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Tourism emerges as a common theme in Indian-Croatian bilateral ties; President in Croatia

President Ram Nath Kovind was in Croatia recently as part of his eight-day, three-nation, visit. The meeting with his Croatian counterpart was described as “productive” and cooperation and concurrence on broader issues of global engagement were the major takeaways of the meet. Important for the industry, four MoUs in the fields of culture, tourism and sports were signed between the two nations. An MoU was also signed between the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and …

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In a first, Qatar to roll out visa centers in 7 metros; focus on outbound workers

In a first for the Arab nation of Qatar, it has opened a has opened a visa centre at Delhi. With all major facilities under one roof, the Qatari administration has intended to simplify visa-related procedures for the Indian outbound. The outbound profile is overwhelmingly dominated by blue-collar workers who have, in recent years, emerged as a major workforce in the Arab nation’s expansion spree, eyeing the historic 2022 FIFA World Cup. Bilateral ties have …

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Festival tourism driving outbound travel demand, observes Thomas Cook India

Thomas Cook India has observed a 20 per cent growth in bookings with high demand during the Holi celebrations. Domestic destinations witnessed a strong uptake of 12-15 per cent while travel to international destinations went up by 22 per cent. Also, interesting to note is the rise of the concept of ‘smart weekend holiday’. Thomas Cook (India) reported a strong growth in ‘festival tourism’ as the Indian traveller combined spiritual elements with unique cultural experiences. …

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Seychelles rolls out a new global campaign; focus on the niche Indian outbound

India has emerged as a major market for the Island nation of Seychelles. Both leisure and MICE outbound are increasingly taking to the exotic nature of the product, serene beaches and unexplored terrain. The growth is visible with the country hosting 13,901 tourists from India in 2018, making India the 6th largest inbound source market. The development has encouraged Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) to come up a comprehensive marketing outreach campaign in India. It is …

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Israel hosts travel agents from 18 nations for the 8th ‘Where Else’ Tourism Conference

In its 8th edition, ‘Where Else’ conference is the official tourism conference held annually by the Israel Ministry of Tourism for the world travel fraternity.  The week-long convention from 7th to 13th February, 2019 was attended by 80 travel agents from 18 countries. With a grand opening ceremony in Tel Aviv, senior members of the tourism industry from around the world participated in tours of key sites in Israel with support from the regional Tourism …

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India now 2nd biggest inbound market for the Sultanate of Oman, tourist arrival up by 12.37%

357,147 Indian travellers visited the country from January to December 2018, making India of the best performing markets for the Arab nation. Given the growth in the Indian outbound market, in the times ahead, India will only assume a greater significance in Oman’s ambitious vision for 2040.   The Sultanate of Oman has recorded a 12.37% growth in Indian tourist arrivals with 357,147 travellers visiting the country from January to December 2018 vis-à-vis 317,844 in …

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New Indian products must reflect country’s rich heritage: Fred Dixon, CEO, NYC & Co.

Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company., was recently in the capital to promote New York in the Indian market. He was accompanied by Christopher Heywood, SVP-Global Communications, amongst others. The delegation outlined a new global initiative – ‘2019: A Monumental Year’ to highlight several new additions to the city’s offerings and promote new developments and hotel openings across 8 key Indian cities through media and trade partners.  On the sidelines of the event, we …

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India Israel bilateral connect gets stronger with Arkia Airline’s foray into Goa and Kochi

After Air India and El Al, Arkia Airline will connect India and Israel with nonstops. Goa and Kochi are important source markets for Israel, for reasons ranging from leisure to religious tourism. Israel, too, has gained prominence among the Indian outbound, evident with growing footfalls into Tel Aviv and beyond. The development is expected to aid bilateral movement and consequently tourism. The service will commence from 28th of September, while ticket sale will begin from …

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New and untapped destinations gaining interest among the millennial outbound, suggests Thomas Cook India findings

India’s millennials are increasingly preferring non-traditional experiences over much taken romantic destinations. Unique destinations are in high demand and is being propelled by tier-2 and 3 markets in the country. Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has witnessed a significant demand for Valentine’s Day- upwards of 27% and falling on a Thursday this year, has allowed travellers to avail an extended weekend (a 4-day break). Thomas Cook India’s data highlights that while demand for romantic destinations such …

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SA Tourism conducts roadshow in Delhi; target 100k+ visitors from India

South African Tourism’s the 16th edition of their Annual Roadshow was aimed at capitalizing on the strong potential consumer demand in India in order to surpass the target of 100,000 Indian visitors to South Africa in the current year. Recognizing the evolving demands of the Indian traveller and in continued efforts to enable trade partners, the 56-member South African trade delegation, that included 6 new SMMEs, reiterated the tourism board’s emphasis on expanding the destination …

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Destination DC holds global marketplace to drive inbound; India and China big growth markets

Destination DC (DDC) has reiterated its efforts to continue driving overseas visitation to Washington, DC, in partnership with new representation in key markets: China, Australia and India, as well as a continued relationship with its agency of record in the United Kingdom. In 2017, the nation’s capital welcomed a record 22.8 million total visitors, up 3.6 percent over 2016. Of those visitors, DC saw 20.8 million domestic (up 4.2 percent) and 2 million overseas (up …

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SA Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and CEO Sisa Ntshona eye stronger bilateral connect with India

In yet another display of the importance of the Indian market for South Africa, the top echelons of tourism department, including the minister of tourism and CEO of South Africa Tourism Board were in India. In their interaction with the travel-trade fraternity, the contingent recognized the need for a more solutions-driven approach to ease visa regulation to unlock the full potential of tourist arrivals from India. The minister of tourism, South Africa, Derek Hanekom, visited …

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Traffic up for Amaya Resorts, The Kingsbury Colombo; awareness a challenge, says Amanda Weeraratne

The Kingsbury Hotel Colombo & Amaya resorts and spas recently conducted a well-attended 4-city roadshow in India. The focus was on tier-1 cities, among them Chandigarh. This foray comes at the back of a stellar growth in the Indian outbound numbers to the Sri Lankan shores. According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), India continued to be Sri Lanka’s top source market with 384,628 arrivals (up 7.8 per cent) in 2017 and that …

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Destination NSW leveraging tech in its target to triple Indian outbound by 2030, says CEO Sandra Chipchase

Technology has come to the aid of Destination NSW in reaching out to a diverse Indian market. Tools like Webinar are being deployed to maximize trade outreach. On the consumer side, North and West India have been the best performing markets in the country. An exclusive interview with Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Destination NSW on the product of NSW, plans ahead and much more. What are your core markets from within India? What are your plans …

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Turkey bags the ‘Favourite Country’ award at Condé Nast traveller readers’ travel awards

Turkey won the award for Favourite Country at the eighth edition of Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards. Hosted by Chitrangada Singh, held at The Lodhi, New Delhi on 29th November, the ceremony was attended by industry leaders, influencers and recognized names from the travel and tourism sector, including government bodies. Like every year, the Readers’ Travel Awards are chosen through a readers’ voting process spanning two months sans any nominations and recognises the best …

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Azerbaijan Tourism Board appoints Blue Square Consultants as India Representative

Blue Square Consultants has been appointed as the representative for Azerbaijan Tourism Board (ATB) in India. Blue Square Consultants will be responsible to build and develop strong relations with key tourism and hospitality entities and trade partners to grow and strengthen the tourism potential of the destination in the Indian market. Confirming the appointment, Sevinj Zeynalli – International Market Management Director, Azerbaijan Tourism Board said, “India being an important outbound market, we’re pleased to partner …