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  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia

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

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

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

India and UK scrap flight ceilings

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

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

India’s airlines: Need to know facts

January 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

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

India arrests rapists

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

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

Tycoon gives away brides

December 27, 2016 by  
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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

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