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Tourism Industry Cancels All Events

The COVID story, as it unfolds, has among things, taken a toll of virtually every single tourism related event in the last six weeks. First ITB China was called off, then ITB India and finally ITB Berlin as well. All three ITB events stand cancelled for this year! IMEX Frankfurt was the next in line. Closer home, it was first HICSA in Mumbai, BITB India Tourism Conclave in Delhi and then GITB in Jaipur! All …

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ITB China 2018 opens its ​hosted buyer program​

ITB China will host some 850 leading travel buyers ​–maximizing the business opportunities for ITB China exhibitors and buyers by getting access t​o exclusive matchmaking system Some 850 buyers will be accepted to attend the show next year. The buyer diversity will again be very high in 2018 as the buyers will be coming from not less than 250 different companies, thereby representing the full range of China’s largest industry players. ITB China 2018 already …

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CKGS opens Thai Embassy Visa centres, expands footprints across India

Having successfully managed the Thai visa application centres in western India, Cox & Kings Global Services has now been empanelled by the Royal Thai Embassy in Delhi, and the consulates in Chennai and Kolkata to expand its services across the country. The new centres located in New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata have been operationalised. In the next phase of operations, offices will be open in tier-2 and tier-3 cities that have huge traffic from India …

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IATO’s outbound convention puts spotlight on the need for harnessing tourism in the South Asian region

IATO’s (Indian Association of Travel Operators) maiden outbound convention, held in Sri Lanka from 2-4 October, explored churnings in the Indian outbound segment. Based on a contemporary outlook, the theme of this year’s convention was ‘Regional Tourism: Beyond Boundaries’. Interestingly, it also was the first time when an IATO event was held on foreign soil. A 160-strong contingent, consisting of senior industry stakeholders were in presence at The Taj Samudra in Colombo for the three-day …

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Sharjah Tourism pushed for more outbound, conducts 4-city roadshow

The Sharjah Tourism board has recently conducted a 4-city tourism promotional roadshow for stakeholders and travel agents. The roadshow was held in Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Ahmedabad from October 9 to October 12, respectively. The aim of the show was to increase visibility of the emirate of Sharjah as a cultural, business, leisure and educational destination amongst Indian travelers and to increase engagement with education boards, tourism sector, policy makers and business community. The event …

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Karan Anand honoured by the French government, gets a Gold Medal in Tourism

In a first for the Indian tourism industry, Karan Anand, Head – Relationships and Supplier Management, Cox & Kings, was recently conferred the prestigious Gold Medal for Tourism (Médaille d’Or du Tourisme) for his pioneering contribution in promoting France in India by the French government. The gold medal was awarded to him in a ceremony by Yves Perrin, Consul General of France in Mumbai. On presenting the medal, Yves Perrin said, “we are pleased to …

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FAITH gets new office bearers; Nakul Anand elected Chairman

In a recent development, FAITH has elected its new team of office bearers. The new team consists of Nakul Anand as the Chairman, nominated by Hotel Association of India (HAI); Akshay Kumar as the Vice Chairman, nominated by Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI); Subhash Goyal as the Honorary Secretary. He has been nominated by Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and nominated by Federation of Hotels & Association of India (FHRAI), Garish Oberoi is …

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Chinese outbound grows; Sun and beach holidays trending, notes ITB Berlin’s report

Chinese outbound travel has gained in numbers, despite the decline in trips to Europe. In 2016, China registered a growth rate of 13 per cent, further consolidating its position as one of the world’s most important source markets for international travel. Thus, China exceeded the Asian or Pacific average outbound growth rate, which was at nearly nine per cent in 2016. Decline in trips to Europe in 2016 In 2016, the Chinese went on 51.2 …

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Mario Hardy gets a three-year extension as the PATA CEO

Mario Hardy, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is set to continue on the position as the Executive Board of PATA has extended his contract for a period of three years commencing January 1, 2018. Commenting on the development, Hardy said, “I am delighted to have an opportunity to work with our outstanding management team in building upon the PATA successes of the past three years. We still face many challenges as a membership organisation but …

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TripShelf ties up with Abu Dhabi to promote tourism outreach

With an eye on diversifying its outreach in the Indian market, Abu Dhabi tourism has entered into a strategic partnership with TripShelf, India’s first holidays marketplace, to encourage outbound tourism in the city. As a part of the arrangement, Tripshelf will encourage online discovery of Abu Dhabi’s exotic locations and provide the online traveller a variety of packages to choose from a large number of verified sellers. Speaking about the partnership, Bejan Dinshaw, Abu Dhabi Tourism …

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Seychelles Tourism celebrates the success of road shows; buoyant on India

Seychelles Tourist Office, India recently organised a three-city roadshow in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. These destinations churn out some of the highest numbers of visitors each year to Seychelles and comprise of travel trade that facilitates most number of travellers from north and western parts of India. The highlight and differentiator of this roadshow was its format. For the first time since commencing operations in the India market, Seychelles Tourism Board adopted a new format …

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The Ashok bags National Tourism Award for “Best Hotel Based Meeting Venue” for 2015-16

The Ashok, New Delhi, a flagship property of India Tourism Development Corporation, a PSU under administrative control of Ministry of Tourism has been awarded with National Tourism Award for the year 2015-16 in a function held Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Ashok, bagged the title under the category of “Best Hotel Based Meeting Venue.” The President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the “National Tourism Awards, 2015-16” to various segments of the travel, tourism and …

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Thomas Cook to acquire Tata Capital’s Forex and Travel Services

Thomas Cook’s Board has approved the signing of a definitive agreement with Tata Capital Limited to acquire its wholly owned subsidiaries, Tata Capital Forex Limited (foreign exchange) and TC Travel and Services Limited (travel services).  The network of the two acquired entities includes 24 locations pan India. The transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals. Commenting on the development, Madhavan Menon, Chairman and Managing Director, Thomas Cook said, “our acquisition of Tata Capital’s Forex and travel …

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Carlson Rezidor appoints Katerina Giannouka as President of APAC

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Katerina Giannouka as president, Asia Pacific. She will be based in Singapore, at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Asia Pacific headquarters, and join no later than December 4, 2017. She will report directly to John Kidd, chief executive officer and chief operating officer, Carlson Hotels Inc. Katerina will be a member of Carlson Hotels’ Executive Leadership Committee where she will work in tandem with the global and …

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Sri Lankan Airlines consolidates its south India footprints, flies non-stop to Hyderabad, Vizag and Coimbatore

SriLankan Airlines has further consolidated its stronghold in the south Indian market with its recent announcement of commencing non-stop flights from Colombo to Coimbatore, Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad. These flights are slated to operate four times a week, for each of the three destinations, and takes the total operational tally of the airline in India to 126 aircrafts per week connecting 14 cities with the Island nation – making it the largest foreign airline operation in …