Glamping catches on in India

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 1 November 2017: The Ultimate Travelling Camp, a ‘glamping’ specialist in India, will expand its footprint with the launch of a rebranded luxury lodge, Jaagir Lodge Dudhwa, located in the rainforests of the Terai, Uttar Pradesh, India.

TUTC’s Jaagir Lodge Dudhwa invites guests to immerse in a jungle safari experience that emulates the colonial luxury and contemporary comforts but in natural surroundings.

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the colonial structure, originally built in the 1940s, is a gateway to India’s four distinct forests reserves – Dudhwa, Katarniaghat, Kishanpur and Pilibhit. Read more

Trichy flights tap tourism

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 6 October 2017: Thai AirAsia launched a daily Bangkok -Tiruchirappalli service, 29 September, making it the sixth direct international air service to the Indian city.

Commonly referred to as “Trichy” by its residents the city’s commerce chamber and business associations are supporting efforts to open more flights between Thailand and India.

They hope to establish stronger trade and tourism links between the two cities. Read more

India’s Kerala taps adventure

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia, tour operators

KUMARAKOM, India, 29 September  2017: India’s Kerala State has been rebranded a “land of adventure in a bid to attract young international travellers, according to, the Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran.

He made the comments at the opening of the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Wednesday.

Adopting the theme  ‘Emerging Pathways’, the annual convention aims to position India as the adventure capital of the world. Read more

Trip 360˚’s war on plastic

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, tour company

MUMBAI, 26 September 2017: PATA Gold Award winner, Cox & Kings, declares war on the plastic bottle, this week, as the travel firm’s franchisee and stores are turned into drop points to discard plastic bottles.

In a bid to preserve the environment and create awareness among people, Trip 360˚, an adventure specialist in India launched its second sustainability campaign, ‘Drop the Bottle’, with an ambitious target of collecting 10,000 plastic bottles across the Mumbai-Thane region.

Powered by Cox & Kings, the adventure travel specialist is fronting the campaign to tackle the plastic bottle scourge in tourism. Read more

Hertz names GSAs for India and Vietnam

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Transport, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 26 September 2017:  Hertz Global Holdings Inc announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Hertz Corporation, has appointed Discover the World and InterGlobe Air Transport Limited (IGAT) as general sales agents (GSAs) for Vietnam and selected markets in India.

Both GSAs will promote Hertz’s products and services  worldwide to domestic travel trade partners, corporate customers and leisure travellers.

Both GSA partners were selected for their extensive expertise in travel and strong local networks. In India, Hertz’s outbound sales efforts in Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumba continue to come under Discover the World, an international GSA partner of Hertz since 1995. Read more

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

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

India calls for restraint in Rakhine

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

NEW DELHI, 11 September 2017: India has called for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, urging its ally to act with restraint as hordes of Rohingya flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

“We would urge that the situation in Rakhine State be handled with restraint and maturity, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces,” the foreign ministry said in a statement late Saturday.

“It is imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the State restored expeditiously,” it said, adding it was concerned about the outflow of refugees. Read more

India’s e-Tourist visas gain popularity

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

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  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News, South Asia

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

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