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  
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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

Storm strands tourist on island

December 8, 2016 by  
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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

Thai AirAsia focuses on China

November 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 November 2016: Low-cost airline, Thai AirAsia, is planning to expand services to China and India, according to a recent Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation analysis.

CAPA said Thai AirAsia plans to expand its U-Tapao/Pattaya hub adding one or two aircraft in 2017, to open new routes to China.

Thai AirAsia currently serves 11 destinations in mainland China, mainly from its base in Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. Read more

India needs to tap tourism potential

November 18, 2016 by  
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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

ITB Asia: Three is not a crowd

October 21, 2016 by  
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SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: ITB’s decision to launch two additional travel shows in Asia, one in China and the other in India, is not viewed as competition for ITB Asia according to executive director Katrina Leung.

Commenting on Messe Berlin’s expansion in the travel show markets of China and India, she countered criticism that it could cannibalize the nine-year old ITB Asia.

“We have a clear strategy on this,” she explained in an interview with TTR Weekly. “The concept and reach are different for each show.” Read more

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