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25th January National Tourism Day

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Agro

By Gour Kanjilal

Tourism is globally recognized as an engine of growth of in the various economics in the world and several countries including India have utilized tourism to generate large scale employment and additional income sources to the skilled and unskilled. All the more, it has helped in economic development of the distantly located areas where industries can't reach like Ladakh, deep interiors of the North East States. However, in recent times, Agro-tourism is an innovative agricultural activity related to tourism and agriculture both. It has immense potential to create jobs and source of income to the locals specially farmers. Thus it saves exodus from farming lands to urban cities. Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, North Eastern States, Gujarat are major stats where there one can get enough opportunities to experience Agro tourism or Rural Tourism or have the potential. Reference of Agro tourism in India, Hon'ble President in his address on 9/06/2014, 2014 and BJP Manifesto ie Employment opportunities by promoting tourism and Agro-based industries augur well for boosting Agro-tourism.

Tourism Pic Courtesy - Mr. Pandurang Taware (Agri Tourism, India)

Our objective is to look into the specific areas to ascertain how we can make proper utilization of Agro-Resources and that is Agroimportance in the states referred to hence the urgent need of a brain storming sessions on this subject and get inputs of experts. Areas to look into:! To define suitable frame work for the agro-tourism centers in view of marginal and small farmers involved. ! To industry the problems of the agro-tourism and make suggestions how to move forward for operations of agro-tourism. Contd to pg 8

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U.S. Mission to India announces the arrival of Ambassador Richard Verma The U.S. Mission to India announces the arrival of Ambassador Richard Verma on January 2, 2015 in New Delhi. He will continue the U.S. Mission’s work in advancing the U.S.-India strategic partnership. Upon arrival, Ambassador Verma said, “I a m h o n o r e d t o s e r v e a s U. S . Ambassador to India at such an exciting time in our bilateral relationship. I look forward to meeting the Indian people and working together with the Indian government on our shared goals of security, development, and prosperity.”

MTDC may get Amphibian Bus for Tourists T h e M a h a r a s h t r a To u r i s m Development Corporation (MTDC) is toying with the idea of starting an amphibian bus service at popular tourist spots along the Mumbai and Konkan coast. The services would be on the lines of the Duck Services at the Thames in London. These buses can run on land and water. The MTDC has invited an expression of interest for the services. “We have received a go-ahead from MTDC director Valsa Nair Singh for starting an amphibian bus service. Initially, to make it economically viable, we plan to start it at the Mumbai port,” added Mr. Satish Soni, assistant Managing Director, MTDC.

The amphibian buses can ply on land as well as on (or under) water. The tourists can see some picturesque locations in and around Mumbai by travelling in it. The vehicle will take them to the tourist spots at seas around Mumbai. This will add entertainment and adventure value to tourism in Maharashtra.

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a list of easily accessible from Paris. A series of destinations in France with easy access from Pa r i s : N o r m a n d y, L o i re Castles, Mont Saint-Michel, Bordeaux & its vineyards. Practical features for EnglishFrench/ French-English translation to help you out in some scenes of everyday life in France. All practical numbers and € / rupee convertor. This app will surely help Indians in all respect.

TTG Events App TTG Group introduces TTG Events App - Guides to 4 leading MICE and Corporate Travel Events. The app is available in both Apple and Google Play stores. After downloading the app get access to schedules, maps, build to-do lists, and plenty more available from downloadable guides. When does the event start? Who's the speaker? Where's the main stage located? Get the assistance you need for the best event experience.

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U.S. Mission to India announces the arrival of Ambassador Richard Verma The U.S. Mission to India announces the arrival of Ambassador Richard Verma on January 2, 2015 in New Delhi. He will continue the U.S. Mission’s work in advancing the U.S.-India strategic partnership. Upon arrival, Ambassador Verma said, “I a m h o n o r e d t o s e r v e a s U. S . Ambassador to India at such an exciting time in our bilateral relationship. I look forward to meeting the Indian people and working together with the Indian government on our shared goals of security, development, and prosperity.”

MTDC may get Amphibian Bus for Tourists T h e M a h a r a s h t r a To u r i s m Development Corporation (MTDC) is toying with the idea of starting an amphibian bus service at popular tourist spots along the Mumbai and Konkan coast. The services would be on the lines of the Duck Services at the Thames in London. These buses can run on land and water. The MTDC has invited an expression of interest for the services. “We have received a go-ahead from MTDC director Valsa Nair Singh for starting an amphibian bus service. Initially, to make it economically viable, we plan to start it at the Mumbai port,” added Mr. Satish Soni, assistant Managing Director, MTDC.

The amphibian buses can ply on land as well as on (or under) water. The tourists can see some picturesque locations in and around Mumbai by travelling in it. The vehicle will take them to the tourist spots at seas around Mumbai. This will add entertainment and adventure value to tourism in Maharashtra.

2015 Supported By The heart of

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“ChaloParis” is an official app offering help to Indian Traveller French Embassy is now offering help and that too in a pure tech way. Keeping in mind the troubles that Indian travellers visiting Paris, the Embassy has now rolled out ChaloParis—an official travel app, custommade for Indian tourists. It will show everything right from sharing information about interesting monument and tourist spots in Paris to places where you can find vegetarian food; from best places to

a list of easily accessible from Paris. A series of destinations in France with easy access from Pa r i s : N o r m a n d y, L o i re Castles, Mont Saint-Michel, Bordeaux & its vineyards. Practical features for EnglishFrench/ French-English translation to help you out in some scenes of everyday life in France. All practical numbers and € / rupee convertor. This app will surely help Indians in all respect.

TTG Events App TTG Group introduces TTG Events App - Guides to 4 leading MICE and Corporate Travel Events. The app is available in both Apple and Google Play stores. After downloading the app get access to schedules, maps, build to-do lists, and plenty more available from downloadable guides. When does the event start? Who's the speaker? Where's the main stage located? Get the assistance you need for the best event experience.

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Hospitality Partner for the show. 'IITT 2015' showcases Israel Tourism and O m a n To u r i s m a s featured International d e st i n at i o n s w h i l e Bihar Tourism and Madhya Pradesh Tourism are showcased as the featured national destinations. Qatar Airways, Oman Air and Etihad Airways are associated as the featured airlines for the show. Explore the best destinations in India represented by Premium States present at the event like Assam, Telangana, Rajasthan, Bengal, Kerela and Andhra Pradesh Tourism. The 2 Day B2B and 1 Day B2C event promises the attendance of over 10000+ travel professionals from across the globe with all the major travel media cove r i n g t h e eve nt . T h e 2 D ays Conference at 'IITT-2015' brings in focus key industry issues to be addressed by distinguished speakers to be the part of the Panel of Discussion followed by interactive Q&A session. 'IITT 2015' provides a platform to connect with suppliers and vendors from the major travel brands such as Makemy trip, Yatra.com, Ark holidays , Udaan, Forerez.com, Travelbullz, Ottilla, Tamarind Tours, Rezlive.com , E Travel Online, Clarks, Exotica, the Zaka Group, Oberoi Group, Fortune Group, The Lalit Group, Starwood Group and many more brands, all set to showcase t h e i r p ro d u c t l i n e s a s p re m i u m participants at the event.

Centre Point Hotel, Nagpur

Global Panorama Showcase (G P S) is a Premier Business Networking Event and B2B trade show that is held annually in Nagpur. This premier event of Central India, provides a platform for interaction and Business between Tour operators and Travel Agents from Vidarbha, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and for Exhibitors to understand the Tourism Potential the region has to offer. The 3 days event will welcome over 300 delegates, who will include 100 International & Domestic sellers, and 250 Buyers plus Travel Trade Media. The three-day event, which is an expo, with two days dedicated to the travel trade and one day open for end consumers. The event was initiated in 2013 as "Showcase Jagsons" has been transformed into an expo format that provides a platform offering all kinds of travel and tourism services and products for the travel trade fraternity of Nagpur and its surrounding region. Entrepreneurs, Senior Management, Business Decision-Makers, and other Professionals from the Travel & Tourism Industry will attend the business event to meet Sellers whose products and services can help them grow their business. Central India makes up of the 4 of the emerging and potential tier 2 and tier 3 cities of India, namely, Indore, Bhopal,

B2B & DMC

Raipur and Nagpur. Key drivers of the Indian economy, the tier 2 cities have become hotspots of talent, innovation and prosperity. The cities have a huge potential and untapped resources for Travel and tourism. GPS 2015 is aimed at creating a B2B opportunity for the Travel trade from the Vidarbha Region and its surroundings. Commenting on Mr. Harmandeep Singh Anand, MD, Jagsons Travels, said, “This year our event has been planned on a broader and more comprehensive scale with a special focus on Central India. The event will have a table-top format and we are going to have a hosted-buyer programme. The event will also comprise educational seminars and sessions to educate travel trade fraternity on how to increase revenue and upgrade their knowledge on products and destinations.”

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Myanmar, ideas of travelling by bus from Guwahati to Thailand is set to materialise by 2017. The MoU suggests opening of fourlane motor ways to promote trade and tourism from the north eastern states into that country, and on to Thailand, and eventually Cambodia and Vietnam. The proposed trans-Asian highway was an old plan that has not yet taken off so far, Modi government is keen that the superhighway linking Guwahati to Bangkok via Mandalay and Yangon function.

It may be added that the external affairs m i n i st r y wa s a l s o exploring the possibility of starting bus services between Moreh in Manipur and Mandalay. Centre wants the bus service to start at the earliest. The trans-Asian highway is part of the “Mekong-India Corridor” intended to link Indian markets with China, Prime Minister had told officials to convert the “Look East Policy” into “Action East Policy”. The trans-Asian highway will also be connected to NH2 to facilitate an opening direct from New Delhi to Southeast Asia. The many stumbling blocks to the project are being cleared on a priority basis.

Georgia Meet India The Ambassador of Georgia, H.E. Levan Nizharadze, along with the newly appointed Hon. Consul General for Mumbai & Maharashtra, Mr. Satinder S. Ahuja m e e t b u s i n e s s l e a d e rs f ro m Mumbai. T h e To u r i s m I n d u s t r y w a s represented by TAAI – Tourism Council Chairman Mr. Jay Bhatia. Mr. Besik Sharashenidze, First Secretary (Political, Cultural & Consular Functions) at the Embassy of Georgia in India, during the morning session gave a detailed perspective on Georgia and its economic progress and the options for investing, collaborating and enhancing the bilateral trade and tourism with India. Georgia has created a fund for coinvestment to the tune of USD 7 Billion covering Energy, Logistics, Real Estate and Tourism.

Mr. Jay Bhatia suggested immediate interactions with the teams from India and Georgia to enhance the untapped potential of bi-lateral tourism. TAAI delegation shall soon visit Georgia and explore the country surrounded by Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey. Mr. Ahuja, welcomed the trade leaders from Mumbai and assured that he shall ensure smooth passage for all business and tourism related activities.

MOT has set a target to achieve 1% share in Global Tourism arrivals by 2015 The Minister of State of Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma has said that the Government has set a target to achieve one percent share in global tourism arrivals by 2015. He was speaking at ‘Make in India’ National Workshop on Tourism, Media, and Entertainment in New Delhi. Dr. Sharma said that to achieve this target a multi- pronged strategy is being worked out. The focus of the Government is on improving the cleanliness, hospitality and safety aspects of Tourism. Also the synergy of the three Ministries i.e., Tourism, Culture, and Civil Aviation will be improved substantially to take tourism to new heights, he said. Highlighting the aspect of accessibility, the Minister said that good connectivity to tourist destinations is the key factor

for improving tourism. The Ministry of Tourism has allotted Rs. 500 crore for the development of theme based tourist circuits. The Tourism Ministry has drawn plans for the development of five important circuits i.e., Ganga circuit, Krishna circuit, Buddha circuit, North Ea s t c i rc u i t , a n d Ke ra l a c i rc u i t . Elaborating the new initiatives, Dr. Sharma said that a ‘Cruise plan’ will be re a d y fo r i m p l e m e ntat i o n s o o n . Similarly, a comprehensive plan will be prepared with the Ministry of Environment and Forests for promoting wild life tourism. The path breaking initiative of ETicketing at monuments has already begun with the launch of E-Ticketing at the Taj Mahal at Agra and Humayun’s Tomb at Delhi. Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that his focus will be to promote both foreign as well as domestic tourism.

International Vintage Car Rally The 5th Edition of 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Auto Show is back with much larger participation from India and overseas. With over 201 vintage cars and bikes handpicked from different parts of the country will be converging at 2 days rally and expo in Delhi on 7th and 8th February 2015. The rally has taken a step to be in the league of International events on vintage and heritage with participation of Malaysia, Singapore and U K Vintage Car Clubs. The international authorities in vintage car including Douglas Fox, Secretary, The Malaysia Singapore Vintage Cars Register, Ken Gross, The awards winning automotive

journalist UK, John M Fasal etc have joined hands with 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally. The rally will showcase 10 to 20 International cars, participating for the first time in India and which would be a landmark in the history of vintage automotive events in the country. The rally will also showcase more than 200 vintage cars selected exclusively from 4500 vintage cars and 50 vintage bikes and scooters.

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“IITT 2015” Expands its Global Panorama Showcase 8th - 10th February, 2015 Portfolio to the Next Level With its stupendous success in its Maiden Event 'India International Travel & To u r i s m E x h i b i t i o n ' conceptualized and executed by ABEC Exhibitions & C o n fe re n c e s P v t . Ltd.(ABEC) – India's trade fair leader is all set to launch its second edition“IITT- 2015” that expands its avenues to bring in the world together this January from the Global Travel Tourism and Hospitality Industry on 15th-16th-17th Jan 2015 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregoan East Mumbai. The Grand Inauguration Ceremony will be in the presence of Bollywood Actor Ms. Kangana Ranawat, who will be lighting the inauguration lamp along with Top bureaucrats from the Ministry of Tourism and Home Ministry and other dignitaries from the travel Industry. A B E C L holds a strong market reputation, when it comes to marketing their exhibitions and for which IITT 2015 has tied up with NDTV Good Times as the Presenting Partner—the television channel where the exhibition will be promoted with Promos and Episodes covering the exhibitions as well as the key brands. 'IITT -2015' promises bigger brands in its portfolio, with Turkey Tourism as the Platinum Partner, Kuwait Airlines - Silver Partner, Tamilnadu To u r i s m - S t a t e P a r t n e r, L a v a s a Corporation Ltd. - Smart City Partner and Grand Hyatt joins hands as the

Hospitality Partner for the show. 'IITT 2015' showcases Israel Tourism and O m a n To u r i s m a s featured International d e st i n at i o n s w h i l e Bihar Tourism and Madhya Pradesh Tourism are showcased as the featured national destinations. Qatar Airways, Oman Air and Etihad Airways are associated as the featured airlines for the show. Explore the best destinations in India represented by Premium States present at the event like Assam, Telangana, Rajasthan, Bengal, Kerela and Andhra Pradesh Tourism. The 2 Day B2B and 1 Day B2C event promises the attendance of over 10000+ travel professionals from across the globe with all the major travel media cove r i n g t h e eve nt . T h e 2 D ays Conference at 'IITT-2015' brings in focus key industry issues to be addressed by distinguished speakers to be the part of the Panel of Discussion followed by interactive Q&A session. 'IITT 2015' provides a platform to connect with suppliers and vendors from the major travel brands such as Makemy trip, Yatra.com, Ark holidays , Udaan, Forerez.com, Travelbullz, Ottilla, Tamarind Tours, Rezlive.com , E Travel Online, Clarks, Exotica, the Zaka Group, Oberoi Group, Fortune Group, The Lalit Group, Starwood Group and many more brands, all set to showcase t h e i r p ro d u c t l i n e s a s p re m i u m participants at the event.

Centre Point Hotel, Nagpur

Global Panorama Showcase (G P S) is a Premier Business Networking Event and B2B trade show that is held annually in Nagpur. This premier event of Central India, provides a platform for interaction and Business between Tour operators and Travel Agents from Vidarbha, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and for Exhibitors to understand the Tourism Potential the region has to offer. The 3 days event will welcome over 300 delegates, who will include 100 International & Domestic sellers, and 250 Buyers plus Travel Trade Media. The three-day event, which is an expo, with two days dedicated to the travel trade and one day open for end consumers. The event was initiated in 2013 as "Showcase Jagsons" has been transformed into an expo format that provides a platform offering all kinds of travel and tourism services and products for the travel trade fraternity of Nagpur and its surrounding region. Entrepreneurs, Senior Management, Business Decision-Makers, and other Professionals from the Travel & Tourism Industry will attend the business event to meet Sellers whose products and services can help them grow their business. Central India makes up of the 4 of the emerging and potential tier 2 and tier 3 cities of India, namely, Indore, Bhopal,

B2B & DMC

Raipur and Nagpur. Key drivers of the Indian economy, the tier 2 cities have become hotspots of talent, innovation and prosperity. The cities have a huge potential and untapped resources for Travel and tourism. GPS 2015 is aimed at creating a B2B opportunity for the Travel trade from the Vidarbha Region and its surroundings. Commenting on Mr. Harmandeep Singh Anand, MD, Jagsons Travels, said, “This year our event has been planned on a broader and more comprehensive scale with a special focus on Central India. The event will have a table-top format and we are going to have a hosted-buyer programme. The event will also comprise educational seminars and sessions to educate travel trade fraternity on how to increase revenue and upgrade their knowledge on products and destinations.”

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Myanmar, ideas of travelling by bus from Guwahati to Thailand is set to materialise by 2017. The MoU suggests opening of fourlane motor ways to promote trade and tourism from the north eastern states into that country, and on to Thailand, and eventually Cambodia and Vietnam. The proposed trans-Asian highway was an old plan that has not yet taken off so far, Modi government is keen that the superhighway linking Guwahati to Bangkok via Mandalay and Yangon function.

It may be added that the external affairs m i n i st r y wa s a l s o exploring the possibility of starting bus services between Moreh in Manipur and Mandalay. Centre wants the bus service to start at the earliest. The trans-Asian highway is part of the “Mekong-India Corridor” intended to link Indian markets with China, Prime Minister had told officials to convert the “Look East Policy” into “Action East Policy”. The trans-Asian highway will also be connected to NH2 to facilitate an opening direct from New Delhi to Southeast Asia. The many stumbling blocks to the project are being cleared on a priority basis.

Georgia Meet India The Ambassador of Georgia, H.E. Levan Nizharadze, along with the newly appointed Hon. Consul General for Mumbai & Maharashtra, Mr. Satinder S. Ahuja m e e t b u s i n e s s l e a d e rs f ro m Mumbai. T h e To u r i s m I n d u s t r y w a s represented by TAAI – Tourism Council Chairman Mr. Jay Bhatia. Mr. Besik Sharashenidze, First Secretary (Political, Cultural & Consular Functions) at the Embassy of Georgia in India, during the morning session gave a detailed perspective on Georgia and its economic progress and the options for investing, collaborating and enhancing the bilateral trade and tourism with India. Georgia has created a fund for coinvestment to the tune of USD 7 Billion covering Energy, Logistics, Real Estate and Tourism.

Mr. Jay Bhatia suggested immediate interactions with the teams from India and Georgia to enhance the untapped potential of bi-lateral tourism. TAAI delegation shall soon visit Georgia and explore the country surrounded by Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey. Mr. Ahuja, welcomed the trade leaders from Mumbai and assured that he shall ensure smooth passage for all business and tourism related activities.

MOT has set a target to achieve 1% share in Global Tourism arrivals by 2015 The Minister of State of Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma has said that the Government has set a target to achieve one percent share in global tourism arrivals by 2015. He was speaking at ‘Make in India’ National Workshop on Tourism, Media, and Entertainment in New Delhi. Dr. Sharma said that to achieve this target a multi- pronged strategy is being worked out. The focus of the Government is on improving the cleanliness, hospitality and safety aspects of Tourism. Also the synergy of the three Ministries i.e., Tourism, Culture, and Civil Aviation will be improved substantially to take tourism to new heights, he said. Highlighting the aspect of accessibility, the Minister said that good connectivity to tourist destinations is the key factor

for improving tourism. The Ministry of Tourism has allotted Rs. 500 crore for the development of theme based tourist circuits. The Tourism Ministry has drawn plans for the development of five important circuits i.e., Ganga circuit, Krishna circuit, Buddha circuit, North Ea s t c i rc u i t , a n d Ke ra l a c i rc u i t . Elaborating the new initiatives, Dr. Sharma said that a ‘Cruise plan’ will be re a d y fo r i m p l e m e ntat i o n s o o n . Similarly, a comprehensive plan will be prepared with the Ministry of Environment and Forests for promoting wild life tourism. The path breaking initiative of ETicketing at monuments has already begun with the launch of E-Ticketing at the Taj Mahal at Agra and Humayun’s Tomb at Delhi. Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that his focus will be to promote both foreign as well as domestic tourism.

International Vintage Car Rally The 5th Edition of 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Auto Show is back with much larger participation from India and overseas. With over 201 vintage cars and bikes handpicked from different parts of the country will be converging at 2 days rally and expo in Delhi on 7th and 8th February 2015. The rally has taken a step to be in the league of International events on vintage and heritage with participation of Malaysia, Singapore and U K Vintage Car Clubs. The international authorities in vintage car including Douglas Fox, Secretary, The Malaysia Singapore Vintage Cars Register, Ken Gross, The awards winning automotive

journalist UK, John M Fasal etc have joined hands with 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally. The rally will showcase 10 to 20 International cars, participating for the first time in India and which would be a landmark in the history of vintage automotive events in the country. The rally will also showcase more than 200 vintage cars selected exclusively from 4500 vintage cars and 50 vintage bikes and scooters.

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By Gour Kanjilal It was in September that Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi Ji launched “Make in India” campaign to make the country a global manufacturing hub by attracting foreign investors. ! For this purpose as many as 25 sectors i n c l u d i n g t ex t i l e s a u t o m o b i l e s , chemicals, IT pharmaceutical were identified as focus segments under this programme. ! At present the manufacturing sector now contributes about 16-17% and the government aims to increase it to 25% by 2022 and Mr. Modi, wants share of manufacturing in GDP from the current 13-14% to 25% to catch up with China. We are far behind from China and need to catch up fast. But we also need to look into why all foreign investors will be motivated to come to India for investment. We need to see first whether we have been able to create conducive environment in which all sorts of investment will thrive. First let us look into the issues that remained as bottleneck in the p ro g re s s i ve g ro w t h i n o ve rs e a s investments. Issues:- Even now from our experience, we have found that land acquisition remains a prime issue as land primarily belong to states and state level

clearances are very slow (though Central clearance are given quite fast now days). Also the following areas, we have to take pro-active decision I. Labour Laws which though there is lot of improvement. I I . I n f ra st r u c t u re re m a i n s a b i g bottleneck even now. III. The electricity sector also need lot of revamping. IV. Banks are reeling under bad debt V. Public-Private Sector model is not working at all. VI. We have a very modest increase in FDI. Limits in Insurance, Defence and ministerial discretion and inspector intervention (though reduced) but still this is visible. This needs to be kept free from inspector raj. VII. Barely some modifications have been made, still rules and regulations

the biggest requirement of the industry in rationalization of taxes. We are immensely grateful to Hon’ble Finance Minister for taking all necessary steps to move toward GST and hope this will be in operation from April 2015. More collaborations, Networking among the stake holders in the industry are needed. There are interdependent ministries who all should be thinking on the same line. First thing Red Tape has to be fully eliminated, only then, we can think of economic transformation through Make in India initiatives. We have to ensure accountability. Our fault is that we want to put responsibility on someone else shoulder for any laps. Everybody has to take responsibility and to learn the work ethics and not put responsibility on juniors must take

Skill development programme should be a continued process, Safety norms should be there. Also Repartiation of profit norms be in clear terms. Enforcement of laws with better coordination is essential. And should be free from corruption. Help lines, one point clearance, linguistic Service assistance office, Legal experts part of this industry should be put at place. Action is the key word. Country’s Cultural factors are also to be looked into and local availability of products and procurement of raw material are to be educated to investors in advance. Local employment should be emphasized. Patriarchal mind set needs to be changed. It should be partnership on a team spirit. India should be perceived as “Very

strangle business. It may take some time (of course 6/7 months are not enough.) We need to give time for turn around (say 12 months). With Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Smart cities, Make in India Programme, Digital India all need to click together. We also need to continue our efforts toward rationalization of Taxes, ease of doing business and cost of doing, GST will be

responsibility (at central state and municipal level). Responsibility to be fixed Government directives should be c l e a r a n d wo r k i n t h e s e n s e o f achievement not just paper pushing. Regulatory norms should be liberal and no confusion. Overhead expenses are eroding profitability. So foreign investors are shy to come forward. All these areas to be looked into on a priority basis to motivate the investors.

Business Friendly Country” and we should come up from 184th position for doing business in India to first 50 countries for doing business and that will be our real success. B y G o u r K a n j i l a l , E xe c u t i v e Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministr y of To u r i s m , G o v t . o f I n d i a a n d Freelance Journalist.

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COVER STORY Contd from pg 1 ! Fo c u s w i l l b e o n e m p l o y m e n t opportunity as co-activity for the farmer's rural people. It gives new look for agri-business. Agro Tourism concept is business on specialized Agro-Tourism destinations generally offer things to see things to do, and produce or gifts to buy and are open to public Agro Tourism is defined as travel that combines agricultural or rural settings with products of agricultural operations all with in a tourism experience often farmers offer tours to t h e i r a g r i c u l t u ra l fa r m , p rov i d e entertainment for the Urban people. It can also be interpreted as Agro tourism is a way of sustainable tourist development and multi activity in rural areas through which the visitor has the

e q u i p m e nt ' s • D r i n k i n g wate r. • Emergency medical care with first aid box. • Some lakes, swimming lakes for fishing swimming. • Bullock Cart (local Farm movements/ tractors etc) cattle shed. • Telephone facilities, Local entertainment. • Local Handicraft participative also for tourists to get firsthand knowledge or to carry as souvenir. • Some local study /reference material. • Green house, Arrival Farm, Breeding etc. • Local sports where in the tourists can participate and come nearer to culture. • Information booklet about local culture, arts, crafts, fashion Do's & Don'ts. • Bullock Cart riding, horse riding, fishing facility •Fruits, Ground n u t s , S u ga r ca n e , s p i c e s a s p e r availability. • Safety of tourists.

opportunity to get aware with agricultural area, agricultural occupations, local agro products, traditional food and the daily life of the rural people as well as the cultural elements and traditions. Moreover, this activity brings visit for closer to nature and rural activities in which they can participate be in framing, be entertainment and feel the pleasure of travelling an experience which is either not available in tourists own country once totally different experience. !The essential requirements to AgroTourism centers may include -•Homestay or base accommodation facilities nearer to the venue. • Farm house with rural ambience, comfortable with minimum required basic facilities. • Rich resources in agro culture mainly w a t e r, e l e c t r i c i t y a n d l o c a l plants/produce. • Local ethnic food in cooking facilities for tourists as they may like to cook themselves. • Cooking

Difference between Agro-Tourism and Traditional Tourism Agro-tourism also a tourism business but it is deferent from the common tourism because it has a base of agriculture and rural lifestyle. Generally tourism has provided to see and enjoy the natural places as well as some heritage. But, agro-tourism has a tourism with includes experiences, education and cultural transformation. It very special from general tourism in the following manner:· It provides pollution and noise free sites for travel and tourism at rural background. · The cost of food, accommodation, recreation and travel is minimum in agro-tourism · Agro-tourism can satisfy the curiosity of urban peoples about sources of food, plants, animals and industrial agro-raw materials. · It provides information about the rural

Agro Tourism h a n d icraf t s , la n gu a ges , cu lt u re, tradition, dresses and lifestyle. · A family environment at the tourist place, is one of the most important characteristics in the agro-tourism. · In the agro tour, tourists not only see the watch agriculture farms but also they can participate int eh agricultural activities and experience the farming. · It provides natural situations to watching, Birds, animals, water bodies etc. · Agro-tourism could create awareness about rural life and knowledge about agriculture. It also provides opportunity

8. Develop your website and update time to time for attract foreign tourist. 9. Take their feedback and comments about the service and suggestions to more development and modification. 10. Develop a good relationship with the tourist for future business and chain publicity. 11. D evelo p d ifferent agro - to u r packages of for different type of tourist and their expectations. 12. Preserve a address book and comments of the visited tourists for future tourism business.

for education through experience of farming and knowledge about the rural life including entertainment. Agrotourism is an instrument of urban-rural connectivity through the tours. Suggestions: 1. Key Techniques for making Agro tourism a success proposition. 2. Give a wide publicity of your tourism center by new papers, television etc. Use all possible advertisement means. 3. Develop contacts with the schools, co l l e ge s , N G O ' s , C l u b s , u n i o n s , organization etc. 4. Train your staff or family members for reception and hospitality. 5. Understand about the customer's wants and their expectations and serve. 6. Charge optimum rent and charges for the facilities/services on the commercial base. 7. Do the artificially use local resources for the entertain/serve to tourist.

13. Behave sincerely with the tourists and participate with them/him 14. Small farmers can develop their agro-tourism centers on the basis of cooperative society. Recommendation for inclusion in Policy: India has great potential to the developer of agro tourism because 65% of population live in rural areas. But there is a problem of low awareness about this business in the farmer and problem of the finance and proper view in the farmers all over the country. It is essential MOT for a policy for financing Agro-tourism project involving local farmers and NGO and Panchayat level office and state tourism concerned.

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COVER STORY Contd from pg 1 ! Fo c u s w i l l b e o n e m p l o y m e n t opportunity as co-activity for the farmer's rural people. It gives new look for agri-business. Agro Tourism concept is business on specialized Agro-Tourism destinations generally offer things to see things to do, and produce or gifts to buy and are open to public Agro Tourism is defined as travel that combines agricultural or rural settings with products of agricultural operations all with in a tourism experience often farmers offer tours to t h e i r a g r i c u l t u ra l fa r m , p rov i d e entertainment for the Urban people. It can also be interpreted as Agro tourism is a way of sustainable tourist development and multi activity in rural areas through which the visitor has the

e q u i p m e nt ' s • D r i n k i n g wate r. • Emergency medical care with first aid box. • Some lakes, swimming lakes for fishing swimming. • Bullock Cart (local Farm movements/ tractors etc) cattle shed. • Telephone facilities, Local entertainment. • Local Handicraft participative also for tourists to get firsthand knowledge or to carry as souvenir. • Some local study /reference material. • Green house, Arrival Farm, Breeding etc. • Local sports where in the tourists can participate and come nearer to culture. • Information booklet about local culture, arts, crafts, fashion Do's & Don'ts. • Bullock Cart riding, horse riding, fishing facility •Fruits, Ground n u t s , S u ga r ca n e , s p i c e s a s p e r availability. • Safety of tourists.

opportunity to get aware with agricultural area, agricultural occupations, local agro products, traditional food and the daily life of the rural people as well as the cultural elements and traditions. Moreover, this activity brings visit for closer to nature and rural activities in which they can participate be in framing, be entertainment and feel the pleasure of travelling an experience which is either not available in tourists own country once totally different experience. !The essential requirements to AgroTourism centers may include -•Homestay or base accommodation facilities nearer to the venue. • Farm house with rural ambience, comfortable with minimum required basic facilities. • Rich resources in agro culture mainly w a t e r, e l e c t r i c i t y a n d l o c a l plants/produce. • Local ethnic food in cooking facilities for tourists as they may like to cook themselves. • Cooking

Difference between Agro-Tourism and Traditional Tourism Agro-tourism also a tourism business but it is deferent from the common tourism because it has a base of agriculture and rural lifestyle. Generally tourism has provided to see and enjoy the natural places as well as some heritage. But, agro-tourism has a tourism with includes experiences, education and cultural transformation. It very special from general tourism in the following manner:· It provides pollution and noise free sites for travel and tourism at rural background. · The cost of food, accommodation, recreation and travel is minimum in agro-tourism · Agro-tourism can satisfy the curiosity of urban peoples about sources of food, plants, animals and industrial agro-raw materials. · It provides information about the rural

Agro Tourism h a n d icraf t s , la n gu a ges , cu lt u re, tradition, dresses and lifestyle. · A family environment at the tourist place, is one of the most important characteristics in the agro-tourism. · In the agro tour, tourists not only see the watch agriculture farms but also they can participate int eh agricultural activities and experience the farming. · It provides natural situations to watching, Birds, animals, water bodies etc. · Agro-tourism could create awareness about rural life and knowledge about agriculture. It also provides opportunity

8. Develop your website and update time to time for attract foreign tourist. 9. Take their feedback and comments about the service and suggestions to more development and modification. 10. Develop a good relationship with the tourist for future business and chain publicity. 11. D evelo p d ifferent agro - to u r packages of for different type of tourist and their expectations. 12. Preserve a address book and comments of the visited tourists for future tourism business.

for education through experience of farming and knowledge about the rural life including entertainment. Agrotourism is an instrument of urban-rural connectivity through the tours. Suggestions: 1. Key Techniques for making Agro tourism a success proposition. 2. Give a wide publicity of your tourism center by new papers, television etc. Use all possible advertisement means. 3. Develop contacts with the schools, co l l e ge s , N G O ' s , C l u b s , u n i o n s , organization etc. 4. Train your staff or family members for reception and hospitality. 5. Understand about the customer's wants and their expectations and serve. 6. Charge optimum rent and charges for the facilities/services on the commercial base. 7. Do the artificially use local resources for the entertain/serve to tourist.

13. Behave sincerely with the tourists and participate with them/him 14. Small farmers can develop their agro-tourism centers on the basis of cooperative society. Recommendation for inclusion in Policy: India has great potential to the developer of agro tourism because 65% of population live in rural areas. But there is a problem of low awareness about this business in the farmer and problem of the finance and proper view in the farmers all over the country. It is essential MOT for a policy for financing Agro-tourism project involving local farmers and NGO and Panchayat level office and state tourism concerned.

Article By Gour Kanjilal, Executive Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of To urism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist. Picture Courtesy - Mr. Pandurang Taware (Agri Tourism, India)

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Russia is the largest country of the Earth, with enormous tracts of land, its natural and cultural heritage waiting to be discovered. The most popular tourist attractions are the old Russian cities of Vladimir, Suzdal, Sergiev Posad, P e r e y a s l a v l Z a l e s s k y, Rostov, Uglitch, Yaroslavl and Kostroma, the biggest gems of Russia’s Golden Ring. Also high on every tourist’s priority list are itineraries by boat from Moscow to St. Petersburg and the Valaam Island, a central point of religious piligrimage, or to Kizhi, the wonderland of old Russian wooden architecture, the Northern Caucasus and the Black Sea coast, to Mount Elbrus, the Ural mountains, and the Altai country, in different natural

settings, from the Black Sea coast (like Gelenzhik and Anapa), the Baltic Sea (Sestroretsk, Komarovo, Zelenogorsk, Svetlogorsk, etc.) to the mountains of the Northern Caucasus (Teberda and Dombai), Ural (Kisegatch and Uveldy) and Altai (Chemal). Plan your holidays with the Destination Expert ‘Dimaz Group’. Mr. Manish Synghal, Dimaz Group Chairman & MD, who stayed in Russia & CIS countries for more than 10 years in 90’s. Dimaz offers travel, visa services and tour packages to Russia & CIS countries since many years. Dimaz Visa Facilitation Services : Everyone needs a visa to visit Russia, and it’s likely to be your biggest single headache in organizing a trip there. There are several types of visa, but for most travellers, a tourist visa (single or double entry and valid for a maximum of 30 days from the date of entry) will be sufficient, but if you plan on staying longer than a month, it’s advisable to

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ITDC gives Rs 3.73 cr dividend cheque to Union Tourism Minister Chairman & Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) Shri Girish Shankar, handed over a cheque for Rs 3.73 crore to Union Tourism Minister Shri Mahesh Sharma today, towards 5% interim dividend payment to the Government of India for the year 2013-14. Present on the occasion were Secretary – Ministry of Tourism – Dr. Lalit K. Panwar, Director (Commercial & Marketing) Cmde (Retd.) R.K. Okhandiar and Director (Finance) Mr. Trinath Behera along with other Sr. officials of MOT & ITDC. The ceremony took place at Minister's office at Transport Bhawan, New Delhi. The decision for the payment of Dividend was taken during ITDC 49th Annual General Meeting held at the Group's flagship hotel, The Ashok, New Delhi. The Corporation has closed the year with an all round increase in the performance as compared to the previous financial years. The turnover of the corporation has increased by 6.57% to Rs. 470 crore approximately. The net profit before tax increased by 118% to Rs.11.93 crore while profit after tax increased by 214% to Rs 9.42 crore. The corporation has also declared a dividend of 5% amounting to Rs. 4.29 crore approximately 45.5% of net profit which is as recommended by the Board in the meeting held earlier last year. The Corporation, besides showing improvement in turnover and profitability, has also shown a significant improvement in the operational efficiency. Further, the turnover of almost all the operational verticals have increased during the year.

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BEACH OUT The coastline of Maharashtra has a lot to offer to its visitors. There is a whole gamut of mystical, holy, and historical wealth, that the state has invested in. The coastline along the continent stretches over an area of 720 kilometres along the Arabian Sea. So take a plunge into crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea, as Safari Plus tours you through some of these wonderful beaches.

Bassein Situated in Thane district (77 kms from Mumbai), this beach is ripe with natural beauty. The ideal way to reach this

beach is by using the roadway. The evidence of Portuguese presence lingers even today. The area was later captured by the Maratha's during the first half of the seventeen hundreds. Old monumental relics' jutting out of palmgroves is proof of the rich historical past. During the olden days the Bassien was an important destination for ship building. As one travels 10 kilometres northwest to the old Konkan capital city of Nalasopara, one can find many Buddhist statues. Nalasopara is said to be the birth place of Gautama Buddha in his previous life. Temples too form an inevitable part of sight-seeing in the area. One cannot miss on the Vajreshwar Temple, and the Sadguru Nityanand Maharaj Samadhi, and the Bhimeshwar temple in Ganeshpuri. The Akloli Hot springs also make an interesting worthwhile visit. As for food, relish on some lip smacking Portuguese cuisine.

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As we head 375 kilometres southwards from Mumbai, we arrive at the pristine beaches of Ganpatiphule. The beach is regarded as one of the best along the Maharashtrian coastline, and is characterised by its pristine waters and strapping lush patches. Silver sands outlining the beach highlight the beauty of the divine sights of this place. Apart from a wide range of accommodation facilities offered by the government, some exciting water sports can also be included in the to-do list. If lucky you can spot a few dolphins hopping along the shore. There Ganpatiphule is indeed a perfect family get away. The divine power of the Swayambhu Ganesha is pretty renowned, making Ganpatiphule an important pilgrimage site for the many followers of Lord Ganesha. Malgund and Ratnagiri are other important tourists site around Ganpatipule. Ratnagiri is a producer of some world class mangoes. Ganpatiphule can be easily reached by rail, air, and train. The nearest station and airport are in Ratnagiri.

at the height of 40 feet. Designed by the ruler of Ahmednangar, this fort was could never be invaded in 350 years. The British and the Portuguese tried hard at getting a stronghold on the fort, but failed miserably. The Murad Janjira is the only impregnable fort in all of Maharashtra. There are water tanks inside the fort, and deep wells that provide for sweet, and refreshing water to its visitors even to this day (sweet water from a tank within the fortress that is present in the middle of the sea). Shivaji Maharaj built a counter to Murad Janjira, which is the famous Kasa Padmd fort just a little distance from Murad Janjira. The Kasa Padmd is built 2 kilometres away from the coastline. This fortress resembles a lotus. The technical skills involve transporting a great deal of building material into the sea. The easiest way of reaching Murad Janjira is by driving down the Mumbai Goa highway. The other way one can reach is by hopping onto a ferry from Mumbai (to Alibaug) and driving down the 53 kilometres to reach Murad Janjira. The MTDC resort is a recommended place to stay at. Some of the unexplored beaches along

Murad Janjira

the Konkan coastline.

Ganpatiphule

Situated in the Raighad district of Maharashtra, about 53 kilometres from Alibaug is Murad Janjira. This destination is famous for the fortress that is built in the middle of the sea. The fortress is built at a distance of 3 kilometres away from the land, and spans over an area of 22 acres. This majestic fortress of the Siddhi's (a dynasty) towers

Harihareshwar Just as the name implies this destination is famous for its Kalbhairav Shiv temple. Harihareshwar is also known as the Kashi of South India. The hill on the sea shore at Harihareshwar is known as Harihar or Pushpad. The construction is old but historians cannot determine the exact age of this temple. The temple is a witness to the many devotees of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Parvati.

Vengurla Malvan Beach How about enjoying farm fresh fruits?

Well then Vengurla Malvan is the place to be. The beach is famous for its vast stretches of sand lined up with rows of cashews, coconuts, jackfruits, and mango. One can find palm leaves thickly domineering the area. Malvan which is now a part of the mainland is an important pilgrimage. The temples of Shri Sateri Devi, and Rameshwar are found here. During the 17th century Malwan was an important centre of trade. Vengurla is 514 kilometres from Mumbai, and today it is famous for its salt pans and Chinese clay pottery. As we conclude this breath taking tour, we'd urge our readers to go beyond the commercial destinations and explore. Our country is full of wonderful destinations. Those little villages and towns have a lot to offer to their guests.

Shriwardhan I n c a s e y o u h ave a n appetite for sea food than Shriwardhan is a place to be. The waters are inviting, one can go exploring on the boat as well. The original residence of the Peshwa's is just a boat ride away. Shriwardhan beach is situated at a distance of 200 kilometres from Mumbai.

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Russia is the largest country of the Earth, with enormous tracts of land, its natural and cultural heritage waiting to be discovered. The most popular tourist attractions are the old Russian cities of Vladimir, Suzdal, Sergiev Posad, P e r e y a s l a v l Z a l e s s k y, Rostov, Uglitch, Yaroslavl and Kostroma, the biggest gems of Russia’s Golden Ring. Also high on every tourist’s priority list are itineraries by boat from Moscow to St. Petersburg and the Valaam Island, a central point of religious piligrimage, or to Kizhi, the wonderland of old Russian wooden architecture, the Northern Caucasus and the Black Sea coast, to Mount Elbrus, the Ural mountains, and the Altai country, in different natural

settings, from the Black Sea coast (like Gelenzhik and Anapa), the Baltic Sea (Sestroretsk, Komarovo, Zelenogorsk, Svetlogorsk, etc.) to the mountains of the Northern Caucasus (Teberda and Dombai), Ural (Kisegatch and Uveldy) and Altai (Chemal). Plan your holidays with the Destination Expert ‘Dimaz Group’. Mr. Manish Synghal, Dimaz Group Chairman & MD, who stayed in Russia & CIS countries for more than 10 years in 90’s. Dimaz offers travel, visa services and tour packages to Russia & CIS countries since many years. Dimaz Visa Facilitation Services : Everyone needs a visa to visit Russia, and it’s likely to be your biggest single headache in organizing a trip there. There are several types of visa, but for most travellers, a tourist visa (single or double entry and valid for a maximum of 30 days from the date of entry) will be sufficient, but if you plan on staying longer than a month, it’s advisable to

apply for a business visa. Whatever visa you go for, the process has two stages – invitation & application. We assist a traveller with visa support/ invitation tourist as well as business and a hassle free visa application process through our Dimaz Visa Facilitation Services, which works very closely with Russian foreign Mission. Air Connectivity to Russia from Indian cities: Most of the reputed airlines like Emirates, Turkish, Etihad, Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air France, Lufthansa, SWISS, Finnair, Uzbekistan Airlines, Air Astana and many more operate flights to Moscow & St. Petersburg from different cities in India and the connections are pretty good, the flying time is around 10 hours (including transit) from Mumbai to Moscow and on direct flight from Delhi to Moscow the flying time is approximately 6 hours. Our national carrier Air India has recently launched direct flights from Delhi to Moscow on Dreamliner Boeing 787.

ITDC gives Rs 3.73 cr dividend cheque to Union Tourism Minister Chairman & Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) Shri Girish Shankar, handed over a cheque for Rs 3.73 crore to Union Tourism Minister Shri Mahesh Sharma today, towards 5% interim dividend payment to the Government of India for the year 2013-14. Present on the occasion were Secretary – Ministry of Tourism – Dr. Lalit K. Panwar, Director (Commercial & Marketing) Cmde (Retd.) R.K. Okhandiar and Director (Finance) Mr. Trinath Behera along with other Sr. officials of MOT & ITDC. The ceremony took place at Minister's office at Transport Bhawan, New Delhi. The decision for the payment of Dividend was taken during ITDC 49th Annual General Meeting held at the Group's flagship hotel, The Ashok, New Delhi. The Corporation has closed the year with an all round increase in the performance as compared to the previous financial years. The turnover of the corporation has increased by 6.57% to Rs. 470 crore approximately. The net profit before tax increased by 118% to Rs.11.93 crore while profit after tax increased by 214% to Rs 9.42 crore. The corporation has also declared a dividend of 5% amounting to Rs. 4.29 crore approximately 45.5% of net profit which is as recommended by the Board in the meeting held earlier last year. The Corporation, besides showing improvement in turnover and profitability, has also shown a significant improvement in the operational efficiency. Further, the turnover of almost all the operational verticals have increased during the year.

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BEACH OUT The coastline of Maharashtra has a lot to offer to its visitors. There is a whole gamut of mystical, holy, and historical wealth, that the state has invested in. The coastline along the continent stretches over an area of 720 kilometres along the Arabian Sea. So take a plunge into crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea, as Safari Plus tours you through some of these wonderful beaches.

Bassein Situated in Thane district (77 kms from Mumbai), this beach is ripe with natural beauty. The ideal way to reach this

beach is by using the roadway. The evidence of Portuguese presence lingers even today. The area was later captured by the Maratha's during the first half of the seventeen hundreds. Old monumental relics' jutting out of palmgroves is proof of the rich historical past. During the olden days the Bassien was an important destination for ship building. As one travels 10 kilometres northwest to the old Konkan capital city of Nalasopara, one can find many Buddhist statues. Nalasopara is said to be the birth place of Gautama Buddha in his previous life. Temples too form an inevitable part of sight-seeing in the area. One cannot miss on the Vajreshwar Temple, and the Sadguru Nityanand Maharaj Samadhi, and the Bhimeshwar temple in Ganeshpuri. The Akloli Hot springs also make an interesting worthwhile visit. As for food, relish on some lip smacking Portuguese cuisine.

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As we head 375 kilometres southwards from Mumbai, we arrive at the pristine beaches of Ganpatiphule. The beach is regarded as one of the best along the Maharashtrian coastline, and is characterised by its pristine waters and strapping lush patches. Silver sands outlining the beach highlight the beauty of the divine sights of this place. Apart from a wide range of accommodation facilities offered by the government, some exciting water sports can also be included in the to-do list. If lucky you can spot a few dolphins hopping along the shore. There Ganpatiphule is indeed a perfect family get away. The divine power of the Swayambhu Ganesha is pretty renowned, making Ganpatiphule an important pilgrimage site for the many followers of Lord Ganesha. Malgund and Ratnagiri are other important tourists site around Ganpatipule. Ratnagiri is a producer of some world class mangoes. Ganpatiphule can be easily reached by rail, air, and train. The nearest station and airport are in Ratnagiri.

at the height of 40 feet. Designed by the ruler of Ahmednangar, this fort was could never be invaded in 350 years. The British and the Portuguese tried hard at getting a stronghold on the fort, but failed miserably. The Murad Janjira is the only impregnable fort in all of Maharashtra. There are water tanks inside the fort, and deep wells that provide for sweet, and refreshing water to its visitors even to this day (sweet water from a tank within the fortress that is present in the middle of the sea). Shivaji Maharaj built a counter to Murad Janjira, which is the famous Kasa Padmd fort just a little distance from Murad Janjira. The Kasa Padmd is built 2 kilometres away from the coastline. This fortress resembles a lotus. The technical skills involve transporting a great deal of building material into the sea. The easiest way of reaching Murad Janjira is by driving down the Mumbai Goa highway. The other way one can reach is by hopping onto a ferry from Mumbai (to Alibaug) and driving down the 53 kilometres to reach Murad Janjira. The MTDC resort is a recommended place to stay at. Some of the unexplored beaches along

Murad Janjira

the Konkan coastline.

Ganpatiphule

Situated in the Raighad district of Maharashtra, about 53 kilometres from Alibaug is Murad Janjira. This destination is famous for the fortress that is built in the middle of the sea. The fortress is built at a distance of 3 kilometres away from the land, and spans over an area of 22 acres. This majestic fortress of the Siddhi's (a dynasty) towers

Harihareshwar Just as the name implies this destination is famous for its Kalbhairav Shiv temple. Harihareshwar is also known as the Kashi of South India. The hill on the sea shore at Harihareshwar is known as Harihar or Pushpad. The construction is old but historians cannot determine the exact age of this temple. The temple is a witness to the many devotees of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Parvati.

Vengurla Malvan Beach How about enjoying farm fresh fruits?

Well then Vengurla Malvan is the place to be. The beach is famous for its vast stretches of sand lined up with rows of cashews, coconuts, jackfruits, and mango. One can find palm leaves thickly domineering the area. Malvan which is now a part of the mainland is an important pilgrimage. The temples of Shri Sateri Devi, and Rameshwar are found here. During the 17th century Malwan was an important centre of trade. Vengurla is 514 kilometres from Mumbai, and today it is famous for its salt pans and Chinese clay pottery. As we conclude this breath taking tour, we'd urge our readers to go beyond the commercial destinations and explore. Our country is full of wonderful destinations. Those little villages and towns have a lot to offer to their guests.

Shriwardhan I n c a s e y o u h ave a n appetite for sea food than Shriwardhan is a place to be. The waters are inviting, one can go exploring on the boat as well. The original residence of the Peshwa's is just a boat ride away. Shriwardhan beach is situated at a distance of 200 kilometres from Mumbai.

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NETARHAT Queens of Hills Jharkhand The queen of the Jharkhand Hills was named as “Near the Heart” by Scottish soldiers during the Raj, homesick for their moors and reminded of them by the deep forests, serpentine streams, open meadows and cool breeze of the area. And over the years, “Near the Heart” became Netarhat. But its original meaning still holds good. Far off the regular tourist track, a five-hour drive from Belta, Netarhat with its expansive stands of pine, sal, pear and mango trees, opens out your soul, melts the concrete in your heart and lets you give into the romance of living all over again.

Places to see Koel View: From here one can witness the Koel River, which appears to be garlanding the surrounding hill & hillocks. The beauty of the river leaves spell bound effect on any body’s mind, especially at the time of sunrise and in the moonlit night; its beauty surpasses all imagination. Entire river glitters like silver in full moon night. Sunrise Point: From the top of the Tourists Bungalow the spectacular and magnetic view of the sunrise in the background of majestic hills and loving Koel Rivers is an unforgettable

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experience. With the rise of the morning Sun, entire water of the Koel becomes crimson red that presents a feasting beauty of nature before your eyes. Magnolia Point: 10kms away from Netarhat is a place where you have to go down to catch t h e g l i m ps e o f setting sun. Everyday you can witness different views of setting sun. When the setting sun enters into the lap of Vindhya Hills allowing the evening to descend slowly in the valley, the natural scenic beauty of the place is beyond any description. Netarhat Dam: In the background of lovely pine grasses, hills and hillocks, Netarhat Dam looks ex tremely beautiful, it is about 4sq.km in area is an ideal place for picnic, boating and the other water spots. Upper Ghaghri: Inside a beautiful valley the overflow water of Netarhat Dam makes a very loving small waterfall. The place called Upper Ghaghri, is a lovely picnic spot. The trekking along the water

spring in the valley gives altogether a different and extremely enjoying experience. Lower Ghaghri: From Netarhat take a trek to lower Ghaghri (12km) and pass through the forest of a poet ’s imagination-deep, dense and delighting. On reaching there, witness the stunning fall of water deep down to about 320 feet making a majestic waterfall. The forest is so dense that even sunrays find it difficult to pierce through. In the unimaginable silence of wood’s it’s a place of real choice for nature lovers. Sadni Fall and Raja Dera: Just 35km from Netarhat surrounded

by loving hills, hillocks, forests, streams and waterfalls Raja Dera is a dream destination to relax. The charm and beauty of the place is so enchanting and profound that it has got its nickname “Mini Pahalgam”. Adjacent to it river Sadni cascade through the age old rocks

to make an eye catching snake like waterfall known as Sadni Water Fall (nearly 200 feet) which adds to the beauty and splendour of the place. It’s an ideal; camping site and one could wish to pass days and days together at this enchanting place. Lodh Water Fall (Burha Ghagh): About 60km away from Netarhat deep into the forest the river Burha makes a fantastic and majestic waterfall of about 468 feet height claming to be the highest waterfall of Jharkhand. The thundering sound of the fall is audible even 10km away from it. The spectacular sight of the fall explains the profoundness and greatness of the nature. Tahir & Naina: Trek down to the hills for 5kms. from plateau and you reach into the deep of the jungle to a place flanked by glittering hillocks. It is Tahir where hilly springs from different directions join to make it a lovely picnic spot. 3km down to Tahir is another captivating & extremely picturesque picnic site that is Naina. Banari: 25km down on Netarhat - Ranchi road on the bank of river Koel Banari is an ideal picnic resort and camping site. If you trek down the hill it is just 10km from Netarhat. Roaming wildly by the bank of river Koel for miles is extremely interesting. Besides, Banari has five beautiful hills having caves in it. Trekking on these hills are really enjoyable. It is said that during their Agyatvas, Pandavas lived on these hills for some period. Aadhe : 12km away from Netarhat in the valleys, Aadhe is also a very interesting and lovely site for camping. For days together you can camp to enjoy the natural scenic beauty before your eyes. Betla National Park: Site for the first tiger census in the world One of India’s earliest tiger reserves (1974), Betla features luxuriant tropical forest cover and a rich variety of fauna. The Betla National Park was first established as a sanctuary and later upgraded to its present status. Average elevation is about 1000 feet and the park is open. Through out the year the best time to visit is between November to April. Spread over 250 sq. km. the park is covered with good roads crisscrossing each other, to enable motorists to have a closer view of the wild life in dense forests. Gaurs, Chitals, Elephants, Tigers, Panthers, Sloth and Wild Bears, Sambhars, Nilgais, Kalkars, Mouse Deers are permanent residents. Langurs are presents in large families. Best Season October to March; Betla features waterfalls and natural hot springs on one hand, and historical monuments, a 16th century fort of Chero Kings on the other. The Koel and Burha rivers drain the area and empty into the well-known Sone River. How to Reach Netarhat - Nearest Railway Station is Daltonganj (25km) Nearest Airport, Ranchi. Transport are easily accessible by Road 25km from Daltonganj and 140 km from Ranchi. More on: www.jharkhandtourism.in

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NETARHAT Queens of Hills Jharkhand The queen of the Jharkhand Hills was named as “Near the Heart” by Scottish soldiers during the Raj, homesick for their moors and reminded of them by the deep forests, serpentine streams, open meadows and cool breeze of the area. And over the years, “Near the Heart” became Netarhat. But its original meaning still holds good. Far off the regular tourist track, a five-hour drive from Belta, Netarhat with its expansive stands of pine, sal, pear and mango trees, opens out your soul, melts the concrete in your heart and lets you give into the romance of living all over again.

Places to see Koel View: From here one can witness the Koel River, which appears to be garlanding the surrounding hill & hillocks. The beauty of the river leaves spell bound effect on any body’s mind, especially at the time of sunrise and in the moonlit night; its beauty surpasses all imagination. Entire river glitters like silver in full moon night. Sunrise Point: From the top of the Tourists Bungalow the spectacular and magnetic view of the sunrise in the background of majestic hills and loving Koel Rivers is an unforgettable

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experience. With the rise of the morning Sun, entire water of the Koel becomes crimson red that presents a feasting beauty of nature before your eyes. Magnolia Point: 10kms away from Netarhat is a place where you have to go down to catch t h e g l i m ps e o f setting sun. Everyday you can witness different views of setting sun. When the setting sun enters into the lap of Vindhya Hills allowing the evening to descend slowly in the valley, the natural scenic beauty of the place is beyond any description. Netarhat Dam: In the background of lovely pine grasses, hills and hillocks, Netarhat Dam looks ex tremely beautiful, it is about 4sq.km in area is an ideal place for picnic, boating and the other water spots. Upper Ghaghri: Inside a beautiful valley the overflow water of Netarhat Dam makes a very loving small waterfall. The place called Upper Ghaghri, is a lovely picnic spot. The trekking along the water

spring in the valley gives altogether a different and extremely enjoying experience. Lower Ghaghri: From Netarhat take a trek to lower Ghaghri (12km) and pass through the forest of a poet ’s imagination-deep, dense and delighting. On reaching there, witness the stunning fall of water deep down to about 320 feet making a majestic waterfall. The forest is so dense that even sunrays find it difficult to pierce through. In the unimaginable silence of wood’s it’s a place of real choice for nature lovers. Sadni Fall and Raja Dera: Just 35km from Netarhat surrounded

by loving hills, hillocks, forests, streams and waterfalls Raja Dera is a dream destination to relax. The charm and beauty of the place is so enchanting and profound that it has got its nickname “Mini Pahalgam”. Adjacent to it river Sadni cascade through the age old rocks

to make an eye catching snake like waterfall known as Sadni Water Fall (nearly 200 feet) which adds to the beauty and splendour of the place. It’s an ideal; camping site and one could wish to pass days and days together at this enchanting place. Lodh Water Fall (Burha Ghagh): About 60km away from Netarhat deep into the forest the river Burha makes a fantastic and majestic waterfall of about 468 feet height claming to be the highest waterfall of Jharkhand. The thundering sound of the fall is audible even 10km away from it. The spectacular sight of the fall explains the profoundness and greatness of the nature. Tahir & Naina: Trek down to the hills for 5kms. from plateau and you reach into the deep of the jungle to a place flanked by glittering hillocks. It is Tahir where hilly springs from different directions join to make it a lovely picnic spot. 3km down to Tahir is another captivating & extremely picturesque picnic site that is Naina. Banari: 25km down on Netarhat - Ranchi road on the bank of river Koel Banari is an ideal picnic resort and camping site. If you trek down the hill it is just 10km from Netarhat. Roaming wildly by the bank of river Koel for miles is extremely interesting. Besides, Banari has five beautiful hills having caves in it. Trekking on these hills are really enjoyable. It is said that during their Agyatvas, Pandavas lived on these hills for some period. Aadhe : 12km away from Netarhat in the valleys, Aadhe is also a very interesting and lovely site for camping. For days together you can camp to enjoy the natural scenic beauty before your eyes. Betla National Park: Site for the first tiger census in the world One of India’s earliest tiger reserves (1974), Betla features luxuriant tropical forest cover and a rich variety of fauna. The Betla National Park was first established as a sanctuary and later upgraded to its present status. Average elevation is about 1000 feet and the park is open. Through out the year the best time to visit is between November to April. Spread over 250 sq. km. the park is covered with good roads crisscrossing each other, to enable motorists to have a closer view of the wild life in dense forests. Gaurs, Chitals, Elephants, Tigers, Panthers, Sloth and Wild Bears, Sambhars, Nilgais, Kalkars, Mouse Deers are permanent residents. Langurs are presents in large families. Best Season October to March; Betla features waterfalls and natural hot springs on one hand, and historical monuments, a 16th century fort of Chero Kings on the other. The Koel and Burha rivers drain the area and empty into the well-known Sone River. How to Reach Netarhat - Nearest Railway Station is Daltonganj (25km) Nearest Airport, Ranchi. Transport are easily accessible by Road 25km from Daltonganj and 140 km from Ranchi. More on: www.jharkhandtourism.in

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INSIGHT The 'Maharashtra Travel and Tourism Exchange 26th – 28th February 2015

'Maharashtra Tourism' announces the inaugural edition of 'Maharashtra International Travel Mart', India's biggest B2B travel event in Mumbai from the 26th – 28th February, 2015 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon. The state of Maharashtra and Mumbai city have over the years contributed towards being a large part of the India's ever growing tourism arrival figures, both to within India destinations and overseas. The Inaugural edition of 'Maharashtra International Travel Mart' is set on a B2B platform with over 250 registered Buyers and Media from over 30 countries exploring business opportunities for discerning travel and

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tourism products. These features will make the event one of the most sought after travel events in the country. Mrs. Valsa R Nair Singh, IAS, Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Gov t. of Maharashtra said "Maharashtra is home to the largest inventory of tourism products that the country has to offer with five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, over 900 caves, 350 forts with splendid wildlife and world-class beaches to adorn. 'Maharashtra International Travel Mart', being held for the first time will provide the impetus to the inbound travel and tourism industry and would enhance the marketing efforts of Maharashtra Tourism to promote our

destinations to the travel trade and tourists from all over the world." The Hosted buyers will be invited from the following key inbound markets: Netherlands, A u s t ra l i a , C a n a d a , France, Greece, Israel Japan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, UK, USA, South Africa, Singapore, etc. The event is supported by major travel – trade and hospitality association in India such as ADTOI, ATOAI and IATO. EXCLUSIVE MAHARASHTRA PAVILION: Destination Maharashtra Maharashtra has been one of India's biggest tourist attractions with its wide arena of magnetism. Mumbai being India's biggest gateway city has been a key contributor to the Indian tourism visitor figures. The exclusive pavilion of Maharashtra shall showcase the different facets of Maharashtra such as festivals of Maharashtra, its beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Konkan Region, Pilgrimage Destinations, Wildlife and National Parks, Medical Tourism, Destination Management Companies,

Travel Agents and Tour Operators, Handicrafts, Cultural Vistas, etc. Hosted Buyer Program: The Buyer Program will have a refundable caution deposit system for all buyers to enhance the seriousness of the event. The amount will be refundable on the successful completion of the mandatory seller appointments. All International Buyers pay a refundable deposit of USD 500 and Domestic Buyers, a deposit of Rs. 10,000. Buyer Registration forms is available on www.mitmlive.com Maharashtra is India's leading industrial state contributing 13% of national industrial output. Almost 46% of the GSDP is contributed by industry. Maharashtra's gross state domestic product for 2011 is estimated at INR 9013 billion (US$150 billion) in current prices. As of 2010 Maharashtra had a Per Capita Income of $1,660, far ahead of national average of $1,219. Maharashtra's GDP Per Capita crossed the US$2,000 threshold for the first time in 2011 making it one of the richest states in India.

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HOSPITALITY PLUS Aamod’s new properties in Udaipur & Barog Aamod Resorts recently expanded its roots with the launch of its two properties- Dunn Perk Manor at Barog (Himachal Pradesh) and Amantra Shilpi by Aamod at Udaipur. Amantra Shilpi by Aamod is located 5 kms away from the city centre, an offbeat yet conveniently placed holiday retreat in Udaipur. Designed on a modern yet ethnic pattern, the colourful resort houses 42 spacious and comfortable rooms well-equipped with all modern amenities. To suit each guest’s personal preferences the rooms vary from Deluxe, Super Deluxe and Premier categories, each with attached balconies overlooking the sprawling lawns. The facilities at resort - 25 yard swimming pool; a Bar and a Garden Café along with the acclaimed in-house restaurant; discotheque, children playground, horse and camel riding, indoor recreational zone, conference hall, outdoor games, shopping arcade and arrangement of cultural / folk programmes on request.

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Dunn Perk Manor at Barog, an ideal place for not only individual travellers but also for groups looking at hosting small parties and family re-unions. Nestled 1 Km from the Kalka- Shimla Highway (NH-22). It is an 8-room large and comfortable villa, with all modern day amenities desired for a comfortable holiday experience. The bedrooms are spacious and wellfurnished with modern comforts and attention to hygiene. The dining hall is expansive with attached projection lounge with large sofas for guests to watch movies and unwind. The recreational zone is well stocked with interesting indoor activities including a pool table. For the fitness conscious guests, the villa has an in-house gymnasium along with steam and sauna facility. The villa also has parking facility available on site along with driver accommodation.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Opens in Agra The DoubleTree by Hilton Agra is among just a few hotels offering views of the magnificent Taj Mahal. The hotel is also near popular attractions and shopping districts including the Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb, Jama Masjid and Kinari Bazaar. DoubleTree by Hilton Agra features 104 guestrooms, including 4 suites,

all equipped with amenities including the signature Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree sleep experience bed, Wi-Fi, 42” HDTV with premium channels, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, electronic safe and a three or fourfixture bathroom with a walk-in rain shower.

Guests will be able to choose from 4 dining venues at the hotel- North 27; Kebab-E-Que; Plush Bar, a lounge and The Food Store. Recreational facilities at the hotel include an outdoor infinity pool with views of the Taj Mahal, a complimentary 24-hour fitness centre, Kids’ Activities Room, spa and a salon. The 3,840-square feet Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 425 people and is connected to an open-air area, while the 1,820square foot Coronation Room can be separated into three distinct spaces and accommodates up to 200. Concourse is the hotel’s multi-function hall which can accommodate up to 75 people. Guests can also make use of two boardrooms and the 24-hour business centre. The DoubleTree by Hilton Agra is owned by Archer Hospitality Private Limited and managed by Hilton Worldwide.

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INSIGHT The 'Maharashtra Travel and Tourism Exchange 26th – 28th February 2015

'Maharashtra Tourism' announces the inaugural edition of 'Maharashtra International Travel Mart', India's biggest B2B travel event in Mumbai from the 26th – 28th February, 2015 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon. The state of Maharashtra and Mumbai city have over the years contributed towards being a large part of the India's ever growing tourism arrival figures, both to within India destinations and overseas. The Inaugural edition of 'Maharashtra International Travel Mart' is set on a B2B platform with over 250 registered Buyers and Media from over 30 countries exploring business opportunities for discerning travel and

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tourism products. These features will make the event one of the most sought after travel events in the country. Mrs. Valsa R Nair Singh, IAS, Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Gov t. of Maharashtra said "Maharashtra is home to the largest inventory of tourism products that the country has to offer with five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, over 900 caves, 350 forts with splendid wildlife and world-class beaches to adorn. 'Maharashtra International Travel Mart', being held for the first time will provide the impetus to the inbound travel and tourism industry and would enhance the marketing efforts of Maharashtra Tourism to promote our

destinations to the travel trade and tourists from all over the world." The Hosted buyers will be invited from the following key inbound markets: Netherlands, A u s t ra l i a , C a n a d a , France, Greece, Israel Japan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, UK, USA, South Africa, Singapore, etc. The event is supported by major travel – trade and hospitality association in India such as ADTOI, ATOAI and IATO. EXCLUSIVE MAHARASHTRA PAVILION: Destination Maharashtra Maharashtra has been one of India's biggest tourist attractions with its wide arena of magnetism. Mumbai being India's biggest gateway city has been a key contributor to the Indian tourism visitor figures. The exclusive pavilion of Maharashtra shall showcase the different facets of Maharashtra such as festivals of Maharashtra, its beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Konkan Region, Pilgrimage Destinations, Wildlife and National Parks, Medical Tourism, Destination Management Companies,

Travel Agents and Tour Operators, Handicrafts, Cultural Vistas, etc. Hosted Buyer Program: The Buyer Program will have a refundable caution deposit system for all buyers to enhance the seriousness of the event. The amount will be refundable on the successful completion of the mandatory seller appointments. All International Buyers pay a refundable deposit of USD 500 and Domestic Buyers, a deposit of Rs. 10,000. Buyer Registration forms is available on www.mitmlive.com Maharashtra is India's leading industrial state contributing 13% of national industrial output. Almost 46% of the GSDP is contributed by industry. Maharashtra's gross state domestic product for 2011 is estimated at INR 9013 billion (US$150 billion) in current prices. As of 2010 Maharashtra had a Per Capita Income of $1,660, far ahead of national average of $1,219. Maharashtra's GDP Per Capita crossed the US$2,000 threshold for the first time in 2011 making it one of the richest states in India.

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HOSPITALITY PLUS Aamod’s new properties in Udaipur & Barog Aamod Resorts recently expanded its roots with the launch of its two properties- Dunn Perk Manor at Barog (Himachal Pradesh) and Amantra Shilpi by Aamod at Udaipur. Amantra Shilpi by Aamod is located 5 kms away from the city centre, an offbeat yet conveniently placed holiday retreat in Udaipur. Designed on a modern yet ethnic pattern, the colourful resort houses 42 spacious and comfortable rooms well-equipped with all modern amenities. To suit each guest’s personal preferences the rooms vary from Deluxe, Super Deluxe and Premier categories, each with attached balconies overlooking the sprawling lawns. The facilities at resort - 25 yard swimming pool; a Bar and a Garden Café along with the acclaimed in-house restaurant; discotheque, children playground, horse and camel riding, indoor recreational zone, conference hall, outdoor games, shopping arcade and arrangement of cultural / folk programmes on request.

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Dunn Perk Manor at Barog, an ideal place for not only individual travellers but also for groups looking at hosting small parties and family re-unions. Nestled 1 Km from the Kalka- Shimla Highway (NH-22). It is an 8-room large and comfortable villa, with all modern day amenities desired for a comfortable holiday experience. The bedrooms are spacious and wellfurnished with modern comforts and attention to hygiene. The dining hall is expansive with attached projection lounge with large sofas for guests to watch movies and unwind. The recreational zone is well stocked with interesting indoor activities including a pool table. For the fitness conscious guests, the villa has an in-house gymnasium along with steam and sauna facility. The villa also has parking facility available on site along with driver accommodation.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Opens in Agra The DoubleTree by Hilton Agra is among just a few hotels offering views of the magnificent Taj Mahal. The hotel is also near popular attractions and shopping districts including the Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb, Jama Masjid and Kinari Bazaar. DoubleTree by Hilton Agra features 104 guestrooms, including 4 suites,

all equipped with amenities including the signature Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree sleep experience bed, Wi-Fi, 42” HDTV with premium channels, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, electronic safe and a three or fourfixture bathroom with a walk-in rain shower.

Guests will be able to choose from 4 dining venues at the hotel- North 27; Kebab-E-Que; Plush Bar, a lounge and The Food Store. Recreational facilities at the hotel include an outdoor infinity pool with views of the Taj Mahal, a complimentary 24-hour fitness centre, Kids’ Activities Room, spa and a salon. The 3,840-square feet Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 425 people and is connected to an open-air area, while the 1,820square foot Coronation Room can be separated into three distinct spaces and accommodates up to 200. Concourse is the hotel’s multi-function hall which can accommodate up to 75 people. Guests can also make use of two boardrooms and the 24-hour business centre. The DoubleTree by Hilton Agra is owned by Archer Hospitality Private Limited and managed by Hilton Worldwide.

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HOSPITALITY PLUS KEYS Hotels opens in Tirupati KEYS HOTEL VIHAS, KEYS Hotels recently launched its17th hotel—Keys Hotel Vihas at Tirupati. Located in heart of the city, Hotel Keys Vihas is at convenient distance from Tirumala Temple. The hotel is equipped with 58 spacious rooms and 3 luxurious suites. The rooms offer a perfect ambience for both business travelers as well as pilgrims. The multi-cuisine restaurant 'Nine Flavors' serves sumptuous cuisine crafted from the finest of ingredients and a splendid menu that changes with each season. The hotel also offers 2 halls, each with the capacity of accommodating up to 120 guests and equipped with

state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, dedicated for meetings & team events. Other amenities include high speed internet and a travel desk, which makes Keys Hotel Vihas, Tirupati an ideal venue for business gatherings or special occasions.

HOSPITALITY PLUS Hilton has opened a DoubleTree hotel in Agra Set in the heart of the bustling city and minutes away from the Taj Mahal, the DoubleTree by Hilton Agra. The hotel is located 10 kms from the Agra Airport and 7kms from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station. From Delhi can also easily access the hotel from the Delhi - Agra Yamuna Expressway. DoubleTree by Hilton Agra features 104 guestrooms, including four suites, all equipped with amenities. Recreational facilities include an outdoor infinity pool with views of the Taj Mahal, 24hour fitness centre, Kids’

Activities Room, spa and a salon. The 3,840-square foot Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 425 people and is connected to an open-air area, while the 1,820-square foot Coronation Room can be separated into three distinct spaces and accommodates up to 200. Four dining venues at the hotel, including: North 27, Kebab-E-Que, Plush Bar, a lounge; and The Food Store.

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre opens

LE ROYAL CLUB Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and C o nfe re n c e C e nt re h a s proudly announced the opening of its much-awaited 196 luxury room 'Le Royal Club.' The exclusive annex building was officially launched by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President Dubai

Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and Chairman Emirates Group and Chairman Dubai Airports. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre offers a m o d e r n b u s i n e s s h o te l experience while maintaining the unique charm of a tranquil resort. Spread across 38 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the new 8storey Le Royal Club boasts some of the largest hotel rooms in the city. Measuring a spacious 52 sqm, each room is equipped with every modern comfort and the latest in

technology. Personalised check-in lounges positioned on each floor make guests feel welcome and relaxed, with the convenient facilities helping to save their precious time. “We are extremely delighted to have opened the doors to our new Le Royal Club as part of our expansion plans to cater to the growing segments

of our business. By second quarter of 2015 we will be offering the state of the art Event and Conference facilities to compliment the 580 rooms and 18 Food & Beverage venues of our hotel', added M r. R a n j a n N a d a ra j a h , General Manager, LeMéridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre.

Pride Group’s PAN India presence Pride Group has emerged as a National Hotel chain with presence in almost all the regions of the country offering unmatched service thus exceeding the expectations of its guests. Pride Group of Hotels are primely located at Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, in West, Bangalore & Chennai in South, Kolkata in East and Delhi, Dharamshala, Jaipur,

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Kanha in North. These Hotels offer World Class hospitality standards combined with excellent ambience and quality service. They are equipped with designed banquet halls, spacious meetings and conference rooms, modern and luxurious guest rooms, multi cuisine and Indian restaurants and Bar along with other amenities like gym, spa, swimming pool

etc. The guest rooms are stocked with LCD TV, high speed internet access, mini bar, tea coffee maker, in room safe etc. Pride Group of Hotels offers unique environment and acts as a natural catalyst to memorable stay, vacations and events through

its three brands viz. Hotels, Biznotels and Resorts. www.pridehotel.com

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HOSPITALITY PLUS KEYS Hotels opens in Tirupati KEYS HOTEL VIHAS, KEYS Hotels recently launched its17th hotel—Keys Hotel Vihas at Tirupati. Located in heart of the city, Hotel Keys Vihas is at convenient distance from Tirumala Temple. The hotel is equipped with 58 spacious rooms and 3 luxurious suites. The rooms offer a perfect ambience for both business travelers as well as pilgrims. The multi-cuisine restaurant 'Nine Flavors' serves sumptuous cuisine crafted from the finest of ingredients and a splendid menu that changes with each season. The hotel also offers 2 halls, each with the capacity of accommodating up to 120 guests and equipped with

state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, dedicated for meetings & team events. Other amenities include high speed internet and a travel desk, which makes Keys Hotel Vihas, Tirupati an ideal venue for business gatherings or special occasions.

HOSPITALITY PLUS Hilton has opened a DoubleTree hotel in Agra Set in the heart of the bustling city and minutes away from the Taj Mahal, the DoubleTree by Hilton Agra. The hotel is located 10 kms from the Agra Airport and 7kms from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station. From Delhi can also easily access the hotel from the Delhi - Agra Yamuna Expressway. DoubleTree by Hilton Agra features 104 guestrooms, including four suites, all equipped with amenities. Recreational facilities include an outdoor infinity pool with views of the Taj Mahal, 24hour fitness centre, Kids’

Activities Room, spa and a salon. The 3,840-square foot Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 425 people and is connected to an open-air area, while the 1,820-square foot Coronation Room can be separated into three distinct spaces and accommodates up to 200. Four dining venues at the hotel, including: North 27, Kebab-E-Que, Plush Bar, a lounge; and The Food Store.

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre opens

LE ROYAL CLUB Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and C o nfe re n c e C e nt re h a s proudly announced the opening of its much-awaited 196 luxury room 'Le Royal Club.' The exclusive annex building was officially launched by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President Dubai

Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and Chairman Emirates Group and Chairman Dubai Airports. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre offers a m o d e r n b u s i n e s s h o te l experience while maintaining the unique charm of a tranquil resort. Spread across 38 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the new 8storey Le Royal Club boasts some of the largest hotel rooms in the city. Measuring a spacious 52 sqm, each room is equipped with every modern comfort and the latest in

technology. Personalised check-in lounges positioned on each floor make guests feel welcome and relaxed, with the convenient facilities helping to save their precious time. “We are extremely delighted to have opened the doors to our new Le Royal Club as part of our expansion plans to cater to the growing segments

of our business. By second quarter of 2015 we will be offering the state of the art Event and Conference facilities to compliment the 580 rooms and 18 Food & Beverage venues of our hotel', added M r. R a n j a n N a d a ra j a h , General Manager, LeMéridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre.

Pride Group’s PAN India presence Pride Group has emerged as a National Hotel chain with presence in almost all the regions of the country offering unmatched service thus exceeding the expectations of its guests. Pride Group of Hotels are primely located at Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, in West, Bangalore & Chennai in South, Kolkata in East and Delhi, Dharamshala, Jaipur,

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Kanha in North. These Hotels offer World Class hospitality standards combined with excellent ambience and quality service. They are equipped with designed banquet halls, spacious meetings and conference rooms, modern and luxurious guest rooms, multi cuisine and Indian restaurants and Bar along with other amenities like gym, spa, swimming pool

etc. The guest rooms are stocked with LCD TV, high speed internet access, mini bar, tea coffee maker, in room safe etc. Pride Group of Hotels offers unique environment and acts as a natural catalyst to memorable stay, vacations and events through

its three brands viz. Hotels, Biznotels and Resorts. www.pridehotel.com

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TravelShop Turkey Road Show Jan 2015 TravelShop Turkey & Murtis Tour is a leading Turkey incoming tour Operator headquartered in Istanbul and having it's branches across all cities in Turkey with tourist interests namely Kusadasi, Bodrum, Antalya, Marmaris, Fethiye and Cappadocia. We handle a lot of special interest groups in addition to individual tours with unique experiences and go above and beyond to create new and innovative programs not offered by anyone else. We a r e t h e o l d e s t Tu r k i s h

Representation in the Indian Market. After our successful road shows for travel trade partners last year, we once again this year are conducting a road show in partnership with Turkish Tourism Board and Turkish Airlines. The Road Show aims to showcase Turkey as the destination for travelers of all tastes and ages. This year we also endeavor to highlight some of the unique experiences that Turkey has to offer to today's evolved travelers who want more out of a holiday.

TAIWAN

Voted 'Best Value Destination' For 2015 Lonely Planet has voted Taiwan as one of the top contenders for the 'Best Value Destination' for 2015 – a title that fits this beautiful island like a glove! The article says; 'Taiwan delivers great all-round value. Taipei is significantly cheaper than Hong Kong, Seoul or Tokyo, and while hotels are a bit expensive, dorm beds and homestays abound in Taiwan and camping is common in a lot of the island's national parks and forests. Rail passes are standardized and cheap on fast and modern lines. Admission too many attractions and temples is cheap, and even major museums are affordable. Eating, perhaps the main attraction in Taiwan, is accessible to all

whether tucking into dumplings at a street stall or enjoying high-end fare at lower prices than comparable cities. A large bottle of Taiwanese beer will set you back around NT$120 (around INR 250), or much less if you get one from a grocery shop.” For a pocket-friendly and exciting holiday in 2015, head to Taiwan!

Date 22 Jan, 2015 (Thu) 23 Jan, 2015 (Fri) 24 Jan, 2015 (Sat) 27 Jan, 2015 (Tue) 28 Jan, 2015 (Wed) 2 Feb, 2015 (Mon)

Location New Delhi Hyderabad Bangalore Chennai Ahmedabad Mumbai

Program Royal Plaza Hotel Hotel Golkanada The Solitare Ramada Egmore Four Points Sheraton Sun Ville Banquets

Floating Islands in MALDIVES A unique series of man-made floating islands - called the 5 Lagoons Project – have begun to take shape in Maldives, which will be a series of almost 1,300 islands in the Indian Ocean. The floating islands are part of a joint project that many hope will be the solution to the impending environmental crisis the islands could face over the next 50 years. The project is a joint venture between the Maldivian government and Dutch Docklands, a Holland-based firm that specializes in building everything from floating prisons to floating conference and hotel complexes and homes. The 5 Lagoons Project — 80 million square feet — will include: a private islands project with $10 million villas; a floating 18-hole golf course with an

undersea tunnel; a conference complex and hotel; 185 $1-million waterfront homes connected along a flowershaped quay as well as a separate floating island with homes for residents of the Maldivian capital. Privately financed, the project is a joint venture between the Maldivian government and Dutch Docklands. The floating islands will not hurt or touch the coral reefs and coral beds that surround the island nor the other marine life in the Indian Ocean that surrounds the Maldives.

Australia & New Zealand to host ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015 Melbourne to host a spectacular Australian Opening Event for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on 12 February, 2015. Tournament co-hosts New Zealand will stage their Opening Event on the same evening in Christchurch. The Melbourne celebration will involve World Cup players and legends, cultural and music performances, a spectacular fireworks display and a yet to be revealed “special moment”. It will reflect the diversity and excitement of the 14 competing nations and include some icons in Australian entertainment. The opening events in both Melbourne and Christchurch will form part of a broadcast package to be televised around the world by Star Sports and its licensees. In Australia it will broadcast by FoxSports and the Nine Network. Victorian Minister for Major Events, Tourism and Sport, John Eren said the privilege of hosting the Opening Event meant that Melbourne would be the

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scene for the start of the tournament in Australia and its end, with the Final to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 chief Executive John Harnden said: “Melbourne will welcome the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to Australia for the first time i n 2 3 ye a rs w i t h t h i s Opening Event. “The Victorian Government along with Victorian Major Events Company are giving us great support to put on this show for the tournament in Australia and I’m sure it will get us off to a great start.” The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Opening Event in Australia is a free event, which will be ticketed. Tickets will be available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Members of the public interested in attending should go to w w w.cricketworldcup.com from midday Australian Eastern Summer Time on January 12, 2015 and follow the prompts. Each applicant can request up to four tickets.

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It has been 23 years since New Zealand last hosted the Cricket World Cup and the tournament has now become one of the biggest sporting events in the world. A million people are expected to attend matches and another billion to watch on television. Seven New Zealand centers have been chosen to host matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Auckland, Hamilton, Napier and Wellington are the host cities in North Island and Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin host the matches in South Island. All eyes will be on the chosen cities from 14 February to 29 March 2015 as they not only host thousands of players, officials and fans, but are also profiled globally to an expected television audience of more than a billion people. Watched by an estimated quarter of the

world's population - an audience of over two billion, the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is the perfect opportunity to experience the buzz of a high stakes global sports event as well as exploring New Zealand's stunningly beautiful landscapes in between. The event begins on 14 February 2015 and Auckland's Eden Park will host a semi-final on 24 March. Held every four years, the world's top 14 One-Day International (ODI) teams battle for the world crown, the honours so hard fought that even the world's greatest cricketers treasure that rare moment in their career when a winner's medal is draped around their neck. For more information, please log on to www.newzealand.com

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Nepal Airlines adds two new Airbus jets in its fleet

Nepal Airlines will welcome two new A320sNepal Airlines will continue to expand its fleet in 2015, with the addition of two new Airbus jets. In a

statement, state-run Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) stated that the two new single-aisle A320 aircraft would be delivered in February and April 2015. Both will come equipped with Airbus’ fuel-saving wing-tips, known as ‘Sharklets’. The arrivals follow MoU signed with Airbus in April 2013. Nepal Airlines currently operates a fleet of two Boeing 757s, two Twin Otters, one MA-60 and one Harbin Y-12 aircraft. The Chinese-made MA-60 and Y-12 are both almost brand new, having been delivered to NAC earlier in 2014.

Malindo Air will fly to Nepal Malaysia’s Malindo Air will fly to Nepal for the first time in 2015, as it continues its growth in South Asia. The new Kathmandu service will commence on 6 February 2015, operating daily direct from Kuala Lumpur. Malindo will serve the Nepalese capital with a 180-seat Boeing 737-900 aircraft. Flights will depart Kuala Lumpur’s KLIA2 airport daily at 1905 and arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 2130.

Kathmandu will become Malindo Air’s 18th international destination and its eighth in South Asia, following the Bangladeshi hubs of Dhaka and Chittagong and the Indian cities of Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Tiruchirappalli and Thiruvananthapuram. Services to Visakhapatnam, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, are also due to commence in February.

Fly the new feeling with Vistara The Delhi-based carrier Vistara unveiled its unique product and service elements that will fulfill its core brand

promise. The full service carrier will take off on January 9, 2015 with DelhiMumbai, Delhi-Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad-Mumbai as its initial routes. The hassle-free check-in and boarding process, with intuitively thoughtful on-board experience, comfortable and spacious seating coupled with carefully selected meals will deliver a seamless service experience to Vistara customers. Vistara’s 148-seat Airbus A320 aircraft will feature three cabins, with business class, premium economy and economy options. Business class seats will have

42-inch seat pitch and seven-inch recline, while passengers will be offered personal storage space and plated meals. Vistara also unveiled its tagline ‘Fly the new Feeling’, encouraging its potential customers to explore the product and feel the difference. Vistara is working on interline sales agreements and other partnerships with a few major international airlines including Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. These partnerships, will give customers of our partner airlines easier access to sectors serviced by Vistara. Further development of these partnerships will bring additional benefits to Club Vistara members and strengthen our value proposition. Vistara also announced a strategic partnership with the Taj Group, India’s largest hospitality company. With a common objective to enhance the travel experience for our mutual customers, the partnership will eventually include tie-ups which will benefit members of the Taj Inner Circle (TIC) and Club Vistara loyalty programs.

Threeland Travel appoints Global Destinations as their representative in India Threeland Travel, a DMC catering to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar appoints Global Destinations as their representative in India to promote packages to the four countries. Threeland Travel is a fully-licensed International Tour Operator under the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Vietnam. The License is a certification of Threeland’s bond at an approved bank to guarantee financial security in respect of customers’ advanced payments as well as the quality of travel services. In 2010, Threeland was granted the exclusive License of Gray Line - the world's leading brand in sightseeing tours and excursions. Being a Gray Line Licensee,

Based locally with dozen of years of experience in travel industry, we would be able to offer our client the lower prices comparing to other incoming operators in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia due to special bulk agreements with hotels and other service providers. Threeland Travel has its own investment in travel properties with cruise (in Halong bay), vehicles and boutique lodge, which enable us to be initiative, flexible in operation and competitive in operation cost. Mr. Pranav Kapadia, Founder, Global Destinations said “We’re very excited to have a d d e d Threeland Travel to our portfolio a n d l o o k forward to promoting the Indochina region which is becoming extremely popular to the discerning I n d i a n travellers.”

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TravelShop Turkey Road Show Jan 2015 TravelShop Turkey & Murtis Tour is a leading Turkey incoming tour Operator headquartered in Istanbul and having it's branches across all cities in Turkey with tourist interests namely Kusadasi, Bodrum, Antalya, Marmaris, Fethiye and Cappadocia. We handle a lot of special interest groups in addition to individual tours with unique experiences and go above and beyond to create new and innovative programs not offered by anyone else. We a r e t h e o l d e s t Tu r k i s h

Representation in the Indian Market. After our successful road shows for travel trade partners last year, we once again this year are conducting a road show in partnership with Turkish Tourism Board and Turkish Airlines. The Road Show aims to showcase Turkey as the destination for travelers of all tastes and ages. This year we also endeavor to highlight some of the unique experiences that Turkey has to offer to today's evolved travelers who want more out of a holiday.

TAIWAN

Voted 'Best Value Destination' For 2015 Lonely Planet has voted Taiwan as one of the top contenders for the 'Best Value Destination' for 2015 – a title that fits this beautiful island like a glove! The article says; 'Taiwan delivers great all-round value. Taipei is significantly cheaper than Hong Kong, Seoul or Tokyo, and while hotels are a bit expensive, dorm beds and homestays abound in Taiwan and camping is common in a lot of the island's national parks and forests. Rail passes are standardized and cheap on fast and modern lines. Admission too many attractions and temples is cheap, and even major museums are affordable. Eating, perhaps the main attraction in Taiwan, is accessible to all

whether tucking into dumplings at a street stall or enjoying high-end fare at lower prices than comparable cities. A large bottle of Taiwanese beer will set you back around NT$120 (around INR 250), or much less if you get one from a grocery shop.” For a pocket-friendly and exciting holiday in 2015, head to Taiwan!

Date 22 Jan, 2015 (Thu) 23 Jan, 2015 (Fri) 24 Jan, 2015 (Sat) 27 Jan, 2015 (Tue) 28 Jan, 2015 (Wed) 2 Feb, 2015 (Mon)

Location New Delhi Hyderabad Bangalore Chennai Ahmedabad Mumbai

Program Royal Plaza Hotel Hotel Golkanada The Solitare Ramada Egmore Four Points Sheraton Sun Ville Banquets

Floating Islands in MALDIVES A unique series of man-made floating islands - called the 5 Lagoons Project – have begun to take shape in Maldives, which will be a series of almost 1,300 islands in the Indian Ocean. The floating islands are part of a joint project that many hope will be the solution to the impending environmental crisis the islands could face over the next 50 years. The project is a joint venture between the Maldivian government and Dutch Docklands, a Holland-based firm that specializes in building everything from floating prisons to floating conference and hotel complexes and homes. The 5 Lagoons Project — 80 million square feet — will include: a private islands project with $10 million villas; a floating 18-hole golf course with an

undersea tunnel; a conference complex and hotel; 185 $1-million waterfront homes connected along a flowershaped quay as well as a separate floating island with homes for residents of the Maldivian capital. Privately financed, the project is a joint venture between the Maldivian government and Dutch Docklands. The floating islands will not hurt or touch the coral reefs and coral beds that surround the island nor the other marine life in the Indian Ocean that surrounds the Maldives.

Australia & New Zealand to host ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015 Melbourne to host a spectacular Australian Opening Event for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on 12 February, 2015. Tournament co-hosts New Zealand will stage their Opening Event on the same evening in Christchurch. The Melbourne celebration will involve World Cup players and legends, cultural and music performances, a spectacular fireworks display and a yet to be revealed “special moment”. It will reflect the diversity and excitement of the 14 competing nations and include some icons in Australian entertainment. The opening events in both Melbourne and Christchurch will form part of a broadcast package to be televised around the world by Star Sports and its licensees. In Australia it will broadcast by FoxSports and the Nine Network. Victorian Minister for Major Events, Tourism and Sport, John Eren said the privilege of hosting the Opening Event meant that Melbourne would be the

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scene for the start of the tournament in Australia and its end, with the Final to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 chief Executive John Harnden said: “Melbourne will welcome the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to Australia for the first time i n 2 3 ye a rs w i t h t h i s Opening Event. “The Victorian Government along with Victorian Major Events Company are giving us great support to put on this show for the tournament in Australia and I’m sure it will get us off to a great start.” The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Opening Event in Australia is a free event, which will be ticketed. Tickets will be available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Members of the public interested in attending should go to w w w.cricketworldcup.com from midday Australian Eastern Summer Time on January 12, 2015 and follow the prompts. Each applicant can request up to four tickets.

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It has been 23 years since New Zealand last hosted the Cricket World Cup and the tournament has now become one of the biggest sporting events in the world. A million people are expected to attend matches and another billion to watch on television. Seven New Zealand centers have been chosen to host matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Auckland, Hamilton, Napier and Wellington are the host cities in North Island and Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin host the matches in South Island. All eyes will be on the chosen cities from 14 February to 29 March 2015 as they not only host thousands of players, officials and fans, but are also profiled globally to an expected television audience of more than a billion people. Watched by an estimated quarter of the

world's population - an audience of over two billion, the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is the perfect opportunity to experience the buzz of a high stakes global sports event as well as exploring New Zealand's stunningly beautiful landscapes in between. The event begins on 14 February 2015 and Auckland's Eden Park will host a semi-final on 24 March. Held every four years, the world's top 14 One-Day International (ODI) teams battle for the world crown, the honours so hard fought that even the world's greatest cricketers treasure that rare moment in their career when a winner's medal is draped around their neck. For more information, please log on to www.newzealand.com

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Nepal Airlines adds two new Airbus jets in its fleet

Nepal Airlines will welcome two new A320sNepal Airlines will continue to expand its fleet in 2015, with the addition of two new Airbus jets. In a

statement, state-run Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) stated that the two new single-aisle A320 aircraft would be delivered in February and April 2015. Both will come equipped with Airbus’ fuel-saving wing-tips, known as ‘Sharklets’. The arrivals follow MoU signed with Airbus in April 2013. Nepal Airlines currently operates a fleet of two Boeing 757s, two Twin Otters, one MA-60 and one Harbin Y-12 aircraft. The Chinese-made MA-60 and Y-12 are both almost brand new, having been delivered to NAC earlier in 2014.

Malindo Air will fly to Nepal Malaysia’s Malindo Air will fly to Nepal for the first time in 2015, as it continues its growth in South Asia. The new Kathmandu service will commence on 6 February 2015, operating daily direct from Kuala Lumpur. Malindo will serve the Nepalese capital with a 180-seat Boeing 737-900 aircraft. Flights will depart Kuala Lumpur’s KLIA2 airport daily at 1905 and arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 2130.

Kathmandu will become Malindo Air’s 18th international destination and its eighth in South Asia, following the Bangladeshi hubs of Dhaka and Chittagong and the Indian cities of Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Tiruchirappalli and Thiruvananthapuram. Services to Visakhapatnam, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, are also due to commence in February.

Fly the new feeling with Vistara The Delhi-based carrier Vistara unveiled its unique product and service elements that will fulfill its core brand

promise. The full service carrier will take off on January 9, 2015 with DelhiMumbai, Delhi-Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad-Mumbai as its initial routes. The hassle-free check-in and boarding process, with intuitively thoughtful on-board experience, comfortable and spacious seating coupled with carefully selected meals will deliver a seamless service experience to Vistara customers. Vistara’s 148-seat Airbus A320 aircraft will feature three cabins, with business class, premium economy and economy options. Business class seats will have

42-inch seat pitch and seven-inch recline, while passengers will be offered personal storage space and plated meals. Vistara also unveiled its tagline ‘Fly the new Feeling’, encouraging its potential customers to explore the product and feel the difference. Vistara is working on interline sales agreements and other partnerships with a few major international airlines including Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. These partnerships, will give customers of our partner airlines easier access to sectors serviced by Vistara. Further development of these partnerships will bring additional benefits to Club Vistara members and strengthen our value proposition. Vistara also announced a strategic partnership with the Taj Group, India’s largest hospitality company. With a common objective to enhance the travel experience for our mutual customers, the partnership will eventually include tie-ups which will benefit members of the Taj Inner Circle (TIC) and Club Vistara loyalty programs.

Threeland Travel appoints Global Destinations as their representative in India Threeland Travel, a DMC catering to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar appoints Global Destinations as their representative in India to promote packages to the four countries. Threeland Travel is a fully-licensed International Tour Operator under the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Vietnam. The License is a certification of Threeland’s bond at an approved bank to guarantee financial security in respect of customers’ advanced payments as well as the quality of travel services. In 2010, Threeland was granted the exclusive License of Gray Line - the world's leading brand in sightseeing tours and excursions. Being a Gray Line Licensee,

Based locally with dozen of years of experience in travel industry, we would be able to offer our client the lower prices comparing to other incoming operators in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia due to special bulk agreements with hotels and other service providers. Threeland Travel has its own investment in travel properties with cruise (in Halong bay), vehicles and boutique lodge, which enable us to be initiative, flexible in operation and competitive in operation cost. Mr. Pranav Kapadia, Founder, Global Destinations said “We’re very excited to have a d d e d Threeland Travel to our portfolio a n d l o o k forward to promoting the Indochina region which is becoming extremely popular to the discerning I n d i a n travellers.”

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Philippines! current (Sinulog) of what was then known as Cebu’s Pahina R i v e r. T h u s , i n Cebuano, they say it’s Sinulog. Historians now say that Sinulog, which is of pagan Defined by its emerald rice fields, swarming suburbia, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, smoldering volcanoes, bugeyed tarsiers, rich archeological findings, and jovial, easygoing people, it is absolutely more fun in the Philippines. Exploring the island culture, let’s take a look at the lesser-known destinations that will take you off the beaten track and into the heart of Philippines.

CEBU Balmy weather, pristine beaches, shopping malls, entertainment centers, casinos, as well as golf fairways that gratify every whim and fancy - that is what makes up the whole tropical ecstasy of an island that is Cebu. Being the country’s second largest metropolis, Cebu is the political, financial, educational and cultural center of the Visayas. It has many luxurious resorts and hotels that are fully equipped modern conveniences. Magellan’s Cross: In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines and claimed the islands for Spain. The navigator then planted the cross of Christianity in the name of Spain on 14th April, 1521, which marks the spot where some 800 natives were baptized into Catholicism. This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street, right in front of the city center of Cebu City. A sign underneath the cross describes the original cross is encased within the wooden cross that is at the axis of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from the public, who chipped away parts of the cross as mementos or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers. Sinulog: Cebu’s biggest fiesta held on every third Sunday of January in honor of the Infant Jesus, or Senor Santo Nino. Sinulog is a prayer-dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Nino. The dance moves to the sound of the drums and this resembles the

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province’s endangered species including the ‘Tarsier’, the world’s smallest monkey. Feel the coolness of the air over here and view the remarkable display of the t h o u s a n d s m a h o ga ny t r e e s , meticulousl y planted by t h e inhabitants. Island of Imagination – Camiguin: The Camiguin Island is said to be ‘Born of Fire’. It has seven volcanoes unsurpassed anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Volcanic eruptions and land movements have

origin, is the link between the country’s pagan past and its Christian present.

BOHOL On the eastern side of Cebu is the country’s 10th largest island, Bohol. Consisting of crystal springs, rolling hills, plateaus and beaches, it is a picturesque province completed with centuries-old churches and ancestral homes. Abundant with historical and natural attractions, with exotic flora and fauna,

formed this magnificent island, full of natural wonders and historical treasures. A fabulous getaway of steep volcanoes, lush green jungles and ashen beaches like White Island, in this faultless setting, you'll find not only springs to appease your body, but also the clear pool and cold spring of Sto. Nio.

PALAWAN Dubbed as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, Palawan has it’s a surprise that Bohol is relatively small in size. Chocolate Hills: Consisting of at least 1268 haycock hills with heights ranging from 40 to 120 meters, the Chocolate Hills are one of Mother Nature’s unique gift. During the summer season, the dome-shaped, grasscovered, limestone hills dry up and turn chocolate brown. This transforms the locale into seemingly endless rows of "chocolate kisses", the branded confection – which is also the idea behind the name, Chocolate Hills. Smallest Monkey: In Bilar (a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol), a 3 kilometer manmade forest is sanctuary to the

approximately 1,780 islands and islets, rocky coves, and sugar-white sandy beaches. It also harbors an enormous stretch of virgin forests that carpet its chain of mountain ranges. The province boasts of many splendid beaches and resorts and it is where the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located. Tabon Caves - Quezon: Known as the ‘Cradle of Philippine Civilization’, Tabon Caves consists of a series of chambers where anthropologists discovered the remains of cude man and his tools. The oldest known habitation sites in Southeast Asia, these caves were the discovery site of the skull cap remains of the Tabon Man estimated to be 22,000 years. Also found, burial jars, jade ornaments and other jewelry, earthenware, animal bones, stone tools, and human fossils dating back to 47,000 years ago, the most primitive human vestiges found in the Philippines. Explore its 138 hectares of rugged cliffs and deep slopes and breathtaking sea view. Underground River: Underneath the St. Paul Mountain Range lies a calm underground river approximately 8 kilometers before opening up into a clear lagoon, flowing into the West Philippine Sea. It also features an exciting Monkey Trail with a series of wooden paths that lead to the forest. El Nido: Occupying an area of 96,000 hectares, this popular nature spot boasts of diverse ecosystems such as rainforest, mangroves, tabletop coral reefs, and limestone cliffs. It also features black marble caves, outlandish marine life and a perfect white-sand beach. It also showcases one of the most delectable samplings of the freshest seafood in the land.

maintained its fascinating natural habitat through the years. The islands of Palawan extend from Mindoro in the northeast to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. Palawan's almost 2,000 kilometers of asymmetrical seashore are speckled with

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Philippines! current (Sinulog) of what was then known as Cebu’s Pahina R i v e r. T h u s , i n Cebuano, they say it’s Sinulog. Historians now say that Sinulog, which is of pagan Defined by its emerald rice fields, swarming suburbia, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, smoldering volcanoes, bugeyed tarsiers, rich archeological findings, and jovial, easygoing people, it is absolutely more fun in the Philippines. Exploring the island culture, let’s take a look at the lesser-known destinations that will take you off the beaten track and into the heart of Philippines.

CEBU Balmy weather, pristine beaches, shopping malls, entertainment centers, casinos, as well as golf fairways that gratify every whim and fancy - that is what makes up the whole tropical ecstasy of an island that is Cebu. Being the country’s second largest metropolis, Cebu is the political, financial, educational and cultural center of the Visayas. It has many luxurious resorts and hotels that are fully equipped modern conveniences. Magellan’s Cross: In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines and claimed the islands for Spain. The navigator then planted the cross of Christianity in the name of Spain on 14th April, 1521, which marks the spot where some 800 natives were baptized into Catholicism. This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street, right in front of the city center of Cebu City. A sign underneath the cross describes the original cross is encased within the wooden cross that is at the axis of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from the public, who chipped away parts of the cross as mementos or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers. Sinulog: Cebu’s biggest fiesta held on every third Sunday of January in honor of the Infant Jesus, or Senor Santo Nino. Sinulog is a prayer-dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Nino. The dance moves to the sound of the drums and this resembles the

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province’s endangered species including the ‘Tarsier’, the world’s smallest monkey. Feel the coolness of the air over here and view the remarkable display of the t h o u s a n d s m a h o ga ny t r e e s , meticulousl y planted by t h e inhabitants. Island of Imagination – Camiguin: The Camiguin Island is said to be ‘Born of Fire’. It has seven volcanoes unsurpassed anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Volcanic eruptions and land movements have

origin, is the link between the country’s pagan past and its Christian present.

BOHOL On the eastern side of Cebu is the country’s 10th largest island, Bohol. Consisting of crystal springs, rolling hills, plateaus and beaches, it is a picturesque province completed with centuries-old churches and ancestral homes. Abundant with historical and natural attractions, with exotic flora and fauna,

formed this magnificent island, full of natural wonders and historical treasures. A fabulous getaway of steep volcanoes, lush green jungles and ashen beaches like White Island, in this faultless setting, you'll find not only springs to appease your body, but also the clear pool and cold spring of Sto. Nio.

PALAWAN Dubbed as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, Palawan has it’s a surprise that Bohol is relatively small in size. Chocolate Hills: Consisting of at least 1268 haycock hills with heights ranging from 40 to 120 meters, the Chocolate Hills are one of Mother Nature’s unique gift. During the summer season, the dome-shaped, grasscovered, limestone hills dry up and turn chocolate brown. This transforms the locale into seemingly endless rows of "chocolate kisses", the branded confection – which is also the idea behind the name, Chocolate Hills. Smallest Monkey: In Bilar (a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol), a 3 kilometer manmade forest is sanctuary to the

approximately 1,780 islands and islets, rocky coves, and sugar-white sandy beaches. It also harbors an enormous stretch of virgin forests that carpet its chain of mountain ranges. The province boasts of many splendid beaches and resorts and it is where the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located. Tabon Caves - Quezon: Known as the ‘Cradle of Philippine Civilization’, Tabon Caves consists of a series of chambers where anthropologists discovered the remains of cude man and his tools. The oldest known habitation sites in Southeast Asia, these caves were the discovery site of the skull cap remains of the Tabon Man estimated to be 22,000 years. Also found, burial jars, jade ornaments and other jewelry, earthenware, animal bones, stone tools, and human fossils dating back to 47,000 years ago, the most primitive human vestiges found in the Philippines. Explore its 138 hectares of rugged cliffs and deep slopes and breathtaking sea view. Underground River: Underneath the St. Paul Mountain Range lies a calm underground river approximately 8 kilometers before opening up into a clear lagoon, flowing into the West Philippine Sea. It also features an exciting Monkey Trail with a series of wooden paths that lead to the forest. El Nido: Occupying an area of 96,000 hectares, this popular nature spot boasts of diverse ecosystems such as rainforest, mangroves, tabletop coral reefs, and limestone cliffs. It also features black marble caves, outlandish marine life and a perfect white-sand beach. It also showcases one of the most delectable samplings of the freshest seafood in the land.

maintained its fascinating natural habitat through the years. The islands of Palawan extend from Mindoro in the northeast to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. Palawan's almost 2,000 kilometers of asymmetrical seashore are speckled with

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MYANMAR

Sited as the Crossroads of the Asian civilization, this great nation sits on a vast expanse that pans from the Andaman Islands, to the East of the Himalaya's. Burma as it was fondly know, invests in a rich historical past, showcasing to the world, a wealth of historical glory and the nuances of Buddhism. Breath-taking vistas, now beckon tourist from the world over, as Myanmar now goes out to the world to be explored.

in the region. Brands that exist in the older capital will still take a while to set foot in the new capital city. The Burmese are big on the environment. Even in a newly planned city, the government has reserved a sprawling capacity for the zoological park, herbal gardens, and the Safari Park(sprawling over 200 acres of land). The zoological garden is home to over 450 species of animals, including a climate-controlled Penguin House. The Nagalaik Lake Gardens, that inaugurated in 2008 has a small water park along the Nagalaik Dams near the Kyweshin Village. The garden is fully equipped with water slides and fun stuff for kids to enjoy. The Uppatasanti Pagoda (worked on the

trees and exotic plants dot the numerous gardens all over Burma. The city has amenities of a modern one; hence spoil yourself this holiday by indulging in some spa treatment. For the numerous sites around the city of Yangon, do visit the ChaukHtatGyi Pagoda. This Pagoda is known for its sweet eyes Buddha. The Golden Rock is another marvellous Buddhist monument. It hangs precariously over the edge of a cliff over 1100 meters above sea level. The Karaweik Hall at the Kandavgyi Lake covers an area of 150 acres, and looks like liquid gold squirting deep red fire. The bird-shape, floating restaurant is the highlight of this park.

Mandalay This is one very big city that is historically viable. It houses one of the most magnificent palaces of the Konbaung Dynasty. The Mandalay Hill is the most

The Capital City Naypyitaw Played host to one of the most prestigious ASEAN Summit (in the 25th year) in November 2014, the country gave to the world it's new capital, the city of Naypyitaw. Naypyitaw indeed has a very small history. Work in the country's new ca p i ta l re s u m e d i n 2 0 0 2 , j u st approximately 320 kilometres from the north of the old capital of Yangon. Yangon can be accesses using a state of the art 8 track lane highway. Naypyitaw is just the new definition of 'organization'. It is like living the dream of not being stuck in heady traffic, and vehicles aimlessly blaring their horns unto your ears. The Buildings are strategically aligned by the rank in ministry and in accordance to the rank in the army too. This planned city also has a designated area for hotels (One can find every type of hotel here), and other form of entertainment. Even though Naypyitaw is the administrative capital it does not overlook the residential aspect. Shopping has not yet flourished

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lines of the Shedadong Pagoda), is another important place of worship, that cannot be missed. It Pagoda deeply roots the Buddhist faith. For the shopaholics the Mayoma Market is indeed the place to be.

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popular tourist destination in the city. The city is known as the cultural hub. The Royal Palaces that were destroyed during the Second World War has been restored in the recent years. One must visit these palaces when visiting

Mandalay. Mandalay comes alive with monasteries and temples from this region. One can enjoy the Mandalay Regalia at the cultural museum. For some typical Burmese Leanings don't forget to visit the Golden Palace Monastry, that once belonged to King Thibaw. Some other places worth visiting A n g k o r Wa t ( T h e C a r d a m o m Sanctuary) - It is matchless in its current state of preservation. It's sheer mightiness give insight on the pomp and luxury of a bygone era. Armed with the impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, an artistic uniqueness as intricate as in the Taj Mahal. The monument is an actual replica of the universe in stone. The construction is built on fine sand, and serves as an ode to Lord Vishnu. As we wind up, don't forget to enjoy the delicious Burmese fresh water and seawater fish. Gorge on fruits and soak in Burmese tradition to the hilt. The littler destinations, of the like of Phnom Penh are seemingly majestic. This centre of administration houses the phenomenal the marvels of the silver Pagoda, housing the Emerald in the Palace Ground is a sure shot visit. Getting there - One can avail Visa online o n h t t p : / / e v i s a . m o i p . g o v. m m . Applicants can apply for e visas online, and pay using their Debit or Credit Card. Once the payment is processed applicants can print an approval letter, which will be available in 3 day. This is then stamped at the airport on arrival. Indian Passport holders can avail ON A R R I VA L V I S A o n t h e Ya d o n g International Airport.

Popularly known as Rangoon, the city houses a population of over 5 million people. The magnificent Shedadong Pagoda domineers over the cities skyline rendering a distinct Burmese flavour. The streets are filled with exotic arts and crafts. Along the city, the older architecture in the city is heavily influenced by colonial leanings. The newer rises that now dot the skyline are modern in origin. The city is scintillating and serves as a hub for buyers of precious stones. For all the foodies, it is fun to stir your appetite with some lip smacking Burmese Delights. Tropical

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INTERNATIONAL PLUS Dubai Introduces Multi-Entry Visa for Indian Cruise Passengers Dubai Cruise Tourism, part of Dubai Tourism, had four c i t y roadsho w in India as part of its overall strategy t o promote the city's strengths as a growing international hub for cruise tourism. The delegation visited New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai and had network with 700 key Indian travel trade partners and media. The Indian travel trade fraternity also learned more on the recently launched UAE multi-entry cruise tourism visa. Indian tourists entering the country to take a cruise who require entry into multiple UAE ports – for example Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Khorfakkan – can now apply for the new visa through their cruise line, either at the time or after booking. The visa is valid for 60 days from the date of issue to the first entry into UAE. After the first entry, the visa remains valid for 30 days. The Arabian Gulf is already one of the

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world's top three cruise destinations for winter sun and Dubai is the home port of choice for cruise operators in the region - including Costa, Aida, Royal Caribbean, MSC and TUI – offering the largest cruise facility in the Middle East. The main port, Mina Rashid, is located close to the centre of Dubai and excellent transportation links mean that the attractions of the city are within immediate reach of cruise passengers. Dubai's cruise season, which runs from October through to June, will see a total of 110 cruise ship calls carrying more than 381,000 passengers arriving in the city. Passenger numbers are set to rise by 19 per cent on the 2013/2014 season, meaning an additional 60,000 seatravellers will embark, disembark or transit at Mina Rashid, Dubai.

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Dubai gears up for Dubai Shopping Festival As Dubai gears up to celebrate Dubai Shopping Festival, key representatives from Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group came Mumbai for promotions. Commenting on Mr. Tawhid Abdullah, Chairman of Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group said, “This is the 20th anniversary of DSF and a milestone year for us. To make the experience memorable, we in association with Dubai Festival & Retail Establishment (DFRE), the organizers of D u b a i S h o p p i n g Fe st i va l , h ave attempted to manufacture the world's longest handmade gold chain, aptly termed as the Dubai Celebration Chain, with a minimum length of 5 kilometres. With the advanced booking facility, if the demand goes up the chain will be extended to 8 kilometres. The gold that will be used for manufacturing the chain would weigh about 180 kilos. The chain will be assembled in public, in the presence of media and representatives of Guinness World Records. This will be displayed in Deira Gold Souk in Dubai prior to DSF for public viewing. We hope to finish the manufacturing process and assemble the chain for display on January 2, 2015,” . Dubai Shopping Festival is unlike any other event in the world and is an experience made all the more memorable by the presence of 500 retail outlets offering unbelievable prices on

celebrated brands, several international and regional events, and the chance to take home prizes worth millions of dirhams. It is expected to showcase one of the largest collections of the trendiest and latest fashion products, jewellery, gadgets and other extravaganza for discerning shoppers. Dubai is perhaps the only place in the world where one can buy the latest designs in gold jewellery in all the major karatages. Shoppers spending AED 500 at any of the participating retail jewellery outlets will be entitled to a raffle coupon that will give them the chance to win 1 kg of gold and 1 carat diamond jewellery every day during DSF and 5 kg of gold as weekly prizes. On top of this fantastic offer at the end of the festival, there will be a mega prize draw giving a chance to win a whopping 40 kilos of gold, which will be distributed among four lucky winners, in addition to 8 ct. carat diamond (sponsored by World Diamond Mark Foundation)jewellery prize. The promotion is also available on the purchase of diamond jewellery, pearls and watches worth AED 500 that will entitle the shoppers with two raffle coupons, thereby increasing the chance to win. One can also win gold coins every hour by sending their raffle coupons numbers through SMS to over 5 radio stations and stand to win a total 8 kilos of gold.

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