India’s Yatra buys out ATB

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Tour Companies

GURGAON, INDIA, 27 July 2017: Yatra Online has entered into a definitive agreement, through its subsidiary, Yatra Online Private Limited to acquire Air Travel Bureau Ltd.

The Boards of Directors of both companies have approved the transaction according to the announcement last Tuesday.

ATB is India’s largest independent corporate travel services provider with gross bookings of INR15 billion mainly through 400 large and medium sized businesses across India. Read more

Promoting travel to India

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines

BANGKOK, 12 July 2017: Bangkok’s travel agencies and media attended a road show, last week, at the Holiday Inn to build awareness for India’s travel experience.

Thai Airways International and Thai Smile’s director of Thailand regional department, Korakot Chatasingha (fourth from left), Embassy of India Thailand counsellor, Praveen Kumar, (third from left) and Masala magazine and IJ Dream Vacation chairman, Ram Sachdev (second from left), organised the “Explore India with Us” road show.

Travel agents, tour operators, Indian tourism authorities, and media attended. Read more

AirAsia India’s footprint grows

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

BENGALURU, 12 July 2017: AirAsia India is embarking on network expansion that will improve regional connectivity and increase the airline’s footprint in the country.

AirAsia India has added Bhubaneshwar to its list of destinations, while adding six new routes connecting New Delhi, Jaipur & Bagdogra to Kolkata.

To keep pace with the expansion the low-cost airline has brought in its 11th Airbus A320 aircraft registered VT-MOD. Read more

AirAsia group extends regional cover

July 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News, Vietnam

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 July 2017: AirAsia will introduce a new service linking the Malaysian capital with Cam Ranh, the nearest airport to Nha Trang, a popular beach destination in Vietnam.

The new daily service will start 14 September using an Airbus A320.

Booking opened for the new service earlier this week. Read more

Tea stall tourism

July 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

AHMEDABAD, 6 July 2017: Now it is rusting hulk in a small town railway station, but Indian authorities want the stall where Prime Minister Narendra Modi sold tea with his father to become a global tourist magnet.

The nationalist leader spoke often during his election campaign of his humble roots as a “chai wallah’s son” and the authorities plan a USD15 million project to spruce up those roots in his hometown of Vadnagar.

“Looking into the historic importance of the stall, we have decided to modernise it,” Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said as he announced the project in the town in the western state of Gujarat. Read more

Lion Air to tap India’s tourist market

July 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

SINGAPORE, 5 July 2017: Lion Air will launch a daily service, 10 July, from Jakarta to Cenai in India, with a stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the way.

The airline said it was confident the route would attract more tourists to Indonesia.

Initially, the daily flight will make a transit stop in Kuala Lumpur, but ultimately the objective is to serve Cenai with a nonstop service. Read more

Indian rumpus over GST

July 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 3 July 2017: Indian opposition parties vowed Friday to boycott the launch of a new national tax, adding to the strain ahead of the country’s biggest ever fiscal reform.

Businesses are bracing for upheaval as India rolls out the long-awaited goods and services tax (GST) with the aim of transforming the nation of 1.2 billion people and its USD2 trillion economy into a single market.

The main opposition Congress party dismissed the tax launch event at midnight on Friday as a “publicity gimmick”. Read more

India ready to sell airline

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 29 June 2017: India’s cabinet approved Wednesday plans to sell a stake in state-run Air India as the debt-saddled carrier struggles to compete with low-cost rivals in one of the world’s fastest-growing airline markets.

Finance Minister ArunJaitley announced cabinet had given “in principle approval for the disinvestment” of the flagship carrier, which was nationalised just after India’s independence nearly 70 years ago.

Jaitley will head a group tasked with progressing the sale, including the amount of divestment and other matters related to Air India’s assets, debts and related hotel companies. Read more

UN tracks population growth

June 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News

UNITED NATIONS, US, 22 June 2017: The world’s current population of 7.6 billion will balloon to 9.8 billion in 2050, with India’s numbers to surpass China’s in just seven years, a UN report said Wednesday.

Nigeria will overtake the United States by 2050 to become the third most populous country in the world, according to the figures by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

“With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline,” the report’s authors said. Read more

Born at 35,000 feet

June 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 20 June 2017: An Indian woman gave birth to a baby boy on an international commercial flight as it flew at 35,000 feet, the airline reported on Monday.

The unnamed woman, in her 20s, went into premature labour on Sunday’s Jet Airways flight between Damman in Saudi Arabia and Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

“The guest delivered a baby boy at 35,000 feet,” Jet Airways said in a statement, adding that a paramedic on board and airline staff helped with the delivery. Read more

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