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The Middle Land of Himachal Pradesh

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NEWS FLASH Taiwan Visa Free Of Cost For Indian Revision In Malaysian Visa Fees

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For Bookings Contact: 45, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005 Tel: 2218 7603/ 2218 0654 Fax: +91-22-2216 0614 Email: mumbai@mptourism.com

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Tourist Helpline : 1800 233 7777 www.mptourism.com

Indian Nationals are now entitled to free Taiwan visa which can be applied online -so its now even easier to plan a leisure holiday or MICE event to travel to Taiwan! Essentials: ! The applicant’s passport must have remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan. ! The applicant must possess an onward/return air or ferry ticket. ! The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan. In addition, the applicant must possess at least one of the following documents issued by the countries of Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States: ! Valid resident or permanent resident card.

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! Valid entry visa (can be electronic visa). ! Resident card or visa that has expired

less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan. Things to be remember !The visas do not include work permits. !Online applications can only be made by persons holding valid regular passports. !If any mistake is made during the online application process, the applicant may submit a new application. Once the application has been approved, the applicant has to print out t h e R O C Trav e l A u t h o r i z a t i o n Certificate which must be presented when entering Taiwan this allows the stay in Taiwan for 30 days, starting from the day after arrival .

Minister Of Railways Modifies Senior Citizens Concession Rules Ministry of Railways has decided to grant concession only to senior citizens who are permanently residing in India. It has been clarified that Senior Citizen concession shall not be admissible to the senior citizen of foreign nationals & NRIs. The revised rule for concession to Senior Citizen should be as under: Existing Rule - In case of Male Senior Citizen it is of age 60 years and above. And for Women Senior Citizen it is 58 years and above. Revised Rule - A Senior Citizen of Indian

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Nationality, permanently residing in India of the age of 60 years and above for Men Senior citizen and 58 years and above in case of Women Senior Citizen shall only be eligible for concession in passenger fare. This has been come into effect from 29th September 2016.

The Malaysia High Commission has outsourced its visa processing to One Stop Centre Malaysia Visa (OSC) with effect from September 15, 2016. The new visa-processing partner has come with a slight revision in fees. Applicants will now have to bear a total cost of Rs 5600 (Visa fees: Rs 1000 and Processing fees: Rs 4600). The processing time of the applications will be 5 working days for all categories. All o t h e r m a n d ato r y re q u i re m e nt s including the three-month bank statement and a valid return ticket remain unchanged. This manual application for Malaysian visa is recommended for travellers seeking multiple entries to Malaysia. The Malaysian Governme0nt also

recently introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization Visa (e-visa) for a short visit to Malaysia. At this point in time, the e-visa facility is available to Indians residing in India only and is valid for a single journey stay of maximum 30 days in Malaysia for tourism purposes. The E-visa fees would approx up to Rs 2700 (Rs 1050 for visa fees and USD 25 as processing fee) and has a turn round time of about 48 hours.

US Embassy Launch New Website The U.S. Mission to India has launched a new website for the Embassy in New Delhi and the four Consulates General in Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The new website address for the entire U.S. Mission is https://in.usembassy.gov. This website is in English, Hindi and Urdu. The official website has a wealth of resources, including information about applying for a U.S. VISA, job vacancy announcements, and official press releases. American citizens in India will find resources about passports, business people can learn about doing business in India and the United States,

and students can find more information about studying in America. The new website also has information about the four U.S. Consulates General and the services they provide. The new website is also mobileresponsive, adjusting layout depending on the visitor’s screen size, and allows for faster loading of content over a mobile internet connection. Shortcuts to visa information, U.S. citizen services, job opportunities, U.S. policy, press releases, and news and event are all available on the homepage for easier access. The website also features search functionality.

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NEWS FLASH Taiwan Visa Free Of Cost For Indian Revision In Malaysian Visa Fees

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For Bookings Contact: 45, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005 Tel: 2218 7603/ 2218 0654 Fax: +91-22-2216 0614 Email: mumbai@mptourism.com

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Tourist Helpline : 1800 233 7777 www.mptourism.com

Indian Nationals are now entitled to free Taiwan visa which can be applied online -so its now even easier to plan a leisure holiday or MICE event to travel to Taiwan! Essentials: ! The applicant’s passport must have remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan. ! The applicant must possess an onward/return air or ferry ticket. ! The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan. In addition, the applicant must possess at least one of the following documents issued by the countries of Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States: ! Valid resident or permanent resident card.

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! Valid entry visa (can be electronic visa). ! Resident card or visa that has expired

less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan. Things to be remember !The visas do not include work permits. !Online applications can only be made by persons holding valid regular passports. !If any mistake is made during the online application process, the applicant may submit a new application. Once the application has been approved, the applicant has to print out t h e R O C Trav e l A u t h o r i z a t i o n Certificate which must be presented when entering Taiwan this allows the stay in Taiwan for 30 days, starting from the day after arrival .

Minister Of Railways Modifies Senior Citizens Concession Rules Ministry of Railways has decided to grant concession only to senior citizens who are permanently residing in India. It has been clarified that Senior Citizen concession shall not be admissible to the senior citizen of foreign nationals & NRIs. The revised rule for concession to Senior Citizen should be as under: Existing Rule - In case of Male Senior Citizen it is of age 60 years and above. And for Women Senior Citizen it is 58 years and above. Revised Rule - A Senior Citizen of Indian

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Nationality, permanently residing in India of the age of 60 years and above for Men Senior citizen and 58 years and above in case of Women Senior Citizen shall only be eligible for concession in passenger fare. This has been come into effect from 29th September 2016.

The Malaysia High Commission has outsourced its visa processing to One Stop Centre Malaysia Visa (OSC) with effect from September 15, 2016. The new visa-processing partner has come with a slight revision in fees. Applicants will now have to bear a total cost of Rs 5600 (Visa fees: Rs 1000 and Processing fees: Rs 4600). The processing time of the applications will be 5 working days for all categories. All o t h e r m a n d ato r y re q u i re m e nt s including the three-month bank statement and a valid return ticket remain unchanged. This manual application for Malaysian visa is recommended for travellers seeking multiple entries to Malaysia. The Malaysian Governme0nt also

recently introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization Visa (e-visa) for a short visit to Malaysia. At this point in time, the e-visa facility is available to Indians residing in India only and is valid for a single journey stay of maximum 30 days in Malaysia for tourism purposes. The E-visa fees would approx up to Rs 2700 (Rs 1050 for visa fees and USD 25 as processing fee) and has a turn round time of about 48 hours.

US Embassy Launch New Website The U.S. Mission to India has launched a new website for the Embassy in New Delhi and the four Consulates General in Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The new website address for the entire U.S. Mission is https://in.usembassy.gov. This website is in English, Hindi and Urdu. The official website has a wealth of resources, including information about applying for a U.S. VISA, job vacancy announcements, and official press releases. American citizens in India will find resources about passports, business people can learn about doing business in India and the United States,

and students can find more information about studying in America. The new website also has information about the four U.S. Consulates General and the services they provide. The new website is also mobileresponsive, adjusting layout depending on the visitor’s screen size, and allows for faster loading of content over a mobile internet connection. Shortcuts to visa information, U.S. citizen services, job opportunities, U.S. policy, press releases, and news and event are all available on the homepage for easier access. The website also features search functionality.

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EVENTS TCEB unleashes its 2017 new campaign

EVENTS

All Smiles as IT&CMA & CTW Asia-Pacific Concludes

THAILAND CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success Thailand Convention and Exhibitions Bureau (TCEB) introduced its 2017 global communication campaign Thailand CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success to international MICE delegates and press members at IT&CM Asia and CTW AsiaPacific 2016. The campaign aimed to further strengthen the recognition among the international business community that Thailand is a premier MICE destination with the quality of destinations, venues, facilities and professional services on par with international standard. Ms. Parichat Svetasreni, Director of Marketing and Corporate Image of TCEB revealed that, “The strategic direction to promote Thailand's MICE industry is in response to the government policy of reinforcing international image in Thailand especially boosting the vibrancy of the country's MICE industry. Business events travellers will find many destinations in Thailand with its own distinct charisma and characteristics”. The Thailand CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success continues to build on the strong legacy of the three

fundamental pillars of Thailand's MICE industry including (1) Destinations (2) Business and (3) People, by showcasing the best of all three elements. The three key pillars of Thailand's MICE industry include: 1. DESTINATIONS OF THAILAND: E x p l o r i n g v i b ra n t d e s t i n a t i o n s embraced with vivid inspirations, highlighting three key attributes 1) Strategic Location: As the hub of ASEAN and Greater Mekong Sub-region. 2) Logistics Excellence: Business journey in Thailand is geared towards success owing to such comprehensive infrastructure and logistics excellence. 3) Diversity of Destinations & Experiences: meeting themes that can transform a usual venues into any theme events; team building; outdoor adventures; CSR and green meetings; lavish luxury; culinary journeys; and beach bliss theme. 2. BUSINESS IN THAILAND: Embarking on the resourceful Thailand with vital business collaborations for worldwide opportunities, highlighting 1 ) S t ro n g l y b a c ke d u p by t h e

Government p o l i c y, M I C E industry of Thailand is gearing towards the brighter future, so business event travellers can rest assure that Thailand can help them complete their b u s i n e s s m i s s i o n s successfully and efficiently. 2) Advanced Technology and Digital Facility 3) International Competency: Trusted as the regional headquarters for several leading global corporations such as Google, Line, Alibaba, Honda, Ford, Chevron and many more. 3. PEOPLE OF THAILAND: Engaging passionate professionals with a touch of Thai vibrancy. Thailand's MICE professionals are more than ready to service the needs of any business events and make any business journey a vibrant journey, highlighting three key attributes, which include:

1) Ease of doing business: Your vibrant business journeys starts at the very first step of arrival with Premium Lane service at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Wherever you go and do businesses in Thailand, there are helpful and professional people to assist along the journey throughout the trip. 2) Professionalism goes beyond standard: Thailand as industry people are all welltrained to deliver professionalism in every step of doing business. 3) Access to New Generation of Business: Thailand is the crossroads of young entrepreneurs and start-ups and the Thai government has the scheme to provide support and facilitate for these start-ups. In 2017 Thailand expects to welcome a total of 1,109,000 business events travellers, an increase from 1,060,000 in 2016 and earning the Thai economy a total of 101 billion baht (US$ 2,900 million), or up from 92 billion baht (US$ 2,600 million) in 2016.

Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart The three day Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart, 2016, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on October 15, 2016. Shri Surendra Patwa and Chairman of State Tourism Development Corporation, Shri Tapan Bhoumik, were also present on the occasion. Around 70 hosted buyers from 28 countries, 175 domestic buyers from 54 Indian cities and a total of 61 Exhibitors, out of which 50 Sellers / Exhibitors being

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from Madhya Pradesh, took part in the third edition of M.P. Travel Mart. Presidents of major National Travel Trade Associations like IATO, ADTOI, ATOAI and ITTA also attended the Mart. A platform was provided for setting up meetings amongst the attendees and more than 1900 such business meetings took place in the two days of the Mart. The show focused on - how to attract more investment, how to increase the number of tourists and how to encourage international tourism besides hotels and hospitality in Madhya Pradesh. A presentation focusing on efforts being undertaken for enhancing tourism in Madhya Pradesh was given by the Secretary Tourism and Managing Director of Tourism Development Corporation, Shri Hari Ranjan Rao in the M. P. Travel Mart. Views were exchanged

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on the wide scope in tourism sector and how to accelerate tourism development in Madhya Pradesh. An early Morning Heritage Walk was organised this time which got a tremendous response, as over 175 hosted buyers attended the Walk and experienced the interesting sights of the city of Bhopal. For the first time a live webinar was organized on “A chance for Building Partnerships in Madhya Pradesh”. Not only the attendees but also the buyers across the globe, who could not make it to the MP travel mart this time, benefited from the webinar. Several presenters made presentations to showcase Madhya Pradesh's Wildlife, Culture and Heritage tourism.

The three-day IT&CMA and CTW AsiaPacificconcluded with over 10,000 business appointments on the show floor. Deemed to be one of the best shows yet according to attendees, delegates across the board complimented this year's highlights including the high quality exhibitor

showcase, stellar buyer profiles, excellent knowledge opportunities and conducive networking platforms. The solid education programme's focus and depth, poignant topics and relevant speakers also drew nods from attending delegates. As the industry continues to evolve and attract a demographic of

veterans and new-comers to the trade, participants at the conference and knowledge sessions acknowledged that the learning experience evidence d the organiser's pulse on the marketplace. The most anticipated event of the last day was the 15th Sticky Awards Ceremony that celebrated the efforts of exhibitors, corporates, buyers and corporate travel managers who stood out amongst participants at the show. This year, Korea took home 2 of the 12 awards for Stickiest Marketing and Gold for the Stickiest National Booth. Other winners included TCEB for the Stickiest

Function in hosting the Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception, Michael Lee from FREME Travel Services (Stickiest Buyer), Hamish Wang of Apple I n c . ( S t i c k i e s t C o r p o ra t e Tra v e l Manager), Philippines (Stickiest National Booth, Silver), Thailand (Stickiest National Booth, Bronze), Thai Airways (Stickiest Corporate Booth, Gold), Resorts World Sentosa Singapore (Stickiest Corporate Booth, Silver), Centara Grand Hotel Bangkok (Stickiest Corporate Booth, Bronze), and Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Stickiest Social Sharing).

PATA India & MOT Roadshow in Europe PATA India Chapter, in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, conducted its business development Roadshow in six European cities from October 17-27, 2016. The Roadshow started in Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Vienna (Austria), Prague (Czech Republic) and in Warsaw (Poland). PATA India Chapter’s Executive Director, Runeep Sangha, said, “We are more than satisfied with the response we have received from the European market. Since last year we have covered European Countries and hope to firmly establish ‘Share of Mind’. Roadshows are aimed to promote

inbound tourism from these important and emerging source markets for India. These markets have a variety of travellers, including both high-end as well as mid-market. The idea is to give the Buyers and key influences a taste of Incredible India. Vienna, Prague & Warsaw are emerging E u ro p ea n s o u rc e m a rket s a n d demonstrate keen interest in India. Altogether nearly 80 Buyers participated in the Roadshow from the market. Air India & Jet Airways have contributed to augment the connectivity between important European cities and India. The Indian Ambassadors in the Helsinki & Prague spoke to the participating

Buyers and assured them of their fullest cooperation to not only facilitate travel to India but also partner in promotional activities. At the event, India was represented by 14 sellers including Airlines, State Tourism Boards, Ayurveda Resorts and Destination Management Companies. Dr. U.S. Mishra, Additional Director India Tourism, Amsterdam, and Mr. Jitendra Jadhav, Additional Director, India Tourism, Frankfurt, made significant contribution to the hosting and coordination of these Roadshows were also present in their respective markets.

The event brought together a broad s p e c t r u m o f q u a l i t y To u r i s m professionals and suppliers from India covering wide ranging options including Ayurveda Resorts, Luxury Hotels, Airlines, State Tourism Bodies etc. who interacted with over 150 local travel partners and buyers in over 2000 B2B speed meeting sessions.

Shri Chouhan distributed awards to winners under the M.P. State Tourism Awards Distribution programme. A total of 30 awards were given in 22 categories. These awards are given in order to promote excellence in the Madhya Pradesh Tourism sector. Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge) and Agriculture Development and Farmers Welfare.

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EVENTS TCEB unleashes its 2017 new campaign

EVENTS

All Smiles as IT&CMA & CTW Asia-Pacific Concludes

THAILAND CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success Thailand Convention and Exhibitions Bureau (TCEB) introduced its 2017 global communication campaign Thailand CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success to international MICE delegates and press members at IT&CM Asia and CTW AsiaPacific 2016. The campaign aimed to further strengthen the recognition among the international business community that Thailand is a premier MICE destination with the quality of destinations, venues, facilities and professional services on par with international standard. Ms. Parichat Svetasreni, Director of Marketing and Corporate Image of TCEB revealed that, “The strategic direction to promote Thailand's MICE industry is in response to the government policy of reinforcing international image in Thailand especially boosting the vibrancy of the country's MICE industry. Business events travellers will find many destinations in Thailand with its own distinct charisma and characteristics”. The Thailand CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success continues to build on the strong legacy of the three

fundamental pillars of Thailand's MICE industry including (1) Destinations (2) Business and (3) People, by showcasing the best of all three elements. The three key pillars of Thailand's MICE industry include: 1. DESTINATIONS OF THAILAND: E x p l o r i n g v i b ra n t d e s t i n a t i o n s embraced with vivid inspirations, highlighting three key attributes 1) Strategic Location: As the hub of ASEAN and Greater Mekong Sub-region. 2) Logistics Excellence: Business journey in Thailand is geared towards success owing to such comprehensive infrastructure and logistics excellence. 3) Diversity of Destinations & Experiences: meeting themes that can transform a usual venues into any theme events; team building; outdoor adventures; CSR and green meetings; lavish luxury; culinary journeys; and beach bliss theme. 2. BUSINESS IN THAILAND: Embarking on the resourceful Thailand with vital business collaborations for worldwide opportunities, highlighting 1 ) S t ro n g l y b a c ke d u p by t h e

Government p o l i c y, M I C E industry of Thailand is gearing towards the brighter future, so business event travellers can rest assure that Thailand can help them complete their b u s i n e s s m i s s i o n s successfully and efficiently. 2) Advanced Technology and Digital Facility 3) International Competency: Trusted as the regional headquarters for several leading global corporations such as Google, Line, Alibaba, Honda, Ford, Chevron and many more. 3. PEOPLE OF THAILAND: Engaging passionate professionals with a touch of Thai vibrancy. Thailand's MICE professionals are more than ready to service the needs of any business events and make any business journey a vibrant journey, highlighting three key attributes, which include:

1) Ease of doing business: Your vibrant business journeys starts at the very first step of arrival with Premium Lane service at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Wherever you go and do businesses in Thailand, there are helpful and professional people to assist along the journey throughout the trip. 2) Professionalism goes beyond standard: Thailand as industry people are all welltrained to deliver professionalism in every step of doing business. 3) Access to New Generation of Business: Thailand is the crossroads of young entrepreneurs and start-ups and the Thai government has the scheme to provide support and facilitate for these start-ups. In 2017 Thailand expects to welcome a total of 1,109,000 business events travellers, an increase from 1,060,000 in 2016 and earning the Thai economy a total of 101 billion baht (US$ 2,900 million), or up from 92 billion baht (US$ 2,600 million) in 2016.

Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart The three day Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart, 2016, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on October 15, 2016. Shri Surendra Patwa and Chairman of State Tourism Development Corporation, Shri Tapan Bhoumik, were also present on the occasion. Around 70 hosted buyers from 28 countries, 175 domestic buyers from 54 Indian cities and a total of 61 Exhibitors, out of which 50 Sellers / Exhibitors being

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from Madhya Pradesh, took part in the third edition of M.P. Travel Mart. Presidents of major National Travel Trade Associations like IATO, ADTOI, ATOAI and ITTA also attended the Mart. A platform was provided for setting up meetings amongst the attendees and more than 1900 such business meetings took place in the two days of the Mart. The show focused on - how to attract more investment, how to increase the number of tourists and how to encourage international tourism besides hotels and hospitality in Madhya Pradesh. A presentation focusing on efforts being undertaken for enhancing tourism in Madhya Pradesh was given by the Secretary Tourism and Managing Director of Tourism Development Corporation, Shri Hari Ranjan Rao in the M. P. Travel Mart. Views were exchanged

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on the wide scope in tourism sector and how to accelerate tourism development in Madhya Pradesh. An early Morning Heritage Walk was organised this time which got a tremendous response, as over 175 hosted buyers attended the Walk and experienced the interesting sights of the city of Bhopal. For the first time a live webinar was organized on “A chance for Building Partnerships in Madhya Pradesh”. Not only the attendees but also the buyers across the globe, who could not make it to the MP travel mart this time, benefited from the webinar. Several presenters made presentations to showcase Madhya Pradesh's Wildlife, Culture and Heritage tourism.

The three-day IT&CMA and CTW AsiaPacificconcluded with over 10,000 business appointments on the show floor. Deemed to be one of the best shows yet according to attendees, delegates across the board complimented this year's highlights including the high quality exhibitor

showcase, stellar buyer profiles, excellent knowledge opportunities and conducive networking platforms. The solid education programme's focus and depth, poignant topics and relevant speakers also drew nods from attending delegates. As the industry continues to evolve and attract a demographic of

veterans and new-comers to the trade, participants at the conference and knowledge sessions acknowledged that the learning experience evidence d the organiser's pulse on the marketplace. The most anticipated event of the last day was the 15th Sticky Awards Ceremony that celebrated the efforts of exhibitors, corporates, buyers and corporate travel managers who stood out amongst participants at the show. This year, Korea took home 2 of the 12 awards for Stickiest Marketing and Gold for the Stickiest National Booth. Other winners included TCEB for the Stickiest

Function in hosting the Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception, Michael Lee from FREME Travel Services (Stickiest Buyer), Hamish Wang of Apple I n c . ( S t i c k i e s t C o r p o ra t e Tra v e l Manager), Philippines (Stickiest National Booth, Silver), Thailand (Stickiest National Booth, Bronze), Thai Airways (Stickiest Corporate Booth, Gold), Resorts World Sentosa Singapore (Stickiest Corporate Booth, Silver), Centara Grand Hotel Bangkok (Stickiest Corporate Booth, Bronze), and Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Stickiest Social Sharing).

PATA India & MOT Roadshow in Europe PATA India Chapter, in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, conducted its business development Roadshow in six European cities from October 17-27, 2016. The Roadshow started in Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Vienna (Austria), Prague (Czech Republic) and in Warsaw (Poland). PATA India Chapter’s Executive Director, Runeep Sangha, said, “We are more than satisfied with the response we have received from the European market. Since last year we have covered European Countries and hope to firmly establish ‘Share of Mind’. Roadshows are aimed to promote

inbound tourism from these important and emerging source markets for India. These markets have a variety of travellers, including both high-end as well as mid-market. The idea is to give the Buyers and key influences a taste of Incredible India. Vienna, Prague & Warsaw are emerging E u ro p ea n s o u rc e m a rket s a n d demonstrate keen interest in India. Altogether nearly 80 Buyers participated in the Roadshow from the market. Air India & Jet Airways have contributed to augment the connectivity between important European cities and India. The Indian Ambassadors in the Helsinki & Prague spoke to the participating

Buyers and assured them of their fullest cooperation to not only facilitate travel to India but also partner in promotional activities. At the event, India was represented by 14 sellers including Airlines, State Tourism Boards, Ayurveda Resorts and Destination Management Companies. Dr. U.S. Mishra, Additional Director India Tourism, Amsterdam, and Mr. Jitendra Jadhav, Additional Director, India Tourism, Frankfurt, made significant contribution to the hosting and coordination of these Roadshows were also present in their respective markets.

The event brought together a broad s p e c t r u m o f q u a l i t y To u r i s m professionals and suppliers from India covering wide ranging options including Ayurveda Resorts, Luxury Hotels, Airlines, State Tourism Bodies etc. who interacted with over 150 local travel partners and buyers in over 2000 B2B speed meeting sessions.

Shri Chouhan distributed awards to winners under the M.P. State Tourism Awards Distribution programme. A total of 30 awards were given in 22 categories. These awards are given in order to promote excellence in the Madhya Pradesh Tourism sector. Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge) and Agriculture Development and Farmers Welfare.

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TRADE PLUS Bengal Travel Mart Global Panorama Showcase Announces Its 2017 Calendar announces its event of 2017 Harmandeep Singh Anand – Co Founder said, “GPS 2016 being a runaway success saw attendance from leaders of travel community in the Tier 2 & Tier 3 Cities. The format of the event is specially designed to empower and knowledge share various topics, issues and products that will have a positive impact on day to day business and benefit the trade in the region”. “Tourism is a key contributor to our economy, not only on a national level but also regional level,” says Madhu Saliankar – Sales & Marketing Director. GPS provides an opportunity to launch new destinations/ products/packages and reach out to the travel fraternity directly and understand the business potential of the region. Our target for GPS 2017 will be to put forth an array of varied exhibitors who will promote both Domestic as well as Outbound Tourism Products.

The 4th edition of Global Panorama Showcase, Nagpur was extremely successful and registered an increase in visitor footfalls from Central India. The event was followed by adding on 4 new shows into the portfolio namely; GPS Ahmedabad, GPS Chandigarh, GPS Kolkata and GPS Coimbatore. GPS 2016 saw a combined unique travel trade visitor registration of over 3000 people, firmly cementing GPS as a Premier B2B Travel event to recon with for the Tier 2 & Tier 3 Cities of India. GPS 2017, will take place in 6 cities n a m e l y ; N a g p u r, A h m e d a b a d , Chandigarh, Kolkata, Kochi and Pune. GPS will continue to offer important industry GPS Calendar 2017 trends and relevant Nagpur:19 th – 21 st, January 2017 knowledge to the Ahmedabad: 13 th – 15 th, July 2017 industry with one day dedicated to learning Chandigarh: 20 th – 22 nd, July 2017 and workshops, Kolkata: 27 th – 29 th, July 2017 alongside the business Kochi: 3 rd – 5 th, August 2017 meetings that will take place over the three Pune: 10 th – 12 th, August 2017 days.

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After the successful event of 2016, Bengal Travel Mart (BTM) announces the event dates for the year 2017 which is going to be held from 27th -29th January in Siliguri. Hon'ble Minister In Charge of North Bengal Development Department, Govt. of West Bengal - Shri Goutam Deb declared the next edition of Bengal Travel Mart dates at a press brief in Uttarkanya Branch Secretariat at Siliguri This year it plans to invite 200 buyers and sellers around the world. The main motive of BTM is to bring together the business fraternity and the unparalleled tourism products and services. It aims to expand the geography of sales of the exhibition's participants and also to introduce players to new areas and services to which they previously did not have access. Special thrust is given to Home stay, small investors & upcoming projects developers. BTM intends to promote tourism in West Bengal with special emphasis on North Bengal and Eastern Himalayan Region with a focus to combine tourism of Bengal and that of its neighbouring

DOMESTIC NEWS Goa Tourism launches Goa Duck Boats Goa Tourism on the auspicious day of Dussehra has launched a vessel that can run both on land and on water to attract large number of tourists in the coastal state.

states like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sikkim, Bihar, Assam, Chattisgarh and Odisha. In BTM 2016, nearly 100 noted tour operators from 12 states in India and five foreign countries had participated. Tour operators from foreign countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Russia and Slovakia also had participated in the event. This event was part of the state government ’s relentless drive & initiative to take tourism in Bengal to a new height. The event is brought by The Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal; North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) and Eastern Himalaya Travel & Tour Operators’ Association (EHTTOA).

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Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar launched the vessels popularly known as Goa Duck Boats and said “An adventure service as unique as this will create excitement and attract tourists by tapping into their curiosity and thrill seeking instincts. It is a novel concept in India with the excitement of touring the state on land and water." The full-fledged operations of the Goa Duck Tours will begin in November and online bookings will be through the Goa tourism website. It was informed that while the amphibious

rides will initially be carried out with two vehicles, another four vehicles will be added to the fleet in a phased manner. The vessels have been manufactured by Goabased Amphibious Design (India) Pvt Ltd and will be used for operations by Amphibian Tours Pvt Ltd, the official said. The vehicles have a maximum capacity of 32 seats and the tour comes at a price tag of Rs 500 per head per trip. Circuit tours will operate from Panjim which will

be the designated pick up point and will cater to Old Goa and Dr Salim Ali bird sanctuary to showcase the natural and cultural treasures of Goa. Each tour will be for an hour and six time slots will be scheduled for each vehicle in a day.

Cox & Kings Opens First Polo Marco Experience appoints Forex Store At Panjim, Goa Representation World as their Cox & Kings Ltd, opened its first dedicated Foreign Exchange branch at Panjim in Goa. The branch designed as a one-stop-shop for all foreign exchange requirements was inaugurated by Ravi Menon, Head, Foreign Exchange, Cox & Kings Ltd. The flagship store located at - Magnum Centre, First Floor, Shop 20, MG Road, Panjim The store will offer a slew of products buying and selling of all frequently traded foreign currencies, sell pre-paid cards, enable Money Transfer business where tourists can receive money from overseas, as well as provide domestic money transfer facilities. Students who desire to travel overseas from Goa for further studies can avail Foreign Currency Draft and Outward Remittance facilities through this outlet. According to Ravi Menon, Head, Foreign Exchange, Cox & Kings Ltd., “Goa is a key market as it receives a large number of foreign tourists. Our bouquet of foreign exchange products and services are

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designed to cater to this segment. Our branch will cater to all the requirements which are allowed under Authorised Dealer CAT II activities.” It has been observed that foreign tourists need help to exchange and exhaust their money when on their holiday. Cox & Kings will cater to both these needs, where these guests can exchange their money as well as use the money transfer facility to receive money from overseas. In case foreign tourists need help with their domestic holiday they can approach this branch, which in turn will refer them to the nearest Cox & Kings store. According to data released by the department of tourism, government of Goa, in 2015, Goa received 5.40 lakh international tourists, an increase of 5% over 2014. This year the state is expected to attract even more tourists especially from traditional markets such as USA, UK, France, Germany and Russia.

representative in India

Polo Marco Experience Ltd, (www.polomarcoexperienc e.com) a Luxury European Destination Management Company (DMC) based in London, with very specific focus on the Indian market, addressing both FIT and MICE upscale segments, announced Representation World as their business representative in India. M r. V i n e et G o p a l , D i re c to r at R e p r e s e n t a t i o n Wo r l d w i l l b e responsible for India Market - trade shows, sales call and marketing activities of Polo Marco Experience Ltd with business partners throughout India. “At Polo Marco Experience Ltd, unlike the other Personal Travel Designer companies who offer bespoke luxury packages to any part of the planet, or for travellers from all over the world”, Mr. Andrea Sigoni Co-founder & CEO. “We can offer all European destinations, giving access to the most authentic and

amazing European experiences. Despite being relatively small in size, Europe has an extraordinary level of diversity within its many regions, and has so many facets that you will never discover it all and never grow tired of its allure.” “From the very beginning we wanted to operate in one market only, and we focused on the Indian upscale FIT sector; after 3 years we created also the “MADE FOR INDIA” concept for the MICE segment, understanding that the needs of Indian travellers are profoundly different from those of tourists from America, China, Brazil or any other nation in the world. Our incentives and holidays are in fact designed to exceed even the most exacting standards, as well as accounting for the specific nuances of the Indian culture” – added Mr. Andrea Sigoni Co-founder & CEO.

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TRADE PLUS Bengal Travel Mart Global Panorama Showcase Announces Its 2017 Calendar announces its event of 2017 Harmandeep Singh Anand – Co Founder said, “GPS 2016 being a runaway success saw attendance from leaders of travel community in the Tier 2 & Tier 3 Cities. The format of the event is specially designed to empower and knowledge share various topics, issues and products that will have a positive impact on day to day business and benefit the trade in the region”. “Tourism is a key contributor to our economy, not only on a national level but also regional level,” says Madhu Saliankar – Sales & Marketing Director. GPS provides an opportunity to launch new destinations/ products/packages and reach out to the travel fraternity directly and understand the business potential of the region. Our target for GPS 2017 will be to put forth an array of varied exhibitors who will promote both Domestic as well as Outbound Tourism Products.

The 4th edition of Global Panorama Showcase, Nagpur was extremely successful and registered an increase in visitor footfalls from Central India. The event was followed by adding on 4 new shows into the portfolio namely; GPS Ahmedabad, GPS Chandigarh, GPS Kolkata and GPS Coimbatore. GPS 2016 saw a combined unique travel trade visitor registration of over 3000 people, firmly cementing GPS as a Premier B2B Travel event to recon with for the Tier 2 & Tier 3 Cities of India. GPS 2017, will take place in 6 cities n a m e l y ; N a g p u r, A h m e d a b a d , Chandigarh, Kolkata, Kochi and Pune. GPS will continue to offer important industry GPS Calendar 2017 trends and relevant Nagpur:19 th – 21 st, January 2017 knowledge to the Ahmedabad: 13 th – 15 th, July 2017 industry with one day dedicated to learning Chandigarh: 20 th – 22 nd, July 2017 and workshops, Kolkata: 27 th – 29 th, July 2017 alongside the business Kochi: 3 rd – 5 th, August 2017 meetings that will take place over the three Pune: 10 th – 12 th, August 2017 days.

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After the successful event of 2016, Bengal Travel Mart (BTM) announces the event dates for the year 2017 which is going to be held from 27th -29th January in Siliguri. Hon'ble Minister In Charge of North Bengal Development Department, Govt. of West Bengal - Shri Goutam Deb declared the next edition of Bengal Travel Mart dates at a press brief in Uttarkanya Branch Secretariat at Siliguri This year it plans to invite 200 buyers and sellers around the world. The main motive of BTM is to bring together the business fraternity and the unparalleled tourism products and services. It aims to expand the geography of sales of the exhibition's participants and also to introduce players to new areas and services to which they previously did not have access. Special thrust is given to Home stay, small investors & upcoming projects developers. BTM intends to promote tourism in West Bengal with special emphasis on North Bengal and Eastern Himalayan Region with a focus to combine tourism of Bengal and that of its neighbouring

DOMESTIC NEWS Goa Tourism launches Goa Duck Boats Goa Tourism on the auspicious day of Dussehra has launched a vessel that can run both on land and on water to attract large number of tourists in the coastal state.

states like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sikkim, Bihar, Assam, Chattisgarh and Odisha. In BTM 2016, nearly 100 noted tour operators from 12 states in India and five foreign countries had participated. Tour operators from foreign countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Russia and Slovakia also had participated in the event. This event was part of the state government ’s relentless drive & initiative to take tourism in Bengal to a new height. The event is brought by The Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal; North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) and Eastern Himalaya Travel & Tour Operators’ Association (EHTTOA).

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Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar launched the vessels popularly known as Goa Duck Boats and said “An adventure service as unique as this will create excitement and attract tourists by tapping into their curiosity and thrill seeking instincts. It is a novel concept in India with the excitement of touring the state on land and water." The full-fledged operations of the Goa Duck Tours will begin in November and online bookings will be through the Goa tourism website. It was informed that while the amphibious

rides will initially be carried out with two vehicles, another four vehicles will be added to the fleet in a phased manner. The vessels have been manufactured by Goabased Amphibious Design (India) Pvt Ltd and will be used for operations by Amphibian Tours Pvt Ltd, the official said. The vehicles have a maximum capacity of 32 seats and the tour comes at a price tag of Rs 500 per head per trip. Circuit tours will operate from Panjim which will

be the designated pick up point and will cater to Old Goa and Dr Salim Ali bird sanctuary to showcase the natural and cultural treasures of Goa. Each tour will be for an hour and six time slots will be scheduled for each vehicle in a day.

Cox & Kings Opens First Polo Marco Experience appoints Forex Store At Panjim, Goa Representation World as their Cox & Kings Ltd, opened its first dedicated Foreign Exchange branch at Panjim in Goa. The branch designed as a one-stop-shop for all foreign exchange requirements was inaugurated by Ravi Menon, Head, Foreign Exchange, Cox & Kings Ltd. The flagship store located at - Magnum Centre, First Floor, Shop 20, MG Road, Panjim The store will offer a slew of products buying and selling of all frequently traded foreign currencies, sell pre-paid cards, enable Money Transfer business where tourists can receive money from overseas, as well as provide domestic money transfer facilities. Students who desire to travel overseas from Goa for further studies can avail Foreign Currency Draft and Outward Remittance facilities through this outlet. According to Ravi Menon, Head, Foreign Exchange, Cox & Kings Ltd., “Goa is a key market as it receives a large number of foreign tourists. Our bouquet of foreign exchange products and services are

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designed to cater to this segment. Our branch will cater to all the requirements which are allowed under Authorised Dealer CAT II activities.” It has been observed that foreign tourists need help to exchange and exhaust their money when on their holiday. Cox & Kings will cater to both these needs, where these guests can exchange their money as well as use the money transfer facility to receive money from overseas. In case foreign tourists need help with their domestic holiday they can approach this branch, which in turn will refer them to the nearest Cox & Kings store. According to data released by the department of tourism, government of Goa, in 2015, Goa received 5.40 lakh international tourists, an increase of 5% over 2014. This year the state is expected to attract even more tourists especially from traditional markets such as USA, UK, France, Germany and Russia.

representative in India

Polo Marco Experience Ltd, (www.polomarcoexperienc e.com) a Luxury European Destination Management Company (DMC) based in London, with very specific focus on the Indian market, addressing both FIT and MICE upscale segments, announced Representation World as their business representative in India. M r. V i n e et G o p a l , D i re c to r at R e p r e s e n t a t i o n Wo r l d w i l l b e responsible for India Market - trade shows, sales call and marketing activities of Polo Marco Experience Ltd with business partners throughout India. “At Polo Marco Experience Ltd, unlike the other Personal Travel Designer companies who offer bespoke luxury packages to any part of the planet, or for travellers from all over the world”, Mr. Andrea Sigoni Co-founder & CEO. “We can offer all European destinations, giving access to the most authentic and

amazing European experiences. Despite being relatively small in size, Europe has an extraordinary level of diversity within its many regions, and has so many facets that you will never discover it all and never grow tired of its allure.” “From the very beginning we wanted to operate in one market only, and we focused on the Indian upscale FIT sector; after 3 years we created also the “MADE FOR INDIA” concept for the MICE segment, understanding that the needs of Indian travellers are profoundly different from those of tourists from America, China, Brazil or any other nation in the world. Our incentives and holidays are in fact designed to exceed even the most exacting standards, as well as accounting for the specific nuances of the Indian culture” – added Mr. Andrea Sigoni Co-founder & CEO.

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GURU MANTRA

Why less tourists to India

There is no reason to be fully optimistic at this point as visa problems still continues. Airline tickets are also very high. It seems tourists prefer to take tours within the region due to high ticket costs and economic recession in their respective countries. Even tourists are a bit worried about security and potential terror attacks in Metro cities as reported in our National Press by Media repeatedly. Our tax part is also very high and that is negatively impacting the business. This makes our tour operators “not ready” as GST is yet to be announced and what will be tax component is not known to our tour operators. So they are not in a position to give a definitive Quote. They need to give quotes 3 to 5 months in advance. Even guide problem has further complicated the package part. In the civic governance, blame game continues and basic facilities have gone

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down. Roads are bumpy, badly illuminated, road rage is common scene, congested roads this gives a very bad experience to tourists they go back and talk about it. It is the time that industry and government come together and find step by step solutions. Only working together we can bring out solutions. Lack of proper sanitation is one of India’s biggest problems and tourists often talk about it specially when they see at world heritage sites. Ministry of Tourism is doing its best but final outcome is not very impact oriented. Charter operation has become costly with high landing and handling charges. So the numbers have gone down. Cruise liners are coming to India now in more numbers but has visa problem (e-visa is not applicably for them). So we need to streamline our visa system first.

Tourism Scene in 2016 We should not be blindly optimistic about the outlook for India’s foreign tourist arrivals. We must talk about weak performance in tourist arrivals from our main source markets like Germany, Italy, France, Japan rather than Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Srilanka etc where positive growth is visible. Government’s statistical data till August suggest an improving trend but tour operators have not been benefited.

November - December, 2016

The tourists from neighboring countries hardly take the services of the tour operators or use 5 star property. The priority is to increase more up market traffic from USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Middle East. The consistent support provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India to enhance investment in tourism sector is truly commendable. At least investors will visit India round the year and keep tourism growth continued. Integration of all states promoting tourism into the investment policy can bring infrastructure development all over the country. This is a very positive step. Such initiatives shows commitment to promote and develop cooperation among various overseas countries. It arises to encourage investments and sound economic development, boost exchanges and cooperation in culture, technology and tourism. The contemporary economic climate has varying effects on our main traffic generating markets including BRIC countries including Russia and South Africa. Also emerging markets highly reliant on financial position like Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia and Argentina which have not been doing well in economic arena. China is a good potential market but latest political developments will not increase

demand. The Media is usually the first channel for people to know about destination our India media has damaged the image. We need balanced reporting of events in India. Even elections to be held in states generate uncertainty. Agra the city of Taj specially Taj Mahal will have Mud cover gives a wrong signal. We need to issue an assurance on that Taj will be partially visible and not all covered. All these do not augur well. We lack professionalism. Even Safety and Cleanliness part people take with a pinch of salt and talk about it at all forums. Our media is mainly responsible for that. Air ticket cost have gone up and this has dampen the spirit for tourists who like to take long haul holiday destinations. Things are not coming the way we want. One or the other problems crop up and damage tourism interest. Natural Calamities, Terror threats, Bird Flu phobia and Dengue all these have put a blow on our image or as a holiday destination. We are keeping our finger crossed. Hope November/December work out well and we end the year with international tourist arrival in double digit. By Gour Kanjilal - Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist.

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An Escape to A story of love for nature

To subdue my inquisitive hunger of exploring places, this year in the month of April I travelled to one of the most untouched beauty on earth - The Spiti Valley. As one of my long cherished destination, Spiti turned out to be a virgin beauty with its post-card perfect backdrop. As our Delhi-Kalka mail from the Old Delhi railway station geared up its engine, my heart throbbed with excitement to cover the places of Himachal. Kalka in Haryana serves as the northern terminus to move passengers to Simla. So we boarded the famous toy train from Kalka station which through many twists and turns along the lush green laps of the mountains headed towards Simla. Other than Spiti we also covered Simla, Manali and Kullu; and Sangla and Kalpa which are some magnificent parts of the Kinnaur district. As the clock struck 6:30 in the morning, we started our journey towards Spiti from Kalpa by car which is a distance of about 197km. We loaded our car with enough food and water and packed ourselves with heavy woolens to head off towards Lahaul and Spiti - the land of

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chilled breeze. The roads towards Spiti are very undulating and our car was taking narrow turns through the laps of the mountains surrounded by scenic landscapes and wobbling terrains. Sometimes amidst the clouds we could see the snow clad top of the mountains from where Spiti was calling us. As we were moving towards Spiti, the texture of the mountains was changing and the high risers were becoming more dry and rocky. The breeze became spine chilling that we were bound to close all the windows of the car. This part of the earth did uphold to us a different story with less greenery and few plantations. The barren mountains with white snow strips, the valleys with apple tress blossoming with pink flowers under the pastel blue sky with splash of white clouds where creating a magical scenario. Lahaul and Spiti district popularly known as Spiti valley is a chilled desert of Himachal Pradesh cradling between India and Tibet located high in the Himalayas. As we planned to

SPITI

stay in Kaza, the capital of Spiti, so we crossed passes by Nako and Tabo. After entering Tabo, we could see the glimpse of Buddhist culture everywhere. The Tibetan flags waving with the chilled breeze and the Tibetan scribbling on the rocks where relaying the huge influence of the Tibetan culture on Spiti because of its proximity towards Tibet. With zero pollution, utmost peaceful surrounding, few houses, less population and innocence of the people there, Spiti is an untouched beauty far away from the strenuous city life. Finally we reached Kaza and our car halted in front of a petrol pump which is the last petrol pump of India from the north-eastern side just a few kilometers away from Tibet. There are less numbers of hotels in Kaza as this part of India has not yet come in the grasp of commercialization. One thing is must to mention

here that those who are fond of landscape photography, Spiti are an ideal place for them. The photos of Spiti do not require any filter as the natural colour of the place makes the photos best at its own. The next day we started our sightseeing trip in Kaza with a tour map in our hand. In

Kaza, there is lack of oxygen in the atmosphere because of less number of trees and thus I kept an inhaler with me in case of any emergency. Firstly we went to explore the wild division of Spiti which was famous for its snow leopards and blue sheep. Blue sheep were some rare species to us which are used for farming there and we were lucky enough to capture them with our binocular. Our next destination was the famous Kee monastery. Touch of Buddhism is there everywhere, starting from their culture, language and lifestyle. The monastery is situated at the top of a mountain and we can even see the roads leading towards Tibet. After fulfilling our yearn for Buddhist knowledge, we headed towards a place at a much higher altitude than Kaza where we can hunt for some stoned fossils. But the tragic part was that we couldn't reach there as the road towards it got blocked because of some shooting stones. With some incomplete wish we came back to our hotel and planned that there are more places in Spiti which needs to be explored the next time we come here. The next day we got prepared to leave Kaza with a heavy heart and promised ourselves to come here once more. This place is full of so many unexplored places that you need to come here with ample time.

Text & Pic by: Jayatri Majumdar

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GURU MANTRA

Why less tourists to India

There is no reason to be fully optimistic at this point as visa problems still continues. Airline tickets are also very high. It seems tourists prefer to take tours within the region due to high ticket costs and economic recession in their respective countries. Even tourists are a bit worried about security and potential terror attacks in Metro cities as reported in our National Press by Media repeatedly. Our tax part is also very high and that is negatively impacting the business. This makes our tour operators “not ready” as GST is yet to be announced and what will be tax component is not known to our tour operators. So they are not in a position to give a definitive Quote. They need to give quotes 3 to 5 months in advance. Even guide problem has further complicated the package part. In the civic governance, blame game continues and basic facilities have gone

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down. Roads are bumpy, badly illuminated, road rage is common scene, congested roads this gives a very bad experience to tourists they go back and talk about it. It is the time that industry and government come together and find step by step solutions. Only working together we can bring out solutions. Lack of proper sanitation is one of India’s biggest problems and tourists often talk about it specially when they see at world heritage sites. Ministry of Tourism is doing its best but final outcome is not very impact oriented. Charter operation has become costly with high landing and handling charges. So the numbers have gone down. Cruise liners are coming to India now in more numbers but has visa problem (e-visa is not applicably for them). So we need to streamline our visa system first.

Tourism Scene in 2016 We should not be blindly optimistic about the outlook for India’s foreign tourist arrivals. We must talk about weak performance in tourist arrivals from our main source markets like Germany, Italy, France, Japan rather than Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Srilanka etc where positive growth is visible. Government’s statistical data till August suggest an improving trend but tour operators have not been benefited.

November - December, 2016

The tourists from neighboring countries hardly take the services of the tour operators or use 5 star property. The priority is to increase more up market traffic from USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Middle East. The consistent support provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India to enhance investment in tourism sector is truly commendable. At least investors will visit India round the year and keep tourism growth continued. Integration of all states promoting tourism into the investment policy can bring infrastructure development all over the country. This is a very positive step. Such initiatives shows commitment to promote and develop cooperation among various overseas countries. It arises to encourage investments and sound economic development, boost exchanges and cooperation in culture, technology and tourism. The contemporary economic climate has varying effects on our main traffic generating markets including BRIC countries including Russia and South Africa. Also emerging markets highly reliant on financial position like Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia and Argentina which have not been doing well in economic arena. China is a good potential market but latest political developments will not increase

demand. The Media is usually the first channel for people to know about destination our India media has damaged the image. We need balanced reporting of events in India. Even elections to be held in states generate uncertainty. Agra the city of Taj specially Taj Mahal will have Mud cover gives a wrong signal. We need to issue an assurance on that Taj will be partially visible and not all covered. All these do not augur well. We lack professionalism. Even Safety and Cleanliness part people take with a pinch of salt and talk about it at all forums. Our media is mainly responsible for that. Air ticket cost have gone up and this has dampen the spirit for tourists who like to take long haul holiday destinations. Things are not coming the way we want. One or the other problems crop up and damage tourism interest. Natural Calamities, Terror threats, Bird Flu phobia and Dengue all these have put a blow on our image or as a holiday destination. We are keeping our finger crossed. Hope November/December work out well and we end the year with international tourist arrival in double digit. By Gour Kanjilal - Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist.

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An Escape to A story of love for nature

To subdue my inquisitive hunger of exploring places, this year in the month of April I travelled to one of the most untouched beauty on earth - The Spiti Valley. As one of my long cherished destination, Spiti turned out to be a virgin beauty with its post-card perfect backdrop. As our Delhi-Kalka mail from the Old Delhi railway station geared up its engine, my heart throbbed with excitement to cover the places of Himachal. Kalka in Haryana serves as the northern terminus to move passengers to Simla. So we boarded the famous toy train from Kalka station which through many twists and turns along the lush green laps of the mountains headed towards Simla. Other than Spiti we also covered Simla, Manali and Kullu; and Sangla and Kalpa which are some magnificent parts of the Kinnaur district. As the clock struck 6:30 in the morning, we started our journey towards Spiti from Kalpa by car which is a distance of about 197km. We loaded our car with enough food and water and packed ourselves with heavy woolens to head off towards Lahaul and Spiti - the land of

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chilled breeze. The roads towards Spiti are very undulating and our car was taking narrow turns through the laps of the mountains surrounded by scenic landscapes and wobbling terrains. Sometimes amidst the clouds we could see the snow clad top of the mountains from where Spiti was calling us. As we were moving towards Spiti, the texture of the mountains was changing and the high risers were becoming more dry and rocky. The breeze became spine chilling that we were bound to close all the windows of the car. This part of the earth did uphold to us a different story with less greenery and few plantations. The barren mountains with white snow strips, the valleys with apple tress blossoming with pink flowers under the pastel blue sky with splash of white clouds where creating a magical scenario. Lahaul and Spiti district popularly known as Spiti valley is a chilled desert of Himachal Pradesh cradling between India and Tibet located high in the Himalayas. As we planned to

SPITI

stay in Kaza, the capital of Spiti, so we crossed passes by Nako and Tabo. After entering Tabo, we could see the glimpse of Buddhist culture everywhere. The Tibetan flags waving with the chilled breeze and the Tibetan scribbling on the rocks where relaying the huge influence of the Tibetan culture on Spiti because of its proximity towards Tibet. With zero pollution, utmost peaceful surrounding, few houses, less population and innocence of the people there, Spiti is an untouched beauty far away from the strenuous city life. Finally we reached Kaza and our car halted in front of a petrol pump which is the last petrol pump of India from the north-eastern side just a few kilometers away from Tibet. There are less numbers of hotels in Kaza as this part of India has not yet come in the grasp of commercialization. One thing is must to mention

here that those who are fond of landscape photography, Spiti are an ideal place for them. The photos of Spiti do not require any filter as the natural colour of the place makes the photos best at its own. The next day we started our sightseeing trip in Kaza with a tour map in our hand. In

Kaza, there is lack of oxygen in the atmosphere because of less number of trees and thus I kept an inhaler with me in case of any emergency. Firstly we went to explore the wild division of Spiti which was famous for its snow leopards and blue sheep. Blue sheep were some rare species to us which are used for farming there and we were lucky enough to capture them with our binocular. Our next destination was the famous Kee monastery. Touch of Buddhism is there everywhere, starting from their culture, language and lifestyle. The monastery is situated at the top of a mountain and we can even see the roads leading towards Tibet. After fulfilling our yearn for Buddhist knowledge, we headed towards a place at a much higher altitude than Kaza where we can hunt for some stoned fossils. But the tragic part was that we couldn't reach there as the road towards it got blocked because of some shooting stones. With some incomplete wish we came back to our hotel and planned that there are more places in Spiti which needs to be explored the next time we come here. The next day we got prepared to leave Kaza with a heavy heart and promised ourselves to come here once more. This place is full of so many unexplored places that you need to come here with ample time.

Text & Pic by: Jayatri Majumdar

November - December, 2016

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ABU DHABI A land of utter luxury, premium world class facilities, Arabian culture, ethnic cuisines or marvelous destinations, it is a land full of valuable treasures which is enough to rejuvenate the inner self. Be it discovering the land, air or sea, Abu Dhabi has the amalgamation of all destinations which wanderlust would search for. Experience the authentic Arabic culture while watching the sun set behind the golden sand dunes or play golf in any premium golf club or satisfy your taste buds with the local and international cuisines, Abu Dhabi has

every world class experience to make the stay a memorable one. Comprising of three main regions – the UAE capital and its surrounds, Al Ain or the Eastern Region and the Western Region (Al Gharbia), the emirate is a destination of geographic diversity, where visitors can explore natural islands, vast deserts, high rise city scapes, cooling oases and pristine beaches. Not only has some of the region's best shopping mall but UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ground-breaking architectural icons, adrenalin attractions, golf courses and luxury resorts also thrives there.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque As one of the third largest mosque after Louvre Abu Dhabi, opening in 2017 is a universal museum in the Arab World. Its very name is testament to what is an unprecedented alliance of an intergovernmental agreement between the emirate of Abu Dhabi and France, through one of the highest level of cultural cooperation ever created between two sovereign countries. The museum will highlights interconnections, exchanges and conversations between civilizations and the similarities and differences between their artistic traditions. When the museum opens, approximately half of the art works displayed will be from its own collection and half will be loans from leading French museums. Louvre Abu Dhabi is intended to be a place of discovery, exchange and education. It will also play an important social role in United Arab Emirates. In this respect, it can be seen as a product of the 18th-century Enlightenment in Europe. This movement gave birth to the principle of the encyclopaedic and universal museum housing diverse

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the ones in Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands as a consolidated Islamic culture monument in Abu Dhabi. Deriving its name from late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who was the founder of the mosque and the first president of UAE, this divine monument was entirely built according to his vision. Rising 11 metre high above the sea level and 9.5 meter high above the street level this epitome of Islamic religion is visible from all directions of Abu Dhabi. As a prominent centre for Islamic

sciences this monument is located in the heart of new Abu Dhabi between Musaffah Bridge and Maqta Bridge. Guided tour of the mosque is organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA). For prayers, the mosque is open for all day long and for non-muslim visitors the visiting timing is from 9 AM to 10 PM every day except for Friday mornings.

Abu Dhabi. Located seven minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport, this island is a conglomeration of entertainment, luxury and business.

services like an outdoor swimming pool, a workout room with fitness and wellness programmes, spa facilities, sauna and steam rooms, kids' pool and playing areas, and private cabanas and loungers set on the stunning, white

Manarat Al Saadiyat is a visitor's centre specially crafted to bring Saadiyat's vision under the limelight. It is a public exhibition open for all to showcase the history and cultural vision behind the island. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is a uniquely designed masterpiece to utilize Saadiyat's magnificent white sand beaches to have an amazing playing experience. Two five star properties have already been opened there and more properties like the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi are in the pipeline. Leisure and premium class hospitality is increasing rapidly in the island to attract more tourists. The Saadiyat Beach Golf club celebrates the elegance and peacefulness its own unique style and grandeur. Leisure

beach. Saadiyat Public Beach is refreshing spot to enjoy the whole day with its clean, warm turquoise waters. The lounge chairs, showers, bathrooms, lockers, changing rooms, towels, umbrellas, ample parking and lifeguards are on duty throughout to serve with the utmost pleasing experience. The most attracting guests of this island are the Hawksbill turtle who nests in the beachfront of the island every year.

TAAI CONVENTION 2016 63rd TAAI Convention in ABU DHABI The 63rd TAAI Convention & Exhibition was held from 14 to 16 October, 2016 at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. The Convention was also highlighted by the most popular ITTE – India Travel Trade Expo offering an excellent B2B opportunity to the 700 delegates to connect themselves with vendors from all over. The event was attended by around 40 Media. The convention was supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA). The emirate was selected as host venue due to TAAI’s belief in Abu Dhabi’s MICE and leisure destination potential and as a dynamic global business events leader in the region. TCA hosting the event - Inaugural evening at the Emirates Palace; free visas to the delegates; Pre-Post tours to the Delegates; City Tours and extending overall support to ensure success of the event. Addressing the agents, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi

Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), which hosted the gathering, said the outbound Indian market is of paramount importance to the Emirate as it is now the largest overseas source of hotel guests. This year, TAAI Convention will always be recalled for the most outstanding manner it was presented to the Delegates amidst the best of convention venues in the world. Mr Sunil Kumar, President of TAAI remarked “Organizing a Convention of this huge magnitude in less than 40 days strongly reflects the TEAM WORK by TAAI and invaluable support from our Partners in the Industry. The success of the event is a strong attribute of TAAI and its eminence” "The convention gives us an unparalleled opportunity to directly speak to these industry influencers who can impact a market which is now the emirate’s largest overseas hotel guest source market," said Sultan Al Dhaheri,

Acting Executive Director Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi. The Convention was inaugurated by India's acting Ambassador Her Excellency Mrs Neeta Bhushan, Acting Ambassador of India to Abu Dhabi; by the Director General of TCA His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash and Mr Sunil Kumar, President of TAAI on 14th October, 2016 at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. TAAI held its “Knowledge Sessions” featuring subjects of relevance and importance encouraging the delegates to embrace change and be prepared for a fast evolving scenario that demands newer approaches to service the growing travellers. The Convention theme “Tomorrow begins NOW” with a tag line, “rise above the routine” was well received and served as an excellent focus for the debates held. On 16th October, the Farewell Gala Dinner was held at the most incredible FERRARI WORLD Abu Dhabi, and was

hosted by Yas Island. This event brings in a strong partnership between India and Abu Dhabi through the TAAI-TCA relationship and has now inspired the Indian industry leaders to take a closer look at Abu Dhabi for its myriad wonders and huge potential to attract Indians and Indian events. In the first half of this year some 152,423 Indians checked into Abu Dhabi's hotel - a 20% year-on-year uplift and accounting for 7% of all the emirate's hotel guest stays. Indian guests currently stay in the emirate's hotels for an average of 3.4 nights. "We see enormous potential in building inbound traffic from India with five airlines, including our own national carrier Etihad, flying to destinations within the republic from Abu Dhabi International. There are currently over 300 flights a week from 15 Indian destinations to Abu Dhabi giving thousands of travellers easy access to our destination within a four-hour flight time," added Al Dhaheri.

Ferrari World Under the giant iconic red roof, the Ferrari-branded theme park houses some of the high adrenaline rides, the biggest renowned Ferrari store and sumptuous authentic dining options. It is one of the famed tourist attraction of Abu Dhabi and attracts huge number of visitors every year.

Saadiyat Island The 27 square kilometer Saadiyat Island is undergoing a remarkable transformation into premium leisure, business, residential and cultural hub, housing world's largest cultural asset including Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim

LOUVRE ABU DHABI collections of artworks for the purposes of public display and scientific study. The museum will present major objects from the fields of archaeology, fine arts and decorative arts. It will also represent all regions, periods, including contemporary art and the narrative of art history. Louvre Abu Dhabi will offer a global vision of history of world art, one that will inevitably evolve over time. T h e i nte r i o r ex h i b i t i o n s p a c e s (comprising the Museum Galleries, Exhibitions and Children's Museum). The temporary exhibition space contains approximately 2,000 square meters dedicated to rotating exhibitions that will periodically provide a new subject or theme for the visitor to explore. The Children's Museum completes the ensemble with approximately 200 square meters specially laid out for the Louvre Abu

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Dhabi's youngest visitors, providing interactive exhibitions with real artworks specifically curated to be enjoyed by children. Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority currently oversees non-construction related activities such as acquisitions, operations, visitor experience. Tourism Development & Investment

Company is the master developer of Saadiyat Island and other major tourism destinations which embrace Abu Dhabi's heritage and culture while preserving its natural beauty and resources. As part of the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, TDIC is developing three major museums including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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ABU DHABI A land of utter luxury, premium world class facilities, Arabian culture, ethnic cuisines or marvelous destinations, it is a land full of valuable treasures which is enough to rejuvenate the inner self. Be it discovering the land, air or sea, Abu Dhabi has the amalgamation of all destinations which wanderlust would search for. Experience the authentic Arabic culture while watching the sun set behind the golden sand dunes or play golf in any premium golf club or satisfy your taste buds with the local and international cuisines, Abu Dhabi has

every world class experience to make the stay a memorable one. Comprising of three main regions – the UAE capital and its surrounds, Al Ain or the Eastern Region and the Western Region (Al Gharbia), the emirate is a destination of geographic diversity, where visitors can explore natural islands, vast deserts, high rise city scapes, cooling oases and pristine beaches. Not only has some of the region's best shopping mall but UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ground-breaking architectural icons, adrenalin attractions, golf courses and luxury resorts also thrives there.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque As one of the third largest mosque after Louvre Abu Dhabi, opening in 2017 is a universal museum in the Arab World. Its very name is testament to what is an unprecedented alliance of an intergovernmental agreement between the emirate of Abu Dhabi and France, through one of the highest level of cultural cooperation ever created between two sovereign countries. The museum will highlights interconnections, exchanges and conversations between civilizations and the similarities and differences between their artistic traditions. When the museum opens, approximately half of the art works displayed will be from its own collection and half will be loans from leading French museums. Louvre Abu Dhabi is intended to be a place of discovery, exchange and education. It will also play an important social role in United Arab Emirates. In this respect, it can be seen as a product of the 18th-century Enlightenment in Europe. This movement gave birth to the principle of the encyclopaedic and universal museum housing diverse

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the ones in Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands as a consolidated Islamic culture monument in Abu Dhabi. Deriving its name from late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who was the founder of the mosque and the first president of UAE, this divine monument was entirely built according to his vision. Rising 11 metre high above the sea level and 9.5 meter high above the street level this epitome of Islamic religion is visible from all directions of Abu Dhabi. As a prominent centre for Islamic

sciences this monument is located in the heart of new Abu Dhabi between Musaffah Bridge and Maqta Bridge. Guided tour of the mosque is organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA). For prayers, the mosque is open for all day long and for non-muslim visitors the visiting timing is from 9 AM to 10 PM every day except for Friday mornings.

Abu Dhabi. Located seven minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport, this island is a conglomeration of entertainment, luxury and business.

services like an outdoor swimming pool, a workout room with fitness and wellness programmes, spa facilities, sauna and steam rooms, kids' pool and playing areas, and private cabanas and loungers set on the stunning, white

Manarat Al Saadiyat is a visitor's centre specially crafted to bring Saadiyat's vision under the limelight. It is a public exhibition open for all to showcase the history and cultural vision behind the island. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is a uniquely designed masterpiece to utilize Saadiyat's magnificent white sand beaches to have an amazing playing experience. Two five star properties have already been opened there and more properties like the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi are in the pipeline. Leisure and premium class hospitality is increasing rapidly in the island to attract more tourists. The Saadiyat Beach Golf club celebrates the elegance and peacefulness its own unique style and grandeur. Leisure

beach. Saadiyat Public Beach is refreshing spot to enjoy the whole day with its clean, warm turquoise waters. The lounge chairs, showers, bathrooms, lockers, changing rooms, towels, umbrellas, ample parking and lifeguards are on duty throughout to serve with the utmost pleasing experience. The most attracting guests of this island are the Hawksbill turtle who nests in the beachfront of the island every year.

TAAI CONVENTION 2016 63rd TAAI Convention in ABU DHABI The 63rd TAAI Convention & Exhibition was held from 14 to 16 October, 2016 at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. The Convention was also highlighted by the most popular ITTE – India Travel Trade Expo offering an excellent B2B opportunity to the 700 delegates to connect themselves with vendors from all over. The event was attended by around 40 Media. The convention was supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA). The emirate was selected as host venue due to TAAI’s belief in Abu Dhabi’s MICE and leisure destination potential and as a dynamic global business events leader in the region. TCA hosting the event - Inaugural evening at the Emirates Palace; free visas to the delegates; Pre-Post tours to the Delegates; City Tours and extending overall support to ensure success of the event. Addressing the agents, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi

Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), which hosted the gathering, said the outbound Indian market is of paramount importance to the Emirate as it is now the largest overseas source of hotel guests. This year, TAAI Convention will always be recalled for the most outstanding manner it was presented to the Delegates amidst the best of convention venues in the world. Mr Sunil Kumar, President of TAAI remarked “Organizing a Convention of this huge magnitude in less than 40 days strongly reflects the TEAM WORK by TAAI and invaluable support from our Partners in the Industry. The success of the event is a strong attribute of TAAI and its eminence” "The convention gives us an unparalleled opportunity to directly speak to these industry influencers who can impact a market which is now the emirate’s largest overseas hotel guest source market," said Sultan Al Dhaheri,

Acting Executive Director Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi. The Convention was inaugurated by India's acting Ambassador Her Excellency Mrs Neeta Bhushan, Acting Ambassador of India to Abu Dhabi; by the Director General of TCA His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash and Mr Sunil Kumar, President of TAAI on 14th October, 2016 at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. TAAI held its “Knowledge Sessions” featuring subjects of relevance and importance encouraging the delegates to embrace change and be prepared for a fast evolving scenario that demands newer approaches to service the growing travellers. The Convention theme “Tomorrow begins NOW” with a tag line, “rise above the routine” was well received and served as an excellent focus for the debates held. On 16th October, the Farewell Gala Dinner was held at the most incredible FERRARI WORLD Abu Dhabi, and was

hosted by Yas Island. This event brings in a strong partnership between India and Abu Dhabi through the TAAI-TCA relationship and has now inspired the Indian industry leaders to take a closer look at Abu Dhabi for its myriad wonders and huge potential to attract Indians and Indian events. In the first half of this year some 152,423 Indians checked into Abu Dhabi's hotel - a 20% year-on-year uplift and accounting for 7% of all the emirate's hotel guest stays. Indian guests currently stay in the emirate's hotels for an average of 3.4 nights. "We see enormous potential in building inbound traffic from India with five airlines, including our own national carrier Etihad, flying to destinations within the republic from Abu Dhabi International. There are currently over 300 flights a week from 15 Indian destinations to Abu Dhabi giving thousands of travellers easy access to our destination within a four-hour flight time," added Al Dhaheri.

Ferrari World Under the giant iconic red roof, the Ferrari-branded theme park houses some of the high adrenaline rides, the biggest renowned Ferrari store and sumptuous authentic dining options. It is one of the famed tourist attraction of Abu Dhabi and attracts huge number of visitors every year.

Saadiyat Island The 27 square kilometer Saadiyat Island is undergoing a remarkable transformation into premium leisure, business, residential and cultural hub, housing world's largest cultural asset including Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim

LOUVRE ABU DHABI collections of artworks for the purposes of public display and scientific study. The museum will present major objects from the fields of archaeology, fine arts and decorative arts. It will also represent all regions, periods, including contemporary art and the narrative of art history. Louvre Abu Dhabi will offer a global vision of history of world art, one that will inevitably evolve over time. T h e i nte r i o r ex h i b i t i o n s p a c e s (comprising the Museum Galleries, Exhibitions and Children's Museum). The temporary exhibition space contains approximately 2,000 square meters dedicated to rotating exhibitions that will periodically provide a new subject or theme for the visitor to explore. The Children's Museum completes the ensemble with approximately 200 square meters specially laid out for the Louvre Abu

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Dhabi's youngest visitors, providing interactive exhibitions with real artworks specifically curated to be enjoyed by children. Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority currently oversees non-construction related activities such as acquisitions, operations, visitor experience. Tourism Development & Investment

Company is the master developer of Saadiyat Island and other major tourism destinations which embrace Abu Dhabi's heritage and culture while preserving its natural beauty and resources. As part of the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, TDIC is developing three major museums including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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THATTEKAD A hidden gem for nature lovers in Kerala Thattekad! The offbeat places in India hold unexplored natural beauty and cultural diversity that makes one want to leave everything and get lost in the wild right then. Thattekad, Kerela is one such rare emulsion of flora and fauna, painted perfectly on the breathtaking landscape of the woody valleys and serpentine Periyar River, all culminating into one masterpiece. A birding goldmine Thattekad, is a playground for budding artists,

piece of Kerala is just an hour away from Cochin (60 km north-east) and the magical drive to Thattekad will make you fall in love with the Mother Nature. These days, h o n e y m o o n e rs p r e fe r a detailed activity chart that helps the couple to know each other’s holidaying interests. It has interesting activities like camping in Hornbill Tower that offers its own private jungle

Thattekad (The literal meaning of Thattekad is flat-forest) is a sacred abode for exotic birds in Kerala. The rare emulsion of flora and fauna, painted perfectly, on the breathtaking landscape of the woody valleys and serpentine Periyar River all culminates into one masterpiece and an ideal romance heaven is also a preferred choice for honeymooners. A painting truly created by the ‘Creator’ himself, a visual appeal one would cherish and keep in heart till eternity. If you want to wake up to a beautiful sunrise on lush greens with your lover, this is the place to be. One can find plenty of untouched scenic splendors at photographers and birdwatchers. The traditional Kerala style architecture, collaborated with the phenomenal Thattekad backdrop will give the guests the king like experience. This magnificent

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and spectacular view of the river Periyar, tribal village visits, butterfly park conservation habitat etc. The quiet and beautiful countryside is ideal for explorers to discover Kerala. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is one of the biggest bird sanctuary in India and home for mare than 500 different species of exotic birds. It has rare birds like Mottled Wood Owl, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Malayan Night Heron, Sri Lanka

Frogmouth, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Grey-headed Bulbul and the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon. The couples / travellers who enjoy nature wake up early next day and set off on an exciting guided bird watching adventure through the sanctuary. The most common thing to do here is bird watching. Guided tours of the sanctuary are organized by the forest authorities, which are conducted at individual as well as group levels. Trekking through the preserved forest is restricted to a particular area. Cruising in a House Boat through the back waters is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty. Couples can sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwaters, rivers and canals. Overnight stay at House Boat will be a unique experience. The visit to Thattekad surely ensures an everlasting memory of Gods own Country that will continue to linger in your mind! Thattekad enjoys a moderate climate all round the year, with the temperature ranging from 10 degrees C - 26 degrees C. There isn't too much rain. Best Time to Visit - October to March.

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THATTEKAD A hidden gem for nature lovers in Kerala Thattekad! The offbeat places in India hold unexplored natural beauty and cultural diversity that makes one want to leave everything and get lost in the wild right then. Thattekad, Kerela is one such rare emulsion of flora and fauna, painted perfectly on the breathtaking landscape of the woody valleys and serpentine Periyar River, all culminating into one masterpiece. A birding goldmine Thattekad, is a playground for budding artists,

piece of Kerala is just an hour away from Cochin (60 km north-east) and the magical drive to Thattekad will make you fall in love with the Mother Nature. These days, h o n e y m o o n e rs p r e fe r a detailed activity chart that helps the couple to know each other’s holidaying interests. It has interesting activities like camping in Hornbill Tower that offers its own private jungle

Thattekad (The literal meaning of Thattekad is flat-forest) is a sacred abode for exotic birds in Kerala. The rare emulsion of flora and fauna, painted perfectly, on the breathtaking landscape of the woody valleys and serpentine Periyar River all culminates into one masterpiece and an ideal romance heaven is also a preferred choice for honeymooners. A painting truly created by the ‘Creator’ himself, a visual appeal one would cherish and keep in heart till eternity. If you want to wake up to a beautiful sunrise on lush greens with your lover, this is the place to be. One can find plenty of untouched scenic splendors at photographers and birdwatchers. The traditional Kerala style architecture, collaborated with the phenomenal Thattekad backdrop will give the guests the king like experience. This magnificent

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and spectacular view of the river Periyar, tribal village visits, butterfly park conservation habitat etc. The quiet and beautiful countryside is ideal for explorers to discover Kerala. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is one of the biggest bird sanctuary in India and home for mare than 500 different species of exotic birds. It has rare birds like Mottled Wood Owl, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Malayan Night Heron, Sri Lanka

Frogmouth, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Grey-headed Bulbul and the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon. The couples / travellers who enjoy nature wake up early next day and set off on an exciting guided bird watching adventure through the sanctuary. The most common thing to do here is bird watching. Guided tours of the sanctuary are organized by the forest authorities, which are conducted at individual as well as group levels. Trekking through the preserved forest is restricted to a particular area. Cruising in a House Boat through the back waters is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty. Couples can sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwaters, rivers and canals. Overnight stay at House Boat will be a unique experience. The visit to Thattekad surely ensures an everlasting memory of Gods own Country that will continue to linger in your mind! Thattekad enjoys a moderate climate all round the year, with the temperature ranging from 10 degrees C - 26 degrees C. There isn't too much rain. Best Time to Visit - October to March.

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HOSPITALITY PLUS Novotel Goa Open New Restaurant & Bistro Bar

Novotel Goa Resort & Spa by AccorHotels announces the grand opening of their restaurant Vero Cibo in North Goa. This 35-seater restaurant & bistro bar serves Mediterranean, Western & Seafood cuisine while the special cabana seating serves as a romantic hideaway. Executive Sous Chef Siddharth Noronha leads the kitchen that features a diverse menu and modern renditions of classic

and stylish food dishes from Italy, France, Turkey and Greece. Open seven days a week, the restaurant has curated a unique breakfast buffet served from 7.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., and a special dinner menu from 7.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Between Thursday to Sunday, the outlet will also serve gourmet breakfast to Platinum and Gold loyalty members of AccorHotels, VIP's and guests staying in the Prestige Suites at the hotel. Between 5 and 7 pm the restaurant will have “Happy Hours” where one can pick up a “Buy One Get One Free” offer on drinks and a 15 % discount on appetizers. Each weekend the restaurant would have a BBQ station with family style service and portions offering platters. During winters, Vero Cibo will feature two-piece band performances with acoustic music on weekends.

Luna Nudo Gusta Rising On Level 37 At The St. Regis Mumbai

The St. Regis, Mumbai launches Luna Nudo Gusta on Level 37. Luna Gusta, a modern European restaurant, epitomizing elegant décor and an unparalleled view, offers the perfect dining experience for the gourmand. The menu are crafted by Executive Chef - Martin Kindlesides. Luna Gusta brings the classic dining experience back to life with an interactive experience with our Chef

complete with a table side finish. Complementing Luna Gusta, Luna Nudo, the infusion themed bar, will come to life with varied moods from dusk to dawn. Happy Nudo Appertivo Hours, live music and infused cocktails will keep guests grooving from early evening hours to early morning hours. Relax and unwind during Frat-Working Hours with the stunning views of the bay with special offers every-day between 4pm to 8pm. Music will take center-stage with specially curated music nights all through the week. The bar equipped with the best acoustics for music will have varied evenings hosting headlining live music bands and a line-up of some of the most well-known Indian and International DJs especially invited to spin tunes to shake the evening up.

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Anantara Kalutara Resort Opens In Sri Lanka Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas announces the opening of its second resort in Sri Lanka. The doors have opened at the 141-key Anantara Kalutara Resort, a peacefully secluded hideaway located along the island's southwest coast. Only ten minutes from the town of Kalutara and an hour south of the capital Colombo, Anantara Kalutara has a unique setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River and boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage, providing a tranquil retreat in between the array of enriching nearby adventures. Original design by Sri Lanka's most famous architect – Geoffrey Bawa. Inspired by his vision of simplistic elegance and great craftsmanship, whilst showcasing the Kalu River and Indian Ocean.

141 guest rooms, suites and pool villas immerse guests in stunning views, with private balconies and terraces overlooking lush gardens, the ocean or lagoon. A range of leisure facilities is available for guests to enjoy, whether for romance or quality family time. The Watersports Centre offers jet skiing, water skiing and banana rides. Guests can work out in the gym whilst taking in the river view, or raise their game with a personal trainer. There are two swimming pools – the lagoon-side pool with its Jacuzzi jets and children's section. The resort has a choice of three restaurants. The resort will also offer an ideal setting for meetings and events. Expected to open in March 2017, an impressive conference centre will be able to accommodate 500 delegates and up to 300 for a banquet.

The Chedi, Mumbai will Open Late 2016 General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM), Singapore-based luxury hotel management company has joined hands with Rajesh LifeSpaces, to bring The Chedi brand to India’s wealthiest city. The Chedi Mumbai is situated in close proximity to the Powai region. The strategic location of this iconic hotel is also not far from Bandra Kurla Complex: this ambitious development is set to be an emerging hub for work and leisure outside of South Mumbai and will house a new convention and exhibition centre, an art auditorium, cultural plaza, residences and offices. These, coupled with the fact that The Chedi Mumbai is close to both the domestic and international airports. Visitors to India’s City of Dreams can look forward to The Chedi Mumbai’s 316

generously sized guestrooms, five outstanding restaurants that will cater to the discerning palates of the well-heeled traveller, extensive meeting facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, a holistic spa and wellness facility and overall, a brand new development that will provide a stunning backdrop to any noteworthy event in Mumbai. The hotel management company responsible for conceptualising and creating some of the world’s most exclusive resorts, including The Nam Hai Hoi An, The Chedi Muscat in Oman and The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland, had previously shared its plans on The Chedi Luštica Bay in Montenegro as well as a new venture into the mid-market segment with Tin Hotels.

Mr. Dilip Datwani, Chairman & Managing Director, Datwani Hotels Pvt. Ltd. has been elected as the President of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) for the year 2016-2017 at the 66th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Mumbai. Mr. Dilip Datwani has been an active voice and part of the hotel and restaurant fraternity for over two decades. Known for actively promoting the interests of the industry, he has in the recent past officiated in several capacities including Chairman of the Membership Committee, Chairman of the Classification Committee, and Senior Vice President of HRAWI; besides being an Executive Committee Member of Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI). Dilip Datwani owns and operates Shatranj Napoli, a landmark restaurant at Pali Hill, Bandra. A far-sighted entrepreneur, Mr Datwani incepted this stand-alone specialty restaurant back in 1989 which to date, toasts the who's who of the corporate and the cine world. Besides this, he also operates a transit hotel – Jayshree at the Mumbai Domestic Airport and has plans to set up a business boutique hotel at BandraKurla Complex.

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HOSPITALITY PLUS Novotel Goa Open New Restaurant & Bistro Bar

Novotel Goa Resort & Spa by AccorHotels announces the grand opening of their restaurant Vero Cibo in North Goa. This 35-seater restaurant & bistro bar serves Mediterranean, Western & Seafood cuisine while the special cabana seating serves as a romantic hideaway. Executive Sous Chef Siddharth Noronha leads the kitchen that features a diverse menu and modern renditions of classic

and stylish food dishes from Italy, France, Turkey and Greece. Open seven days a week, the restaurant has curated a unique breakfast buffet served from 7.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., and a special dinner menu from 7.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Between Thursday to Sunday, the outlet will also serve gourmet breakfast to Platinum and Gold loyalty members of AccorHotels, VIP's and guests staying in the Prestige Suites at the hotel. Between 5 and 7 pm the restaurant will have “Happy Hours” where one can pick up a “Buy One Get One Free” offer on drinks and a 15 % discount on appetizers. Each weekend the restaurant would have a BBQ station with family style service and portions offering platters. During winters, Vero Cibo will feature two-piece band performances with acoustic music on weekends.

Luna Nudo Gusta Rising On Level 37 At The St. Regis Mumbai

The St. Regis, Mumbai launches Luna Nudo Gusta on Level 37. Luna Gusta, a modern European restaurant, epitomizing elegant décor and an unparalleled view, offers the perfect dining experience for the gourmand. The menu are crafted by Executive Chef - Martin Kindlesides. Luna Gusta brings the classic dining experience back to life with an interactive experience with our Chef

complete with a table side finish. Complementing Luna Gusta, Luna Nudo, the infusion themed bar, will come to life with varied moods from dusk to dawn. Happy Nudo Appertivo Hours, live music and infused cocktails will keep guests grooving from early evening hours to early morning hours. Relax and unwind during Frat-Working Hours with the stunning views of the bay with special offers every-day between 4pm to 8pm. Music will take center-stage with specially curated music nights all through the week. The bar equipped with the best acoustics for music will have varied evenings hosting headlining live music bands and a line-up of some of the most well-known Indian and International DJs especially invited to spin tunes to shake the evening up.

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Anantara Kalutara Resort Opens In Sri Lanka Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas announces the opening of its second resort in Sri Lanka. The doors have opened at the 141-key Anantara Kalutara Resort, a peacefully secluded hideaway located along the island's southwest coast. Only ten minutes from the town of Kalutara and an hour south of the capital Colombo, Anantara Kalutara has a unique setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River and boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage, providing a tranquil retreat in between the array of enriching nearby adventures. Original design by Sri Lanka's most famous architect – Geoffrey Bawa. Inspired by his vision of simplistic elegance and great craftsmanship, whilst showcasing the Kalu River and Indian Ocean.

141 guest rooms, suites and pool villas immerse guests in stunning views, with private balconies and terraces overlooking lush gardens, the ocean or lagoon. A range of leisure facilities is available for guests to enjoy, whether for romance or quality family time. The Watersports Centre offers jet skiing, water skiing and banana rides. Guests can work out in the gym whilst taking in the river view, or raise their game with a personal trainer. There are two swimming pools – the lagoon-side pool with its Jacuzzi jets and children's section. The resort has a choice of three restaurants. The resort will also offer an ideal setting for meetings and events. Expected to open in March 2017, an impressive conference centre will be able to accommodate 500 delegates and up to 300 for a banquet.

The Chedi, Mumbai will Open Late 2016 General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM), Singapore-based luxury hotel management company has joined hands with Rajesh LifeSpaces, to bring The Chedi brand to India’s wealthiest city. The Chedi Mumbai is situated in close proximity to the Powai region. The strategic location of this iconic hotel is also not far from Bandra Kurla Complex: this ambitious development is set to be an emerging hub for work and leisure outside of South Mumbai and will house a new convention and exhibition centre, an art auditorium, cultural plaza, residences and offices. These, coupled with the fact that The Chedi Mumbai is close to both the domestic and international airports. Visitors to India’s City of Dreams can look forward to The Chedi Mumbai’s 316

generously sized guestrooms, five outstanding restaurants that will cater to the discerning palates of the well-heeled traveller, extensive meeting facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, a holistic spa and wellness facility and overall, a brand new development that will provide a stunning backdrop to any noteworthy event in Mumbai. The hotel management company responsible for conceptualising and creating some of the world’s most exclusive resorts, including The Nam Hai Hoi An, The Chedi Muscat in Oman and The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland, had previously shared its plans on The Chedi Luštica Bay in Montenegro as well as a new venture into the mid-market segment with Tin Hotels.

Mr. Dilip Datwani, Chairman & Managing Director, Datwani Hotels Pvt. Ltd. has been elected as the President of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) for the year 2016-2017 at the 66th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Mumbai. Mr. Dilip Datwani has been an active voice and part of the hotel and restaurant fraternity for over two decades. Known for actively promoting the interests of the industry, he has in the recent past officiated in several capacities including Chairman of the Membership Committee, Chairman of the Classification Committee, and Senior Vice President of HRAWI; besides being an Executive Committee Member of Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI). Dilip Datwani owns and operates Shatranj Napoli, a landmark restaurant at Pali Hill, Bandra. A far-sighted entrepreneur, Mr Datwani incepted this stand-alone specialty restaurant back in 1989 which to date, toasts the who's who of the corporate and the cine world. Besides this, he also operates a transit hotel – Jayshree at the Mumbai Domestic Airport and has plans to set up a business boutique hotel at BandraKurla Complex.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Dubai Tourism Partners with Shah Rukh Khan Dubai Tourism (Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing) announced an exciting new collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The project, comprising a series of short films, will see the actor unravel the secrets of Dubai, offering his fans a chance to see the exquisite city through the megastar's eyes. Shah Rukh Khan commented, “Dubai is a second home to me... Whether I am here on vacation with my family and friends or my many business trips here for shoots, it's a city that I truly relate to on so many levels - driven, passionate and spirited. And I can't wait to take my fans and fellow travelers from around the world on an unexpected discovery of a city that I love. This new collaboration with Dubai Tourism is exciting and one that I am personally very passionate about. Watch this space." Slated to be released across various Dubai Tourism channels in December, the series of short films will kick start a year-long campaign of multiple Dubai Tourism projects in collaboration with Bollywood.

Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said, “We are delighted to partner with Shah Rukh Khan for this special project, which highlights Dubai's diverse offerings that cater to every type of traveller. We look forward to exploring Shah Rukh's strong connection with Dubai and sharing his unique experience with a global audience. These upcoming collaborations with the Bollywood industry will reinforce the strong role India has played in our city's evolution and further fortify our bond.”

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Ranveer Singh Takes On as Switzerland Brand Ambassador Actor Ranveer Singh, who recently returned from his maiden trip to the beautiful country, Switzerland, has been now named the first Indian ambassador for Switzerland Tourism. Ranveer who enjoyed himself indulging in a huge variety of different experiences on his recent trip to Switzerland, will now be in charge of promoting Switzerland Tourism's campaign for 2017 - Nature wants you back! Known for his effervescence and adventurous nature, Ranveer tried an array of activities in Switzerland to get h i s a d re n a l i n e p u m p i n g . F ro m wakeboarding on Lake Zurich, ski jumps at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, tobogganing on Mt.Pilatus, paragliding and skydiving in Interlaken, he tried them all. But adventure was just one of his holiday thrills. Ranveer, also a great chocolate lover had a go at chocolate making at the Funky Chocolate Club in Interlaken. Being a complete football fanatic, Ranveer visited the FIFA World Football Museum

in Zurich and of course also paid tribute to Mr. Yash Chopra by visiting the Yash Chopra Suite at Victoria Jungfrau and the Yash Chopra Statue in the Kursaal Garden. Mr. Claudio Zemp, Director – India, Switzerland Tourism said, “Being a versatile energetic and adventurous personality, Ranveer explored and enjoyed all that Switzerland has to offer. His passion and excitement for the country is what compelled us to request him if he would take on the mantle of Brand Ambassador to which he enthusiastically agreed. With Ranveer on board we would like to showcase the multifaceted holiday experience that is Switzerland.”

Singapore Tourism Board & Singapore Airlines launch “3 Celebrations, 1 City – Singapore” Campaign S i n ga p o r e To u r i s m B o a r d a n d Singapore Airlines have announced the launch of its campaign, ‘3 Celebrations, 1 City – Singapore’. This campaign will run from October 2016 to March 2017, spanning across three key festivals starting with Deepavali (29 October 2016), Christmas (25 December 2016), and then Chinese New Year (28-29 January 2017). The campaign aims at inviting Indian tourists to celebrate the festivities in Singapore during the holiday seasons. Tourists who book flights to the Lion City on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir from October to December 2016, either on their website or mobile app, will gain exclusive access to the ‘Singapore 241 Passport’ smartphone app. This app is packed with value-for-money 2-for-1 deals and offers worth up to S$1,000 (Rs. 48,000[1]) across 24 participating outlets in Singapore, including popular restaurants and spas. The ‘Singapore 241 Passport’ application is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones. STB Regional Director, SAMEA, Mr. GB Srithar said, “Singapore is a great place for celebrating holidays, with three back-to-back festivals taking place

this time of the year. Indian travellers will find reasons aplenty to enjoy and bond together with their family and loved ones. Eligible visitors from India transiting on flights through Singapore, may utilise the Visa Free Transit Facility to explore and experience Singapore’s many festive and tourism offerings for 96 hours without a visa.” Singapore Airlines’ General Manager India, Mr. David Lim said, “Singapore Airlines and SilkAir are delighted to partner with Singapore Tourism Board to bring together a complete, travel experience. Our endeavour is to provide our customers a holistic package, allowing them to make the most of their festive holidays. Travellers not only experience inflight comforts synonymous with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir but also avail of value-added benefits at the destination through the Singapore 241 Passport app.”

Your next vacation spot for the upcoming winter Kenya beholds Africa's finest treasures and is famed as one of the best tourist destination in Africa. With its exotic wildlife safaris of Masai Mara, serene white sand beaches offering diving and fishing experiences in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean makes it an ideal tourist destination where one can indulge in all sorts of soothing e x p e r i e n c e s . B e i t f a m i l y, honeymooners, MICE, Adventure, film makers or Golfers everybody craves to

visit Kenya once in their life. Starting from romantic getaways to locations which fit for family enjoyments, Kenya has different kinds of sites each emboldened with its unique beauty.

Wildlife Safari One of the world renowned safari is Kenyan wildlife safari which people dreams to visit once in their lifetime. What makes it unique is the diversity of

games that Kenya hosts. From the big five to the small five, Kenya's game parks, reserves and other wildlife protection areas host some of the wildest games which are the reason why this is home for the safari. Some of the notable wildlife destinations here are Masai Mara National Reser ve; Amboseli National Reserve; Tsavo National Park; Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves; Lake Nakuru National Park; Nairobi National Park and Giraffe Centre.

Adventure in Kenya Kenya can be also christened as an ideal destination for an adventure freak. There are various challenges that Kenya offers to those aiming for higher places. To name a few, there are Mount Kilimanjaro, Fischer's Tower, high cliffs of Hell's Gate National Park, snow capped peak of Mt Kenya National Park and desert plains of the north. Each wilderness area is specially branded The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Visitors can connect to the history of Kenya through various exhibits of the below mentioned UNESCO sites dating back to the ancient age. Lamu Old Town is Kenya's one of the most ancient site where still the oldest culture of Kenya inhibits. While strolling along the streets, one can see the trading history of the place reflected along the ancient buildings. The Lamu

spend the vacation. Mainland Coast is also one of the finest resorts where the cultures of the Coastal communities vibrate while the coastline North of Mombasa offers a world of enthralling history and natural beauty. The coastline of Mombasa is decked along with coral reefs which make it an amazing option for snorkeling and diving, especially at Mombasa Marine National Park and Wasini Island where you can enjoy the amazing dolphin watching experience as

Museum comprising of the ancient maritime relicsmore profoundly speak about the history of the town. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya is acclaimed because of the colourful colonial history of the town. The Nairobi National Museum speaks volumes about the Kenya's contemporary art, culture, history and nature. Another well-known tourist attraction of Kenya is the Karen Blixen Museum which was the residence of a famous Danish author and thus portrays all his creativities and

well. Some of the popular beach spots of Mombasa are Nyali and Bamburi Beaches; and the white strands of Shelly, Tiwi, and Diani Beaches. The peaceful beach havens of Mtwapa and Takaungu offer an ideal escape from the outside world, with endless deserted beaches. North of Mombasa lies the Malindi where the travelers come to bask under the sun on the white sandy beaches of Watamu and have an enthralling maritime experience of diving in the coral reefs of Malindi and Watamu

popular works. Other than these history buffs will also love to enjoy the 16th century Fort Jesus and Old Town of Mombasa and taste the flavor of the ancient Mombasa town along its narrow streets, ancient Swahili dwellings, markets, and souvenir shops.

Marine National Parks. At Watamu a Marine National Park has been established, an ideal day trip for divers and snorkellers alike. Kenya is not only enclosed within these bifurcated experiences, it has much more to offer with its Lakes as well. Lake Naivasha lying at the highest point of the Great Rift Valley is a haven for birds. View the wildlife of Naivasha while sailing by a boat on the tranquil waters of the lake. It is home to more than 400 species of birds.

because it has something unique to offer. From the ‘World’s only Wildlife Capital’ of Nairobi, ‘Bird Watchers Paradise’ of Lake Nakuru to the ‘Kilimanjaro’s Royal Court’ of Amboseli, Kenya’s wilderness areas are the face of the wild Africa.

Nightlife The night life in Kenya is more alive, vibrant and exotic than any other place.

Travelers can spend their evenings and nights in Nairobi's exciting bars and nightclubs. Kenyans are known for their unique partying culture so you can make friends as you drink and dance the nights away. Night parties are the perfect way to spend evenings after basking in the sun.

Culture & Heritage The best way to explore Kenya's history and origin is through the museums and monuments. Kenya is also home to six unique world heritage sites identified by

Coastal Life If you're a sea person, then Kenya's white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are the best possible way to

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Dubai Tourism Partners with Shah Rukh Khan Dubai Tourism (Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing) announced an exciting new collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The project, comprising a series of short films, will see the actor unravel the secrets of Dubai, offering his fans a chance to see the exquisite city through the megastar's eyes. Shah Rukh Khan commented, “Dubai is a second home to me... Whether I am here on vacation with my family and friends or my many business trips here for shoots, it's a city that I truly relate to on so many levels - driven, passionate and spirited. And I can't wait to take my fans and fellow travelers from around the world on an unexpected discovery of a city that I love. This new collaboration with Dubai Tourism is exciting and one that I am personally very passionate about. Watch this space." Slated to be released across various Dubai Tourism channels in December, the series of short films will kick start a year-long campaign of multiple Dubai Tourism projects in collaboration with Bollywood.

Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said, “We are delighted to partner with Shah Rukh Khan for this special project, which highlights Dubai's diverse offerings that cater to every type of traveller. We look forward to exploring Shah Rukh's strong connection with Dubai and sharing his unique experience with a global audience. These upcoming collaborations with the Bollywood industry will reinforce the strong role India has played in our city's evolution and further fortify our bond.”

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Ranveer Singh Takes On as Switzerland Brand Ambassador Actor Ranveer Singh, who recently returned from his maiden trip to the beautiful country, Switzerland, has been now named the first Indian ambassador for Switzerland Tourism. Ranveer who enjoyed himself indulging in a huge variety of different experiences on his recent trip to Switzerland, will now be in charge of promoting Switzerland Tourism's campaign for 2017 - Nature wants you back! Known for his effervescence and adventurous nature, Ranveer tried an array of activities in Switzerland to get h i s a d re n a l i n e p u m p i n g . F ro m wakeboarding on Lake Zurich, ski jumps at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, tobogganing on Mt.Pilatus, paragliding and skydiving in Interlaken, he tried them all. But adventure was just one of his holiday thrills. Ranveer, also a great chocolate lover had a go at chocolate making at the Funky Chocolate Club in Interlaken. Being a complete football fanatic, Ranveer visited the FIFA World Football Museum

in Zurich and of course also paid tribute to Mr. Yash Chopra by visiting the Yash Chopra Suite at Victoria Jungfrau and the Yash Chopra Statue in the Kursaal Garden. Mr. Claudio Zemp, Director – India, Switzerland Tourism said, “Being a versatile energetic and adventurous personality, Ranveer explored and enjoyed all that Switzerland has to offer. His passion and excitement for the country is what compelled us to request him if he would take on the mantle of Brand Ambassador to which he enthusiastically agreed. With Ranveer on board we would like to showcase the multifaceted holiday experience that is Switzerland.”

Singapore Tourism Board & Singapore Airlines launch “3 Celebrations, 1 City – Singapore” Campaign S i n ga p o r e To u r i s m B o a r d a n d Singapore Airlines have announced the launch of its campaign, ‘3 Celebrations, 1 City – Singapore’. This campaign will run from October 2016 to March 2017, spanning across three key festivals starting with Deepavali (29 October 2016), Christmas (25 December 2016), and then Chinese New Year (28-29 January 2017). The campaign aims at inviting Indian tourists to celebrate the festivities in Singapore during the holiday seasons. Tourists who book flights to the Lion City on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir from October to December 2016, either on their website or mobile app, will gain exclusive access to the ‘Singapore 241 Passport’ smartphone app. This app is packed with value-for-money 2-for-1 deals and offers worth up to S$1,000 (Rs. 48,000[1]) across 24 participating outlets in Singapore, including popular restaurants and spas. The ‘Singapore 241 Passport’ application is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones. STB Regional Director, SAMEA, Mr. GB Srithar said, “Singapore is a great place for celebrating holidays, with three back-to-back festivals taking place

this time of the year. Indian travellers will find reasons aplenty to enjoy and bond together with their family and loved ones. Eligible visitors from India transiting on flights through Singapore, may utilise the Visa Free Transit Facility to explore and experience Singapore’s many festive and tourism offerings for 96 hours without a visa.” Singapore Airlines’ General Manager India, Mr. David Lim said, “Singapore Airlines and SilkAir are delighted to partner with Singapore Tourism Board to bring together a complete, travel experience. Our endeavour is to provide our customers a holistic package, allowing them to make the most of their festive holidays. Travellers not only experience inflight comforts synonymous with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir but also avail of value-added benefits at the destination through the Singapore 241 Passport app.”

Your next vacation spot for the upcoming winter Kenya beholds Africa's finest treasures and is famed as one of the best tourist destination in Africa. With its exotic wildlife safaris of Masai Mara, serene white sand beaches offering diving and fishing experiences in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean makes it an ideal tourist destination where one can indulge in all sorts of soothing e x p e r i e n c e s . B e i t f a m i l y, honeymooners, MICE, Adventure, film makers or Golfers everybody craves to

visit Kenya once in their life. Starting from romantic getaways to locations which fit for family enjoyments, Kenya has different kinds of sites each emboldened with its unique beauty.

Wildlife Safari One of the world renowned safari is Kenyan wildlife safari which people dreams to visit once in their lifetime. What makes it unique is the diversity of

games that Kenya hosts. From the big five to the small five, Kenya's game parks, reserves and other wildlife protection areas host some of the wildest games which are the reason why this is home for the safari. Some of the notable wildlife destinations here are Masai Mara National Reser ve; Amboseli National Reserve; Tsavo National Park; Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves; Lake Nakuru National Park; Nairobi National Park and Giraffe Centre.

Adventure in Kenya Kenya can be also christened as an ideal destination for an adventure freak. There are various challenges that Kenya offers to those aiming for higher places. To name a few, there are Mount Kilimanjaro, Fischer's Tower, high cliffs of Hell's Gate National Park, snow capped peak of Mt Kenya National Park and desert plains of the north. Each wilderness area is specially branded The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Visitors can connect to the history of Kenya through various exhibits of the below mentioned UNESCO sites dating back to the ancient age. Lamu Old Town is Kenya's one of the most ancient site where still the oldest culture of Kenya inhibits. While strolling along the streets, one can see the trading history of the place reflected along the ancient buildings. The Lamu

spend the vacation. Mainland Coast is also one of the finest resorts where the cultures of the Coastal communities vibrate while the coastline North of Mombasa offers a world of enthralling history and natural beauty. The coastline of Mombasa is decked along with coral reefs which make it an amazing option for snorkeling and diving, especially at Mombasa Marine National Park and Wasini Island where you can enjoy the amazing dolphin watching experience as

Museum comprising of the ancient maritime relicsmore profoundly speak about the history of the town. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya is acclaimed because of the colourful colonial history of the town. The Nairobi National Museum speaks volumes about the Kenya's contemporary art, culture, history and nature. Another well-known tourist attraction of Kenya is the Karen Blixen Museum which was the residence of a famous Danish author and thus portrays all his creativities and

well. Some of the popular beach spots of Mombasa are Nyali and Bamburi Beaches; and the white strands of Shelly, Tiwi, and Diani Beaches. The peaceful beach havens of Mtwapa and Takaungu offer an ideal escape from the outside world, with endless deserted beaches. North of Mombasa lies the Malindi where the travelers come to bask under the sun on the white sandy beaches of Watamu and have an enthralling maritime experience of diving in the coral reefs of Malindi and Watamu

popular works. Other than these history buffs will also love to enjoy the 16th century Fort Jesus and Old Town of Mombasa and taste the flavor of the ancient Mombasa town along its narrow streets, ancient Swahili dwellings, markets, and souvenir shops.

Marine National Parks. At Watamu a Marine National Park has been established, an ideal day trip for divers and snorkellers alike. Kenya is not only enclosed within these bifurcated experiences, it has much more to offer with its Lakes as well. Lake Naivasha lying at the highest point of the Great Rift Valley is a haven for birds. View the wildlife of Naivasha while sailing by a boat on the tranquil waters of the lake. It is home to more than 400 species of birds.

because it has something unique to offer. From the ‘World’s only Wildlife Capital’ of Nairobi, ‘Bird Watchers Paradise’ of Lake Nakuru to the ‘Kilimanjaro’s Royal Court’ of Amboseli, Kenya’s wilderness areas are the face of the wild Africa.

Nightlife The night life in Kenya is more alive, vibrant and exotic than any other place.

Travelers can spend their evenings and nights in Nairobi's exciting bars and nightclubs. Kenyans are known for their unique partying culture so you can make friends as you drink and dance the nights away. Night parties are the perfect way to spend evenings after basking in the sun.

Culture & Heritage The best way to explore Kenya's history and origin is through the museums and monuments. Kenya is also home to six unique world heritage sites identified by

Coastal Life If you're a sea person, then Kenya's white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are the best possible way to

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HOSPITALITY PLUS HOTELBEDS celebrates 10 years in India

Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia can be well described as the hidden gem of ASEAN Countries as compared to the neighboring countries Thailand and Vietnam, it is still relatively unknown by the tourist hordes. Cambodia is characterised by its rich Indochine history filled with abundant heritage, warm and friendly people; a culture that is both intriguing and endearing.

Hotelbeds, the world's leading bedbank, marked the completion of a successful decade in India by outlining an ambitious growth strategy for the coming decade in this high growth market– which has now emerged as the second largest outbound market in Asia Pacific for the company, behind only China. Highlighting its successful story of innovation and expansion in the market, the key growth drivers were identified as investment in best-in-class technology, cutting edge use of data and analytics, and emphasis on building strong customer relationships. Commenting on ten years of success in India, Sam Turner, Sales Director at Hotelbeds commented, “Most recently we have moved beyond just operating in the biggest cities and are now working in

tier two – and looking to tier three – sized cities where enormous growth potential still exists. In addition we see even greater potential from a growing segment of ambitious and young Indians looking both to travel more and spend more, not just on accommodation but on activities and unique experiences. “That´s why we have such ambitious growth plans for the next decade and will continue with our current successful formula: investing in best-in-class technology to provide our client partners with the data analytical tools they need to driveincreased revenues.”

Belmond’s Tri-City Roadshow In India Belmond, the Londonheadquartered hospitality group recently completed their annual roadshow in India. This was Company ’s second annual roadshow in the country that covered Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai through a series of trade events as well as media interactions. Belmond Sales delegation was led by Mr. Shane Arrold, Regional Director of Sales - Asia Pacific and included representatives from Cape Town, Brazil, Asia, Russia and Italy. The trade turned up in good numbers to interact with the Belmond team and gain insights into various products including luxury hotels, trains, cruises and safaris. The media interactions, on the other hand, were headed by Ms Maria Kuhn, Belmond’s Corporate Director of

Communications where she revealed Belmond’s strategic plan which is focused on three key areas: driving topline growth and bottom-line results, continuing to build brand awareness, and expanding the Company’s global footprint. The strategic plan projects that the Company will double in size by 2020 . This was Company’s second annual roadshow in India post the re-branding in 2014. Belmond also celebrates its 40th year anniversary this year.

Royal Tulip Kufri- Shimla

9 November, The Kingdom of Cambodia celebrates its National Day on this day in 1953, King Norodom Sihanouk declared the country’s independence from French colonial rule. The Kingdom of Cambodia heads by His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni, and Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen. The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, is located at the confluence of three rivers - the Mekong, the Bassac and Tonle Sap. The city is country’s commercial, economic and

which cover the entire floor. The emerald Buddha sits on a pedestal high atop the dias. In front of the dias stands a lifesize Buddha made of solid gold and weighs 75kg. The walls surrounding the compound which is the oldest part of the palace, are covered with frescos depicting scenes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana.

political hub. The city is divided into three sections - the north, an attractive residential area; the south or the French part of the city with its ministries, banks and colonial houses; and the centre or the heart with its narrow lanes, markets, foods stalls and shops. Over the past four years, the city has undergone tremendous changes - businesses are springing up constantly and tourism is once again booming. A stone's throw away from the Tonle Sap is the Royal Palace built on the site of the Banteay Kev, a citadel built in 1813. The Palace grounds contain several buildings: the Throne Room of Prasat Tevea Vinichhay (receptions and traditional ceremonies area); the Chan Chhaya Pavilion (venue for dance performances); the king's official residence Khemarin; the Napoleon Pavilion and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. This pagoda is worth exploring. It owes its name to the 5,000 silver tiles weighing 1kg each

Some worth visit places around the city are : Independence Monument, National Museum, Wat Phnom,tuol Sleng Museum, Cheung Ek Killing Field, New Central Market and Tuol Tom Pong Market. The nightlife in Phnom Penh is very happening you have several clubs that see a good mix of

of many international films. locals and foreigners, like Rock, Spark, U2... Homes to the magnificent Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap province, located in northwest Cambodia. The 12th century Angkor complex is an archaeological gem of Asia that is universally recognized as one of the seven wonders of the world. With 200 monuments spread over an area of 400sq km, the Angkor truly represents Khmer art, great civilization, spirituality and national identity.

Discover the many charms of Cambodia

Distinctively ubiquitous are the villages which is central to life in Cambodia. Be awed by traditional houses made from bamboo and other natural building materials. The construction of these houses is also steeped in tradition and beliefs, adding more character to the villages which already have defined territorial rights.

Golden Tulip Hospitality group, announced the opening of Royal Tulip Kufri- Shimla. The property is located at 8,600 ft above sea level in Kufri, Royal Tulip Kufri is a world class resort that captures the beauty of its pristine wilderness. With views of the Himalayas spread over acres of Cedar forest range. Royal Tulip Kufri is a luxury resort that embodies the charm of a small hill station, overlooking the beautiful valley. The rooms and suites in the resort is a heaven of luxury designed to pamper you with plush interiors, fine cuisine and restorative treatments at the hotel’s spa. Royal Tulip Kufri is a family holiday destination and also has a Club Kufri, a hub for children with various fun activities such as – billiards, games center etc. Royal Tulip offers banquet venues that can accommodate over 800 guests, ideal for destination weddings, events, corporate off sites and get togethers. There is also a spa and an indoor pool area. Those who are more adventurous can enjoy several outdoor and indoor recreational activities such as trekking, golf at Naldhera and skiing during season.

Cambodia also boasts a seaside paradise in the coastal city of SihanoukVille, 235km southwest of Phnom Penh. Breathtakingly scenic and peaceful, it makes for a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.

With its rich heritage and vast array of sights, it is no wonder Equally fascinating is the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Cambodia continues to be one of the fastest growing tourist Site, the 9th - 12th century Preah Vihear Temple that rests on destinations in Southeast Asia. the edge of an enormous cliff 625 meters above sea level. One will also be mesmerised by the Mekong River flowing north - south across Cambodia, which has adorned the sets

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HOSPITALITY PLUS HOTELBEDS celebrates 10 years in India

Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia can be well described as the hidden gem of ASEAN Countries as compared to the neighboring countries Thailand and Vietnam, it is still relatively unknown by the tourist hordes. Cambodia is characterised by its rich Indochine history filled with abundant heritage, warm and friendly people; a culture that is both intriguing and endearing.

Hotelbeds, the world's leading bedbank, marked the completion of a successful decade in India by outlining an ambitious growth strategy for the coming decade in this high growth market– which has now emerged as the second largest outbound market in Asia Pacific for the company, behind only China. Highlighting its successful story of innovation and expansion in the market, the key growth drivers were identified as investment in best-in-class technology, cutting edge use of data and analytics, and emphasis on building strong customer relationships. Commenting on ten years of success in India, Sam Turner, Sales Director at Hotelbeds commented, “Most recently we have moved beyond just operating in the biggest cities and are now working in

tier two – and looking to tier three – sized cities where enormous growth potential still exists. In addition we see even greater potential from a growing segment of ambitious and young Indians looking both to travel more and spend more, not just on accommodation but on activities and unique experiences. “That´s why we have such ambitious growth plans for the next decade and will continue with our current successful formula: investing in best-in-class technology to provide our client partners with the data analytical tools they need to driveincreased revenues.”

Belmond’s Tri-City Roadshow In India Belmond, the Londonheadquartered hospitality group recently completed their annual roadshow in India. This was Company ’s second annual roadshow in the country that covered Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai through a series of trade events as well as media interactions. Belmond Sales delegation was led by Mr. Shane Arrold, Regional Director of Sales - Asia Pacific and included representatives from Cape Town, Brazil, Asia, Russia and Italy. The trade turned up in good numbers to interact with the Belmond team and gain insights into various products including luxury hotels, trains, cruises and safaris. The media interactions, on the other hand, were headed by Ms Maria Kuhn, Belmond’s Corporate Director of

Communications where she revealed Belmond’s strategic plan which is focused on three key areas: driving topline growth and bottom-line results, continuing to build brand awareness, and expanding the Company’s global footprint. The strategic plan projects that the Company will double in size by 2020 . This was Company’s second annual roadshow in India post the re-branding in 2014. Belmond also celebrates its 40th year anniversary this year.

Royal Tulip Kufri- Shimla

9 November, The Kingdom of Cambodia celebrates its National Day on this day in 1953, King Norodom Sihanouk declared the country’s independence from French colonial rule. The Kingdom of Cambodia heads by His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni, and Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen. The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, is located at the confluence of three rivers - the Mekong, the Bassac and Tonle Sap. The city is country’s commercial, economic and

which cover the entire floor. The emerald Buddha sits on a pedestal high atop the dias. In front of the dias stands a lifesize Buddha made of solid gold and weighs 75kg. The walls surrounding the compound which is the oldest part of the palace, are covered with frescos depicting scenes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana.

political hub. The city is divided into three sections - the north, an attractive residential area; the south or the French part of the city with its ministries, banks and colonial houses; and the centre or the heart with its narrow lanes, markets, foods stalls and shops. Over the past four years, the city has undergone tremendous changes - businesses are springing up constantly and tourism is once again booming. A stone's throw away from the Tonle Sap is the Royal Palace built on the site of the Banteay Kev, a citadel built in 1813. The Palace grounds contain several buildings: the Throne Room of Prasat Tevea Vinichhay (receptions and traditional ceremonies area); the Chan Chhaya Pavilion (venue for dance performances); the king's official residence Khemarin; the Napoleon Pavilion and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. This pagoda is worth exploring. It owes its name to the 5,000 silver tiles weighing 1kg each

Some worth visit places around the city are : Independence Monument, National Museum, Wat Phnom,tuol Sleng Museum, Cheung Ek Killing Field, New Central Market and Tuol Tom Pong Market. The nightlife in Phnom Penh is very happening you have several clubs that see a good mix of

of many international films. locals and foreigners, like Rock, Spark, U2... Homes to the magnificent Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap province, located in northwest Cambodia. The 12th century Angkor complex is an archaeological gem of Asia that is universally recognized as one of the seven wonders of the world. With 200 monuments spread over an area of 400sq km, the Angkor truly represents Khmer art, great civilization, spirituality and national identity.

Discover the many charms of Cambodia

Distinctively ubiquitous are the villages which is central to life in Cambodia. Be awed by traditional houses made from bamboo and other natural building materials. The construction of these houses is also steeped in tradition and beliefs, adding more character to the villages which already have defined territorial rights.

Golden Tulip Hospitality group, announced the opening of Royal Tulip Kufri- Shimla. The property is located at 8,600 ft above sea level in Kufri, Royal Tulip Kufri is a world class resort that captures the beauty of its pristine wilderness. With views of the Himalayas spread over acres of Cedar forest range. Royal Tulip Kufri is a luxury resort that embodies the charm of a small hill station, overlooking the beautiful valley. The rooms and suites in the resort is a heaven of luxury designed to pamper you with plush interiors, fine cuisine and restorative treatments at the hotel’s spa. Royal Tulip Kufri is a family holiday destination and also has a Club Kufri, a hub for children with various fun activities such as – billiards, games center etc. Royal Tulip offers banquet venues that can accommodate over 800 guests, ideal for destination weddings, events, corporate off sites and get togethers. There is also a spa and an indoor pool area. Those who are more adventurous can enjoy several outdoor and indoor recreational activities such as trekking, golf at Naldhera and skiing during season.

Cambodia also boasts a seaside paradise in the coastal city of SihanoukVille, 235km southwest of Phnom Penh. Breathtakingly scenic and peaceful, it makes for a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.

With its rich heritage and vast array of sights, it is no wonder Equally fascinating is the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Cambodia continues to be one of the fastest growing tourist Site, the 9th - 12th century Preah Vihear Temple that rests on destinations in Southeast Asia. the edge of an enormous cliff 625 meters above sea level. One will also be mesmerised by the Mekong River flowing north - south across Cambodia, which has adorned the sets

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AVIATION PLUS Qatar Airways & Qatar Tourism Launches New Transit Visa Qatar Airways, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar's Ministry of Interior have announced a revised tourism visa scheme ava i l a b l e t o p a s s e n g e rs transiting through Doha to promote Qatar as an outstanding stopover destination. The new transit visa allows passengers with a minimum transit time of 5 hours in Hamad International Airport, to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours (four days), without the requirement to apply ahead of time for an entry visa. The Qatar transit visa is free of charge and available on arrival at Hamad International Airport to passengers of all nationalities, upon confirmation of onward journey and completion of passport control procedures. All visas are approved and issued at the sole

discretion of the Ministry of Interior. Qatar Airways, CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “Qatar Airways serves millions of people from around the world with network of more than 150 destinations. We are excited to offer our passengers the opportunity to taste the cultural highlights that the city of Doha and the State of Qatar have to offer. We are thankful to the Ministry of Interior and the Qatar Tourism Authority for helping us to create a journey that includes discovering Qatar, an experience that will stay in our visitors hearts and minds forever.”

Jet Airways expands cooperation with Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic has expanded cooperation with Jet Airways to provide convenient codeshare connections for customers between key destinations across North America and India via London Heathrow. Effective from November 2, 2016 Jet Airways customers flying between India and North America will be able to connect through London Heathrow on to nine U.S. destinations operated by Delta. These destinations include: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle. In turn, Delta and Virgin Atlantic customers flying between North America and India will be able to connect with Delta codeshare onto Jet Airways' flights to Mumbai and Delhi via London Heathrow and onward to 20 destinations within India. The new Delta codeshare destinations include Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru,

Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Pune, Trivandrum and Vadodara. The new routes complement Delta and Jet Airways destinations available through existing codeshare agreements via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. As well as the codeshare agreement, Delta SkyMiles, and Jet Airways' Jet Privilege members will soon be able to enjoy network-wide, reciprocal mileage earning and redemption privileges. Customers requiring further information, and who wish to book flights between the U.S. and India, can do so by visiting delta.com, virginatlantic.com and jetairways.com.

Air Canada Inaugurates Non-Stop Flights From Vancouver To India Air Canada inaugurates its only non-stop flight AC72 from Vancouver to Delhi. "We are delighted to inaugurate our second route between Canada and India. Our non-stop flights from our AsiaPacific Vancouver hub feature 787-9 Dreamliner service and offer the shortest elapsed flying time from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles to the Indian subcontinent," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. The flight will offer all customers Indian dishes on Board, state-of-the-art aircraft, multi-lingual crews, onboard offerings, in-flight entertainment which

includes Bollywood hits and acclaimed multi-lingual arthouse films, together with our extensive western Canada domestic and western US transborder network and the seamless connection experience through YVR all position Air Canada and YVR to be the preferred gateway hub for Pacific Northwest travel to and from India. Air Canada's Vancouver-Delhi flights are operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, featuring the airline's award-winning, three-cabin service configured with 30 International Business Class individual lie-flat suites, 21 Premium Economy seats and 247 Economy Class seats. More info on www.aircanada.com.

Jet Airways Appoints Jayaraj Shanmugam

Airasia Launches Bangkok-Kolkata

as New Chief Commercial Officer Jet Airways, has announced the a p p o i n t m e n t o f M r. J a y a r a j Shanmugam as its new Chief Commercial Officer. In his new role Mr. Shanmugam will be responsible for leading Jet Airways' commercial teams to maximize revenue streams and use its market reach, people capabilities and brand appeal to accelerate the airline's reputation for service excellence and efficiency. Specifically, his responsibilities will cover areas of product enhancement, guest services, passenger and cargo sales, marketing as well as corporate communications. He will also oversee other critical functions such as airport and in-flight services, catering, revenue management, cabin crew and ecommerce. Mr. Shanmugam, 53, brings more than two decades of rich experience. He will be based at Jet Airways' headquarters in Mumbai and report to the CEO.

AirAsia will launch direct flights from Bangkok to Kolkata with daily flights connecting the two cities from 16 December 2016. Thai AirAsia Airbus A320-216 HS-BBP s/n 6405 will depart at Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport at 0005 and arrive in Kolkata at 0110. The return flights will then leave at 0210 and arrive back in the Thai capital at 0640. To celebrate the connection of two cities Thai AirAsia is offering an all-in fare from 1,890 THB per trip. It can be booked until 2 November 2016 for travel between 16 December 2016 and 28 October 2017. To travel beyond Bangkok from Don Mueang Airport to other tourist destinations in Thailand and to even other countries and cities, Indian tourists will be able to make use of AirAsia's Fly Thru service connections.

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Tigerair’s Special Fares This Festive Season

Tigerair, Singapore’s leading no-frills airline, announced a special offer for Indian travellers to visit Singapore. As part of the exclusive offer, Tigerair is offering Indian passengers all-in return fares starting as low as INR 13599 from Kochi, Bangalore, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) to

Singapore. Starting from 2 Nov 2016 until 13 Nov 2016, Indian travellers can avail of this offer by booking on www.tigerair.com. The applicable travel period is from 1 Feb 2017 to 30 Oct 2017. Tigerair and sister airline Scoot together operate a total of 50 weekly flights to Singapore from eight Indian destinations – Jaipur, Amritsar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kochi and Tiruchirappalli. Travellers can explore Singapore and at the same time explore other exciting destinations such as Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Taipei by connecting via Singapore, the gateway to amazing destinations in Asia Pacific.

Jet Airways Enhances Connectivity To North America And Europe Jet Airways, will offer seamless connectivity to North America and Europe over Paris, as part of its revised winter schedule, along with its partners Air France and Delta Air Lines. Ef fe c t i v e O c t o b e r 3 0 t h , 2 0 1 6 , flight 9W 124 from Mumbai to Paris will depart at 0250 hrs IST and arrive at 0820hrs local time, while on the return leg, 9W 123, will depart Paris at 1130hrs local time and land in Mumbai at 0045 hrs IST the following day. As a result of the revised timings, guests will now be able to connect to 25 European and more than 10 North American cities over Paris. Some of the popular destinations in Europe include

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Nice, Oslo, Prague, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Vienna, and Zurich. Similarly, the new schedule will offer guests convenient connections over Paris to Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Yo r k , N e w a r k , S a n F r a n c i s c o , Washington, Vancouver, Montréal and Mexico City in North America. Jet Airways will operate an Airbus A330200 aircraft on this route, with 18 Premiere seats that open up as flatbeds and 236 ergonomic Economy seats offering guests unmatched comfort. Guests traveling to Paris will experience the airline's famed in-flight service, its award-winning In-flight Entertainment system, ca ref u l l y c ra f te d m e n u s offering a range of Indian and international dining options, along with the airline's signature warm hospitality.

Air India’s Mobile App Air India launched the latest version of its mobile application on October 24, 2016. As an ongoing process, app will be providing improved features for making bookings on domestic and international flights, search for lowest available fares, premier seat selection, checking flight status, access Flying Returns account details and Check-in for flights. The new mobile app facilitates storage of your Credit Card and Passport details for repeated use. These personal details are secure as they will be stored in your mobile and will not be accessible to anyone else. All bookings made with the existing

mobile application can be viewed through the new application. However a separate communication explaining the process for restoration will be sent subsequently.

Thai Smile To Launch New Flights To 4 Indian Cities THAI Smile Airways will gradually start operation from Bangkok to Gaya and Varanasi from October 1, Bangkok to Jaipur from November 15, and Bangkok to Lucknow from December 1, 2016. The airline has chosen Bird Group as its General Sales Agent (GSA) for the Indian market with immediate effect. The Bird Group will handle the airline's sales development, bookings, and ticketing services within India as well as conduct direct marketing and service support to Indian travel agents. Captain Woranate Laprabang, Acting Chief Executive Officer, THAI Smile Airways, said, “THAI Smile Airways is undertaking an ambitious growth programme to develop network and ensure international connectivity. THAI Smile Airways understands the immense need for passengers travelling among these 4 cities. A journey which can be covered in less than 4 hours can take up to 8 – 10 hours. We wish to make it more

comfortable and affordable to Indian passengers.” The flight will operate with A320 aircraft which will offer a Premium Economy Class (12 seats) and Economy Class (154 seats) and host of features for passengers, such as the in-flight entertainment experience and specially designed Indian cuisine & beverages to passengers. All passengers of Royal Orchid and Premium Economy Class can enjoy a privilege lounge at Suvarnabhumi where passengers can treat themselves to a multitude of free snacks and various choices of hot or cold drinks with free Wi-Fi Internet access.

Mega Maldives Airline Non-Stop Flights Between India & Maldives Mega Maldives Airlines, the largest international airline of the Maldives launched direct non-stop flights between India and Maldives. Starting, November 15, 2016 Mega Maldives will connect passengers from New Delhi and Male' three times a week. “We are thrilled with the positive response both in India and in Maldives to our new services to India. The resort and hospitality community of Maldives is clearly throwing open their doors to an excited and dynamic Indian market”, said George Weinmann, founder and Chief Executive Office, Mega Maldives Airline. As the first non-stop service between the two capital cities, Mega Maldives

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Airlines will provide significant advantages to what is available in the market. At a journey time of just 3Hrs 40Min (outbound) and 4Hrs and 20Min (Inbound), this is the fastest and only non-stop connection between the two cities, cutting journey times on other existing flight options by between 2-8 hours. Configured with 12 business class and 156 economy class seats, passengers will be able to enjoy premium onboard services. It departs from Delhi at the convenient time of 8:50am (Tue, Sun) and 10am (Fri) and arrives into the Maldives just after mid-day to make the best use of hotel check-in times and seaplane transfers. Similarly, the flight

departs Maldives at 3:15pm, allowing guests to enjoy their hotels in the morning before transferring to the airport conveniently right after checkout. For business travellers, the schedule allows a convenient the option of arriving into the Male on Sunday and departing either the next day, or an option to arrive on Tuesday for a 2 night option before departing on Thursday. Mega Maldives will provide world class services on this route on board the 'Queen of Skies' Boeing 737-800.

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AVIATION PLUS Qatar Airways & Qatar Tourism Launches New Transit Visa Qatar Airways, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar's Ministry of Interior have announced a revised tourism visa scheme ava i l a b l e t o p a s s e n g e rs transiting through Doha to promote Qatar as an outstanding stopover destination. The new transit visa allows passengers with a minimum transit time of 5 hours in Hamad International Airport, to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours (four days), without the requirement to apply ahead of time for an entry visa. The Qatar transit visa is free of charge and available on arrival at Hamad International Airport to passengers of all nationalities, upon confirmation of onward journey and completion of passport control procedures. All visas are approved and issued at the sole

discretion of the Ministry of Interior. Qatar Airways, CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “Qatar Airways serves millions of people from around the world with network of more than 150 destinations. We are excited to offer our passengers the opportunity to taste the cultural highlights that the city of Doha and the State of Qatar have to offer. We are thankful to the Ministry of Interior and the Qatar Tourism Authority for helping us to create a journey that includes discovering Qatar, an experience that will stay in our visitors hearts and minds forever.”

Jet Airways expands cooperation with Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic has expanded cooperation with Jet Airways to provide convenient codeshare connections for customers between key destinations across North America and India via London Heathrow. Effective from November 2, 2016 Jet Airways customers flying between India and North America will be able to connect through London Heathrow on to nine U.S. destinations operated by Delta. These destinations include: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle. In turn, Delta and Virgin Atlantic customers flying between North America and India will be able to connect with Delta codeshare onto Jet Airways' flights to Mumbai and Delhi via London Heathrow and onward to 20 destinations within India. The new Delta codeshare destinations include Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru,

Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Pune, Trivandrum and Vadodara. The new routes complement Delta and Jet Airways destinations available through existing codeshare agreements via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. As well as the codeshare agreement, Delta SkyMiles, and Jet Airways' Jet Privilege members will soon be able to enjoy network-wide, reciprocal mileage earning and redemption privileges. Customers requiring further information, and who wish to book flights between the U.S. and India, can do so by visiting delta.com, virginatlantic.com and jetairways.com.

Air Canada Inaugurates Non-Stop Flights From Vancouver To India Air Canada inaugurates its only non-stop flight AC72 from Vancouver to Delhi. "We are delighted to inaugurate our second route between Canada and India. Our non-stop flights from our AsiaPacific Vancouver hub feature 787-9 Dreamliner service and offer the shortest elapsed flying time from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles to the Indian subcontinent," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. The flight will offer all customers Indian dishes on Board, state-of-the-art aircraft, multi-lingual crews, onboard offerings, in-flight entertainment which

includes Bollywood hits and acclaimed multi-lingual arthouse films, together with our extensive western Canada domestic and western US transborder network and the seamless connection experience through YVR all position Air Canada and YVR to be the preferred gateway hub for Pacific Northwest travel to and from India. Air Canada's Vancouver-Delhi flights are operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, featuring the airline's award-winning, three-cabin service configured with 30 International Business Class individual lie-flat suites, 21 Premium Economy seats and 247 Economy Class seats. More info on www.aircanada.com.

Jet Airways Appoints Jayaraj Shanmugam

Airasia Launches Bangkok-Kolkata

as New Chief Commercial Officer Jet Airways, has announced the a p p o i n t m e n t o f M r. J a y a r a j Shanmugam as its new Chief Commercial Officer. In his new role Mr. Shanmugam will be responsible for leading Jet Airways' commercial teams to maximize revenue streams and use its market reach, people capabilities and brand appeal to accelerate the airline's reputation for service excellence and efficiency. Specifically, his responsibilities will cover areas of product enhancement, guest services, passenger and cargo sales, marketing as well as corporate communications. He will also oversee other critical functions such as airport and in-flight services, catering, revenue management, cabin crew and ecommerce. Mr. Shanmugam, 53, brings more than two decades of rich experience. He will be based at Jet Airways' headquarters in Mumbai and report to the CEO.

AirAsia will launch direct flights from Bangkok to Kolkata with daily flights connecting the two cities from 16 December 2016. Thai AirAsia Airbus A320-216 HS-BBP s/n 6405 will depart at Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport at 0005 and arrive in Kolkata at 0110. The return flights will then leave at 0210 and arrive back in the Thai capital at 0640. To celebrate the connection of two cities Thai AirAsia is offering an all-in fare from 1,890 THB per trip. It can be booked until 2 November 2016 for travel between 16 December 2016 and 28 October 2017. To travel beyond Bangkok from Don Mueang Airport to other tourist destinations in Thailand and to even other countries and cities, Indian tourists will be able to make use of AirAsia's Fly Thru service connections.

AVIATION PLUS

Tigerair’s Special Fares This Festive Season

Tigerair, Singapore’s leading no-frills airline, announced a special offer for Indian travellers to visit Singapore. As part of the exclusive offer, Tigerair is offering Indian passengers all-in return fares starting as low as INR 13599 from Kochi, Bangalore, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) to

Singapore. Starting from 2 Nov 2016 until 13 Nov 2016, Indian travellers can avail of this offer by booking on www.tigerair.com. The applicable travel period is from 1 Feb 2017 to 30 Oct 2017. Tigerair and sister airline Scoot together operate a total of 50 weekly flights to Singapore from eight Indian destinations – Jaipur, Amritsar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kochi and Tiruchirappalli. Travellers can explore Singapore and at the same time explore other exciting destinations such as Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Taipei by connecting via Singapore, the gateway to amazing destinations in Asia Pacific.

Jet Airways Enhances Connectivity To North America And Europe Jet Airways, will offer seamless connectivity to North America and Europe over Paris, as part of its revised winter schedule, along with its partners Air France and Delta Air Lines. Ef fe c t i v e O c t o b e r 3 0 t h , 2 0 1 6 , flight 9W 124 from Mumbai to Paris will depart at 0250 hrs IST and arrive at 0820hrs local time, while on the return leg, 9W 123, will depart Paris at 1130hrs local time and land in Mumbai at 0045 hrs IST the following day. As a result of the revised timings, guests will now be able to connect to 25 European and more than 10 North American cities over Paris. Some of the popular destinations in Europe include

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Nice, Oslo, Prague, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Vienna, and Zurich. Similarly, the new schedule will offer guests convenient connections over Paris to Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Yo r k , N e w a r k , S a n F r a n c i s c o , Washington, Vancouver, Montréal and Mexico City in North America. Jet Airways will operate an Airbus A330200 aircraft on this route, with 18 Premiere seats that open up as flatbeds and 236 ergonomic Economy seats offering guests unmatched comfort. Guests traveling to Paris will experience the airline's famed in-flight service, its award-winning In-flight Entertainment system, ca ref u l l y c ra f te d m e n u s offering a range of Indian and international dining options, along with the airline's signature warm hospitality.

Air India’s Mobile App Air India launched the latest version of its mobile application on October 24, 2016. As an ongoing process, app will be providing improved features for making bookings on domestic and international flights, search for lowest available fares, premier seat selection, checking flight status, access Flying Returns account details and Check-in for flights. The new mobile app facilitates storage of your Credit Card and Passport details for repeated use. These personal details are secure as they will be stored in your mobile and will not be accessible to anyone else. All bookings made with the existing

mobile application can be viewed through the new application. However a separate communication explaining the process for restoration will be sent subsequently.

Thai Smile To Launch New Flights To 4 Indian Cities THAI Smile Airways will gradually start operation from Bangkok to Gaya and Varanasi from October 1, Bangkok to Jaipur from November 15, and Bangkok to Lucknow from December 1, 2016. The airline has chosen Bird Group as its General Sales Agent (GSA) for the Indian market with immediate effect. The Bird Group will handle the airline's sales development, bookings, and ticketing services within India as well as conduct direct marketing and service support to Indian travel agents. Captain Woranate Laprabang, Acting Chief Executive Officer, THAI Smile Airways, said, “THAI Smile Airways is undertaking an ambitious growth programme to develop network and ensure international connectivity. THAI Smile Airways understands the immense need for passengers travelling among these 4 cities. A journey which can be covered in less than 4 hours can take up to 8 – 10 hours. We wish to make it more

comfortable and affordable to Indian passengers.” The flight will operate with A320 aircraft which will offer a Premium Economy Class (12 seats) and Economy Class (154 seats) and host of features for passengers, such as the in-flight entertainment experience and specially designed Indian cuisine & beverages to passengers. All passengers of Royal Orchid and Premium Economy Class can enjoy a privilege lounge at Suvarnabhumi where passengers can treat themselves to a multitude of free snacks and various choices of hot or cold drinks with free Wi-Fi Internet access.

Mega Maldives Airline Non-Stop Flights Between India & Maldives Mega Maldives Airlines, the largest international airline of the Maldives launched direct non-stop flights between India and Maldives. Starting, November 15, 2016 Mega Maldives will connect passengers from New Delhi and Male' three times a week. “We are thrilled with the positive response both in India and in Maldives to our new services to India. The resort and hospitality community of Maldives is clearly throwing open their doors to an excited and dynamic Indian market”, said George Weinmann, founder and Chief Executive Office, Mega Maldives Airline. As the first non-stop service between the two capital cities, Mega Maldives

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Airlines will provide significant advantages to what is available in the market. At a journey time of just 3Hrs 40Min (outbound) and 4Hrs and 20Min (Inbound), this is the fastest and only non-stop connection between the two cities, cutting journey times on other existing flight options by between 2-8 hours. Configured with 12 business class and 156 economy class seats, passengers will be able to enjoy premium onboard services. It departs from Delhi at the convenient time of 8:50am (Tue, Sun) and 10am (Fri) and arrives into the Maldives just after mid-day to make the best use of hotel check-in times and seaplane transfers. Similarly, the flight

departs Maldives at 3:15pm, allowing guests to enjoy their hotels in the morning before transferring to the airport conveniently right after checkout. For business travellers, the schedule allows a convenient the option of arriving into the Male on Sunday and departing either the next day, or an option to arrive on Tuesday for a 2 night option before departing on Thursday. Mega Maldives will provide world class services on this route on board the 'Queen of Skies' Boeing 737-800.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

INTERNATIONAL NEWS Reunion Islands’ New Visual Identity "The Ultimate Island"

Kenya Kalling Kenya Tourism launched #KenyaKalling – A campaign by Kenya Tourism Board for the India Market to incentivise the Indian Travel Trade. ‘Kenya Kalling’ is a special incentive program in conjunction with the Kenya Airways. Kenyan ambassador to India H.E. Florence Imisa Weche graced the event with his presence. Kenyan students in India performed a cultural folk dance, wherein not only the audience but her Excellency also joined in and shook a leg. The talented students made the

audience groove to their folk music. The event saw people from trade and travel industries pouring in at the event. Kenya Airways has launched a very attractive, all inclusive airfare of INR 25,538 for a return trip from

Mumbai to Nairobi which can be booked on their website www.kenyaairways.com. Hildah Ogada, Assistant Regional Marketing Manager, Kenya Tourism Board, said, “India is now the third largest tourist source market for Kenya. We have seen a growth of over 30% during January to July, over the same time last year. India has grown as a source market and has tremendous potential to grow further, we are now targeting 100,000 visitors from India by

2018. Kenya Tourism Board has been undertaking several consumers as well as trade initiatives to further increase arrival from India. Recently, we took Indian film makers to India with a vision to promote tourism aspiration among

Indians for Magical Kenya. Kenya has been well established as a leading safari destination, now we want to promote its splendid white sand beaches, water sports, Golf and other unique natural treasures to new-age Indian travellers.

India is an important market for us, we are launching this “Kenya Kalling” campaign and plan to invest more through other initiatives like association with Indian Cricket, celebrities and other consumer brands. We shall continue to invest more in the future as we aim to make India our number one source market for Kenya”. Kenya, Africa's most popular tourist destinations has something for everyone. The rich wildlife of the Maasai Mara is perfect for a life time safari experience. The coastline is fringed with miles of white sands and the brilliant blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Kenya offers a unique naturally beautiful environment for all kinds of travellers, be it family, honeymooners, MICE, Adventure, film makers or Golfers.

On Occasion of World Tourism Day Mr. William Techer, Head of Marketing & Promotion India & Indian Ocean and Mr. Vineet Gopal Director India for Reunion Island Tourism Board Presents the New Visual Identity of Reunion Island Tourism Board. The new Branding "The Ultimate Island" is the right representation of the diverse destination Reunion Island as Intensely Authentic, Intensely Vibrant, Intensely Rejuvenating, Intensely Spicy, Intensely Mixed. The Chairman of Reunion Island Tourism Board Stéphane FOUASSIN and Willy ETHEVE , CEO, Launched this New Visual Identity on Friday, September 20th at Top Resa Paris France in front of local press and professional. The Theme "The Ultimate Island" is accompanied by forty pictograms bespoke designed, representative of the

Reunion Island. These symbols of the island, the modern graphics, contemporary and universal, are assets that are the strength of the destination Reunion. The symbols of the Ultimate Island and the new visual identity is based on three main objectives: Representing what the island of Reunion has best to offer with advantages of its own: Nature, Wellness, Culture Gastronomy and the activities On this occasion Reunion Island Tourism Board, invited Top Tour Operators (Key Partners) & Media to meet and talk with Indian Trade & Media to explore on the possibilities and opportunities offered by the Reunion Island Tourism Sector. With the aim of enhancing the Visibility & Identity of the Reunion Island. Mr Techer & Mr Gopal also revealed future activities for Indian Market.

Explore Tajikistan Electronic Visas For Indians Issued Within 3 Days

ASEAN Gears up to welcome Indian Tourists

The ASEAN Promotional Chapter for Tourism (APCT) – India got together in New Delhi to launch the VISIT ASEAN @ 50 celebrations that endorses ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) as a single and collective tourism destination to the Indian audience. ASEAN will attain 50 years in 2017 and the campaign is in commemoration of the golden jubilee of the association. APCT was conceived by the member countries of the ASEAN as part of its efforts to leverage the tremendous tourism potential of the region. Around 150 members of the trade fraternity, media and high level officials attended the meet. Speaking on behalf of APCT India, His Excellency Datuk Naimun Ashakli Mohammad, High Commissioner of

agents from the ten ASEAN countries and made available on the ASEAN Tourism website (www.aseantourism.travel) and consists of attractive tour packages that promote dual and triple destinations in a single package. Tourists can choose to visit the 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, join cruises or homestay programmes or simply bask in unique experience of the ASEAN culture,” added Datuk Naimun Ashakli. Each individual country has been assigned the role of lead co-ordinators to ensure that the tourists can experience a consistent level of services and facilities when they visit the South East Asian Nations. Officials at APCT – India opined that accessibility is a key requirement for the success of tourism, and it would be

Malaysia said, “ASEAN has proven to be the world’s rising star. UNWTO record shows 5% growth in international tourist arrivals in South East Asia in 2015, more than the average worldwide growth of 4%. South East Asia has always been an attractive destination for Indians. In fact, India has consistently been one of the top 10 tourist generating markets to this region.” “ASEAN has much to offer with the inherent diversity in terms of people, lifestyle, culture, religion and culinary experience, together with the rich natural landscape and deep historical heritage. Visit ASEAN @50 covers a series of selected products and offers, one of which is ASEAN Tourism Packages. They are offered by travel

imperative to connect every tourist destination in ASEAN into the overall integrated transport and communications network that moves people, information and goods swiftly. Smaller schemes such as the Cambodia-Thailand single visa have already been implemented and they have proven successful. Tourism accounts for roughly 4.6% of ASEAN GDP. Visit ASEAN @ 50 campaign hopes to attract more than 121 million tourist arrivals to the region and increase tourism receipts to USD 83 billion. Last year the ASEAN region saw close to 109 million visitors with Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam, being the top 5 visited countries.

GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL The Ambassador of Tajikistan to India, His Excellency Mr. Mirzosharif Jalolov, spoke about Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as an upcoming tourist destination and interacted with eminent Travel Industry leaders at a gala cocktail and dinner evening of hosted at Crystal Room, The Suryaa Hotel, New Delhi. “I’m very happy to invite you all to my country. It’s even more easier to travel to Tajikistan, now that Tajik Air has introduced bi-weekly flights to Dushanbe, our capital city”, said The Ambassador, speaking about the exciting possibilities of adventure sports, historical tourism, medical tourism and wild life of Tajikistan. This has been further facilitated as we have now introduced Electronic Visa for Indians to visit Tajikistan and it can be issued in as short a duration as 3 days.” He further added. Sanuj Birla, Director Aerotrek

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International GSA added, “Tajik Air in India has launched their second scheduled flight on Friday to make it a biweekly flights to Dushanbe.” The event was hosted by Aerotrek International, Tajik Air and Sheraton Hotel, Dushanbe, with the Sheraton being the brand new 5 star property to visit in Dushanbe. The Hotel is also MICE ready and has the largest bar in the country, making it the ideal choice for a luxurious stay.

in Pampanga, Philippines on 19 Dec Just as the name suggests, the festival features a contest of huge giant lanterns whose grand structure is an attraction in itself. During this period, the lanterns measured just about three feet, a sharp contrast with the almost-sixteen feet witnessed today. Over the years, the festival was marked with the inclusion of disco lights and further enhanced by the elaborate designs of the Giant Lanterns. One may wonder what all the fuss is about lights and lanterns, but the truth of the matter is that light is significant for local Filipinos as it symbolizes unwavering hope. Today, the festival is home to innovative designs that display creativity and are infused with originality. So popular is the event in Philippines, that the city has been christened the

‘Christmas Capital of the Philippines’. To get to San Fernando in Pampanga, you can hire the services of a car rental company, which will then allow you to take the 3-hour drive to the venue. Whichever way you choose to get to the venue, the Giant Lantern Festival is necessary-attend; a stunningly beautiful and eye-opening event.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

INTERNATIONAL NEWS Reunion Islands’ New Visual Identity "The Ultimate Island"

Kenya Kalling Kenya Tourism launched #KenyaKalling – A campaign by Kenya Tourism Board for the India Market to incentivise the Indian Travel Trade. ‘Kenya Kalling’ is a special incentive program in conjunction with the Kenya Airways. Kenyan ambassador to India H.E. Florence Imisa Weche graced the event with his presence. Kenyan students in India performed a cultural folk dance, wherein not only the audience but her Excellency also joined in and shook a leg. The talented students made the

audience groove to their folk music. The event saw people from trade and travel industries pouring in at the event. Kenya Airways has launched a very attractive, all inclusive airfare of INR 25,538 for a return trip from

Mumbai to Nairobi which can be booked on their website www.kenyaairways.com. Hildah Ogada, Assistant Regional Marketing Manager, Kenya Tourism Board, said, “India is now the third largest tourist source market for Kenya. We have seen a growth of over 30% during January to July, over the same time last year. India has grown as a source market and has tremendous potential to grow further, we are now targeting 100,000 visitors from India by

2018. Kenya Tourism Board has been undertaking several consumers as well as trade initiatives to further increase arrival from India. Recently, we took Indian film makers to India with a vision to promote tourism aspiration among

Indians for Magical Kenya. Kenya has been well established as a leading safari destination, now we want to promote its splendid white sand beaches, water sports, Golf and other unique natural treasures to new-age Indian travellers.

India is an important market for us, we are launching this “Kenya Kalling” campaign and plan to invest more through other initiatives like association with Indian Cricket, celebrities and other consumer brands. We shall continue to invest more in the future as we aim to make India our number one source market for Kenya”. Kenya, Africa's most popular tourist destinations has something for everyone. The rich wildlife of the Maasai Mara is perfect for a life time safari experience. The coastline is fringed with miles of white sands and the brilliant blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Kenya offers a unique naturally beautiful environment for all kinds of travellers, be it family, honeymooners, MICE, Adventure, film makers or Golfers.

On Occasion of World Tourism Day Mr. William Techer, Head of Marketing & Promotion India & Indian Ocean and Mr. Vineet Gopal Director India for Reunion Island Tourism Board Presents the New Visual Identity of Reunion Island Tourism Board. The new Branding "The Ultimate Island" is the right representation of the diverse destination Reunion Island as Intensely Authentic, Intensely Vibrant, Intensely Rejuvenating, Intensely Spicy, Intensely Mixed. The Chairman of Reunion Island Tourism Board Stéphane FOUASSIN and Willy ETHEVE , CEO, Launched this New Visual Identity on Friday, September 20th at Top Resa Paris France in front of local press and professional. The Theme "The Ultimate Island" is accompanied by forty pictograms bespoke designed, representative of the

Reunion Island. These symbols of the island, the modern graphics, contemporary and universal, are assets that are the strength of the destination Reunion. The symbols of the Ultimate Island and the new visual identity is based on three main objectives: Representing what the island of Reunion has best to offer with advantages of its own: Nature, Wellness, Culture Gastronomy and the activities On this occasion Reunion Island Tourism Board, invited Top Tour Operators (Key Partners) & Media to meet and talk with Indian Trade & Media to explore on the possibilities and opportunities offered by the Reunion Island Tourism Sector. With the aim of enhancing the Visibility & Identity of the Reunion Island. Mr Techer & Mr Gopal also revealed future activities for Indian Market.

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ASEAN Gears up to welcome Indian Tourists

The ASEAN Promotional Chapter for Tourism (APCT) – India got together in New Delhi to launch the VISIT ASEAN @ 50 celebrations that endorses ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) as a single and collective tourism destination to the Indian audience. ASEAN will attain 50 years in 2017 and the campaign is in commemoration of the golden jubilee of the association. APCT was conceived by the member countries of the ASEAN as part of its efforts to leverage the tremendous tourism potential of the region. Around 150 members of the trade fraternity, media and high level officials attended the meet. Speaking on behalf of APCT India, His Excellency Datuk Naimun Ashakli Mohammad, High Commissioner of

agents from the ten ASEAN countries and made available on the ASEAN Tourism website (www.aseantourism.travel) and consists of attractive tour packages that promote dual and triple destinations in a single package. Tourists can choose to visit the 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, join cruises or homestay programmes or simply bask in unique experience of the ASEAN culture,” added Datuk Naimun Ashakli. Each individual country has been assigned the role of lead co-ordinators to ensure that the tourists can experience a consistent level of services and facilities when they visit the South East Asian Nations. Officials at APCT – India opined that accessibility is a key requirement for the success of tourism, and it would be

Malaysia said, “ASEAN has proven to be the world’s rising star. UNWTO record shows 5% growth in international tourist arrivals in South East Asia in 2015, more than the average worldwide growth of 4%. South East Asia has always been an attractive destination for Indians. In fact, India has consistently been one of the top 10 tourist generating markets to this region.” “ASEAN has much to offer with the inherent diversity in terms of people, lifestyle, culture, religion and culinary experience, together with the rich natural landscape and deep historical heritage. Visit ASEAN @50 covers a series of selected products and offers, one of which is ASEAN Tourism Packages. They are offered by travel

imperative to connect every tourist destination in ASEAN into the overall integrated transport and communications network that moves people, information and goods swiftly. Smaller schemes such as the Cambodia-Thailand single visa have already been implemented and they have proven successful. Tourism accounts for roughly 4.6% of ASEAN GDP. Visit ASEAN @ 50 campaign hopes to attract more than 121 million tourist arrivals to the region and increase tourism receipts to USD 83 billion. Last year the ASEAN region saw close to 109 million visitors with Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam, being the top 5 visited countries.

GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL The Ambassador of Tajikistan to India, His Excellency Mr. Mirzosharif Jalolov, spoke about Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as an upcoming tourist destination and interacted with eminent Travel Industry leaders at a gala cocktail and dinner evening of hosted at Crystal Room, The Suryaa Hotel, New Delhi. “I’m very happy to invite you all to my country. It’s even more easier to travel to Tajikistan, now that Tajik Air has introduced bi-weekly flights to Dushanbe, our capital city”, said The Ambassador, speaking about the exciting possibilities of adventure sports, historical tourism, medical tourism and wild life of Tajikistan. This has been further facilitated as we have now introduced Electronic Visa for Indians to visit Tajikistan and it can be issued in as short a duration as 3 days.” He further added. Sanuj Birla, Director Aerotrek

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International GSA added, “Tajik Air in India has launched their second scheduled flight on Friday to make it a biweekly flights to Dushanbe.” The event was hosted by Aerotrek International, Tajik Air and Sheraton Hotel, Dushanbe, with the Sheraton being the brand new 5 star property to visit in Dushanbe. The Hotel is also MICE ready and has the largest bar in the country, making it the ideal choice for a luxurious stay.

in Pampanga, Philippines on 19 Dec Just as the name suggests, the festival features a contest of huge giant lanterns whose grand structure is an attraction in itself. During this period, the lanterns measured just about three feet, a sharp contrast with the almostsixteen feet witnessed today. Over the years, the festival was marked with the inclusion of disco lights and further enhanced by the elaborate designs of the Giant Lanterns. One may wonder what all the fuss is about lights and lanterns, but the truth of the matter is that light is significant for local Filipinos as it symbolizes unwavering hope. Today, the festival is home to innovative designs that display creativity and are infused with originality.

So popular is the event in Philippines, that the city has been christened the ‘Christmas Capital of the Philippines’. To get to San Fernando in Pampanga, you can hire the services of a car rental company, which will then allow you to take the 3-hour drive to the venue. Whichever way you choose to get to the venue, the Giant Lantern Festival is necessary-attend; a stunningly beautiful and eye-opening event.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Singapore lauded as top Turkey Tourism conducts Cruise Destination once again Destination Turkey workshop Singapore was just named top cruise destination by industry experts for a second time in three years at the 10th Seatrade Cruise Awards. This accolade is another feather in the cap for Singapore, which was voted as the top Asian port of call in the inaugural Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards earlier this month. "We are honoured that Singapore remains prominent in the minds of the cruise community as an attractive cruise hub. This is testament to our efforts to grow Singapore's cruise industry and strong destination appeal," said Miss Annie Chang , Director, Cruise, Singapore Tourism Board (STB). In growing Singapore's appeal as a cruise destination, STB has been leveraging Singapore's superb air connectivity, world-class berthing facilities at the Singapore Cruise Centre and Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, and proximity to myriad cruise offerings in the region. Some of the initiatives include forging more than 10 marketing partnerships with cruise lines and trade partners to drive cruise passenger numbers, training more than 800 travel agents overseas to

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raise their capability to sell cruises from Singapore, and widening Singapore's reach to consumers via multiple media platforms in six major source markets. STB also actively works with local trade partners to curate immersive and differentiated pre- or post-cruise experiences to enrich visitors' stay in Singapore. Being the ASEAN1 lead co-ordinator for cruise development in Southeast Asia, Singapore spearheaded initiatives such as the creation of the first Cruise Southeast Asian brand to promote the region in a unified voice. Singapore experienced a 14% year-on-year increase in cruise passenger throughput in 2015, and major cruise line Royal Caribbean International will have their longest-ever home porting season2 in Singapore starting October 2016.

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T h e Tu r k i s h Ministry of Culture and To u r i s m i n collaboration w i t h t h e Association of Turkish Travel Agents and Turkish Hoteliers Federation, conducted an e i g h t cityroadshow titled 'Destination Turkey Workshop'for the travel trade in India. The roadshow was held on September 26 in Mumbai; September 27 in Bangalore; September 28 in Kolkata; September 29 in Lucknow; September 30 in Delhi; October 1 in Ahmedabad; October 3 in Hyderabad; and concluded on October 4 in Chennai. The workshop saw an attendance of 35 participants from Turkey comprising of leading travel agents and hoteliers besides Turkish Airlines. The roadshow received an overwhelming response as more than 150 agents attendedin each city. Apart from the valuable B2B interactions, more than 100 frontline staff from various travel agencies in all eight cities participated in the 'Destination Turkey

Trainings' conducted by the Ministry. Theworkshop began with a welcome address by Mr OzgurAyturk, Coordinator, Ministry of Culture and To u r i s m Tu r ke y. A d e s t i n a t i o n presentation was also conducted by A s s o c i a t i o n o f Tu r k i s h Tr a v e l Agencieswhich focussed on Turkey as an ideal destination for leisure, honeymooners and golf. Speaking about India as a market, OzgurAyturk said, “India is a very important market for us. We have seen a good response from India over the years. The eight-city roadshow was conducted to increase destination awareness and highlight the new attractions in Turkey. We hope this event will also add positive impact and further increase the Indian footfall in Turkey.”

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Jal Mahotsav, an initiative by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department is going to be held from 15th December 2016 to 15th January 2017 at Hanumantiya, district Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. Hanumantiya tourist complex is developed by the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation in the backwaters of the Indira Sagar dam on Narmada River. Hanumantiya an attractive tourist destination: Distance of Hanumantiya tourist complex in Khandwa district is 130 kms from Indore. It is 150 kms from Maheshwar, 85 kms from Omkareshwar and 48.5 kms from Khandwa. By different routes from Bhopal, distance of Hanumantiya is 300 to 350 kms. This is a first of its kind event in which air, water and land adventure activities are brought together at a single site at reasonable cost. Jal Mahotsav is a unique platform to experience the region's varied culture, ethnicity, and creativity of the artisans which will also give you a chance to tune in to the folk music and performances of the local communities. A Unique Platter of Activities J a l M a h o t s av w a s fo c u s e d o n establishing Madhya Pradesh as a surging forth in the national arena of adventure and water tourism. It was an event brought on one platter adventure activities, so far a distant dream in Central India. The cost effectiveness of the activities were brought from various parts of the country, who ensured full security to the participants. The activities were divided as air, land and water activities. Areas were earmarked for each activity at Hanuwantiya. Land Activities include Zip Liner, Kids Zone, Climbing Wall, Star Gazing, Allterrain vehicle, Archery Game, Kite flying, Tug of war and bullock cart. Air activities include hot air balloon, parasailing, Para Motors. Water Activities include water parasailing, motor boat, jet ski, banana ride, water zorbing and wind surfing. Night Camping - There are approx 100 islands in the Indira Sagar Dam which are accessible from Hanuwantiya by boat in 45 minutes. These islands are a birds' paradise and covered with greenery. Night camping activity is conducted

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here. A total of 10 night camps are made. Other activities on the island include bird watching, trekking and treasure hunt. Food Zone – The food zone has stalls for fast food, snacks and traditional dishes of Madhya Pradesh like dishes of Nimad. Craft Bazaar- The guest tourists of Hanuwantiya got a glimpse of the crafts heritage and culinary variations of the state. The craft bazaar exhibits exquisite terracotta items, maandna paintings, Lac ornaments, woolen clothes, fabric paintings etc. Other than the activities, there are several nearby attractions to explore. The tourism department has crafted various packages for the activities and

nearby attractions within an affordable reach. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department has annouced the Package starting from Rs 7100 *Inclusions - stay in Cottage tents, All meals, pick up and drop (from Indore and Khandwa), complimentary refreshments in bus, Activities mentioned, visit to Indira sagar dam and Omkareshwar Jyotirling, accommodation in tent on twin sharing, two bottle drinking water per tent, two free voucher for tent for land parasailing.

For more info: www.jalmahotsav.com

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Singapore lauded as top Turkey Tourism conducts Cruise Destination once again Destination Turkey workshop Singapore was just named top cruise destination by industry experts for a second time in three years at the 10th Seatrade Cruise Awards. This accolade is another feather in the cap for Singapore, which was voted as the top Asian port of call in the inaugural Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards earlier this month. "We are honoured that Singapore remains prominent in the minds of the cruise community as an attractive cruise hub. This is testament to our efforts to grow Singapore's cruise industry and strong destination appeal," said Miss Annie Chang , Director, Cruise, Singapore Tourism Board (STB). In growing Singapore's appeal as a cruise destination, STB has been leveraging Singapore's superb air connectivity, world-class berthing facilities at the Singapore Cruise Centre and Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, and proximity to myriad cruise offerings in the region. Some of the initiatives include forging more than 10 marketing partnerships with cruise lines and trade partners to drive cruise passenger numbers, training more than 800 travel agents overseas to

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raise their capability to sell cruises from Singapore, and widening Singapore's reach to consumers via multiple media platforms in six major source markets. STB also actively works with local trade partners to curate immersive and differentiated pre- or post-cruise experiences to enrich visitors' stay in Singapore. Being the ASEAN1 lead co-ordinator for cruise development in Southeast Asia, Singapore spearheaded initiatives such as the creation of the first Cruise Southeast Asian brand to promote the region in a unified voice. Singapore experienced a 14% year-on-year increase in cruise passenger throughput in 2015, and major cruise line Royal Caribbean International will have their longest-ever home porting season2 in Singapore starting October 2016.

November - December, 2016

T h e Tu r k i s h Ministry of Culture and To u r i s m i n collaboration w i t h t h e Association of Turkish Travel Agents and Turkish Hoteliers Federation, conducted an e i g h t cityroadshow titled 'Destination Turkey Workshop'for the travel trade in India. The roadshow was held on September 26 in Mumbai; September 27 in Bangalore; September 28 in Kolkata; September 29 in Lucknow; September 30 in Delhi; October 1 in Ahmedabad; October 3 in Hyderabad; and concluded on October 4 in Chennai. The workshop saw an attendance of 35 participants from Turkey comprising of leading travel agents and hoteliers besides Turkish Airlines. The roadshow received an overwhelming response as more than 150 agents attendedin each city. Apart from the valuable B2B interactions, more than 100 frontline staff from various travel agencies in all eight cities participated in the 'Destination Turkey

Trainings' conducted by the Ministry. Theworkshop began with a welcome address by Mr OzgurAyturk, Coordinator, Ministry of Culture and To u r i s m Tu r ke y. A d e s t i n a t i o n presentation was also conducted by A s s o c i a t i o n o f Tu r k i s h Tr a v e l Agencieswhich focussed on Turkey as an ideal destination for leisure, honeymooners and golf. Speaking about India as a market, OzgurAyturk said, “India is a very important market for us. We have seen a good response from India over the years. The eight-city roadshow was conducted to increase destination awareness and highlight the new attractions in Turkey. We hope this event will also add positive impact and further increase the Indian footfall in Turkey.”

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Jal Mahotsav, an initiative by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department is going to be held from 15th December 2016 to 15th January 2017 at Hanumantiya, district Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. Hanumantiya tourist complex is developed by the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation in the backwaters of the Indira Sagar dam on Narmada River. Hanumantiya an attractive tourist destination: Distance of Hanumantiya tourist complex in Khandwa district is 130 kms from Indore. It is 150 kms from Maheshwar, 85 kms from Omkareshwar and 48.5 kms from Khandwa. By different routes from Bhopal, distance of Hanumantiya is 300 to 350 kms. This is a first of its kind event in which air, water and land adventure activities are brought together at a single site at reasonable cost. Jal Mahotsav is a unique platform to experience the region's varied culture, ethnicity, and creativity of the artisans which will also give you a chance to tune in to the folk music and performances of the local communities. A Unique Platter of Activities J a l M a h o t s av w a s fo c u s e d o n establishing Madhya Pradesh as a surging forth in the national arena of adventure and water tourism. It was an event brought on one platter adventure activities, so far a distant dream in Central India. The cost effectiveness of the activities were brought from various parts of the country, who ensured full security to the participants. The activities were divided as air, land and water activities. Areas were earmarked for each activity at Hanuwantiya. Land Activities include Zip Liner, Kids Zone, Climbing Wall, Star Gazing, Allterrain vehicle, Archery Game, Kite flying, Tug of war and bullock cart. Air activities include hot air balloon, parasailing, Para Motors. Water Activities include water parasailing, motor boat, jet ski, banana ride, water zorbing and wind surfing. Night Camping - There are approx 100 islands in the Indira Sagar Dam which are accessible from Hanuwantiya by boat in 45 minutes. These islands are a birds' paradise and covered with greenery. Night camping activity is conducted

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here. A total of 10 night camps are made. Other activities on the island include bird watching, trekking and treasure hunt. Food Zone – The food zone has stalls for fast food, snacks and traditional dishes of Madhya Pradesh like dishes of Nimad. Craft Bazaar- The guest tourists of Hanuwantiya got a glimpse of the crafts heritage and culinary variations of the state. The craft bazaar exhibits exquisite terracotta items, maandna paintings, Lac ornaments, woolen clothes, fabric paintings etc. Other than the activities, there are several nearby attractions to explore. The tourism department has crafted various packages for the activities and

nearby attractions within an affordable reach. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department has annouced the Package starting from Rs 7100 *Inclusions - stay in Cottage tents, All meals, pick up and drop (from Indore and Khandwa), complimentary refreshments in bus, Activities mentioned, visit to Indira sagar dam and Omkareshwar Jyotirling, accommodation in tent on twin sharing, two bottle drinking water per tent, two free voucher for tent for land parasailing.

For more info: www.jalmahotsav.com

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