India adds eVisa channel

March 20, 2017 by  
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MUMBAI, 20 March 2017: Mangaluru will be the second airport in India’s Karnataka state, after Bengaluru, to offer an eVisa immigration lane, effective 1 April, according to the Hindu a leading daily newspaper in India.

Currently, eVisa travellers visiting Mangaluru have to pass through immigration in Bengaluru, or  at other gateway airports that have eVisa immigration facilities.

The airport has installed two immigration checkpoints  for eVisa holders separate from channels that process traditional visas. Read more

PATA summit explores future of travel

March 15, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Tourism leaders are set to explore future travel and tourism trends at the PATA Annual Summit 2017 in Negombo, Sri Lanka, 18 to 21 May.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has recruited a strong line-up of speakers and panellists to share their insights and knowledge at the one-day conference that forms an integral part of the association’s annual summit.

The PATA Annual Summit will be hosted by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, 18 to 21 May, at  Jetwing Blue Hotel, Negombo. Read more

Radisson debuts in Bengaluru

March 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

BENGALURU, INDIA, 13 March 2017: Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru opens, today, Monday, in the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state, Bengaluru.

Known for its high-technology industry, the city is also renowned for its beautiful parks.

Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru is located a 45-minute drive from the Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) and a 10-minute drive from the city’s main railway station. Read more

India’s OTM breaks records

March 2, 2017 by  
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MUMBAI, 2 March 2017: Over 10,000 trade visitors attended the three-day OTM trade show held in Mumbai, 21 to 23 February, Fairfest, the show organiser, in its a post-event review.

Exhibitors from a record number of 60 countries showcased their destinations at the show that focuses on outbound travel from India.

Hosted at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, the organisers concluded the event was now the largest trade show hosted in the country. Read more

Paperless visas

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Technology

NEW DELHI, 1 March 2017: Plans are underway to eliminate the paper work involved in apply for visas in India, according to a report earlier this week in the Indian Express.

The report confirmed that the Indian government and 14 other governments including nations in the EU are studying a proposal that will end the need to fill out the same information every time Indian travellers need a visa.

BLS International, the second largest Indian outsourcing and technology company, specialising in operating visa applications is leading the move to make visas paperless for Indian travellers. Read more

Radisson expands in India

February 28, 2017 by  
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JAMMU, INDIA, 28 February 2017: Radisson Blu Jammu opened on Monday in  Jammu, India, a popular tourist destination  often described as a city of temples.

Jammu serves as the gateway to one of the most popular pilgrimages in India, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and several temples including the Raghunath and Ranbireshwar Temples that are situated around it.

Radisson Blu Jammu is located a 14-minute car drive from Jammu Airport (IXJ). Read more

PIA: Standing room only

February 27, 2017 by  
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ISTANBUL, 27 February 2017: Pakistan’s national carrier said, Sunday, it would investigate allegations that a plane flew from Karachi to Saudi Arabia carrying seven extra passengers, but denied they stood in the aisles for the three-hour journey.

The probe was ordered after a report in the English-language daily Dawn.

The paper said that on 20 January a flight to Medina carried 416 passengers, seven more than its capacity of 409 including jump seats, in a serious breach of air safety regulations. Read more

UAE focus country at OTM

February 24, 2017 by  
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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

SpiceJet flies to Bangkok

February 22, 2017 by  
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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

OTM forecasts record turnout

February 14, 2017 by  
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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

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