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Lot Polish Airlines connects Delhi to Warsaw; promotion needed to boost hubbing prospects

Polish Airlines has reasons to be enthusiastic about its second foray into India, as it celebrates its 90 years of operation. And admittedly embarks on an ambitious goal of establishing itself as the hub of the European airspace for Indian flyers heading to Warsaw and beyond. Much has changed, in India and Poland, since the heady days of the 1990s, when the Polish carrier connected the two countries, later withdrawing from the Indian market. As …

Cities & States

Maharashtra to privatize 22 forts, ropes in private sector for heritage conservation

Maharashtra state government has given the go-ahead to privatise 22 forts under its jurisdiction. On the lines of Rajasthan and Goa, the new tourism policy promulgated by the state government would enable private players and consortia to manage 22 forts that are not under the purview of the ASI. These structures are categorised under class 2, meaning they are of lesser historical significance and can be developed by interested parties. Besides resorts, the new policy …

New-age Drivers

TIRUN’s Celebrity Apex promises the best European experience, a cutting-EDGE ship

TIRUN has announced the launch of Celebrity Apex from Celebrity Cruises, promising the best European experience onboard a cutting-Edge ship, Celebrity Apex. The latest ship follows in line the legacy established by its iconic sister ship Celebrity Edge, which was just named amongst 2019 TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places. Celebrity Apex features an innovative outward-facing design and transformational accommodations that offer guests the best experience to experience the vastness of the ocean to the fullest. Now, …

New-age Drivers

Industry veteran Senthil Gopinath appointed new CEO by ICCA’s Board of Directors

ICCA’s Board of Directors has appointed Senthil Gopinath to serve as the organisation’s new CEO. As per ICCA by-laws, the Board made the selection in a closed-vote process, with Gopinath winning by majority vote. He began his new role in April 2019. “Senthil brings the qualities that we most need in a leader at this juncture,” said James Rees, ICCA President and Executive Director of ExCeL London. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated not only …

HotelScapes

The re-imagined Ginger, City Centre Noida, reflects company’s lean luxe positioning

Ginger has unveiled the first lean luxe hotel in Delhi NCR at- Ginger Noida, City Center. The new spaces reflect a completely fresh and stylish take on design.   The Re-imagined Ginger Noida presents a co-existence of contrasts through dynamic spaces, seamlessly blending the lines of work and play, bringing about a fusion of global and local sensibilities. The design creates experiences that are vibrant, quirky, intuitive and smart. The hotel also unveils Café Et Cetera, its signature all day diner offering comfort food …

Infrastructure

Vietjet announces first-ever direct routes between Vietnam and New Delhi

Vietjet has announced its operations of direct flights between India and Vietnam. The new routes are the first-ever non-stop flights from New Delhi to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. To celebrate the launch, the airline is offering super-saving tickets priced INR 9 onwards, during its three ‘golden days’ – a special promotion by the airline from August 20 to 22, 2019. Commencing on December 6, 2019, the New Delhi – Ho Chi Minh City …

The Big Picture

MoT introduces Tourist Facilitator Certification Program to boost tourist experience

Ministry of Tourism has recently launched The Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC). The program aims to create an online platform to provide training and certification to new-age tourist facilitators available anytime, anywhere, any device and self-paced. Enabling Indian citizens to develop and enhance the skills associated with tourism, it is a digital initiative where one can incorporate knowledge about facilitating tourists across the country. The certification program comprises of basic and advance self-paced courses …

The Big Picture

Uniformity in policies and ease of business emerge as core concerns at BITB Paryatan se Parivartan

In its 15th conclave in the past 30 months, under the BITB banner, Paryatan se Parivartan brought together 40+ senior leaders, across verticals, from industry and government, to moot the way forward for tourism. In five engrossing sessions and two keynotes, the senior leadership of the industry, across verticals, determined the road ahead for the sector. They discussed subjects of ‘Tackling an elitist image and how’, ‘Special Tourism Zones, Why and How’, ‘Connectivity, Skillsets, Heritage …

Cities & States

HRAI backs govt.’s plan of amending e-Visa rules to boost FTAs

The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) along with its regional Association the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) have appreciated the Government’s plan to introduce a five-year electronic tourist visa against a fee of $80 along with easing several e-Visa regulations and reduction of other charges. The Tourism Ministry has also hinted at introducing a one-month e-Visa for foreign tourists at a fee of $25. FHRAI has stated that …

HotelScapes

Sarovar Hotel expands portfolio in Haryana with Geeta Sarovar Portico, Panipat

Sarovar Hotels has expanded its presence in Haryana with the new signing in Panipat, also known as the “City Of Weavers”.  Geeta Sarovar Portico is a mid-scale hotel located off National Highway No. 1. The Hotel upon completion by the end of 2019, will offer all facilities and services of an upscale hotel for its business and leisure travellers. The Hotel has 50 rooms including suites, with a multi cuisine restaurant, Rooftop swimming pool, Lawn …

Cities & States

MMT rolls-out ‘MyIndiaMyTrips’ campaign to support PM’s vision for domestic tourism

MakeMyTrip has rolled-out its digital campaign #MyIndiaMyTrips to inspire and assist Indian travellers to plan their travel and explore the best of India. In line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to all Indians to visit at least 15 destinations in the next three years with in India, the campaign has been conceptualised to make it intuitive for Indians to book their travel per their interest. MakeMyTrip’s digital campaign has been thematically designed to …

HotelScapes

Sarovar Hotel expands portfolio in Haryana with Geeta Sarovar Portico, Panipat

Sarovar Hotels has expanded its presence in Haryana with the new signing in Panipat, also known as the “City Of Weavers”.  Geeta Sarovar Portico is a mid-scale hotel located off National Highway No. 1. The Hotel upon completion by the end of 2019, will offer all facilities and services of an upscale hotel for its business and leisure travellers. The Hotel has 50 rooms including suites, with a multi cuisine restaurant, Rooftop swimming pool, Lawn …

New-age Drivers

CCI approves Ctrip’s 42.5 per cent stake in MMT; deal pegged at USD 2.57 billion

Ctrip’s bid to acquire a 42.5 per cent stake in online aggregator MakeMyTrip has been approved by Competition Commission of India (CCI). The apex body recently took to Twitter, announcing the closure of the deal. “CCI India approves the acquisition of additional outstanding voting securities of MakeMyTrip Limited By Ctrip.com International Limited,” it twitted. At the current stock market valuation, the deal is pegged at USD 2.57 billion. Ctrip is a Hong-Kong based travel service …

HotelScapes

FHRAI comes down hard on food service aggregators; warns of nationwide protests

Amidst the on-going conflict between OTAs and hotels, a new but similar dispute has been brewing between restaurants and Food Service Aggregators (FSAs) across the country. Based on widespread complaints along with acute condemnation and agitation from its members, regional associations and affiliated associations regarding various issues that are hurting the Industry, the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has called upon FSAs to engage in a fruitful dialogue with the Federation …

India Global

India 4th largest long-haul market for Canada in May; inks MoU with TAAI for promotion

With the start of the school summer vacation period in India, overnight air arrivals from that segment soared by 21% in May 2019, which propelled India as the 4th largest long-haul inbound market that month. Year-to-date growth for May 2019 for India at +14.4% ranked fifth among DC long-haul market in terms of air arrivals.  Destination Canada has also released data for 2018 indicates that that the number of Indians visiting Canada has gone up …

Cities & States

Ministry of Tourism rolls out a flexible visa fee structure eyeing higher FTAs into India

Addressing a long-standing concern of the tourism industry, the MoT has decided to introduce a flexible e-tourist visa regime based on tourist footfall, with higher fee for July to March peak season and a considerably lower fee if the visit to the country falls during April to June lean period.  Speaking today at the inauguration of a meeting with state government representatives on tourism on Tuesday, minister Prahlad Patel said the move was to encourage …