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NEWS FLASH UAE visa on arrival for Indians with USA visa or Green card Indian passport holders with a valid American visa or a Green Card will be eligible to get UAE visa on arrival at all ports starting May 1. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) this week circulated a letter to authorities to grant the UAE visa to Indians with valid America visa or Green Card following a Cabinet decision last month. Officials at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai confirmed that they will start implementing the order on May 1. The decision to have a simplified visa process is aimed at advancing the UAEIndia relations in economic, politics, and trade. It also contributes to achieving UAE’s

Rank Of India Improves In International Tourist Arrivals As per the U N W TO definition, International Tourist Arrivals (ITAs) comprises two components namely Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) and Arrivals of Non-Resident Nationals. The U N W TO i n i t s b a ro m e t e r ra n k s countries in terms of their ITAs. So far only the figures of FTAs were compiled in India. However, now India has started compiling the data arrivals of NonResident Indians (NRIs), also. The number of NRI arrivals during 2014 and 2015 were 5.43 million and 5.26 million, respectively. Accordingly, the numbers of ITAs in India during 2014 and 2015 were 13.11 million and 13.28 million, respectively. The data of ITAs, containing both the arrivals of NRIs and FTAs, is now as per International recommendations. Due to this inclusion, India's improved rank reflecting the true and comparable scenario has now been

vision to be the leading country in attracting global tourism. The number of Indian tourists coming to the UAE last year reached about 1.6 million Indian tourists, and there were about 50,000 UAE tourists who visited India in the same year. There are about 143 flights a day between the UAE and Indian cities, at a rate of 1000 flights per week. Indian passport holders with valid America visa or Green Card will get UAE visa on arrival and valid for 14 days, extendable for a similar period one time only. The validity of the passport must be not less than six months and the fee for an entry permit will be Dh100. The fee for one-time extension of the entry permit will be Dh250.

Ethiopia to commence

First Flight To Land At Shirdi Airport In July

e-visa service T h e Et h i o p i a n I mmi g rat i o n a n d Nationality Affairs main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has finalized preparations of the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia effective June 12, 2017. The e- visa is processed and issued online on a single Web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa. Online Visa application and issuance system will promote tourism, trade and investment to the country. It will save time, energy and cost for travelers to

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T h e S h i rd i a i r p o r t b u i l t b y t h e Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), will be ready for operations by the first week of July. " We have received all clearances and now Air India is planning a flight from Mumbai and northern India, Trujet is planning flights from south India. Indigo is expected to start flights later. We will also have facilities for night operations from September. We should be able to start operations by June end or the first week of July," said Suresh Kakani, managing director, MADC. L ocated 14 kms from Shirdi, the airport will change the way pilgrims travel to and from Shirdi. The airport is a whopping INR 340 crore project. The Saibaba Sansthan Trust has given INR 45 crore for the construction.

Ethiopia in addition to the simplicity and convenience that it facilitates. With direct flights to/from more than 95 destinations from all corners of the world operated by the most modern airplanes, we will continue to make travel to Ethiopia, dependable, easy, convenient and affordable. Now international visitors to Ethiopia, from countries provisioned for visa upon arrival, will make use of this service. Moreover, we have set up separate counters to process the visas of travelers under electronic travel authorization. To g e t y o u r e - v i s a c l i c k h e r e : https://www.evisa.gov.et/#/home

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acknowledged by the UNWTO. As per the latest UNWTO Barometer for March 2017, Rank of India in International Tourist Arrivals in both 2014 and 2015 is 24 as against the previous rank of 41 and 40 in the year 2014 and 2015, respectively. With this inclusion the share of India in the ITAs has also increased from 0.68% (based on FTAs) to 1.12% in the year 2015. Earlier India's rank in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), 2017 had also shown a 12 places jump from 2015. Rank of India in TTCI Report of 2017 was 40th as compared to 52nd in 2015, 65th in 2013 and 68th in 2011. While UNWTO gives ranking in terms of numbers of ITAs, TTCI is composed of 14 pillars organized into four sub-indices of 'Enabling Environment', 'Travel & Trade Policy and Enabling Conditions', 'Infrastructure' and 'Natural and Cultural Resources.

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Spread over a 350-hectare area, Shirdi Airport has already got a terminal building, four watchtowers, an air traffic control tower, a 2.5-km runway, and a wide entrance. F urthermore, Maharashtra Government has been approached to help operate air-conditioned buses for shuttle services between Shirdi Airport and Saibaba Temple for the ease and convenience of devotees. If it works out, buses will be available just outside the airport terminal. There may be a cloakroom as well as a counter for availing passes and Prasad for the temple, among other facilities being planned for the terminal. T he inauguration of Shirdi Airport will coincide with the 100th death anniversary of Saibaba in October 2018.

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NEWS FLASH UAE visa on arrival for Indians with USA visa or Green card Indian passport holders with a valid American visa or a Green Card will be eligible to get UAE visa on arrival at all ports starting May 1. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) this week circulated a letter to authorities to grant the UAE visa to Indians with valid America visa or Green Card following a Cabinet decision last month. Officials at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai confirmed that they will start implementing the order on May 1. The decision to have a simplified visa process is aimed at advancing the UAEIndia relations in economic, politics, and trade. It also contributes to achieving UAE’s

Rank Of India Improves In International Tourist Arrivals As per the U N W TO definition, International Tourist Arrivals (ITAs) comprises two components namely Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) and Arrivals of Non-Resident Nationals. The U N W TO i n i t s b a ro m e t e r ra n k s countries in terms of their ITAs. So far only the figures of FTAs were compiled in India. However, now India has started compiling the data arrivals of NonResident Indians (NRIs), also. The number of NRI arrivals during 2014 and 2015 were 5.43 million and 5.26 million, respectively. Accordingly, the numbers of ITAs in India during 2014 and 2015 were 13.11 million and 13.28 million, respectively. The data of ITAs, containing both the arrivals of NRIs and FTAs, is now as per International recommendations. Due to this inclusion, India's improved rank reflecting the true and comparable scenario has now been

vision to be the leading country in attracting global tourism. The number of Indian tourists coming to the UAE last year reached about 1.6 million Indian tourists, and there were about 50,000 UAE tourists who visited India in the same year. There are about 143 flights a day between the UAE and Indian cities, at a rate of 1000 flights per week. Indian passport holders with valid America visa or Green Card will get UAE visa on arrival and valid for 14 days, extendable for a similar period one time only. The validity of the passport must be not less than six months and the fee for an entry permit will be Dh100. The fee for one-time extension of the entry permit will be Dh250.

Ethiopia to commence

First Flight To Land At Shirdi Airport In July

e-visa service T h e Et h i o p i a n I mmi g rat i o n a n d Nationality Affairs main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has finalized preparations of the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia effective June 12, 2017. The e- visa is processed and issued online on a single Web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa. Online Visa application and issuance system will promote tourism, trade and investment to the country. It will save time, energy and cost for travelers to

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T h e S h i rd i a i r p o r t b u i l t b y t h e Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), will be ready for operations by the first week of July. " We have received all clearances and now Air India is planning a flight from Mumbai and northern India, Trujet is planning flights from south India. Indigo is expected to start flights later. We will also have facilities for night operations from September. We should be able to start operations by June end or the first week of July," said Suresh Kakani, managing director, MADC. L ocated 14 kms from Shirdi, the airport will change the way pilgrims travel to and from Shirdi. The airport is a whopping INR 340 crore project. The Saibaba Sansthan Trust has given INR 45 crore for the construction.

Ethiopia in addition to the simplicity and convenience that it facilitates. With direct flights to/from more than 95 destinations from all corners of the world operated by the most modern airplanes, we will continue to make travel to Ethiopia, dependable, easy, convenient and affordable. Now international visitors to Ethiopia, from countries provisioned for visa upon arrival, will make use of this service. Moreover, we have set up separate counters to process the visas of travelers under electronic travel authorization. To g e t y o u r e - v i s a c l i c k h e r e : https://www.evisa.gov.et/#/home

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acknowledged by the UNWTO. As per the latest UNWTO Barometer for March 2017, Rank of India in International Tourist Arrivals in both 2014 and 2015 is 24 as against the previous rank of 41 and 40 in the year 2014 and 2015, respectively. With this inclusion the share of India in the ITAs has also increased from 0.68% (based on FTAs) to 1.12% in the year 2015. Earlier India's rank in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), 2017 had also shown a 12 places jump from 2015. Rank of India in TTCI Report of 2017 was 40th as compared to 52nd in 2015, 65th in 2013 and 68th in 2011. While UNWTO gives ranking in terms of numbers of ITAs, TTCI is composed of 14 pillars organized into four sub-indices of 'Enabling Environment', 'Travel & Trade Policy and Enabling Conditions', 'Infrastructure' and 'Natural and Cultural Resources.

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Spread over a 350-hectare area, Shirdi Airport has already got a terminal building, four watchtowers, an air traffic control tower, a 2.5-km runway, and a wide entrance. F urthermore, Maharashtra Government has been approached to help operate air-conditioned buses for shuttle services between Shirdi Airport and Saibaba Temple for the ease and convenience of devotees. If it works out, buses will be available just outside the airport terminal. There may be a cloakroom as well as a counter for availing passes and Prasad for the temple, among other facilities being planned for the terminal. T he inauguration of Shirdi Airport will coincide with the 100th death anniversary of Saibaba in October 2018.

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Skål International World TAAI conducts session on GST for its members across India Congress to be held in Hyderabad

IATO's 33rd Convention in Bhubaneswar

A stunning coastline, a vibrant cultural scenic landscape, a casserole of cuisine, entertainment aplenty - if you are a tourist in Odisha be assured you will be spoilt for choice. In Odisha, tourism products are not restricted to metro cities. The air connectivity and road/rail network have made distribution of products to ser vices across the hinterlands and offer big opportunity for tourists to experience Odisha's unique rural tourism heritage area. Raghuraipur near Bhubaneswar has been receiving regular visitors from all over the world and Odisha rural tourism

heritage here has received global recognition Roads built in the last decade have had a significant impact in surface tourism - tourists are now visiting places like Chandipuron-sea, Simlipal National Park, Cuttack, Chilka, Berhampur (Ganjam) Gopalpur-on-sea, Taptapani and many such areas which were not explored by tourists earlier. This has also gave a good reason to boost for infrastructure augmentation and all these places now provide comfortable and affordable accommodation to tourists. Even transport facilities have improved and

provide civilized way to move around and visit various heritage sites located deep interior of state. All these motivated Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) to return to O d i s h a fo r 3 3 rd I AT O A n n u a l Convention. The state government has extended overwhelming support for the convention and post convention tour. They are offering enchanting Post Convention tours and interacting with IATO Convention Committee on a regular basis. IATO Convention is expect over 1500 registered delegates. The Convention dates are 7th to 10th September, 2017 and the venue is Mayfair Hotel Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar.

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South Africa Tourism celebrates successful INDABA 2017 Africa’s top travel show INDABA 2017 has been deemed an outstanding success as the show saw high-quality buyers from across the world. This resulted in more than 20,000 confirmed meetings being held over the three show days – an increase of over 20% compared to last year’s figure. This year, the show drew in over 7,000 delegates and nearly 700 media delegates who were thereby given an opportunity to see Durban. There were a number of exciting developments at this year's event, held at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, including the rebranding and renaming of Africa's premier travel trade show to Africa's Travel INDABA. South African Tourism has used INDABA as a platform to launch - “I Do Tourism” (IDT) – an initiative that seeks to remind South

Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) - Western Region, organized an special educative session on GST for its members, in Mumbai on 1st June 2017 as the deadline of July 1st 2017 is fast approaching. The training session on GST was conducted by CA Manish Gadia of GMJ & Co, official GST consultants for TAAI. "We have organized GST presentations by CA Manish Gadia for our members across the country and have recently held sessions in Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Lucknow. Sessions in other cities too will be completed before June 30," said Mr. Jay Bhatia, Honorary National Treasurer of TAAI.

Africans of the importance of the tourism industry and the role they can play as advocates for South Africa and for tourism. South African Tourism chief executive Sisa Ntshona praised this edition of Africa's Travel INDABA as a resounding success: "This year was all about listening to the feedback from exhibitors and partners that resulted in some fundamental changes, to ensure the event stays fresh and relevant.” Other event enhancements included the new Lap of Luxury pavilion, showcasing five-star products, and the Hidden Gems pavilion showcasing small tourism businesses," he explained. Ms. Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager – South African Tourism, India said that, “ I N DA BA 2 0 1 7 h a s b e e n a ve r y

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successful trade engagement for us with a 25-member travel agent delegation from Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Raipur. It remains one of largest and most interactive platforms for our trade partners to learn about the great products and iconic experiences that South Africa has to offer and to gain

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contacts with useful suppliers. As more Indians put South Africa on their itinerary, it is essential that travel agents have access to resources that will hone their destination expertise. INDABA gives them the chance to witness the breadth and depth of our offerings and find new products and experiences to add to their itineraries. We're certain that it has helped equip our partners to better sell South Africa to their clients.” South African Tourism closed 2016 with a 21% growth and 95,377 travellers. The NTO is looking to achieve good growth in arrivals during 2017. Africa's Travel INDABA 2018 will take place from 8 to 10 May 2018 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

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“After the roll out of GST, next month when the return filing process begins, we are also desirous of addressing detailed issues faced by members. Implication of GST on ATA as well as tour operators is going to hit the industry and the complexities of return filing shall be a nightmare for the travel and tourism community,” added Bhatia. Presentations by CA Gadia are giving members more clarity on the tax structure and its procedures. The GST is a new tax structure and teething problems are expected. TAAI Western Region Chairman, Sampat Damani, opined that more clarity on GST will emerge when the government issues its second notification.

78th Skal World Congress to be held in Hyderabad from 5 to 9 October, 2017 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre. The congress is expected 1,500 tourism professionals from 83 countries, will attend the conference. It will give Hyderabad a chance to showcase what it can offer the tourism world and it will be the first time the Skal World Congress has been held in an Indian city. Skal Hyderabad president, Mr. Vijay

Mohan Raj said that his presentation and Hyderabad’s pitch to host the event of the International Association of Travel and Tourism Professions garnered 136 votes while Bangkok got just 33 votes. There will be business sessions with the prominent speakers from the industry and meetings along with other special highlights over the four day event. The pre and post tours to the delegates will showcase India’s wellness, architecture, beaches, wildlife, etc.

Thailand Travel Mart 2017 ends successful 2 year run in Chiang Mai, moves to Pattaya in 2018 Thailand’s travel trade show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) has ended a successful two-year run in the Northern capital of Chiang Mai, and will move to the resort city of Pattaya in 2018. The theme “Delivering Unique Experiences” was designed to be in line with the overall tourism marketing slogan. All the pre and post-tours were specially selected to include the spectacular range of Royal Projects, Northern Thai museums, restaurants, co m m u n i t y- b a s e d p ro d u c t s a n d heritage sites in line with that theme. The event was attended by 423 buyers from 56 countries. Although the main markets of China, India, Russia, Europe

and the UK dominated the list, the focus on buyers from the eastern European countries, Latin America and South Africa. Moreover, first-time buyers comprised 47.8% of the total. This year, the show was attended by 362 sellers from Thailand and the neighbouring Mekong countries, the vast majority of whom were small & medium sized hotels and boutique resorts emerging by the dozens all over the country. The first knowledge-transfer session was held on the first day, led by Minister Kobkarn on community-based tourism. She was followed by speakers talking on crisis management, culinary tourism and the digital economy.

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On the second day, the media were briefed on t h e m a t i c j o i n t p re s s c o n f e r e n c e ‘ C L M V T: Moving towards Shared Prosperity’, especially the growing potential for overland tourism by representative from five countries including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand as many new cross-border checkpoints make it easier for cars and vehicles to criss-cross the region. O n t h e t h i r d d a y, a r o u n d 6 0 0 participants from travel & tourism training institutes and entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai benefitted from a day-long seminar series by TAT executives and some of Thailand’s leading private

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sector executives on market trends. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the TAT, commented, “The two years of being held in Chiang Mai have given a major boost to travel & tourism in Chiang Mai and will help us better diversify our visitors all around the country and the neighbouring regions. I also believe this has been a great preparatory step towards hosting the prestigious ASEAN Tourism Forum, also at the same venue in January 2018.”

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TRADE NEWS

EVENTS

Skål International World TAAI conducts session on GST for its members across India Congress to be held in Hyderabad

IATO's 33rd Convention in Bhubaneswar

A stunning coastline, a vibrant cultural scenic landscape, a casserole of cuisine, entertainment aplenty - if you are a tourist in Odisha be assured you will be spoilt for choice. In Odisha, tourism products are not restricted to metro cities. The air connectivity and road/rail network have made distribution of products to ser vices across the hinterlands and offer big opportunity for tourists to experience Odisha's unique rural tourism heritage area. Raghuraipur near Bhubaneswar has been receiving regular visitors from all over the world and Odisha rural tourism

heritage here has received global recognition Roads built in the last decade have had a significant impact in surface tourism - tourists are now visiting places like Chandipuron-sea, Simlipal National Park, Cuttack, Chilka, Berhampur (Ganjam) Gopalpur-on-sea, Taptapani and many such areas which were not explored by tourists earlier. This has also gave a good reason to boost for infrastructure augmentation and all these places now provide comfortable and affordable accommodation to tourists. Even transport facilities have improved and

provide civilized way to move around and visit various heritage sites located deep interior of state. All these motivated Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) to return to O d i s h a fo r 3 3 rd I AT O A n n u a l Convention. The state government has extended overwhelming support for the convention and post convention tour. They are offering enchanting Post Convention tours and interacting with IATO Convention Committee on a regular basis. IATO Convention is expect over 1500 registered delegates. The Convention dates are 7th to 10th September, 2017 and the venue is Mayfair Hotel Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar.

Publisher: Shailendra Publication Editor & Publisher: Shailendra Kesari Assitant Editor: Parul Kesari Brand Ambassador: Vyom Kesari Advisory: Gour Kanjilal, Om Prakash Sehgal Editorial: Parul Kesari Marketing Team: Prashant, Dinesh Gupta Correspondent North: Manoj Babbar Correspondent West: Payal Gupta

Regd. Office: 155/153B, Samudrik Building, Bhuleshwar Road, Mumbai 400 002 Copr Office: Shop No1, B-4, Highland Garden, Dhokali Road, Thane (W) 400 607 Delhi Office: D-708, Chitranjan Park, New Delhi 110 009 Email: info@safariplus.co.in safariplus022@gmail.com Mobile: 97690 58991/ 9969948787 Web: www.safariplus.co.in

South Africa Tourism celebrates successful INDABA 2017 Africa’s top travel show INDABA 2017 has been deemed an outstanding success as the show saw high-quality buyers from across the world. This resulted in more than 20,000 confirmed meetings being held over the three show days – an increase of over 20% compared to last year’s figure. This year, the show drew in over 7,000 delegates and nearly 700 media delegates who were thereby given an opportunity to see Durban. There were a number of exciting developments at this year's event, held at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, including the rebranding and renaming of Africa's premier travel trade show to Africa's Travel INDABA. South African Tourism has used INDABA as a platform to launch - “I Do Tourism” (IDT) – an initiative that seeks to remind South

Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) - Western Region, organized an special educative session on GST for its members, in Mumbai on 1st June 2017 as the deadline of July 1st 2017 is fast approaching. The training session on GST was conducted by CA Manish Gadia of GMJ & Co, official GST consultants for TAAI. "We have organized GST presentations by CA Manish Gadia for our members across the country and have recently held sessions in Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Lucknow. Sessions in other cities too will be completed before June 30," said Mr. Jay Bhatia, Honorary National Treasurer of TAAI.

Africans of the importance of the tourism industry and the role they can play as advocates for South Africa and for tourism. South African Tourism chief executive Sisa Ntshona praised this edition of Africa's Travel INDABA as a resounding success: "This year was all about listening to the feedback from exhibitors and partners that resulted in some fundamental changes, to ensure the event stays fresh and relevant.” Other event enhancements included the new Lap of Luxury pavilion, showcasing five-star products, and the Hidden Gems pavilion showcasing small tourism businesses," he explained. Ms. Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager – South African Tourism, India said that, “ I N DA BA 2 0 1 7 h a s b e e n a ve r y

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successful trade engagement for us with a 25-member travel agent delegation from Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Raipur. It remains one of largest and most interactive platforms for our trade partners to learn about the great products and iconic experiences that South Africa has to offer and to gain

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contacts with useful suppliers. As more Indians put South Africa on their itinerary, it is essential that travel agents have access to resources that will hone their destination expertise. INDABA gives them the chance to witness the breadth and depth of our offerings and find new products and experiences to add to their itineraries. We're certain that it has helped equip our partners to better sell South Africa to their clients.” South African Tourism closed 2016 with a 21% growth and 95,377 travellers. The NTO is looking to achieve good growth in arrivals during 2017. Africa's Travel INDABA 2018 will take place from 8 to 10 May 2018 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

www.safariplus.co.in

5 -9 October, 2017

“After the roll out of GST, next month when the return filing process begins, we are also desirous of addressing detailed issues faced by members. Implication of GST on ATA as well as tour operators is going to hit the industry and the complexities of return filing shall be a nightmare for the travel and tourism community,” added Bhatia. Presentations by CA Gadia are giving members more clarity on the tax structure and its procedures. The GST is a new tax structure and teething problems are expected. TAAI Western Region Chairman, Sampat Damani, opined that more clarity on GST will emerge when the government issues its second notification.

78th Skal World Congress to be held in Hyderabad from 5 to 9 October, 2017 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre. The congress is expected 1,500 tourism professionals from 83 countries, will attend the conference. It will give Hyderabad a chance to showcase what it can offer the tourism world and it will be the first time the Skal World Congress has been held in an Indian city. Skal Hyderabad president, Mr. Vijay

Mohan Raj said that his presentation and Hyderabad’s pitch to host the event of the International Association of Travel and Tourism Professions garnered 136 votes while Bangkok got just 33 votes. There will be business sessions with the prominent speakers from the industry and meetings along with other special highlights over the four day event. The pre and post tours to the delegates will showcase India’s wellness, architecture, beaches, wildlife, etc.

Thailand Travel Mart 2017 ends successful 2 year run in Chiang Mai, moves to Pattaya in 2018 Thailand’s travel trade show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) has ended a successful two-year run in the Northern capital of Chiang Mai, and will move to the resort city of Pattaya in 2018. The theme “Delivering Unique Experiences” was designed to be in line with the overall tourism marketing slogan. All the pre and post-tours were specially selected to include the spectacular range of Royal Projects, Northern Thai museums, restaurants, co m m u n i t y- b a s e d p ro d u c t s a n d heritage sites in line with that theme. The event was attended by 423 buyers from 56 countries. Although the main markets of China, India, Russia, Europe

and the UK dominated the list, the focus on buyers from the eastern European countries, Latin America and South Africa. Moreover, first-time buyers comprised 47.8% of the total. This year, the show was attended by 362 sellers from Thailand and the neighbouring Mekong countries, the vast majority of whom were small & medium sized hotels and boutique resorts emerging by the dozens all over the country. The first knowledge-transfer session was held on the first day, led by Minister Kobkarn on community-based tourism. She was followed by speakers talking on crisis management, culinary tourism and the digital economy.

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On the second day, the media were briefed on t h e m a t i c j o i n t p re s s c o n f e r e n c e ‘ C L M V T: Moving towards Shared Prosperity’, especially the growing potential for overland tourism by representative from five countries including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand as many new cross-border checkpoints make it easier for cars and vehicles to criss-cross the region. O n t h e t h i r d d a y, a r o u n d 6 0 0 participants from travel & tourism training institutes and entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai benefitted from a day-long seminar series by TAT executives and some of Thailand’s leading private

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sector executives on market trends. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the TAT, commented, “The two years of being held in Chiang Mai have given a major boost to travel & tourism in Chiang Mai and will help us better diversify our visitors all around the country and the neighbouring regions. I also believe this has been a great preparatory step towards hosting the prestigious ASEAN Tourism Forum, also at the same venue in January 2018.”

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MANIPUR Nestled along the rolling green hills of the North East, Manipur is the “Jewelled Land” of India overflowing with bountiful beauty bestowed by the Mother Nature. Christened as the “Switzerland of the East”, Manipur justifies its title with its majestic blue green undulated terrains, scintillating waterfalls, tripling rivers and exotic flaura and fauna. Home to many tribal colourful communities, this place is rich in graceful classical dance traditions, intricate art forms, and sumptuous cuisine. The unending chains of dense forest in Manipur provide a huge cover for the rare species of birds. Most of the travelers fly to Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, to explore this wondrous place of the North East. But if you want to enjoy the road journey of north east’s countryside with scenic green landscapes all around then you can also drive in from Kohima (Nagaland) or Silchar (Assam).

Attractions in Manipur Imphal The capital city of Manipur with scenic backdrop of plains and hills nestled at the centre of the pleasing Manipur valley is a serene place secluded from the jostling life of the city. The dense forests and sprawling grassalands makes this place a heaven on earth. Exploring the attractions or activities which Imphal boats are-

Loktak lake and Sendra Island Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India, and is famous for the phumdis floating over it. Loktak is also an ideal destinations for trekking be it the beginners or the experienced trekkers. This ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur. It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. The lake is also a source of livelihood for the rural fishermen who live in the surrounding areas and on phumdis, also known as “phumshongs”.

Keibul Lam Jao National Park

greenery all around, thus it is the birth place of many dense forests which are home to many animal species. Keibul Lam Jao National Park 53km from Imphal, on the fringes of Loktak Lake, is the last natural habitat of the marsh-dwelling brow-antlered deer called "Sangai". A large number of migratory birds, like waterfowl, are also attracted to this Park. Keibul Lamjao is the only floating national park in the world. As the state is gifted with lush green forests, lakes and varieties of flora and fauna, so ample options of camping is available there. Adventure lovers can explore the forests and witness the animal species and go for camping deep inside the woods.

Manipur Zoological Garden With different species of plant life, the Sanagai Zoological Garden is home to Brow-Antlered Deer. Here you can have your eco tour while exploring the hopping rare species of deer and the magical kingdom of the flora.

Manipur State Museum This two-storey government museum showcases the history of Manipur. Ideal for the history buffs, this place houses tribal costumes, royal clothing, historical polo equipment and stuffed carnivores. Infront of the museum there is the Polo ground where Polo was said to be invented.

Other attractions of Imphal are Red Hill L o k p a c h i n g , Ka n g l a Fo r t , S e kta Archaelogical Living Museum, Jama Masjid, Shree Govindajee Temple, Khonghampat Orchidarium and Matai Garden.

Ukhrul Ukhrul is a picturesque valley surrounded by the refreshing nature all around. The unending stretch of rolling valleys, hills, sparkling waterfalls and streams are enough to call Ukhrul a dream destination. Ideal for a nature lover, Ukhrul is packed with attractive tourist spots.

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Sirohi National Park It is the smallest forest reserve in the country. Many streams and rivers generate from the cracks and slopes of this national park. Mainly noted for its green serene surroundings, this park is visited by tourist almost round the year.

Khangkhui Cave Built with Cretaceous limestone, this wild cave is guided by locals for tourists. As an utter example of true formation of nature, this cave is visited by travelers who are enthusiast enough to deep inside the rocks and witness different formations of the limestones.

Nillai Tea Estate The lush green tea cultivation all along the sloping hills are an amazing sight to gorge at. The Nillai Tea Estate is a green tea growing garden and every details of the tea production starting from plucking to drying can be learnt from here.

Other attractions of Ukhrul are Khayang Peak, Shirui Kashung Peak, Kachouphung Lake, Shirui Kashung, Hundung Mangva Cave and Ango Ching.

Thoubal Thoubal is yet another picturesque destination in Manipur. Situated amidst hills, the place is perfect for trekking and hiking. Lush greenery, beautiful rivers and lakes make the place a perfect destination for outdoor activities. The local people here enhance the greenery here by planting banyan trees along roadsides and fruit bearing trees in the grounds of their homes. Here are some top destinations in Thoubal. You can have wonderful views of the Imphal and Thoubal Rivers, roam in the People's Museum, buy some local souvenirs in the Thoubal market, boat in the Louis Lake (season wise) and Waithou Lake, or visit the Khongjom War Memorial or spend your time in the lap of nature in the vicinity of Ikop Lake.

Chandel Chandel is the gateway to Myanmar. The geographical significance, however, does not end there. The land is rich in flora and fauna being home to a wide range of species. Rare species of animals and plants are found here that attract tourists in great numbers. Here are some of the tourist destinations in Chandel. You can visit Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife

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Sanctuary, Moreh, and Tengnoupal. Other attractions of Manipur with some unique features or thronged with interesting activities are-

Andro Andro is an ancient village which is a hub of the tribal communities displaying their art and culture. The Cultural Complex of Andro displays the finest pottery works of the north east. There is also a doll house

Khwairamband Bazaar As a true example of women empowerment, this market place has been reigning by women shopkeepers for the past centuries. Housed in a peristyle building, this market place is run by 4000 mothers. Travelers visiting Manipur, make it compulsory to visit this huge market place selling every items starting from vegetables to garments. This market place is divided into two segments, one

segment selling fruits and vegetables and the other selling art works, potteries, woolen garments, traditional costumes and several souvenirs of Manipur. Several women selling heaves of dried fish are also seen which is one of the local favourite of the North East.

Langthabal This is a beautiful hill lying on the IndoBurma Road. The hill having an old historical palace, temples and many ceremonial houses surrounded by Pine and Jack fruit trees gives a very lovely view of nearby plains.

Singda This beautiful hill resort located at the altitude of 920 meter is 16 km from Imphal. Singda lake located atop the hill is a fine invitation to view for nature lover. The hill resort overlooks the Manipur Valley, and presents a very fine natural view of the valley.

Khongampat Orchidarium 7 km from Imphal, the famous orchidarium is must explored destination for eco-tourists. The orchidarium is home as well as breeding centre of 110 species of orchids. Some of the other tourist places of Manipur which also you can explore are Bishnupur, Senapati, Tamenglong and Churachandpur.

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MANIPUR Nestled along the rolling green hills of the North East, Manipur is the “Jewelled Land” of India overflowing with bountiful beauty bestowed by the Mother Nature. Christened as the “Switzerland of the East”, Manipur justifies its title with its majestic blue green undulated terrains, scintillating waterfalls, tripling rivers and exotic flaura and fauna. Home to many tribal colourful communities, this place is rich in graceful classical dance traditions, intricate art forms, and sumptuous cuisine. The unending chains of dense forest in Manipur provide a huge cover for the rare species of birds. Most of the travelers fly to Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, to explore this wondrous place of the North East. But if you want to enjoy the road journey of north east’s countryside with scenic green landscapes all around then you can also drive in from Kohima (Nagaland) or Silchar (Assam).

Attractions in Manipur Imphal The capital city of Manipur with scenic backdrop of plains and hills nestled at the centre of the pleasing Manipur valley is a serene place secluded from the jostling life of the city. The dense forests and sprawling grassalands makes this place a heaven on earth. Exploring the attractions or activities which Imphal boats are-

Loktak lake and Sendra Island Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India, and is famous for the phumdis floating over it. Loktak is also an ideal destinations for trekking be it the beginners or the experienced trekkers. This ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur. It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. The lake is also a source of livelihood for the rural fishermen who live in the surrounding areas and on phumdis, also known as “phumshongs”.

Keibul Lam Jao National Park

greenery all around, thus it is the birth place of many dense forests which are home to many animal species. Keibul Lam Jao National Park 53km from Imphal, on the fringes of Loktak Lake, is the last natural habitat of the marsh-dwelling brow-antlered deer called "Sangai". A large number of migratory birds, like waterfowl, are also attracted to this Park. Keibul Lamjao is the only floating national park in the world. As the state is gifted with lush green forests, lakes and varieties of flora and fauna, so ample options of camping is available there. Adventure lovers can explore the forests and witness the animal species and go for camping deep inside the woods.

Manipur Zoological Garden With different species of plant life, the Sanagai Zoological Garden is home to Brow-Antlered Deer. Here you can have your eco tour while exploring the hopping rare species of deer and the magical kingdom of the flora.

Manipur State Museum This two-storey government museum showcases the history of Manipur. Ideal for the history buffs, this place houses tribal costumes, royal clothing, historical polo equipment and stuffed carnivores. Infront of the museum there is the Polo ground where Polo was said to be invented.

Other attractions of Imphal are Red Hill L o k p a c h i n g , Ka n g l a Fo r t , S e kta Archaelogical Living Museum, Jama Masjid, Shree Govindajee Temple, Khonghampat Orchidarium and Matai Garden.

Ukhrul Ukhrul is a picturesque valley surrounded by the refreshing nature all around. The unending stretch of rolling valleys, hills, sparkling waterfalls and streams are enough to call Ukhrul a dream destination. Ideal for a nature lover, Ukhrul is packed with attractive tourist spots.

As Manipur is swathed away with

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Hindustan Ka Dil Dekho

Sirohi National Park It is the smallest forest reserve in the country. Many streams and rivers generate from the cracks and slopes of this national park. Mainly noted for its green serene surroundings, this park is visited by tourist almost round the year.

Khangkhui Cave Built with Cretaceous limestone, this wild cave is guided by locals for tourists. As an utter example of true formation of nature, this cave is visited by travelers who are enthusiast enough to deep inside the rocks and witness different formations of the limestones.

Nillai Tea Estate The lush green tea cultivation all along the sloping hills are an amazing sight to gorge at. The Nillai Tea Estate is a green tea growing garden and every details of the tea production starting from plucking to drying can be learnt from here.

Other attractions of Ukhrul are Khayang Peak, Shirui Kashung Peak, Kachouphung Lake, Shirui Kashung, Hundung Mangva Cave and Ango Ching.

Thoubal Thoubal is yet another picturesque destination in Manipur. Situated amidst hills, the place is perfect for trekking and hiking. Lush greenery, beautiful rivers and lakes make the place a perfect destination for outdoor activities. The local people here enhance the greenery here by planting banyan trees along roadsides and fruit bearing trees in the grounds of their homes. Here are some top destinations in Thoubal. You can have wonderful views of the Imphal and Thoubal Rivers, roam in the People's Museum, buy some local souvenirs in the Thoubal market, boat in the Louis Lake (season wise) and Waithou Lake, or visit the Khongjom War Memorial or spend your time in the lap of nature in the vicinity of Ikop Lake.

Chandel Chandel is the gateway to Myanmar. The geographical significance, however, does not end there. The land is rich in flora and fauna being home to a wide range of species. Rare species of animals and plants are found here that attract tourists in great numbers. Here are some of the tourist destinations in Chandel. You can visit Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife

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Sanctuary, Moreh, and Tengnoupal. Other attractions of Manipur with some unique features or thronged with interesting activities are-

Andro Andro is an ancient village which is a hub of the tribal communities displaying their art and culture. The Cultural Complex of Andro displays the finest pottery works of the north east. There is also a doll house

Khwairamband Bazaar As a true example of women empowerment, this market place has been reigning by women shopkeepers for the past centuries. Housed in a peristyle building, this market place is run by 4000 mothers. Travelers visiting Manipur, make it compulsory to visit this huge market place selling every items starting from vegetables to garments. This market place is divided into two segments, one

segment selling fruits and vegetables and the other selling art works, potteries, woolen garments, traditional costumes and several souvenirs of Manipur. Several women selling heaves of dried fish are also seen which is one of the local favourite of the North East.

Langthabal This is a beautiful hill lying on the IndoBurma Road. The hill having an old historical palace, temples and many ceremonial houses surrounded by Pine and Jack fruit trees gives a very lovely view of nearby plains.

Singda This beautiful hill resort located at the altitude of 920 meter is 16 km from Imphal. Singda lake located atop the hill is a fine invitation to view for nature lover. The hill resort overlooks the Manipur Valley, and presents a very fine natural view of the valley.

Khongampat Orchidarium 7 km from Imphal, the famous orchidarium is must explored destination for eco-tourists. The orchidarium is home as well as breeding centre of 110 species of orchids. Some of the other tourist places of Manipur which also you can explore are Bishnupur, Senapati, Tamenglong and Churachandpur.

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Putting The Best Foot Forward to have Positive Tourism Growth

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 increased tourist arrivals from Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka etc. Government’s statistical data till April end suggests an increasing trend but tour operators have not been benefitted. The increased arrivals from neighboring countries hardly take the services of the tour operator’s or use our 5 Star property. The priority is to increase more upmarket traffic from USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, Gulf and Middle East. The Consistent efforts of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India to enhance infrastructure in the country with a holistic coverage of an entire circuit instead of individual tourist spots. PRASAD schemes is targeted toward the development of tourism infrastructure in and around famous religious and pilgrimage cities. The SWADESH DARSHAN scheme aims at the development of complete circuit on a specific theme. We understand that 56

projects covering 29 states/56 projects covering 29 States /UT’s worth Rs. 4,823.91 crores have been sanctioned under the SWADESH DARSHAN Scheme since its launch on 1st January 2015. 13 thematic circuits have been identified under which projects are sanctioned. 18 projects worth Rs. 488.45 crores have been sanctioned under the PRASAD Scheme since its launch on 1st January 2015. 25 religious cities have been identified under the scheme for development. Incredible India Tourist Helpline was launched on 8th February 2016. The helpline provides assistance and information to tourists in 12 major languages of the world including Hindi & English. The helpline is available 24x7 and can be accessed on the Toll-free Number 1800- 11-1363 or on a short code 1363. The languages covered are Hindi, English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. At least, this initiative has created confidence in the minds of foreign tourists about Safety and Security part. 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 aims to encourage sound economic development and 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. Emerging markets highly reliant on financial position like Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, Argentina, 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 destinations but for India media has damaged the image. Even tax status remained heavy nearly over 30% is the tax component. Hope GST is put into operation by July end tourism is put into lower slab. At least present the uncertainty puts our sales team overseas to give quotations. As tour operators when they go overseas for sales/ marketing purpose have to give Quotations 5/6 months in advance so they fail to give a competitive price and often lose business. Inspite of doing their b e st a n d s p e e d i n g fo r t u n e s o n promotional visits. All these do not augur well. The Ministry of Tourism has launched a ‘Welcome Card’ for distribution at immigration counters to tourists arriving at international airports. From 15th February 2017 the Ministry has

introduced free SIM Cards with preloaded talk time and data to all tourists arriving in India on the e-Tourist Visa. The e-Tourist Visa was introduced in September 2014 for 46 countries. This facility is now called e-Visa. It is now available for nationals of 161 countries and allows visits for business and medical treatment. The process of obtaining the e-Tourist Visa has been simplified significantly by addressing issues like more than one entry and longer lead period for applying for e-Visa. 10,79,696 tourists visited India on the e-Tourist Visa in 2016. All these efforts have shown positive results as indicated through international tourist arrivals. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) which were 6.97 million tourists in 2013, increased to 7.68 million in 2014, 8.03 million in 2015 and 8.89 million in 2016. FTA has grown with a CAGR of 8.45% against the international growth rate of 4 5%. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) which were US$21.07 billion in 2015 and US$23.15 billion in 2016. FEE has grown with a CAGR of 7.86% against a contraction of 5% in international tourism receipts. FTA has registered a growth of 16.3% in January 2017 when compared to January 2016. This shows a positive trend and this trend will continue throughout the year. By Gour Kanjilal, Executive Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist..

DOMESTIC NEWS Kerala Tourism signs MoU with SilkAir To Boost Tourism in the state D e p a r t m e nt o f To u r i s m , Government of Kerala signed a M e m o r a n d u m o f Understanding (MoU) with SilkAir in the presence of Shri Kadakampalli Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Govt of Kerala. The initiative is to jointly promote tourism to Kerala from priority markets like Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore by conducting roadshows and other special marketing programs in the selected cities. “Department of Tourism has been looking for more opportunities to spread words about the legacy of Gods own Country across all the global markets and to further increase the tourist footfall in Kerala in the coming years. I expect the agreement with SilkAir will benefit Kerala Tourism in terms of more tourists from

the four significant markets with the help of its wide network and reputation as a quality service provider”, said Shri Kadakampalli Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Govt of Kerala. Effective for a period of one year from 26th April 2017, this MOU will cover a series of joint activities including brand advertising and promotional campaigns, t a c t i c a l a n d d i g i t a l m a r ke t i n g ,

familiarization trips, trade fairs, joint roadshows and product development. The joint activities are expected to help boost visitor numbers from Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore to Kerala. Speaking about the partnership, Shri. Jagdish Bhojwani, General Manager India, Silk Air said, ”We're delighted to be associated with Kerala Tourism and we look forward to working together on many exciting activities to promote 'God's Own Country' as an attractive tourist destination to the world. Together with our parent company, Singapore Airlines, we reach out to over 100 Destinations around the world and we're confident that our wide network will help in bringing more visitors to the state. The group's commitment to excellence in customer service will surely make every tourist's Kerala experience special and memorable.”

Etihad Airways Expands Capacity on Kerala Sector Etihad Airways celebrating 10 years of flying to Kerala has decided to mark the occasion by expanding its capacity in the Kerala sector. The air carrier has introduced additional flights to Kerala by launching a fourth daily non-stop service between Kozhikode and its Abu Dhabi. With the launch of the extra daily flight, the total number of weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Kerala is now 63. Dr. V. Venu, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism, expressed his happiness over the extra flights which add more connectivity to the state and said that he was looking forward for more joint initiatives. At present the Gulf air carrier flies four flights to Kozhikode and three flights to Kochi on a daily basis and double daily services to Trivandrum. Ever since its first flight to Kerala in May 31, 2007 the airlines has flown around 3.5 million travellers to and from the state.

Karnataka Tourism amplifies “Year of the wild” campaign From showcasing eco-trekking along the scenic Western Ghats, to the celebration of the iconic Golden Chariot, Karnataka Tourism will look to intensify its 2017 campaign with its creative collaboration with India’s fastest growing digital outdoor media company, Vyoma Technologies. The association falls strategically in-line with the elevated impact and increased awareness Karnataka Tourism is looking to create across highly dynamic, engaging and measurable mediums in the country. With the 2017 campaign titled ‘Year of the Wild’, looking to appeal to audiences across demographics, geographies and age groups, Vyoma’s intelligent displays, which is powered by curated audience engagement, will enable a reach of over 10 crore people a month. The campaign is currently running across 7 states

including Maharashtra, Telangana, Bihar, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka. The Ministry of Tourism numbers point to a record 15.5% growth in domestic tourism in 2016. This registered a clear shift in traveller ’s behaviour and upcoming holiday trend. While earlier seasoned travellers or travel enthusiasts used to visit, or look at International d e st i n at i o n s , n ow u l t ra - m o d e r n travellers are inclined towards exploring vast list of unexplored locations across India. The demand for experiential travel, focused on authentic, local and unique locations has immense potential to boost domestic tourism further. The Indian Railways’ recent policy change also reflect the objective to promote tourism by connecting tourist spots across the country through railways.

Karnataka Tourism has already l a u n c h e d Motorcycle tourism with a bike ride in Hampi with a series of more rides in Karnataka's varied destinations. The Government is activity promoting Mysore as an aero sport destination especially for sky diving. Also on the cards is an international level surfing festival in Mangalore in May 2017 which will go a long way in promoting Karnataka's beaches as a water sports destination. In December 2016, jointly with forest department, tourism department has identified 9 eco trekking routes in Western Ghats areas

which would be open to tourists and trekkers. All these trekking routes are being created and trained nature guides would be accompanying and educating tourists about nature conservation. Karnataka tourism has been leveraging on major mass transportation touch points like the Metro, Airport, Bus terminals and now the massive Indian railway reach is there to amplify this campaign.

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Putting The Best Foot Forward to have Positive Tourism Growth

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 increased tourist arrivals from Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka etc. Government’s statistical data till April end suggests an increasing trend but tour operators have not been benefitted. The increased arrivals from neighboring countries hardly take the services of the tour operator’s or use our 5 Star property. The priority is to increase more upmarket traffic from USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, Gulf and Middle East. The Consistent efforts of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India to enhance infrastructure in the country with a holistic coverage of an entire circuit instead of individual tourist spots. PRASAD schemes is targeted toward the development of tourism infrastructure in and around famous religious and pilgrimage cities. The SWADESH DARSHAN scheme aims at the development of complete circuit on a specific theme. We understand that 56

projects covering 29 states/56 projects covering 29 States /UT’s worth Rs. 4,823.91 crores have been sanctioned under the SWADESH DARSHAN Scheme since its launch on 1st January 2015. 13 thematic circuits have been identified under which projects are sanctioned. 18 projects worth Rs. 488.45 crores have been sanctioned under the PRASAD Scheme since its launch on 1st January 2015. 25 religious cities have been identified under the scheme for development. Incredible India Tourist Helpline was launched on 8th February 2016. The helpline provides assistance and information to tourists in 12 major languages of the world including Hindi & English. The helpline is available 24x7 and can be accessed on the Toll-free Number 1800- 11-1363 or on a short code 1363. The languages covered are Hindi, English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. At least, this initiative has created confidence in the minds of foreign tourists about Safety and Security part. 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 aims to encourage sound economic development and 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. Emerging markets highly reliant on financial position like Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, Argentina, 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 destinations but for India media has damaged the image. Even tax status remained heavy nearly over 30% is the tax component. Hope GST is put into operation by July end tourism is put into lower slab. At least present the uncertainty puts our sales team overseas to give quotations. As tour operators when they go overseas for sales/ marketing purpose have to give Quotations 5/6 months in advance so they fail to give a competitive price and often lose business. Inspite of doing their b e st a n d s p e e d i n g fo r t u n e s o n promotional visits. All these do not augur well. The Ministry of Tourism has launched a ‘Welcome Card’ for distribution at immigration counters to tourists arriving at international airports. From 15th February 2017 the Ministry has

introduced free SIM Cards with preloaded talk time and data to all tourists arriving in India on the e-Tourist Visa. The e-Tourist Visa was introduced in September 2014 for 46 countries. This facility is now called e-Visa. It is now available for nationals of 161 countries and allows visits for business and medical treatment. The process of obtaining the e-Tourist Visa has been simplified significantly by addressing issues like more than one entry and longer lead period for applying for e-Visa. 10,79,696 tourists visited India on the e-Tourist Visa in 2016. All these efforts have shown positive results as indicated through international tourist arrivals. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) which were 6.97 million tourists in 2013, increased to 7.68 million in 2014, 8.03 million in 2015 and 8.89 million in 2016. FTA has grown with a CAGR of 8.45% against the international growth rate of 4 5%. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) which were US$21.07 billion in 2015 and US$23.15 billion in 2016. FEE has grown with a CAGR of 7.86% against a contraction of 5% in international tourism receipts. FTA has registered a growth of 16.3% in January 2017 when compared to January 2016. This shows a positive trend and this trend will continue throughout the year. By Gour Kanjilal, Executive Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist..

DOMESTIC NEWS Kerala Tourism signs MoU with SilkAir To Boost Tourism in the state D e p a r t m e nt o f To u r i s m , Government of Kerala signed a M e m o r a n d u m o f Understanding (MoU) with SilkAir in the presence of Shri Kadakampalli Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Govt of Kerala. The initiative is to jointly promote tourism to Kerala from priority markets like Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore by conducting roadshows and other special marketing programs in the selected cities. “Department of Tourism has been looking for more opportunities to spread words about the legacy of Gods own Country across all the global markets and to further increase the tourist footfall in Kerala in the coming years. I expect the agreement with SilkAir will benefit Kerala Tourism in terms of more tourists from

the four significant markets with the help of its wide network and reputation as a quality service provider”, said Shri Kadakampalli Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Govt of Kerala. Effective for a period of one year from 26th April 2017, this MOU will cover a series of joint activities including brand advertising and promotional campaigns, t a c t i c a l a n d d i g i t a l m a r ke t i n g ,

familiarization trips, trade fairs, joint roadshows and product development. The joint activities are expected to help boost visitor numbers from Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore to Kerala. Speaking about the partnership, Shri. Jagdish Bhojwani, General Manager India, Silk Air said, ”We're delighted to be associated with Kerala Tourism and we look forward to working together on many exciting activities to promote 'God's Own Country' as an attractive tourist destination to the world. Together with our parent company, Singapore Airlines, we reach out to over 100 Destinations around the world and we're confident that our wide network will help in bringing more visitors to the state. The group's commitment to excellence in customer service will surely make every tourist's Kerala experience special and memorable.”

Etihad Airways Expands Capacity on Kerala Sector Etihad Airways celebrating 10 years of flying to Kerala has decided to mark the occasion by expanding its capacity in the Kerala sector. The air carrier has introduced additional flights to Kerala by launching a fourth daily non-stop service between Kozhikode and its Abu Dhabi. With the launch of the extra daily flight, the total number of weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Kerala is now 63. Dr. V. Venu, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism, expressed his happiness over the extra flights which add more connectivity to the state and said that he was looking forward for more joint initiatives. At present the Gulf air carrier flies four flights to Kozhikode and three flights to Kochi on a daily basis and double daily services to Trivandrum. Ever since its first flight to Kerala in May 31, 2007 the airlines has flown around 3.5 million travellers to and from the state.

Karnataka Tourism amplifies “Year of the wild” campaign From showcasing eco-trekking along the scenic Western Ghats, to the celebration of the iconic Golden Chariot, Karnataka Tourism will look to intensify its 2017 campaign with its creative collaboration with India’s fastest growing digital outdoor media company, Vyoma Technologies. The association falls strategically in-line with the elevated impact and increased awareness Karnataka Tourism is looking to create across highly dynamic, engaging and measurable mediums in the country. With the 2017 campaign titled ‘Year of the Wild’, looking to appeal to audiences across demographics, geographies and age groups, Vyoma’s intelligent displays, which is powered by curated audience engagement, will enable a reach of over 10 crore people a month. The campaign is currently running across 7 states

including Maharashtra, Telangana, Bihar, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka. The Ministry of Tourism numbers point to a record 15.5% growth in domestic tourism in 2016. This registered a clear shift in traveller ’s behaviour and upcoming holiday trend. While earlier seasoned travellers or travel enthusiasts used to visit, or look at International d e st i n at i o n s , n ow u l t ra - m o d e r n travellers are inclined towards exploring vast list of unexplored locations across India. The demand for experiential travel, focused on authentic, local and unique locations has immense potential to boost domestic tourism further. The Indian Railways’ recent policy change also reflect the objective to promote tourism by connecting tourist spots across the country through railways.

Karnataka Tourism has already l a u n c h e d Motorcycle tourism with a bike ride in Hampi with a series of more rides in Karnataka's varied destinations. The Government is activity promoting Mysore as an aero sport destination especially for sky diving. Also on the cards is an international level surfing festival in Mangalore in May 2017 which will go a long way in promoting Karnataka's beaches as a water sports destination. In December 2016, jointly with forest department, tourism department has identified 9 eco trekking routes in Western Ghats areas

which would be open to tourists and trekkers. All these trekking routes are being created and trained nature guides would be accompanying and educating tourists about nature conservation. Karnataka tourism has been leveraging on major mass transportation touch points like the Metro, Airport, Bus terminals and now the massive Indian railway reach is there to amplify this campaign.

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Unique Festivals of India to indulge in. Evenings are lighted by the thrilling Hornbill National Rock Concert in which bands from all over the country and abroad participate to compete. This is followed by the amazing Night Market in the town. But the most attractive event at the festival is Naga chilly eating competition and pork eating festival which draws a lot of crowd and evokes much fanfare and excitement.

Cochin Carnival, Kochi

India is a land of festivals, where people from different religions co-exist harmoniously. The wide variety of festivals celebrated in India is a true manifestation of its rich culture and traditions. These include many religious and cultural festivals of India. While the celebrations happen all over the year, but here we will talk about the festivals from October till December.

Rash Mela West Bengal Rash Mela in West Bengal is a festival celebrating the divine love of Sri Krishna and Radha. The month long festival precedes the Rash Yatra and is celebrated on the full moon day in Kartik

spiritual senses heightened. Besides the cultural activities, the festival also presents various stalls of delicacies to pamper taste buds of the visitors. Delicious range of Bengali dishes is available in the food stalls. The fair also provides a rich selection of local handicrafts and different products for sale.

Cochin Carnival is celebrated from 23 Dec to 1 Jan every year at Fort Kochi. There are several programs during each day of the carnival including games, partying, beach sports, music band, fireworks etc. The New Year's Eve party is a major highlights of the carnival. A large parade carrying a huge statute of Santa Claus is taken to the beach, where

Balloon Festival, Karnataka It is Hot air ballooning, which is organized in the big form as a huge celebration called Hot air ballooning festival during December. Counted as one of the best adventure sports in India, it is on its way to become famous day by day. Needless to express the matchless joy and adventure people experience during this thrilling sport of hot-air ballooning. Free from all flying above in the sky in a big bucket with the colourful balloon which takes you high, and you swing with the wind, screaming in sheer delight. Now turn to Karnataka where Hot-air Ballooning festival takes place in the three cities at the same time; Hampi, Mysore and Bidar. It is

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland Hornbill Festival, is one of the most cherished festivals of Nagaland, India's Far North Eastern state and is celebrated by locals with much enthusiasm and zeal. The festival is named after Hornbill, one of the most venerated bird species it is set on fire using fireworks when the clock ticks first moment of new year. Thousands of local people and tourists gather in the beach to welcome the new year with fireworks, music and fun. On the new year eve, the Fort Kochi streets will be filled with visitors not only from the locality but tourists from foreign countries as well. The carnival concludes on 1st January with a massive rally including caparisoned elephants, tableaus, fancy dressed people etc. A beach bike race, Beach football are some sports conducted on the beach during the carnival days. Elephants in ornamental trappings pared the streets. You can witness performances of many talented folk artists in this magnificent pageant. Panchavadyam, a traditional music created by the harmonious blending of

month. The Rash Yatra is a procession with clay deities of Lord Krishna and Radha. A procession is also organized to memorize the glorious days of Lord Krishna in Vrindavan spent with Radha deeply lost in their eternal love. It is the main attraction for tourists as the yatra features clay models depicting the deeds and various phases of Lord Krishna's life. It is an annual fair that is very famous in the Nabadwip, Cooch Behar and Sundarbans. Various idols are worshiped in different pandals. The decoration of light and various types of sola made ornaments are mesmerizing. The 'Daker Saaj' which is the beatings of a special Drum, the music of Flutes and Banjos and Mridangas and Kartals create a divine experience. You feel your

five instruments, is continuously played during the parade.

aimed to develop an interest in adventure sports among the youth. This is a four days long event which is largely visited and participated by the people of India and overseas who are about to fly here to witness this famous aero sport in India. Its grandness can be imagined as it is being organized in different places as a mega event. In order to give the opening to the adventure sport in Karnataka it is first initiative made by Karnataka tourism Department by organizing the Hot Air Ballooning festival. Sightseeing in Humpi, while you think of ballooning tour to India you can also try south India tour, and the sightseeing to the Humpi, which is a beautiful world heritage site too. Visit more than hundred historical monuments in Humpi like ancient temples and forts.

in the state. This festival is celebrated annually during the first week of December. Hornbill festival is organized by State To u r i s m a n d A r t s a n d C u l t u re Department, Government of Nagaland to encourage inter-tribal harmony and promote colorful local culture and traditions, display its unique customs, rituals and practices as well as preserve its heritage. Tourists are warmly welcomed and are treated well. The celebrations are attended by all the major tribes of Nagaland who present themselves with various arts, folk songs, dances and games. There are numerous displays of handicrafts, handloom, multi-cuisine, local food stalls while a rich amount of rice beer always at hand

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Unique Festivals of India to indulge in. Evenings are lighted by the thrilling Hornbill National Rock Concert in which bands from all over the country and abroad participate to compete. This is followed by the amazing Night Market in the town. But the most attractive event at the festival is Naga chilly eating competition and pork eating festival which draws a lot of crowd and evokes much fanfare and excitement.

Cochin Carnival, Kochi

India is a land of festivals, where people from different religions co-exist harmoniously. The wide variety of festivals celebrated in India is a true manifestation of its rich culture and traditions. These include many religious and cultural festivals of India. While the celebrations happen all over the year, but here we will talk about the festivals from October till December.

Rash Mela West Bengal Rash Mela in West Bengal is a festival celebrating the divine love of Sri Krishna and Radha. The month long festival precedes the Rash Yatra and is celebrated on the full moon day in Kartik

spiritual senses heightened. Besides the cultural activities, the festival also presents various stalls of delicacies to pamper taste buds of the visitors. Delicious range of Bengali dishes is available in the food stalls. The fair also provides a rich selection of local handicrafts and different products for sale.

Cochin Carnival is celebrated from 23 Dec to 1 Jan every year at Fort Kochi. There are several programs during each day of the carnival including games, partying, beach sports, music band, fireworks etc. The New Year's Eve party is a major highlights of the carnival. A large parade carrying a huge statute of Santa Claus is taken to the beach, where

Balloon Festival, Karnataka It is Hot air ballooning, which is organized in the big form as a huge celebration called Hot air ballooning festival during December. Counted as one of the best adventure sports in India, it is on its way to become famous day by day. Needless to express the matchless joy and adventure people experience during this thrilling sport of hot-air ballooning. Free from all flying above in the sky in a big bucket with the colourful balloon which takes you high, and you swing with the wind, screaming in sheer delight. Now turn to Karnataka where Hot-air Ballooning festival takes place in the three cities at the same time; Hampi, Mysore and Bidar. It is

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland Hornbill Festival, is one of the most cherished festivals of Nagaland, India's Far North Eastern state and is celebrated by locals with much enthusiasm and zeal. The festival is named after Hornbill, one of the most venerated bird species it is set on fire using fireworks when the clock ticks first moment of new year. Thousands of local people and tourists gather in the beach to welcome the new year with fireworks, music and fun. On the new year eve, the Fort Kochi streets will be filled with visitors not only from the locality but tourists from foreign countries as well. The carnival concludes on 1st January with a massive rally including caparisoned elephants, tableaus, fancy dressed people etc. A beach bike race, Beach football are some sports conducted on the beach during the carnival days. Elephants in ornamental trappings pared the streets. You can witness performances of many talented folk artists in this magnificent pageant. Panchavadyam, a traditional music created by the harmonious blending of

month. The Rash Yatra is a procession with clay deities of Lord Krishna and Radha. A procession is also organized to memorize the glorious days of Lord Krishna in Vrindavan spent with Radha deeply lost in their eternal love. It is the main attraction for tourists as the yatra features clay models depicting the deeds and various phases of Lord Krishna's life. It is an annual fair that is very famous in the Nabadwip, Cooch Behar and Sundarbans. Various idols are worshiped in different pandals. The decoration of light and various types of sola made ornaments are mesmerizing. The 'Daker Saaj' which is the beatings of a special Drum, the music of Flutes and Banjos and Mridangas and Kartals create a divine experience. You feel your

five instruments, is continuously played during the parade.

aimed to develop an interest in adventure sports among the youth. This is a four days long event which is largely visited and participated by the people of India and overseas who are about to fly here to witness this famous aero sport in India. Its grandness can be imagined as it is being organized in different places as a mega event. In order to give the opening to the adventure sport in Karnataka it is first initiative made by Karnataka tourism Department by organizing the Hot Air Ballooning festival. Sightseeing in Humpi, while you think of ballooning tour to India you can also try south India tour, and the sightseeing to the Humpi, which is a beautiful world heritage site too. Visit more than hundred historical monuments in Humpi like ancient temples and forts.

in the state. This festival is celebrated annually during the first week of December. Hornbill festival is organized by State To u r i s m a n d A r t s a n d C u l t u re Department, Government of Nagaland to encourage inter-tribal harmony and promote colorful local culture and traditions, display its unique customs, rituals and practices as well as preserve its heritage. Tourists are warmly welcomed and are treated well. The celebrations are attended by all the major tribes of Nagaland who present themselves with various arts, folk songs, dances and games. There are numerous displays of handicrafts, handloom, multi-cuisine, local food stalls while a rich amount of rice beer always at hand

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TRADE NEWS Abhibus Introduces ‘Movies on Board’ for bus Travellers Abhibus.com has launched a new product that offers onboard entertainment service to bus travellers. A unique feature of this Movies on Board product, ‘Abhimovies,’ is that bus travellers can watch movies of their choice without internet. ‘Abhimovies’ brings a new innovative feature which allows every passengers to watch movie of their choice on any device. Technology uses own WI-FI network without any data charges incurred by any customer watching onboard a bus. Movie content is preloaded on the app and updated frequently. “We felt passengers get limited onboard entertainment choice. Abhimovies will fill this gap. What is most exciting feature is that travellers don’t need to spend their internet data pack to watch these movies,” said Mr. Sudhakar Reddy, CEO and Founder, Abhibus.

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BirdRes, the B2B distribution channel from Bird Group recently partnered with OYO, India's largest hotel network. Through this association, BirdRes will enable OYO with access to its nationwide network of travel agents and help expand its business in the Indian market. Commenting on the partnership, M r. R a ke s h M e h t a , M a n a g e r – Operations, BirdRes said, “ This p a r t n e rs h i p w i l l o f fe r B i rd Re s customers an easy access to book OYO Rooms for their clients through a simple and hassle-free payment process. Further, it will offer OYO a large platform to offer their services to a wide range of travel agents all over India.” Mr. Abhinav Sinha, COO – OYO, spoke about the partnership, “With over

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Star Cruises Voted ‘Asia's Leading Cruise Line 2017’ Star Cruises was voted “Asia's Leading Cruise Line 2017” at this year's 24th Annual World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony held in Shanghai, China on 4 June 2017. As Asia's pioneering cruise line brand, Star Cruises was once again recognized by travel and tourism professionals worldwide as “Asia's Leading Cruise Line” for six consecutive years since 2012. “It is truly an honour to accept this year's award on behalf of Star Cruises and Genting Cruise Lines. We thank the voters for their continuous support and it is indeed a privilege to receive this recognition for six years in a row from the World Travel Awards,” said Mr. Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines. “With our hard working and dedicated team at Star Cruises, we will continue to strive to exceed the expectations of our guests and the cruise industry, raising the level of service and offerings, as well as creating new milestones across the region.” Star Cruises continues to expand and reaffirm its leading position in the contemporary Asian market segment, introducing new homeports and destinations in the region. At the end of May 2017, SuperStar Virgo completed her successful “Jewels of the South China Sea” cruise itinerary, a one-of-akind cruise journey with triple homeports in Hong Kong, Manila

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TRADE NEWS Abhibus Introduces ‘Movies on Board’ for bus Travellers Abhibus.com has launched a new product that offers onboard entertainment service to bus travellers. A unique feature of this Movies on Board product, ‘Abhimovies,’ is that bus travellers can watch movies of their choice without internet. ‘Abhimovies’ brings a new innovative feature which allows every passengers to watch movie of their choice on any device. Technology uses own WI-FI network without any data charges incurred by any customer watching onboard a bus. Movie content is preloaded on the app and updated frequently. “We felt passengers get limited onboard entertainment choice. Abhimovies will fill this gap. What is most exciting feature is that travellers don’t need to spend their internet data pack to watch these movies,” said Mr. Sudhakar Reddy, CEO and Founder, Abhibus.

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BirdRes, the B2B distribution channel from Bird Group recently partnered with OYO, India's largest hotel network. Through this association, BirdRes will enable OYO with access to its nationwide network of travel agents and help expand its business in the Indian market. Commenting on the partnership, M r. R a ke s h M e h t a , M a n a g e r – Operations, BirdRes said, “ This p a r t n e rs h i p w i l l o f fe r B i rd Re s customers an easy access to book OYO Rooms for their clients through a simple and hassle-free payment process. Further, it will offer OYO a large platform to offer their services to a wide range of travel agents all over India.” Mr. Abhinav Sinha, COO – OYO, spoke about the partnership, “With over

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INSIGHT Train Museums will take you into the Future Starting July, rail museums at New Delhi and Chennai will not only provide a peek into the evolution of the Indian Railways but also showcase its glittering future through animated stories, short videos, interactive story boards and artists’ impressions. Visitors to rail museums will be allowed a glimpse of future train travel under the Nationwide Stakeholders Communication Programme,

considered a pet project of railways minister Suresh Prabhu. These would include trains that use magnets to levitate (Maglev), locomotives that shoot through tubes like peas in a pod, and 3D images of futuristic stations. Officials said the programme will be made available at other rail museums located in Mysore, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Ghum, Howrah and Old Kanpur over the next three months. It would also find a place at A1 category stations, railway offices and social media websites such as YouTube. The initiative of the Indian Railways – which transports approximately 23

million passengers each day – aims at reaching out to its huge target a u d i e n c e comprising i nve sto rs , stakeholders, policymakers, passengers and other citizens. Fo r m e r ra i l way board member and rail enthusiast Vinoo Mathur agreed. “Museums are meant to safeguard traditional history,” he said. Nevertheless, all the 17 railway zones across the country have been instructed to prepare for the nationwide launch of the programme through the installation of kiosks, screens and hardware at rail museums. They have also been asked to

collaborate with private television channels to ensure that the central initiative reaches its intended target audience. While public sector undertaking Railtel has been tasked to set up technology networks, the public relations team at the railway board has been instructed to create and standardise a ‘One-IndiaOne-Content ’ programme that envisions Prabhu’s “Vision-2030/2050”.

Soon Mumbai will see its first-ever restaurant on the sea Shripriya Dalmia Thirani, 37 year old Delhi girl has won the most sought after bid to start the first ever floating restaurants and cruises next to two of Mumbai’s iconic sites – the Gateway of India and Girgaum Chowpatty. In a decision taken by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) awarded the rights to start Mumbai’s first restaurant on the sea. The bid not only allows her to open a series of restaurants on the sea but also gives her rights to operate a cruise. Thirani’s ship is expected to hit the waters by early next year, millions of tourists who visit Mumbai both from inside India and abroad will for the first time be able to get a 360 degree view of the city’s sensational skyline while enjoying some of the world’s best cuisine. MbPT top brass says “Mumbai till now did not have any restaurants on the sea.

It was minister Nitin Gadkari’s idea to open up the eastern sea front of Mumbai for locals and foreigners to have an unique experience. We have two routes – one around Gateway of India and Girgaum Chowpatty which have now been awarded to Ms Thirani. Another route is being planned close to the Gateway whose tender is under process”. The MbPT tender says “the floating restaurant is intended to be a signature project in Mumbai to match Mumbai’s stature as the financial capital of India and leisure destination. MbPT through this tender process is seeking a professionally competent licensee to deliver an international experience”. MbPT officials say the license has been granted for a period of 15 years. The ship with multiple restaurants will have to have a minimum capacity of 125 seats.

Thirani will be able to operate the ship and its restaurants round the clock, subject to relevant permission from all statutory authorities. Mumbai is one of India’s most visited tourism hubs that welcome over 55 million domestic visitors and 5.10 million international visitors annually. Over 15 million people inhabit the city. The top destination visited in Mumbai is the Gateway of India. She said, “the tender is clear that people won’t be allowed to stay on board overnight and also does not give us permission to run a casino. The ship will docked in Chowpatty – a few miles into the sea. Tourists will be taken on small boats giving them a real feel of sailing on the sea.” The MbPT says the bidder will have to obtain a no objection certificate from the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and

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INSIGHT Train Museums will take you into the Future Starting July, rail museums at New Delhi and Chennai will not only provide a peek into the evolution of the Indian Railways but also showcase its glittering future through animated stories, short videos, interactive story boards and artists’ impressions. Visitors to rail museums will be allowed a glimpse of future train travel under the Nationwide Stakeholders Communication Programme,

considered a pet project of railways minister Suresh Prabhu. These would include trains that use magnets to levitate (Maglev), locomotives that shoot through tubes like peas in a pod, and 3D images of futuristic stations. Officials said the programme will be made available at other rail museums located in Mysore, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Ghum, Howrah and Old Kanpur over the next three months. It would also find a place at A1 category stations, railway offices and social media websites such as YouTube. The initiative of the Indian Railways – which transports approximately 23

million passengers each day – aims at reaching out to its huge target a u d i e n c e comprising i nve sto rs , stakeholders, policymakers, passengers and other citizens. Fo r m e r ra i l way board member and rail enthusiast Vinoo Mathur agreed. “Museums are meant to safeguard traditional history,” he said. Nevertheless, all the 17 railway zones across the country have been instructed to prepare for the nationwide launch of the programme through the installation of kiosks, screens and hardware at rail museums. They have also been asked to

collaborate with private television channels to ensure that the central initiative reaches its intended target audience. While public sector undertaking Railtel has been tasked to set up technology networks, the public relations team at the railway board has been instructed to create and standardise a ‘One-IndiaOne-Content ’ programme that envisions Prabhu’s “Vision-2030/2050”.

Soon Mumbai will see its first-ever restaurant on the sea Shripriya Dalmia Thirani, 37 year old Delhi girl has won the most sought after bid to start the first ever floating restaurants and cruises next to two of Mumbai’s iconic sites – the Gateway of India and Girgaum Chowpatty. In a decision taken by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) awarded the rights to start Mumbai’s first restaurant on the sea. The bid not only allows her to open a series of restaurants on the sea but also gives her rights to operate a cruise. Thirani’s ship is expected to hit the waters by early next year, millions of tourists who visit Mumbai both from inside India and abroad will for the first time be able to get a 360 degree view of the city’s sensational skyline while enjoying some of the world’s best cuisine. MbPT top brass says “Mumbai till now did not have any restaurants on the sea.

It was minister Nitin Gadkari’s idea to open up the eastern sea front of Mumbai for locals and foreigners to have an unique experience. We have two routes – one around Gateway of India and Girgaum Chowpatty which have now been awarded to Ms Thirani. Another route is being planned close to the Gateway whose tender is under process”. The MbPT tender says “the floating restaurant is intended to be a signature project in Mumbai to match Mumbai’s stature as the financial capital of India and leisure destination. MbPT through this tender process is seeking a professionally competent licensee to deliver an international experience”. MbPT officials say the license has been granted for a period of 15 years. The ship with multiple restaurants will have to have a minimum capacity of 125 seats.

Thirani will be able to operate the ship and its restaurants round the clock, subject to relevant permission from all statutory authorities. Mumbai is one of India’s most visited tourism hubs that welcome over 55 million domestic visitors and 5.10 million international visitors annually. Over 15 million people inhabit the city. The top destination visited in Mumbai is the Gateway of India. She said, “the tender is clear that people won’t be allowed to stay on board overnight and also does not give us permission to run a casino. The ship will docked in Chowpatty – a few miles into the sea. Tourists will be taken on small boats giving them a real feel of sailing on the sea.” The MbPT says the bidder will have to obtain a no objection certificate from the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and

Mumbai Police and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board for the purpose of operation of the restaurant ship.

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Country Inns & Suites Mysore Adventure Trails with Wicked celebrated Earth Hour 2017 Ride To The Serai Resorts

Louvre Hotels Group Launches Lords Hotels & Resorts To Launch An Iconic Luxury Resort In Nepal Golden Tulip In Gurgaon

Countr y Inns & Suites by Carlson, a leading upper midscale hotel brand with over 470 hotels in the world celebrated it’s 10th year of Earth Hour 2017 at Country Inn Mysore. Lighting of 5ft. long Candle made by M e n t a l l y C h a l l e n ge d students: A 5ft long candle made by Mythri Charitable Trust, an NGO working for the mentally challenged students were procured and placed in the centre of hotel lobby which became the centre of attraction for all the Guests staying in the hotel. The Guests were invited by presenting Invitation card by GREs during arrival. A local traditional welcome drink was served in handmade clay pots to spread the message of our commitment towards saving environment. Sketch Competition & Quiz during Earth Hour A sketch writing completion on Earth Hour and Quiz Contest were organized during Earth Hour from 20.30 hrs – 21.30

hrs for the in house kids. The winners were handed over the Green saplings encouraging the kids for Go Green concept. in the pot illumination of Public Areas with Diyas and Guest’s participation in Earth Hour. The Public Area were illuminated with thousands of Diya sponsored by nearby Temple. Each and every guest’s photo was taken with placard taking pledge on save our Mother Earth. Saving of Electricity during Earth Hour : The Hotel was doing 100% occupancy including the Banquet functions. 60% of the Guests came down to the Lobby switching off AC and light in their room. The entire public areas including Hotel Main Porch, Lobby, Coffee shop, PBNG, Specialty Restaurant, and Staff Corridors etc. were switched off.

For all the biking enthusiasts, it is time to ride on premium wheels for the much awaited tour to The Serai Resorts this season. Creating a major uptick in adventure tourism, T h e S e ra i Re s o r t s h a s associated with Wicked Ride, a rental portal for exclusive cruiser bikes and initiated ‘The Serai Torque’. This activity is a platform which allows biking enthusiasts to experience a scenic ride in the lap of nature by renting the finest motorbikes. Transforming the destination into a hive of activities, The Serai Resorts is providing an exclusive offer which allows consumers to enjoy a biking tour from Bengaluru to the Serai properties in Chikmagalur, Kabini or Bandipur. The traveller can enjoy a two night stay at the Serai property and experience a bike ride around the destination. This offer has commenced with a series of premium motorbike choices including Harley-Davidson Iron 883, Harley-

Davidson Street 750, Triumph Tiger 800, XR Ducati Scrambler, HarleyDavidson Forty Eight, Benelli TNT 600I, Ducati Monster 821 and Ducati Hyperstrada. Sp ea kin g o n t h e o cca s io n , M r Venkatesh, Director, Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts said, “By joining hands with Wicked Ride, we intend to transform the destination into an adventurous hub. Our guests will now have a holistic experience which extends beyond a stay-in vacation to enjoy the scenic beauty of the destination.” For more information please visit www.theserai.in/torque.php

L o u v re H o te l s Group is all set to announce the launch of its fifth property Golden Tu l i p S u i t e s , Gurgaon, in Delhi NCR region. Conveniently located on the G u r g a o n Faridabad Road, G o l d e n Tu l i p Suites Gurgaon is in Gwalpahari – the upcoming business hub in Gurgaon with easy connectivity to Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad. It is in close proximity to the main Gurgaon city and to the international airport. Guests can easily go to tourists spots and entertainment destination such as Qutub Minar, Kingdom of Dreams or can easily indulge in shopping extravaganza and choice of concepts restaurants in Gurgaon all at an easy drivable distance. The hotel is right opposite TERI GOLF COURSE and is at a walkable distance from the ASF IT SEZ in Gurgaon. Nestled amidst the green belt, Golden Tulip Suites Gurgaon offers an

ergonomically designed well appointed luxury rooms , 24* 7 in room service, two F&B destinations including an all day dining restaurant Branche and a barbeque and grill restaurant – The Grill at the deck. The Hotel also boasts two meeting rooms well equipped with state of art technology and conference facilities for all corporate functions. Golden Tulip Suites Gurgaon offers world class facilities and services for both leisure and corporate clients, with a fitness center and a swimming pool, the property promises a premium product available at an attractive price bands.

Lords Hotels & Resorts has announced the signup of its fourth hotel property in Nepal. With 105 keys, the premium resort property will be inaugurated as Lords Resort – Budhanilkantha because of its proximity to the sacred temple. It is slated to commence operations by the end of 2017. The hotel chain has signed up two other hotel properties in Birjung and in Bhaktapur which too will shortly open to tourists. The resort will offer tourists a retreat with an in-house casino, spa & beauty salon, heated swimming pool, multicuisine restaurant, open-air grill and bar. Despite offering all conveniences, the resort is distinctly eco-friendly with the architecture capturing natural light and wind so as to reduce its carbon footprint. The installed roof too is eco-

friendly and has been specially imported for the purpose of insulating the building from extreme weather conditions, eliminating the need for extensive HVAC arrangements. “We also intend to capture a major share of the MICE-W audience in the region with the launch of this property. Presently there are almost no facilities in the city for this audience set. The resort will offer this section of guests with world-class facilities to conduct any business related events and galas. There is also a void of luxury venues for hosting weddings, which also would be fulfilled by Lords Resort – Budhanilkantha. We are positive the resort will emerge as Nepal’s most preferred stay option for tourists from across the world,” says Mr Rishi Puri, Vice President, Lords Hotels & Resorts.

Dubai's Raviz Center Point Hotel gets Accolades for its Services Raviz Center Point Hotel, a 4 star property located in the heart of Dubai’s busiest Khaleed Bin Waleed Street, Bur Dubai. The R.P. Group’s Raviz brand symbolises luxury with high-quality guest services backed-up with the latest in-room technology. Once again for 2017, Raviz Center Point Hotel has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor . This award is Tripadvisor’s highest recognition and is presented annually to the top 1% of businesses across select categories. Last year too the hotel has earned a 2016 TripAdvisor certificate of excellence. Tripadvisor has rated 4.5 out of 5. Now in its sixth year, this achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. The Certificate of Excellence is given to worldwide Hotels, Restaurants and Attractions that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. Raviz Center Point was the Winner of the World Luxury Awards in 2016 for Luxury New Hotel, Continent Winner: Middle East at a glittering ceremony held at St. Regis, Doha on 29 th October 2016.This was followed by the U.K.-based Luxury Travel Guide presenting the Luxury Eco Friendly Hotel of the Year for 2017. The hotel has 109 rooms - standard

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single and double bedrooms, two floors of Non-Smoking Deluxe Rooms, Executive Business Suites and Family Suites. To cater single women travellers hotel has ten Diva Rooms exclusively designed keeping the moods, needs and security of women. All the rooms are with high-speed Internet and wi-fi access in the other public areas of the hotel. The Hotel is well-equipped to serve travelling executives. Guests can choose from a wide variety of cuisines at the Restaurant located on the Mezzanine Floor which serves buffet breakfast everyday apart from a la carte choices for lunch and dinner with a menu encompassing cuisines from around-the-world. Oriental, the exclusive fine dining restaurant takes you to the culinary journey from Fareast to China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar and the good old Indi Chinese. Elevens Sports Pub is a very popular venue that telecasts sports action on wide screen televisions with English and Asian Pub Grub. Banquet and Conference - Regency is an ideal place for conferences, meetings and social events. Raviz Center Point Hotel also has a Rooftop Outdoor Swimming Pool, Gymnasium and Health Club for hotel residents. Zen Spa and MnV Style Salon has wide variety of therapeutic massage treatments with qualified masseurs

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from Thailand, Phillipines and India. The Indian entertainment venue, Rhythm has fine Indian cuisine and world-class choreographed dance and music. Speaking to Safari Plus, General Manager of the Hospitality Division of the RP Group in U.A.E., Mr. Manoj Padhi said, “Raviz Center Point Hotel, owing to its perfect blend of great location, outstanding guest- care and out-of-theworld facilities has become one of the most popular hotels in Dubai in just a year’s time. We strongly believe in the maxim –The Guest is King and all our

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efforts are geared to ensure our valued guests become friends during their stay with us.” Speaking on the expansion plan of the company Mr. Padhi informed that the Raviz Crowne Plaza on Dubai Marina will be completed by the first quarter of 2018 and will become the jewel of the RP Group crown. Another mixed use development with hotel rooms and furnished apartments is also being developed on Sheikh Zayed Road and is expected to be ready to meet the rooms demand for Dubai Expo in 2020. Versailles Hotel in Deira has been fully refurbished to elevate it to a four star level and rebrand it to Raviz.

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Country Inns & Suites Mysore Adventure Trails with Wicked celebrated Earth Hour 2017 Ride To The Serai Resorts

Louvre Hotels Group Launches Lords Hotels & Resorts To Launch An Iconic Luxury Resort In Nepal Golden Tulip In Gurgaon

Countr y Inns & Suites by Carlson, a leading upper midscale hotel brand with over 470 hotels in the world celebrated it’s 10th year of Earth Hour 2017 at Country Inn Mysore. Lighting of 5ft. long Candle made by M e n t a l l y C h a l l e n ge d students: A 5ft long candle made by Mythri Charitable Trust, an NGO working for the mentally challenged students were procured and placed in the centre of hotel lobby which became the centre of attraction for all the Guests staying in the hotel. The Guests were invited by presenting Invitation card by GREs during arrival. A local traditional welcome drink was served in handmade clay pots to spread the message of our commitment towards saving environment. Sketch Competition & Quiz during Earth Hour A sketch writing completion on Earth Hour and Quiz Contest were organized during Earth Hour from 20.30 hrs – 21.30

hrs for the in house kids. The winners were handed over the Green saplings encouraging the kids for Go Green concept. in the pot illumination of Public Areas with Diyas and Guest’s participation in Earth Hour. The Public Area were illuminated with thousands of Diya sponsored by nearby Temple. Each and every guest’s photo was taken with placard taking pledge on save our Mother Earth. Saving of Electricity during Earth Hour : The Hotel was doing 100% occupancy including the Banquet functions. 60% of the Guests came down to the Lobby switching off AC and light in their room. The entire public areas including Hotel Main Porch, Lobby, Coffee shop, PBNG, Specialty Restaurant, and Staff Corridors etc. were switched off.

For all the biking enthusiasts, it is time to ride on premium wheels for the much awaited tour to The Serai Resorts this season. Creating a major uptick in adventure tourism, T h e S e ra i Re s o r t s h a s associated with Wicked Ride, a rental portal for exclusive cruiser bikes and initiated ‘The Serai Torque’. This activity is a platform which allows biking enthusiasts to experience a scenic ride in the lap of nature by renting the finest motorbikes. Transforming the destination into a hive of activities, The Serai Resorts is providing an exclusive offer which allows consumers to enjoy a biking tour from Bengaluru to the Serai properties in Chikmagalur, Kabini or Bandipur. The traveller can enjoy a two night stay at the Serai property and experience a bike ride around the destination. This offer has commenced with a series of premium motorbike choices including Harley-Davidson Iron 883, Harley-

Davidson Street 750, Triumph Tiger 800, XR Ducati Scrambler, HarleyDavidson Forty Eight, Benelli TNT 600I, Ducati Monster 821 and Ducati Hyperstrada. Sp ea kin g o n t h e o cca s io n , M r Venkatesh, Director, Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts said, “By joining hands with Wicked Ride, we intend to transform the destination into an adventurous hub. Our guests will now have a holistic experience which extends beyond a stay-in vacation to enjoy the scenic beauty of the destination.” For more information please visit www.theserai.in/torque.php

L o u v re H o te l s Group is all set to announce the launch of its fifth property Golden Tu l i p S u i t e s , Gurgaon, in Delhi NCR region. Conveniently located on the G u r g a o n Faridabad Road, G o l d e n Tu l i p Suites Gurgaon is in Gwalpahari – the upcoming business hub in Gurgaon with easy connectivity to Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad. It is in close proximity to the main Gurgaon city and to the international airport. Guests can easily go to tourists spots and entertainment destination such as Qutub Minar, Kingdom of Dreams or can easily indulge in shopping extravaganza and choice of concepts restaurants in Gurgaon all at an easy drivable distance. The hotel is right opposite TERI GOLF COURSE and is at a walkable distance from the ASF IT SEZ in Gurgaon. Nestled amidst the green belt, Golden Tulip Suites Gurgaon offers an

ergonomically designed well appointed luxury rooms , 24* 7 in room service, two F&B destinations including an all day dining restaurant Branche and a barbeque and grill restaurant – The Grill at the deck. The Hotel also boasts two meeting rooms well equipped with state of art technology and conference facilities for all corporate functions. Golden Tulip Suites Gurgaon offers world class facilities and services for both leisure and corporate clients, with a fitness center and a swimming pool, the property promises a premium product available at an attractive price bands.

Lords Hotels & Resorts has announced the signup of its fourth hotel property in Nepal. With 105 keys, the premium resort property will be inaugurated as Lords Resort – Budhanilkantha because of its proximity to the sacred temple. It is slated to commence operations by the end of 2017. The hotel chain has signed up two other hotel properties in Birjung and in Bhaktapur which too will shortly open to tourists. The resort will offer tourists a retreat with an in-house casino, spa & beauty salon, heated swimming pool, multicuisine restaurant, open-air grill and bar. Despite offering all conveniences, the resort is distinctly eco-friendly with the architecture capturing natural light and wind so as to reduce its carbon footprint. The installed roof too is eco-

friendly and has been specially imported for the purpose of insulating the building from extreme weather conditions, eliminating the need for extensive HVAC arrangements. “We also intend to capture a major share of the MICE-W audience in the region with the launch of this property. Presently there are almost no facilities in the city for this audience set. The resort will offer this section of guests with world-class facilities to conduct any business related events and galas. There is also a void of luxury venues for hosting weddings, which also would be fulfilled by Lords Resort – Budhanilkantha. We are positive the resort will emerge as Nepal’s most preferred stay option for tourists from across the world,” says Mr Rishi Puri, Vice President, Lords Hotels & Resorts.

Dubai's Raviz Center Point Hotel gets Accolades for its Services Raviz Center Point Hotel, a 4 star property located in the heart of Dubai’s busiest Khaleed Bin Waleed Street, Bur Dubai. The R.P. Group’s Raviz brand symbolises luxury with high-quality guest services backed-up with the latest in-room technology. Once again for 2017, Raviz Center Point Hotel has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor . This award is Tripadvisor’s highest recognition and is presented annually to the top 1% of businesses across select categories. Last year too the hotel has earned a 2016 TripAdvisor certificate of excellence. Tripadvisor has rated 4.5 out of 5. Now in its sixth year, this achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. The Certificate of Excellence is given to worldwide Hotels, Restaurants and Attractions that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. Raviz Center Point was the Winner of the World Luxury Awards in 2016 for Luxury New Hotel, Continent Winner: Middle East at a glittering ceremony held at St. Regis, Doha on 29 th October 2016.This was followed by the U.K.-based Luxury Travel Guide presenting the Luxury Eco Friendly Hotel of the Year for 2017. The hotel has 109 rooms - standard

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single and double bedrooms, two floors of Non-Smoking Deluxe Rooms, Executive Business Suites and Family Suites. To cater single women travellers hotel has ten Diva Rooms exclusively designed keeping the moods, needs and security of women. All the rooms are with high-speed Internet and wi-fi access in the other public areas of the hotel. The Hotel is well-equipped to serve travelling executives. Guests can choose from a wide variety of cuisines at the Restaurant located on the Mezzanine Floor which serves buffet breakfast everyday apart from a la carte choices for lunch and dinner with a menu encompassing cuisines from around-the-world. Oriental, the exclusive fine dining restaurant takes you to the culinary journey from Fareast to China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar and the good old Indi Chinese. Elevens Sports Pub is a very popular venue that telecasts sports action on wide screen televisions with English and Asian Pub Grub. Banquet and Conference - Regency is an ideal place for conferences, meetings and social events. Raviz Center Point Hotel also has a Rooftop Outdoor Swimming Pool, Gymnasium and Health Club for hotel residents. Zen Spa and MnV Style Salon has wide variety of therapeutic massage treatments with qualified masseurs

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from Thailand, Phillipines and India. The Indian entertainment venue, Rhythm has fine Indian cuisine and world-class choreographed dance and music. Speaking to Safari Plus, General Manager of the Hospitality Division of the RP Group in U.A.E., Mr. Manoj Padhi said, “Raviz Center Point Hotel, owing to its perfect blend of great location, outstanding guest- care and out-of-theworld facilities has become one of the most popular hotels in Dubai in just a year’s time. We strongly believe in the maxim –The Guest is King and all our

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efforts are geared to ensure our valued guests become friends during their stay with us.” Speaking on the expansion plan of the company Mr. Padhi informed that the Raviz Crowne Plaza on Dubai Marina will be completed by the first quarter of 2018 and will become the jewel of the RP Group crown. Another mixed use development with hotel rooms and furnished apartments is also being developed on Sheikh Zayed Road and is expected to be ready to meet the rooms demand for Dubai Expo in 2020. Versailles Hotel in Deira has been fully refurbished to elevate it to a four star level and rebrand it to Raviz.

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Harvey India Opens its New Office in Delhi

India International Travel Mart

Reveals Indian Monsoon Travel Hotlist

Launch its 2017-18 Edition In a constant endeavour to facilitate all the facets of travel and tourism industry on a single platform, India International Travel Mart is ready to set its tone for 2017-18 edition of its travel trade exhibitions held across the foremost cities of India. The Exhibition will commence in Chennai followed by Bangalore, Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kochi and will conclude its 2017-18 journey in Kolkata. The participating companies will be from wide range of Tourism and Hospitality industry including National Tourist Organizations & State Tourism Promotion Boards, Convention Bureaus,

Sales, Amaya Resorts & Spas, Sri Lanka said “We have been participating since last 8 years and the event has grown tremendously in all the places, as an individual company I have seen the growth.” Building on the success of the previous editions, team IITM is all prepared and enthusiastic about creating a cutting edge and bespoke platform for new participants as well as taking their loyal partners to a whole new level of business networking and client acquisition. With more than two decades of valuable experience, India International Travel PUNE 24, 25, 26 November, 2017 HYDERABAD 1, 2, 3, December, 2017 KOCHI 18, 19, 20 January, 2018 KOLKATA 23, 24, 25 February, 2018

CHENNAI 15, 16, 17 July, 2017 BANGALORE 21, 22, 23 July, 2017 DELHI NCR 15, 16, 17 September, 2017 MUMBAI 22, 23, 24 September, 2017

Trade Associations, Airliners, Cruise liners, Destination Management Companies, Holiday Financers, Online Travel Portals, Hotels and Resorts, Travel Trade publications and many more. Expressing his delight for IITM events Mr. Denesh Silva, Director, Marketing &

Mart seeks to provide a comprehensive panorama of the best of what the travel industry has to offer. IITM is a pioneer in travel-trade exhibitions and strives to foster a vibrant environment for business –to – business and business – to – client organizations.

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While the peak summer travel season may have reached its flag end, Indian travelers have already geared up for their Monsoon getaways. Traditionally not considered a preferred travel period, Monsoon travel has significantly grown in popularity and now has a permanent place in the annual tourism calendar. Hotels.com™has analyzed data on hotel searches made by its rapidly growing Indian consumer base. Theses searches were conducted for stays during the period of June to September 2017,which will be the foundation on which Hotels.com™ has developed the India ‘Monsoon Travel Hotlist’ for this year. The list calls out the top 10 domestic and international destinations for the India market this monsoon season. Top 10 Most Searched Travel Domestic Destinationsfor Indian Travelers during the Monsoon Season (June – September 2017) Rank Destinations yoy change 1 Candolim No Change 2 Mumbai 49% 3 Calangute 10% 4 New Delhi 50% 5 Arpora 91% 6 Udaipur 6% 7 Bengaluru 54% 8 Gurugram 86%

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To p 1 0 M o st S e a rc h e d Trav e l International Destinationsfor Indian Travelers during the Monsoon Season (June – September 2017) Rank International Destinations 1 Bali 2 Singapore 3 London 4 Bangkok 5 Paris 6 Phuket 7 Pattaya 8 Dubai 9 New York 10 Amsterdam The preference for quick getaways was a l s o ref l e c te d i n i nte r n at i o n a l destinations with most searched destinations for short-haul trips to Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Dubai clearly catching the traveler fancy. As the monsoon travel season kicks in, Hotels.com™ is having a Monsoon Sale from 1st to 31st August, which will give Indian travelers the opportunity to discounts of up to 40% to make the best of their getaways. More on - Hotels.com™

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Harvey India Opens its New Office in Delhi

India International Travel Mart

Reveals Indian Monsoon Travel Hotlist

Launch its 2017-18 Edition In a constant endeavour to facilitate all the facets of travel and tourism industry on a single platform, India International Travel Mart is ready to set its tone for 2017-18 edition of its travel trade exhibitions held across the foremost cities of India. The Exhibition will commence in Chennai followed by Bangalore, Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kochi and will conclude its 2017-18 journey in Kolkata. The participating companies will be from wide range of Tourism and Hospitality industry including National Tourist Organizations & State Tourism Promotion Boards, Convention Bureaus,

Sales, Amaya Resorts & Spas, Sri Lanka said “We have been participating since last 8 years and the event has grown tremendously in all the places, as an individual company I have seen the growth.” Building on the success of the previous editions, team IITM is all prepared and enthusiastic about creating a cutting edge and bespoke platform for new participants as well as taking their loyal partners to a whole new level of business networking and client acquisition. With more than two decades of valuable experience, India International Travel PUNE 24, 25, 26 November, 2017 HYDERABAD 1, 2, 3, December, 2017 KOCHI 18, 19, 20 January, 2018 KOLKATA 23, 24, 25 February, 2018

CHENNAI 15, 16, 17 July, 2017 BANGALORE 21, 22, 23 July, 2017 DELHI NCR 15, 16, 17 September, 2017 MUMBAI 22, 23, 24 September, 2017

Trade Associations, Airliners, Cruise liners, Destination Management Companies, Holiday Financers, Online Travel Portals, Hotels and Resorts, Travel Trade publications and many more. Expressing his delight for IITM events Mr. Denesh Silva, Director, Marketing &

Mart seeks to provide a comprehensive panorama of the best of what the travel industry has to offer. IITM is a pioneer in travel-trade exhibitions and strives to foster a vibrant environment for business –to – business and business – to – client organizations.

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While the peak summer travel season may have reached its flag end, Indian travelers have already geared up for their Monsoon getaways. Traditionally not considered a preferred travel period, Monsoon travel has significantly grown in popularity and now has a permanent place in the annual tourism calendar. Hotels.com™has analyzed data on hotel searches made by its rapidly growing Indian consumer base. Theses searches were conducted for stays during the period of June to September 2017,which will be the foundation on which Hotels.com™ has developed the India ‘Monsoon Travel Hotlist’ for this year. The list calls out the top 10 domestic and international destinations for the India market this monsoon season. Top 10 Most Searched Travel Domestic Destinationsfor Indian Travelers during the Monsoon Season (June – September 2017) Rank Destinations yoy change 1 Candolim No Change 2 Mumbai 49% 3 Calangute 10% 4 New Delhi 50% 5 Arpora 91% 6 Udaipur 6% 7 Bengaluru 54% 8 Gurugram 86%

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To p 1 0 M o st S e a rc h e d Trav e l International Destinationsfor Indian Travelers during the Monsoon Season (June – September 2017) Rank International Destinations 1 Bali 2 Singapore 3 London 4 Bangkok 5 Paris 6 Phuket 7 Pattaya 8 Dubai 9 New York 10 Amsterdam The preference for quick getaways was a l s o ref l e c te d i n i nte r n at i o n a l destinations with most searched destinations for short-haul trips to Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Dubai clearly catching the traveler fancy. As the monsoon travel season kicks in, Hotels.com™ is having a Monsoon Sale from 1st to 31st August, which will give Indian travelers the opportunity to discounts of up to 40% to make the best of their getaways. More on - Hotels.com™

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AVIATION Etihad Airways Promotes

SriLankan Airlines connects to Australia

48-Hour stopovers in Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways is promoting 48-Hour stopovers in Abu Dhabi with carefully curated programmes of up to two nights’ accommodation for millions of guests who transit through its Abu Dhabi home. Guests who book a two-night stay from a choice of over 60 participating hotels in Abu Dhabi will receive the second night free. Business Class guests receive a complimentary night’s stay, while First Class guests receive two free nights. Guests flying in the luxurious threeroom suite, The Residence, onboard the airline’s flagship Airbus A380s, will be treated to two nights at the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel. Travellers from all 11 Indian gateway cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram – to Abu Dhabi, with onward transits, can enjoy the many highlights through

a series of exciting stopover programmes. Abu Dhabi’s world-famous leisure and business attractions include miles of beautiful white sand beaches, theme parks such as Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World, unforgettable desert safari expeditions, arts and cultural institutions such as Manarat Al Saadiyat and the soon to be opened Louvre museum, exquisite local and international dining, world-class golf, and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and its race track, Yas Marina Circuit.

SriLankan Airlines, will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily nonstop services to Melbourne commencing October 29th this year. The non-stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking onward connectivity via Colombo to/from Australia. The Airline will be operating Airbus 330200 aircraft on the route, offering its passengers modern in-flight comforts complemented with its award winning service and the world renowned Sri

Lankan warmth and hospitality. For the convenience of travellers seeking onward connectivity from its Colombo hub, SriLankan currently connects over 10 Indian points with over 100 flights a week, which includes services to/from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Trivandrum, Tiruchirappalli, Cochin, Mumbai and New Delhi. SriLankan will be adding Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore and Hyderabad to its route network in July this year.

AirAsia Launches Flights Between Qatar Airways Introduces Free Doha Kuala Lumpur and Bhubaneswar Stopover For Passengers In Transit Qatar Airways has launched a unique stopover package in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) to promote and market Qatar as a destination of choice for international travellers, offering transit passengers the opportunity to discover Doha with free luxury hotel stays and complimentary transit visas. The unique offer is part of a broader campaign called +Qatar which looks to encourage all transit passengers to consider adding Qatar to their itinerary. This unique offer allows passengers travelling through Doha to experience a taste of the Middle East for free. The airlines give passengers the chance to turn a layover into a stayover by offering four and five star hotel accommodation at no charge to those transiting through Doha. Passengers transiting through Doha can

extend their stay to make the most of their journey taking in the sights of Doha with a completely free night stay for a modest $50 booking fee. Passengers can choose from hotels such as The Four Seasons, Marriott Marquis, Radisson Blu and Oryx Rotana. To be eligible for this offer, passengers simply book their flight on www.qatarairways.com/plusqatar, select ‘multi-city’ and choose their hotel o n c e t h ey re c e i ve t h e i r f l i g ht confirmation. The online transit visa application is also free and is eligible for those in transit between five and 96 hours. This ground-breaking offer is available for all Qatar Airways passengers, both Premium and Economy, demonstrating the airline’s commitment to its brand ethos of ‘Going Places Together’.

AirAsia has launched direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Bhubaneswar, the beautiful capital city of India’s Odisha state. The airline will operate the route four times per week. Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad said, “Our plans and commitment to grow in the Indian m a r ket i s i n l i n e w i t h t h e governments’ recent announcement to expand the number of slots for Malaysians carriers to operate between the two countries. Through this, we hope to help boost the tourism and trade in India and Malaysia while continue to provide our guests with better connectivity as well as offering them the best services in and out of India.” Passengers can make use of the optional Fly-Thru service to connect to flights with their baggage checked-through to

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Jet Airways and Aeromexico, the flag carrier airline of Mexico have signed a MOU that outlines cooperation in the areas of enabling codeshare flights and frequent flyer programs. The MoU was signed by Jet Airways’ Chairman Mr. Naresh Goyal and Aeromexico’s CEO Mr. Andrés Conesa. As part of the arrangement, both carriers will code on each other’s services between India and Mexico via common gates in Europe (London Heathrow, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam). To begin with, Jet Airways will place its marketing code “9W” on Aeromexico flights from London Heathrow to Mexico City. In turn, Aeromexico will place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ direct services from London Heathrow to Mumbai and Delhi. Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Mr. Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways, said, “We are confident that this new codeshare partnership will stimulate the demand for business and

tourist travel between India and Mexico. The new relationship between Jet Airways and Aeromexico illustrates our commitment as well as strategic efforts to continuously strengthen our network, connecting India with the rest of the world as well as providing opportunity and convenience to our guests who can now connect to Mexico from India via our European gateways and vice versa.” The initial codeshare flights via London Heathrow will open for sale as well as travel later this year, subject to government approvals.

Air India will Fly Non-Stop from Delhi to Stockholm Air India announced nonstopflight services between D e l h i a n d S to c k h o l m , starting from August 15, 2017. The services will be operated thrice a week -Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – with each flight roughly having eight-hour duration. Making the announcement, Mr. Ashwani Lohani, CMD of Air India said, “As part of Air India's international route network expansion plans, we are happy to announce the Delhi-Stockholm direct flight from August 15, 2017. The flight will beoperated thrice a week on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.” The flight will depart from Delhi at 1400 hrs (IST) and arrive in Stockholm at 1820 hrs (CET). The return flight will leaveStockholm at 2100 hrs (CET) and reach Delhi the next morning.

Incoming traffic from India to Sweden has grown over the years. In 2016, Sweden had 175,088 bed nights (commercial overnight stays) from India as per the statistics from Tillväxtverket (the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) which was 128% up from the bednights registered in 2011.

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the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance at the transit hub. With this service, passengers can travel to Bhubaneswar seamlessly from most cities in Asia and Australia, such as from Melbourne, Auckland, Bali, Bangkok or Haneda to Bhubaneswar via Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia Group also connects Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, New Delhi directly to Kuala Lumpur, and from Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Kolkata directly to Bangkok in Thailand.

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Jet Airways has announced the introduction of new, direct services connecting Chennai with Paris and Bengaluru with Amsterdam. The new flights will commence from the forthcoming winter schedule, with effect from October 29, 2017. The introduction of the two, non-stop international flights from its key southern markets of Chennai and Bengaluru to its European gateways of Paris and Amsterdam marks a significant milestone. Guests flying the new routes will benefit from a unique and unmatched proposition that includes a one-stop connectivity to 35 destinations across Europe and 24 destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico with codeshare partners Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. From Paris and Amsterdam, guests can also travel to major destinations across North America such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Newark, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, and Mexico City. The addition of the Bengaluru and Chennai flights makes Jet Airways the only airline to offer direct non-stop services between these cities and offer its passengers the option of travel to Europe and North America through

three European gateways enabling fliers to travel through one gateway and return via another, on a single itinerary. The new flights - 9W 128 from Chennai will depart at 01:45 hrs. (LT) arriving in Paris at a convenient local time of 08:10 hrs., giving guests a head start to their day in Europe. Jet Airways’ 9W 127 will depart from Paris at 10:10 hrs. (LT), and arrive in Chennai at 00:15hrs (LT). Both Air France and Delta Air Lines will codeshare on this flight which will operate for 5 days every week. Jet Airways 9W 236 from Bengaluru will depart on October 29, 2017 at 02:25 hrs. (LT) and arrive in Amsterdam at a convenient time of 08:35 hrs. (LT). On the return leg, the daily service, 9W 235 will depart from Amsterdam at 10:50hrs (LT) to arrive at Bengaluru at 00:40 hrs (LT). These flights will be operated in conjunction with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines, with each airline placing their respective codes on the service. The introduction of direct intercontinental flights will not only boost corporate and leisure travel but also contribute to significant growth in cross border trade and commerce. Guests returning to Chennai and Bengaluru from Europe can leverage the airline’s extensive connectivity into Southern India from its network of 45 domestic destinations. All-inclusive introductory return fares starting at INR 33,999 for Economy travel and INR 129,999 for guests travelling Premiere on a first come-first serve basis. Jet Airways will deploy its Airbus A330 aircraft on these routes, with its spacious cabin, greater leg-room, lie-flat beds in Premiere guaranteeing guests all the comforts associated with long-haul international travel.

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AVIATION Etihad Airways Promotes

SriLankan Airlines connects to Australia

48-Hour stopovers in Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways is promoting 48-Hour stopovers in Abu Dhabi with carefully curated programmes of up to two nights’ accommodation for millions of guests who transit through its Abu Dhabi home. Guests who book a two-night stay from a choice of over 60 participating hotels in Abu Dhabi will receive the second night free. Business Class guests receive a complimentary night’s stay, while First Class guests receive two free nights. Guests flying in the luxurious threeroom suite, The Residence, onboard the airline’s flagship Airbus A380s, will be treated to two nights at the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel. Travellers from all 11 Indian gateway cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram – to Abu Dhabi, with onward transits, can enjoy the many highlights through

a series of exciting stopover programmes. Abu Dhabi’s world-famous leisure and business attractions include miles of beautiful white sand beaches, theme parks such as Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World, unforgettable desert safari expeditions, arts and cultural institutions such as Manarat Al Saadiyat and the soon to be opened Louvre museum, exquisite local and international dining, world-class golf, and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and its race track, Yas Marina Circuit.

SriLankan Airlines, will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily nonstop services to Melbourne commencing October 29th this year. The non-stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking onward connectivity via Colombo to/from Australia. The Airline will be operating Airbus 330200 aircraft on the route, offering its passengers modern in-flight comforts complemented with its award winning service and the world renowned Sri

Lankan warmth and hospitality. For the convenience of travellers seeking onward connectivity from its Colombo hub, SriLankan currently connects over 10 Indian points with over 100 flights a week, which includes services to/from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Trivandrum, Tiruchirappalli, Cochin, Mumbai and New Delhi. SriLankan will be adding Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore and Hyderabad to its route network in July this year.

AirAsia Launches Flights Between Qatar Airways Introduces Free Doha Kuala Lumpur and Bhubaneswar Stopover For Passengers In Transit Qatar Airways has launched a unique stopover package in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) to promote and market Qatar as a destination of choice for international travellers, offering transit passengers the opportunity to discover Doha with free luxury hotel stays and complimentary transit visas. The unique offer is part of a broader campaign called +Qatar which looks to encourage all transit passengers to consider adding Qatar to their itinerary. This unique offer allows passengers travelling through Doha to experience a taste of the Middle East for free. The airlines give passengers the chance to turn a layover into a stayover by offering four and five star hotel accommodation at no charge to those transiting through Doha. Passengers transiting through Doha can

extend their stay to make the most of their journey taking in the sights of Doha with a completely free night stay for a modest $50 booking fee. Passengers can choose from hotels such as The Four Seasons, Marriott Marquis, Radisson Blu and Oryx Rotana. To be eligible for this offer, passengers simply book their flight on www.qatarairways.com/plusqatar, select ‘multi-city’ and choose their hotel o n c e t h ey re c e i ve t h e i r f l i g ht confirmation. The online transit visa application is also free and is eligible for those in transit between five and 96 hours. This ground-breaking offer is available for all Qatar Airways passengers, both Premium and Economy, demonstrating the airline’s commitment to its brand ethos of ‘Going Places Together’.

AirAsia has launched direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Bhubaneswar, the beautiful capital city of India’s Odisha state. The airline will operate the route four times per week. Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad said, “Our plans and commitment to grow in the Indian m a r ket i s i n l i n e w i t h t h e governments’ recent announcement to expand the number of slots for Malaysians carriers to operate between the two countries. Through this, we hope to help boost the tourism and trade in India and Malaysia while continue to provide our guests with better connectivity as well as offering them the best services in and out of India.” Passengers can make use of the optional Fly-Thru service to connect to flights with their baggage checked-through to

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Jet Airways and Aeromexico, the flag carrier airline of Mexico have signed a MOU that outlines cooperation in the areas of enabling codeshare flights and frequent flyer programs. The MoU was signed by Jet Airways’ Chairman Mr. Naresh Goyal and Aeromexico’s CEO Mr. Andrés Conesa. As part of the arrangement, both carriers will code on each other’s services between India and Mexico via common gates in Europe (London Heathrow, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam). To begin with, Jet Airways will place its marketing code “9W” on Aeromexico flights from London Heathrow to Mexico City. In turn, Aeromexico will place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ direct services from London Heathrow to Mumbai and Delhi. Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Mr. Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways, said, “We are confident that this new codeshare partnership will stimulate the demand for business and

tourist travel between India and Mexico. The new relationship between Jet Airways and Aeromexico illustrates our commitment as well as strategic efforts to continuously strengthen our network, connecting India with the rest of the world as well as providing opportunity and convenience to our guests who can now connect to Mexico from India via our European gateways and vice versa.” The initial codeshare flights via London Heathrow will open for sale as well as travel later this year, subject to government approvals.

Air India will Fly Non-Stop from Delhi to Stockholm Air India announced nonstopflight services between D e l h i a n d S to c k h o l m , starting from August 15, 2017. The services will be operated thrice a week -Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – with each flight roughly having eight-hour duration. Making the announcement, Mr. Ashwani Lohani, CMD of Air India said, “As part of Air India's international route network expansion plans, we are happy to announce the Delhi-Stockholm direct flight from August 15, 2017. The flight will beoperated thrice a week on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.” The flight will depart from Delhi at 1400 hrs (IST) and arrive in Stockholm at 1820 hrs (CET). The return flight will leaveStockholm at 2100 hrs (CET) and reach Delhi the next morning.

Incoming traffic from India to Sweden has grown over the years. In 2016, Sweden had 175,088 bed nights (commercial overnight stays) from India as per the statistics from Tillväxtverket (the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) which was 128% up from the bednights registered in 2011.

Jet Airways’ Non-Stop Flights To Europe From Chennai & Bengaluru

the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance at the transit hub. With this service, passengers can travel to Bhubaneswar seamlessly from most cities in Asia and Australia, such as from Melbourne, Auckland, Bali, Bangkok or Haneda to Bhubaneswar via Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia Group also connects Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, New Delhi directly to Kuala Lumpur, and from Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Kolkata directly to Bangkok in Thailand.

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Jet Airways And Aeromexico Sign Landmark Codeshare

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Jet Airways has announced the introduction of new, direct services connecting Chennai with Paris and Bengaluru with Amsterdam. The new flights will commence from the forthcoming winter schedule, with effect from October 29, 2017. The introduction of the two, non-stop international flights from its key southern markets of Chennai and Bengaluru to its European gateways of Paris and Amsterdam marks a significant milestone. Guests flying the new routes will benefit from a unique and unmatched proposition that includes a one-stop connectivity to 35 destinations across Europe and 24 destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico with codeshare partners Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. From Paris and Amsterdam, guests can also travel to major destinations across North America such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Newark, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, and Mexico City. The addition of the Bengaluru and Chennai flights makes Jet Airways the only airline to offer direct non-stop services between these cities and offer its passengers the option of travel to Europe and North America through

three European gateways enabling fliers to travel through one gateway and return via another, on a single itinerary. The new flights - 9W 128 from Chennai will depart at 01:45 hrs. (LT) arriving in Paris at a convenient local time of 08:10 hrs., giving guests a head start to their day in Europe. Jet Airways’ 9W 127 will depart from Paris at 10:10 hrs. (LT), and arrive in Chennai at 00:15hrs (LT). Both Air France and Delta Air Lines will codeshare on this flight which will operate for 5 days every week. Jet Airways 9W 236 from Bengaluru will depart on October 29, 2017 at 02:25 hrs. (LT) and arrive in Amsterdam at a convenient time of 08:35 hrs. (LT). On the return leg, the daily service, 9W 235 will depart from Amsterdam at 10:50hrs (LT) to arrive at Bengaluru at 00:40 hrs (LT). These flights will be operated in conjunction with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines, with each airline placing their respective codes on the service. The introduction of direct intercontinental flights will not only boost corporate and leisure travel but also contribute to significant growth in cross border trade and commerce. Guests returning to Chennai and Bengaluru from Europe can leverage the airline’s extensive connectivity into Southern India from its network of 45 domestic destinations. All-inclusive introductory return fares starting at INR 33,999 for Economy travel and INR 129,999 for guests travelling Premiere on a first come-first serve basis. Jet Airways will deploy its Airbus A330 aircraft on these routes, with its spacious cabin, greater leg-room, lie-flat beds in Premiere guaranteeing guests all the comforts associated with long-haul international travel.

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Discover the Spanish Palace on Wheels The Al-Andalús Luxury Tourist Train

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Experience a different way of travelling through the Spanish regions on board of this sophisticated and legendary railway jewel. Live the glamour of a past century train with all the comfort of first class accommodation. The Al-Andalus train considered the most luxurious and spacious in the world takes passengers back to the Golden Age of the ‘Belle Époque’. It offers beautifully decorated lounge carriages and comfortable cabins, surrounded by different landscapes every day, where you will enjoy the constant attention of its crew. The perfect treat for those who want to feel as members of the European monarchy. A Train and a Palace The train's four saloon cars are treasures of railway history dating from 1928 and 1930. In these spacious and charming carriages the breakfast buffet, lunches and dinners are served. There, you can relax over the morning newspapers and enjoy live entertainment every evening. When it comes time to sleep, there are two types of accommodation: Deluxe suites and Gran Class bedrooms. In both cases, the carriages are designed to ensure your rest and privacy.

Gastronomy Travelling on the Al Andalús is touring the rich Spanish cuisine with delicious dishes inspired by the culinary traditions of the people who have shaped its history. The cuisine will not leave you indifferent. World famous products such as olive oil, sherry, Jabugo Iberian ham, fish and Galician seafood with refreshing dishes such as gazpacho among others typically Andalusian or Castilian recipes. Different itineraries to choose from Al-Andalus train offers two different itineraries to choose from. The Andalusian route will let you immerse into the vibrant and diverse Southern lands; The Extremadura route follows the historic ‘Via de la Plata’ itinerary and allows travelers to discover this offbeat region full of culture and nature. Andalusian route During 7 days and 6 nights full of intensity, you will approach the essence of Andalusia in a very original and fascinating way aboard a vintage train that will make this journey an unforgettable experience. Charm, local color, high spirits, culture and art are just a few of the terms used to describe the cities along the route. Passengers can also explore these places on specially arranged guided tours. The train leaves Seville (famous for the Giralda tower, the cathedral and the Alcázar palace) towards Cadiz and Jerez (don't miss the sherry and the traditional

e q u e s t r i a n displays). The third, fourth and fifth days include stops in Ronda (with spectacular views) and Granada (with the magnificent La Alhambra and the chance to enjoy some flamenco). The sixth day brings yo u to L i n a re s , Úbeda and Baeza (World Heritage cities) and on the seventh day you'll arrive in Cordoba (with its Mosque and wonderful historic quarter). Extremadura route Over 6 days and 5 nights, you will enjoy a wide range of inspiring experiences: discover the secrets of the Iberian pig, be transported back in time to ancient Rome or the Middle Ages, relax surrounded by nature, bird watching (spotting countless birds of prey), or visit a centennial winery belonging to the Royal Spanish Crown. This trip provides a wide range of activities to get to know the most unknown of our regions: Extremadura. It starts in Seville and heads to the historic city of Z a f ra . O n t h e second day you'll visit Mérida, with i t s Ro m a n a m p h i t h e a t e r. Then the train takes you to Caceres, where you can see its historic quarter that has been

preserved almost intact. The next stop is Monfragüe National Park, which is perfect for birdwatching. On the fifth day, the train heads towards Toledo (where the Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures coexisted for centuries), and ends the journey in Aranjuez, where you can stroll around the gardens and the palace, and then on to Madrid. You can also take the route in the opposite direction, beginning in Madrid and ending the journey in colorful Seville. Every day after breakfast, a guided tour will be proposed to explore the destination reached. It includes tickets to museums and shows always accompanied by multilingual guides.

Rediscover Canadian history on Canada Day 2017 After one-and-a-half centuries, it's Canada's big birthday this year. The country is rolling out lavish over-the-top, but meaningful, mostly free public celebrations and special events in communities large and small in Ottawa, Ontario, the nation's capital. The region will buzz with numerous activities, as Canadians from across the various provinces of the country shall flock to the capital on July 1 to showcase their national pride. The festivities shall t a ke p l a c e o n Parliament Hill, in downtown parks and on the streets. Citizens can party on the lawns of this historic political building alongside tens of thousands of red-

adorned Canadians; roam the closed downtown streets and have their face painted with a big red leaf and head back for the most-awaited evening concert and fireworks at the Parliament Hill. Celebrate Canada's 150th in the heart of Ontario Join the fun as Canada celebrates its 150th at Ontario. The country's rich culture will be highlighted through live performances and concerts through artists and musicians hailing from different parts of the globe. Gorge into delicious cuisines on the food trucks, along with Canadian inspired kids programme and end the day with unforgettable finale of fireworks.

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Witness traditional ceremonies at the Parliament Hill Go traditional by attending the gala Canada Day festivities on the Parliament Hill. Dressed in red and white, Canadians visit this historic political building in large numbers to witness ceremonial events, shows, activities, President's Choice® Canada Day fireworks and much more! The festivities on the Hill run from morning to night. Explore Canadian Culture at Major's Hill Park Be part of the Canada Day 2017 celebrations at Major's Hill Park. Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the place will exhibit variety of cultural performances, displays to its visitors on the big day. Feel the Canada Day at Toronto The Canada Day celebrations will be taking place across Toronto region

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including at Mississauga Celebration Square, North York Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, Colonel Samuel Smith Park, along with a fourday event at Nathan Phillips Square.The four sites shall witness exemplary performances by musical samurais from all provinces and territories, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, as well as international performers. Float in fun at the Toronto Waterfront Festival Join the fun on the waterfront for Canada's 150th birthday as the Royal Canadian Navy brings a 440-foot naval frigate and numerous interactive onland activities, while Rhythm of the Nation, the West Coast Lumberjack Show shall amaze you with feats of prowess and the World's Largest Rubber Duck floats into the harbour! Come #CanuckItUp. The event will be held from July 1-3.

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Philippines new Ad Campaign - Experience the Philippines “When you're with Filipinos, life is better.” This is the key message of the Department of Tourism's (DOT) newest campaign launched on 12th June, 2017, during the nationwide simultaneous flag-raising ceremonies. The minute-long clip entitled “Sights” captured the unique experiences of a Japanese retiree named M. Uchimura enjoying island hopping in the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan, dancing with the locals in Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, riding an ATV in Paoay Sand Dunes, and enjoying his snacks on the cobblestoned CalleCrisologo in Vigan. “Here, you don't have to see the sun to discover radiance; you don't have to see colors to experience vibrance; you don't have to see smiles to know you are safe; you don't have to see to feel you are home,” says Uchimura in a voice over.

Towards the end of the ad, Uchimura, who wears a hat and sunglasses takes out his walking stick to navigate CalleCrisologo, revealing he is blind. According to Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ms. Wanda Corazon Teo, the ad goes beyond featuring the country's top destinations but more importantly, it encourages tourist to experience the Philippines themselves to know how it is to be a Filipino. “We are shifting our focus in our promotional campaigns towards the u n i q u e ex p e r i e n c e s t h a t e a c h destinations could offer, Filipino hospitality, and security,” said Teo. “The basic element of “fun” remains, as it is truly the Filipinos who make the total tourism experience fulfilling and memorable. The heart and essence of the tourism thrust is the people,” she

said. This endearing ad depicts the true story of a retiree who may have been h a n d i ca p p e d b y b l i n d n e s s b u t experienced the intangible joy of Filipino hospitality during his memorable stay in

the Philippines. It is second of a series of advertisements that DOT will roll out in the coming months and will be shown international television channels and roadshows of the department.

Munich sees 40% increase 349,000 Tourists Visited in Indian tourists arrivals Israel in April Tourism in Munich has boomed and reached to higher level in the month of February. The destination has witness strong gains in the number of Indian arrivals in February 2017, recording a manifold increase of 40% in comparison with the last year. Additionally, there is also an increase in the bed nights, which has grown to 31.46%. Minoti Gupta, Manager –Sales, Munich Tourist Office, said, “This huge rise in the

Indian arrival figures to Munich shows that India has successfully maintained a position of one of the top source markets for the Bavarian capital. We are hopeful that through extensive promotion of the destination among the travel trade and consumers, a steady will be maintained throughout the year”. With its exuberant mix of stylish shops, trendy restaurants, bellowing beer halls and picturesque parks, it's easy to see why this city ranks among the top destinations for tourists from all over world. Rich in history, culture and arts, with an events calendar packed full of festivals throughout the year, tourists coming to Munich will find that there is plenty to see and explore the best out of city.

Tourism is an economic growth engine that continues to grow and break records, thanks to the increase in marketing budgets and a shift in Israel's international marketing policy. April 2017 was Israel's busiest month for incoming tourism ever, with nearly 350,000 tourists – an increase of almost 40% on April 2015. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said, “When there is clear policy, we see results. Every month, we are witnessing exceptional statistics that illustrate the progress we are spearheading in the tourism industry and its tremendous contribution to the Israeli economy and workforce. This important and exciting milestone is part of a positive trend that has been taking place over the last half

year or more. I hope and believe that, with hard work, we will continue to reap the benefits of this investment.” In January- April 2017, 1.09 million tourist entries were recorded, an increase of 26% on the same period in 2016 (850,000). 964,000 tourists arrived by air, 24% more than the same period in 2016. Israel received 15,000 visitors from India in January – April 2017; an increase of 26% on the same period in 2016.

New Grand Suites announced for Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Belmond announces three new private 'Grand Suites' aboard the legendary Ve n i c e S i m p l o n - O r i e nt - E x p re s s launching in March 2018. Creating new levels of luxury accommodation aboard the historic train; each suite features private bathrooms with showers, double

beds and a living area, offering the ultimate in style and comfort. Named after the romantic cities to which the train travel, Paris, Venice and Istanbul; interior designs of each cabin reflect the spirit of each city whilst staying true to the original 1920s art-deco design. Cities of Style -The spirit of each city is brought to life with thoughtful design touches. The opulence and romance of Istanbul is celebrated with hand carved timber and embossed leather whilst the

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haute couture and gastronomic excellence of Paris is referenced with chic and elegant furnishings. The Suite Life Guests travelling in the Paris, Venice and Istanbul suites will enjoy private transfers to and from the train where they will be welcomed by their personal cabin steward available for all their on-board services, including free-flowing champagne and private insuite dining. Extra touches include bespoke amenities and a complimentary art-deco bathrobe. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels

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throughout between London, Paris and Venice from March to November and from Paris to Istanbul once a year in August/September on an extraordinary journey from west to east where Europe meets Asia. A classic one night journey from London to Venice, in a Grand Suite is priced at £5,500 per person. For more details on Belmond visit www.belmond.com

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Discover the Spanish Palace on Wheels The Al-Andalús Luxury Tourist Train

When you're with Filipinos, Life is Better

Experience a different way of travelling through the Spanish regions on board of this sophisticated and legendary railway jewel. Live the glamour of a past century train with all the comfort of first class accommodation. The Al-Andalus train considered the most luxurious and spacious in the world takes passengers back to the Golden Age of the ‘Belle Époque’. It offers beautifully decorated lounge carriages and comfortable cabins, surrounded by different landscapes every day, where you will enjoy the constant attention of its crew. The perfect treat for those who want to feel as members of the European monarchy. A Train and a Palace The train's four saloon cars are treasures of railway history dating from 1928 and 1930. In these spacious and charming carriages the breakfast buffet, lunches and dinners are served. There, you can relax over the morning newspapers and enjoy live entertainment every evening. When it comes time to sleep, there are two types of accommodation: Deluxe suites and Gran Class bedrooms. In both cases, the carriages are designed to ensure your rest and privacy.

Gastronomy Travelling on the Al Andalús is touring the rich Spanish cuisine with delicious dishes inspired by the culinary traditions of the people who have shaped its history. The cuisine will not leave you indifferent. World famous products such as olive oil, sherry, Jabugo Iberian ham, fish and Galician seafood with refreshing dishes such as gazpacho among others typically Andalusian or Castilian recipes. Different itineraries to choose from Al-Andalus train offers two different itineraries to choose from. The Andalusian route will let you immerse into the vibrant and diverse Southern lands; The Extremadura route follows the historic ‘Via de la Plata’ itinerary and allows travelers to discover this offbeat region full of culture and nature. Andalusian route During 7 days and 6 nights full of intensity, you will approach the essence of Andalusia in a very original and fascinating way aboard a vintage train that will make this journey an unforgettable experience. Charm, local color, high spirits, culture and art are just a few of the terms used to describe the cities along the route. Passengers can also explore these places on specially arranged guided tours. The train leaves Seville (famous for the Giralda tower, the cathedral and the Alcázar palace) towards Cadiz and Jerez (don't miss the sherry and the traditional

e q u e s t r i a n displays). The third, fourth and fifth days include stops in Ronda (with spectacular views) and Granada (with the magnificent La Alhambra and the chance to enjoy some flamenco). The sixth day brings yo u to L i n a re s , Úbeda and Baeza (World Heritage cities) and on the seventh day you'll arrive in Cordoba (with its Mosque and wonderful historic quarter). Extremadura route Over 6 days and 5 nights, you will enjoy a wide range of inspiring experiences: discover the secrets of the Iberian pig, be transported back in time to ancient Rome or the Middle Ages, relax surrounded by nature, bird watching (spotting countless birds of prey), or visit a centennial winery belonging to the Royal Spanish Crown. This trip provides a wide range of activities to get to know the most unknown of our regions: Extremadura. It starts in Seville and heads to the historic city of Z a f ra . O n t h e second day you'll visit Mérida, with i t s Ro m a n a m p h i t h e a t e r. Then the train takes you to Caceres, where you can see its historic quarter that has been

preserved almost intact. The next stop is Monfragüe National Park, which is perfect for birdwatching. On the fifth day, the train heads towards Toledo (where the Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures coexisted for centuries), and ends the journey in Aranjuez, where you can stroll around the gardens and the palace, and then on to Madrid. You can also take the route in the opposite direction, beginning in Madrid and ending the journey in colorful Seville. Every day after breakfast, a guided tour will be proposed to explore the destination reached. It includes tickets to museums and shows always accompanied by multilingual guides.

Rediscover Canadian history on Canada Day 2017 After one-and-a-half centuries, it's Canada's big birthday this year. The country is rolling out lavish over-the-top, but meaningful, mostly free public celebrations and special events in communities large and small in Ottawa, Ontario, the nation's capital. The region will buzz with numerous activities, as Canadians from across the various provinces of the country shall flock to the capital on July 1 to showcase their national pride. The festivities shall t a ke p l a c e o n Parliament Hill, in downtown parks and on the streets. Citizens can party on the lawns of this historic political building alongside tens of thousands of red-

adorned Canadians; roam the closed downtown streets and have their face painted with a big red leaf and head back for the most-awaited evening concert and fireworks at the Parliament Hill. Celebrate Canada's 150th in the heart of Ontario Join the fun as Canada celebrates its 150th at Ontario. The country's rich culture will be highlighted through live performances and concerts through artists and musicians hailing from different parts of the globe. Gorge into delicious cuisines on the food trucks, along with Canadian inspired kids programme and end the day with unforgettable finale of fireworks.

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Witness traditional ceremonies at the Parliament Hill Go traditional by attending the gala Canada Day festivities on the Parliament Hill. Dressed in red and white, Canadians visit this historic political building in large numbers to witness ceremonial events, shows, activities, President's Choice® Canada Day fireworks and much more! The festivities on the Hill run from morning to night. Explore Canadian Culture at Major's Hill Park Be part of the Canada Day 2017 celebrations at Major's Hill Park. Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the place will exhibit variety of cultural performances, displays to its visitors on the big day. Feel the Canada Day at Toronto The Canada Day celebrations will be taking place across Toronto region

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including at Mississauga Celebration Square, North York Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, Colonel Samuel Smith Park, along with a fourday event at Nathan Phillips Square.The four sites shall witness exemplary performances by musical samurais from all provinces and territories, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, as well as international performers. Float in fun at the Toronto Waterfront Festival Join the fun on the waterfront for Canada's 150th birthday as the Royal Canadian Navy brings a 440-foot naval frigate and numerous interactive onland activities, while Rhythm of the Nation, the West Coast Lumberjack Show shall amaze you with feats of prowess and the World's Largest Rubber Duck floats into the harbour! Come #CanuckItUp. The event will be held from July 1-3.

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Philippines new Ad Campaign - Experience the Philippines “When you're with Filipinos, life is better.” This is the key message of the Department of Tourism's (DOT) newest campaign launched on 12th June, 2017, during the nationwide simultaneous flag-raising ceremonies. The minute-long clip entitled “Sights” captured the unique experiences of a Japanese retiree named M. Uchimura enjoying island hopping in the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan, dancing with the locals in Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, riding an ATV in Paoay Sand Dunes, and enjoying his snacks on the cobblestoned CalleCrisologo in Vigan. “Here, you don't have to see the sun to discover radiance; you don't have to see colors to experience vibrance; you don't have to see smiles to know you are safe; you don't have to see to feel you are home,” says Uchimura in a voice over.

Towards the end of the ad, Uchimura, who wears a hat and sunglasses takes out his walking stick to navigate CalleCrisologo, revealing he is blind. According to Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ms. Wanda Corazon Teo, the ad goes beyond featuring the country's top destinations but more importantly, it encourages tourist to experience the Philippines themselves to know how it is to be a Filipino. “We are shifting our focus in our promotional campaigns towards the u n i q u e ex p e r i e n c e s t h a t e a c h destinations could offer, Filipino hospitality, and security,” said Teo. “The basic element of “fun” remains, as it is truly the Filipinos who make the total tourism experience fulfilling and memorable. The heart and essence of the tourism thrust is the people,” she

said. This endearing ad depicts the true story of a retiree who may have been h a n d i ca p p e d b y b l i n d n e s s b u t experienced the intangible joy of Filipino hospitality during his memorable stay in

the Philippines. It is second of a series of advertisements that DOT will roll out in the coming months and will be shown international television channels and roadshows of the department.

Munich sees 40% increase 349,000 Tourists Visited in Indian tourists arrivals Israel in April Tourism in Munich has boomed and reached to higher level in the month of February. The destination has witness strong gains in the number of Indian arrivals in February 2017, recording a manifold increase of 40% in comparison with the last year. Additionally, there is also an increase in the bed nights, which has grown to 31.46%. Minoti Gupta, Manager –Sales, Munich Tourist Office, said, “This huge rise in the

Indian arrival figures to Munich shows that India has successfully maintained a position of one of the top source markets for the Bavarian capital. We are hopeful that through extensive promotion of the destination among the travel trade and consumers, a steady will be maintained throughout the year”. With its exuberant mix of stylish shops, trendy restaurants, bellowing beer halls and picturesque parks, it's easy to see why this city ranks among the top destinations for tourists from all over world. Rich in history, culture and arts, with an events calendar packed full of festivals throughout the year, tourists coming to Munich will find that there is plenty to see and explore the best out of city.

Tourism is an economic growth engine that continues to grow and break records, thanks to the increase in marketing budgets and a shift in Israel's international marketing policy. April 2017 was Israel's busiest month for incoming tourism ever, with nearly 350,000 tourists – an increase of almost 40% on April 2015. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said, “When there is clear policy, we see results. Every month, we are witnessing exceptional statistics that illustrate the progress we are spearheading in the tourism industry and its tremendous contribution to the Israeli economy and workforce. This important and exciting milestone is part of a positive trend that has been taking place over the last half

year or more. I hope and believe that, with hard work, we will continue to reap the benefits of this investment.” In January- April 2017, 1.09 million tourist entries were recorded, an increase of 26% on the same period in 2016 (850,000). 964,000 tourists arrived by air, 24% more than the same period in 2016. Israel received 15,000 visitors from India in January – April 2017; an increase of 26% on the same period in 2016.

New Grand Suites announced for Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Belmond announces three new private 'Grand Suites' aboard the legendary Ve n i c e S i m p l o n - O r i e nt - E x p re s s launching in March 2018. Creating new levels of luxury accommodation aboard the historic train; each suite features private bathrooms with showers, double

beds and a living area, offering the ultimate in style and comfort. Named after the romantic cities to which the train travel, Paris, Venice and Istanbul; interior designs of each cabin reflect the spirit of each city whilst staying true to the original 1920s art-deco design. Cities of Style -The spirit of each city is brought to life with thoughtful design touches. The opulence and romance of Istanbul is celebrated with hand carved timber and embossed leather whilst the

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haute couture and gastronomic excellence of Paris is referenced with chic and elegant furnishings. The Suite Life Guests travelling in the Paris, Venice and Istanbul suites will enjoy private transfers to and from the train where they will be welcomed by their personal cabin steward available for all their on-board services, including free-flowing champagne and private insuite dining. Extra touches include bespoke amenities and a complimentary art-deco bathrobe. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels

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throughout between London, Paris and Venice from March to November and from Paris to Istanbul once a year in August/September on an extraordinary journey from west to east where Europe meets Asia. A classic one night journey from London to Venice, in a Grand Suite is priced at £5,500 per person. For more details on Belmond visit www.belmond.com

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MICE Thailand Tourism Generates 840 billion Baht in first 4 months of 2017 Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports released figures showing that during the first four months of this year, 12 million visitors came to Thailand spending around 620 billion Baht, an increase of 4.71% when compared with the same period in 2016. Domestic tourism is thriving too, with over 220 billion Baht being generated. The country attracted 12,021,617 international visits for the first four months compared to 11,682,144 visits during the same period last year. The kingdom witnessed a growth of 17% from India compared to 2016. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Thailand attracts many tourists because it offers experiences that are new and unique, no matter how many times you visit. In the first few months of the year, the combination of lovely weather and amazing festivals; such as, Songkran or the Thai New Year

celebrations means there’s much to enjoy for travellers, not to mention locals. We are delighted to be doing so well in 2017 and will continue to offer a warm Thai welcome to visitors yet to come.” Ms Soraya Homchuen, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai commented, “Compared to 2016, this year witnessed a growth of 17% from India. Thanks to the visa policies and extra international flight connectivity, we witnessed a phenomenal growth in the arrival numbers from India. The reason why Thailand is one of the most preferred destinations among Indian is because it is very diverse in nature; whether one’s seeking sun, shopping, scenery, leisure, spas or adventure sports, there’s something for everyone. The most visited cities by Indians in the first quarter were Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. We are

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delighted about this positive outlook and are hoping that the momentum continues for the rest of the year. ” The ministry projects Thailand’s tourism-related revenue in 2017 will reach THB2.71 trillion. Of that, THB1.78 trillion will come from foreign visitors and THB930 billion from domestic travelers. In 2017, Thailand intends to focus on specific tourism segments such as sports tourism, medical and wellness, weddings and romance.

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Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 offering amazing bargains & discounts The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launched this year’s Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 campaign with the theme “Dining, Shopping and Travelling” on the “world’s longest shopping route” in Bangkok. The twomonth campaign, formerly known as the Amazing Thailand Grande Sale, is being held from 1 June to 31 July, 2017. H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanvrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “The Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 will be introduced to shopping aficionados, both local and foreign visitors, through a series of special events in Bangkok and four other cities in Thailand’s Special Economic Zone. Now in its 19th year, the re-named Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise is bigger than ever, reflecting the huge popularity of Thailand as a destination for people who love great shopping, delicious food and unbeatable bargains.” Special promotional events in four other Thai cities are expected to help boost the numbers of intra-ASEAN tourists and revenue as well as strengthen Thailand’s position as an ASEAN retail hub. The opening ceremony and event in Tak’s Mae Sot district (near Myanmar) will take place at the Robinson’s Department Store from 30 June to 2 July. Over in Sa K a e o ’s A r a n y a p r a t h e t d i s t r i c t (bordering Cambodia), there will be activities on 16-17 June at Syamindra Plaza. In Songkhla’s Hat Yai district, special events will take place on 10 June at the Hat Yai walking street. Finally, in Khon Kaen’s Mueang district, shopping fun and activities will take place from 1-2 July at Central Plaza Khon Kaen. There are more special promotions and discounts on offer from credit card providers; such as, VISA, Mastercard and UnionPay. Thailand-based airlines like Thai Airways, Thai Smile, Nok Air, Thai Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, and Thai Lion Air are also offering special privileges during the two-month shopping and dining season. In addition, passengers travelling to Thailand with these airlines will get a BTS One-day pass and on-top discounts on food and souvenirs at participating shops and restaurants when showing their boarding passes. Hotel reservation site, Booking.com is also taking part in the campaign by offering 15% discounts for bookings in any 3-5 star accommodation in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Samui, Phuket or Hua Hin. According to the latest figures from the influential Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index 2017, Bangkok has retained its place as the Top Destination in terms of Visitor Numbers out of 171 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. For more details, read: Bangkok remains most visited Asia-Pacific destination in Mastercard Index 2017. For more information visit: www.thailandshoppingdining.com

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MICE Thailand Tourism Generates 840 billion Baht in first 4 months of 2017 Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports released figures showing that during the first four months of this year, 12 million visitors came to Thailand spending around 620 billion Baht, an increase of 4.71% when compared with the same period in 2016. Domestic tourism is thriving too, with over 220 billion Baht being generated. The country attracted 12,021,617 international visits for the first four months compared to 11,682,144 visits during the same period last year. The kingdom witnessed a growth of 17% from India compared to 2016. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Thailand attracts many tourists because it offers experiences that are new and unique, no matter how many times you visit. In the first few months of the year, the combination of lovely weather and amazing festivals; such as, Songkran or the Thai New Year

celebrations means there’s much to enjoy for travellers, not to mention locals. We are delighted to be doing so well in 2017 and will continue to offer a warm Thai welcome to visitors yet to come.” Ms Soraya Homchuen, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai commented, “Compared to 2016, this year witnessed a growth of 17% from India. Thanks to the visa policies and extra international flight connectivity, we witnessed a phenomenal growth in the arrival numbers from India. The reason why Thailand is one of the most preferred destinations among Indian is because it is very diverse in nature; whether one’s seeking sun, shopping, scenery, leisure, spas or adventure sports, there’s something for everyone. The most visited cities by Indians in the first quarter were Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. We are

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delighted about this positive outlook and are hoping that the momentum continues for the rest of the year. ” The ministry projects Thailand’s tourism-related revenue in 2017 will reach THB2.71 trillion. Of that, THB1.78 trillion will come from foreign visitors and THB930 billion from domestic travelers. In 2017, Thailand intends to focus on specific tourism segments such as sports tourism, medical and wellness, weddings and romance.

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Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 offering amazing bargains & discounts The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launched this year’s Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 campaign with the theme “Dining, Shopping and Travelling” on the “world’s longest shopping route” in Bangkok. The twomonth campaign, formerly known as the Amazing Thailand Grande Sale, is being held from 1 June to 31 July, 2017. H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanvrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “The Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 will be introduced to shopping aficionados, both local and foreign visitors, through a series of special events in Bangkok and four other cities in Thailand’s Special Economic Zone. Now in its 19th year, the re-named Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise is bigger than ever, reflecting the huge popularity of Thailand as a destination for people who love great shopping, delicious food and unbeatable bargains.” Special promotional events in four other Thai cities are expected to help boost the numbers of intra-ASEAN tourists and revenue as well as strengthen Thailand’s position as an ASEAN retail hub. The opening ceremony and event in Tak’s Mae Sot district (near Myanmar) will take place at the Robinson’s Department Store from 30 June to 2 July. Over in Sa K a e o ’s A r a n y a p r a t h e t d i s t r i c t (bordering Cambodia), there will be activities on 16-17 June at Syamindra Plaza. In Songkhla’s Hat Yai district, special events will take place on 10 June at the Hat Yai walking street. Finally, in Khon Kaen’s Mueang district, shopping fun and activities will take place from 1-2 July at Central Plaza Khon Kaen. There are more special promotions and discounts on offer from credit card providers; such as, VISA, Mastercard and UnionPay. Thailand-based airlines like Thai Airways, Thai Smile, Nok Air, Thai Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, and Thai Lion Air are also offering special privileges during the two-month shopping and dining season. In addition, passengers travelling to Thailand with these airlines will get a BTS One-day pass and on-top discounts on food and souvenirs at participating shops and restaurants when showing their boarding passes. Hotel reservation site, Booking.com is also taking part in the campaign by offering 15% discounts for bookings in any 3-5 star accommodation in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Samui, Phuket or Hua Hin. According to the latest figures from the influential Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index 2017, Bangkok has retained its place as the Top Destination in terms of Visitor Numbers out of 171 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. For more details, read: Bangkok remains most visited Asia-Pacific destination in Mastercard Index 2017. For more information visit: www.thailandshoppingdining.com

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