MUMBAI, 24 February 2017: An official delegation from the UAE participated in OTM – India’s largest travel trade show that wrapped up Thursday evening in Mumbai, India.
Led by UAE’s Ministry of Economy, the delegation was made up of representatives of various tourism departments and agencies.
The UAE participated in the annual exhibition for the second year in a row. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 February 2017: SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost carrier, will launch a direct flight between Delhi and Bangkok effective 15 April.
According to the airline’s website, the Delhi-Bangkok route will be served by six weekly flights.
Flights will increase to daily, effective 9 May. Read more
MUMBAI, 14 February 2017: OTM 2017 will be held in Mumbai, the largest source market for leisure and MICE travel in the country, 21 to 23 February, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.
More than 1000 sellers from 50 countries will exhibit at OTM 2017. They include national and state tourism organisations, hotels, airlines, destination marketing companies and other suppliers serving leisure as well as MICE markets, keen to tap India’s expanding outbound travel market.
The show estimates 5447 qualified buyers and travel trade visitors have already registered. They include 814 fully and partly hosted buyer registrations, which is the largest number of hosted buyers in any travel trade show in India. Read more
NEW DELHI, 10 February 2017: India and the UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ease restrictions on the number of scheduled flights between the two countries, following successful talks in India this week.
Government of India’s Press Information Bureau confirmed limits on flights from key Indian cities including Chennai and Kolkata have been scrapped.
The statement said it would allow “for a greater range of flights for passengers, while providing a boost to trade and tourism for the UK and India”. Read more
NEW DELHI, 27 January 2017: Economic Times, one of India’s leading financial publications has ranked Yatra as the most trusted online travel agency for the second year in a row, ahead of all other OTAs operating in India.
In its annual Brand Equity “Most Trusted Brands Survey – 2016” Yatra ranked the 3rd ‘Most Trusted Online Services Brand’ overall, and was the highest ranked online travel services brand.
Economic Times Brand Equity and the research team at Nielsen surveyed 373 brands. The top brands were included based on their sales, retail and media visibility, as well as market and trade feedback. Read more
COLOMBO, 24 January 2017: Sri Lanka has failed to attract bids from international airlines to privatise its loss-making flag carrier, but will continue its efforts to salvage the company, a minister said Friday.
The government received nine offers for SriLankan, but none were from a major international airline operator, State Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim said.
“We are still evaluating the proposals, but we are keen to have an airline of international repute that can also bring in traffic that will help our tourism industry,” the minister told reporters in Colombo. Read more
COLOMBO, 20 January 2017: Sri Lanka earned a record USD3.5 billion from tourism in 2016, seven years after the end of a devastating civil war, a government minister said.
But sources in the industry warned that the post-war boom could be short-lived as planned airport closures forced the cancellation of international flights.
Runway repairs are disrupting airline services at Colombo’s gateway airport with flight check-in scheduled five hours ahead of departures. The repairs will continue until late April. Read more
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