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27 September is World Tourism Day! And this year theme is ~ Tourism for All! Accessible Tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us, whether we are traveling or staying at home. May that be due to a disability, even temporary, families with small children, or the ageing population, at some point in our lives, sooner or later, we all benefit of universal accessibility in tourism. Taking it to the right for all of the world’s citizens to experience the incredible diversity of our planet and the beauty of the world we live in. On this year’s World Tourism Day help us spread the word of both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility has and can bring to society at large. Ever since its inception, World Tourism Day is celebrated to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. As the official day set aside in the United Nations Calendar the celebration seeks to highlight tourism’s potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing

some of the most pressing challenges society is faced with today. The official World Tourism Day 2016 celebrations will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. To u r i s m i n T h a i l a n d h a s g r o w n increasing rapidly in recent years. In 2015, the country became the most visited in Southeast Asia, hosting almost 30 million international tourists. This helped Thailand earn US$ 44.6 billion in tourism receipts, showing that tourism is playing an ever greater role in the country’s development and path to further prosperity. Commenting on it, UNWTO SecretaryGeneral Mr. Taleb Rifai, said, “Tourism has experienced a revolution in the past 50 years. In 1950 there were 25 million international tourists; today there are around 1.2 billion people travelling the world. Travelling has become a huge part of many lives.” “When travelling, we come across new people, new sights, and new ideas. Often our perception of the world changes as we see more of it. However, we must not forget that for many, travelling can be quite a difficult process” he added.

15% of the world’s population is estimated to live with some form of disability. That is 1 billion people around the world who may be unable to enjoy the privilege of knowing other cultures, experience nature at its fullest and experience the thrill of embarking on a journey to explore new sights. “We thus urge all countries and destinations, as well as the industry, to promote accessibility for all in the physical environment, in transport systems, in public facilities and services and in information and communications channels” he concluded. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand said, “For this year's World Tourism Day theme “Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility”, it is a conscious reminder to us all around the world to push for integration in order to improve each other’s potential in tourism and to promote a mutual understanding of different cultures and traditions. This is where tourism extends beyond numbers and figures, as tourism has the magic to bring people from all over the globe, from all walks of life to be

together peacefully without discrimination and to be in a world where we respect each other and work towards a common goal of sustainable tourism and human capital development. There is not a greater time than now for us to integrate and work together for us to reach our optimum in the internationally recognized universal design and for us to work hand in hand towards the development of our beloved tourism industry. On the occasion of World Tourism Day on behalf of the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Thai people, I would like to express my sincerest thanks to the UNWTO for honouring Thailand by giving us, “Amazing Thailand”, the opportunity to be the host of the official celebration for World Tourism Day 2016. My gratitude also goes out to every single one of you involved in the process and for making this year's celebration a grand success, and finally, I invite everyone around the world to celebrate this glorious day with us in the Land of Smiles and to be a part of the promotion of tourism for all and the development of universal accessibility.” Source: unwto.org


NEWS FLASH 17.1% Growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in July 2016 1 7.1% growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in July 2016 over the same period in 2015. Bangladesh accounts for highest share of tourist arrivals followed by USA and UK in July 2016. Rs.14, 319 crore Foreign Exchange earned through tourism in July 2016. M inistry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationalitywise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of July, 2016.

F TAs during the Month of July, 2016 were 7.36 lakh as compared to FTAs of 6.28 lakh during the month of July, 2015 and 5.69 lakh in July, 2014. There has been a growth of 17.1% in July, 2016 over July, 2015. T he Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during July, 2016 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (17.30%) followed by USA (16.51%), UK (11.67%), Malaysia (3.49%), France (3.12%), Sri Lanka (2.94%), Canada (2.66%), China (2.32%), Germany (2.31%), Japan (2.20%), Australia (2.20%), Nepal (2.04%), Oman (2.04%), UAE (1.99%) and Pakistan (1.66%).

India’a Ranking in TTCI T he overall TTCI ranking of India has improved to 52nd in 2015 as compared to 65th in 2013 A s p e r t h e Trav e l & To u r i s m Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2015, of the World Economic Forum, India ranks 35th in Air Transport Infrastructure and 50th in Ground & Port Infrastructure from 141 countries of the world. India ranks 136th in terms of airport density and 76th in terms of quality of roads according to TTCI Report 2015, while according to the 2013 Report, India ranked 136th in terms of airport density and 85th in terms of quality of roads.

Updates on Ministry of Civil Aviation Performance of Domestic Airlines for the year 2016 Passengers carried by domestic airlines during Jan-Jul 2016 were 560.87 lakhs as against 455.95 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 23.01% Purchase of Aircraft by Air India The Air India Board approved A320 induction in 2 phases of 19 units and 15 units, respectively. Out of 19 units, 5 have already arrived and for remaining 14 aircraft, agreement has been signed with M/s ALAFCO. Out of next 15 units, for 8 aircraft LOI has been signed with

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the two lessors and the final agreement is in process. The induction of the remaining 7 units is under process. Air India is also inducting on dry lease A320 narrow body aircraft as part of its fleet replacement and expansion plans for the narrow body fleet. Fourth runway at Delhi Airport As per the information given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha the Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL) has included construction of a new fourth runway parallel to the existing runway in the just concluded Master Plan, 2016 of

IGI Airport, New Delhi with features to handle large wide body aircrafts, navigational aids and lighting to permit operation in low visibility etc. Cabinet approves signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Lao The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of new Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). The Agreement is expected to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and

cultural exchange between the two countries bringing it in tune with the developments in the civil aviation sector. It will provide enabling environment for enhanced and seamless connectivity while providing commercial opportunities to the carriers of both the sides ensuring greater safety and security. Under the agreement, the designated airlines of the two countries shall have fair and equal opportunity to operate the agreed services on specified routes. The routes and frequencies shall be decided subsequently. ASA is the basic legal framework for any air operation between the two countries.

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NEWS FLASH 17.1% Growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in July 2016 1 7.1% growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in July 2016 over the same period in 2015. Bangladesh accounts for highest share of tourist arrivals followed by USA and UK in July 2016. Rs.14, 319 crore Foreign Exchange earned through tourism in July 2016. M inistry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationalitywise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of July, 2016.

F TAs during the Month of July, 2016 were 7.36 lakh as compared to FTAs of 6.28 lakh during the month of July, 2015 and 5.69 lakh in July, 2014. There has been a growth of 17.1% in July, 2016 over July, 2015. T he Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during July, 2016 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (17.30%) followed by USA (16.51%), UK (11.67%), Malaysia (3.49%), France (3.12%), Sri Lanka (2.94%), Canada (2.66%), China (2.32%), Germany (2.31%), Japan (2.20%), Australia (2.20%), Nepal (2.04%), Oman (2.04%), UAE (1.99%) and Pakistan (1.66%).

India’a Ranking in TTCI T he overall TTCI ranking of India has improved to 52nd in 2015 as compared to 65th in 2013 A s p e r t h e Trav e l & To u r i s m Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2015, of the World Economic Forum, India ranks 35th in Air Transport Infrastructure and 50th in Ground & Port Infrastructure from 141 countries of the world. India ranks 136th in terms of airport density and 76th in terms of quality of roads according to TTCI Report 2015, while according to the 2013 Report, India ranked 136th in terms of airport density and 85th in terms of quality of roads.

Updates on Ministry of Civil Aviation Performance of Domestic Airlines for the year 2016 Passengers carried by domestic airlines during Jan-Jul 2016 were 560.87 lakhs as against 455.95 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 23.01% Purchase of Aircraft by Air India The Air India Board approved A320 induction in 2 phases of 19 units and 15 units, respectively. Out of 19 units, 5 have already arrived and for remaining 14 aircraft, agreement has been signed with M/s ALAFCO. Out of next 15 units, for 8 aircraft LOI has been signed with

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the two lessors and the final agreement is in process. The induction of the remaining 7 units is under process. Air India is also inducting on dry lease A320 narrow body aircraft as part of its fleet replacement and expansion plans for the narrow body fleet. Fourth runway at Delhi Airport As per the information given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha the Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL) has included construction of a new fourth runway parallel to the existing runway in the just concluded Master Plan, 2016 of

IGI Airport, New Delhi with features to handle large wide body aircrafts, navigational aids and lighting to permit operation in low visibility etc. Cabinet approves signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Lao The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of new Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). The Agreement is expected to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and

cultural exchange between the two countries bringing it in tune with the developments in the civil aviation sector. It will provide enabling environment for enhanced and seamless connectivity while providing commercial opportunities to the carriers of both the sides ensuring greater safety and security. Under the agreement, the designated airlines of the two countries shall have fair and equal opportunity to operate the agreed services on specified routes. The routes and frequencies shall be decided subsequently. ASA is the basic legal framework for any air operation between the two countries.

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EVENTS TAAI’s 63rd Annual Convention in Abu Dhabi TA A I announced its 63rd Annual Convention & Exhibition, in Abu Dhabi from 14 to 16 October, 2016. Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture authority has also assured of their support to the Convention. The Convention would be rich in its content focusing on the importance of a fast changing “today” and the urgent need for members to rise beyond the routine. Evenings will be classy – pre & post tours will be plenty and above all the attendees will be offered abundant

luxury of a very high order. Emirates Palace, the SEVEN STAR hotel and with a strikingly magnificent and unmatched

edifice is shortlisted to be an important venue for the Convention. There are other key attractions that are a l s o b e i n g considered for the delegates to experience. The TAAI team is working with several Airlines to offer the delegates attractive airfares. The Convention will also focus on an exhibition that will offer exhibitors and vendors from all over the region, the valuable opportunity to connect with the fast growing Indian

outbound Industry, and to promote India a s w e l l . TA A I w i l l promote “Inbound i n t o I N D I A” a s a n important subject at this convention, to attract the middle-east region connect well with INDIA. Those looking forward to learning; networking; exploring; connecting to situations and people beyond their current, must immediately plan their participation and not miss out from exciting and momentous opportunity. TAAI will be soon rolling out the registration opportunities.

32nd IATO Annual Convention in Chennai The 32nd Annual Convention of IATO will be held in Chennai from 18 -21 S e p te m b e r 2 0 1 6 . T h e venue of the convention is ITC Grand Chola Chennai. While announcing the decision of the Executive Committee Mr. Pronab Sarkar President, IATO said “we were planning to have our convention in Chennai for last couple of years as IATO never had its annual convention in Tamil Nadu earlier. However, this year, it

is going to become a dream come true. From the very beginning, we focused to have our convention in Chennai only”. More than 1200 delegates are expected for 3 day event and the IATO convention. Mr. Rajeev Kohli, Senior Vice President, and the Chairman of the Convention was very much enthusiastic in holding IATO Convention in Chennai.

Mr. Rajiv Mehra, Vice President and CoChairman of the convention mentioned that Tamil Nadu offers A to Z of tourism be it beaches, pilgrimage, hill station, wildlife, shopping, ayurvenda and medical tourism and these are our main consideration to have our convention in Tamil Nadu and see the products. Even as per our policy we always try to have convention in different state and try to boost tourism to the state basing our venue of the Convention. Concurrently with the convention, there will be Indian Travel Mart. It is an

opportunity for exhibitors to showcase exciting and diverse range of destinations, conference and Incentive venues. This will facilitate discerning buyers from the travel trade and corporate world to reinforce their choice for business travel, incentives etc., said Mr. Lally Mathews, Hony. Secretary, IATO Mr. Amaresh Tiwari, Hony. Treasurer, I AT O i s l o o k i n g t o h a v e g o o d p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n I AT O R u n f o r R e s p o n s i b l e To u r i s m t o c r e a t e awareness about IATO and tourism in general.

IT&CMA 2016 & CTW Asia-Pacific 27 – 29 Sept, 2016 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld IT&CMA 2016 will be held from 27 – 29 September, 2016 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. It is co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific – T h e L e a d i n g C o r p o r a t e Tr a v e l Management Conference for the AsiaPacific. CTW Asia-Pacific brings together some of the best practitioners and expert speakers in the field, providing valuable educational opportunities for Corporate Travel Professionals to catch up on industry developments and challenges, and current best practices, by imparting their knowledge and encouraging peer sharing. As the only event in the Asia-Pacific with the largest hosting programme for Corporate Travel Buyers, applicants are handpicked via a strict validation programme aimed at bringing in

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qualified delegates across the region every year. This year, close to 150 top corporate travel buyers are expected to attend with access to unparalleled opportunities to learn, source and do business. This is why sponsorship has been an integral part of CTW Asia-Pacific in helping suppliers reach out to their desired profiles. Oakwood Worldwide returns as a Gold Sponsor for the 3rd consecutive year at Corporate Travel World (CTW) AsiaPacific 2016. Its collaboration with TTG Events has been elevated to include a pulse survey that will be conducted among attendees to gain deeper insight into the trends, needs, and prevailing concerns faced by corporate travel professionals. Ms TJ Spencer, Vice President, Sales and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific,

Oakwood Worldwide, “Our participation over the past few years has driven greater brand awareness and re a c h fo r O a k w o o d Wo r l d w i d e . Connecting with key decision-makers and influencers in the industry is one of the main motivations behind our continued partnership with CTW AsiaPacific.” Monaco, well known for its luxury travel offerings, and previously a visitor to IT&CMA, has confirmed their presence as a destination exhibitor this year as part of a campaign to promote MICE and Incentive Travel to the country. Mr. Benoit Badufle, Managing Director of the Monaco Government Tourist & Convention Bureau Asia c/o Horus Development & Consulting, on their decision to exhibit, “We liked the

atmosphere and the quality of the interactions and variety of hosted buyers. The ability to schedule targeted appointments was also an important criterion as we believe in their contribution to a more satisfactory return on investment.” Since promoting Monaco in the entire Asia region, the country has seen an increase in companies and corporate travel organisers looking at Monaco as an incentive destination. Improved airline route options with direct flights from Asia and Europe, the emergence of Middle East carriers, easing of Visa regulations and a plethora of curated events are just some of the many factors contributing to the gaining popularity amongst buyers as a safe and approachable destination.

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INDUSTRY MOVE ADTOI DREAM Team 2016-2018 ADTOI’s new team declared at the recently concluded Election of Office Bearers and Executive Council Members for year 2016 -18. The new Dream Team is led by Mr. P P Khanna as the President, and others in the team are Vice-President - Mr. Rajat Sawhney; General Secretary - Mr. Chetan Gupta; Treasurer - Mr. Kamal Gandhi; Joint Secretary - Mr. Debashis Dey; Executive Council Members are Mr. Anil Rajput, Mr. Ankit Miglani, Mr. Arvind Khanna, Mr. Ashish Sehgal, Mr. Jatinder Singh Bhatia (Bobby), Mr. Manoj Varshney, Ms. Reena Chopra, Mr. Sanjay Saxena

TAFI’s New Office Bearer

New Director at Tourism Malaysia T o u r i s m M a l ay s i a h a s announced the appointment of Sulaiman Suip as the new Director, North & East India operations. Sulaiman will spearhead Tourism Malaysia’s marketing and publicity efforts from the New Delhi office to continue focus on bringing innovative products and promoting unique experiences to the Indian travel community. Previously, Sulaiman held similar positions in Thailand and as deputy director at TM Japan office. Speaking about his latest tenure in India Sulaiman said, “India is an important market for us as it contributes to the 6th largest arrivals to Malaysia. This year we have a target of welcoming one million Indian tourists.

Pride Hotel Nagpur New GM - Rahul Kanungo

At the 22nd Annual General Body M e e t i n g o f t h e Tr a v e l A g e n t s Fe d e rat i o n O f I n d i a ( TA F I ) , t h e following were elected to serve the Association for the term 2016-2018. Praveen Chugh (Business Travels Pvt. Ltd.) as President; Pradip Lulla (Cupid Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.) as Vice President; Mrs. Aditi Bhende (Aarohan Tours & Travel Pvt Ltd) as National General Secretary; Mr. Jayesh Tharani (Hopco Travels Pvt Ltd) as Treasurer. The MC Members are A. Basheer Ahmed (Chennai Metro Travels Pvt Ltd); Rajat Bagaria (Shrishti Tours &

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Travels Pvt Ltd); Mrs. Urvashi D. Mohan (Delfly Travels Pvt Ltd); Mr Bharat Shah (Sunbeams Travels (Baroda) Pvt Ltd); Mr. Darshan Shah (All Four Season Travels); Co-opted - Mr.Sanjay Gupta (Simran Travels Pvt Ltd); Mr.Teddy Thomas (The Oasis Xpress Travel & Tours). The President Mr. Praveen Chugh thanked the members for reposing their confidence in him & the new Managing Committee. He stated that a huge responsibility had been placed on him & his team but with the cooperation, support & understanding of one & all, he was confident that

much could be achieved for the good of the members. He admitted that the Travel Trade was going through Challenging times in a competitive market. With so many avenues open to the customer, travel agents & tour operators need to innovate & explore new ways of staying in Business. With technology being a powerful medium, Travel Agents need to better equip themselves to face their competitors. This indeed is a tough & uphill task but if we jointly work together & tap each others resources all could be in Business & earn a decent remuneration.

Pride Hotel Group announced the appointment of Mr. Rahul Kanungo to the position of General Manager for the Pride Hotel, Nagpur. H e w i l l b e responsible for running the hotel and overall day-to-day operations, sales & generating revenue for the hotel through room bookings, meetings and conventions and other social events. In his past experience he has worked with the Taj Group of Hotels for more than 13 years in various capacities and at various properties. “We are thrilled to have Rahul Kanungo i n te a m , h e b r i n g s u c h a m a z i n g experience to the Pride and is positively a brilliant addition to the hotel and the Pride family,” said Mr. Satyen Jain, CEO Pride Hotel Group.

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EVENTS TAAI’s 63rd Annual Convention in Abu Dhabi TA A I announced its 63rd Annual Convention & Exhibition, in Abu Dhabi from 14 to 16 October, 2016. Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture authority has also assured of their support to the Convention. The Convention would be rich in its content focusing on the importance of a fast changing “today” and the urgent need for members to rise beyond the routine. Evenings will be classy – pre & post tours will be plenty and above all the attendees will be offered abundant

luxury of a very high order. Emirates Palace, the SEVEN STAR hotel and with a strikingly magnificent and unmatched

edifice is shortlisted to be an important venue for the Convention. There are other key attractions that are a l s o b e i n g considered for the delegates to experience. The TAAI team is working with several Airlines to offer the delegates attractive airfares. The Convention will also focus on an exhibition that will offer exhibitors and vendors from all over the region, the valuable opportunity to connect with the fast growing Indian

outbound Industry, and to promote India a s w e l l . TA A I w i l l promote “Inbound i n t o I N D I A” a s a n important subject at this convention, to attract the middle-east region connect well with INDIA. Those looking forward to learning; networking; exploring; connecting to situations and people beyond their current, must immediately plan their participation and not miss out from exciting and momentous opportunity. TAAI will be soon rolling out the registration opportunities.

32nd IATO Annual Convention in Chennai The 32nd Annual Convention of IATO will be held in Chennai from 18 -21 S e p te m b e r 2 0 1 6 . T h e venue of the convention is ITC Grand Chola Chennai. While announcing the decision of the Executive Committee Mr. Pronab Sarkar President, IATO said “we were planning to have our convention in Chennai for last couple of years as IATO never had its annual convention in Tamil Nadu earlier. However, this year, it

is going to become a dream come true. From the very beginning, we focused to have our convention in Chennai only”. More than 1200 delegates are expected for 3 day event and the IATO convention. Mr. Rajeev Kohli, Senior Vice President, and the Chairman of the Convention was very much enthusiastic in holding IATO Convention in Chennai.

Mr. Rajiv Mehra, Vice President and CoChairman of the convention mentioned that Tamil Nadu offers A to Z of tourism be it beaches, pilgrimage, hill station, wildlife, shopping, ayurvenda and medical tourism and these are our main consideration to have our convention in Tamil Nadu and see the products. Even as per our policy we always try to have convention in different state and try to boost tourism to the state basing our venue of the Convention. Concurrently with the convention, there will be Indian Travel Mart. It is an

opportunity for exhibitors to showcase exciting and diverse range of destinations, conference and Incentive venues. This will facilitate discerning buyers from the travel trade and corporate world to reinforce their choice for business travel, incentives etc., said Mr. Lally Mathews, Hony. Secretary, IATO Mr. Amaresh Tiwari, Hony. Treasurer, I AT O i s l o o k i n g t o h a v e g o o d p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n I AT O R u n f o r R e s p o n s i b l e To u r i s m t o c r e a t e awareness about IATO and tourism in general.

IT&CMA 2016 & CTW Asia-Pacific 27 – 29 Sept, 2016 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld IT&CMA 2016 will be held from 27 – 29 September, 2016 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. It is co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific – T h e L e a d i n g C o r p o r a t e Tr a v e l Management Conference for the AsiaPacific. CTW Asia-Pacific brings together some of the best practitioners and expert speakers in the field, providing valuable educational opportunities for Corporate Travel Professionals to catch up on industry developments and challenges, and current best practices, by imparting their knowledge and encouraging peer sharing. As the only event in the Asia-Pacific with the largest hosting programme for Corporate Travel Buyers, applicants are handpicked via a strict validation programme aimed at bringing in

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qualified delegates across the region every year. This year, close to 150 top corporate travel buyers are expected to attend with access to unparalleled opportunities to learn, source and do business. This is why sponsorship has been an integral part of CTW Asia-Pacific in helping suppliers reach out to their desired profiles. Oakwood Worldwide returns as a Gold Sponsor for the 3rd consecutive year at Corporate Travel World (CTW) AsiaPacific 2016. Its collaboration with TTG Events has been elevated to include a pulse survey that will be conducted among attendees to gain deeper insight into the trends, needs, and prevailing concerns faced by corporate travel professionals. Ms TJ Spencer, Vice President, Sales and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific,

Oakwood Worldwide, “Our participation over the past few years has driven greater brand awareness and re a c h fo r O a k w o o d Wo r l d w i d e . Connecting with key decision-makers and influencers in the industry is one of the main motivations behind our continued partnership with CTW AsiaPacific.” Monaco, well known for its luxury travel offerings, and previously a visitor to IT&CMA, has confirmed their presence as a destination exhibitor this year as part of a campaign to promote MICE and Incentive Travel to the country. Mr. Benoit Badufle, Managing Director of the Monaco Government Tourist & Convention Bureau Asia c/o Horus Development & Consulting, on their decision to exhibit, “We liked the

atmosphere and the quality of the interactions and variety of hosted buyers. The ability to schedule targeted appointments was also an important criterion as we believe in their contribution to a more satisfactory return on investment.” Since promoting Monaco in the entire Asia region, the country has seen an increase in companies and corporate travel organisers looking at Monaco as an incentive destination. Improved airline route options with direct flights from Asia and Europe, the emergence of Middle East carriers, easing of Visa regulations and a plethora of curated events are just some of the many factors contributing to the gaining popularity amongst buyers as a safe and approachable destination.

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INDUSTRY MOVE ADTOI DREAM Team 2016-2018 ADTOI’s new team declared at the recently concluded Election of Office Bearers and Executive Council Members for year 2016 -18. The new Dream Team is led by Mr. P P Khanna as the President, and others in the team are Vice-President - Mr. Rajat Sawhney; General Secretary - Mr. Chetan Gupta; Treasurer - Mr. Kamal Gandhi; Joint Secretary - Mr. Debashis Dey; Executive Council Members are Mr. Anil Rajput, Mr. Ankit Miglani, Mr. Arvind Khanna, Mr. Ashish Sehgal, Mr. Jatinder Singh Bhatia (Bobby), Mr. Manoj Varshney, Ms. Reena Chopra, Mr. Sanjay Saxena

TAFI’s New Office Bearer

New Director at Tourism Malaysia T o u r i s m M a l ay s i a h a s announced the appointment of Sulaiman Suip as the new Director, North & East India operations. Sulaiman will spearhead Tourism Malaysia’s marketing and publicity efforts from the New Delhi office to continue focus on bringing innovative products and promoting unique experiences to the Indian travel community. Previously, Sulaiman held similar positions in Thailand and as deputy director at TM Japan office. Speaking about his latest tenure in India Sulaiman said, “India is an important market for us as it contributes to the 6th largest arrivals to Malaysia. This year we have a target of welcoming one million Indian tourists.

Pride Hotel Nagpur New GM - Rahul Kanungo

At the 22nd Annual General Body M e e t i n g o f t h e Tr a v e l A g e n t s Fe d e rat i o n O f I n d i a ( TA F I ) , t h e following were elected to serve the Association for the term 2016-2018. Praveen Chugh (Business Travels Pvt. Ltd.) as President; Pradip Lulla (Cupid Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.) as Vice President; Mrs. Aditi Bhende (Aarohan Tours & Travel Pvt Ltd) as National General Secretary; Mr. Jayesh Tharani (Hopco Travels Pvt Ltd) as Treasurer. The MC Members are A. Basheer Ahmed (Chennai Metro Travels Pvt Ltd); Rajat Bagaria (Shrishti Tours &

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Travels Pvt Ltd); Mrs. Urvashi D. Mohan (Delfly Travels Pvt Ltd); Mr Bharat Shah (Sunbeams Travels (Baroda) Pvt Ltd); Mr. Darshan Shah (All Four Season Travels); Co-opted - Mr.Sanjay Gupta (Simran Travels Pvt Ltd); Mr.Teddy Thomas (The Oasis Xpress Travel & Tours). The President Mr. Praveen Chugh thanked the members for reposing their confidence in him & the new Managing Committee. He stated that a huge responsibility had been placed on him & his team but with the cooperation, support & understanding of one & all, he was confident that

much could be achieved for the good of the members. He admitted that the Travel Trade was going through Challenging times in a competitive market. With so many avenues open to the customer, travel agents & tour operators need to innovate & explore new ways of staying in Business. With technology being a powerful medium, Travel Agents need to better equip themselves to face their competitors. This indeed is a tough & uphill task but if we jointly work together & tap each others resources all could be in Business & earn a decent remuneration.

Pride Hotel Group announced the appointment of Mr. Rahul Kanungo to the position of General Manager for the Pride Hotel, Nagpur. H e w i l l b e responsible for running the hotel and overall day-to-day operations, sales & generating revenue for the hotel through room bookings, meetings and conventions and other social events. In his past experience he has worked with the Taj Group of Hotels for more than 13 years in various capacities and at various properties. “We are thrilled to have Rahul Kanungo i n te a m , h e b r i n g s u c h a m a z i n g experience to the Pride and is positively a brilliant addition to the hotel and the Pride family,” said Mr. Satyen Jain, CEO Pride Hotel Group.

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Tourism Ministry to Host Investors Summit from 21 to 23 September, 2016 Ministry of Tourism will be hosting “Incredible India Tourism Investors Summit” in New Delhi from 21st to 23rd September 2016. This three day event will showcase the investment opportunities in tourism sector. The main objective of the Summit is to position the Indian Tourism sector for attracting large investments and presenting to the Investors tangible investment-ready projects in the different States/Union Territories of India. This summit will provide a global platform for interaction with investors, policy makers and Indian industry leaders, and other stakeholders. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Tourism Finance Corporation

of India Ltd are principal partners of this summit. Four Knowledge Partners i.e. Ernst & Young, KPMG, Yes Bank and Invest India will assist States and UTs for identifying projects, Suggesting Tourism Policy updates and presenting these to the potential investors during the summit. Ministry of Tourism has discussed various aspects of the summit with the senior officers of the State Governments and Union Territories, so far 25 States have confirmed their participation in the event and have also identified 134 investment- ready projects. During discussions with leading Bankers and Financial Institution of the country, they have shown a great enthusiasm to be

part of the event. Secretary Tourism informed that Road shows are being organised in key International Markets such as USA, Thailand, China, Singapore, Japan and Middle East. These road shows will be aimed to promote and invite key investors for this summit. Indian Missions in various key countries are also inviting potential investors for this Summit. Highlights of this summit will be State P re s e ntat i o n s e n co m p a s s i n g a l l investible Properties, Session on Why Invest in India, MSME in tourism sector, Panel discussions on core infrastructure for tourism, Session on Start-ups, digital India, Investing into Swadesh Darshan, PRASAD, MICE and Niche Tourism

Products, B2B meetings and signing of MoUs. The Summit will have dedicated space for Seminars, Business to Business meetings and Roundtables around focus themes. There will be participation from major stakeholders including States/UTs with their ready investible projects, Banks & Financial Institutions, Business Developers, Cruise liners, Domestic Investors, Entertainment Companies, Global Investors, Helicopter Services, Hoteliers, InfrastructureDevelopers, International Associations, Restaurateurs, Spa and Yoga Centers, Tour and Travel Operators, Urban Developers, Venture Capitalist, Civic Amenity Providers.

Ridin’ Solo - Pondicherry I recently concluded a four day solo trip to Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry). Everything you want to know about these places can be found on the web. I am writing this article so I can share my own experience with the Safari Plus readers and some photos that were unique to my trip. Something about the city - Puducherry is formed out of the four enclaves of Former French India. This precisely explains the heavy French influence in the region. The city is divided neatly into two sectors French Quarters and the Indian Quarters. As you take a walk down the French Quarters one can witness the typical French style houses with long compounds and stately walls. The destination is dotted with several French style Cafes and is bereft of pollution. The Aurobindo Ashram heavily fosters the seeds of a clean and green earth.

tranquillity. People could go in and concentrate. There was something differently peaceful about the day. And I experienced that at every hour of the day. There were positive energies in the entire township. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, far from Auroville, deep in the heart of Pondicherry, was a similar experience. Better, infact. There lies the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo, made of pure white marble. I just went around it and stood at a fair distance to then look at something that was written on its side. What I saw then, moved me. People sat on their knees and bowed their heads down, their forehead and fingers touching the samadhi. They would sit like that for an entire minute, or maybe even more. And then they wake up,

Beaches Pondicherry becomes a tourist hot spot owing to the presence of a rather clean and scenic beach line. The beaches are less crowded, and are frequented by both foreigners and Indians. Some of the famous beaches are the Auroville Beach, the Paradise beach and the Chunnambar beach. The Auroville beach is a popular for swimming owing to its shallow waters. The beach is largely visited those residing in the Auroville Village. The Paradise Beach is accessed by boat, and the Chunnambar beach is the most beautiful beach is all of Pondicherry. The spot is ideal for putting up a seaside tent, or an overnight stay. The beach is known for its scenic vistas, as it intersects with the backwaters of t h e re g i o n . Infact the

Goddess Durga (Goddess of war). Some other attractions Botonical Gardens - The garden houses a variety of 1500 rare species of plants brought in from different parts of the country. The famous botanist Perottet established the same in 1826. The Bhakti Park is another tourist attraction. The park is made up of five French style gardens laden with French influence, reminding us of the beauty of French architecture. The garden is also called the Aayi Mandapam or the Place Du Panthéon. A trip to the Pondicherry Museums throws light on the trade relations between India and the Roman Empire. Also there are interesting relics of the Pallava and the Chola dynasty. The mansions of the famous poets of Pondicherry give insight on the literary experts of the bygone era.

Auroville, Matrimandir and Sri Aurobindo Ashram My stay was at a hotel 8 kilometres from Pondicherry, at a ‘global’ township called Auroville. I chose to stay at the dormitory in the hotel which would make meeting new people easy rather than locking myself in a room. And the other eleven beds in the dormitory were occupied by people from Korea, Spain, Chile, France and Germany; and Indians too, ofcourse. Auroville is a a city envisioned by ‘The Mother’. Hence, Matrimandir or Temple of the Mother. It was a place of

with moist eyes. They then sit in the empty space near the samadhi and close their eyes a n d concentrate. I understood why I don’t like temples. The sound of the bells and the bhajans and pujas and mantras definitely disturb the flow of energy. I have never experienced anything like this in any temple. Silence and peace are the best channels for the flow of positive energy.

drive from Chennai to Pondicherry is considered the most scenic drive. The oldest temple is the Mankula Vinayaka, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple was established more than 300 years ago. The walls of the temple are decorated with forty forms of the deity. The Kamatchiamman temple is one that is heavy on Ornamentation. It is a typical south Indian temple dedicated to

Arikamedu, the ancient Roman trade centre is 4 Kms. south of Puducherry on the right bank of Ariyankuppam River. It has a long history that dates back to the second century B.C. The port town was inhabited by Romans, Cholas and French who left their mark on this wonderful place. There is a lot more one can enjoy in Pondicherry. The Global presence along with spiritual well-being makes the destination one of the safest in Southern India. Article by - Harsh Doshi (Safari Plus’ Reader & pursuing Masters in Economics from Pune)

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Tourism Ministry to Host Investors Summit from 21 to 23 September, 2016 Ministry of Tourism will be hosting “Incredible India Tourism Investors Summit” in New Delhi from 21st to 23rd September 2016. This three day event will showcase the investment opportunities in tourism sector. The main objective of the Summit is to position the Indian Tourism sector for attracting large investments and presenting to the Investors tangible investment-ready projects in the different States/Union Territories of India. This summit will provide a global platform for interaction with investors, policy makers and Indian industry leaders, and other stakeholders. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Tourism Finance Corporation

of India Ltd are principal partners of this summit. Four Knowledge Partners i.e. Ernst & Young, KPMG, Yes Bank and Invest India will assist States and UTs for identifying projects, Suggesting Tourism Policy updates and presenting these to the potential investors during the summit. Ministry of Tourism has discussed various aspects of the summit with the senior officers of the State Governments and Union Territories, so far 25 States have confirmed their participation in the event and have also identified 134 investment- ready projects. During discussions with leading Bankers and Financial Institution of the country, they have shown a great enthusiasm to be

part of the event. Secretary Tourism informed that Road shows are being organised in key International Markets such as USA, Thailand, China, Singapore, Japan and Middle East. These road shows will be aimed to promote and invite key investors for this summit. Indian Missions in various key countries are also inviting potential investors for this Summit. Highlights of this summit will be State P re s e ntat i o n s e n co m p a s s i n g a l l investible Properties, Session on Why Invest in India, MSME in tourism sector, Panel discussions on core infrastructure for tourism, Session on Start-ups, digital India, Investing into Swadesh Darshan, PRASAD, MICE and Niche Tourism

Products, B2B meetings and signing of MoUs. The Summit will have dedicated space for Seminars, Business to Business meetings and Roundtables around focus themes. There will be participation from major stakeholders including States/UTs with their ready investible projects, Banks & Financial Institutions, Business Developers, Cruise liners, Domestic Investors, Entertainment Companies, Global Investors, Helicopter Services, Hoteliers, InfrastructureDevelopers, International Associations, Restaurateurs, Spa and Yoga Centers, Tour and Travel Operators, Urban Developers, Venture Capitalist, Civic Amenity Providers.

Ridin’ Solo - Pondicherry I recently concluded a four day solo trip to Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry). Everything you want to know about these places can be found on the web. I am writing this article so I can share my own experience with the Safari Plus readers and some photos that were unique to my trip. Something about the city - Puducherry is formed out of the four enclaves of Former French India. This precisely explains the heavy French influence in the region. The city is divided neatly into two sectors French Quarters and the Indian Quarters. As you take a walk down the French Quarters one can witness the typical French style houses with long compounds and stately walls. The destination is dotted with several French style Cafes and is bereft of pollution. The Aurobindo Ashram heavily fosters the seeds of a clean and green earth.

tranquillity. People could go in and concentrate. There was something differently peaceful about the day. And I experienced that at every hour of the day. There were positive energies in the entire township. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, far from Auroville, deep in the heart of Pondicherry, was a similar experience. Better, infact. There lies the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo, made of pure white marble. I just went around it and stood at a fair distance to then look at something that was written on its side. What I saw then, moved me. People sat on their knees and bowed their heads down, their forehead and fingers touching the samadhi. They would sit like that for an entire minute, or maybe even more. And then they wake up,

Beaches Pondicherry becomes a tourist hot spot owing to the presence of a rather clean and scenic beach line. The beaches are less crowded, and are frequented by both foreigners and Indians. Some of the famous beaches are the Auroville Beach, the Paradise beach and the Chunnambar beach. The Auroville beach is a popular for swimming owing to its shallow waters. The beach is largely visited those residing in the Auroville Village. The Paradise Beach is accessed by boat, and the Chunnambar beach is the most beautiful beach is all of Pondicherry. The spot is ideal for putting up a seaside tent, or an overnight stay. The beach is known for its scenic vistas, as it intersects with the backwaters of t h e re g i o n . Infact the

Goddess Durga (Goddess of war). Some other attractions Botonical Gardens - The garden houses a variety of 1500 rare species of plants brought in from different parts of the country. The famous botanist Perottet established the same in 1826. The Bhakti Park is another tourist attraction. The park is made up of five French style gardens laden with French influence, reminding us of the beauty of French architecture. The garden is also called the Aayi Mandapam or the Place Du Panthéon. A trip to the Pondicherry Museums throws light on the trade relations between India and the Roman Empire. Also there are interesting relics of the Pallava and the Chola dynasty. The mansions of the famous poets of Pondicherry give insight on the literary experts of the bygone era.

Auroville, Matrimandir and Sri Aurobindo Ashram My stay was at a hotel 8 kilometres from Pondicherry, at a ‘global’ township called Auroville. I chose to stay at the dormitory in the hotel which would make meeting new people easy rather than locking myself in a room. And the other eleven beds in the dormitory were occupied by people from Korea, Spain, Chile, France and Germany; and Indians too, ofcourse. Auroville is a a city envisioned by ‘The Mother’. Hence, Matrimandir or Temple of the Mother. It was a place of

with moist eyes. They then sit in the empty space near the samadhi and close their eyes a n d concentrate. I understood why I don’t like temples. The sound of the bells and the bhajans and pujas and mantras definitely disturb the flow of energy. I have never experienced anything like this in any temple. Silence and peace are the best channels for the flow of positive energy.

drive from Chennai to Pondicherry is considered the most scenic drive. The oldest temple is the Mankula Vinayaka, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple was established more than 300 years ago. The walls of the temple are decorated with forty forms of the deity. The Kamatchiamman temple is one that is heavy on Ornamentation. It is a typical south Indian temple dedicated to

Arikamedu, the ancient Roman trade centre is 4 Kms. south of Puducherry on the right bank of Ariyankuppam River. It has a long history that dates back to the second century B.C. The port town was inhabited by Romans, Cholas and French who left their mark on this wonderful place. There is a lot more one can enjoy in Pondicherry. The Global presence along with spiritual well-being makes the destination one of the safest in Southern India. Article by - Harsh Doshi (Safari Plus’ Reader & pursuing Masters in Economics from Pune)

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GURU MANTRA Indians Are Taking More Overseas Holidays

Despite a contentious economic climate, a more robust consumer outlook is emerging in 2016 in India than many other countries. Together with travel desire and sound economic stability (with double income in each family) and emotional connect between travel and quality of life are the driving force behind. Consumers in India use the best technology available to get information on destinations and decide travel preference and this is all the more useful with availability of instant, personalized and online services from overseas destinations and based on this facility, outbound is flourishing from India. The global financial and economic crisis clearly has not dampened people’s

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desire to travel. Many Indians travelled and spent so much money overseas with a travel of average 11% growth year on basis and at a last count it crossed over 15 million (for 2014) India’s continuing upward trend in the global travel industry is due to its economic growth as the main reason and has been observed by the destination promotion offices specially the emergence of a new middle class in our country which have sparked the desire to travel overseas (which prevails even in times of crisis). So India’s position is recognized in global market of Travel & Tourism in a big way, the position by rank cannot be indicated. As I have been in this industry nearly over 45 years, I would expect from overseas destination Tourism offices/ Agents for Indian (if they want to attract them to their respective destinations, as per details given below: ! Relevant information and c o m p re h e n s i v e d a ta w i t h v i s a facilitation, enchanting packages, availability of Indian food and lot of shopping discounts etc is made easy online ! Indians look for experiencing indigenous cultures ie local festival, visit local markets, perfumery (in France), Silk Fabric Printing (in China/Japan) Ikabena presentation and on hand training (in Japan), Soccer match in UK, Edinburgh Tattoo etc.

! Indian travels for business and combines with MICE travel, corporate focus on cost optimization and innovative performance enhancement. This sector is driver for outbound from India as company meets the major cost and lot of discounts are offered in the package by the Destination Country. ! Indians have great likings for food. F& B heads should focus on food, (not on frills). Food on the table menus with healthy and organic options, open kitchens customized food help gives a warm welcome feelings at the hotel and they have memorable experience. ! They like more functional hotel than loaded with extra facilities (which they may non require) Cost cut is the key word. Need savings for shopping. Technology the internet will attract more consumer not only travel search and information but also communicating with friends and family and for the purpose of selecting a destination for travel together. New age Indian travelers prefer transactions online. So go on updating with new offer. ! Indians will continue to travel to Europe and US. Among new destinations Myanmar is in their mind, provided travel access become easier. ! Family holidays will be the general rule for Indian outbound so customized tour packages are essential. Women group travelers will also be new travel

conpenent. Infact woman in the family will be the decision maker on selecting the destination use woman magazines for promotions or invite women Editors of the Journals under Media Relations Programme. ! Corporate houses/ Realty majors, Pharmaceutical firms, Auto Industry, Insurance Agency etc will give the maximum business for outbound. ! The well-heeled Indian travelers will look for high end hotels and VIP treatments, Spa and beauty therapies, Luxury brands and comfortable transport for movements. This burgeoning segment will be in demand. They are from Banks, Insurance, IT Industry, Real Estate, Manufacturing of Textile, high profile Doctors, consultants and look for them. ! In think I have given enough material for thinking and field is open, how best the overseas destinations would like to attract them. ! Indians now like to visit (as preference now) Finland, Brazil, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, UK, France, Germany and Australia as they are globetrotters. As I could see from the travel booking from indications from outbound tour operators? By Gour Kanjilal, Executive Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist

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GURU MANTRA Indians Are Taking More Overseas Holidays

Despite a contentious economic climate, a more robust consumer outlook is emerging in 2016 in India than many other countries. Together with travel desire and sound economic stability (with double income in each family) and emotional connect between travel and quality of life are the driving force behind. Consumers in India use the best technology available to get information on destinations and decide travel preference and this is all the more useful with availability of instant, personalized and online services from overseas destinations and based on this facility, outbound is flourishing from India. The global financial and economic crisis clearly has not dampened people’s

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desire to travel. Many Indians travelled and spent so much money overseas with a travel of average 11% growth year on basis and at a last count it crossed over 15 million (for 2014) India’s continuing upward trend in the global travel industry is due to its economic growth as the main reason and has been observed by the destination promotion offices specially the emergence of a new middle class in our country which have sparked the desire to travel overseas (which prevails even in times of crisis). So India’s position is recognized in global market of Travel & Tourism in a big way, the position by rank cannot be indicated. As I have been in this industry nearly over 45 years, I would expect from overseas destination Tourism offices/ Agents for Indian (if they want to attract them to their respective destinations, as per details given below: ! Relevant information and c o m p re h e n s i v e d a ta w i t h v i s a facilitation, enchanting packages, availability of Indian food and lot of shopping discounts etc is made easy online ! Indians look for experiencing indigenous cultures ie local festival, visit local markets, perfumery (in France), Silk Fabric Printing (in China/Japan) Ikabena presentation and on hand training (in Japan), Soccer match in UK, Edinburgh Tattoo etc.

! Indian travels for business and combines with MICE travel, corporate focus on cost optimization and innovative performance enhancement. This sector is driver for outbound from India as company meets the major cost and lot of discounts are offered in the package by the Destination Country. ! Indians have great likings for food. F& B heads should focus on food, (not on frills). Food on the table menus with healthy and organic options, open kitchens customized food help gives a warm welcome feelings at the hotel and they have memorable experience. ! They like more functional hotel than loaded with extra facilities (which they may non require) Cost cut is the key word. Need savings for shopping. Technology the internet will attract more consumer not only travel search and information but also communicating with friends and family and for the purpose of selecting a destination for travel together. New age Indian travelers prefer transactions online. So go on updating with new offer. ! Indians will continue to travel to Europe and US. Among new destinations Myanmar is in their mind, provided travel access become easier. ! Family holidays will be the general rule for Indian outbound so customized tour packages are essential. Women group travelers will also be new travel

conpenent. Infact woman in the family will be the decision maker on selecting the destination use woman magazines for promotions or invite women Editors of the Journals under Media Relations Programme. ! Corporate houses/ Realty majors, Pharmaceutical firms, Auto Industry, Insurance Agency etc will give the maximum business for outbound. ! The well-heeled Indian travelers will look for high end hotels and VIP treatments, Spa and beauty therapies, Luxury brands and comfortable transport for movements. This burgeoning segment will be in demand. They are from Banks, Insurance, IT Industry, Real Estate, Manufacturing of Textile, high profile Doctors, consultants and look for them. ! In think I have given enough material for thinking and field is open, how best the overseas destinations would like to attract them. ! Indians now like to visit (as preference now) Finland, Brazil, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, UK, France, Germany and Australia as they are globetrotters. As I could see from the travel booking from indications from outbound tour operators? By Gour Kanjilal, Executive Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist

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TCEB - IMFT 2016

TCEB - IMFT 2016

Thailand Magnetizes MICE Market with Innovative Experiences The Kingdom Offers Endless Opportunities for business events Up and Down the Country Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has taken another step forward in strengthening Thailand's leadership position as a hub for unique business events in Asia by introducing Chiang Rai - the northernmost province of Thailand that is complete with potential and readiness in facilitating business events. To pave the way for endless innovative experiences for business events travelers to Thailand, t h e TC E B I nte r n at i o n a l M e d i a Familiarisation Trip 2016 has been organized to showcase modern facilities and time-honoured heritage of Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Underlining the success of Thailand's business events industry, TCEB revealed that in the first half of 2016 fiscal year – from October 2015 to March 2016 – Thailand welcomed 493,384 business

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events travelers, earning the Thai economy more than 39,671 billion Baht (approximately US$1,116 million). Of these, a total of 135,240 (22%) were here for meetings; 143,053 (22%) for incentive events, 141,015 (225) for conventions, and 74,076 (12%) for exhibitions. The top five markets during this period were China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States. Mr Weerasak Kowsurat, Chairman of the Board of TCEB disclosed that, “The ongoing success of the Thai business events industry demonstrates our strategy to encourage public, private, people, and communities to work hand in hand to harness the power of cultural capital and local wisdom, building sustainable economic growth and generating income for local communities. This is in line with the government's policy, which requires us to work with our strategic partners to

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achieve one common goal – making Thailand a premier global business events destination.” In this honour, TCEB has laid out strategy to showcase emerging destinations throughout Thailand that can offer unique experiences for business events, while continue to highlight Bangkok as a premier destination at heart of the fastgrowing ASEAN region. During TCEB International Media Familiarisation Trip 2016, delegates had the chance to learn more of the exciting new and upcoming developments in Bangkok such as sky train routes and much more. Together with its partners which include the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Airports of Thailand, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, King Power International Company Limited and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association well as the provincial authority of Chiang Rai, the TCEB

International Media Familiarisation 2016 is aimed to strengthen Thailand's leadership position as a premier destination at heart of the fast-growing ASEAN region. Mr. Chattan Kunjar Na Ayudhya, Executive Director Advertising and Public Relations Department, Tourism Authority of Thailand said that, “The TAT has long aimed at developing strategies to seek out new markets and develop niche ones as a way attracting quality tourists to Thailand. This is why TAT supports the TCEB in promoting the amazing venues for MICE events as well as Thailand's wide range of activities and destinations. The promotion of Thailand as a Quality Leisure Destination through Thainess ties in with this strategy by showcasing the Kingdom's unique experiences, hospitality, shopping and spas to tempt business events visitors to enjoy extended breaks, and to experience more that Thailand can offer.”

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TCEB - IMFT 2016

TCEB - IMFT 2016

Thailand Magnetizes MICE Market with Innovative Experiences The Kingdom Offers Endless Opportunities for business events Up and Down the Country Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has taken another step forward in strengthening Thailand's leadership position as a hub for unique business events in Asia by introducing Chiang Rai - the northernmost province of Thailand that is complete with potential and readiness in facilitating business events. To pave the way for endless innovative experiences for business events travelers to Thailand, t h e TC E B I nte r n at i o n a l M e d i a Familiarisation Trip 2016 has been organized to showcase modern facilities and time-honoured heritage of Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Underlining the success of Thailand's business events industry, TCEB revealed that in the first half of 2016 fiscal year – from October 2015 to March 2016 – Thailand welcomed 493,384 business

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events travelers, earning the Thai economy more than 39,671 billion Baht (approximately US$1,116 million). Of these, a total of 135,240 (22%) were here for meetings; 143,053 (22%) for incentive events, 141,015 (225) for conventions, and 74,076 (12%) for exhibitions. The top five markets during this period were China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States. Mr Weerasak Kowsurat, Chairman of the Board of TCEB disclosed that, “The ongoing success of the Thai business events industry demonstrates our strategy to encourage public, private, people, and communities to work hand in hand to harness the power of cultural capital and local wisdom, building sustainable economic growth and generating income for local communities. This is in line with the government's policy, which requires us to work with our strategic partners to

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achieve one common goal – making Thailand a premier global business events destination.” In this honour, TCEB has laid out strategy to showcase emerging destinations throughout Thailand that can offer unique experiences for business events, while continue to highlight Bangkok as a premier destination at heart of the fastgrowing ASEAN region. During TCEB International Media Familiarisation Trip 2016, delegates had the chance to learn more of the exciting new and upcoming developments in Bangkok such as sky train routes and much more. Together with its partners which include the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Airports of Thailand, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, King Power International Company Limited and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association well as the provincial authority of Chiang Rai, the TCEB

International Media Familiarisation 2016 is aimed to strengthen Thailand's leadership position as a premier destination at heart of the fast-growing ASEAN region. Mr. Chattan Kunjar Na Ayudhya, Executive Director Advertising and Public Relations Department, Tourism Authority of Thailand said that, “The TAT has long aimed at developing strategies to seek out new markets and develop niche ones as a way attracting quality tourists to Thailand. This is why TAT supports the TCEB in promoting the amazing venues for MICE events as well as Thailand's wide range of activities and destinations. The promotion of Thailand as a Quality Leisure Destination through Thainess ties in with this strategy by showcasing the Kingdom's unique experiences, hospitality, shopping and spas to tempt business events visitors to enjoy extended breaks, and to experience more that Thailand can offer.”

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LORDS HOTELS & RESORTS Announces Major Expansion Plans

I n d i a ’s f a s t e s t g r o w i n g hospitality chain Lords Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to aggressively expand especially in the south and the east. The group launched three new hotel properties in Agra, Jammu and Thissur. With this, the hotel chain today stands at a count of 25 properties, including one international hotel, and is aiming at adding another 15 to take the total count to at least 40 properties by the year 2020. “Since the formation of the company in 2007 we have looked at growing aggressively. In nine years we have marked our presence mainly in the western region and are increasing our footprint in the north. We recently added a couple of properties to our portfolio in the south including a lavish resort in Thissur. The east has a good potential for growth especially in the mid-market segment and with our strength in this area, we are positive that we would be able to quickly take a lead in

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the region,” says Mr. P. R. Bansal, Chairman, Lords Hotels & Resorts. “Also, after having established our presence in Nepal, we have realized that we are positioned well enough to cater to the international market. We are slated to announce the launch of our second property in Nepal and are also looking at setting feet in Kenya and some other countries in the African continent,” he adds. “We are focusing on expansion across all the categories. Of our three new launches, our properties in Jammu and Agra belong to the Lords Inn brand, while our property in Kerala belongs to the Lords Resorts brand. In the forthcoming phase we will also be looking to hard promote our five branded F&B outlets and one spa. As India claims its rightful place on the global tourism map, Lords is poised to tap this great opportunity to its optimum potential,”says Mr. Rishi Puri, Vice President, Lords Hotels and Resorts.

Accommodation is one of the biggest concerns and focus areas for young professionals and students and their parents, while shifting to a new city. The experience of moving largely depends on the place one choses to stay at. Globally, student accommodation market has huge potential where students across the world look for inexpensive quality stay options while studying. India has been a huge PG market but highly unorganized and untapped which is now fast changing with players like WudStay foraying into the segment. In December last year, WudStay became the first branded accommodation player in India to get into the category which is typically dominated by brokers and middlemen. The accommodation segment has emerged as a hot sector for investors with other players, now, trying their hand at standardizing the otherwise cluttered market. The company started its hostel operations and tasted success in Kota, India's biggest education hub in Rajasthan which was earlier a middlemen dominated market and where standardization and quality were at the bottom. Kota attracts close to 2,00,000 students every year from across India to prepare for IIT and medical institutes entrance exams with a tenure of 12 to 24 months largely taking admissions in one of the 8 major and a number of smaller coaching institutes. Living apart from their families along with peer pressure also exerts stress which is increased due to lack of quality accommodation. WudStay is not only providing quality options to students, but also the assurance of helping students in relieving added pressure through organizing counseling sessions, small gathering to network and ideate, recreational activities and motivational talks. Recently, the State Government has also started encouraging conducive environment for students to live and study. Commenting on potential of the segment, Mr. Prafulla Mathur, CEO & Founder at WudStay said, “We started with the hostel accommodation from the city of Kota which is one of the biggest education hub in India. I had been an engineering student myself, and I understand the importance of a quality hostel stay. We wondered why no one ever tried to address this before. We currently have over 150 properties in Kota alone. We are further expanding to newer markets with an aim to cover majority of Indian education hubs.” WudStay is all set to expand its operations to Chennai, Pune and Indore markets soon as they are m a j o r e d u cat i o n h u bs fo r E n g i n e e r i n g , Management and CA students respectively. “With our hostel proposition, we are aiming to provide quality accommodation options to young professionals and students who are looking at starting a new phase in their lives. The last thing that an individual wants to worry about in a new city is the accommodation. WudStay aims to take that stress off its users across the education and corporate hubs like Kota, Indore, Gurgaon, Delhi and Bangalore.”Added Prafulla. More info - www.wudstay.com

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Dubai's Raviz Center Point Hotel 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. The hotel has 109 rooms - standard 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.

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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 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 efforts are geared to ensure our valued guests become friends during their stay with us.” Raviz Center Point Hotel Bur Dubai is been nominated in three categories for the World Luxury Awards 2016-voting for which will start from 1st July 2016. Very recently the hotel has earned a 2016 TripAdvisor certificate of

excellence. Tripadvisor has rated 4.5 out of 5. 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 2017 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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I n d i a ’s f a s t e s t g r o w i n g hospitality chain Lords Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to aggressively expand especially in the south and the east. The group launched three new hotel properties in Agra, Jammu and Thissur. With this, the hotel chain today stands at a count of 25 properties, including one international hotel, and is aiming at adding another 15 to take the total count to at least 40 properties by the year 2020. “Since the formation of the company in 2007 we have looked at growing aggressively. In nine years we have marked our presence mainly in the western region and are increasing our footprint in the north. We recently added a couple of properties to our portfolio in the south including a lavish resort in Thissur. The east has a good potential for growth especially in the mid-market segment and with our strength in this area, we are positive that we would be able to quickly take a lead in

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the region,” says Mr. P. R. Bansal, Chairman, Lords Hotels & Resorts. “Also, after having established our presence in Nepal, we have realized that we are positioned well enough to cater to the international market. We are slated to announce the launch of our second property in Nepal and are also looking at setting feet in Kenya and some other countries in the African continent,” he adds. “We are focusing on expansion across all the categories. Of our three new launches, our properties in Jammu and Agra belong to the Lords Inn brand, while our property in Kerala belongs to the Lords Resorts brand. In the forthcoming phase we will also be looking to hard promote our five branded F&B outlets and one spa. As India claims its rightful place on the global tourism map, Lords is poised to tap this great opportunity to its optimum potential,”says Mr. Rishi Puri, Vice President, Lords Hotels and Resorts.

Accommodation is one of the biggest concerns and focus areas for young professionals and students and their parents, while shifting to a new city. The experience of moving largely depends on the place one choses to stay at. Globally, student accommodation market has huge potential where students across the world look for inexpensive quality stay options while studying. India has been a huge PG market but highly unorganized and untapped which is now fast changing with players like WudStay foraying into the segment. In December last year, WudStay became the first branded accommodation player in India to get into the category which is typically dominated by brokers and middlemen. The accommodation segment has emerged as a hot sector for investors with other players, now, trying their hand at standardizing the otherwise cluttered market. The company started its hostel operations and tasted success in Kota, India's biggest education hub in Rajasthan which was earlier a middlemen dominated market and where standardization and quality were at the bottom. Kota attracts close to 2,00,000 students every year from across India to prepare for IIT and medical institutes entrance exams with a tenure of 12 to 24 months largely taking admissions in one of the 8 major and a number of smaller coaching institutes. Living apart from their families along with peer pressure also exerts stress which is increased due to lack of quality accommodation. WudStay is not only providing quality options to students, but also the assurance of helping students in relieving added pressure through organizing counseling sessions, small gathering to network and ideate, recreational activities and motivational talks. Recently, the State Government has also started encouraging conducive environment for students to live and study. Commenting on potential of the segment, Mr. Prafulla Mathur, CEO & Founder at WudStay said, “We started with the hostel accommodation from the city of Kota which is one of the biggest education hub in India. I had been an engineering student myself, and I understand the importance of a quality hostel stay. We wondered why no one ever tried to address this before. We currently have over 150 properties in Kota alone. We are further expanding to newer markets with an aim to cover majority of Indian education hubs.” WudStay is all set to expand its operations to Chennai, Pune and Indore markets soon as they are m a j o r e d u cat i o n h u bs fo r E n g i n e e r i n g , Management and CA students respectively. “With our hostel proposition, we are aiming to provide quality accommodation options to young professionals and students who are looking at starting a new phase in their lives. The last thing that an individual wants to worry about in a new city is the accommodation. WudStay aims to take that stress off its users across the education and corporate hubs like Kota, Indore, Gurgaon, Delhi and Bangalore.”Added Prafulla. More info - www.wudstay.com

www.safariplus.co.in

Dubai's Raviz Center Point Hotel 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. The hotel has 109 rooms - standard 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.

www.safariplus.co.in

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 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 efforts are geared to ensure our valued guests become friends during their stay with us.” Raviz Center Point Hotel Bur Dubai is been nominated in three categories for the World Luxury Awards 2016-voting for which will start from 1st July 2016. Very recently the hotel has earned a 2016 TripAdvisor certificate of

excellence. Tripadvisor has rated 4.5 out of 5. 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 2017 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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GPS on Move Ahmedabad | Chandigarh | Kolkata | Coimbatore

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HOSPITALITY PLUS HeyBnb enters India with a presence across 17 cities HeyBnb (HeyBednBreakfast) a fast rising global company in the short stay accommodation space announced their entry into India with a key presence in cities like New Delhi, Bengaluru, Goa a n d C o c h i n . H e a d q u a r te re d i n Singapore, the company works on the concept of shared economy of home sharing concept. Emphasizing on the tagline 'Wanderers of life' , HeyBnb provides an online marketplace connecting hosts who want to make their extra rooms available and travelers who are looking for comfortable yet affordable short-term accommodations. Commenting on this, Kenny Blatt, CoFounder, Head strategy, HeyBnb said, “We at HeyBnb are bullish about our expansion plans and we want to rope in as many guests & hosts as possible. We are focusing largely on key cities across

Asia, Europe, US and Australia. In India alone, we started our operations this year with 17 cities and expect to increase our room count to 60,000 by end-October. The global size of the vacation stay market is expected to reach $170 billion by 2019, out of which 5 players own less than 10 percent share, namely Home Away, Airbnb, VRBO, One Fine Stay and Tujian.” Typically HeyBnb Hosts can register their home properties on the website for free, s et a p r i c e p e r n i g ht fo r t h e accommodation and upload pictures. HeyBnb allows the Host to post additional criteria to find out who they could be letting out their homes to. Guests can search properties listed online on HeyBnb website, choose their

preferences and book online. Both guests and hosts can write reviews about each other, which are displayed on the property's listing page. The world of HeyBnb believes in opening up new worlds and new spaces for every wanderer who walks to makes someone's place their transient home. Stan Dong, Co-Founder and Head of Technology, HeyBnb said, “We are

enthusiastic about HeyBnb entering Indian shores and are primarily focusing on destination cities/states like Goa, Ladakh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gangtok, Shimla, pilgrimage destinations, forest and hill stations. We want to cater to leisure travelers like youth, families, solo travelers and women travelers, hence most properties listed on our platform are in the price range from INR 1,000 – 13,000. We want HeyBnb to be the one-stop platform for foreigners when they visit India.” Currently HeyBnb is present across 17 key metros and cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Goa, Varanasi, Sarnath, Dehradun, Agra, Coorg, Bir Billing(H.P.), Thekkady, Trichy and Puducherry etc.

CLUB MAHINDRA Opens Resort Near Saputara Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL) announces the launch of its new resort in Hatgad, Maharashtra, 6kms from the hill station of Saputara, Gujarat. Spread over 3 acres, “Club Mahindra Hatgad” is located on the Nashik – Saputara road with breathtaking views of the Saputara Hills as well as of the famed Hatgad Fort. The destination promises city dwellers a relaxing and rejuvenating experience where they can explore the Hatgad Fort, the Vansda National Park, Gira Falls and the Saputara Tribal Museum, amongst other attractions. “At Club Mahindra we constantly try to add new and unexplored holiday destinations to create differentiated experiences for our members. Saputara, the only hill station of Gujarat, is a great holiday destination for the entire family as it offers diverse attractions including a rich indigenous cultural history, an abundant waterfall, a wildlife sanctuary and various adventure activities. Club Mahindra Hatgad is an ideal family getaway destination,” said Mr. Kavinder Singh, MD & CEO, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited. Club Mahindra Hatgad offers a range of rooms and modern amenities, including a clubhouse, a gymnasium, spa and free Wi-Fi. Foodies can look forward to a variety of cuisines at the in-house multicuisine restaurants, while adventure lovers can try their hand at trekking, paragliding and cycling amongst other activities. The culturally inclined can visit the Saputara Tribal Museum and the Gandharve Pure artist village.

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HOSPITALITY PLUS HeyBnb enters India with a presence across 17 cities HeyBnb (HeyBednBreakfast) a fast rising global company in the short stay accommodation space announced their entry into India with a key presence in cities like New Delhi, Bengaluru, Goa a n d C o c h i n . H e a d q u a r te re d i n Singapore, the company works on the concept of shared economy of home sharing concept. Emphasizing on the tagline 'Wanderers of life' , HeyBnb provides an online marketplace connecting hosts who want to make their extra rooms available and travelers who are looking for comfortable yet affordable short-term accommodations. Commenting on this, Kenny Blatt, CoFounder, Head strategy, HeyBnb said, “We at HeyBnb are bullish about our expansion plans and we want to rope in as many guests & hosts as possible. We are focusing largely on key cities across

Asia, Europe, US and Australia. In India alone, we started our operations this year with 17 cities and expect to increase our room count to 60,000 by end-October. The global size of the vacation stay market is expected to reach $170 billion by 2019, out of which 5 players own less than 10 percent share, namely Home Away, Airbnb, VRBO, One Fine Stay and Tujian.” Typically HeyBnb Hosts can register their home properties on the website for free, s et a p r i c e p e r n i g ht fo r t h e accommodation and upload pictures. HeyBnb allows the Host to post additional criteria to find out who they could be letting out their homes to. Guests can search properties listed online on HeyBnb website, choose their

preferences and book online. Both guests and hosts can write reviews about each other, which are displayed on the property's listing page. The world of HeyBnb believes in opening up new worlds and new spaces for every wanderer who walks to makes someone's place their transient home. Stan Dong, Co-Founder and Head of Technology, HeyBnb said, “We are

enthusiastic about HeyBnb entering Indian shores and are primarily focusing on destination cities/states like Goa, Ladakh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gangtok, Shimla, pilgrimage destinations, forest and hill stations. We want to cater to leisure travelers like youth, families, solo travelers and women travelers, hence most properties listed on our platform are in the price range from INR 1,000 – 13,000. We want HeyBnb to be the one-stop platform for foreigners when they visit India.” Currently HeyBnb is present across 17 key metros and cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Goa, Varanasi, Sarnath, Dehradun, Agra, Coorg, Bir Billing(H.P.), Thekkady, Trichy and Puducherry etc.

CLUB MAHINDRA Opens Resort Near Saputara Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL) announces the launch of its new resort in Hatgad, Maharashtra, 6kms from the hill station of Saputara, Gujarat. Spread over 3 acres, “Club Mahindra Hatgad” is located on the Nashik – Saputara road with breathtaking views of the Saputara Hills as well as of the famed Hatgad Fort. The destination promises city dwellers a relaxing and rejuvenating experience where they can explore the Hatgad Fort, the Vansda National Park, Gira Falls and the Saputara Tribal Museum, amongst other attractions. “At Club Mahindra we constantly try to add new and unexplored holiday destinations to create differentiated experiences for our members. Saputara, the only hill station of Gujarat, is a great holiday destination for the entire family as it offers diverse attractions including a rich indigenous cultural history, an abundant waterfall, a wildlife sanctuary and various adventure activities. Club Mahindra Hatgad is an ideal family getaway destination,” said Mr. Kavinder Singh, MD & CEO, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited. Club Mahindra Hatgad offers a range of rooms and modern amenities, including a clubhouse, a gymnasium, spa and free Wi-Fi. Foodies can look forward to a variety of cuisines at the in-house multicuisine restaurants, while adventure lovers can try their hand at trekking, paragliding and cycling amongst other activities. The culturally inclined can visit the Saputara Tribal Museum and the Gandharve Pure artist village.

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AVIATION PLUS Super Fares by AIR INDIA Air India brings joy to passengers who are unable to get confirmed bookings on Rajdhani Express with its Super Fares scheme. You can now avail of "Spot Fares” from 27th June 2016 to 30th September 2016 (Both days Inclusive) on select flights on Air India's domestic network in Economy Class. Current offering is commensurate to Rajdhani Express (1A) and (IIA) Fares. Salient Features ! All inclusive one-way fares, available on 106 Flights on select domestic sectors in Economy Class (as on date). ! Tickets can be booked within 4 hours of departure of flight, at : !City Booking Office (CTOs), Airport

Booking Office (ATOs), Call Centre and Website !Airline website (URL https://book.airindia.in/itd/itd/ ). Please insert the code "SPOT” in the Promo Code Box.

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INDIGO to connect Chandigarh to Dubai IndiGo, introduces new flights connecting Chandigarh to Dubai, from September 26. These flights will give more choice to business and leisure travelers who are constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options. These new services will further consolidate IndiGo's position as the fastest growing airline in India flying daily 812 flights connecting 40 destinations across the nation and in international skies. Speaking on the launch to Dubai, Mr. Aditya Ghosh, President, IndiGo said, “We are excited to provide an i n t e r n a t i o n a l c o n n e c t i o n f ro m

Chandigarh which has been a long standing request from the people of city. The new service connecting Chandigarh w i t h D u b a i w i l l re i n fo rc e o u r commitment to the State of Punjab & Haryana. This will also provide increased convenience for customers travelling from Himachal Pradesh & other adjoining cities of Punjab & Haryana.” Flight No: 6E 55 will fly from Chandigarh Daily at 16:15 and arrive Dubai at 18:20 from 26-Sep-16and on return leg flight 6E 56 will fly from Dubai Daily at 06:05 hrs and reach Chandigarh at 11:10. Introductory Return fare is of Rs. 9,999 (*All-inclusive lowest one-way fare. Limited seats. Fares & timings are subject to change without prior notice.)

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Jet Airways To Increase

Jet Airways To Introduce

Capacity On Mumbai-Amsterdam A Daily Service on Mangaluru - Sharjah Jet Airways, will fly the largest aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 777-300 ER, on the Mumbai-Amsterdam route with effect from October 30, 2016 to meet the growing demand on this key sector. Jet Airways is the only airline flying daily non-stop flights between Mumbai and Amsterdam. With this deployment, Jet Airways will offer passengers on this sector an enhanced travel experience, especially the airline’s renowned First Class suites. The Jet Airways’ Boeing 777 service offers a three-class configuration, comprising of eight First Class suites, 30

Premiere seats that open out into lie-flat beds, and 308 ergonomically designed seats in Economy. Jet Airways had commenced daily flights from Mumbai to Amsterdam on March 27, 2016. The capacity increase is in r e s p o n s e t o g ro w i n g d e m a n d , particularly from business and corporate travellers. From Amsterdam, Jet Airways offers connectivity to 30 destinations across Europe and 11 destinations in the United States and Canada through its codeshare partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

Jet Airways, will operate new daily service between Mangaluru and Sharjah effective August 07, 2016. The addition of this new service will bolster With the addition of Sharjah, Jet Airways will connect Mangaluru with three cities

in Gulf. Jet Airways currently operates daily flights from Mangaluru to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The airline will deploy Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft on this route, where Premiere and Economy guests may enjoy its award-winning In-flight Entertainment (IFE) programme and the airline's hallmark concept of hospitality. Jet Airways 9W 504 will depart Mangaluru at 0930 hrs and arrive into Sharjah at 1145 hrs (local time). The return flight Jet Airways 9W 503 will depart from Sharjah at 1245 hrs (local time) and arrive into Mangaluru at 1755 hrs.

Srilanlan Airlines signs up Jacqueline Fernandez as Brand Ambassador

IndiGo connects Kolkata to Visakhapatnam IndiGo enhancing its customer experience with the launch of three new flights on its network. Effective August 15, IndiGo will operate its 1st daily nonstop flight on Kolkata and Visakhapatnam sector. The airline will also operate its 5th daily non-stop flight between Kolkata and Agartala and Kolkata and Hyderabad sector. The new flights will provide increased frequencies on the routes and offer greater travel options for its customers effective August 15, 2016. FlightNo 6E-884 6E-885 6E-885 6E-886 6E-886 6E-837

From-Frequency Kolkata - Agartala Agartala - Kolkata Kolkata - Visakhapatnam Visakhapatnam - Kolkata Kolkata - Hyderabad Hyderabad - Kolkata

Commenting on the new flight schedule, Aditya Ghosh, President IndiGo said, “Having flown over 134 million passengers till date, IndiGo has achieved immense success in the Indian skies, and continues to show steady growth. It gives me immense pleasure in announcing these new flight frequencies in the 10th year of our operation. It is our constant endeavor to provide more flexibility of choice to our customers as IndiGo continues to offer them on-time, hassle free and an always affordable flying experience.” Departure 07:30 09:00 10:30 12:55 15:30 18:05

Arrival 08:30 10:00 12:25 15:00 17:35 20:20

Srilankan Airlines signed on board one of India’s top actress Jacqueline Fernandez as their brand ambassador. The letter of agreement was signed between Srilankan Airlines Chairman Ajit Dias and Jacqueline Fernandez at St. Regis Hotel, Mumbai. With this collaboration it made her, the face of Srilankan Airlines and the brand continues to strengthen its presence in India. Commenting about the association Jacqueline Fernandez said, “It’s an honour to be part of Srilankan Airlines,

the brand’s heritage and ideology are depicted in its service and strong reputation carried since many years. Ever since I was a kid I had great memories travelling with this airline. I am quite excited about this opportunity to represent the brand from my country origin, which I truly believe in." Speaking on the occasion, Ajit Dias, Chairman, Srilankan Airlines, said "We are delighted to have Jacqueline Fernandez as the Brand Ambassador for Srilankan Airlines. Jacqueline's strong connect, passion towards Srilanka and

being an iconic profile in Srilanka alignsher naturally with the brand, just like our other two brand ambassadors, Mahila Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara." The Airline operates an all Airbus fleet of 21 aircraft, including a state-of-the-art A330-300 fleet on its medium and long haul operations. SriLankan has mutual code-share services with Etihad Airways, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Air Canada,

Alitalia, Oman Air, Finnair, Asiana Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Japan Airlines, American Airlines, Ari Belin, NIKI and Mihin Lanka.

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INDIGO to connect Chandigarh to Dubai IndiGo, introduces new flights connecting Chandigarh to Dubai, from September 26. These flights will give more choice to business and leisure travelers who are constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options. These new services will further consolidate IndiGo's position as the fastest growing airline in India flying daily 812 flights connecting 40 destinations across the nation and in international skies. Speaking on the launch to Dubai, Mr. Aditya Ghosh, President, IndiGo said, “We are excited to provide an i n t e r n a t i o n a l c o n n e c t i o n f ro m

Chandigarh which has been a long standing request from the people of city. The new service connecting Chandigarh w i t h D u b a i w i l l re i n fo rc e o u r commitment to the State of Punjab & Haryana. This will also provide increased convenience for customers travelling from Himachal Pradesh & other adjoining cities of Punjab & Haryana.” Flight No: 6E 55 will fly from Chandigarh Daily at 16:15 and arrive Dubai at 18:20 from 26-Sep-16and on return leg flight 6E 56 will fly from Dubai Daily at 06:05 hrs and reach Chandigarh at 11:10. Introductory Return fare is of Rs. 9,999 (*All-inclusive lowest one-way fare. Limited seats. Fares & timings are subject to change without prior notice.)

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Jet Airways To Increase

Jet Airways To Introduce

Capacity On Mumbai-Amsterdam A Daily Service on Mangaluru - Sharjah Jet Airways, will fly the largest aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 777-300 ER, on the Mumbai-Amsterdam route with effect from October 30, 2016 to meet the growing demand on this key sector. Jet Airways is the only airline flying daily non-stop flights between Mumbai and Amsterdam. With this deployment, Jet Airways will offer passengers on this sector an enhanced travel experience, especially the airline’s renowned First Class suites. The Jet Airways’ Boeing 777 service offers a three-class configuration, comprising of eight First Class suites, 30

Premiere seats that open out into lie-flat beds, and 308 ergonomically designed seats in Economy. Jet Airways had commenced daily flights from Mumbai to Amsterdam on March 27, 2016. The capacity increase is in r e s p o n s e t o g ro w i n g d e m a n d , particularly from business and corporate travellers. From Amsterdam, Jet Airways offers connectivity to 30 destinations across Europe and 11 destinations in the United States and Canada through its codeshare partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

Jet Airways, will operate new daily service between Mangaluru and Sharjah effective August 07, 2016. The addition of this new service will bolster With the addition of Sharjah, Jet Airways will connect Mangaluru with three cities

in Gulf. Jet Airways currently operates daily flights from Mangaluru to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The airline will deploy Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft on this route, where Premiere and Economy guests may enjoy its award-winning In-flight Entertainment (IFE) programme and the airline's hallmark concept of hospitality. Jet Airways 9W 504 will depart Mangaluru at 0930 hrs and arrive into Sharjah at 1145 hrs (local time). The return flight Jet Airways 9W 503 will depart from Sharjah at 1245 hrs (local time) and arrive into Mangaluru at 1755 hrs.

Srilanlan Airlines signs up Jacqueline Fernandez as Brand Ambassador

IndiGo connects Kolkata to Visakhapatnam IndiGo enhancing its customer experience with the launch of three new flights on its network. Effective August 15, IndiGo will operate its 1st daily nonstop flight on Kolkata and Visakhapatnam sector. The airline will also operate its 5th daily non-stop flight between Kolkata and Agartala and Kolkata and Hyderabad sector. The new flights will provide increased frequencies on the routes and offer greater travel options for its customers effective August 15, 2016. FlightNo 6E-884 6E-885 6E-885 6E-886 6E-886 6E-837

From-Frequency Kolkata - Agartala Agartala - Kolkata Kolkata - Visakhapatnam Visakhapatnam - Kolkata Kolkata - Hyderabad Hyderabad - Kolkata

Commenting on the new flight schedule, Aditya Ghosh, President IndiGo said, “Having flown over 134 million passengers till date, IndiGo has achieved immense success in the Indian skies, and continues to show steady growth. It gives me immense pleasure in announcing these new flight frequencies in the 10th year of our operation. It is our constant endeavor to provide more flexibility of choice to our customers as IndiGo continues to offer them on-time, hassle free and an always affordable flying experience.” Departure 07:30 09:00 10:30 12:55 15:30 18:05

Arrival 08:30 10:00 12:25 15:00 17:35 20:20

Srilankan Airlines signed on board one of India’s top actress Jacqueline Fernandez as their brand ambassador. The letter of agreement was signed between Srilankan Airlines Chairman Ajit Dias and Jacqueline Fernandez at St. Regis Hotel, Mumbai. With this collaboration it made her, the face of Srilankan Airlines and the brand continues to strengthen its presence in India. Commenting about the association Jacqueline Fernandez said, “It’s an honour to be part of Srilankan Airlines,

the brand’s heritage and ideology are depicted in its service and strong reputation carried since many years. Ever since I was a kid I had great memories travelling with this airline. I am quite excited about this opportunity to represent the brand from my country origin, which I truly believe in." Speaking on the occasion, Ajit Dias, Chairman, Srilankan Airlines, said "We are delighted to have Jacqueline Fernandez as the Brand Ambassador for Srilankan Airlines. Jacqueline's strong connect, passion towards Srilanka and

being an iconic profile in Srilanka alignsher naturally with the brand, just like our other two brand ambassadors, Mahila Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara." The Airline operates an all Airbus fleet of 21 aircraft, including a state-of-the-art A330-300 fleet on its medium and long haul operations. SriLankan has mutual code-share services with Etihad Airways, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Air Canada,

Alitalia, Oman Air, Finnair, Asiana Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Japan Airlines, American Airlines, Ari Belin, NIKI and Mihin Lanka.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Niagara Parks and WildPlay Israel Ministry of Tourism Niagara Falls Officially Open Five City Roadshow

On the grounds of Queen Victoria Park, overlooking both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Niagara’s newest tourism experience has taken flight. WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls was officially opened to the public by The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and WildPlay Niagara Falls. Designed to enhance the overall tourism offerings of Niagara and Niagara Parks, WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls consists of four parallel lines that take guests on a 670 metre (2,200 foot) long scenic ride from Niagara Parks Grand View Marketplace to the historic Ontario Power Company building located within the Niagara Gorge. “The new zipline will give tourists

another unique way to experience the beauty that Niagara Falls has to offer,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Niagara Parks Commission began examining the possibility of a zipline attraction within the Park as early a s 2 0 1 1 . Fo l l ow i n g community and s t a k e h o l d e r consultations, the Commission then engaged the services of WildPlay Niagara Falls, through an open and competitive procurement process, to undertake the construction and operation of WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls and WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course activities. WildPlay has developed five similar locations with a variety of challenge and thrill-based Element experiences in western Canada, and consults on outdoor adventure projects across North America and the Caribbean. WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls will operate from July until late October 2016. For more information and to book a spot on the new attraction, please visit: www.wildplay.com/niagarafalls.

Israel, the land of creation is gaining impressive popularity in India. The dawn of 2016 has witnessed a good amount of Indian tourists visiting Israel with a phenomenal g ro w t h o f 5 % f ro m January through June 2016. Exploring a new country is always on peoples bucket lists and as a destination that attracted over 3 million visitors last year, it is evident that Israel has something excellent to offer. The Israel Ministry of Tourism Office in India organised the Five City Road Show in August to introduce leading Israeli tour operators that are new to the Indian market with the local tour operators and travel agents to encourage face-to-face interactions and promoting Israel as a preferred destination. Roadshow held in M u m b a i , Ko l ka tta , N e w D e l h i , Bengaluru and Chennai. The event was extremely successful with

the maximum footfall of renowned companies from the travel industry leading to over 800 agents in attendance. This is the first time the Ministry of Tourism Road Show had 6 Israeli tour operators and El Al Airlines participate in a road show in India, further emphasising the importance of Indian outbound travel market. Commenting on Mr. Hassan Madah, Director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism in India, said “Israel has been gaining popularity in India from 2015 and we are happy to see Indians travelling to Israel in big numbers, which can be seen with the increase of 5% from January to June 2016. Israel has something for everyone from adventure, Dead Sea, deserts and mountains, culture, fashion, nightlife. We work towards adapting strategies to further promote various travel offerings to Israel in India.”

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Maldives crosses another milestone in tourist arrivals for Visit Maldives Year

Maldives crosses another milestone in the tourist arrival target of Visit Maldives Year. Mr. Wang Shuai, a Chinese tourist, was the distinguished 750,000th tourist to the Maldives who arrived with his family at 06.53 hrs this morning on a Maldivian flight from Xian. Wang Shuai and his family were warmly welcomed by the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Mr. Moosa Zameer Hassan. Wang Shuai was presented with a commemorative plaque and a holiday in the Maldives sponsored by Meeru Island Resort & Spa. One of the important targets of Visit

Maldives Year 2016 is to achieve 1.5 million tourist arrivals this year. Visit Maldives year events are being undertaken throughout the year locally and internationally. The biggest international event being the partnership with ITB, the biggest international tourism fair held in Berlin, Germany as the host country. Upcoming events include Maldives Photography competition and Surfing Competition to

be held in the Maldives. Tourism being the most important industry for Maldives, the VMY2016 campaign is expected to strengthen the industry giving more opportunities to locals to promote their products and services in a greater platform. India remains an important source market to the Maldives, and one of the biggest booming outbound markets in the world.

Costa Cruises Enters India Market Europe’s Cruising company, Costa Cruises, announced the highlyanticipated launch of Costa neoClassica in India. For the first time, Indians can look forward to embarking from Mumbai and going to enchanting destinations within India such as Goa and Cochin and also to the very popular Maldives and Colombo. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 18th March 2017. Speaking about the launch, Mr. Buhdy Bok, President of Costa Group Asia said, "We are delighted to bring cruising to Indians at their doorstep. For many travellers, the holiday often starts after some sort of a long journey. Now like never before, Indians will have the opportunity to start holidaying -- right from their door-step -- from India's

largest metropolis, Mumbai" Cruise Tourism has been termed as one of the most potential and sustainable segments and now with the launch of cruising between Mumbai and the Maldives, Costa Cruises has confirmed its strong interest in India. Costa neoClassica will be the very first large cruise ship that cruises between Mumbai and the Maldives. This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins (with a capacity for 1700 passengers), including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies. Fully-equipped with a Casino, Theatre, Disco, Ballroom, Grand Bar, it aims to provide plenty in entertainment. The wellness centre is spread across 1,300 sq. m with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging

track, 4 Jacuzzis and 2 swimming pools. For those who would like to go shopping, the cruise ship has a huge duty free shopping centre, and also offers a wide selection of books in the library for those who love to unwind with a book. Enhancing the cruising experience further is the gastronomy: the food & wine offer is based on Italian regional menus. On board Costa neoClassica, guests will also have the chance to taste the real original Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria "Pummid'oro". In addition, cruisers will be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine and the restaurants on board are fully equipped to cater to special diet requirements of Indians, which includes Jain food.

Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) feels the modern Indian traveller is now seeking a different kind of thrill and cruise holidays are now featuring on the Indian traveler's 'must-experience' list. She further adds, "the fact that Indians can now embark directly from Mumbai, not only makes the process hassle-free and visa-free, but also saves the traveler costs and time." For more info-info@costacruiseindia.com

South Australia Tourism Commission Targetting India As Key Growth Market

With the significant increase in tourist numbers from India to Australia, The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has identified India as a key growth market. According to the recent International Visitor Survey Report March 2016, the number of Indian visitors to South Australia reached 10,000, with record spends of $18 million in the state. The increasing interest from Indian visitors can be largely attributed to the continuous efforts by the SATC to promote the state. The 2015 India-Pakistan World Cup

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match hosted at the Adelaide Oval drove considerable awareness for the state and the SATC is looking to leverage the momentum built. Dana Urmonas, Regional Director, Southeast Asia & India, SATC sees significant growth opportunities in India. “India is one of the world’s fastest growing outbound travel markets in the world and we at the SATC recognize the huge potential this market holds for us. The way Indians are now travelling and spending is changing significantly; they are looking for unique, memorable

experiences. With wildlife experiences, pristine beaches, unspoilt nature and fantastic food and wine, travellers can get c l o s e to t h e re a l Australia in South Australia.” Among the Indian travellers, the SATC is targeting affluent, global travellers in the age group of 25-55. The core target segments include leisure travellers, group travellers, honeymooners and families. To attract these travellers, SATC has been promoting 3 key destinations –

Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Barossa. Kangaroo Island is well known for its wildlife and pristine beaches and Barossa is famed for its rolling vineyards and gourmet food. Adelaide is the vibrant capital city of the state and serves as a gateway to other regions. Adelaide also has one of the most recognizable icons among Indian

tourists – the popular Adelaide Oval which is home to the famous Sir Donald Bradman museum and now offers a RoofClimb activity. With the announcement of the 3 years multiple entry visa for Indians, the number of Indian visitors to Australia is expected to go up significantly. In order to capitalize on this, SATC will be working closely with trade partners like Thomas Cook, Ottila, Flight Shop and Mercury Travels to include Adelaide as a part of their itinerary. The SATC has committed to spend AUD 1 million during 2016-2017 towards marketing initiatives in India primarily to collaborate with travel agents, airlines and consumer branding programs. SATC is also working closely with Tourism Australia and travel partners like Singapore airlines to promote key destinations in South Australia. Key SATC representatives will also be participating at the Indian Travel Mission (ITM) 2016, organized by Tourism Australia, from 18-21 August in Chennai to network with over 100 travel agents and tour operators.

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Niagara Parks and WildPlay Israel Ministry of Tourism Niagara Falls Officially Open Five City Roadshow

On the grounds of Queen Victoria Park, overlooking both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Niagara’s newest tourism experience has taken flight. WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls was officially opened to the public by The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and WildPlay Niagara Falls. Designed to enhance the overall tourism offerings of Niagara and Niagara Parks, WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls consists of four parallel lines that take guests on a 670 metre (2,200 foot) long scenic ride from Niagara Parks Grand View Marketplace to the historic Ontario Power Company building located within the Niagara Gorge. “The new zipline will give tourists

another unique way to experience the beauty that Niagara Falls has to offer,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Niagara Parks Commission began examining the possibility of a zipline attraction within the Park as early a s 2 0 1 1 . Fo l l ow i n g community and s t a k e h o l d e r consultations, the Commission then engaged the services of WildPlay Niagara Falls, through an open and competitive procurement process, to undertake the construction and operation of WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls and WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course activities. WildPlay has developed five similar locations with a variety of challenge and thrill-based Element experiences in western Canada, and consults on outdoor adventure projects across North America and the Caribbean. WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls will operate from July until late October 2016. For more information and to book a spot on the new attraction, please visit: www.wildplay.com/niagarafalls.

Israel, the land of creation is gaining impressive popularity in India. The dawn of 2016 has witnessed a good amount of Indian tourists visiting Israel with a phenomenal g ro w t h o f 5 % f ro m January through June 2016. Exploring a new country is always on peoples bucket lists and as a destination that attracted over 3 million visitors last year, it is evident that Israel has something excellent to offer. The Israel Ministry of Tourism Office in India organised the Five City Road Show in August to introduce leading Israeli tour operators that are new to the Indian market with the local tour operators and travel agents to encourage face-to-face interactions and promoting Israel as a preferred destination. Roadshow held in M u m b a i , Ko l ka tta , N e w D e l h i , Bengaluru and Chennai. The event was extremely successful with

the maximum footfall of renowned companies from the travel industry leading to over 800 agents in attendance. This is the first time the Ministry of Tourism Road Show had 6 Israeli tour operators and El Al Airlines participate in a road show in India, further emphasising the importance of Indian outbound travel market. Commenting on Mr. Hassan Madah, Director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism in India, said “Israel has been gaining popularity in India from 2015 and we are happy to see Indians travelling to Israel in big numbers, which can be seen with the increase of 5% from January to June 2016. Israel has something for everyone from adventure, Dead Sea, deserts and mountains, culture, fashion, nightlife. We work towards adapting strategies to further promote various travel offerings to Israel in India.”

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Maldives crosses another milestone in tourist arrivals for Visit Maldives Year

Maldives crosses another milestone in the tourist arrival target of Visit Maldives Year. Mr. Wang Shuai, a Chinese tourist, was the distinguished 750,000th tourist to the Maldives who arrived with his family at 06.53 hrs this morning on a Maldivian flight from Xian. Wang Shuai and his family were warmly welcomed by the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Mr. Moosa Zameer Hassan. Wang Shuai was presented with a commemorative plaque and a holiday in the Maldives sponsored by Meeru Island Resort & Spa. One of the important targets of Visit

Maldives Year 2016 is to achieve 1.5 million tourist arrivals this year. Visit Maldives year events are being undertaken throughout the year locally and internationally. The biggest international event being the partnership with ITB, the biggest international tourism fair held in Berlin, Germany as the host country. Upcoming events include Maldives Photography competition and Surfing Competition to

be held in the Maldives. Tourism being the most important industry for Maldives, the VMY2016 campaign is expected to strengthen the industry giving more opportunities to locals to promote their products and services in a greater platform. India remains an important source market to the Maldives, and one of the biggest booming outbound markets in the world.

Costa Cruises Enters India Market Europe’s Cruising company, Costa Cruises, announced the highlyanticipated launch of Costa neoClassica in India. For the first time, Indians can look forward to embarking from Mumbai and going to enchanting destinations within India such as Goa and Cochin and also to the very popular Maldives and Colombo. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 18th March 2017. Speaking about the launch, Mr. Buhdy Bok, President of Costa Group Asia said, "We are delighted to bring cruising to Indians at their doorstep. For many travellers, the holiday often starts after some sort of a long journey. Now like never before, Indians will have the opportunity to start holidaying -- right from their door-step -- from India's

largest metropolis, Mumbai" Cruise Tourism has been termed as one of the most potential and sustainable segments and now with the launch of cruising between Mumbai and the Maldives, Costa Cruises has confirmed its strong interest in India. Costa neoClassica will be the very first large cruise ship that cruises between Mumbai and the Maldives. This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins (with a capacity for 1700 passengers), including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies. Fully-equipped with a Casino, Theatre, Disco, Ballroom, Grand Bar, it aims to provide plenty in entertainment. The wellness centre is spread across 1,300 sq. m with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging

track, 4 Jacuzzis and 2 swimming pools. For those who would like to go shopping, the cruise ship has a huge duty free shopping centre, and also offers a wide selection of books in the library for those who love to unwind with a book. Enhancing the cruising experience further is the gastronomy: the food & wine offer is based on Italian regional menus. On board Costa neoClassica, guests will also have the chance to taste the real original Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria "Pummid'oro". In addition, cruisers will be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine and the restaurants on board are fully equipped to cater to special diet requirements of Indians, which includes Jain food.

Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) feels the modern Indian traveller is now seeking a different kind of thrill and cruise holidays are now featuring on the Indian traveler's 'must-experience' list. She further adds, "the fact that Indians can now embark directly from Mumbai, not only makes the process hassle-free and visa-free, but also saves the traveler costs and time." For more info-info@costacruiseindia.com

South Australia Tourism Commission Targetting India As Key Growth Market

With the significant increase in tourist numbers from India to Australia, The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has identified India as a key growth market. According to the recent International Visitor Survey Report March 2016, the number of Indian visitors to South Australia reached 10,000, with record spends of $18 million in the state. The increasing interest from Indian visitors can be largely attributed to the continuous efforts by the SATC to promote the state. The 2015 India-Pakistan World Cup

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match hosted at the Adelaide Oval drove considerable awareness for the state and the SATC is looking to leverage the momentum built. Dana Urmonas, Regional Director, Southeast Asia & India, SATC sees significant growth opportunities in India. “India is one of the world’s fastest growing outbound travel markets in the world and we at the SATC recognize the huge potential this market holds for us. The way Indians are now travelling and spending is changing significantly; they are looking for unique, memorable

experiences. With wildlife experiences, pristine beaches, unspoilt nature and fantastic food and wine, travellers can get c l o s e to t h e re a l Australia in South Australia.” Among the Indian travellers, the SATC is targeting affluent, global travellers in the age group of 25-55. The core target segments include leisure travellers, group travellers, honeymooners and families. To attract these travellers, SATC has been promoting 3 key destinations –

Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Barossa. Kangaroo Island is well known for its wildlife and pristine beaches and Barossa is famed for its rolling vineyards and gourmet food. Adelaide is the vibrant capital city of the state and serves as a gateway to other regions. Adelaide also has one of the most recognizable icons among Indian

tourists – the popular Adelaide Oval which is home to the famous Sir Donald Bradman museum and now offers a RoofClimb activity. With the announcement of the 3 years multiple entry visa for Indians, the number of Indian visitors to Australia is expected to go up significantly. In order to capitalize on this, SATC will be working closely with trade partners like Thomas Cook, Ottila, Flight Shop and Mercury Travels to include Adelaide as a part of their itinerary. The SATC has committed to spend AUD 1 million during 2016-2017 towards marketing initiatives in India primarily to collaborate with travel agents, airlines and consumer branding programs. SATC is also working closely with Tourism Australia and travel partners like Singapore airlines to promote key destinations in South Australia. Key SATC representatives will also be participating at the Indian Travel Mission (ITM) 2016, organized by Tourism Australia, from 18-21 August in Chennai to network with over 100 travel agents and tour operators.

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Philippines roadshow Thailand Connect TCEB Roadshow in India focuses on Indian travellers

The Thailand Convention & E x h i b i t i o n B u re a u (TCEB) recently held their annual B2B roadshow in Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Corporate Networking in Mumbai, bringing to India a delegation comprising travel partners and stakeholders from hotels, attractions and DMCs, led by Nooch Homrossukhon, Acting Director, Meetings Industry Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. The delegation has 29 companies which included representative from Thailand's finest Hotels, DMC's, Convention

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Center's, and Attractions to showcase their MICE offerings. Over 800 buyers in Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai attended the roadshows making it a very successful mission. The Mumbai function at Olive was exclusively hosted for networking opportunity with the decision makers from the corporate houses. The Roadshows was organized in partnership with Team Thailand naming Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways and Royal Thai Embassy.

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The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines successfully conducted a series of roadshows, covering the cities Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai. The delegation was led by DOT P h i l i p p i n e s ’ D i r e c t o r Ve r n a C Buensuceso, Officer in Charge, Market development Group, and Raymund Glen A. Agustin, Chief, Tourism O p e r a t i o n s O f f i c e r, M a r k e t Development Group-Russia, India, & the Middle East, gave an overview of the booming tourism industry in the archipelago. The event brought together hoteliers, resorts, spas, representatives of travel attractions and tour operators from the Philippines to interact with over 100 local travel trade partners and buyers in B2B sessions. Speaking on the occasion, Director Verna C Buensuceso affirmed that India is an important source market for the Philippines with 74,824 Indians visiting

the destination last year, registering a 22.36% year-on-year growth. “Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai are the important feeder markets and hence we are looking forward to strengthening our relations with local travel partners from these cities. Overall, the Philippines is looking forward to welcome 100,000 Indian tourists by 2017. VPA 2016 campaign aims to drive excitement among travellers so that they revisit the country in 2016 for more fun and adventure and to garner fabulous memories to cherish,” Verna added. Over the last couple of years, DOT Philippines has been actively promoting the destination not only as a holiday destination but also for weddings, luxury, MICE and small group travel. With the AJACSS UK visa relaxation at all international airports, the Philippines is sure to attract more Indians by the end of 2016.

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Thai’s emerging MICE destination

Chiang Rai, the most northerly of Thailand’s 77 provinces is fast becoming a vital emerging MICE destination. Scenically situated in the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, the region is an important gateway and logistics hub for southern China and the Greater Mekong Sub-region. TCEB has earmarked Chiang Rai as a vital emerging MICE destinations that has increasingly becoming more popular a m o n g i nte r n at i o n a l a n d l o ca l organizations and corporations in search for unique venue for important conferences and exclusive meetings Chiang Rai has a long history and was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. This rich heritage means Chiang Rai is a province with a wealth of arts, customs, culture and traditions to explore . Chiang Rai boasts a wide range of natural wonders and activities to enjoy. The province is home to many of the most important Royal Projects, with the aim of improving life for the local hill tribes. Some of these Royal Projects are the perfect venues for MICE and incentive activities and they give a unique insight into grassroots Thai communities. Accommodations and MICE Facilities Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort This five star Thai style resort in the city centre features 159 modern guest rooms and over 1,250 sq.m of contemporary meetings and function space. The main functions room can host up to 1,230 delegates and can be divided into nine breakout meeting rooms, each equipped with state-of-theart facilities, including a built-in LCD projector and presentation with communication technology perfect for meetings and seminar, while the modern light-and-sound technology allows it to convert the space into sophisticated evening functions.

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Dusit Island Resort Chiang RaiLocated near Chiang Rai city centre and boasting spectacular views of the Mae Kok River, the 269-room hotel to Doi Tung Hall which can cater for up to 700 delegates. There are also breakout meeting rooms Wiang Inn Hotel Chiang Rai – Located in the heart of the city near Chiang Rai night market, the 260-room Hotel features Chiang Roong Ballroom that can accommodate up to 550 delegates and three break out meeting rooms. Phowadol Resort & Spa Chiang Rai – The lanna style resort is about 10 minutes from city centre , and features 154 well appointed guestrooms with suites and cottage villas. For functions, its Champalao Room can host up to 500 people while the Dook-Beeb Room is suitable for groups of up to 60 delegates Rimkok Resort Chiang RaiThis 256-room riverside resort is situated 4 km from city centre and 8 km from airport. It provides Hiran Nakorn function room that can serves up to 350 delegates and three breakout meeting rooms. In February 2016, Chiang Rai was chosen by the esteemed PATA to be the host venue for its annual PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conferences and Mart (AT&RTCM). The province hosted several AESEAN-levels gatherings, including the ASEAN Tourism Working Group in March 2015 and AEC Tourism connectivity seminar on in March 2016. In addition, Chiang Rai is also the venue for many sporting events and colourful festivals, including the Chiang Rai International Balloon Fiesta 2016 in February, the colours of Doi Tung Festival held from late November to early January, the Candlelight Museum held from December to January, the Chiang Rai Criterium in February, and the Chiang Rai ASEAN Flowers Fair from

December to January. Attractions Phu Chi Fa- At 1,628 mtrs above sea level, this scenic mountain offers stunning vies of the hills and a look out over the Mekong River that marks the border between Thailand and Lao PDR Kok River –This charming river flows through the town of Chiang Rai and is 130 km long. The gentle waters offer rafting and cruising to visitors looking fir soft adventure . Doi Nang Non- This is unusual range of hills that evoke the shape of a reclining woman when seen from certain angles. The silhouette of the mountain range is famous throughout Chiang Rai . Doi Mae Salong – Set in picturesque hills was once the community of the Chinese 93rd Division who escaped from the political tension in Myanmar in 1961. Today, it is one of provinces main tourist attractions, boasting tasty Chinese cuisine, lovely houses and gardens as well as fruits, coffee and tea plantations. Wat Rong Khun- The White Temple is one of the most popular attractions, brainchild of Chalerchai Kositpipat. The temple’s striking white exterior and intricate, highly detailed architectural style makes it one of the many unique and must-visit attractions in Thailand. Wat Phra Sing - Chiang Rai’s oldest temples and once housed one of Thailand’s most revered Buddha images - the Phra Buddha Sihing. Wat Phra Kaew - The temple is famous as this is the original home of the most important Buddha image in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha which is now kept in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha at Bangkok’s Grand Palace. The Hall of Opium - An interactive museum features intriguing exhibition about the history of opium in the region. S i n g h a P a r k ( A n a g ro - to u r i s m destination)- Owned by Boon Rawd Brewery, well known Asian brewery spread over 3,000 acres. The venue provides recreational and soft adventure activities such as farm tours, mountain-biking, rock-climbing and ziplining as well as features panoramic 360 degree views of the tea plantations and a small zoo. Akha Hill House - At 15,000 metres

above sea level and overlooks a misty valley with views of the picturesque lush tea plantation, rice fields and waterfalls. Choui Fong Tea Plantation Mae Chan- The largest tea producers in Thailand. Choui Fong grows several distinctive types of tea such as Assum, Green, Oolong and Black Tea in about 395 acres Tourists are welcome to visit and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the plantations. Boomerang Rock Climbing & Adventure Park - Situated 3 kms from downtown Chiang Rai, the park offers a range of soft adventure activities perfect for team building and incentives, including ziplining, bouldering, slack lining, caving and trekking. Art Bridge Chiang Rai - The venue consists of an art gallery, art school, a restaurant and cafe, a library, and a souvenir shop selling local handmade textiles and herbal products. Chiang Saen - The charming old town on the banks of Mekong River boasts stunning views into Lao PDR. Golden Triangle - This is the area where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River and also where the borders of Thailand, Lao PDR, Myanmar converge. Locally the area is know as Sop Ruak, and is used to be an area notorious for opium production. Shopping Destination Chiang Rai Night Market - Held in the town centre, this is a good place to shop for local handicrafts, souvenirs, hill-tribe frabics, silver beads and needlework at bargain prices. Mae Sai - Huge market at Tachilek which borders Thailand and Myanmar, joined by the Mai Sai River Bridge, it is a great shopping place for local products and souvenirs at bargain prices. Connectivity to the City Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport - Situated approx 10 km from the city centre, the airport serves several airlines with some 16 domestic flights per day arriving from Bangkok's Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi Airports. These airlines include Thai Airways Inernational, Thai Smile Airways, Nok Air, Thai Air Asia , Bangkok Airways, and Thai Lion Air. Meanwhile, China Eastern Airlines operates three direct flights per week from Kunming, China.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Philippines roadshow Thailand Connect TCEB Roadshow in India focuses on Indian travellers

The Thailand Convention & E x h i b i t i o n B u re a u (TCEB) recently held their annual B2B roadshow in Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Corporate Networking in Mumbai, bringing to India a delegation comprising travel partners and stakeholders from hotels, attractions and DMCs, led by Nooch Homrossukhon, Acting Director, Meetings Industry Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. The delegation has 29 companies which included representative from Thailand's finest Hotels, DMC's, Convention

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Center's, and Attractions to showcase their MICE offerings. Over 800 buyers in Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai attended the roadshows making it a very successful mission. The Mumbai function at Olive was exclusively hosted for networking opportunity with the decision makers from the corporate houses. The Roadshows was organized in partnership with Team Thailand naming Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways and Royal Thai Embassy.

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The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines successfully conducted a series of roadshows, covering the cities Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai. The delegation was led by DOT P h i l i p p i n e s ’ D i r e c t o r Ve r n a C Buensuceso, Officer in Charge, Market development Group, and Raymund Glen A. Agustin, Chief, Tourism O p e r a t i o n s O f f i c e r, M a r k e t Development Group-Russia, India, & the Middle East, gave an overview of the booming tourism industry in the archipelago. The event brought together hoteliers, resorts, spas, representatives of travel attractions and tour operators from the Philippines to interact with over 100 local travel trade partners and buyers in B2B sessions. Speaking on the occasion, Director Verna C Buensuceso affirmed that India is an important source market for the Philippines with 74,824 Indians visiting

the destination last year, registering a 22.36% year-on-year growth. “Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai are the important feeder markets and hence we are looking forward to strengthening our relations with local travel partners from these cities. Overall, the Philippines is looking forward to welcome 100,000 Indian tourists by 2017. VPA 2016 campaign aims to drive excitement among travellers so that they revisit the country in 2016 for more fun and adventure and to garner fabulous memories to cherish,” Verna added. Over the last couple of years, DOT Philippines has been actively promoting the destination not only as a holiday destination but also for weddings, luxury, MICE and small group travel. With the AJACSS UK visa relaxation at all international airports, the Philippines is sure to attract more Indians by the end of 2016.

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Thai’s emerging MICE destination

Chiang Rai, the most northerly of Thailand’s 77 provinces is fast becoming a vital emerging MICE destination. Scenically situated in the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, the region is an important gateway and logistics hub for southern China and the Greater Mekong Sub-region. TCEB has earmarked Chiang Rai as a vital emerging MICE destinations that has increasingly becoming more popular a m o n g i nte r n at i o n a l a n d l o ca l organizations and corporations in search for unique venue for important conferences and exclusive meetings Chiang Rai has a long history and was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. This rich heritage means Chiang Rai is a province with a wealth of arts, customs, culture and traditions to explore . Chiang Rai boasts a wide range of natural wonders and activities to enjoy. The province is home to many of the most important Royal Projects, with the aim of improving life for the local hill tribes. Some of these Royal Projects are the perfect venues for MICE and incentive activities and they give a unique insight into grassroots Thai communities. Accommodations and MICE Facilities Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort This five star Thai style resort in the city centre features 159 modern guest rooms and over 1,250 sq.m of contemporary meetings and function space. The main functions room can host up to 1,230 delegates and can be divided into nine breakout meeting rooms, each equipped with state-of-theart facilities, including a built-in LCD projector and presentation with communication technology perfect for meetings and seminar, while the modern light-and-sound technology allows it to convert the space into sophisticated evening functions.

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Dusit Island Resort Chiang RaiLocated near Chiang Rai city centre and boasting spectacular views of the Mae Kok River, the 269-room hotel to Doi Tung Hall which can cater for up to 700 delegates. There are also breakout meeting rooms Wiang Inn Hotel Chiang Rai – Located in the heart of the city near Chiang Rai night market, the 260-room Hotel features Chiang Roong Ballroom that can accommodate up to 550 delegates and three break out meeting rooms. Phowadol Resort & Spa Chiang Rai – The lanna style resort is about 10 minutes from city centre , and features 154 well appointed guestrooms with suites and cottage villas. For functions, its Champalao Room can host up to 500 people while the Dook-Beeb Room is suitable for groups of up to 60 delegates Rimkok Resort Chiang RaiThis 256-room riverside resort is situated 4 km from city centre and 8 km from airport. It provides Hiran Nakorn function room that can serves up to 350 delegates and three breakout meeting rooms. In February 2016, Chiang Rai was chosen by the esteemed PATA to be the host venue for its annual PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conferences and Mart (AT&RTCM). The province hosted several AESEAN-levels gatherings, including the ASEAN Tourism Working Group in March 2015 and AEC Tourism connectivity seminar on in March 2016. In addition, Chiang Rai is also the venue for many sporting events and colourful festivals, including the Chiang Rai International Balloon Fiesta 2016 in February, the colours of Doi Tung Festival held from late November to early January, the Candlelight Museum held from December to January, the Chiang Rai Criterium in February, and the Chiang Rai ASEAN Flowers Fair from

December to January. Attractions Phu Chi Fa- At 1,628 mtrs above sea level, this scenic mountain offers stunning vies of the hills and a look out over the Mekong River that marks the border between Thailand and Lao PDR Kok River –This charming river flows through the town of Chiang Rai and is 130 km long. The gentle waters offer rafting and cruising to visitors looking fir soft adventure . Doi Nang Non- This is unusual range of hills that evoke the shape of a reclining woman when seen from certain angles. The silhouette of the mountain range is famous throughout Chiang Rai . Doi Mae Salong – Set in picturesque hills was once the community of the Chinese 93rd Division who escaped from the political tension in Myanmar in 1961. Today, it is one of provinces main tourist attractions, boasting tasty Chinese cuisine, lovely houses and gardens as well as fruits, coffee and tea plantations. Wat Rong Khun- The White Temple is one of the most popular attractions, brainchild of Chalerchai Kositpipat. The temple’s striking white exterior and intricate, highly detailed architectural style makes it one of the many unique and must-visit attractions in Thailand. Wat Phra Sing - Chiang Rai’s oldest temples and once housed one of Thailand’s most revered Buddha images - the Phra Buddha Sihing. Wat Phra Kaew - The temple is famous as this is the original home of the most important Buddha image in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha which is now kept in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha at Bangkok’s Grand Palace. The Hall of Opium - An interactive museum features intriguing exhibition about the history of opium in the region. S i n g h a P a r k ( A n a g ro - to u r i s m destination)- Owned by Boon Rawd Brewery, well known Asian brewery spread over 3,000 acres. The venue provides recreational and soft adventure activities such as farm tours, mountain-biking, rock-climbing and ziplining as well as features panoramic 360 degree views of the tea plantations and a small zoo. Akha Hill House - At 15,000 metres

above sea level and overlooks a misty valley with views of the picturesque lush tea plantation, rice fields and waterfalls. Choui Fong Tea Plantation Mae Chan- The largest tea producers in Thailand. Choui Fong grows several distinctive types of tea such as Assum, Green, Oolong and Black Tea in about 395 acres Tourists are welcome to visit and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the plantations. Boomerang Rock Climbing & Adventure Park - Situated 3 kms from downtown Chiang Rai, the park offers a range of soft adventure activities perfect for team building and incentives, including ziplining, bouldering, slack lining, caving and trekking. Art Bridge Chiang Rai - The venue consists of an art gallery, art school, a restaurant and cafe, a library, and a souvenir shop selling local handmade textiles and herbal products. Chiang Saen - The charming old town on the banks of Mekong River boasts stunning views into Lao PDR. Golden Triangle - This is the area where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River and also where the borders of Thailand, Lao PDR, Myanmar converge. Locally the area is know as Sop Ruak, and is used to be an area notorious for opium production. Shopping Destination Chiang Rai Night Market - Held in the town centre, this is a good place to shop for local handicrafts, souvenirs, hill-tribe frabics, silver beads and needlework at bargain prices. Mae Sai - Huge market at Tachilek which borders Thailand and Myanmar, joined by the Mai Sai River Bridge, it is a great shopping place for local products and souvenirs at bargain prices. Connectivity to the City Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport - Situated approx 10 km from the city centre, the airport serves several airlines with some 16 domestic flights per day arriving from Bangkok's Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi Airports. These airlines include Thai Airways Inernational, Thai Smile Airways, Nok Air, Thai Air Asia , Bangkok Airways, and Thai Lion Air. Meanwhile, China Eastern Airlines operates three direct flights per week from Kunming, China.

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27 September is World Tourism Day! And this year theme is ~ Tourism for All! Accessible Tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us, whether we are traveling or staying at home. May that be due to a disability, even temporary, families with small children, or the ageing population, at some point in our lives, sooner or later, we all benefit of universal accessibility in tourism. Taking it to the right for all of the world’s citizens to experience the incredible diversity of our planet and the beauty of the world we live in. On this year’s World Tourism Day help us spread the word of both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility has and can bring to society at large. Ever since its inception, World Tourism Day is celebrated to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. As the official day set aside in the United Nations Calendar the celebration seeks to highlight tourism’s potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing

some of the most pressing challenges society is faced with today. The official World Tourism Day 2016 celebrations will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. To u r i s m i n T h a i l a n d h a s g r o w n increasing rapidly in recent years. In 2015, the country became the most visited in Southeast Asia, hosting almost 30 million international tourists. This helped Thailand earn US$ 44.6 billion in tourism receipts, showing that tourism is playing an ever greater role in the country’s development and path to further prosperity. Commenting on it, UNWTO SecretaryGeneral Mr. Taleb Rifai, said, “Tourism has experienced a revolution in the past 50 years. In 1950 there were 25 million international tourists; today there are around 1.2 billion people travelling the world. Travelling has become a huge part of many lives.” “When travelling, we come across new people, new sights, and new ideas. Often our perception of the world changes as we see more of it. However, we must not forget that for many, travelling can be quite a difficult process” he added.

15% of the world’s population is estimated to live with some form of disability. That is 1 billion people around the world who may be unable to enjoy the privilege of knowing other cultures, experience nature at its fullest and experience the thrill of embarking on a journey to explore new sights. “We thus urge all countries and destinations, as well as the industry, to promote accessibility for all in the physical environment, in transport systems, in public facilities and services and in information and communications channels” he concluded. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand said, “For this year's World Tourism Day theme “Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility”, it is a conscious reminder to us all around the world to push for integration in order to improve each other’s potential in tourism and to promote a mutual understanding of different cultures and traditions. This is where tourism extends beyond numbers and figures, as tourism has the magic to bring people from all over the globe, from all walks of life to be

together peacefully without discrimination and to be in a world where we respect each other and work towards a common goal of sustainable tourism and human capital development. There is not a greater time than now for us to integrate and work together for us to reach our optimum in the internationally recognized universal design and for us to work hand in hand towards the development of our beloved tourism industry. On the occasion of World Tourism Day on behalf of the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Thai people, I would like to express my sincerest thanks to the UNWTO for honouring Thailand by giving us, “Amazing Thailand”, the opportunity to be the host of the official celebration for World Tourism Day 2016. My gratitude also goes out to every single one of you involved in the process and for making this year's celebration a grand success, and finally, I invite everyone around the world to celebrate this glorious day with us in the Land of Smiles and to be a part of the promotion of tourism for all and the development of universal accessibility.” Source: unwto.org

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