detected shortly after a meal service on the 70-minute flight, it said. Read more

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