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Social Media Thailand To Launch Temporary Tourist Visa Fee Exemption Scheme Engagement with 2. During the aforementioned period, Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee will be decreased from 2,000 THB to 1,000 THB for applicants of the nat ionalities which are entitled to apply for the VoA at the designated immigration checkpoints.

Railway Passengers Government have created twitter handle @RailMinIndia, facebook page “Ministry of Railways-India” and twitter handles of General Managers and Divisional Railway Managers of Indian Railways for social media engagement with public including rail passengers which are available on Indian Railways’ website www.indianrailways.gov.in. Efforts are made to promptly attend the complaints requiring immediate attention on running trains or at stations, especially the ones relating to security or medical assistance, received through any channel viz., helpline number, SMS, web, mobile App, social media, etc.

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Thailand launch a temporary tourist visa fee exemption scheme and a temporary Visa on Arrival fee reduction scheme. By the Order of the Ministry of Interior, Government of Thailand dated 30 November B.E.2559 (2016), starting from 1 December 2016 until 28 February 2017, Thailand will launch a temporary tourist visa fee exemption scheme and a temporary Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee reduction scheme. Details are as follows: 1. All applicants applying for Tourist Visa (single entry) to Thailand during t1 December 2016 until 28 February 2017, period will be exempted from the visa fee.

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Harbin China MOU between India & Kyrgystan Ice and Snow Festival 2017 To strengthening Tourism

MADHYA PRADESH WILDL IFE

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing MoU between the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Cultural & Tourism of Kyrgyz Republic for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism. The main objectives of the MoU include: • To expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector and exchange information and data related to tourism • To encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour operators.

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• To establish exchange programme for cooperation in Human Resource Development. •ToinvestintheTourism&Hospitalitysectors. • To exchange visits of Tour Operators / Media /Opinion Makers for promotion of two way tourism • To exchange experiences in the areas of promotion, marketing, destination development and management. • To participate in travel fairs /exhibitions in each other’s country and • To promote safe & honourable and sustainable tourism.

The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival opens with a theme "Ice Snow Joy Ode, Meet in Harbin" on January 4 in 2017. The festival is featured by main theme parks Sun Island Snow Sculpture Expo, Ice and Snow Amusement World, Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair, as well as grand opening ceremony, fireworks display and a series of theatrical performances, ice snow activities in and more venues around ice city Harbin, China.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism www.mptourism.com Tourist Helpline : 1800 233 7777 For Bookings Contact: 45, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005 Tel: 2218 7603/ 2218 0654 Fax: +91-22-2216 0614 Email: mumbai@mptourism.com

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Social Media Thailand To Launch Temporary Tourist Visa Fee Exemption Scheme Engagement with 2. During the aforementioned period, Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee will be decreased from 2,000 THB to 1,000 THB for applicants of the nat ionalities which are entitled to apply for the VoA at the designated immigration checkpoints.

Railway Passengers Government have created twitter handle @RailMinIndia, facebook page “Ministry of Railways-India” and twitter handles of General Managers and Divisional Railway Managers of Indian Railways for social media engagement with public including rail passengers which are available on Indian Railways’ website www.indianrailways.gov.in. Efforts are made to promptly attend the complaints requiring immediate attention on running trains or at stations, especially the ones relating to security or medical assistance, received through any channel viz., helpline number, SMS, web, mobile App, social media, etc.

TE M

PL ES

Thailand launch a temporary tourist visa fee exemption scheme and a temporary Visa on Arrival fee reduction scheme. By the Order of the Ministry of Interior, Government of Thailand dated 30 November B.E.2559 (2016), starting from 1 December 2016 until 28 February 2017, Thailand will launch a temporary tourist visa fee exemption scheme and a temporary Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee reduction scheme. Details are as follows: 1. All applicants applying for Tourist Visa (single entry) to Thailand during t1 December 2016 until 28 February 2017, period will be exempted from the visa fee.

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TA I R E

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Harbin China MOU between India & Kyrgystan Ice and Snow Festival 2017 To strengthening Tourism

MADHYA PRADESH WILDL IFE

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing MoU between the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Cultural & Tourism of Kyrgyz Republic for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism. The main objectives of the MoU include: • To expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector and exchange information and data related to tourism • To encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour operators.

AD VE NT UR E

• To establish exchange programme for cooperation in Human Resource Development. •ToinvestintheTourism&Hospitalitysectors. • To exchange visits of Tour Operators / Media /Opinion Makers for promotion of two way tourism • To exchange experiences in the areas of promotion, marketing, destination development and management. • To participate in travel fairs /exhibitions in each other’s country and • To promote safe & honourable and sustainable tourism.

The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival opens with a theme "Ice Snow Joy Ode, Meet in Harbin" on January 4 in 2017. The festival is featured by main theme parks Sun Island Snow Sculpture Expo, Ice and Snow Amusement World, Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair, as well as grand opening ceremony, fireworks display and a series of theatrical performances, ice snow activities in and more venues around ice city Harbin, China.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism www.mptourism.com Tourist Helpline : 1800 233 7777 For Bookings Contact: 45, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005 Tel: 2218 7603/ 2218 0654 Fax: +91-22-2216 0614 Email: mumbai@mptourism.com

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INSIGHT

EVENTS

Global Tourism Council The Global Tourism Council (GTC) is launched and comes into force effective 9th December, 2016. GTC's key focus is on increasing To u r i s m , D e s t i n a t i o n Promotion, Education, Real E s t a t e & To u r i s m Investment between India and abroad. The core team of Global Tourism Council—Advisors, Business Entrepreneurs & Tourism leaders represent the best of the breed from across all the sectors of the industry. Global Tourism Council is a coming together of the best professionals from across India and the world as knowledge partners with a commitment to advancement of the global trade & tourism industry. The Board of Trustees of GTC has appointed the Governing Council

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members namely Iqbal Mulla as the Chief Council, Rajiv Duggal as the Deputy Chief Council and Manoj Gursahani & Sheldon Santwan as Governing Council Members. Talking about the initiatives of the Council, Iqbal Mulla, said, “The Council will address the problems and focus on all the segments of the travel & tourism industry like aviation, road transport, bilateral tourism, inbound travel, etc. Moreover, we have people in the council

Tourism Authority of Thailand Announces TTM+ 2017 Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announces the dates of 16th Thailand Travel Mart Plus - Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2017. TTM+ to be held on 14 – 16 June, 2017, at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC), the event will bear the theme of “Discover Unique Local Experiences.” The TTM+ 2017 will provide an excellent platform for all participants to meet with potential business partners, as well as to introduce, update, and expand their business. The event is also a great opportunity for especially the small- and medium-sized enterprises in the tourism industry to showcase and boost their profiles to the international market. Organised annually by TAT, the TTM+ has gained a reputation among the Thai and international tourism industries as a “must-attend” event in their calendar. It

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is proven to be very popular for exhibiting the many creative new travel products and services emerging all around the country and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Speaking about the event, Soraya Homchuen, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai commented, “We are excited to announce the most-awaited Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2017, an exceptional platform for all the participants, both sellers and buyers to exchange the industry knowledge with the existing and potential business partners and get the first hand update on the upcoming plans. ” TAT is expecting 350 quality buyers from over 60 countries across the globe. Amongst exhibitors, TAT is expecting 400 sellers from all regions of Thailand and the TOs and other travel services.

who know the industry in-toto,” Expressing his views on this initiative, Rajiv Duggal said, “We are elated at the launch of the Global Tourism Council, b r i n g i n g to get h e r d i st i n g u i s h e d members with years of experience to play the role of advisors to the travel & tourism professionals. With GTC, we will partner with trade & tourism professionals and help felicitate partnerships. With the Global Tourism Council, we will finally be able to guide the industry in the right direction.”

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Bahrain To Host 2017 Skal Asian Area Congress The Kingdom of Bahrain has been selected as the venue for the Skal Asian Area C o n g re s s i n 2017. The Congress will take place on 12 - 15 May 2017 and is being organised by the Skal Club of Bahrain which embraces over 2,200 members in 38 Skal clubs stretching from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean to Guam in the western Pacific. Mohamed Buzizi, President of the Skal Club of Bahrain, is negotiating with hotels to secure the best rates for delegates. However, he confirmed to delegates attending the annual Asian Skal Area Congress in Singapore that

Tourism in India is advancing with the passing years but still there are some tourism segments which need much more attention and development. With each passing year development in the leisure industry is unfolding accounting to increase in the footfall of the tourists in India. One of the tourism segment where India needs much more development to be accredited as the best tourist destination in the world is “Cruise Tourism” and to achieve that the first and foremost condition required is to adapt and be responsive to the global demand and trends. India holds lots of potential for Cruise Tourism. Firstly, India is located on the crossroad of most significant sea routes, secondly it already has many important sea ports, third the coastline line of India stretches upto a length of seven and a half a thousand kilometers and certainly India is home to enough mesmerizing destinations to attract tourists from all over the world. So, certainly there is a high scope for India to flourish with flying colours in this highly promising industry. Herein, the report on “Cruise Tourism Market in India” by one of the eminent industry personality of a renowned Cruise Line have shared their expert views and opinions Mr. Naresh Rawal, Star Cruise - India Q1. What is the present scenario of the cruise tourism market in India? The perception of Cruising is changing, more & more people are choosing cruising as an integral part of

the pricing would be set at US$800 for five star accommodations and US$600 for four star accommodations. The oneoff fee will also cover Congress registration, meals and the traditional fund-raising Gala Dinner. The host club has, importantly, secured the support of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority and the national carrier Gulf Air has pledged to provide a 30 percent discount on air fares for all delegates attending the Congress in May 2017.

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their vacation plan. Holidays can now opt for many cabin options to choose from to suit each budget. We are noticing high growth from tier 2 and B towns, that seems to be a positive move already. Being a huge market for Star Cruises and recently introduced Dream Cruises under Genting HongKong portfolio, we have noticed a recorded encouraging growth in recent years. Q2. How are the Indians responding to cruise tourism? The outbound cruise tourism from India has been growing at a steady pace year on year. The Indian traveler has evolved from a 2 Nights itinerary and is now choosing from 3 Night to 7 Night itineraries. Moving from regular cruising to experiencing luxury cruising. There has been evolution on the cabin category as well. Where they were earlier choosing Inside Staterooms, now we are witnessing a higher demand for Balcony cabins and Suite Cabins. The co n s u m e r n ow u n d e rsta n d s t h e advantages of a cruise holiday versus a land holiday. Today a cruise ship can cater to all kinds of holiday maker which may be from Families with children, Senior citizens, honeymooners and the MICE market which is the most evolving segment. I don't see that it is difficult to sell cruise products to Indians any more. Q3. Has the Indian government taken any news steps to improve cruise tourism market in India? We have been receiving continuous support from the Government of India as well as Mumbai port trust authority. The support was even stronger during the Showcase of Genting Dream on 29th October 2 0 1 6 at t h e M u m b a i International cruise terminal. Q4. What are the expectations for 2017? 2017 will be a very strong year for us. As a group company of

Gentling Hong Kong, we now have operating fleet under Star Cruises, to take on a bold initiative to grow the Asia Pacific region as an international cruise destination. Star Cruises has built its reputation on offering first-rate Asian hospitality throughout its fleet of six vessels including SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Libra, Star Pisces and The Taipan. The first-ever Asian luxury cruise line, Dream Cruises' two new vessels Genting Dream (launching late 2016) and World Dream (launching late 2017) will deliver the highest level of guest service and spacious comfort in the region. Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) Q1. What is the present scenario of the cruise tourism market in India? The market size of Indians cruising is in the range of approximately 130,000 per annum. Most Indians typically associate cruising with Singapore and, usually, an Indian client's first cruise would be out of Singapore. Basically Indians want to choose their first cruise on an itinerary which is close to home, with easy visa formalities and flight connectivity. With Costa neoClassica launching the First time Ever Sailings between Mumbai and Maldives, we see Indian cruise numbers grow substantially, as these itineraries will be visa free, limited flight travel time and convenience of embarking and disembarking from Mumbai. With regards to Costa, more Indians are being able to recognize the brand of Costa and they appreciate the fact that Costa is showing so much dedication to t h e I n d i a n m a r ke t , b y a c t u a l l y homeporting a ship in Mumbai. Q2. How are the Indians responding to cruise tourism? Cruise liners are also experimenting with

themed cruises as well. From Party cruises that cater to an audience that loves music and wants to dance the night away, even Indian families are beginning to have destination weddings onboard a cruise. In fact, in May 2016, we had an Indian client who chartered a Costa vessel from Venice-Athens on a 7 night itinerary. More importantly, this was a sailing with entirely Indian vegetarian dining. Also, Shipsomnia, a party themed cruise on our 4 night sailing from Singapore in Jan 2016 on Costa Victoria, had nearly 500 Indians fly to Singapore for this party themed cruise. Cruising is the present and the future for the Indian traveler. Sailings from Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean and even Antartica are also seeing interest from not only travelers in the Tier 1 cities of India, but also from Tier 2 and 3 cities. Q4. What are the expectations for 2017? We expect a growth of nearly 100% increase in MICE numbers, with the introduction First Time Ever cruise sailings between Mumbai to Maldives from Dec 2016 to March 2017. Due to the ease of embarking or disembarking from Mumbai port and no requirement of visas, there has been a lot of interest from corporates looking to book large groups in the first quarter of 2017. The introduction of Mumbai Sailings, has also enhanced the popularity of our sailings from other regions of the globe and we have already closed large MICE groups for our European Mediterranean itineraries, almost 5 months prior the sailing date, which is usually not the norm with a MICE clientele.

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INSIGHT

EVENTS

Global Tourism Council The Global Tourism Council (GTC) is launched and comes into force effective 9th December, 2016. GTC's key focus is on increasing To u r i s m , D e s t i n a t i o n Promotion, Education, Real E s t a t e & To u r i s m Investment between India and abroad. The core team of Global Tourism Council—Advisors, Business Entrepreneurs & Tourism leaders represent the best of the breed from across all the sectors of the industry. Global Tourism Council is a coming together of the best professionals from across India and the world as knowledge partners with a commitment to advancement of the global trade & tourism industry. The Board of Trustees of GTC has appointed the Governing Council

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

members namely Iqbal Mulla as the Chief Council, Rajiv Duggal as the Deputy Chief Council and Manoj Gursahani & Sheldon Santwan as Governing Council Members. Talking about the initiatives of the Council, Iqbal Mulla, said, “The Council will address the problems and focus on all the segments of the travel & tourism industry like aviation, road transport, bilateral tourism, inbound travel, etc. Moreover, we have people in the council

Tourism Authority of Thailand Announces TTM+ 2017 Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announces the dates of 16th Thailand Travel Mart Plus - Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2017. TTM+ to be held on 14 – 16 June, 2017, at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC), the event will bear the theme of “Discover Unique Local Experiences.” The TTM+ 2017 will provide an excellent platform for all participants to meet with potential business partners, as well as to introduce, update, and expand their business. The event is also a great opportunity for especially the small- and medium-sized enterprises in the tourism industry to showcase and boost their profiles to the international market. Organised annually by TAT, the TTM+ has gained a reputation among the Thai and international tourism industries as a “must-attend” event in their calendar. It

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is proven to be very popular for exhibiting the many creative new travel products and services emerging all around the country and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Speaking about the event, Soraya Homchuen, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai commented, “We are excited to announce the most-awaited Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2017, an exceptional platform for all the participants, both sellers and buyers to exchange the industry knowledge with the existing and potential business partners and get the first hand update on the upcoming plans. ” TAT is expecting 350 quality buyers from over 60 countries across the globe. Amongst exhibitors, TAT is expecting 400 sellers from all regions of Thailand and the TOs and other travel services.

who know the industry in-toto,” Expressing his views on this initiative, Rajiv Duggal said, “We are elated at the launch of the Global Tourism Council, b r i n g i n g to get h e r d i st i n g u i s h e d members with years of experience to play the role of advisors to the travel & tourism professionals. With GTC, we will partner with trade & tourism professionals and help felicitate partnerships. With the Global Tourism Council, we will finally be able to guide the industry in the right direction.”

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

Bahrain To Host 2017 Skal Asian Area Congress The Kingdom of Bahrain has been selected as the venue for the Skal Asian Area C o n g re s s i n 2017. The Congress will take place on 12 - 15 May 2017 and is being organised by the Skal Club of Bahrain which embraces over 2,200 members in 38 Skal clubs stretching from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean to Guam in the western Pacific. Mohamed Buzizi, President of the Skal Club of Bahrain, is negotiating with hotels to secure the best rates for delegates. However, he confirmed to delegates attending the annual Asian Skal Area Congress in Singapore that

Tourism in India is advancing with the passing years but still there are some tourism segments which need much more attention and development. With each passing year development in the leisure industry is unfolding accounting to increase in the footfall of the tourists in India. One of the tourism segment where India needs much more development to be accredited as the best tourist destination in the world is “Cruise Tourism” and to achieve that the first and foremost condition required is to adapt and be responsive to the global demand and trends. India holds lots of potential for Cruise Tourism. Firstly, India is located on the crossroad of most significant sea routes, secondly it already has many important sea ports, third the coastline line of India stretches upto a length of seven and a half a thousand kilometers and certainly India is home to enough mesmerizing destinations to attract tourists from all over the world. So, certainly there is a high scope for India to flourish with flying colours in this highly promising industry. Herein, the report on “Cruise Tourism Market in India” by one of the eminent industry personality of a renowned Cruise Line have shared their expert views and opinions Mr. Naresh Rawal, Star Cruise - India Q1. What is the present scenario of the cruise tourism market in India? The perception of Cruising is changing, more & more people are choosing cruising as an integral part of

the pricing would be set at US$800 for five star accommodations and US$600 for four star accommodations. The oneoff fee will also cover Congress registration, meals and the traditional fund-raising Gala Dinner. The host club has, importantly, secured the support of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority and the national carrier Gulf Air has pledged to provide a 30 percent discount on air fares for all delegates attending the Congress in May 2017.

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their vacation plan. Holidays can now opt for many cabin options to choose from to suit each budget. We are noticing high growth from tier 2 and B towns, that seems to be a positive move already. Being a huge market for Star Cruises and recently introduced Dream Cruises under Genting HongKong portfolio, we have noticed a recorded encouraging growth in recent years. Q2. How are the Indians responding to cruise tourism? The outbound cruise tourism from India has been growing at a steady pace year on year. The Indian traveler has evolved from a 2 Nights itinerary and is now choosing from 3 Night to 7 Night itineraries. Moving from regular cruising to experiencing luxury cruising. There has been evolution on the cabin category as well. Where they were earlier choosing Inside Staterooms, now we are witnessing a higher demand for Balcony cabins and Suite Cabins. The co n s u m e r n ow u n d e rsta n d s t h e advantages of a cruise holiday versus a land holiday. Today a cruise ship can cater to all kinds of holiday maker which may be from Families with children, Senior citizens, honeymooners and the MICE market which is the most evolving segment. I don't see that it is difficult to sell cruise products to Indians any more. Q3. Has the Indian government taken any news steps to improve cruise tourism market in India? We have been receiving continuous support from the Government of India as well as Mumbai port trust authority. The support was even stronger during the Showcase of Genting Dream on 29th October 2 0 1 6 at t h e M u m b a i International cruise terminal. Q4. What are the expectations for 2017? 2017 will be a very strong year for us. As a group company of

Gentling Hong Kong, we now have operating fleet under Star Cruises, to take on a bold initiative to grow the Asia Pacific region as an international cruise destination. Star Cruises has built its reputation on offering first-rate Asian hospitality throughout its fleet of six vessels including SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Libra, Star Pisces and The Taipan. The first-ever Asian luxury cruise line, Dream Cruises' two new vessels Genting Dream (launching late 2016) and World Dream (launching late 2017) will deliver the highest level of guest service and spacious comfort in the region. Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) Q1. What is the present scenario of the cruise tourism market in India? The market size of Indians cruising is in the range of approximately 130,000 per annum. Most Indians typically associate cruising with Singapore and, usually, an Indian client's first cruise would be out of Singapore. Basically Indians want to choose their first cruise on an itinerary which is close to home, with easy visa formalities and flight connectivity. With Costa neoClassica launching the First time Ever Sailings between Mumbai and Maldives, we see Indian cruise numbers grow substantially, as these itineraries will be visa free, limited flight travel time and convenience of embarking and disembarking from Mumbai. With regards to Costa, more Indians are being able to recognize the brand of Costa and they appreciate the fact that Costa is showing so much dedication to t h e I n d i a n m a r ke t , b y a c t u a l l y homeporting a ship in Mumbai. Q2. How are the Indians responding to cruise tourism? Cruise liners are also experimenting with

themed cruises as well. From Party cruises that cater to an audience that loves music and wants to dance the night away, even Indian families are beginning to have destination weddings onboard a cruise. In fact, in May 2016, we had an Indian client who chartered a Costa vessel from Venice-Athens on a 7 night itinerary. More importantly, this was a sailing with entirely Indian vegetarian dining. Also, Shipsomnia, a party themed cruise on our 4 night sailing from Singapore in Jan 2016 on Costa Victoria, had nearly 500 Indians fly to Singapore for this party themed cruise. Cruising is the present and the future for the Indian traveler. Sailings from Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean and even Antartica are also seeing interest from not only travelers in the Tier 1 cities of India, but also from Tier 2 and 3 cities. Q4. What are the expectations for 2017? We expect a growth of nearly 100% increase in MICE numbers, with the introduction First Time Ever cruise sailings between Mumbai to Maldives from Dec 2016 to March 2017. Due to the ease of embarking or disembarking from Mumbai port and no requirement of visas, there has been a lot of interest from corporates looking to book large groups in the first quarter of 2017. The introduction of Mumbai Sailings, has also enhanced the popularity of our sailings from other regions of the globe and we have already closed large MICE groups for our European Mediterranean itineraries, almost 5 months prior the sailing date, which is usually not the norm with a MICE clientele.

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DOMESTIC NEWS Priyanka Chopra named Assam Tourism brand ambassador The state government of Assam announced that the Actress Priyanka Chopra will be the brand ambassador for Assam Tourism for two years. Assam Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “I am glad to welcome Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra as the Brand Ambassador of Assam Tourism. We are certain we shall be able to establish Assam as a leading tourist destination in the world with its amazing diversity and beauty.” For her first appearance as the brand ambassador for Assam tourism, Chopra will visited Guwahati on December 24 to participate in the International Tour Travel Trade Conclave. “With her, we’ll go global with countries such as the

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Digital Travel, Hospitality and Innovation Summit

Beauty of Bengal

By FICCI on March 22-23, 2017 in New Delhi

United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Germany, among others. Her association will definitely help Assam attract more national as well as global tourists”, He added. She also launched the new scheme of the State tourism board “Aamaar Aalohi” a Rural Homestay S c h e m e f ra m e d b y t h e Department of Tourism, Government of Assam. The main objective of this scheme is to give a new dimension and thrust to the Rural Homestay facilities in the State and create self-employment opportunities for educated youths in rural and semi-urban areas of tourism potential and importance.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) launches its maiden initiative aimed at t ra v e l s t a r t - u p s . “ Tra v e l Te c h Launchpad” – will be a platform that encourages innovation and growth of travel startups during the second edition of FICCI's flagship event titled “Digital Travel, Hospitality and Innovation Summit” scheduled to be held on March 22-23, 2017 in New Delhi. FICCI has developed the summit content to enhance the potency of travel startups, digital tourism and IT-based infrastructure development for the travel and hospitality sector. The Summit will offer an opportunity for travel startups to learn from experts in the field of travel, exhibit their business ideas, and display their products & services in addition to providing a unique opportunity to connect with right set of ecosystem partners. A number of travel startups, hospitality and t e c h n o l o g y companies from a c ro s s I n d i a a n d abroad will gather during the summit in addition to the participation of

leading investors such as Sequoia, Inventus Capital, Kae Capital and several angel / venture capital firms. Travel & tourism carries a tremendous potential that is acknowledged as essential for the future of India's travel sector. The Indian travel & tourism industry has been growing steadily and needs to be explored with new innovations. The sector's direct contribution to GDP is expected to grow by 7.2% per annum during 2015–25, as per IBEF. The tourism sector has witnessed investments worth $42.9bn in 2015 and is expected to attract $132.9bn by 2025. "FICCI is launching The Travel Tech Launch pad with an objective to encourage entrepreneurship and technology innovation in the field of Travel & Hospitality" - Rahul Chakravarty, Director and Head – Tourism, FICCI.

West Bengal on the eastern coast of India, nestling between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal is home to breathtaking destinations. With multifaceted flavor, Bengal is a jukebox of various travel themes, be it the wildlife reserves, any historical junction, the sandy shorelines or the Himalayan foothill destinations. One of the mostly visited Himalayan destinations which attract the bulk of tourist every year is Darjeeling, also known as the “Queen of Hills”. Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Darjeeling leads to many others nearby hill stations like Kalimpong and Kurseong. The journey towards Darjeeling is an exciting chapter as you can reach there by toy train crawling along the steep laps of the mountains, though the options for a bus, air and taxis are also available.

Journey towards Darjeeling You can fly down to the nearest Bagdogra Airport which is 94 km from the Darjeeling town and can take a private taxi to reach Darjeeling. Though reaching Siliguri/NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is one of the most convenient ways to reach Darjeeling. While Siliguri is the main town which is close to Darjeeling, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the twin town of Siliguri and is the nearest major railway junction where the train from major parts of India screeches to a halt here. Taxis and shared jeeps are available in NJP which will take you to Darjeeling within 3 hours. Siliguri throngs with various hotels and resorts where the tourists can plan their stay to relax their body before heading towards Darjeeling. While you enjoy your relaxing stay in Siliguri, you can explore the attractions or can go for a shopping to the Hong Kong Market which is known as a shopper's paradise. Various items like jackets, chappals, chocolates, electronic gadgets etc are available there at much cheaper rates.

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Plan a Toy Train Ride One of the most exciting options to reach Darjeeling is by Toy Train – the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway that will take you through the scenic mountainous route. Toy trains are available from NJP or Siliguri which takes around 7 hours to reach Darjeeling. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains decked up with the wild flora peeking up from every nook and corner. As the toy train sways along the curvy paths of the mountains, your heart is sure to bump with an excitement of reaching Darjeeling.

KURSEONG While traveling from Bagdogra or Siliguri, your car is likely to stop at Kurseong to let you relax for a while or you can plan a one night stay also to indulge in the beauty of Kurseong. Kurseong also known as “the land of White Orchids” located in the Darjeeling district is surrounded by famous tea gardens producing Darjeeling's finest tea. This hilly place with lush greenery and serene surroundings boasts of some of the popular attractions like The Ambhotia Shiva Temple, Giddapahar Durga Mata Mandir, Jagdish Mandir and much more.

DARJEELING Nestled over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by the terraced tea plantation and the proudly towering majestic Khangchendzonga (8598m) describes Darjeeling as the most cherished Indian hill station. While taking a stroll through the sloping alleys o f t h e tow n , t h e co l o n i a l e ra architectural buildings and the Buddhist monasteries will take you through a different chapter. Darjeeling is loaded with many popular attractions, so while you plan your stay there, then also plan to hop into some of the attractions. This small hill station in the laps of the

Himalaya is always brewing with the smell of tea, so when your energies start to flag then a cup of fresh Darjeeling tea is just the right key to revitalizing you.

facilities. After the whole day tour in Mirik its time to return to Darjeeling where you will get a free evening all for yourself.

Beauties of Darjeeling

KALIMPONG

Early morning at around 3:45 A.M. drive to the Tiger Hill to witness the dramatic sunrise over the panoramic Khangchendzonga peak. Experience the magic as the sun sweeps the majestic snow clad peak with its golden orange colour and transforms it into a gold plated mountain. On your way back visit the famous Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial, and Batasia Loop and return to the hotel to get yourself ready for the next sightseeing. Have your breakfast and gear yourself up for the next sightseeing which includes Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Tea Estate, Natural History Museum and Peace Pagoda. After the whole day sightseeing tour, in the evening you can stroll along the markets of Darjeeling and don't forget to explore the famous tea shops and the tea cafes in Darjeeling where you will get hot brewing flavors of tea.

After exploring Darjeeling, it's time to head towards the places which are much closer to the Himalayas. Kalimpong, nestling at the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 4078 feet is 65 km away from Darjeeling. Kalimpong is a historical destination bustling with a market, colorful people, vibrant culture and exotic flora and fauna giving a jawdropping view of the Himalayas which will appear much closer to us. Kalimpong is more beautified with the enchanting Teesta bridge under which flows the amalgamation of the Great Rangeet meeting with the gurgling Teesta lined up with deep forests. The road of the bridge leads to Kalimpong, Siliguri, and Gangtok.

MIRIK Next day hit the road to visit the abode of clouds – the Mirik. Situated nearly 60 km from Darjeeling the drive towards Mirik with patches of clouds floating all around en-route through the scenic roads where you will get ample of scopes to capture the panoramic beauty with your camera. Mirik centers around the Sumendu Lake which is nestled at a higher altitude and is worth visiting because of its serene location. Mirik is popular because of its landscaped gardens, tea gardens, orange orchards, cardamom groves and breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges. You can also enjoy some of the activities of the Mirik Lake like horse riding and boating

Beauties of Kalimpong Plan your stay in the enchanting surrounding of Kalimpong to revitalize your inner self and then drive through the scenic roads to explore some of the popular attractions there. Some of the must to visit attractions in Kalimpong are Forest Museum, Deolo Hill, Hanuman Mandir, Dr Graham Homes, Durbin Monastery, Mangaldham and Pine View Nurseries. In the evening relax in the hotel relishing the memories of your Kalimpong trip or you can roam around the local markets or the hundreds of nurseries there. Darjeeling is a lucrative destination which will attract you to enjoy its unique flavor and a soothing feel and you are bound to visit this place quite often. While returning you can plan your route through Kalimpong to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) to reach to your desired destination by train, air or bus.

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DOMESTIC NEWS Priyanka Chopra named Assam Tourism brand ambassador The state government of Assam announced that the Actress Priyanka Chopra will be the brand ambassador for Assam Tourism for two years. Assam Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “I am glad to welcome Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra as the Brand Ambassador of Assam Tourism. We are certain we shall be able to establish Assam as a leading tourist destination in the world with its amazing diversity and beauty.” For her first appearance as the brand ambassador for Assam tourism, Chopra will visited Guwahati on December 24 to participate in the International Tour Travel Trade Conclave. “With her, we’ll go global with countries such as the

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Digital Travel, Hospitality and Innovation Summit

Beauty of Bengal

By FICCI on March 22-23, 2017 in New Delhi

United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Germany, among others. Her association will definitely help Assam attract more national as well as global tourists”, He added. She also launched the new scheme of the State tourism board “Aamaar Aalohi” a Rural Homestay S c h e m e f ra m e d b y t h e Department of Tourism, Government of Assam. The main objective of this scheme is to give a new dimension and thrust to the Rural Homestay facilities in the State and create self-employment opportunities for educated youths in rural and semi-urban areas of tourism potential and importance.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) launches its maiden initiative aimed at t ra v e l s t a r t - u p s . “ Tra v e l Te c h Launchpad” – will be a platform that encourages innovation and growth of travel startups during the second edition of FICCI's flagship event titled “Digital Travel, Hospitality and Innovation Summit” scheduled to be held on March 22-23, 2017 in New Delhi. FICCI has developed the summit content to enhance the potency of travel startups, digital tourism and IT-based infrastructure development for the travel and hospitality sector. The Summit will offer an opportunity for travel startups to learn from experts in the field of travel, exhibit their business ideas, and display their products & services in addition to providing a unique opportunity to connect with right set of ecosystem partners. A number of travel startups, hospitality and t e c h n o l o g y companies from a c ro s s I n d i a a n d abroad will gather during the summit in addition to the participation of

leading investors such as Sequoia, Inventus Capital, Kae Capital and several angel / venture capital firms. Travel & tourism carries a tremendous potential that is acknowledged as essential for the future of India's travel sector. The Indian travel & tourism industry has been growing steadily and needs to be explored with new innovations. The sector's direct contribution to GDP is expected to grow by 7.2% per annum during 2015–25, as per IBEF. The tourism sector has witnessed investments worth $42.9bn in 2015 and is expected to attract $132.9bn by 2025. "FICCI is launching The Travel Tech Launch pad with an objective to encourage entrepreneurship and technology innovation in the field of Travel & Hospitality" - Rahul Chakravarty, Director and Head – Tourism, FICCI.

West Bengal on the eastern coast of India, nestling between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal is home to breathtaking destinations. With multifaceted flavor, Bengal is a jukebox of various travel themes, be it the wildlife reserves, any historical junction, the sandy shorelines or the Himalayan foothill destinations. One of the mostly visited Himalayan destinations which attract the bulk of tourist every year is Darjeeling, also known as the “Queen of Hills”. Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Darjeeling leads to many others nearby hill stations like Kalimpong and Kurseong. The journey towards Darjeeling is an exciting chapter as you can reach there by toy train crawling along the steep laps of the mountains, though the options for a bus, air and taxis are also available.

Journey towards Darjeeling You can fly down to the nearest Bagdogra Airport which is 94 km from the Darjeeling town and can take a private taxi to reach Darjeeling. Though reaching Siliguri/NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is one of the most convenient ways to reach Darjeeling. While Siliguri is the main town which is close to Darjeeling, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the twin town of Siliguri and is the nearest major railway junction where the train from major parts of India screeches to a halt here. Taxis and shared jeeps are available in NJP which will take you to Darjeeling within 3 hours. Siliguri throngs with various hotels and resorts where the tourists can plan their stay to relax their body before heading towards Darjeeling. While you enjoy your relaxing stay in Siliguri, you can explore the attractions or can go for a shopping to the Hong Kong Market which is known as a shopper's paradise. Various items like jackets, chappals, chocolates, electronic gadgets etc are available there at much cheaper rates.

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Plan a Toy Train Ride One of the most exciting options to reach Darjeeling is by Toy Train – the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway that will take you through the scenic mountainous route. Toy trains are available from NJP or Siliguri which takes around 7 hours to reach Darjeeling. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains decked up with the wild flora peeking up from every nook and corner. As the toy train sways along the curvy paths of the mountains, your heart is sure to bump with an excitement of reaching Darjeeling.

KURSEONG While traveling from Bagdogra or Siliguri, your car is likely to stop at Kurseong to let you relax for a while or you can plan a one night stay also to indulge in the beauty of Kurseong. Kurseong also known as “the land of White Orchids” located in the Darjeeling district is surrounded by famous tea gardens producing Darjeeling's finest tea. This hilly place with lush greenery and serene surroundings boasts of some of the popular attractions like The Ambhotia Shiva Temple, Giddapahar Durga Mata Mandir, Jagdish Mandir and much more.

DARJEELING Nestled over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by the terraced tea plantation and the proudly towering majestic Khangchendzonga (8598m) describes Darjeeling as the most cherished Indian hill station. While taking a stroll through the sloping alleys o f t h e tow n , t h e co l o n i a l e ra architectural buildings and the Buddhist monasteries will take you through a different chapter. Darjeeling is loaded with many popular attractions, so while you plan your stay there, then also plan to hop into some of the attractions. This small hill station in the laps of the

Himalaya is always brewing with the smell of tea, so when your energies start to flag then a cup of fresh Darjeeling tea is just the right key to revitalizing you.

facilities. After the whole day tour in Mirik its time to return to Darjeeling where you will get a free evening all for yourself.

Beauties of Darjeeling

KALIMPONG

Early morning at around 3:45 A.M. drive to the Tiger Hill to witness the dramatic sunrise over the panoramic Khangchendzonga peak. Experience the magic as the sun sweeps the majestic snow clad peak with its golden orange colour and transforms it into a gold plated mountain. On your way back visit the famous Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial, and Batasia Loop and return to the hotel to get yourself ready for the next sightseeing. Have your breakfast and gear yourself up for the next sightseeing which includes Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Tea Estate, Natural History Museum and Peace Pagoda. After the whole day sightseeing tour, in the evening you can stroll along the markets of Darjeeling and don't forget to explore the famous tea shops and the tea cafes in Darjeeling where you will get hot brewing flavors of tea.

After exploring Darjeeling, it's time to head towards the places which are much closer to the Himalayas. Kalimpong, nestling at the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 4078 feet is 65 km away from Darjeeling. Kalimpong is a historical destination bustling with a market, colorful people, vibrant culture and exotic flora and fauna giving a jawdropping view of the Himalayas which will appear much closer to us. Kalimpong is more beautified with the enchanting Teesta bridge under which flows the amalgamation of the Great Rangeet meeting with the gurgling Teesta lined up with deep forests. The road of the bridge leads to Kalimpong, Siliguri, and Gangtok.

MIRIK Next day hit the road to visit the abode of clouds – the Mirik. Situated nearly 60 km from Darjeeling the drive towards Mirik with patches of clouds floating all around en-route through the scenic roads where you will get ample of scopes to capture the panoramic beauty with your camera. Mirik centers around the Sumendu Lake which is nestled at a higher altitude and is worth visiting because of its serene location. Mirik is popular because of its landscaped gardens, tea gardens, orange orchards, cardamom groves and breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges. You can also enjoy some of the activities of the Mirik Lake like horse riding and boating

Beauties of Kalimpong Plan your stay in the enchanting surrounding of Kalimpong to revitalize your inner self and then drive through the scenic roads to explore some of the popular attractions there. Some of the must to visit attractions in Kalimpong are Forest Museum, Deolo Hill, Hanuman Mandir, Dr Graham Homes, Durbin Monastery, Mangaldham and Pine View Nurseries. In the evening relax in the hotel relishing the memories of your Kalimpong trip or you can roam around the local markets or the hundreds of nurseries there. Darjeeling is a lucrative destination which will attract you to enjoy its unique flavor and a soothing feel and you are bound to visit this place quite often. While returning you can plan your route through Kalimpong to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) to reach to your desired destination by train, air or bus.

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TOURIST INFLOW GURU MANTRA is expected to improve in 2017

India is one of the fastest growing market globally and is experiencing a rapid rise in both business and leisure travel. As per Market Research division of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India (which compiles Tourist Statistics data) till November 2016 total growth is 10% over corresponding period of 2015. This increase is mainly due to streamlining of visa norms ie e-tourist visa made operational for 150 countries. Though it had some regulatory controls ie only with single entry. 30 days stay restriction etc. But from December or next year this restrictions have been withdrawn. At least tourists with double entry visa can take visits to Nepal/Srilanka/Bhutan in their packages. Due to restriction of one entry, tourists often did not like to take India packages as that do not suit them. Also 3 time valid Medical visa etc also can boost medical tourism. At least our tour operators can do aggressive marketing with visa relaxations. Incidentally over the

years India’s tourism image has changed which help in bringing more tourists for business tourism and luxury travel segments. Even for business segment, double entry visa has now been made valid. The travel and tourism industry is facing many challenges given the nature of an ever changing and fragmented market particularly with the rise of the sharing economy and technologies growing role in the industry. As travelers and consumers attention spans to get shorter, business need to anticipate market development trends in the customers choice and embrace opportunities to engage them both on life and offline. We expected October-December period (peak season will be good). But sudden demonetization had its own impact and as informed there were 25% cancellations in hotel bookings or tourists prefer to keep India on hold after note ban reading the disturbed situations, currency crunch, long ques. Foreigners need to pay cash as they move around the city at local shops, villages and don’t get liquid cash so avoided India and planned to come when position becomes stable. These tourists are quite adapt in digital transactions but still this has some restrictions in India as whole of India is not digitalized. Also GST is in limbo our fickle tax laws hurt foreign tourists with service tax, luxury tax, road tax, toll tax and tax on tax (about 30% is tax component). The government must come out with a clear tax regulation so that tour operators can give a definitive quotation of packages.

Talking of medical tourism, Indian medical tourism to touch $ 8 billion by 2020 by expert reports. As health care turns in development countries, India’s medical tourism market is expected to move more than double in size for $ 3 billion at present to around $ 8 billion by 2020 (CII Grant Thornton Survey) and cost is a major driver for nearly 80% of medical tourists across the globe. The cost consciousness factor and availability of accredited facilities have led to emergence of several global medical tourism corridors. India has also done a quite remarkable progress for cruise tourism by developing ports and many international liners have added India as Port of call for 2017. That is further supplemented by government liberal introduction of e-tourist visa for Cruise passengers. This is expected to boost international tourist arrivals in 2017. No doubt, India has variety of options to explore with an interesting mix of cities. Thus India offers unique experience like no other country in the world can offer. Experiential Tourism is the buzzword for new generation tourists who are not that keen for seeing monuments. India with its miles of beaches with water sports facilities, adventure activities in its range of Himalayas, sporting activities like Golf, Polo, Himalaya Cycling, rail journeys, camel safaris on Deserts and Culture intervene with living styles is gaining popularity Niche tourism experience. India has also come out as vibrant country

for MICE and has elaborate convention centers of all sizes, exhibition halls, advanced transport with tiers of hotels for business visitors. India’s new recognition now is all about wedding and honeymoon destination. Palace Hotels of Rajasthan, have special attractions and are often chosen for wedding destinations by those who want the luxury marriage in Royal luxury. Even beach wedding in Goa hotels on beach, Himalayan back drop in Srinagar/Gulmarg or Fort locations are in great demands. Ministry of Tourism and tour operators aggressive marketing strategy – B to B meetings with global tour operators at all international platforms have helped in creating confidence. All these have added dynamism to boost international tourist arrivals and so 2017 could bring a remarkable tourism growth. In hotel industry, supply gets augmented in huge numbers and thus ready to meet the growing numbers in tourist arrivals. Air capacity have also gone up and travel facilitation improved. All these give us the confidence, India demand will pick up and trade is optimistic about outlook of 2017. Travel as much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place – explore India one life time is not enough to see India make repeat visits. By Gour Kanjilal, Executive Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist.

TRADE PLUS OTOAI Member's Meet 2017 in Ahmedabad

The Maiden OTOAI Member's meet in Ahmedabad was held on 21 December at the deluxe Hyatt Regency Hotel. It was well attended by 90 invited guests, sponsors, and office bearers of OTOAI. The agenda for the meet was to introduce OTOAI to the Industry in the city, use it as a networking event with Members of OTOAI and non members, with intention to increase the membership base in the State. Along with the networking, meet had a interesting mix of destination, product presentation and expert views exchanges on the implications of GST in Tourism. Present in the event were - Mr. Guldeep

Sahni – President of OTOAI; Mr. Riaz Munshi – Vice President of OTOAI; Mr. Himanshu Patil – Executive Committee Member; Mr. Sujit Nair – Executive Committee member; Mr. Ankush Nijhawan – Executive Committee Member; Mr. Vineet Gopal – Chapter Head, Northern Region OTOAI and Karan Vakharia the MC. The event was kick started with a Welcome speech by Mahendra Vakharia – Chairman Western Chapter, OTOAI. He uged the industry friends to keep updating the knowledge, and be proud of being part of an Industry which is a top contributor to the World. This was followed by presentations by :

O2 Spa was conceptualized and was born in 2008 by Ritesh Re d d y M a s t i p u ra m a n d Swapna Reddy. And today it is deemed as Asia's largest day spa chain based on customer volumes with yearly walk-ins of over 4 lakhs and India's first and largest organized day spa chain with 81 centers in 18 cities. It has recently announced its acquisition with Zazen Spa. This acquisition comes at the heels of O2 Spa's recent announcement of aggressive expansion plans to cement its position as the leader in the industry by investing USD 15 million in order to enable growth to 150 outlets across 30 cities from their current presence of 60 centers in 17 cities. Acquiring Zazen Spa facilitates O2 Spa to continue to capture the opportunity available in the estimated $200 million Indian Spa Industry which is expected to grow at 25% annually. O2 Spa is the only player that operates in 5 different formats that include Airports, Malls, Luxury hotels, Standalone Properties and Luxury Trains (railways). With this acquisition, a total of 18 outlets will become a part of O2 Spa and would be known as Zazen Spa from the house of O2 Spa. These outlets would be present in hotels, resorts and standalone formats. All the therapists

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Reunion Island Tourism Board India did a presentation on the Reunion Island and explained to the participants about the Electronic Visa on Arrival etc. Mr. Vineet Gopal - made special announcement of an Exclusive Fam Trip to Reunion Island for only OTOAI Members of Gujarat. Mr. Anil Bhargavan from Tally Solutions was the Guest Speaker and expert on GST – he explained the GST system, and the implications on the Industry. The event was concluded by Mr. Sujit Nair, “The meet was huge success and well attended as well from the Industry. The feedback and response from agents is very encouraging and will definitely motivate us to have many more such events in the future.”

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Mr. Saugat Nandy – Director Western India – Marriott International – he explained about the merger / and the group strength, explained about the SPG Pro preferred partner programme for the Industry Ms. Mansi from Dubai Parks did presentation on Dubai Parks & Resorts Mr. Ankush Nijhawan – MD Nijhawan Group, did presentation on Nijhawan Group Ms. Twinkle Shah of ARK Travels did presentation on Norwegian Cruise Lines Ms. Neha Johri – Country Manager India for Reunion Island Tourism Board, and Ms. Rasika Mathur – Sr. Sales Manager India, Marketing & Sales Promotion –

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from Zazen Spa have undergone a rigorous training of the service standards and customer experience at O2 Skills, the in-house training facility of O2 Spa and Asia's largest skill development center based in Telangana. Commenting on the acquisition, Mr. Ritesh, said, “O2 Spa has always been at the forefront of driving the shift towards making the wellness industry organized. This shift has become even more critical as the Indian consumer is slowly but surely waking up to the concept of wellness and spa. This acquisition of Zazen Spa gives us a wide reach to our current and prospective clients in prime locations in Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune and is a progression for O2 Spa to deliver on our vision to bring wellness as close as possible to the customer” O2 Spa apart from India has its presence in UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Fujairah), Bahrain, Kuwait and USA.

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TOURIST INFLOW GURU MANTRA is expected to improve in 2017

India is one of the fastest growing market globally and is experiencing a rapid rise in both business and leisure travel. As per Market Research division of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India (which compiles Tourist Statistics data) till November 2016 total growth is 10% over corresponding period of 2015. This increase is mainly due to streamlining of visa norms ie e-tourist visa made operational for 150 countries. Though it had some regulatory controls ie only with single entry. 30 days stay restriction etc. But from December or next year this restrictions have been withdrawn. At least tourists with double entry visa can take visits to Nepal/Srilanka/Bhutan in their packages. Due to restriction of one entry, tourists often did not like to take India packages as that do not suit them. Also 3 time valid Medical visa etc also can boost medical tourism. At least our tour operators can do aggressive marketing with visa relaxations. Incidentally over the

years India’s tourism image has changed which help in bringing more tourists for business tourism and luxury travel segments. Even for business segment, double entry visa has now been made valid. The travel and tourism industry is facing many challenges given the nature of an ever changing and fragmented market particularly with the rise of the sharing economy and technologies growing role in the industry. As travelers and consumers attention spans to get shorter, business need to anticipate market development trends in the customers choice and embrace opportunities to engage them both on life and offline. We expected October-December period (peak season will be good). But sudden demonetization had its own impact and as informed there were 25% cancellations in hotel bookings or tourists prefer to keep India on hold after note ban reading the disturbed situations, currency crunch, long ques. Foreigners need to pay cash as they move around the city at local shops, villages and don’t get liquid cash so avoided India and planned to come when position becomes stable. These tourists are quite adapt in digital transactions but still this has some restrictions in India as whole of India is not digitalized. Also GST is in limbo our fickle tax laws hurt foreign tourists with service tax, luxury tax, road tax, toll tax and tax on tax (about 30% is tax component). The government must come out with a clear tax regulation so that tour operators can give a definitive quotation of packages.

Talking of medical tourism, Indian medical tourism to touch $ 8 billion by 2020 by expert reports. As health care turns in development countries, India’s medical tourism market is expected to move more than double in size for $ 3 billion at present to around $ 8 billion by 2020 (CII Grant Thornton Survey) and cost is a major driver for nearly 80% of medical tourists across the globe. The cost consciousness factor and availability of accredited facilities have led to emergence of several global medical tourism corridors. India has also done a quite remarkable progress for cruise tourism by developing ports and many international liners have added India as Port of call for 2017. That is further supplemented by government liberal introduction of e-tourist visa for Cruise passengers. This is expected to boost international tourist arrivals in 2017. No doubt, India has variety of options to explore with an interesting mix of cities. Thus India offers unique experience like no other country in the world can offer. Experiential Tourism is the buzzword for new generation tourists who are not that keen for seeing monuments. India with its miles of beaches with water sports facilities, adventure activities in its range of Himalayas, sporting activities like Golf, Polo, Himalaya Cycling, rail journeys, camel safaris on Deserts and Culture intervene with living styles is gaining popularity Niche tourism experience. India has also come out as vibrant country

for MICE and has elaborate convention centers of all sizes, exhibition halls, advanced transport with tiers of hotels for business visitors. India’s new recognition now is all about wedding and honeymoon destination. Palace Hotels of Rajasthan, have special attractions and are often chosen for wedding destinations by those who want the luxury marriage in Royal luxury. Even beach wedding in Goa hotels on beach, Himalayan back drop in Srinagar/Gulmarg or Fort locations are in great demands. Ministry of Tourism and tour operators aggressive marketing strategy – B to B meetings with global tour operators at all international platforms have helped in creating confidence. All these have added dynamism to boost international tourist arrivals and so 2017 could bring a remarkable tourism growth. In hotel industry, supply gets augmented in huge numbers and thus ready to meet the growing numbers in tourist arrivals. Air capacity have also gone up and travel facilitation improved. All these give us the confidence, India demand will pick up and trade is optimistic about outlook of 2017. Travel as much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place – explore India one life time is not enough to see India make repeat visits. By Gour Kanjilal, Executive Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist.

TRADE PLUS OTOAI Member's Meet 2017 in Ahmedabad

The Maiden OTOAI Member's meet in Ahmedabad was held on 21 December at the deluxe Hyatt Regency Hotel. It was well attended by 90 invited guests, sponsors, and office bearers of OTOAI. The agenda for the meet was to introduce OTOAI to the Industry in the city, use it as a networking event with Members of OTOAI and non members, with intention to increase the membership base in the State. Along with the networking, meet had a interesting mix of destination, product presentation and expert views exchanges on the implications of GST in Tourism. Present in the event were - Mr. Guldeep

Sahni – President of OTOAI; Mr. Riaz Munshi – Vice President of OTOAI; Mr. Himanshu Patil – Executive Committee Member; Mr. Sujit Nair – Executive Committee member; Mr. Ankush Nijhawan – Executive Committee Member; Mr. Vineet Gopal – Chapter Head, Northern Region OTOAI and Karan Vakharia the MC. The event was kick started with a Welcome speech by Mahendra Vakharia – Chairman Western Chapter, OTOAI. He uged the industry friends to keep updating the knowledge, and be proud of being part of an Industry which is a top contributor to the World. This was followed by presentations by :

O2 Spa was conceptualized and was born in 2008 by Ritesh Re d d y M a s t i p u ra m a n d Swapna Reddy. And today it is deemed as Asia's largest day spa chain based on customer volumes with yearly walk-ins of over 4 lakhs and India's first and largest organized day spa chain with 81 centers in 18 cities. It has recently announced its acquisition with Zazen Spa. This acquisition comes at the heels of O2 Spa's recent announcement of aggressive expansion plans to cement its position as the leader in the industry by investing USD 15 million in order to enable growth to 150 outlets across 30 cities from their current presence of 60 centers in 17 cities. Acquiring Zazen Spa facilitates O2 Spa to continue to capture the opportunity available in the estimated $200 million Indian Spa Industry which is expected to grow at 25% annually. O2 Spa is the only player that operates in 5 different formats that include Airports, Malls, Luxury hotels, Standalone Properties and Luxury Trains (railways). With this acquisition, a total of 18 outlets will become a part of O2 Spa and would be known as Zazen Spa from the house of O2 Spa. These outlets would be present in hotels, resorts and standalone formats. All the therapists

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Reunion Island Tourism Board India did a presentation on the Reunion Island and explained to the participants about the Electronic Visa on Arrival etc. Mr. Vineet Gopal - made special announcement of an Exclusive Fam Trip to Reunion Island for only OTOAI Members of Gujarat. Mr. Anil Bhargavan from Tally Solutions was the Guest Speaker and expert on GST – he explained the GST system, and the implications on the Industry. The event was concluded by Mr. Sujit Nair, “The meet was huge success and well attended as well from the Industry. The feedback and response from agents is very encouraging and will definitely motivate us to have many more such events in the future.”

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Mr. Saugat Nandy – Director Western India – Marriott International – he explained about the merger / and the group strength, explained about the SPG Pro preferred partner programme for the Industry Ms. Mansi from Dubai Parks did presentation on Dubai Parks & Resorts Mr. Ankush Nijhawan – MD Nijhawan Group, did presentation on Nijhawan Group Ms. Twinkle Shah of ARK Travels did presentation on Norwegian Cruise Lines Ms. Neha Johri – Country Manager India for Reunion Island Tourism Board, and Ms. Rasika Mathur – Sr. Sales Manager India, Marketing & Sales Promotion –

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from Zazen Spa have undergone a rigorous training of the service standards and customer experience at O2 Skills, the in-house training facility of O2 Spa and Asia's largest skill development center based in Telangana. Commenting on the acquisition, Mr. Ritesh, said, “O2 Spa has always been at the forefront of driving the shift towards making the wellness industry organized. This shift has become even more critical as the Indian consumer is slowly but surely waking up to the concept of wellness and spa. This acquisition of Zazen Spa gives us a wide reach to our current and prospective clients in prime locations in Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune and is a progression for O2 Spa to deliver on our vision to bring wellness as close as possible to the customer” O2 Spa apart from India has its presence in UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Fujairah), Bahrain, Kuwait and USA.

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Travelling With Kids Vacations are meant to relax the mind and soul. It frees our inner self from the chaotic city life and rejuvenates us from the daily monotonous routine. And especially when the vacation is with kids then it takes the parents through a difficult thought process to come out with the best destination idea which alongside being fun and entertaining for their kids will be also loaded with picturesque views to relax on vacation days. Here are some of the destinations which will the kids will love to explore along with their parents.

admirer of chocolates will fall in love with this place. Activities for Kids: 1. A tour of the Honey & Bee museum will also be a good learning experience for them. 2. Eating chocolate goodies at King

Darjeeling

Star and boating in the Ooty lake will amuse them. 3. Kids can also enjoy the fishing and horse riding activities. 4. Some of the other popular attractions which the kids will love to explore are Deer Park, Lake Park, Botanical Garden, Pykara Lake, Kalhatty Falls and Pykara Waterfalls. It is an abode of natural beauty on the foothills of Himalaya in West Bengal. The enchanting scenic beauty of Darjeeling with the snow-capped mountains swathed with nature all around is an ideal place for a family vacation. Activities for Kids: 1. The journey towards Darjeeling from Siliguri/New Jalpaiguri in a toy train passing along the rocky curves of the mountains acquainted with greener y all around will be a mesmerizing episode for the kids. Also, a pony ride on Mall road and a cable car ride will truly be an enticing chapter for them. 2. Exploring the lush green tea plantation along the rocky terraces of the hills will be a good learning experience for them. 3. Witnessing the early morning sunrise behind the Khangchendzonga will altogether give them a different feel. 4. Some of the other attractions that the kids will love are the Botanical Garden, Red Panda Breeding Farm, Dhirdham Temple, Shrubbery Park, Himalayan Zoo and Japanese Peace Pagoda.

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Thekkady Kerala is a true destination to relax all your senses which revitalize the mind and soul. Packed with the beauty of the Mother Nature, this place which is also known as 'God's Own Country' will repel all the positivity towards you to rekindle your lost energy. Other than being a perfect destination for families, this is also a favorite destination for kids. Activities for Kids: 1. The joy of playing with the elephants and riding on them in Thekkady

The golden sandy terrains of Jaisalmer with the line of camels walking through Elephant Junction will keep them busy and will pack their memories with plentiful of adventure. 2. Excite them more by staying in a houseboat which will take them through the serene backwaters of Kerala. 3. The kids will enjoy the enthralling trek into the Eddakal caves and the playful bath under the Soochippara

Waterfalls. 4. Some of the other delights of Thekkady are Periyar Tiger Reserve, Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Mullaperiyar Dam, Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden etc.

Ooty

Manali

The Queen of Hills in the south is not only a place adorned with exotic nature but also an amusing chapter for the kids as well. Other than the soothing atmosphere and an awestruck beauty, Ooty is heaven for chocolate lovers as well. With all the toothy chocolate go o d i e s ava i l a b l e at t h e l o ca l confectionaries, kids who are the true

Manali, an epitome of beauty with majestic mountains and a picturesque backdrop is a picture perfect destination of Himachal Pradesh. As an ideal destination for a family vacation, Manali has a lot to offer for the kids. They can experience some adventure sports

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4. Visit its tourist destinations like Jaisalmer Fort, Nathmal-Ji-KI-Haveli, Pat wo n - K i - H ave l i a n d Chintamani Parshwanath Temple.

Jaiselmer

the desert are really an amazing picture for the kids to gaze at. Jaisalmer is like an open story book with palaces, forts, ancient temples etc. which will take the kids through the chapters of history and will be a spell-binding experience for them. Activities for Kids: 1. The excitement of riding on a camel will be a thrilling experience for them which they won't be able to forget in

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Dubai & Oman against the enthralling backdrop and if the vacation is planned during the winter then they can have a snow time in Rohtang Pass, the main attraction of Manali. Activities for Kids: 1. If you are there in summer, then definitely you should zorbing with your kids as it will enthrall them with unparalleled excitement. 2. Apart from zorbing, paragliding is another interesting activity which the kids will love to give a try. 3. In winter skiing in Solang Valley is the most interesting activity which will energize the kids more. 4. Some of the other popular attractions of Manali which the kids will love to explore are Hadimba temple, Buddhist monasteries, Van Vihar, Great Himalayan National Park and Nature Park.

Jeetendraa Wagh (with over 15 yrs of experience)

Contact us for B2B packages Off. No -135, 1st Floor, Gokul Shopping Center, Opp. Pantaloons, S.V. Road, Borivali (W) Mumbai - 400092 Tel: - +91-22-65359983 | Mobile: +91-9987369738 Email: jeetendraa@gosmarttourism.com Web: www.gosmarttourism.com

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Hotel & Resort Reservation Car Rentals Domestic Packages Flight Booking Airport Transfers Meet and Greet Assistance Some useful tips to keep in mind while traveling with kids1. Pack your luggage with enough food, medicine, and other items to last through the entire trip. 2. Educate your child with Do's & Don't in detail about certain ground rules that they need to follow. 3. Keep emergency travel cards containing identification and contact information in your children's pocket at all times. 4. Make your children dressed comfortably for specific weather and terrain so that they will be able to enjoy the place. 5. Take some book and a magic scribbler or their favorite toys to keep them engage.

B-6/52-53, 2nd Floor, Sector-7, Rohini, New Delhi-110085 Phone: 7827650270, 9871527041 Mail: info@aashirwadtravel.com | kamal@aashirwadtravel.com info.att07@gmail.com | kamal.att07@gmail.com www.aashirwadtravel.com

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their lifetime. 2. The overnight desert safari on the sand dunes under the moonlit and starry sky is something that will be a part of their memories forever. 3. Camping in the Thar desert which is absolutely safe for the kids and gazing at the stars while watching some of the traditional Rajasthani performances is bound to take the kids to a magical land.

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DESTINATION

Travelling With Kids Vacations are meant to relax the mind and soul. It frees our inner self from the chaotic city life and rejuvenates us from the daily monotonous routine. And especially when the vacation is with kids then it takes the parents through a difficult thought process to come out with the best destination idea which alongside being fun and entertaining for their kids will be also loaded with picturesque views to relax on vacation days. Here are some of the destinations which will the kids will love to explore along with their parents.

admirer of chocolates will fall in love with this place. Activities for Kids: 1. A tour of the Honey & Bee museum will also be a good learning experience for them. 2. Eating chocolate goodies at King

Darjeeling

Star and boating in the Ooty lake will amuse them. 3. Kids can also enjoy the fishing and horse riding activities. 4. Some of the other popular attractions which the kids will love to explore are Deer Park, Lake Park, Botanical Garden, Pykara Lake, Kalhatty Falls and Pykara Waterfalls. It is an abode of natural beauty on the foothills of Himalaya in West Bengal. The enchanting scenic beauty of Darjeeling with the snow-capped mountains swathed with nature all around is an ideal place for a family vacation. Activities for Kids: 1. The journey towards Darjeeling from Siliguri/New Jalpaiguri in a toy train passing along the rocky curves of the mountains acquainted with greener y all around will be a mesmerizing episode for the kids. Also, a pony ride on Mall road and a cable car ride will truly be an enticing chapter for them. 2. Exploring the lush green tea plantation along the rocky terraces of the hills will be a good learning experience for them. 3. Witnessing the early morning sunrise behind the Khangchendzonga will altogether give them a different feel. 4. Some of the other attractions that the kids will love are the Botanical Garden, Red Panda Breeding Farm, Dhirdham Temple, Shrubbery Park, Himalayan Zoo and Japanese Peace Pagoda.

Specialist IN

Thekkady Kerala is a true destination to relax all your senses which revitalize the mind and soul. Packed with the beauty of the Mother Nature, this place which is also known as 'God's Own Country' will repel all the positivity towards you to rekindle your lost energy. Other than being a perfect destination for families, this is also a favorite destination for kids. Activities for Kids: 1. The joy of playing with the elephants and riding on them in Thekkady

The golden sandy terrains of Jaisalmer with the line of camels walking through Elephant Junction will keep them busy and will pack their memories with plentiful of adventure. 2. Excite them more by staying in a houseboat which will take them through the serene backwaters of Kerala. 3. The kids will enjoy the enthralling trek into the Eddakal caves and the playful bath under the Soochippara

Waterfalls. 4. Some of the other delights of Thekkady are Periyar Tiger Reserve, Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Mullaperiyar Dam, Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden etc.

Ooty

Manali

The Queen of Hills in the south is not only a place adorned with exotic nature but also an amusing chapter for the kids as well. Other than the soothing atmosphere and an awestruck beauty, Ooty is heaven for chocolate lovers as well. With all the toothy chocolate go o d i e s ava i l a b l e at t h e l o ca l confectionaries, kids who are the true

Manali, an epitome of beauty with majestic mountains and a picturesque backdrop is a picture perfect destination of Himachal Pradesh. As an ideal destination for a family vacation, Manali has a lot to offer for the kids. They can experience some adventure sports

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4. Visit its tourist destinations like Jaisalmer Fort, Nathmal-Ji-KI-Haveli, Pat wo n - K i - H ave l i a n d Chintamani Parshwanath Temple.

Jaiselmer

the desert are really an amazing picture for the kids to gaze at. Jaisalmer is like an open story book with palaces, forts, ancient temples etc. which will take the kids through the chapters of history and will be a spell-binding experience for them. Activities for Kids: 1. The excitement of riding on a camel will be a thrilling experience for them which they won't be able to forget in

V DISPLAY

Dubai & Oman against the enthralling backdrop and if the vacation is planned during the winter then they can have a snow time in Rohtang Pass, the main attraction of Manali. Activities for Kids: 1. If you are there in summer, then definitely you should zorbing with your kids as it will enthrall them with unparalleled excitement. 2. Apart from zorbing, paragliding is another interesting activity which the kids will love to give a try. 3. In winter skiing in Solang Valley is the most interesting activity which will energize the kids more. 4. Some of the other popular attractions of Manali which the kids will love to explore are Hadimba temple, Buddhist monasteries, Van Vihar, Great Himalayan National Park and Nature Park.

Jeetendraa Wagh (with over 15 yrs of experience)

Contact us for B2B packages Off. No -135, 1st Floor, Gokul Shopping Center, Opp. Pantaloons, S.V. Road, Borivali (W) Mumbai - 400092 Tel: - +91-22-65359983 | Mobile: +91-9987369738 Email: jeetendraa@gosmarttourism.com Web: www.gosmarttourism.com

S.S.D.N.

Aashirwad Tours & Travels

Hotel & Resort Reservation Car Rentals Domestic Packages Flight Booking Airport Transfers Meet and Greet Assistance Some useful tips to keep in mind while traveling with kids1. Pack your luggage with enough food, medicine, and other items to last through the entire trip. 2. Educate your child with Do's & Don't in detail about certain ground rules that they need to follow. 3. Keep emergency travel cards containing identification and contact information in your children's pocket at all times. 4. Make your children dressed comfortably for specific weather and terrain so that they will be able to enjoy the place. 5. Take some book and a magic scribbler or their favorite toys to keep them engage.

B-6/52-53, 2nd Floor, Sector-7, Rohini, New Delhi-110085 Phone: 7827650270, 9871527041 Mail: info@aashirwadtravel.com | kamal@aashirwadtravel.com info.att07@gmail.com | kamal.att07@gmail.com www.aashirwadtravel.com

LEH LADAKH KASHMIR DARJEELING - SIKKIM ASSAM - MEGHALAYA ARUNACHAL PRADESH KINNAUR - LAHAUL - SPITI

Pure HAZEL Kitchen Food, Jain - Non Jain meals, Luxurious hotels and vehicle, expert tour planning, memorable holidays

pankaj@hazeltnt.in / esha@hazeltnt.in

their lifetime. 2. The overnight desert safari on the sand dunes under the moonlit and starry sky is something that will be a part of their memories forever. 3. Camping in the Thar desert which is absolutely safe for the kids and gazing at the stars while watching some of the traditional Rajasthani performances is bound to take the kids to a magical land.

January - February, 2017

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Goa CM Launches Two Special Initiatives To Boost Tourism Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar launched motorized paragliding at Mandrem beach followed by the laying of the foundation stone for development of the Shri Dev Sapteshwar Bhagwati Pramukh Panchayatan Devasthan which will boost adventure tourism and pilgrimage tourism in Pernem taluka, North Goa. Also present for both events were Minister for Tourism, Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Chairman of GTDC, Mr. Nilesh Cabral and officials from Goa Tourism, Goa Tourism Development Corporation and officials from the local level bodies. Motorized Paragliding: GTDC has tied up with Pune based Flying Safari to get powered paragliding to the tourists of Goa. One can now enjoy holidays in the State with the thrill of soaring over the The operations have been launched at Mandrem beach and will be introduced at other beaches in a phased manner.

Powered paraglides allows flying at various altitudes – from 2 feet above the ground to thousands of feet high in the sky! It is a slow flying aircraft, allowing passengers to enjoy the scenery down below. Timming - 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Each ride would be for duration of 10 to 15 minutes. Development and beautification of Shri Bhagwati temple: The 300-year- old temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati located in Pernem taluka, North Goa located approx. 17 kms from

Mapusa. The complex has five temples, the main temple is dedicated to Shri. Sapteshwar and Bhagwati. Other temples are dedicated to Narayan, Ravalnath and Satpurush. At this complex, devotees throng for dassehra, zatra, bhajani saptah which are celebrated with much fervor. Thousands of tourists from neighbouring States of Maharashtra and Karnataka visit this temple complex while visiting the beaches in its close proximity. The development and beautification plan includes providing public amenities for the tourist and devotees like toilet blocks, parking areas, pathways, amphitheatre, illumination, landscaping etc. The way side public utility services being provided will help tourists en route to the temple complex and the beach belt at Mandrem. The cost of the project is Rs 2.04 crore.

VFS Global Launches First-Of-Its-Kind

Visa Mobile App For UAE Visas Customers of Emirates Airline flying to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now apply for a visa using their mobile devices. In a first-of-its-kind initiative in visa application, applicants anywhere in the world can use the mobile app, launched by Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) to complete the entire visa application process for an UAE visa using mobile devices. DVPC is an exclusive facility of VFS Global for

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Emirates Airline and Government of Dubai for processing UAE Visas. The user-friendly transactional app involves one-time profile creation, and allows data and document upload, payment and service delivery. Visitors can apply in three easy steps: Smartphone and tablet users can download the free DVPC Mobile App from Google's Play Store or Apple's App Store. Customised versions of the app are available for iOS and Android devices. Through the app, passengers can apply for the 96-hours, 30-days or 90-days single entry visas, based on their Emirates itinerary. Customers may apply up to 4 international working days* in advance of their Emirates flight departure date. For last-minute applications, customers may apply using the Express visa service** as late as 2 international working days prior to flight departure. Key features of the app: ! Anytime, anywhere applications of UAE visa, globally ! Accessible via handheld devices to travellers of multiple nationalities ! User-friendly and easy-to-navigate transactional app ! Real-time visa application ! One-time profile creation ! Upload and save documents !Convenience for subsequent applications ! Hassle-free credit or debit card payment options ! Optional Express visa service** available on the app ! Useful destination links and information *Subject to documentation being in order and UAE immigration approval. International working days are factored taking into account UAE immigration holidays. **Terms and conditions apply

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Contact: Mr. Tar Tshering Kabeemo (MD)

Bhutan Sonamith Travel

Post box # 934, Thimphu , kingdom of Bhutan Tel/Fax + 9752326023 HP + 97517602029 / 97577400613 Email : tshering3@gmail.com /bstbhutan2014@gmail.com Web: www.bhutantouroffice.com

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DOMESTIC NEWS

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Goa CM Launches Two Special Initiatives To Boost Tourism Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar launched motorized paragliding at Mandrem beach followed by the laying of the foundation stone for development of the Shri Dev Sapteshwar Bhagwati Pramukh Panchayatan Devasthan which will boost adventure tourism and pilgrimage tourism in Pernem taluka, North Goa. Also present for both events were Minister for Tourism, Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Chairman of GTDC, Mr. Nilesh Cabral and officials from Goa Tourism, Goa Tourism Development Corporation and officials from the local level bodies. Motorized Paragliding: GTDC has tied up with Pune based Flying Safari to get powered paragliding to the tourists of Goa. One can now enjoy holidays in the State with the thrill of soaring over the The operations have been launched at Mandrem beach and will be introduced at other beaches in a phased manner.

Powered paraglides allows flying at various altitudes – from 2 feet above the ground to thousands of feet high in the sky! It is a slow flying aircraft, allowing passengers to enjoy the scenery down below. Timming - 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Each ride would be for duration of 10 to 15 minutes. Development and beautification of Shri Bhagwati temple: The 300-year- old temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati located in Pernem taluka, North Goa located approx. 17 kms from

Mapusa. The complex has five temples, the main temple is dedicated to Shri. Sapteshwar and Bhagwati. Other temples are dedicated to Narayan, Ravalnath and Satpurush. At this complex, devotees throng for dassehra, zatra, bhajani saptah which are celebrated with much fervor. Thousands of tourists from neighbouring States of Maharashtra and Karnataka visit this temple complex while visiting the beaches in its close proximity. The development and beautification plan includes providing public amenities for the tourist and devotees like toilet blocks, parking areas, pathways, amphitheatre, illumination, landscaping etc. The way side public utility services being provided will help tourists en route to the temple complex and the beach belt at Mandrem. The cost of the project is Rs 2.04 crore.

VFS Global Launches First-Of-Its-Kind

Visa Mobile App For UAE Visas Customers of Emirates Airline flying to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now apply for a visa using their mobile devices. In a first-of-its-kind initiative in visa application, applicants anywhere in the world can use the mobile app, launched by Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) to complete the entire visa application process for an UAE visa using mobile devices. DVPC is an exclusive facility of VFS Global for

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Emirates Airline and Government of Dubai for processing UAE Visas. The user-friendly transactional app involves one-time profile creation, and allows data and document upload, payment and service delivery. Visitors can apply in three easy steps: Smartphone and tablet users can download the free DVPC Mobile App from Google's Play Store or Apple's App Store. Customised versions of the app are available for iOS and Android devices. Through the app, passengers can apply for the 96-hours, 30-days or 90-days single entry visas, based on their Emirates itinerary. Customers may apply up to 4 international working days* in advance of their Emirates flight departure date. For last-minute applications, customers may apply using the Express visa service** as late as 2 international working days prior to flight departure. Key features of the app: ! Anytime, anywhere applications of UAE visa, globally ! Accessible via handheld devices to travellers of multiple nationalities ! User-friendly and easy-to-navigate transactional app ! Real-time visa application ! One-time profile creation ! Upload and save documents !Convenience for subsequent applications ! Hassle-free credit or debit card payment options ! Optional Express visa service** available on the app ! Useful destination links and information *Subject to documentation being in order and UAE immigration approval. International working days are factored taking into account UAE immigration holidays. **Terms and conditions apply

January - February, 2017

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Contact: Mr. Tar Tshering Kabeemo (MD)

Bhutan Sonamith Travel

Post box # 934, Thimphu , kingdom of Bhutan Tel/Fax + 9752326023 HP + 97517602029 / 97577400613 Email : tshering3@gmail.com /bstbhutan2014@gmail.com Web: www.bhutantouroffice.com

Tiger and Wildlife Tourism Sri Lanka Uganda Australia South Africa Kenya Tanzania North America Australia New Zealand

Promoting Responsible Wildlife Tourism, Cultural Tourism, Photography Expeditions in India D. B. Vallabh Das Palace, 1288, Hanuman Tal, Jabalpur 482002 Madhya Pradesh India Email: info@stripesholidays.com M: (+91) 9977853263, 9575800584, 9425153263

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HOSPITALITY PLUS

Taj Hotels & Shangri-La Sinclairs Hotels Launches Its Mobile App Forms Industry-First Alliance

Sinclairs Hotels launched its Mobile A p p . T h e M o b i l e A p p ca n b e downloaded free of cost in either Android or IOS platform. The App is user friendly and bookings for any of its seven properties at Siliguri, Darjeeling, Dooars, Kalimpong, Ooty, Port Blair and Burdwan can be done seamlessly. Sinclairs also offers excellent venues for holding conferences, meetings and seminars in these locations. Sinclairs is embracing new technologies and systems to enhance guest experience. The mobile app is now operational and Sinclairs has plans to introduce more features and facilities to ensure greater customer delight.

Hong Kong based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Mumbai based Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, have formed a ground-breaking strategic alliance to broaden their reach and offer more unique experiences to guests across Asia and the world. The alliance will officially launch in March 2017 with the introduction of the “Warmer Welcomes” programme, which integrates Taj InnerCircle and Shangri-La's Golden Circle guest loyalty programmes and will provide members reciprocal and seamless benefits at a scale never seen before under a hospitality alliance. The “Warmer Welcomes” programme will offer Shangri-La and Taj's combined

6 m i l l i o n l o ya l t y programme members the benefits most important to them: Recognition: Members will be able to enjoy the perks of their elite status when they stay at any Shangri-La or Taj hotel with top-tier status matching. Earn points across 200 hotels, 27 countries and 131 destinations: Members of either program will now be able to earn award points in their preferred programme while staying with Taj or Shangri-La whether in Mumbai, New Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong , Singapore, Paris, London, New York and other key destinations in the world. Seamless redemptions: Members will be able to convert points to redeem awards between both programmes.

Marriott group opens Marquis Queen's Park in Bangkok

Marriott has opened its portfolio of hotels in Thailand with the inauguration of the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park, Marriott Hotels'. It is the largest property in Asia Pacific and the first Marquis in the region. The hotel now comprises of 1,360 guestrooms and suites after undergoing an extensive multi-million dollar transformation in partnership with the hotel's owner, TCC Land Asset World. Located centrally on Sukhumvit 22 Road, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park is within walking distance of the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain and Sukhumvit MRT stations. Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park covers over 5,000 sq m of function space across more than 30 different venues. These include a 1,261 sq m Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,100 guests, and a series of flexible and multi-purpose meeting venues that are ideal for corporate retreats or social gatherings. Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park's rooms and suites range from 32 sq m Deluxe Rooms to the 750 sqm Sky Suite. All guestrooms feature work surfaces, free Wi-Fi, floor-to-ceiling windows and Marriott's signature “Revive” bedding.

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HOSPITALITY PLUS JC Residency Resorts In Affiliate With Rci

RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and a division of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, along with JC Residency announces an agreement to affiliate JC Residency resorts in Kodaikanal and Madurai to the RCI network. Located on the lofty mountains of Kodaikanal and in the heart of Madurai, these resorts are ideal for weekend getaways. “We look forward to our affiliation with RCI. Our association with RCI will certainly open the doors to a whole new world of committed travelers, for whom

we will continue to provide the best local flavors they can experience” said C. Jayapaul, MD, JC Residency. JC Residency, Kodaikanal with 22 super deluxe rooms and 12 regal suits, hotel backed with a proactive team, multi cuisine restaurant, conference halls, banquet facilities, amphitheater and kids play area. The gushing brooks and serene hills make it the ideal place to spend lazy misty mornings and laid back days visiting estates, embarking on treks or just wandering. The hotel rooted in the heart of the city, the JC Residency in Madurai is within easy reach of the historical landmarks, tourist destinations, business areas and shopping hubs. With 83 executive rooms and 9 regal suits Hotel is well equipped with upscale amenities, genial personalized services, premium meeting and event facilities, it draws both business and leisure travelers.

Royal Orchid Hotels adds 2 more hotels to its Portfolio Royal Orchid Hotels announces the opening of two hotels under its brand “Regenta Inn” in Vadodara and Kolkata slated to open on December 15, expanding to 40 hotels by the end of 2016. Regenta Inn Vadodara is located at the newly constructed Ved Transcube Plaza adjacent to the Central Bus Terminal, walking distance to the Vadodara Railway Station and a short ride to the airport. The hotel offer 94 wellappointed room and is part of Ved Transcube Plaza that uniquely hosts various different shopping outlets, a flea Market, an Indian Heritage Lane, an Art Cafe, PVR C i n e m a s , a Thematic Food Court and Kids Game Zone. The hotel offers multiple

banquet and conference facilities for upto 500 guests with state-of-the-art business facilities and Wi-fi services. Regenta Inn, Kolkata is a budget friendly hotel consisting of 45 well-appointed rooms making it ideal for business & leisure travelers' seeking accommodation next to the airport in new Kolkata city. The property offers choices between Executive rooms and premium rooms for a luxurious stay. The hotel offers optimum banquet spaces for small occasions, an all-day dining restaurant and a swimming pool.

Sheraton Grand Pune AccorHotels Reaches 45 Hotels Milestone in India Bund Garden Hotel Opens AccorHotels has announced that it has reached its 45 hotels and resorts milestone network growth across India. The recent openings of Hotel Formule1 in Nashik and Chennai marked the establishment of a widespread, multibrand and segment of hotels operating in 18 cities with the portfolio depth ranging from luxury and midscale to indemand economy brand segments. AccorHotels is well positioned across all segments with a presence across India's leading business hubs and leisure destinations. The group now has an 8,000 room inventory across its ten brands, which include Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman, Swissôtel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis Styles and Formule1. AccorHotels growth strategy in India is led by its focus on the midscale

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s e g m e nt w i t h t h e Novotel brand which celebrated its tenthyear anniversary presence in India this year and the popular in-demand economy brand, ibis. There are currently 28 hotels operating under the Novotel and Ibis brands across various key cities in India. Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President, Operations, AccorHotels India said, "Our strong network growth of 45 hotels and resorts across India is a milestone achievement with the quest to deepen our roots in the country. We have adopted the born in France made in India approach by growing more AccorHotels properties across the country with a projected growth of over 10,000 rooms across India in 2017 with a presence in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities."

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel, a newly renovated property set to welcome business a n d l e i s u re g u e st s visiting Pune. With 177 wellappointed guest rooms, lobby and public spaces as well as added meeting facilities. A stay in one of the 28 Sheraton Club Rooms gives guests exclusive access to the Sheraton Club Lounge, a relaxing, upscale space featuring complimentary American breakfast, afternoon cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, and a variety of beverage options. The hotel is equipped with a four-storey

health club with additional recreational facilities including a scenic pool and the signature Shine Spa with five treatment rooms. The restaurants are - Feast, Bene, Chingari. Guests can also experience Sheraton’s inventive lobby bar menu concept, which offers unexpected and innovative pairings of small plates and premium wines and beers.

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HOSPITALITY PLUS

Taj Hotels & Shangri-La Sinclairs Hotels Launches Its Mobile App Forms Industry-First Alliance

Sinclairs Hotels launched its Mobile A p p . T h e M o b i l e A p p ca n b e downloaded free of cost in either Android or IOS platform. The App is user friendly and bookings for any of its seven properties at Siliguri, Darjeeling, Dooars, Kalimpong, Ooty, Port Blair and Burdwan can be done seamlessly. Sinclairs also offers excellent venues for holding conferences, meetings and seminars in these locations. Sinclairs is embracing new technologies and systems to enhance guest experience. The mobile app is now operational and Sinclairs has plans to introduce more features and facilities to ensure greater customer delight.

Hong Kong based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Mumbai based Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, have formed a ground-breaking strategic alliance to broaden their reach and offer more unique experiences to guests across Asia and the world. The alliance will officially launch in March 2017 with the introduction of the “Warmer Welcomes” programme, which integrates Taj InnerCircle and Shangri-La's Golden Circle guest loyalty programmes and will provide members reciprocal and seamless benefits at a scale never seen before under a hospitality alliance. The “Warmer Welcomes” programme will offer Shangri-La and Taj's combined

6 m i l l i o n l o ya l t y programme members the benefits most important to them: Recognition: Members will be able to enjoy the perks of their elite status when they stay at any Shangri-La or Taj hotel with top-tier status matching. Earn points across 200 hotels, 27 countries and 131 destinations: Members of either program will now be able to earn award points in their preferred programme while staying with Taj or Shangri-La whether in Mumbai, New Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong , Singapore, Paris, London, New York and other key destinations in the world. Seamless redemptions: Members will be able to convert points to redeem awards between both programmes.

Marriott group opens Marquis Queen's Park in Bangkok

Marriott has opened its portfolio of hotels in Thailand with the inauguration of the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park, Marriott Hotels'. It is the largest property in Asia Pacific and the first Marquis in the region. The hotel now comprises of 1,360 guestrooms and suites after undergoing an extensive multi-million dollar transformation in partnership with the hotel's owner, TCC Land Asset World. Located centrally on Sukhumvit 22 Road, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park is within walking distance of the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain and Sukhumvit MRT stations. Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park covers over 5,000 sq m of function space across more than 30 different venues. These include a 1,261 sq m Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,100 guests, and a series of flexible and multi-purpose meeting venues that are ideal for corporate retreats or social gatherings. Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park's rooms and suites range from 32 sq m Deluxe Rooms to the 750 sqm Sky Suite. All guestrooms feature work surfaces, free Wi-Fi, floor-to-ceiling windows and Marriott's signature “Revive” bedding.

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HOSPITALITY PLUS JC Residency Resorts In Affiliate With Rci

RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and a division of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, along with JC Residency announces an agreement to affiliate JC Residency resorts in Kodaikanal and Madurai to the RCI network. Located on the lofty mountains of Kodaikanal and in the heart of Madurai, these resorts are ideal for weekend getaways. “We look forward to our affiliation with RCI. Our association with RCI will certainly open the doors to a whole new world of committed travelers, for whom

we will continue to provide the best local flavors they can experience” said C. Jayapaul, MD, JC Residency. JC Residency, Kodaikanal with 22 super deluxe rooms and 12 regal suits, hotel backed with a proactive team, multi cuisine restaurant, conference halls, banquet facilities, amphitheater and kids play area. The gushing brooks and serene hills make it the ideal place to spend lazy misty mornings and laid back days visiting estates, embarking on treks or just wandering. The hotel rooted in the heart of the city, the JC Residency in Madurai is within easy reach of the historical landmarks, tourist destinations, business areas and shopping hubs. With 83 executive rooms and 9 regal suits Hotel is well equipped with upscale amenities, genial personalized services, premium meeting and event facilities, it draws both business and leisure travelers.

Royal Orchid Hotels adds 2 more hotels to its Portfolio Royal Orchid Hotels announces the opening of two hotels under its brand “Regenta Inn” in Vadodara and Kolkata slated to open on December 15, expanding to 40 hotels by the end of 2016. Regenta Inn Vadodara is located at the newly constructed Ved Transcube Plaza adjacent to the Central Bus Terminal, walking distance to the Vadodara Railway Station and a short ride to the airport. The hotel offer 94 wellappointed room and is part of Ved Transcube Plaza that uniquely hosts various different shopping outlets, a flea Market, an Indian Heritage Lane, an Art Cafe, PVR C i n e m a s , a Thematic Food Court and Kids Game Zone. The hotel offers multiple

banquet and conference facilities for upto 500 guests with state-of-the-art business facilities and Wi-fi services. Regenta Inn, Kolkata is a budget friendly hotel consisting of 45 well-appointed rooms making it ideal for business & leisure travelers' seeking accommodation next to the airport in new Kolkata city. The property offers choices between Executive rooms and premium rooms for a luxurious stay. The hotel offers optimum banquet spaces for small occasions, an all-day dining restaurant and a swimming pool.

Sheraton Grand Pune AccorHotels Reaches 45 Hotels Milestone in India Bund Garden Hotel Opens AccorHotels has announced that it has reached its 45 hotels and resorts milestone network growth across India. The recent openings of Hotel Formule1 in Nashik and Chennai marked the establishment of a widespread, multibrand and segment of hotels operating in 18 cities with the portfolio depth ranging from luxury and midscale to indemand economy brand segments. AccorHotels is well positioned across all segments with a presence across India's leading business hubs and leisure destinations. The group now has an 8,000 room inventory across its ten brands, which include Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman, Swissôtel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis Styles and Formule1. AccorHotels growth strategy in India is led by its focus on the midscale

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s e g m e nt w i t h t h e Novotel brand which celebrated its tenthyear anniversary presence in India this year and the popular in-demand economy brand, ibis. There are currently 28 hotels operating under the Novotel and Ibis brands across various key cities in India. Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President, Operations, AccorHotels India said, "Our strong network growth of 45 hotels and resorts across India is a milestone achievement with the quest to deepen our roots in the country. We have adopted the born in France made in India approach by growing more AccorHotels properties across the country with a projected growth of over 10,000 rooms across India in 2017 with a presence in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities."

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel, a newly renovated property set to welcome business a n d l e i s u re g u e st s visiting Pune. With 177 wellappointed guest rooms, lobby and public spaces as well as added meeting facilities. A stay in one of the 28 Sheraton Club Rooms gives guests exclusive access to the Sheraton Club Lounge, a relaxing, upscale space featuring complimentary American breakfast, afternoon cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, and a variety of beverage options. The hotel is equipped with a four-storey

health club with additional recreational facilities including a scenic pool and the signature Shine Spa with five treatment rooms. The restaurants are - Feast, Bene, Chingari. Guests can also experience Sheraton’s inventive lobby bar menu concept, which offers unexpected and innovative pairings of small plates and premium wines and beers.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Yas Island Celebrates International Convention 'Yas Winterland Festival' Centre Sydney, is Open

Yas Island, the UAE's premier entertainment destination, is set to host the first ever 'Yas Winterland Festival' for an entire month of family-friendly events, activities and offers to celebrate the festive season. For the inaugural edition of the festival, many activities will take place like Yas Marina's 'Let It Snow' celebrations, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi's 'Winterfest', Yas Mall's Festive Season, du Forum's 'Winterland Carnival', and a spectacular midnight fireworks shows to ring in the New Year. Additionally, Coldplay's sold-out New Year's Eve 'A Head Full Of Dreams' live show- presented by du Live!, brought to you by FLASH Entertainment and in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Yas Island, will draw a close the winter festivities on Yas Island. The island is being completely transformed into a magical winter wonderland as several Yas Island attractions get set to offer winterthemed activities, events and special offers, from December 9th 2016 to January 7th 2017. For New Year's festivities, there will be a traditional carnival funfair full of games and rides suitable for all ages. Roaming performers will also entertain

guests throughout their journey. Kids and adults are invited to experience the festive excitement and win prizes as well as enjoy a winter-themed market that will let guests browse local crafts and winter products featuring the trendiest local artisans' artwork and jewellery. Finally, the event will also host some of the most popular food trucks and a beverage zone. More info on - www.yasisland.ae

The jewel in the crown of the $3.4 billion transformation of Darling Harbour, the $1.5 billion International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, is opened to the public by NSW Premier Mike Baird. “The ICC Sydney sets a new standard for convention and exhibition venues and opening demonstrates the ability of this Government to deliver projects we've committed to from start to finish,” Mr Baird said. “The mega space will employ 300 fulltime staff and 1500 casual workers, and is expected to pump at least $5 billion into the NSW economy over the next 25 years.” Mr Constance said the ICC Sydney was fast becoming Australia's most desirable business meeting location and exhibition space. “ICC Sydney is the epicentre of the transformation of Darling Harbour by the NSW Government and cements Sydney as the first choice for the major events industry.” Mr Ayres said almost 500 major events had already been

booked in until 2026, which would attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Sydney and NSW. “Imagine opening a restaurant or hotel and having bookings out for a decade. The business confidence in our city and our Government is unprecedented and ICC Sydney is creating new jobs, supporting many industries, hosting more tourists and pouring billions of dollars back into our thriving economy,” Mr Ayres said.

TRAVELLING WITH KIDS

Holidays are the medium through which we spend some quality time with our families and relax from our daily hectic schedule. And when the trip is planned with the kids then it requires a lot of mind work. While selecting a destination to travel with kids, it has to be something which suits their taste and the attractions should be entertaining enough to keep those teenyboppers busy. So, here are some of the international destinations which are packed with amazing attractions that are sure to mesmerize the urchins.

Singapore Singapore is a vibrant and colourful place packed with loads of activities, delicious platter of food, shopping, and

entertainment options and thus it is accredited as the best destination for families. Amidst the endless chain of skyscrapers, Singapore upholds some of the attractive treasures which the kids will love to cherish. Places to visit with Kids: Jurong Bird Park- One of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world, Jurong Bird Park houses over 5,000 species in vibrant colour which the kids will be thrilled to see. Singapore Flyer- Go for a ride with your kid on the giant ferry wheel of Singapore to get an eagles' view of the whole city illuminated with lights from all around. Night Safari- Gear up with your kids to experience the night safari in the world's first nocturnal zoo. Sentosa and Sea Aquarium- A fun tour of Sentosa Island and visit Butterfly Park, Insect Kingdom, and Sea Aquarium will refill the kids with excitement.

Singapore’s Science Centre - Spread over 20,000 square feet with 14 galleries, the Science Centre is jampacked with interactive exhibits so that the kids can get really hands-on. Some of the other attractions that the kids will love to explore are Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Zoo, Botanical Garden, Tiger Sky Tower, Wild Wild Wet Water Park, etc.

Malaysia Malaysia is also a friendlier hub with an ancient Asiatic feel. It is a simple destination but loaded with some of the enticing kids' friendly attractions which are bound to provoke you to pack your bags and visit this place with your kids. Places to visit with Kids: Kuala Lumpur - As one of the best destination of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is visited by a bulk of tourists every year. Packed with theme parks, intoxicating rides, animal farms, z o o s , k i d s entertainment centers and lucrative shopping options it is one of the most happening places in Malaysia among the kids. Pamper the kids with some of the enticing activities of Kuala Lumpur like tour of the KLCC Park in Petronas Twin Tower, fun at Sunway Lagoon amusement park, tour of the Kuala Lumpur National Zoo, Aquarium and Bird Park, intoxicating activities at Skytrex adventure, a nontraditional zoo experience at the Farm in the City, learning episode at the National Science Centre. And not to be missed i-city, a perfect theme park for families where there are ample of attractions like Snowalk, Trick Art Museum, Red Carpet Wax Museum, Space Mission, Submarine, Waterworld and City of Digital Lights that will take the kids to a world full of magic and is a good learning episode for them as well. Penang - Penang is another destination which is ideal to have some fun time with your kids. The list of activities that you could try with your kids is unending. Explore the Batu Ferringhi Beach which is an ideal family place, a tour of the Penang Butterfly farm, enjoying the view from the Penang Hill and a thrilling ride on the funicular tram, playtime at Youth Park, an enchanting ride in the colourful Cyclo-Rickshaw, visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple and Liberation Pond, visit to the Snake Temple, tour of the Penang Bird Park, visit to the Orangutan Island and Penang National Park Canopy Walkway, explore and many more. Other than these there are many more attractions which are bound to make your kids fall in love with this destination.

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Thailand is an ideal destination to relax with your family. The jaw-dropping beauty of Thailand doesn't only end with its exotic beaches; it has more to offer with the vibrant Thai culture and tradition, spellbinding attractions, the vibrant Bangkok city, and endless shopping options.

Places to visit with Kids: E a s t e r n Seaboard and Ko Chang -Ko Samet and Ko Chang are the two beauties that attract travelers. Since the sea is shallow here, so the young swimmers can easily have an e x c i t i n g swimming time in the crystal clear water. Beachcombing in the low tide during the evening will excite the kids. Little older children will love the interior jungle walk, elephant interactions, and mangrove kayaking. Ko Samui and Lower Gulf -Ko Samui is an ideal destination for the kids of any age group. Some of the popular attractions of Ko Samui are Kaho Luang National Park, Chiaw Lan Lake, Ang Thong National Marine Park, Nam Tok Na Muang, Ko Yo etc. Bangkok - One of the most lively places of Thailand with an endless chain of markets, attractions, skyscrapers and ultra modernized communication system, Bangkok is the perfect place to chill and relax with your kids. Some of the activities which are ideal for the kids to enjoy in Bangkok are tour of the Siam Ocean World, exploring the museum of Siam, the huge and happening Siam Paragon Mall, endless shopping in Chatuchak weekend market, MBK mall which is one of the best mall for kids, boat trips on the rivers and canals, floating market of Amphawa, fun at Dusit zoo, play with the dolphins at the Safari World, etc. Pattaya – Pattaya is another hub of Thailand with several lucrative attractions close to the heart of kids. Explore nature, art, science and culture in ways you would never have imagined. Some of the popular attractions which they will love to explore are Dinosaur Park, Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, Sriracha Tiger Zoo, Teddy Bear Museum, Underwater World Pattaya, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Art in Paradise etc.

Dubai Dubai is not only the best destination for shopping, but it is also an ideal place to visit with your kids during their vacation. Within the high-end infrastructure of the u lt ra m o d er n c it y D u b a i , t h e r e l ay s thousands of activities, a t t r a c t i o n s , amusement parks, sports etc which are perfect to fill your kids' vacation days with fun and frolic. Places to visit with Kids: 1. Enjoy the pleasure of leisure with your kids in Al Nasr Leisureland. 2. Have some fun time at Aquaventure

Atlantis Dubai Waterpark with dozens of water-based rides. 3. The kids will be thrilled while playing with the dolphins in Dolphin Bay at Atlantis. 4. Let the children's investigate, play, learn and explore the world in the Children's City specially designed for the kids. 5. Tour of the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which is one of the most popular attractions of Dubai which houses thousand species of marine life. 6. Dubai Creekside Park houses all kinds of play and fun activities for kids starting from a mini golf course, picnic locations with barbecue equipment, an amphitheater, mini train, roller skating, and children's play area. 7. Dubai Dancing Fountain shooting water jet at a height of 500ft is an ideal attraction for the kids and they will be thrilled to see the water jet shoot with the rhythm of sound and light. 8. Dubai Ice Rink located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall is perfect for the kids to have fun while you enjoy your shopping in the mall. 9. Visit Ski Dubai which is the mountainthemed attraction with snow where you can enjoy some of the adventurous activities like skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing etc. 10. Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park are hands-on experiences allowing families to take part in LEGO themed adventures through interactive rides, water slides, models and building experiences. Not to be missed DUBAI SUMMER SURPRISES - a month long event with an endless chain of entertaining activities which makes it the best time to travel with kids. Other than these Dubai has several other enticing attractions also to amaze the kids with fun and excitement.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Yas Island Celebrates International Convention 'Yas Winterland Festival' Centre Sydney, is Open

Yas Island, the UAE's premier entertainment destination, is set to host the first ever 'Yas Winterland Festival' for an entire month of family-friendly events, activities and offers to celebrate the festive season. For the inaugural edition of the festival, many activities will take place like Yas Marina's 'Let It Snow' celebrations, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi's 'Winterfest', Yas Mall's Festive Season, du Forum's 'Winterland Carnival', and a spectacular midnight fireworks shows to ring in the New Year. Additionally, Coldplay's sold-out New Year's Eve 'A Head Full Of Dreams' live show- presented by du Live!, brought to you by FLASH Entertainment and in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Yas Island, will draw a close the winter festivities on Yas Island. The island is being completely transformed into a magical winter wonderland as several Yas Island attractions get set to offer winterthemed activities, events and special offers, from December 9th 2016 to January 7th 2017. For New Year's festivities, there will be a traditional carnival funfair full of games and rides suitable for all ages. Roaming performers will also entertain

guests throughout their journey. Kids and adults are invited to experience the festive excitement and win prizes as well as enjoy a winter-themed market that will let guests browse local crafts and winter products featuring the trendiest local artisans' artwork and jewellery. Finally, the event will also host some of the most popular food trucks and a beverage zone. More info on - www.yasisland.ae

The jewel in the crown of the $3.4 billion transformation of Darling Harbour, the $1.5 billion International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, is opened to the public by NSW Premier Mike Baird. “The ICC Sydney sets a new standard for convention and exhibition venues and opening demonstrates the ability of this Government to deliver projects we've committed to from start to finish,” Mr Baird said. “The mega space will employ 300 fulltime staff and 1500 casual workers, and is expected to pump at least $5 billion into the NSW economy over the next 25 years.” Mr Constance said the ICC Sydney was fast becoming Australia's most desirable business meeting location and exhibition space. “ICC Sydney is the epicentre of the transformation of Darling Harbour by the NSW Government and cements Sydney as the first choice for the major events industry.” Mr Ayres said almost 500 major events had already been

booked in until 2026, which would attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Sydney and NSW. “Imagine opening a restaurant or hotel and having bookings out for a decade. The business confidence in our city and our Government is unprecedented and ICC Sydney is creating new jobs, supporting many industries, hosting more tourists and pouring billions of dollars back into our thriving economy,” Mr Ayres said.

TRAVELLING WITH KIDS

Holidays are the medium through which we spend some quality time with our families and relax from our daily hectic schedule. And when the trip is planned with the kids then it requires a lot of mind work. While selecting a destination to travel with kids, it has to be something which suits their taste and the attractions should be entertaining enough to keep those teenyboppers busy. So, here are some of the international destinations which are packed with amazing attractions that are sure to mesmerize the urchins.

Singapore Singapore is a vibrant and colourful place packed with loads of activities, delicious platter of food, shopping, and

entertainment options and thus it is accredited as the best destination for families. Amidst the endless chain of skyscrapers, Singapore upholds some of the attractive treasures which the kids will love to cherish. Places to visit with Kids: Jurong Bird Park- One of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world, Jurong Bird Park houses over 5,000 species in vibrant colour which the kids will be thrilled to see. Singapore Flyer- Go for a ride with your kid on the giant ferry wheel of Singapore to get an eagles' view of the whole city illuminated with lights from all around. Night Safari- Gear up with your kids to experience the night safari in the world's first nocturnal zoo. Sentosa and Sea Aquarium- A fun tour of Sentosa Island and visit Butterfly Park, Insect Kingdom, and Sea Aquarium will refill the kids with excitement.

Singapore’s Science Centre - Spread over 20,000 square feet with 14 galleries, the Science Centre is jampacked with interactive exhibits so that the kids can get really hands-on. Some of the other attractions that the kids will love to explore are Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Zoo, Botanical Garden, Tiger Sky Tower, Wild Wild Wet Water Park, etc.

Malaysia Malaysia is also a friendlier hub with an ancient Asiatic feel. It is a simple destination but loaded with some of the enticing kids' friendly attractions which are bound to provoke you to pack your bags and visit this place with your kids. Places to visit with Kids: Kuala Lumpur - As one of the best destination of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is visited by a bulk of tourists every year. Packed with theme parks, intoxicating rides, animal farms, z o o s , k i d s entertainment centers and lucrative shopping options it is one of the most happening places in Malaysia among the kids. Pamper the kids with some of the enticing activities of Kuala Lumpur like tour of the KLCC Park in Petronas Twin Tower, fun at Sunway Lagoon amusement park, tour of the Kuala Lumpur National Zoo, Aquarium and Bird Park, intoxicating activities at Skytrex adventure, a nontraditional zoo experience at the Farm in the City, learning episode at the National Science Centre. And not to be missed i-city, a perfect theme park for families where there are ample of attractions like Snowalk, Trick Art Museum, Red Carpet Wax Museum, Space Mission, Submarine, Waterworld and City of Digital Lights that will take the kids to a world full of magic and is a good learning episode for them as well. Penang - Penang is another destination which is ideal to have some fun time with your kids. The list of activities that you could try with your kids is unending. Explore the Batu Ferringhi Beach which is an ideal family place, a tour of the Penang Butterfly farm, enjoying the view from the Penang Hill and a thrilling ride on the funicular tram, playtime at Youth Park, an enchanting ride in the colourful Cyclo-Rickshaw, visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple and Liberation Pond, visit to the Snake Temple, tour of the Penang Bird Park, visit to the Orangutan Island and Penang National Park Canopy Walkway, explore and many more. Other than these there are many more attractions which are bound to make your kids fall in love with this destination.

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Thailand is an ideal destination to relax with your family. The jaw-dropping beauty of Thailand doesn't only end with its exotic beaches; it has more to offer with the vibrant Thai culture and tradition, spellbinding attractions, the vibrant Bangkok city, and endless shopping options.

Places to visit with Kids: E a s t e r n Seaboard and Ko Chang -Ko Samet and Ko Chang are the two beauties that attract travelers. Since the sea is shallow here, so the young swimmers can easily have an e x c i t i n g swimming time in the crystal clear water. Beachcombing in the low tide during the evening will excite the kids. Little older children will love the interior jungle walk, elephant interactions, and mangrove kayaking. Ko Samui and Lower Gulf -Ko Samui is an ideal destination for the kids of any age group. Some of the popular attractions of Ko Samui are Kaho Luang National Park, Chiaw Lan Lake, Ang Thong National Marine Park, Nam Tok Na Muang, Ko Yo etc. Bangkok - One of the most lively places of Thailand with an endless chain of markets, attractions, skyscrapers and ultra modernized communication system, Bangkok is the perfect place to chill and relax with your kids. Some of the activities which are ideal for the kids to enjoy in Bangkok are tour of the Siam Ocean World, exploring the museum of Siam, the huge and happening Siam Paragon Mall, endless shopping in Chatuchak weekend market, MBK mall which is one of the best mall for kids, boat trips on the rivers and canals, floating market of Amphawa, fun at Dusit zoo, play with the dolphins at the Safari World, etc. Pattaya – Pattaya is another hub of Thailand with several lucrative attractions close to the heart of kids. Explore nature, art, science and culture in ways you would never have imagined. Some of the popular attractions which they will love to explore are Dinosaur Park, Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, Sriracha Tiger Zoo, Teddy Bear Museum, Underwater World Pattaya, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Art in Paradise etc.

Dubai Dubai is not only the best destination for shopping, but it is also an ideal place to visit with your kids during their vacation. Within the high-end infrastructure of the u lt ra m o d er n c it y D u b a i , t h e r e l ay s thousands of activities, a t t r a c t i o n s , amusement parks, sports etc which are perfect to fill your kids' vacation days with fun and frolic. Places to visit with Kids: 1. Enjoy the pleasure of leisure with your kids in Al Nasr Leisureland. 2. Have some fun time at Aquaventure

Atlantis Dubai Waterpark with dozens of water-based rides. 3. The kids will be thrilled while playing with the dolphins in Dolphin Bay at Atlantis. 4. Let the children's investigate, play, learn and explore the world in the Children's City specially designed for the kids. 5. Tour of the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which is one of the most popular attractions of Dubai which houses thousand species of marine life. 6. Dubai Creekside Park houses all kinds of play and fun activities for kids starting from a mini golf course, picnic locations with barbecue equipment, an amphitheater, mini train, roller skating, and children's play area. 7. Dubai Dancing Fountain shooting water jet at a height of 500ft is an ideal attraction for the kids and they will be thrilled to see the water jet shoot with the rhythm of sound and light. 8. Dubai Ice Rink located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall is perfect for the kids to have fun while you enjoy your shopping in the mall. 9. Visit Ski Dubai which is the mountainthemed attraction with snow where you can enjoy some of the adventurous activities like skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing etc. 10. Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park are hands-on experiences allowing families to take part in LEGO themed adventures through interactive rides, water slides, models and building experiences. Not to be missed DUBAI SUMMER SURPRISES - a month long event with an endless chain of entertaining activities which makes it the best time to travel with kids. Other than these Dubai has several other enticing attractions also to amaze the kids with fun and excitement.

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Garuda Indonesia’s FAM Trip for India Travel Trade

Exploring INDONESIA... ...through GARUDA'S Eyes Recently, Garuda Indonesia, the airline of Indonesia has organized a FAM trip with 20 Travel Agents and 6 Media to the charming land of Indonesia to experience its sheer beauty and explore the charismatic and hidden corners of the country. With a focus on the FAM trip a n d g ra b b i n g a l l t h e re l e va n t information and experience from there, let's explore Indonesia further… INDONESIA offers a wide and varied attraction for your family holiday or couple journey. Be it just for a week-end getaways or Couple's Love celebration on Honeymoon; Compay's outing or Dealers and distributor Incentive program to the great company's events all have something for everyone to explore and enjoy. Decked up with ample of aw-struck destinations, Indonesia is ideal for families, honeymooners and just for the nature lovers.

also offers many attractions well worth a visit. Well known for its friendly climate, Bandung soon grew into a town for wealthy planters who owned the miles and miles of tea, coffee and cinchona plantations, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens in the cool and fertile hills of West Java. Now Bandung became the center for textile mills producing much of Indonesia's textiles for fashion wear, linen and upholstery. So, Bandung, a shopping paradise for the tourists is worth among all of the activities which

intricately carved temples. There are are thousands of gift shops in Bali. From Denpasar to Ubud, you'll find many things you'd like to bring back home. You can find them easily at popular spots like Kuta or Sanur. There are a variety of

JAKARTA A CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS Let's start the journey of exploring Indonesia from its capital, Jakarta, a huge sprawling metropolis which is home to almost 9 million people. Located on the northern coast of Java, the province of Jakarta has rapidly expanded through the years, absorbing many villages in the process. Jakarta is a conglomeration of villages known as Kampung, now crossed by main roads and super highways. As capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is not only the seat of the national government and the provincial government, this city is also Indonesia's political center. It is no wonder, therefore that you will find Jakarta an ever dynamic city, a city that never sleeps. It's the best place to enjoy the nightlife or trigger your taste buds

with different toothy local and international cuisines there. Each restaurant and café always has something unique to offer. While your stay in Jakarta you enjoy some of the attractions there as well like Grand Indonesia Mall, Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta Cathedral, National Museum, Museum Bank Indonesia, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park, Thousand Islands etc.

Agents on Fam Trip were Mr. Tabeesh Mistry from Thomas Cook; Ms. Vaidehi Joshi from Veena World; Ms. Rasika Kotkar from Mercury Travels, Ms. Kinjal Ashar from Ezeego1.com; Mr. Glen Christopher from Blue Star; Mr. Dhaval Raichada from Riya Travels & Tours; Mr. Kailash Bhatia from Orbit Corporate & Leisure Travels; Ms. Harshala Satpute from Kesari Tours; Ms. Nazneen Sudanwala from ATPI Griffinstone; Ms. Sonali Mehendale from Holiday Frames; Mr. Ashish Bhansali from Arihant Holidays; Mr. Shailesh Achariya from Akbar Online Booking Co; Mr. Shivaji Salunkhe from Benzy Tours & Travels; Ms.Cheryl Andrea MariaDesouza from Akbar Holidays; Mr. Ravi Solanki from Thomas Cook; Mr. Prasad Chavan from SOTC; Mr. Hardeep Sinhji from MakeMyTrip.Com; Ms. Sneha Korgaonkar from SOTC; Mr. Sachin Gade from Riya Connect; Ms. Ruchi Hirve from Cox & Kings; Mr. Kishore Bukane and Mr. V. Srikant, Sales Officer from Garuda Indonesia (GSA -Bird Group).

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BANDUNG THE INDONESIAN "PARIS VAN JAVA" After enjoying the buzzing life of Jakarta, now it's time to explore Bandung, the capital city of West Java Province. It is a great place to visit any time of the year as it's not only renowned for its picturesque open vista, but the town

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in West Nusa Tenggara. Come here to surf the massive breaks on the south coast. Challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Hire a bike and cycle through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won't be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty on offer here. If you are looking for a memorable place to celebrate your wedding anniversary, Lombok have much to offer for couples seeking a romantic. Lombok is known for its magnificent South Sea cultured pearls grown in pristine waters around the island. Lombok's woven cloths are the best as are its pottery. For seafood lovers, enjoy succulent grilled fish and crabs freshly caught from the sea.

YOGYAKARTA

in Indonesia. It is a town that offers great promise for shoppers. You may be overwhelmed with the large number of factory outlets scattered along the street of Dago, Riau, Cihampelas, and Setiabudi. Here you can shop to your heart's content and grab famous brands, trendy fashion and a lot more. Unlike the real Paris though, the clothes here are surprisingly affordable and your shopping experience will never be the same again. The jeans lovers can shop there at

watersports available, such as banana boats, parasailing or jet skiing, scuba diving, swimming or plain sunbathing. Dig into the pure beauty of nature while you enjoy the orange Tanged Sunset over the Indian Ocean at Tanah Lot, or Mountain and Lake Scenery at Kintamani and Bedugul. Bali is the perfect place as it has one of the most beautiful landscapes in Asia which blends spectacularly with mountain scenery and beautiful beaches with warmth

their heart's content as it is the ideal place to hunt for the best quality jeans at an affordable rate.

a n d friendlines s of the people, a vibrant culture and exotic resorts. This is a miraculous island indeed, for after decades of popularity, Bali continues to amaze both local and international visitors alike.

BALI NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE LAND OF THE GODS After enjoying the lucrative shopping experience in Bandung, now it's time to enjoy the Land of the Gods, Bali. Popularly known as honeymooner's paradise, it appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity. Bali enchants with its dramatic dances and colourful ceremonies, its arts and crafts, to its luxurious beach resorts and exciting nightlife. And everywhere you will find

LOMBOK ALLURING ISLAND IN THE WEST NUSA TENGGARA If you want to experience beauty at its enlarged form then hop into Lombak from Bali. With divine beaches, the majestic Mt Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It's little wonder then that Lombok is the most popular destination

THE NEVER ENDING ASIA After enjoying some rejuvenating time at Lombak, return to Bali and then you can fly to Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. Yogyakarta is known as Neverending Asia for its endless attractions and appeal. This city is one of the foremost cultural centers of I n d o n e s i a . Pa c ke d w i t h m a ny archaeological and pilgrimage sights, this is an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors. Pay a visit to the UNESCO's world heritage site of Prambanan and Borobudur Temples or simply take leisure stroll along the Malioboro street for bargain hunting only few of more activity can be done in Jogja. From

climbing the magnificent Borobudur temple, visiting the Keraton (Sultan's Palace), to watching silversmiths produce amazing jewelries at Kotagede, to shopping up a storm at Malioboro road, you'll never be bored in this relatively small yet bustling city. From Jogja fly to Jakarta and if you want spend some more time in Jakarta then you can do so by doing some shopping of souvenirs to carry for your loved ones from the ample of attractions in Jakarta. You can plan for some entertainment also in the amusement parks of Waterbom Jakarta and Central Park. After enjoying the place at your heart's content and then back to your home via Garuda with bag full of cherishing and ever lasting memories that you will relish forever.

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Garuda Indonesia’s FAM Trip for India Travel Trade

Exploring INDONESIA... ...through GARUDA'S Eyes Recently, Garuda Indonesia, the airline of Indonesia has organized a FAM trip with 20 Travel Agents and 6 Media to the charming land of Indonesia to experience its sheer beauty and explore the charismatic and hidden corners of the country. With a focus on the FAM trip a n d g ra b b i n g a l l t h e re l e va n t information and experience from there, let's explore Indonesia further… INDONESIA offers a wide and varied attraction for your family holiday or couple journey. Be it just for a week-end getaways or Couple's Love celebration on Honeymoon; Compay's outing or Dealers and distributor Incentive program to the great company's events all have something for everyone to explore and enjoy. Decked up with ample of aw-struck destinations, Indonesia is ideal for families, honeymooners and just for the nature lovers.

also offers many attractions well worth a visit. Well known for its friendly climate, Bandung soon grew into a town for wealthy planters who owned the miles and miles of tea, coffee and cinchona plantations, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens in the cool and fertile hills of West Java. Now Bandung became the center for textile mills producing much of Indonesia's textiles for fashion wear, linen and upholstery. So, Bandung, a shopping paradise for the tourists is worth among all of the activities which

intricately carved temples. There are are thousands of gift shops in Bali. From Denpasar to Ubud, you'll find many things you'd like to bring back home. You can find them easily at popular spots like Kuta or Sanur. There are a variety of

JAKARTA A CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS Let's start the journey of exploring Indonesia from its capital, Jakarta, a huge sprawling metropolis which is home to almost 9 million people. Located on the northern coast of Java, the province of Jakarta has rapidly expanded through the years, absorbing many villages in the process. Jakarta is a conglomeration of villages known as Kampung, now crossed by main roads and super highways. As capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is not only the seat of the national government and the provincial government, this city is also Indonesia's political center. It is no wonder, therefore that you will find Jakarta an ever dynamic city, a city that never sleeps. It's the best place to enjoy the nightlife or trigger your taste buds

with different toothy local and international cuisines there. Each restaurant and café always has something unique to offer. While your stay in Jakarta you enjoy some of the attractions there as well like Grand Indonesia Mall, Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta Cathedral, National Museum, Museum Bank Indonesia, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park, Thousand Islands etc.

Agents on Fam Trip were Mr. Tabeesh Mistry from Thomas Cook; Ms. Vaidehi Joshi from Veena World; Ms. Rasika Kotkar from Mercury Travels, Ms. Kinjal Ashar from Ezeego1.com; Mr. Glen Christopher from Blue Star; Mr. Dhaval Raichada from Riya Travels & Tours; Mr. Kailash Bhatia from Orbit Corporate & Leisure Travels; Ms. Harshala Satpute from Kesari Tours; Ms. Nazneen Sudanwala from ATPI Griffinstone; Ms. Sonali Mehendale from Holiday Frames; Mr. Ashish Bhansali from Arihant Holidays; Mr. Shailesh Achariya from Akbar Online Booking Co; Mr. Shivaji Salunkhe from Benzy Tours & Travels; Ms.Cheryl Andrea MariaDesouza from Akbar Holidays; Mr. Ravi Solanki from Thomas Cook; Mr. Prasad Chavan from SOTC; Mr. Hardeep Sinhji from MakeMyTrip.Com; Ms. Sneha Korgaonkar from SOTC; Mr. Sachin Gade from Riya Connect; Ms. Ruchi Hirve from Cox & Kings; Mr. Kishore Bukane and Mr. V. Srikant, Sales Officer from Garuda Indonesia (GSA -Bird Group).

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BANDUNG THE INDONESIAN "PARIS VAN JAVA" After enjoying the buzzing life of Jakarta, now it's time to explore Bandung, the capital city of West Java Province. It is a great place to visit any time of the year as it's not only renowned for its picturesque open vista, but the town

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in West Nusa Tenggara. Come here to surf the massive breaks on the south coast. Challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Hire a bike and cycle through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won't be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty on offer here. If you are looking for a memorable place to celebrate your wedding anniversary, Lombok have much to offer for couples seeking a romantic. Lombok is known for its magnificent South Sea cultured pearls grown in pristine waters around the island. Lombok's woven cloths are the best as are its pottery. For seafood lovers, enjoy succulent grilled fish and crabs freshly caught from the sea.

YOGYAKARTA

in Indonesia. It is a town that offers great promise for shoppers. You may be overwhelmed with the large number of factory outlets scattered along the street of Dago, Riau, Cihampelas, and Setiabudi. Here you can shop to your heart's content and grab famous brands, trendy fashion and a lot more. Unlike the real Paris though, the clothes here are surprisingly affordable and your shopping experience will never be the same again. The jeans lovers can shop there at

watersports available, such as banana boats, parasailing or jet skiing, scuba diving, swimming or plain sunbathing. Dig into the pure beauty of nature while you enjoy the orange Tanged Sunset over the Indian Ocean at Tanah Lot, or Mountain and Lake Scenery at Kintamani and Bedugul. Bali is the perfect place as it has one of the most beautiful landscapes in Asia which blends spectacularly with mountain scenery and beautiful beaches with warmth

their heart's content as it is the ideal place to hunt for the best quality jeans at an affordable rate.

a n d friendlines s of the people, a vibrant culture and exotic resorts. This is a miraculous island indeed, for after decades of popularity, Bali continues to amaze both local and international visitors alike.

BALI NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE LAND OF THE GODS After enjoying the lucrative shopping experience in Bandung, now it's time to enjoy the Land of the Gods, Bali. Popularly known as honeymooner's paradise, it appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity. Bali enchants with its dramatic dances and colourful ceremonies, its arts and crafts, to its luxurious beach resorts and exciting nightlife. And everywhere you will find

LOMBOK ALLURING ISLAND IN THE WEST NUSA TENGGARA If you want to experience beauty at its enlarged form then hop into Lombak from Bali. With divine beaches, the majestic Mt Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It's little wonder then that Lombok is the most popular destination

THE NEVER ENDING ASIA After enjoying some rejuvenating time at Lombak, return to Bali and then you can fly to Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. Yogyakarta is known as Neverending Asia for its endless attractions and appeal. This city is one of the foremost cultural centers of I n d o n e s i a . Pa c ke d w i t h m a ny archaeological and pilgrimage sights, this is an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors. Pay a visit to the UNESCO's world heritage site of Prambanan and Borobudur Temples or simply take leisure stroll along the Malioboro street for bargain hunting only few of more activity can be done in Jogja. From

climbing the magnificent Borobudur temple, visiting the Keraton (Sultan's Palace), to watching silversmiths produce amazing jewelries at Kotagede, to shopping up a storm at Malioboro road, you'll never be bored in this relatively small yet bustling city. From Jogja fly to Jakarta and if you want spend some more time in Jakarta then you can do so by doing some shopping of souvenirs to carry for your loved ones from the ample of attractions in Jakarta. You can plan for some entertainment also in the amusement parks of Waterbom Jakarta and Central Park. After enjoying the place at your heart's content and then back to your home via Garuda with bag full of cherishing and ever lasting memories that you will relish forever.

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Korean Air Starts Flight Service Myanmar Airways will operate between Yangon and Kolkata Between Delhi And Incheon Korean Air celebrated its inaugural, KE481, Delhi-Incheon direct flight service with a welcome ceremony at Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport. Present at the ceremony were Mr. Cho Hyun, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of India, Ms. Shefali Juenja, Director of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA), Mr. Pradeep Panicker and Mr. Douglas Webster, CEO and COO of Delhi International Airport (P) Limited(DIAL), as well as Mr. Song Bo Young, Korean Air's Regional Director for South East Asia. Officials of Delhi airport welcomed Korean Air with warm greetings and speeches. Korean Air's Incheon-Delhi direct service will operate 5 days a week utilizing an Airbus A330-200 aircraft capable of seating 218. Equipped with Korean Air's newest seats in both First

and Prestige Class and cutting edge AVOD system, the aircraft will provide customers utmost comfort. KE482 will depart Delhi at 19:40 and land in Incheon at 5:50 next day which will enable passengers to benefit from Korean Air's extensive global network. The return flight, KE481 will depart Incheon at 12:45 and land in Delhi at 18:20. Korean Air will continue to offer its extensive global network with a wider range of options for each of its passengers, delivering true “Excellence in Flight”.

GoAir Launches Pre-Booking Seat Selection Service G o A i r h a s announced the prebooking of seats starting at an industry low price of just Rs 99. Commuters can now pre-book the seats of their choice for a hassle free journey across all sectors offered by GoAir at the lowest available rates across various blocks. With this offering, passengers can now select their seats at rows of their convenience at the least available price

from Rs 99 onwards. This offers passengers the convenience of booking a seat of their choice and comfort at the lowest cost available in the industry. Commuters can avail this offer by visiting www.goair.com

Commencing from 1st December 2016, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) will operate two times weekly service between Yangon and Kolkata using Airbus A320 and A319 aircraft. MAI has code share agreement with Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Garuda Indonesia. It currently flies between Yangon and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Gaya, Guangzhou, and between Mandalay and Bangkok. Flight No 8M607 8M608

Sector Yangon-Kolkata Kolkata-Yangon

MAI is the only recipient in Myanmar of the IATA Operational Safety Audit Program (IOSA) Operator. In India it is represented by the STIC Travel Group.

Days of Operation Departure Thu/Sun 16:40 Thu/Sun 18:30

Garuda Indonesia Launched Jakarta-Mumbai Garuda Indonesia, the airline of Indonesia launched its direct flight service from Mumbai to Jakarta via Bangkok on 12 December, 2016. The airline's Boeing 738 aircraft will fly three times a week. The aircraft with a two-class cabin configuration will feature its Business Class service and the world's best Economy Class. The flight service of Jakarta-Mumbai route via Bangkok route will be available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. With the launch of this direct flight service from Mumbai, Garuda Airlines adds the Indian subcontinent to its network. Currently Indonesia is one of the largest markets to India with bulk of

Arrival 17:30 21:20

Jet Airways To Fly Direct Daily on Bengaluru - Colombo Jet Airways has announced the launch of a daily direct flight from Bengaluru to Colombo with effect from January 05, 2017. This new daily connection will provide travellers a convenient link between the Indian IT hub and Sri Lankan capital. Jet Airways flight 9W 278 will depart Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport at 0040 hrs and arrive in Colombo at 0210 hrs (Local Time). The flight 9W 277 will leave Colombo at 0310 hrs (LT) to arrive in Bengaluru at 0435 hrs (LT). Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said “Jet Airways is delighted to launch a direct service between Bengaluru and Colombo. With increasing economic activity between India and

people travelling to both the regions for leisure and business. VP Corporate Communications of Garuda Indonesia Benny S. Butarbutar commented, "We are delighted to announce that world's five star services will soon be available to guests flying to and from Mumbai. Our new service will connect seamlessly India and Indonesia, and offer the comfort, convenience and superior inflight service for travelers between Jakarta and Mumbai." CEO & President Garuda Indonesia M. Arif Wibowo said, “ The Market landscape of India, especially Mumbai being particularly promising potential, we are optimistic to meet the level of seat load factor above 80% in the first

Sri Lanka, Jet Airways realized the gap in the connectivity and plugged it with this direct connection. Guests between these two destinations will be offered the best in-flight product and service excellence.” The airline will deploy a state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft on this route, offering Premiere and Economy guests the best in-flight product and services along with awardwinning in-flight Entertainment (IFE), as also meals that are regional favorites.

week of operation of these services Jakarta - Mumbai via transit Bangkok.” Assistant Deputy of The Asia Pasific Market Development Ministry of Tourism Vincencius Jumadu said “The direct link flight of Jakarta – Mumbai can countribute to increasing the number of India tourist visit to Indonesia up to 1 million visitors in 2017.” Bangkok was chosen as a connecting hub for Jakarta - Mumbai considering the double potential leisure opportunity on the flight of Jakarta – Mumbai which will be connected through Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok.

T h ro u g h t h e co n n e c t i n g f l i g ht , passengers could freely choose their travel arrangement to several tourist destinations by convenient flight connectivity. With served flights Jakarta Mumbai vv (via Bangkok), Garuda Indonesia is expected to provide a variety options for people in India who want to travel to several major cities in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya, and Medan. Now people in India could easily access the flights to Indonesia via Jakarta with short transit time in Bangkok.

THAI Smile Airways Introduces Direct Flight Between Jaipur – Bangkok

THAI Smile Airways launched Jaipur – Bangkok flight. The new flight aims at accommodating those targeted groups who are looking for convenient travelling from a full service airline, while opening a new window of adventure for the Thai passengers to explore the Pink City of India. The new A320-200 Airbus will fly directly

from Jaipur to Bangkok where passengers can continue travel connections to other cities in Thailand conveniently. C a p ta i n Wo ra n ate Laprabang, Acting Chief Executive Officer, THAI Smile Airways, stated that after the launch of Bangkok – Gaya – Varanasi route in early October, we found that the feedback is very impressive. So we planned to start another route to India that is between Bangkok and Jaipur.” On this special occasion, THAI Smile has joined forces with major partners that include Tourism Authority of Thailand

(TAT) and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) to organize “Explore Your Smile, Explore Thai Taste” event at Radisson Blu Hotel, Jaipur, India. THAI Smile operates three flights a week from Bangkok to Jaipur, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It also operates three flights a week from Jaipur to Bangkok, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The inaugurate flight from Bangkok to Jaipur starts on 16 November 2016 for two classes; Smile Plus (Premium Economy) and Smile Class (Economy), with prices start at 4,510 baht. Tickets are available at general sales agents, Royal Orchid Plus point can be collected as well.

Passengers can travel to other cities in Thailand and other countries with peace of mind through our domestic routes. The new flight will operate with A320200 aircraft which will offer a Premium Economy Class (12 seats) and Economy Class (150 seats) and host of features for passengers, such as the in-flight entertainment experience and specially designed Indian cuisine & beverages to passengers. And for those who love shopping in Bangkok, the city of lights, they can shop as many as they want because THAI Smile offers free of charge baggage allowance of 40 kilograms for Premium Economy or Smile PLUS and 30 kilograms for Economy or Smile Class.

Valid Till 31 May, 2017

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Korean Air Starts Flight Service Myanmar Airways will operate between Yangon and Kolkata Between Delhi And Incheon Korean Air celebrated its inaugural, KE481, Delhi-Incheon direct flight service with a welcome ceremony at Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport. Present at the ceremony were Mr. Cho Hyun, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of India, Ms. Shefali Juenja, Director of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA), Mr. Pradeep Panicker and Mr. Douglas Webster, CEO and COO of Delhi International Airport (P) Limited(DIAL), as well as Mr. Song Bo Young, Korean Air's Regional Director for South East Asia. Officials of Delhi airport welcomed Korean Air with warm greetings and speeches. Korean Air's Incheon-Delhi direct service will operate 5 days a week utilizing an Airbus A330-200 aircraft capable of seating 218. Equipped with Korean Air's newest seats in both First

and Prestige Class and cutting edge AVOD system, the aircraft will provide customers utmost comfort. KE482 will depart Delhi at 19:40 and land in Incheon at 5:50 next day which will enable passengers to benefit from Korean Air's extensive global network. The return flight, KE481 will depart Incheon at 12:45 and land in Delhi at 18:20. Korean Air will continue to offer its extensive global network with a wider range of options for each of its passengers, delivering true “Excellence in Flight”.

GoAir Launches Pre-Booking Seat Selection Service G o A i r h a s announced the prebooking of seats starting at an industry low price of just Rs 99. Commuters can now pre-book the seats of their choice for a hassle free journey across all sectors offered by GoAir at the lowest available rates across various blocks. With this offering, passengers can now select their seats at rows of their convenience at the least available price

from Rs 99 onwards. This offers passengers the convenience of booking a seat of their choice and comfort at the lowest cost available in the industry. Commuters can avail this offer by visiting www.goair.com

Commencing from 1st December 2016, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) will operate two times weekly service between Yangon and Kolkata using Airbus A320 and A319 aircraft. MAI has code share agreement with Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Garuda Indonesia. It currently flies between Yangon and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Gaya, Guangzhou, and between Mandalay and Bangkok. Flight No 8M607 8M608

Sector Yangon-Kolkata Kolkata-Yangon

MAI is the only recipient in Myanmar of the IATA Operational Safety Audit Program (IOSA) Operator. In India it is represented by the STIC Travel Group.

Days of Operation Departure Thu/Sun 16:40 Thu/Sun 18:30

Garuda Indonesia Launched Jakarta-Mumbai Garuda Indonesia, the airline of Indonesia launched its direct flight service from Mumbai to Jakarta via Bangkok on 12 December, 2016. The airline's Boeing 738 aircraft will fly three times a week. The aircraft with a two-class cabin configuration will feature its Business Class service and the world's best Economy Class. The flight service of Jakarta-Mumbai route via Bangkok route will be available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. With the launch of this direct flight service from Mumbai, Garuda Airlines adds the Indian subcontinent to its network. Currently Indonesia is one of the largest markets to India with bulk of

Arrival 17:30 21:20

Jet Airways To Fly Direct Daily on Bengaluru - Colombo Jet Airways has announced the launch of a daily direct flight from Bengaluru to Colombo with effect from January 05, 2017. This new daily connection will provide travellers a convenient link between the Indian IT hub and Sri Lankan capital. Jet Airways flight 9W 278 will depart Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport at 0040 hrs and arrive in Colombo at 0210 hrs (Local Time). The flight 9W 277 will leave Colombo at 0310 hrs (LT) to arrive in Bengaluru at 0435 hrs (LT). Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said “Jet Airways is delighted to launch a direct service between Bengaluru and Colombo. With increasing economic activity between India and

people travelling to both the regions for leisure and business. VP Corporate Communications of Garuda Indonesia Benny S. Butarbutar commented, "We are delighted to announce that world's five star services will soon be available to guests flying to and from Mumbai. Our new service will connect seamlessly India and Indonesia, and offer the comfort, convenience and superior inflight service for travelers between Jakarta and Mumbai." CEO & President Garuda Indonesia M. Arif Wibowo said, “ The Market landscape of India, especially Mumbai being particularly promising potential, we are optimistic to meet the level of seat load factor above 80% in the first

Sri Lanka, Jet Airways realized the gap in the connectivity and plugged it with this direct connection. Guests between these two destinations will be offered the best in-flight product and service excellence.” The airline will deploy a state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft on this route, offering Premiere and Economy guests the best in-flight product and services along with awardwinning in-flight Entertainment (IFE), as also meals that are regional favorites.

week of operation of these services Jakarta - Mumbai via transit Bangkok.” Assistant Deputy of The Asia Pasific Market Development Ministry of Tourism Vincencius Jumadu said “The direct link flight of Jakarta – Mumbai can countribute to increasing the number of India tourist visit to Indonesia up to 1 million visitors in 2017.” Bangkok was chosen as a connecting hub for Jakarta - Mumbai considering the double potential leisure opportunity on the flight of Jakarta – Mumbai which will be connected through Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok.

T h ro u g h t h e co n n e c t i n g f l i g ht , passengers could freely choose their travel arrangement to several tourist destinations by convenient flight connectivity. With served flights Jakarta Mumbai vv (via Bangkok), Garuda Indonesia is expected to provide a variety options for people in India who want to travel to several major cities in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya, and Medan. Now people in India could easily access the flights to Indonesia via Jakarta with short transit time in Bangkok.

THAI Smile Airways Introduces Direct Flight Between Jaipur – Bangkok

THAI Smile Airways launched Jaipur – Bangkok flight. The new flight aims at accommodating those targeted groups who are looking for convenient travelling from a full service airline, while opening a new window of adventure for the Thai passengers to explore the Pink City of India. The new A320-200 Airbus will fly directly

from Jaipur to Bangkok where passengers can continue travel connections to other cities in Thailand conveniently. C a p ta i n Wo ra n ate Laprabang, Acting Chief Executive Officer, THAI Smile Airways, stated that after the launch of Bangkok – Gaya – Varanasi route in early October, we found that the feedback is very impressive. So we planned to start another route to India that is between Bangkok and Jaipur.” On this special occasion, THAI Smile has joined forces with major partners that include Tourism Authority of Thailand

(TAT) and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) to organize “Explore Your Smile, Explore Thai Taste” event at Radisson Blu Hotel, Jaipur, India. THAI Smile operates three flights a week from Bangkok to Jaipur, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It also operates three flights a week from Jaipur to Bangkok, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The inaugurate flight from Bangkok to Jaipur starts on 16 November 2016 for two classes; Smile Plus (Premium Economy) and Smile Class (Economy), with prices start at 4,510 baht. Tickets are available at general sales agents, Royal Orchid Plus point can be collected as well.

Passengers can travel to other cities in Thailand and other countries with peace of mind through our domestic routes. The new flight will operate with A320200 aircraft which will offer a Premium Economy Class (12 seats) and Economy Class (150 seats) and host of features for passengers, such as the in-flight entertainment experience and specially designed Indian cuisine & beverages to passengers. And for those who love shopping in Bangkok, the city of lights, they can shop as many as they want because THAI Smile offers free of charge baggage allowance of 40 kilograms for Premium Economy or Smile PLUS and 30 kilograms for Economy or Smile Class.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Thailand’s 4th Edition of Luxury Roadshow In India

Thailand's Luxurious Pleasure annual roadshow targets nearly every travel agent in the Indian market. Thailand being a destination of widespread appeal, the Luxurious Pleasure series is a meeting place for buyers and sellers with a focus on high end holidays. The target audience includes agents who sell staple five-stars, to travel agents who simply add a few touches of luxury to an otherwise regular itinerary and those whose itineraries include private islands and helicopter rides. Roadshow was held in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. This includes a growth in the number if travellers opting for 5-star hotels and villas and a good response to market promotions with prices in the range of INR 80,000 to INR 150,000 for a weeklong holiday. Today about 25% of the Indian market is checking into luxury hotels and above (villas, private islands and yachts) and this is up from barely 10% when TAT first launched its

campaign to target the luxury segment. This year the tourism board invested in hiring TV host Anusha Dandekar as brand ambassador to drive the interest of high end women travellers and in golfer Vani Kapoor in order to tap golf travel. Soraya Homchuen, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mumbai office informed, “Thailand welcomed 1.06 million Indian travellers in 2015. For 2016, the target is 1.1 million – a figure that the destination looks like it is on track to achieve having hit over 700,000 Indian arrivals by August. But more importantly TAT wants to grow high end's share of the pie by another 5%. “Women comprise 23% of the market currently and for this year we would like to bring this up to 30-35%,” Homchuen said. She concluded saying, “We have to balance our qualitative and quantitative growth as we go forth which I think is also beneficial to the travel agent and I am counting on the support of the travel trade towards this effect.”

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Mauritius Tourism and Air Mauritius

Kenya Tourism Board Appoints New CEO

Organizes Seminars In II & III Tier Cities M a u r i t i u s To u r i s m Promotion Authority (MTPA)-India, in association with Air Mauritius organized seminars for travel agents in Trichy, Madurai, Jaipur, Kolkata and Amritsar. The events saw participation from India offices of Orange Tourism, My Value Travels, Akquasun, Shanti Maurice, InterContinental, Constance and Beachcomber Hotels. T h e p ro d u c t p re s e n tat i o n was conducted by Mr. Vivek Anand, Country Manager, MTPA India and Mr. Vinit Gupte, Manager India & South Asian Subcontinent, Air Mauritius. The DMCs and Hotels also gave product presentations to share information about their offerings. Around four hundred travel agents were present, across all cities, at the seminars, which are an ideal platform to learn more about the destination. The objective of the seminar was to update the travel trade partners about the latest developments in Mauritius. Mr. Anand said, “The responses of the travel trade partners in all five cities were awe-inspiring.” More and more Indian travellers are planning to travel to the affordable luxury destination 'Mauritius'. We are getting enquiries for quite a few

Indian weddings. Film producers are also showing interest in shooting Bollywood movies in Mauritius. He added, “Mauritius offers amazing activities for adventure lovers like sky diving , ziplining , quad biking , seakarting, submarine rides, helicopter tours and also life time experience of walking with the lions and safari. Those who are sports minded, can enjoy a game of Golf at one of the many championship level courses in Mauritius. Indians while in Mauritius will definitely enjoy long drives, shopping, night life, delicious cuisines or simply rejuvenate themselves at the world class spas. Mauritius is a perfect MICE destination. Besides its natural splendour, the island has all the key facilities required for organising successful meetings, conferences and events.”

Dr. Betty Radier has been appointment as the new Kenya Tourism Board's Chief Executive Officer. Announcing the appointment, KTB Chairman Mr. Jimi Kariuki said the Board was confident t h at D r. R a d i e r h a d t h e r i g ht qualifications to steer KTB and the country's tourism sector into great new frontiers. She brings on board vast leaderships skills complemented with expertise in Strategy. Dr. Radier brings to KTB over 18 years senior management experience in

marketing, strategy and operations. Dr. Radier holds a Doctoral degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and from the University of Nairobi. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Radier served as Managing Director of Scanad Kenya, JWT and Scanad Advertising Tanzania, McCann Kenya Ltd, and Lowe Scanad Uganda Limited. "I am pleased to start this new role and thank the Board for their show of confidence. Kenya Tourism Board has an opportunity to work together with Kenyans to promote Kenya as a tourism destination and embrace as well as showcase the beauty of Kenya and attract tourists to Kenya.”

New Executive Director Of GPS Comes Onboard In a latest development, Mr. Ankush Nijhawan (MD of Nijhawan Group) has come onboard with immediate effect as the Executive Director of Global Panorama Showcase (GPS). Talking about this development, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Co-Founder, GPS, said, “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ankush Nijhawan as Executive Director of GPS and I am sure this move will help us in making GPS one of the leading travel shows in India in Tier-II & III market space.” Anand went on to add that Ankush’s expertise will further assist in elevating GPS’s position and achieve our objective to educate and empower the travel fraternity in Tier-II and III markets. “GPS is all about Innovation,Involvement, Engagement and excelling to reach acommon goal, which is to explore and unleash the tourism potential that lies in the Tier II & Tier III cities of India.

On Coming aboard, Ankush Nijhawan said, “We will offer our expertise in bringing more number of quality buyers to GPS as there is a new generation of travellers in Tier-II and III cities and educating and reaching out to travel trade in these markets become important. With our agent network, we are confident that, we will achieve in getting the right buyers to the show. Also with our international relationship and exposure, we are confident in influencing global exhibitors to participate in GPS. “

GVK Lounge bagged World's Leading First Class Airport Lounge

at the World Travel Awards 2016 The GVK Lounge at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), operated by Travel Food Services (TFS) and Performa has bagged the World's Leading First Class Airport Lounge at the 23rd edition of the World Travel Awards 2016, held at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives. In a yearlong online global voting process, qualified executives from the sector as well as end consumers participate to help their favourite destinations win the most desired accolade in the travel industry. The GVK Lounge has also been consistently nominated for the award in the Business Class category for the past two years, standing out among some of the finest airport and airline lounges. The GVK Lounge First Class section

encases a dedicated area offering exclusive state-of-the-art amenities, such as superlative concierge services, a variety of inter-continental cuisines, and a world-class spa, among other facilities. The GVK Lounge strives to create a tempting atmosphere for passengers, ensuring that their experience leaves them with a lingering sense of comfort and contentment.

Discovery To Air Its New Series #Gonortheast Supported by Incredible India, Discovery Channel w i l l a i r #GONORTHEAST on every Saturday at 10 pm. Discovery takes its viewers on an unforgettable road trip to discover the vigorous beauty of these magnificent states. The journey to Northern region also covers the Himalayan state - Sikkim and the crown of India - Jammu & Kashmir. The nine-part series #GONORTHEAST explores places, customs, diverse landscape and the multitude of life that live here. In each episode, popular television actors Varun Mitra and Aalekh Kapoor take a stop-over to meet some of the most charismatic

characters, relish authentic cuisines, experience myriad cultures and indulge in raw adventures that these lands have to offer. The exploration begins from Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and after visiting the seven sister states, viewers travel to Sikkim. The last leg of the journey takes Varun to northern most state Jammu & Kashmir, followed by Ladakh. Viewers join him to attend the Ladakh Festival.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Thailand’s 4th Edition of Luxury Roadshow In India

Thailand's Luxurious Pleasure annual roadshow targets nearly every travel agent in the Indian market. Thailand being a destination of widespread appeal, the Luxurious Pleasure series is a meeting place for buyers and sellers with a focus on high end holidays. The target audience includes agents who sell staple five-stars, to travel agents who simply add a few touches of luxury to an otherwise regular itinerary and those whose itineraries include private islands and helicopter rides. Roadshow was held in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. This includes a growth in the number if travellers opting for 5-star hotels and villas and a good response to market promotions with prices in the range of INR 80,000 to INR 150,000 for a weeklong holiday. Today about 25% of the Indian market is checking into luxury hotels and above (villas, private islands and yachts) and this is up from barely 10% when TAT first launched its

campaign to target the luxury segment. This year the tourism board invested in hiring TV host Anusha Dandekar as brand ambassador to drive the interest of high end women travellers and in golfer Vani Kapoor in order to tap golf travel. Soraya Homchuen, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mumbai office informed, “Thailand welcomed 1.06 million Indian travellers in 2015. For 2016, the target is 1.1 million – a figure that the destination looks like it is on track to achieve having hit over 700,000 Indian arrivals by August. But more importantly TAT wants to grow high end's share of the pie by another 5%. “Women comprise 23% of the market currently and for this year we would like to bring this up to 30-35%,” Homchuen said. She concluded saying, “We have to balance our qualitative and quantitative growth as we go forth which I think is also beneficial to the travel agent and I am counting on the support of the travel trade towards this effect.”

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Mauritius Tourism and Air Mauritius

Kenya Tourism Board Appoints New CEO

Organizes Seminars In II & III Tier Cities M a u r i t i u s To u r i s m Promotion Authority (MTPA)-India, in association with Air Mauritius organized seminars for travel agents in Trichy, Madurai, Jaipur, Kolkata and Amritsar. The events saw participation from India offices of Orange Tourism, My Value Travels, Akquasun, Shanti Maurice, InterContinental, Constance and Beachcomber Hotels. T h e p ro d u c t p re s e n tat i o n was conducted by Mr. Vivek Anand, Country Manager, MTPA India and Mr. Vinit Gupte, Manager India & South Asian Subcontinent, Air Mauritius. The DMCs and Hotels also gave product presentations to share information about their offerings. Around four hundred travel agents were present, across all cities, at the seminars, which are an ideal platform to learn more about the destination. The objective of the seminar was to update the travel trade partners about the latest developments in Mauritius. Mr. Anand said, “The responses of the travel trade partners in all five cities were awe-inspiring.” More and more Indian travellers are planning to travel to the affordable luxury destination 'Mauritius'. We are getting enquiries for quite a few

Indian weddings. Film producers are also showing interest in shooting Bollywood movies in Mauritius. He added, “Mauritius offers amazing activities for adventure lovers like sky diving , ziplining , quad biking , seakarting, submarine rides, helicopter tours and also life time experience of walking with the lions and safari. Those who are sports minded, can enjoy a game of Golf at one of the many championship level courses in Mauritius. Indians while in Mauritius will definitely enjoy long drives, shopping, night life, delicious cuisines or simply rejuvenate themselves at the world class spas. Mauritius is a perfect MICE destination. Besides its natural splendour, the island has all the key facilities required for organising successful meetings, conferences and events.”

Dr. Betty Radier has been appointment as the new Kenya Tourism Board's Chief Executive Officer. Announcing the appointment, KTB Chairman Mr. Jimi Kariuki said the Board was confident t h at D r. R a d i e r h a d t h e r i g ht qualifications to steer KTB and the country's tourism sector into great new frontiers. She brings on board vast leaderships skills complemented with expertise in Strategy. Dr. Radier brings to KTB over 18 years senior management experience in

marketing, strategy and operations. Dr. Radier holds a Doctoral degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and from the University of Nairobi. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Radier served as Managing Director of Scanad Kenya, JWT and Scanad Advertising Tanzania, McCann Kenya Ltd, and Lowe Scanad Uganda Limited. "I am pleased to start this new role and thank the Board for their show of confidence. Kenya Tourism Board has an opportunity to work together with Kenyans to promote Kenya as a tourism destination and embrace as well as showcase the beauty of Kenya and attract tourists to Kenya.”

New Executive Director Of GPS Comes Onboard In a latest development, Mr. Ankush Nijhawan (MD of Nijhawan Group) has come onboard with immediate effect as the Executive Director of Global Panorama Showcase (GPS). Talking about this development, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Co-Founder, GPS, said, “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ankush Nijhawan as Executive Director of GPS and I am sure this move will help us in making GPS one of the leading travel shows in India in Tier-II & III market space.” Anand went on to add that Ankush’s expertise will further assist in elevating GPS’s position and achieve our objective to educate and empower the travel fraternity in Tier-II and III markets. “GPS is all about Innovation,Involvement, Engagement and excelling to reach acommon goal, which is to explore and unleash the tourism potential that lies in the Tier II & Tier III cities of India.

On Coming aboard, Ankush Nijhawan said, “We will offer our expertise in bringing more number of quality buyers to GPS as there is a new generation of travellers in Tier-II and III cities and educating and reaching out to travel trade in these markets become important. With our agent network, we are confident that, we will achieve in getting the right buyers to the show. Also with our international relationship and exposure, we are confident in influencing global exhibitors to participate in GPS. “

GVK Lounge bagged World's Leading First Class Airport Lounge

at the World Travel Awards 2016 The GVK Lounge at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), operated by Travel Food Services (TFS) and Performa has bagged the World's Leading First Class Airport Lounge at the 23rd edition of the World Travel Awards 2016, held at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives. In a yearlong online global voting process, qualified executives from the sector as well as end consumers participate to help their favourite destinations win the most desired accolade in the travel industry. The GVK Lounge has also been consistently nominated for the award in the Business Class category for the past two years, standing out among some of the finest airport and airline lounges. The GVK Lounge First Class section

encases a dedicated area offering exclusive state-of-the-art amenities, such as superlative concierge services, a variety of inter-continental cuisines, and a world-class spa, among other facilities. The GVK Lounge strives to create a tempting atmosphere for passengers, ensuring that their experience leaves them with a lingering sense of comfort and contentment.

Discovery To Air Its New Series #Gonortheast Supported by Incredible India, Discovery Channel w i l l a i r #GONORTHEAST on every Saturday at 10 pm. Discovery takes its viewers on an unforgettable road trip to discover the vigorous beauty of these magnificent states. The journey to Northern region also covers the Himalayan state - Sikkim and the crown of India - Jammu & Kashmir. The nine-part series #GONORTHEAST explores places, customs, diverse landscape and the multitude of life that live here. In each episode, popular television actors Varun Mitra and Aalekh Kapoor take a stop-over to meet some of the most charismatic

characters, relish authentic cuisines, experience myriad cultures and indulge in raw adventures that these lands have to offer. The exploration begins from Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and after visiting the seven sister states, viewers travel to Sikkim. The last leg of the journey takes Varun to northern most state Jammu & Kashmir, followed by Ladakh. Viewers join him to attend the Ladakh Festival.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Switzerland Tourism Launches Campaigns

For Winter & Summer 2017 Switzerland Tourism has announced the launch of its Winter Campaign for 2016 and 'Nature wants you back' campaign for Summer 2017. The Winter campaign will focus on all the action and adventure that can be explored in one of nature's most artistic canvases – Switzerland, with the tagline 'You can... but you don't have to'. The summer campaign “Nature wants you back”, to be led by Brand Ambassador Ranveer Singh was also launched. The campaign tag line is the perfect expression of how one c h o o s e s t o b e '#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND; have an adventurous adrenaline filled vacation or a leisurely, relaxed trip whilst taking in the beauty of the breath-taking nature, scenery and serenity of the country. The campaign launched in presence of the tourism partners of Switzerland – Geneva, Lake Geneva, Glacier 3000 and

Gstaad, hopes to further increase and sustain the double digit growth of 16% seen in 20152016. With Swiss Tr a v e l P a s s tourists can explore Switzerland with ease and now the Switzerland tourism is going to replace the Wihelm Tell Express with New Gothard Panorama Express as of April 2017 which will save 45 mins of the journey time. Geneva tourism have also organized an Exhibition on Dinosaurs from Oct 2016 to Jan 2017 and the Charlie Chaplin museum will be also opening in April 2017 which will be some new attractions for the tourists. Mr. Claudio Zemp, Director – India, Switzerland Tourism, said, “Winter is coming up and is an absolutely beautiful time to visit Switzerland. One can enjoy various winter activities and explore their hidden passion for adventure with sports such as skiing, snow-shoe trekking, tobogganing. Ranveer's next trip is going to be in winter.”

Abu Dhabi Tourism Road Shows In India With India being the best source market for Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority successfully concluded their four-city road shows from 5th-8th December w h i c h to o k p l a c e i n C h e n n a i , Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai. TCA Abu Dhabi's road show featured 10 stakeholders which included Etihad Airways, Lama Tours & Holidays, ORYX Intenational Tourism, Ryna Tourism, Armed forces Officers Club & Hotel, Rotana, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, S e aw i n g s , J u m e i ra h at Et i h a d Towers, and Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

"In order to inculcate India's position as the best source market for Abu Dhabi tourism, we like to thank our trade partners before wrapping up the financial year. In the first half of this year 152,423 Indians checked into Abu Dhabi hotels which were a 20% year-over-year increase. Indian guests accounted for 7% of all hotel stays in the Emirate, with a longerthan-average stay of 3.4 nights. Furthermore, we intend to either increase this value or maintain the same ratio in the coming year." said M r. B e j a n D i n s h a w, C o u n t r y Manager, TCA Abu Dhabi, India.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Switzerland Tourism Launches Campaigns

For Winter & Summer 2017 Switzerland Tourism has announced the launch of its Winter Campaign for 2016 and 'Nature wants you back' campaign for Summer 2017. The Winter campaign will focus on all the action and adventure that can be explored in one of nature's most artistic canvases – Switzerland, with the tagline 'You can... but you don't have to'. The summer campaign “Nature wants you back”, to be led by Brand Ambassador Ranveer Singh was also launched. The campaign tag line is the perfect expression of how one c h o o s e s t o b e '#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND; have an adventurous adrenaline filled vacation or a leisurely, relaxed trip whilst taking in the beauty of the breath-taking nature, scenery and serenity of the country. The campaign launched in presence of the tourism partners of Switzerland – Geneva, Lake Geneva, Glacier 3000 and

Gstaad, hopes to further increase and sustain the double digit growth of 16% seen in 20152016. With Swiss Tr a v e l P a s s tourists can explore Switzerland with ease and now the Switzerland tourism is going to replace the Wihelm Tell Express with New Gothard Panorama Express as of April 2017 which will save 45 mins of the journey time. Geneva tourism have also organized an Exhibition on Dinosaurs from Oct 2016 to Jan 2017 and the Charlie Chaplin museum will be also opening in April 2017 which will be some new attractions for the tourists. Mr. Claudio Zemp, Director – India, Switzerland Tourism, said, “Winter is coming up and is an absolutely beautiful time to visit Switzerland. One can enjoy various winter activities and explore their hidden passion for adventure with sports such as skiing, snow-shoe trekking, tobogganing. Ranveer's next trip is going to be in winter.”

Abu Dhabi Tourism Road Shows In India With India being the best source market for Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority successfully concluded their four-city road shows from 5th-8th December w h i c h to o k p l a c e i n C h e n n a i , Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai. TCA Abu Dhabi's road show featured 10 stakeholders which included Etihad Airways, Lama Tours & Holidays, ORYX Intenational Tourism, Ryna Tourism, Armed forces Officers Club & Hotel, Rotana, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, S e aw i n g s , J u m e i ra h at Et i h a d Towers, and Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

"In order to inculcate India's position as the best source market for Abu Dhabi tourism, we like to thank our trade partners before wrapping up the financial year. In the first half of this year 152,423 Indians checked into Abu Dhabi hotels which were a 20% year-over-year increase. Indian guests accounted for 7% of all hotel stays in the Emirate, with a longerthan-average stay of 3.4 nights. Furthermore, we intend to either increase this value or maintain the same ratio in the coming year." said M r. B e j a n D i n s h a w, C o u n t r y Manager, TCA Abu Dhabi, India.

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