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Isreal Eases Visa Procedure For Indian Israel has simplified the visa application procedure for Indian citizens. The relaxed visa rule involves less documentation for Indians who h ave ava i l e d v i s a s o f S c h e n ge n countries, US, Canada, Australia or Israel and have completed their travel to these countries. For these travellers, the documents include a valid passport, completed Visa Application Form, two photographs (5.5cm x 5.5cm), Cover Letter with travel information, Traveller's Insurance and passport copy (first and last page). Mr. Hassan Madah Director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism, India said, “This is an initiative we have been working very closely with Interior Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry to introduce in India and I am happy to see this change for the Indian travellers who wish to travel to Israel. Easing the visa requirements will not only make the application process faster, I am

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Open Terrace Permission For Sky Bars & Vietnam Promotes Tourism In India Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said, “A myriad of tourism Roof-Top Cafes In Mumbai The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved for Ro o f to p Re sta u ra nt Po l i c y o n 1 November 2017 and notifying with certain rules and regulations. Under the new policy, exciting malls and hotels in the city can have a dining place on the terrace if there's no residential building within 10 meters. The eateries should have a 1.5 meter parapet, and no cooking will be allowed using an LPG stove or an open flame. Mr. Dilip Datwani, President, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) said, “AHAR and HRAWI are thankful to the Ho'ble Chief Minister,

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Tourism (VNAT) and the Embassy of Vietnam in India launched a programme in New Delhi to promote Vietnam’s tourism. Vietnam has become a popular destination for Indian tourists. The country boasts a coastline of over 3,200 km with poetic beaches as well as unique culture and world cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO. The VNAT has coordinated with the both countries’ embassies and businesses to organize tourism, aviation and cinema cooperation conferences as well as receive Indian film makers in Vietnam to share their experience. Ngo Hoai Chung Deputy Head of the Vietnam National Administration of

Shri Ajoy Mehta, Shri Rahul Shewale, Shri Aditya Thackeray, and Shri Rais Sheikh of Samajwadi Party who were instrumental in facilitating the open terrace permissions. We are happy that the Govt. is doing its bit in encouraging tourism. It has been our plea to unlock the huge potential that terraces offer by allowing them to be operated as leisure or recreational spaces. Sky Bars and Roof-top Cafes are an emerging trend across the world and Mumbai despite being the commercial capital of India lacked the policy for allowing these activities. This is a welcome decision which many International tourists as we well as Mumbaikas will appreciate.”

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promotion activities have been carried out effectively within the framework of bilateral and multilateral co-operation. India is a priority tourism market. Therefore, the Southeast Asian country has launched a number of activities to explore this market, promote tourism products and services, and engage in trade fairs and exhibitions.” According to India’s Ministry of Tourism, the number of Indian tourists to Vietnam increased to 85,000 in 2016 from 33,000 in 2010. During his working trip to India, Chung had a working session with the Indian ministry on 11 December 2017, to exchange tourism cooperation between the two countries in recent time.

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TRADE NEWS “Tourism – Everyones Business” Book Launch

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New Team Of TAAI TAAI members elected their office bearers and Managing Committee for the 2 year term at the 66th Annual General Meeting held on 28 November, 2017 in Mumbai. TAAI new team for President Position was handed over to Mr. Sunil Kumar of Travel World; Mr. Sanjay Narula Apex Tours and Travel became Vice President; Ms. Jyoti Mayal New Airways Travel Pvt. Ltd is appointed as Honorary Secretary General, Mr. Imtiaz Qureshi, Viceroy Travels Pvt. Ltd was elected as Honorary Treasurer. The New Managing Committee of the

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Indian Tourism embodies Centuries of growth and diversity. As someone who has grown up in the midst of tourism activities since 1970's till this date and being involved directly in tourism development planning process and marketing initiatives of the Ministry of Tourism in India and overseas, Mr. Gour Kanjilal surely can identify himself as real tourism practitioner. In this book “Tourism –Everyones Business” he has shared his thoughts on the multifaceted, vibrant and rich tourism heritage of India. Most of the contents in this book cover his speeches, talks addressed in

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TAAI members elected their office bearers and Managing Committee for the 2 year term at the 66th Annual General Meeting was held on 28 November, 2017 in Mumbai. TAAI new team for - President Position was handed over to Mr. Sunil Kumar of Travel World; Mr. Sanjay Narula Apex To u r s a n d Tr a v e l b e c a m e V i c e

President; Ms. Jyoti Mayal New Airways Travel Pvt. Ltd is appointed as Honorary Secretary General, Mr. Imtiaz Qureshi, Viceroy Travels Pvt. Ltd was elected as Honorary Treasurer. The New Managing Committee of the TAAI is Mr. Anil Kumar, Acma Travel Tours Pvt. Ltd; Mr. Anoop B. Kanuga,

Bathija Travels Pvt. Limited; Mr. Bhagwan T. Ramnani, Ven simal World Travel Agents Pvt. Ltd; Mrs. Devaki Thiyagarajan, Avocet Tours & Travel Private Limited; Mr. Gurmeet Singh Vij, Nova Tours & Travels; Mr. Rajan Sehgal, Airborne Travels Pvt. Limited; Mr. P. Saravan, Viking Tours & Travels.

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various Institutes of Tourism in India, his writings in National and International Press and taking lessons from the talks of the tourism experts. Mr. Gour Kanjilal said, “Tourism facets are not available at one place in any book. I thought if I can put all the related tourism aspects at one place that can be truly beneficial for the new entrants to tourism studies.” His lucid style succeeds in addressing all readers in an easy manner and the vast range of tourism activities that he brings for an interesting study on Indian tourism. His passion for tourism echoes through the articles. As Promoter, I am confident this book will encourage you to know more about Indian Tourism. Mr. M. P. Bezbaruah former Secretary (Tourism), Government of India & Permanent Representative of UNWTO in India said, “I congratulate Kanjilal who has penned to write this book with his 49 years tourism experience. It gives me pleasure to release this book “Tourism – Everyones business.” The book contents

cover multifaceted aspects of tourism and connect Indian Tourism products of cultural diversity and all –season visitor experiences. It integrates the principles of Sustainable Development into country policies. It will be good for new entrants for tourism studies.” Other distinguished guests present included Mr. Subhash Goyal, Secretary General, FAITH and Past President, IATO;

Present President of IATO Mr. Pronab Sarkar, veterans in tourism business, tourism professionals from Kolkata, Mumbai, Mr. Shailendra Kesari Editor & Publisher Safari Plus, and host of Media members and his friends in government Ministries and the travel trade partners. The book has been published by Shailendra Publications, Mumbai.

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Karnataka Tourism Announced The Inaugural Edition Of 'Karnataka International Travel Expo'

Govt. of Karnataka – Department of Tourism announces the inaugural edition of 'Karnataka International Tra v e l E x p o ' , t ra v e l e v e n t i n Bengaluru from the 28 February 2018 – 2 March 2018. The expo is set on a B2B platform with over 400 registered Buyers and Media from over 25 countries exploring business opportunities for discerning travel and tourism products, which will make the event one of the most sought-

after travel events in the country and enhance the marketing efforts of the state to promote Karnataka as a destination which is diverse, fascinating and safe! Shri Priyank Kharge, Honorable Minister for Tourism, IT & BT, Govt. of Karnataka said "Karnataka is home to a large and exciting portfolio of globally acclaimed tourism products with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, splendid wildlife and resplendent nature, virgin beaches to adorn.'Karnataka International Travel Expo'', being held for the first time will provide the impetus to the inbound travel and tourism industry and would

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enhance the marketing efforts of Karnataka Tourism to promote our destinations to the travel trade from all over the world." The event is supported by major travel trade and hospitality association in India such as ADTOI, ATOAI, IATO, TAAI, SKAL, FKCCI, Karnataka Tourism Forum, FHRAI, etc The 2018 event will showcase both the rich cultural heritage and high-tech features of the city of Bangalore in the state of Karnataka. Mr. TK Anil Kumar, Secretary – Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka said, “Karnataka with its diverse range of products is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive states for the travel trade industry both for leisure and business travel. A globalized one-stop

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sourcing platform is vital for stakeholders within the tourism industry to effectively reach out to the Karnataka travel market”. KITE will attract over 1,000 delegates from over 25 countries for the threeday event, facilitating over 10,000 prematched appointments and bringing together qualified international buyers and sellers for face-to-face meetings, educational forums and networking functions. The show promises to provide an opportunity to tap into this m a r ke t b y b r i n g i n g a fo r u m o f exceptional one-to-one business meetings. Karnataka International Travel Mart aims to create a platform that will offer the perfect environment for the like-minded people to interact and do business together.

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Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai Celebrates 114 Years Of Its Legacy The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai the flagship hotel of Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris– celebrates its 114th anniversary. One of the defining landmarks of Mumbai’s cityscape, ‘The Taj’, as it is fondly called, is the great and lasting legacy of its founder Mr. Jamsetji Tata, who envisioned a hotel that would set the benchmark for Indian hospitality. Ever since it opened its doors on the 16 December, 1903 The Taj has blazed a trail of innovation and excellence that continues, even today, to make it India’s most widely-known name in luxury hospitality world over. In June 2017, The Taj secured image trademark rights for its elegant hotel building and its characteristic dome from the Government of India, making it a part of an elite club of structures

around the world to have done so. This development is the latest in many firsts that the hotel is credited with. The Taj was Mumbai’s first clear landmark that could be seen from the sea and unknown to most, the hotel preceded the famous Gateway of India by over 20 years. It was the first hotel in India to have electricity, India’s first 24-hour coffee shop, India’s first Sichuan restaurant and Mumbai’s first licensed bar. It was The Taj that pioneered fine dining cuisine, in-room dining and introduced the butler service in India. And it was from the steps of The Taj Mahal Palace that Lord Mountbatten announced India’s independence. Over the years, The Taj has hosted the likes of Sarojini Naidu, Ravi Shankar, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Barbara Cartland, Bill Clinton, David Rockefeller,

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George Bernard Shaw, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, M a r g a r e t Thatcher, Mick Jagger, Prince Charles, Sir R i c h a r d Attenborough, and Barack Obama, to name a few. The history of Shamiana and the legacy of Harbour Bar, India’s oldest bar, charmingly blend with the modern flair of Wasabi by Morimoto, making Taj a destination of choice for bon vivants, captains of industry, and iconoclastic artists. It is the place where the works of Hussain, Sabavala, Ara, and Gaitonde adorn the walls; and the place where the Beatles could have composed a love story.

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Mr. Taljinder Singh, Area Director – Mumbai and General Manager, The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, said, “The Taj Mahal Palace was Jamsetji Tata’s vision for the future of Indian hospitality, and his legacy to the city of Mumbai. The hotel has set the bar for service excellence and innovation. The Tajis woven into the lives of generations of Indians and we feel privileged in setting new benchmarks of fine living and serving our treasured guests for years to come.”

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TRADE NEWS “Tourism – Everyones Business” Book Launch

EVENTS

New Team Of TAAI TAAI members elected their office bearers and Managing Committee for the 2 year term at the 66th Annual General Meeting held on 28 November, 2017 in Mumbai. TAAI new team for President Position was handed over to Mr. Sunil Kumar of Travel World; Mr. Sanjay Narula Apex Tours and Travel became Vice President; Ms. Jyoti Mayal New Airways Travel Pvt. Ltd is appointed as Honorary Secretary General, Mr. Imtiaz Qureshi, Viceroy Travels Pvt. Ltd was elected as Honorary Treasurer. The New Managing Committee of the

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

Indian Tourism embodies Centuries of growth and diversity. As someone who has grown up in the midst of tourism activities since 1970's till this date and being involved directly in tourism development planning process and marketing initiatives of the Ministry of Tourism in India and overseas, Mr. Gour Kanjilal surely can identify himself as real tourism practitioner. In this book “Tourism –Everyones Business” he has shared his thoughts on the multifaceted, vibrant and rich tourism heritage of India. Most of the contents in this book cover his speeches, talks addressed in

Regd. Office: 155/153B, Samudrik Building, Bhuleshwar Road, Mumbai 400 002

TAAI members elected their office bearers and Managing Committee for the 2 year term at the 66th Annual General Meeting was held on 28 November, 2017 in Mumbai. TAAI new team for - President Position was handed over to Mr. Sunil Kumar of Travel World; Mr. Sanjay Narula Apex To u r s a n d Tr a v e l b e c a m e V i c e

President; Ms. Jyoti Mayal New Airways Travel Pvt. Ltd is appointed as Honorary Secretary General, Mr. Imtiaz Qureshi, Viceroy Travels Pvt. Ltd was elected as Honorary Treasurer. The New Managing Committee of the TAAI is Mr. Anil Kumar, Acma Travel Tours Pvt. Ltd; Mr. Anoop B. Kanuga,

Bathija Travels Pvt. Limited; Mr. Bhagwan T. Ramnani, Ven simal World Travel Agents Pvt. Ltd; Mrs. Devaki Thiyagarajan, Avocet Tours & Travel Private Limited; Mr. Gurmeet Singh Vij, Nova Tours & Travels; Mr. Rajan Sehgal, Airborne Travels Pvt. Limited; Mr. P. Saravan, Viking Tours & Travels.

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various Institutes of Tourism in India, his writings in National and International Press and taking lessons from the talks of the tourism experts. Mr. Gour Kanjilal said, “Tourism facets are not available at one place in any book. I thought if I can put all the related tourism aspects at one place that can be truly beneficial for the new entrants to tourism studies.” His lucid style succeeds in addressing all readers in an easy manner and the vast range of tourism activities that he brings for an interesting study on Indian tourism. His passion for tourism echoes through the articles. As Promoter, I am confident this book will encourage you to know more about Indian Tourism. Mr. M. P. Bezbaruah former Secretary (Tourism), Government of India & Permanent Representative of UNWTO in India said, “I congratulate Kanjilal who has penned to write this book with his 49 years tourism experience. It gives me pleasure to release this book “Tourism – Everyones business.” The book contents

cover multifaceted aspects of tourism and connect Indian Tourism products of cultural diversity and all –season visitor experiences. It integrates the principles of Sustainable Development into country policies. It will be good for new entrants for tourism studies.” Other distinguished guests present included Mr. Subhash Goyal, Secretary General, FAITH and Past President, IATO;

Present President of IATO Mr. Pronab Sarkar, veterans in tourism business, tourism professionals from Kolkata, Mumbai, Mr. Shailendra Kesari Editor & Publisher Safari Plus, and host of Media members and his friends in government Ministries and the travel trade partners. The book has been published by Shailendra Publications, Mumbai.

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Karnataka Tourism Announced The Inaugural Edition Of 'Karnataka International Travel Expo'

Govt. of Karnataka – Department of Tourism announces the inaugural edition of 'Karnataka International Tra v e l E x p o ' , t ra v e l e v e n t i n Bengaluru from the 28 February 2018 – 2 March 2018. The expo is set on a B2B platform with over 400 registered Buyers and Media from over 25 countries exploring business opportunities for discerning travel and tourism products, which will make the event one of the most sought-

after travel events in the country and enhance the marketing efforts of the state to promote Karnataka as a destination which is diverse, fascinating and safe! Shri Priyank Kharge, Honorable Minister for Tourism, IT & BT, Govt. of Karnataka said "Karnataka is home to a large and exciting portfolio of globally acclaimed tourism products with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, splendid wildlife and resplendent nature, virgin beaches to adorn.'Karnataka International Travel Expo'', being held for the first time will provide the impetus to the inbound travel and tourism industry and would

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enhance the marketing efforts of Karnataka Tourism to promote our destinations to the travel trade from all over the world." The event is supported by major travel trade and hospitality association in India such as ADTOI, ATOAI, IATO, TAAI, SKAL, FKCCI, Karnataka Tourism Forum, FHRAI, etc The 2018 event will showcase both the rich cultural heritage and high-tech features of the city of Bangalore in the state of Karnataka. Mr. TK Anil Kumar, Secretary – Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka said, “Karnataka with its diverse range of products is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive states for the travel trade industry both for leisure and business travel. A globalized one-stop

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sourcing platform is vital for stakeholders within the tourism industry to effectively reach out to the Karnataka travel market”. KITE will attract over 1,000 delegates from over 25 countries for the threeday event, facilitating over 10,000 prematched appointments and bringing together qualified international buyers and sellers for face-to-face meetings, educational forums and networking functions. The show promises to provide an opportunity to tap into this m a r ke t b y b r i n g i n g a fo r u m o f exceptional one-to-one business meetings. Karnataka International Travel Mart aims to create a platform that will offer the perfect environment for the like-minded people to interact and do business together.

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Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai Celebrates 114 Years Of Its Legacy The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai the flagship hotel of Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris– celebrates its 114th anniversary. One of the defining landmarks of Mumbai’s cityscape, ‘The Taj’, as it is fondly called, is the great and lasting legacy of its founder Mr. Jamsetji Tata, who envisioned a hotel that would set the benchmark for Indian hospitality. Ever since it opened its doors on the 16 December, 1903 The Taj has blazed a trail of innovation and excellence that continues, even today, to make it India’s most widely-known name in luxury hospitality world over. In June 2017, The Taj secured image trademark rights for its elegant hotel building and its characteristic dome from the Government of India, making it a part of an elite club of structures

around the world to have done so. This development is the latest in many firsts that the hotel is credited with. The Taj was Mumbai’s first clear landmark that could be seen from the sea and unknown to most, the hotel preceded the famous Gateway of India by over 20 years. It was the first hotel in India to have electricity, India’s first 24-hour coffee shop, India’s first Sichuan restaurant and Mumbai’s first licensed bar. It was The Taj that pioneered fine dining cuisine, in-room dining and introduced the butler service in India. And it was from the steps of The Taj Mahal Palace that Lord Mountbatten announced India’s independence. Over the years, The Taj has hosted the likes of Sarojini Naidu, Ravi Shankar, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Barbara Cartland, Bill Clinton, David Rockefeller,

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George Bernard Shaw, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, M a r g a r e t Thatcher, Mick Jagger, Prince Charles, Sir R i c h a r d Attenborough, and Barack Obama, to name a few. The history of Shamiana and the legacy of Harbour Bar, India’s oldest bar, charmingly blend with the modern flair of Wasabi by Morimoto, making Taj a destination of choice for bon vivants, captains of industry, and iconoclastic artists. It is the place where the works of Hussain, Sabavala, Ara, and Gaitonde adorn the walls; and the place where the Beatles could have composed a love story.

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Mr. Taljinder Singh, Area Director – Mumbai and General Manager, The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, said, “The Taj Mahal Palace was Jamsetji Tata’s vision for the future of Indian hospitality, and his legacy to the city of Mumbai. The hotel has set the bar for service excellence and innovation. The Tajis woven into the lives of generations of Indians and we feel privileged in setting new benchmarks of fine living and serving our treasured guests for years to come.”

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Goa Carnival

INSIGHT Grover Zampa Vineyards Celebrates 25 Years Grover Zampa Vineyards, held a party at St. Regis, Mumbai on 1 November 2017 to celebrate its remarkable journey of 25 years of wine making topped off with the launch of Auriga - India's first ever sparkling wine with eye-catching, 24 carat gold flakes. The evening commenced with a vertical wine tasting session where 3 different vintages of Grover Zampa La Rèserve we re s e r ve d . M r. Ka p i l G ro ve r , Chairman and Mr. Ravi Jain, Director, Grover Zampa Vineyards along with Mr. Anuraag Bhatnagar, Multi-Property Vice President, Luxury, India, and Marriott International played perfect hosts for the evening. Ms. Karishma Grover, Winemaker, Grover Zampaen lightened the wine connoisseurs about the evolution of each vintage. It was followed by a food & wine pairing session for the wine enthusiasts where

delicious bites, matched by the hotel's executive chef, were paired with 5 award-winning wines from the range. The soirée then turned into a grand celebration with the crème de la crème of the city in attendance for the launch of Auriga, India's first ever sparkling wine with gold flakes –at Anais in The St. Regis, Mumbai. Mr. Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards proudly states “For most, journey is about traveling from one place to another. For us, it is about reaching a higher ground as we grow. It has been 25 years since we produced our first wine in 1992, a dream envisioned by my father. Today, we boast the most impressive pedigree in the Indian wine industry. This year, in keeping with our traditions of excellence

and innovation, we have taken it a notch higher: we proudly present to you Auriga. With this launch, we have added more breadth to our portfolio with a w i n e t h a t p ro v i d e s t h e p e r fe c t accompaniment for life's ceremonial moments.” Mr. Ravi Jain, Director, Grover Zampa Vineyards explains, “In an era of wine enthusiasts wanting a choice of wines of

distinct styles at various price points, Grover Zampa Vineyards has developed a global portfolio that would suit a diverse palate. Today, Grover Zampa Vineyards has successfully completed 25 years of wine making and to mark this celebratory occasion, we have yet again raised the bar through the launch of a unique Brut sparkling wine with edible gold –Auriga. With this collection of vintage sparkling wine, we want every ceremonial occasion to be celebrated with a touch of gold.” From humble beginnings, Grover Zampa Vineyards now stands for heritage, rich culture and exceptional craftsmanship as well as wines that have been created with great passion and reverence for tradition.

Goa known for its vibrancy and long stretched beaches. The town host the tourists year round but the iconic city is

Being the most colorful festival, it witnesses a lot of zeal and zest by the Goan people; the streets are

more VIBRANT at the time of Goa Carnival Festival. One of the Famous festivals of Goa mostly celebrated in the mid-February every year. And this year dates are 10 to 13 February, 2018. There are celebrations in villages and cities all across Goa though Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama are centric. The parade with its floats, entertainers and dancers moves through the major cities. The celebration continues up to three days. And the roads of Goa are filled with graceful dances, processions, guitars, music, etc. This is the best time to visit Goa and enjoy the amazing festival of Goa. It is said that when King Momo won the state Goa then he enjoyed this win ceremony with music and colors. So in respect of this now the people of Goa celebrate this Carnival Festival with music, dance and color. This festival is celebrated since 18th Century.

extravagantly decorated and come to life with all the procession, music, graceful dances and merrymaking. The entire state is decorated with streamers and colorful ribbons and papers. A play cum dance song of Mussol is a special attraction. The costumes and dresses are vibrant and colorful. The unique headgears will surely capture your fancy at once. Boys and girls start preparing by designing their costumes. They also have to prepare for the mock battle. They fill packets and cartridges made of paper with bran, husk or sawdust or plain powder to use in the mock battles. All geared up, by the eve of the carnival, the excitement runs so high in the blood that anyone can barely sleep at night. The carnival starts with a magnificent display of colorful Floats. There is a riot of colors on the

street when the procession comes in its true form, all geared up with sparkling floats and troupes of masked revelers. On the opening day of the carnival indulge in merry making. The next 3days are marked by celebration of the Goan culture. The mornings are dominated with singing, feasting and organizing street plays while the evenings are usually full of dancing, balls, etc. on the wide open streets. All the Goa becomes a party zone, girls flaunting frills and boys with their cowboy hats. There are people

and dancers, while the evenings are dedicated to partying at whatever place the person is. A number of acrobats, brass bands, clowns, dancers, fire eaters, jesters etc. are seen to be performing in the streets of some of the major cities of Goa. Fireworks, fortune tellers, children forming their own musical orchestra, elder ones in funny costumes, there are just few scenes you will spot. The carnival comes to an end with the well liked red and black dance held by the Club National in Panaji. Goa carnival is merriment and representation of Goa culture. Floats, colossal parades, bands, balls and dances together symbolize the Goa Carnival. It conquered by pleasure, enjoyment and

who wear masks which resembles nursery rhyme characters as well as cartoons. Massive colorful parades take over the state's cities with bands, floats

merry making where individuals come together and spread joyfulness and happiness.

Sula Selections’ 'Globe In A Glass' Roadshow Returns In Its 2nd Edition! Sula Selections 'Globe in a Glass' Roadshow 2017 returns in an even grander format with as many as 8 new wines and spirit brands debuting at the roadshow. For connoisseurs of wine, spirits, explorers of the fine things in life and for the lovers of all things worth savoring – it's time to come together at one extraordinary event! The three-city tour will kick-start with Goa on 11 November 2017, moving on to Pune on 13 November 2017 and the grand finale held at Mumbai on 15 November 2017. The event was sure to leave the audience with an aftertaste of memories that will linger for long! The event will showcase some of the finest wines and spirits from around the world. From Dindori to Tuscany, Chianti to Mendoza, and Cognac to Barbados – you'll taste them all! Mr. Nick Pringle, COO, Sula said, “Our Sula Selections 'Globe in a Glass' Roadshow 2017 presents a great opportunity for our international partners to showcase their exciting range to the drinks trade industry and

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consumers. In addition to this, there is of course plenty of scope to be delighted with our very own Sula Vineyards premium wines& spirits range”. The brands include some of the highest quality wines & spirits that Sula Selections imports, like new world

Italiano Vini (Italy), Cap Royal from the house of Compagnie Médocainedes Grands Crus (Bordeaux, France). The beer range will be led by Japan's no 1 and international favoriteAsahi. Our Partner Rémy

wines-Trapiche (Argentina), Hardys (Australia), Mud House (New Zealand), Kumala (South Africa) and Cono Sur (Chile). The old world wines comprising of Bouchard Aines & Fils (France), Le Grand Noir (France), Castillo De Monseran (Spain), Bolla and Conti Serristori from the house of Gruppo

Cointreau, the French alcohol beverage company would showcase Rémy Martin Cognac Fine Champagne (France), Cointreau - Orange Liqueur (France) and Mount Gay Rum (Barbados). Antica Sambuca and Volare from the house of Rossid' Asiago (Italy). Sula is giving consumers a unique

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opportunity to meet and greet with the winemaker, master blenders, brand ambassadors, producers and other industry stalwarts all less than one roof! Distinguished names from the industry – Rajeev Samant, Nick Pringle and Cecilia Oldne from the Sula family, Olivier Medigue of Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Georges Haushalter of Compagnie Médocaine des Grands Crus, Maurizio Bertacchini of Gruppo Italiano Vini, Ann-Marie Battista of Accolade Wines, Robert Joseph of R Wines, Prarrthona Pal Chowdhury of Rémy Cointreau and Maxime Pulci of LOUIS XIII Cognac Grande Champagne, Bruno Vanzan of Rossi d'Asiago, and Matias Amstutz of Trapiche will all be present at the event.

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INSIGHT Grover Zampa Vineyards Celebrates 25 Years Grover Zampa Vineyards, held a party at St. Regis, Mumbai on 1 November 2017 to celebrate its remarkable journey of 25 years of wine making topped off with the launch of Auriga - India's first ever sparkling wine with eye-catching, 24 carat gold flakes. The evening commenced with a vertical wine tasting session where 3 different vintages of Grover Zampa La Rèserve we re s e r ve d . M r. Ka p i l G ro ve r , Chairman and Mr. Ravi Jain, Director, Grover Zampa Vineyards along with Mr. Anuraag Bhatnagar, Multi-Property Vice President, Luxury, India, and Marriott International played perfect hosts for the evening. Ms. Karishma Grover, Winemaker, Grover Zampaen lightened the wine connoisseurs about the evolution of each vintage. It was followed by a food & wine pairing session for the wine enthusiasts where

delicious bites, matched by the hotel's executive chef, were paired with 5 award-winning wines from the range. The soirée then turned into a grand celebration with the crème de la crème of the city in attendance for the launch of Auriga, India's first ever sparkling wine with gold flakes –at Anais in The St. Regis, Mumbai. Mr. Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards proudly states “For most, journey is about traveling from one place to another. For us, it is about reaching a higher ground as we grow. It has been 25 years since we produced our first wine in 1992, a dream envisioned by my father. Today, we boast the most impressive pedigree in the Indian wine industry. This year, in keeping with our traditions of excellence

and innovation, we have taken it a notch higher: we proudly present to you Auriga. With this launch, we have added more breadth to our portfolio with a w i n e t h a t p ro v i d e s t h e p e r fe c t accompaniment for life's ceremonial moments.” Mr. Ravi Jain, Director, Grover Zampa Vineyards explains, “In an era of wine enthusiasts wanting a choice of wines of

distinct styles at various price points, Grover Zampa Vineyards has developed a global portfolio that would suit a diverse palate. Today, Grover Zampa Vineyards has successfully completed 25 years of wine making and to mark this celebratory occasion, we have yet again raised the bar through the launch of a unique Brut sparkling wine with edible gold –Auriga. With this collection of vintage sparkling wine, we want every ceremonial occasion to be celebrated with a touch of gold.” From humble beginnings, Grover Zampa Vineyards now stands for heritage, rich culture and exceptional craftsmanship as well as wines that have been created with great passion and reverence for tradition.

Goa known for its vibrancy and long stretched beaches. The town host the tourists year round but the iconic city is

Being the most colorful festival, it witnesses a lot of zeal and zest by the Goan people; the streets are

more VIBRANT at the time of Goa Carnival Festival. One of the Famous festivals of Goa mostly celebrated in the mid-February every year. And this year dates are 10 to 13 February, 2018. There are celebrations in villages and cities all across Goa though Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama are centric. The parade with its floats, entertainers and dancers moves through the major cities. The celebration continues up to three days. And the roads of Goa are filled with graceful dances, processions, guitars, music, etc. This is the best time to visit Goa and enjoy the amazing festival of Goa. It is said that when King Momo won the state Goa then he enjoyed this win ceremony with music and colors. So in respect of this now the people of Goa celebrate this Carnival Festival with music, dance and color. This festival is celebrated since 18th Century.

extravagantly decorated and come to life with all the procession, music, graceful dances and merrymaking. The entire state is decorated with streamers and colorful ribbons and papers. A play cum dance song of Mussol is a special attraction. The costumes and dresses are vibrant and colorful. The unique headgears will surely capture your fancy at once. Boys and girls start preparing by designing their costumes. They also have to prepare for the mock battle. They fill packets and cartridges made of paper with bran, husk or sawdust or plain powder to use in the mock battles. All geared up, by the eve of the carnival, the excitement runs so high in the blood that anyone can barely sleep at night. The carnival starts with a magnificent display of colorful Floats. There is a riot of colors on the

street when the procession comes in its true form, all geared up with sparkling floats and troupes of masked revelers. On the opening day of the carnival indulge in merry making. The next 3days are marked by celebration of the Goan culture. The mornings are dominated with singing, feasting and organizing street plays while the evenings are usually full of dancing, balls, etc. on the wide open streets. All the Goa becomes a party zone, girls flaunting frills and boys with their cowboy hats. There are people

and dancers, while the evenings are dedicated to partying at whatever place the person is. A number of acrobats, brass bands, clowns, dancers, fire eaters, jesters etc. are seen to be performing in the streets of some of the major cities of Goa. Fireworks, fortune tellers, children forming their own musical orchestra, elder ones in funny costumes, there are just few scenes you will spot. The carnival comes to an end with the well liked red and black dance held by the Club National in Panaji. Goa carnival is merriment and representation of Goa culture. Floats, colossal parades, bands, balls and dances together symbolize the Goa Carnival. It conquered by pleasure, enjoyment and

who wear masks which resembles nursery rhyme characters as well as cartoons. Massive colorful parades take over the state's cities with bands, floats

merry making where individuals come together and spread joyfulness and happiness.

Sula Selections’ 'Globe In A Glass' Roadshow Returns In Its 2nd Edition! Sula Selections 'Globe in a Glass' Roadshow 2017 returns in an even grander format with as many as 8 new wines and spirit brands debuting at the roadshow. For connoisseurs of wine, spirits, explorers of the fine things in life and for the lovers of all things worth savoring – it's time to come together at one extraordinary event! The three-city tour will kick-start with Goa on 11 November 2017, moving on to Pune on 13 November 2017 and the grand finale held at Mumbai on 15 November 2017. The event was sure to leave the audience with an aftertaste of memories that will linger for long! The event will showcase some of the finest wines and spirits from around the world. From Dindori to Tuscany, Chianti to Mendoza, and Cognac to Barbados – you'll taste them all! Mr. Nick Pringle, COO, Sula said, “Our Sula Selections 'Globe in a Glass' Roadshow 2017 presents a great opportunity for our international partners to showcase their exciting range to the drinks trade industry and

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consumers. In addition to this, there is of course plenty of scope to be delighted with our very own Sula Vineyards premium wines& spirits range”. The brands include some of the highest quality wines & spirits that Sula Selections imports, like new world

Italiano Vini (Italy), Cap Royal from the house of Compagnie Médocainedes Grands Crus (Bordeaux, France). The beer range will be led by Japan's no 1 and international favoriteAsahi. Our Partner Rémy

wines-Trapiche (Argentina), Hardys (Australia), Mud House (New Zealand), Kumala (South Africa) and Cono Sur (Chile). The old world wines comprising of Bouchard Aines & Fils (France), Le Grand Noir (France), Castillo De Monseran (Spain), Bolla and Conti Serristori from the house of Gruppo

Cointreau, the French alcohol beverage company would showcase Rémy Martin Cognac Fine Champagne (France), Cointreau - Orange Liqueur (France) and Mount Gay Rum (Barbados). Antica Sambuca and Volare from the house of Rossid' Asiago (Italy). Sula is giving consumers a unique

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opportunity to meet and greet with the winemaker, master blenders, brand ambassadors, producers and other industry stalwarts all less than one roof! Distinguished names from the industry – Rajeev Samant, Nick Pringle and Cecilia Oldne from the Sula family, Olivier Medigue of Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Georges Haushalter of Compagnie Médocaine des Grands Crus, Maurizio Bertacchini of Gruppo Italiano Vini, Ann-Marie Battista of Accolade Wines, Robert Joseph of R Wines, Prarrthona Pal Chowdhury of Rémy Cointreau and Maxime Pulci of LOUIS XIII Cognac Grande Champagne, Bruno Vanzan of Rossi d'Asiago, and Matias Amstutz of Trapiche will all be present at the event.

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Pune Hinjawadi A Perfect BLEISURE Destination Radisson Blu Pune Hinjewadi is located in center heart of Pune giving an experience of Bleisure. With well furnish and stunning business experience while entering in lobby of the hotel. It's iconic, stylist and sophisticated in the semblance. Well when we talk about Hotel first and foremost thing come in mind is rooms and services given by the hotel.

Floor window with the choice of carpeted or wooden floors. Refreshments with snacks and cocktail in night. Separate living room with sofa to relax the body with enjoying the LCD or surfing on Internet with speedy Wi-Fi. Refresh yourself while having rain shower or mesmerizing bath tub along with required material. Radisson Blu Pune Hinjewadi gives

machines, fax along with secretarial services. Brain food is an innovative food and beverages solution for meeting and events. Developed on collaboration with nutritional experts, chefs and food supply partners. Brain food keeps the delegates blood sugar level constant, helping them feel fresh, focused and energized. Brain box is the experience meeting alternative to a more indulgent and flexible meeting room environment that uses bright color, walls to write on,

There are 5 categories in rooms Superior Rooms, Deluxe Room, Business Class Room, Deluxe Suits and Executive suits. Each rooms are well developed with spacious area, king size bed, ceiling to

service you need, the amenities you expect and get the extra services as a complementary. Business services given by providing the 2 Ball rooms, audio video equipments, photocopy

high-tech idea sharing versatile furniture and lighting to build an aerosphere that support delegates'' creatively. Perfect toned body need fitness area provide by Hotel with well

maintained and advanced fitness equipment along with trainer ensure you get the right attention while you work out. Spend your day by dining yourself with perfect place to dine according to atmosphere and mood. Whether you're heading out to catch an early flight or staying up late to work on a business proposal, Hotel's Multi-cuisine Coffee Shop offers tasty menu selection at any time of the day. From dawn to dark, you

can enjoy Continental, Chinese, Indian and Lebanese cuisine served in a welcoming and relaxed aura. Open air infinite bar enjoy few drinks in open spacious place.

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PADI certified Dive Centers in India for enabling me to achieve the unattainable. During my many practice sessions, I realized that to be able to cycle at a depth of 30m+ (100+ feet) and allow myself a safe & longer bottom time and to achieve the target would be a challenge. I would need about 20-25 minutes to cycle the 100m distance factoring in any currents, surface

conditions, obstructions and atmospheric Pressure (ATM) etc., and that was bigger risk and the real challenge! But accomplishing my aim and creating this record wouldn't have happened without the excellent guidance of the diving instructors at both the dive centers I developed and practiced this adventure with and a robust cycle that required modifications to achieve this feat in the sea. You live once, you dream once, you should put efforts to make your dream a reality.” Mr. Mit Bhatt having experience in many adventures on land, undersea and air, Mit wanted to take it to the next level by 'Experiencing Space'. To realize his dream and create a record, Mit went to Russia to fly in a MiG-29UB Fighter Jet to reach the Stratosphere. He touched the Edge of Space at Supersonic speeds whilst enduring pulverizing Gravitational forces (G-Forces) followed

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Cox & Kings survey titled 'Decoding the Babymoon Trend' to understand the demands and choices of the upcoming traveler's segment of 'Babymooners'. Babymoon is a term that refers to a brief vacation taken by would be parents to relax/travel before the baby is born. This survey was conducted in metro cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata and spoke to women comprising both pregnant women and new mothers. Interestingly the survey has revealed that 82% of the pregnant women wish to go on a Babymoon and the most preferred time is the second trimester. 72% of the new mothers had opted for a Babymoon during their pregnancy. 'Relaxation' being the primary reason for women to take a babymoon, they feel it offers a great window to have a child-free getaway. 65% of women wish to take an international babymoon trip. The wouldbe mothers are quite clear about who they want to accompany with 77% of

them wanting to go with their husbands only and not the entire family. 'Beach Destinations' are the most preferred for 88% of the women as it offers leisure beach walks and scenic views. The topmost priorities for the couple while planning the babymoon trip are safety, duration of travel and medical help. Goa, Jodhpur, Maharashtra and Kerala have topped the list of most preferred domestic babymoon destinations, whereas Seychelles, Thailand, Dubai and Sri Lanka top the list of most preferred international destinations. 97% of the respondents would disapprove adventure trip. A majority of the pregnant travellers choose custom-made tours over group tours. Close to 82% of the respondents say they would opt for vacation spanning from 5 to 7 days with the rest choosing less than 5 days. Irrespective of the location, 85% would consider opting for a Travel Insurance.

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BLS International Signs Contract With BLS International Services Ltd., service provider for outsourcing of visa, passport, atte stat i o n a n d c i t i ze n services to the governments and diplomatic missions globally, signs the contract with Embassy of the People's Republic of Algeria in India. Under this partnership, BLS International will be providing visa outsourcing and consular services to the Embassy of the People's Republic of Algeria through five visa application & attestation centers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Trivandrum. This contract has been signed to provide efficient visa and attestation services to people traveling to Algeria for business, work or leisure. Algerian Ambassador in India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal, H.E Mr. Hamza Yahia-Cherif said, “We are pleased to have partnered with BLS International for facilitating Algeria visa processing in

by Top Gun style Aerobatic Manoeuvres. Mr. Mit Bhatt said, “It was an unforgettable experience which cannot be expressed in words to fly to the stratosphere (edge of space) and come back, though there were lots of technical and physical complications involved. During the Vertical Take-off I felt as if someone kept punching really hard on my stomach when the gravitational forces (G-forces) hit, it took the wind out of me and I felt breathless and was gasping for air for a minute. But when we reached the edge of Space, it was quite magical! We tore through the clouds at supersonic speed, the view was like a dream - a thick carpet of snow white clouds below, an electric blue horizon and the sky above getting deeper blue to black with some stars appearing in broad daylight – I felt like I am in heaven! I am glad that I took it up on myself and create this amazing record”.

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Mr. Nishant Patel and Mr. Mit Bhatt have made India proud by being the first Indians to set records in Asia and India. Mr. Nishant Patel has set records with Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records as the first Asian for 'Deepest & Fastest Scuba Cycling Undersea' and Mr. Mit Bhatt has set a National Record with Limca Book of Records and India Book of Records as the First Indian Civilian to 'Fly Highest & Fastest to the Edge of Space whilst Enduring Maximum G-Forces'. They were both honored with an award and certificate in the Top 100 Unique National Records recently by India Book of Records in New Delhi. Mr. Patel said, “I always like to challenge myself to take the adventure to another level and I am very thankful to the two

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PADI certified Dive Centers in India for enabling me to achieve the unattainable. During my many practice sessions, I realized that to be able to cycle at a depth of 30m+ (100+ feet) and allow myself a safe & longer bottom time and to achieve the target would be a challenge. I would need about 20-25 minutes to cycle the 100m distance factoring in any currents, surface

conditions, obstructions and atmospheric Pressure (ATM) etc., and that was bigger risk and the real challenge! But accomplishing my aim and creating this record wouldn't have happened without the excellent guidance of the diving instructors at both the dive centers I developed and practiced this adventure with and a robust cycle that required modifications to achieve this feat in the sea. You live once, you dream once, you should put efforts to make your dream a reality.” Mr. Mit Bhatt having experience in many adventures on land, undersea and air, Mit wanted to take it to the next level by 'Experiencing Space'. To realize his dream and create a record, Mit went to Russia to fly in a MiG-29UB Fighter Jet to reach the Stratosphere. He touched the Edge of Space at Supersonic speeds whilst enduring pulverizing Gravitational forces (G-Forces) followed

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India. We hope this association to be fruitful and that it will further st re n gt h e n t h e A l ge r i a n - I n d i a n relationship in future.” BLS International shall also aim to provide advance value added services like door-stop delivery / courier facility of passports, SMS, assistance in filling visa application forms, printing and photocopying for the benefit of visa applicants at the premises. All BLS centers are equipped with state-of-theart facilities and trained staff to provide complete hassle free services to visa application.

Cox & Kings survey titled 'Decoding the Babymoon Trend' to understand the demands and choices of the upcoming traveler's segment of 'Babymooners'. Babymoon is a term that refers to a brief vacation taken by would be parents to relax/travel before the baby is born. This survey was conducted in metro cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata and spoke to women comprising both pregnant women and new mothers. Interestingly the survey has revealed that 82% of the pregnant women wish to go on a Babymoon and the most preferred time is the second trimester. 72% of the new mothers had opted for a Babymoon during their pregnancy. 'Relaxation' being the primary reason for women to take a babymoon, they feel it offers a great window to have a child-free getaway. 65% of women wish to take an international babymoon trip. The wouldbe mothers are quite clear about who they want to accompany with 77% of

them wanting to go with their husbands only and not the entire family. 'Beach Destinations' are the most preferred for 88% of the women as it offers leisure beach walks and scenic views. The topmost priorities for the couple while planning the babymoon trip are safety, duration of travel and medical help. Goa, Jodhpur, Maharashtra and Kerala have topped the list of most preferred domestic babymoon destinations, whereas Seychelles, Thailand, Dubai and Sri Lanka top the list of most preferred international destinations. 97% of the respondents would disapprove adventure trip. A majority of the pregnant travellers choose custom-made tours over group tours. Close to 82% of the respondents say they would opt for vacation spanning from 5 to 7 days with the rest choosing less than 5 days. Irrespective of the location, 85% would consider opting for a Travel Insurance.

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BLS International Signs Contract With BLS International Services Ltd., service provider for outsourcing of visa, passport, atte stat i o n a n d c i t i ze n services to the governments and diplomatic missions globally, signs the contract with Embassy of the People's Republic of Algeria in India. Under this partnership, BLS International will be providing visa outsourcing and consular services to the Embassy of the People's Republic of Algeria through five visa application & attestation centers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Trivandrum. This contract has been signed to provide efficient visa and attestation services to people traveling to Algeria for business, work or leisure. Algerian Ambassador in India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal, H.E Mr. Hamza Yahia-Cherif said, “We are pleased to have partnered with BLS International for facilitating Algeria visa processing in

by Top Gun style Aerobatic Manoeuvres. Mr. Mit Bhatt said, “It was an unforgettable experience which cannot be expressed in words to fly to the stratosphere (edge of space) and come back, though there were lots of technical and physical complications involved. During the Vertical Take-off I felt as if someone kept punching really hard on my stomach when the gravitational forces (G-forces) hit, it took the wind out of me and I felt breathless and was gasping for air for a minute. But when we reached the edge of Space, it was quite magical! We tore through the clouds at supersonic speed, the view was like a dream - a thick carpet of snow white clouds below, an electric blue horizon and the sky above getting deeper blue to black with some stars appearing in broad daylight – I felt like I am in heaven! I am glad that I took it up on myself and create this amazing record”.

TR

Mr. Nishant Patel and Mr. Mit Bhatt have made India proud by being the first Indians to set records in Asia and India. Mr. Nishant Patel has set records with Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records as the first Asian for 'Deepest & Fastest Scuba Cycling Undersea' and Mr. Mit Bhatt has set a National Record with Limca Book of Records and India Book of Records as the First Indian Civilian to 'Fly Highest & Fastest to the Edge of Space whilst Enduring Maximum G-Forces'. They were both honored with an award and certificate in the Top 100 Unique National Records recently by India Book of Records in New Delhi. Mr. Patel said, “I always like to challenge myself to take the adventure to another level and I am very thankful to the two

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Kingdom Of Bahrain Roadshow In India Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) launched its first Roadshow in India, in two cities Mumbai & New Delhi. The roadshow in Mumbai was organized on 6 December, 2017 and followed on 8 December 2017 in New Delhi, and saw renowned tour operators & travel agents from both the cities. The roadshow witnessed a delegation of Bahrain Tourism officials, as well as Bahrain's leading hotels and Destination management companies. Various industry partners from Bahrain Tourism and hospitality entities joined the roadshow to promote the country's unique hospitality services and attractions including; Gulf Air, The RitzCarlton, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, ART Rotana Hotel & Resort, Al Areen Palace & Spa hotel, Mecure grand hotel Seef, Elite hospitality Group, Lagoona beach resort, Swiss-Belhotel International, Ramada Hotel, The K Hotel, International and Destination management companies including; @Bahrain, Visit Bahrain, Gosaibi travels, Mathias Tourism,

Farhat international tours & travels and Bahrain International Travel. All the travel agents and tourism professionals were provided with the latest information and updates on Bahrain's touristic offerings through video presentation followed by B2B sessions. Mr. Yousef Alkhan, Director of Marketing & Promotion, BTEA said, “It was a very successful roadshow with around 17 partners; including number of hotels and DMC's participating from Bahrain. We were delighted to receive such a great response in both the cities. The purpose of this roadshow was to increase awareness and visibility of the destination amongst the travel agents. India is one of the important markets for us. We believe Bahrain has a bit of everything for the Indian traveler; from culture, history to shopping, adventure sports and activities. We have recently started the pearl diving activity. In terms of adrenaline sports such as indoor gravity skydiving, as well as driving on

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Israel, for the second consecutive year has broken its tourism record in India along with reaching a whopping 3 million tourists arrival mark this year. More than 49,000 Indians have already visited Israel until October, 2017 marking a growth of 34% from January to October vis-à-vis the same period last year as per statistics released by Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT).

Hassan Madah Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism India said, “This has been the best year of incoming tourist arrivals for Israel and India continues to be an important contributor for us. Our effort towards promoting Israel as a dynamic holiday destination as opposed to its otherwise restricted perception as a religious destination is yielding positive results and we are witnessing successful

outcomes of our increased investments in the Indian market. Tourism is an important contributor to the Israeli economy and since the beginning of the year; tourism has brought in $4.1 billion into the economy. In 2016, 45,000 Indians visited Israel and we have surpassed that number by October itself this year. We hope to have 60,000 Indian arrivals to Israel by end of 2017.” The trip started off with an overwhelming surprise by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who met the couple and took them through a private tour of the Old city of Jerusalem starting with the Tower of David museum to the ancient fort that traces its foundations back to the Second Temple Period in the first century BC. Yariv Levin Ministry of Tourism said, “This is a special day and an historic

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Kingdom Of Bahrain Roadshow In India Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) launched its first Roadshow in India, in two cities Mumbai & New Delhi. The roadshow in Mumbai was organized on 6 December, 2017 and followed on 8 December 2017 in New Delhi, and saw renowned tour operators & travel agents from both the cities. The roadshow witnessed a delegation of Bahrain Tourism officials, as well as Bahrain's leading hotels and Destination management companies. Various industry partners from Bahrain Tourism and hospitality entities joined the roadshow to promote the country's unique hospitality services and attractions including; Gulf Air, The RitzCarlton, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, ART Rotana Hotel & Resort, Al Areen Palace & Spa hotel, Mecure grand hotel Seef, Elite hospitality Group, Lagoona beach resort, Swiss-Belhotel International, Ramada Hotel, The K Hotel, International and Destination management companies including; @Bahrain, Visit Bahrain, Gosaibi travels, Mathias Tourism,

Farhat international tours & travels and Bahrain International Travel. All the travel agents and tourism professionals were provided with the latest information and updates on Bahrain's touristic offerings through video presentation followed by B2B sessions. Mr. Yousef Alkhan, Director of Marketing & Promotion, BTEA said, “It was a very successful roadshow with around 17 partners; including number of hotels and DMC's participating from Bahrain. We were delighted to receive such a great response in both the cities. The purpose of this roadshow was to increase awareness and visibility of the destination amongst the travel agents. India is one of the important markets for us. We believe Bahrain has a bit of everything for the Indian traveler; from culture, history to shopping, adventure sports and activities. We have recently started the pearl diving activity. In terms of adrenaline sports such as indoor gravity skydiving, as well as driving on

our Formula 1 certified track or the Karting circuit. Of course we would like to welcome all to our upcoming Formula One Grand Prix Race which takes place annually April. We hope this roadshow will give a positive result in terms of increase in arrivals to Bahrain from India.” Mr. Sunil Mathapati, Country Manager, BTEA said, “This was the first Road Show of Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority which was organized in 2 cities - Mumbai and New Delhi. As Bahrain was

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Israel, for the second consecutive year has broken its tourism record in India along with reaching a whopping 3 million tourists arrival mark this year. More than 49,000 Indians have already visited Israel until October, 2017 marking a growth of 34% from January to October vis-à-vis the same period last year as per statistics released by Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT).

Hassan Madah Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism India said, “This has been the best year of incoming tourist arrivals for Israel and India continues to be an important contributor for us. Our effort towards promoting Israel as a dynamic holiday destination as opposed to its otherwise restricted perception as a religious destination is yielding positive results and we are witnessing successful

outcomes of our increased investments in the Indian market. Tourism is an important contributor to the Israeli economy and since the beginning of the year; tourism has brought in $4.1 billion into the economy. In 2016, 45,000 Indians visited Israel and we have surpassed that number by October itself this year. We hope to have 60,000 Indian arrivals to Israel by end of 2017.” The trip started off with an overwhelming surprise by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who met the couple and took them through a private tour of the Old city of Jerusalem starting with the Tower of David museum to the ancient fort that traces its foundations back to the Second Temple Period in the first century BC. Yariv Levin Ministry of Tourism said, “This is a special day and an historic

milestone as we break the 3-milliontourist barrier and we are set to end the year with an amazing achievement, the likes of which have never been reached since the establishment of the State. The huge investment that we are making in marketing Israel around the world and our collaborations with airlines and tour operators is bearing fruit.” The Ministry of Tourism worked with several airlines to increase their flights and seat capacity into Israel. In light of the significant increase in incoming tourism and the desire to lower the vacationing costs in Israel, several reforms are designed to increase supply in the tourism industry. This includes increased assistance for constructing n ew h o te l s i n I s ra e l a n d n ew opportunities for international entrepreneurs to build hotels in the country.

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Resorts World Genting (RWG), a premier leisure and entertainment holiday destination, is back into limelight after 3 years of construction. The renowned tourist spot is now ready to give the world a first look at its ongoing metamorphosis. It is equipped with over 10,300 rooms spread across 7 hotels, theme parks and entertainment attractions, dining and also retail outlets, international shows and business convention facilities. Speaking to Safari Plus, Mr. Rocky Too, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Genting Malaysia Berhad (Resort World Genting) elaborates on what they have bagged to attract Indian tourists. Q 1 ) R e s o r t Wo r l d G e n t i n g ( a destination itself) is back into limelight, what all are the key factors that would attracts Indian to the resorts? Resorts World Genting is a one stop holiday destination for holiday makers and especially the Indian tourists. Rediscover the resort in 2018 with many new attractions available and on the way such as:

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! The resort offers clean cool weather between 14 to 22 degrees 365 days above 6,000 ft above sea level. ! Brand new cable car system with glass floor gondolas. ! SkyAvenue Mall – Shopping haven with a difference – 168 tenants consisting 70 over food & beverage outlets to choose from. Luxury floor, high street fashion, al fresco dinning, cinemas, SkySymphony Show – biggest winch performance in the world complemented by three storey high and giant LED screens to showcase the story of the show. ! Indoor Theme Park SkyTropolis – Soft opening February and full opening in April/May ! Outdoor Theme Park – first in the w o r l d Tw e n t i e t h Century Fox world Theme Park ! Genting Highlands Premium Outlets – showcasing over 150 top brands ! World biggest hotel in the world – First World Hotel with 7351 rooms.

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plus specific Indian food at the Spice Garden and Sri Paandi at Malaysian Food Street. Q4) What are your marketing and promotional plans for 2018? First quarter of 2018 will see us promoting the opening of our Indoor Theme Park, Skytropolis and also concurrently the outdoor theme park, Twentieth Century Fox World. We believe these two new attractions will highly attract the Indian tourists to rediscover Resorts World Genting. Q5) Do you have plans promoting this destination along with Malaysian Tourism Board and Airlines? Yes, we hope to do more promotions with Malaysian Tourism Board and in particular Malaysia Airlines, Malindo and Air Asia to bring Indian Tourists to the resort.

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Resorts World Genting (RWG), a premier leisure and entertainment holiday destination, is back into limelight after 3 years of construction. The renowned tourist spot is now ready to give the world a first look at its ongoing metamorphosis. It is equipped with over 10,300 rooms spread across 7 hotels, theme parks and entertainment attractions, dining and also retail outlets, international shows and business convention facilities. Speaking to Safari Plus, Mr. Rocky Too, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Genting Malaysia Berhad (Resort World Genting) elaborates on what they have bagged to attract Indian tourists. Q 1 ) R e s o r t Wo r l d G e n t i n g ( a destination itself) is back into limelight, what all are the key factors that would attracts Indian to the resorts? Resorts World Genting is a one stop holiday destination for holiday makers and especially the Indian tourists. Rediscover the resort in 2018 with many new attractions available and on the way such as:

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! The resort offers clean cool weather between 14 to 22 degrees 365 days above 6,000 ft above sea level. ! Brand new cable car system with glass floor gondolas. ! SkyAvenue Mall – Shopping haven with a difference – 168 tenants consisting 70 over food & beverage outlets to choose from. Luxury floor, high street fashion, al fresco dinning, cinemas, SkySymphony Show – biggest winch performance in the world complemented by three storey high and giant LED screens to showcase the story of the show. ! Indoor Theme Park SkyTropolis – Soft opening February and full opening in April/May ! Outdoor Theme Park – first in the w o r l d Tw e n t i e t h Century Fox world Theme Park ! Genting Highlands Premium Outlets – showcasing over 150 top brands ! World biggest hotel in the world – First World Hotel with 7351 rooms.

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plus specific Indian food at the Spice Garden and Sri Paandi at Malaysian Food Street. Q4) What are your marketing and promotional plans for 2018? First quarter of 2018 will see us promoting the opening of our Indoor Theme Park, Skytropolis and also concurrently the outdoor theme park, Twentieth Century Fox World. We believe these two new attractions will highly attract the Indian tourists to rediscover Resorts World Genting. Q5) Do you have plans promoting this destination along with Malaysian Tourism Board and Airlines? Yes, we hope to do more promotions with Malaysian Tourism Board and in particular Malaysia Airlines, Malindo and Air Asia to bring Indian Tourists to the resort.

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HOSPITALITY Royal Orchid Hotels Open Hotel In Kanpur & Dwarka Royal Orchid Hotels announced the opening of 'Regenta Central the Crystal” in Kanpur along with ‘Regenta Inn The Dwarika’ in Dwarka. Situated at the heart of the Kanpur, “Regenta Central the Crystal” is a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional Indian hospitality. The hotel is just a 45 minutes drive from Kanpur airport, 6 KM from railway station and situated in close proximity to the main shopping destinations. ‘Regenta Inn The Dwarika’ is situated at a walking distance of just 800 meters from the main shrine of Dwarikesh Temple also known as Jagat Mandir in the historical city of Dwarka. The hotel offers affordable luxury stays with multiple dining options to choose. “ Re g e n ta C e n t ra l T h e Crystal” offers an array of F&B options to chose like Red Olive an all day dining restaurant serves sumptuous delicacies from around the globe, 360 Degrees' is a roof top lounge which serves fusion food and offers breathtaking view of the city and Gravity our upscale discotheque where people unwind to thumping rhythm and foot–tapping beats. Chander K. Baljee,

Managing Director, Royal Orchid Hotels said, “We are taking continuous steps towards expanding our presence all over India. The new hotel launch in Dwarka is one such move towards our aim. By now we have added five prosperities – Mysore, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Kanpur and Dwarka in the current fiscal year taking the number to 46 hotels. We are on target to take the number of properties to 50 under the Royal Orchid Group before the end of this fiscal year. We will continue to pursue our model of management contracts to build our hospitality business”.

Starwood Hotels & Resort Foray Into International Hospitality Education

Former Managing Director and Regional Vice President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, South Asia and industry veteran, Mr. Dilip Puri, announced his new education venture – Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) with a promise to reimagined hospitality education in India. ISH envisions its curriculum design to be a global benchmark of hospitality education and in order to do so has entered into a strategic partnership with Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC) for curriculum development and faculty training. ISH has partnered with LHC in preparation for an academic certification by Ecolehôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), the world's oldest and top ranked hospitality management higher education institution worldwide. In addition to the Four Year Hospitality Management Programme, ISH will offer several long and short-term

programmes in both culinary and executive education. Mr. Dilip Puri Founder & CEO said, “Education in hospitality is the beginning of a journey into a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities, not limited to hotels and food & beverage, or even the corporate world. While more and more businesses in the service sector are reaching out to professionals with a qualification in hospitality, a large number of young graduates are also pursuing entrepreneurial ventures straight out of college. I believe that the competitive edge and battle for market share in the future will be fought as much over customers as over talent. It is a vibrant, exciting and ever-changing world and it is our endeavor to prepare professionals to be future proof, and foster a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation through a uniquely designed academic curriculum.”

Marriott Hotels & Resorts Vits Hotels Launch Of Opens Marriot Hotel In Indore 'Vits Park Maple' In Amritsar Marriott International launched Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand to Indore on 14 November 2017 as Indore Marriott Hotel. Marriott Hotels brand is evolving everything from hotel design to associate training. Mr. Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International said, “The Indore Marriott Hotel is an exciting addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio, our eighth in the country so far. This property embodies the brand's drive to inspire its guests to Travel Brilliantly. With tremendous growth as a business hub during the past few years, Indore is set to become one of the most sought-after destinations for both leisure and business travellers in India. We are delighted to be a part of this incredible growth story and to bring our inventive service and products to this city”.

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growing RCI family. Through this affiliation, we aim to provide our members with superior experiences while adding a touch of luxury, adventure and fun. At RCI, we believe in creating family holidays with unforgettable memories, and our partnership with Neonz Club will complement this vision. Vacationers today are looking for quality time with their families. We have observed a trend of travelers taking smaller breaks during long weekends. This breaks the monotony of leading a stressful work life and helps strike a balance.” Gujarat is one of the most vibrant coastal states of India that has filled with rich culture, crafts, arts and natural beauty. It is home to the longest coastline, renowned temples, architectural marvels, wildlife sanctuaries and cuisine, making it an ideal getaway for a refreshing vacation.

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elegant and spacious the rooms are fully equipped with king size beds, LED television, WI-FI internet connectivity, tea/ coffee maker and electronic safety lockers. It offers stunning array of facilities that include well equipped conference room, travel desk, coffee shop, multicuisine restaurant-'Backbencherz', an open air terrace restaurant- 'Breeze' and large banquet hall that can accommodate 150 guests.

SaffronStays Is Making It Presence Felt In India

RCI partners With Neonz Club, Gujarat

RCI®, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), announced its affiliation with one of Gujarat's finest lifestyle and recreation club, The Neonz Club. Spread across 15 sprawling acres of land, the club redefines the concept of luxury by bringing together under one roof a world-class holiday hangout, party hotspot, business hub, foodie's paradise and a holistic health & wellness centre. Ms. Sabina Chopra, Managing Director, RCI India says, “We are delighted to welcome Neonz Club in Gujarat to our

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Mr. Devesh Rawat, General Manager, Indore Marriott Hotel said, “The hotel is the perfect complement to the destination with multiple experiential spaces. We are excited to foray into the city of Indore and are extremely pleased to welcome our guests at the newest Marriott Hotel in the country,” He further added, “From spacious rooms to delightful dining options and expansive convention facilities, the hotel is thoughtfully designed to create an excellent stay experience.”

Vitizen Hotels has launched VITS Park Maple Amritsar, the group's first hotel in the city. The hotel is s t ra t e g i c a l l y l o c a t e d n e a r Amritsar Junction Railway Station, adding to the convenience of both business and leisure tourists visiting the holy city. The sacred Golden temple, Durgiana Temple and other popular attractions including Gobindgarh Fort, Jallainwala Bagh Memorial and Wagah Border are just a few kilometers away the hotel. VITS Park Maple offers 40 well furnished Deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms that seamlessly fit into the traveler's scheme of things. The rooms are embellished with soft tones, classy settings and soothing color palettes. Sophisticated,

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model in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry with a target of acquiring and managing 45 homes with 180 rooms across 6 states by the end of FY 2018. Mr. Devendra Parulekar, Founder, SaffronStays says, “SaffronStays aims to tap into markets like Coonoor, Coorg, Munnar, Yercaud and Pondicherry that align with the brand outlook. We are specifically targeting watering holes of HNIs - exclusive clubs and associations like member-driven gymkhanas and Owners Associations to spread the word. Owners of large ancestral homes in Coorg and Coonoor were the flag bearers of home stays in India, and we want to make sure their product is available to a larger market via our services. At present, the Indian leisure home market is sparsely populated - approximately 200,000 homes across the country. Over the next 7 years, this number is projected at 700,000 homes.”

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HOSPITALITY Royal Orchid Hotels Open Hotel In Kanpur & Dwarka Royal Orchid Hotels announced the opening of 'Regenta Central the Crystal” in Kanpur along with ‘Regenta Inn The Dwarika’ in Dwarka. Situated at the heart of the Kanpur, “Regenta Central the Crystal” is a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional Indian hospitality. The hotel is just a 45 minutes drive from Kanpur airport, 6 KM from railway station and situated in close proximity to the main shopping destinations. ‘Regenta Inn The Dwarika’ is situated at a walking distance of just 800 meters from the main shrine of Dwarikesh Temple also known as Jagat Mandir in the historical city of Dwarka. The hotel offers affordable luxury stays with multiple dining options to choose. “ Re g e n ta C e n t ra l T h e Crystal” offers an array of F&B options to chose like Red Olive an all day dining restaurant serves sumptuous delicacies from around the globe, 360 Degrees' is a roof top lounge which serves fusion food and offers breathtaking view of the city and Gravity our upscale discotheque where people unwind to thumping rhythm and foot–tapping beats. Chander K. Baljee,

Managing Director, Royal Orchid Hotels said, “We are taking continuous steps towards expanding our presence all over India. The new hotel launch in Dwarka is one such move towards our aim. By now we have added five prosperities – Mysore, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Kanpur and Dwarka in the current fiscal year taking the number to 46 hotels. We are on target to take the number of properties to 50 under the Royal Orchid Group before the end of this fiscal year. We will continue to pursue our model of management contracts to build our hospitality business”.

Starwood Hotels & Resort Foray Into International Hospitality Education

Former Managing Director and Regional Vice President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, South Asia and industry veteran, Mr. Dilip Puri, announced his new education venture – Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) with a promise to reimagined hospitality education in India. ISH envisions its curriculum design to be a global benchmark of hospitality education and in order to do so has entered into a strategic partnership with Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC) for curriculum development and faculty training. ISH has partnered with LHC in preparation for an academic certification by Ecolehôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), the world's oldest and top ranked hospitality management higher education institution worldwide. In addition to the Four Year Hospitality Management Programme, ISH will offer several long and short-term

programmes in both culinary and executive education. Mr. Dilip Puri Founder & CEO said, “Education in hospitality is the beginning of a journey into a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities, not limited to hotels and food & beverage, or even the corporate world. While more and more businesses in the service sector are reaching out to professionals with a qualification in hospitality, a large number of young graduates are also pursuing entrepreneurial ventures straight out of college. I believe that the competitive edge and battle for market share in the future will be fought as much over customers as over talent. It is a vibrant, exciting and ever-changing world and it is our endeavor to prepare professionals to be future proof, and foster a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation through a uniquely designed academic curriculum.”

Marriott Hotels & Resorts Vits Hotels Launch Of Opens Marriot Hotel In Indore 'Vits Park Maple' In Amritsar Marriott International launched Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand to Indore on 14 November 2017 as Indore Marriott Hotel. Marriott Hotels brand is evolving everything from hotel design to associate training. Mr. Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International said, “The Indore Marriott Hotel is an exciting addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio, our eighth in the country so far. This property embodies the brand's drive to inspire its guests to Travel Brilliantly. With tremendous growth as a business hub during the past few years, Indore is set to become one of the most sought-after destinations for both leisure and business travellers in India. We are delighted to be a part of this incredible growth story and to bring our inventive service and products to this city”.

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growing RCI family. Through this affiliation, we aim to provide our members with superior experiences while adding a touch of luxury, adventure and fun. At RCI, we believe in creating family holidays with unforgettable memories, and our partnership with Neonz Club will complement this vision. Vacationers today are looking for quality time with their families. We have observed a trend of travelers taking smaller breaks during long weekends. This breaks the monotony of leading a stressful work life and helps strike a balance.” Gujarat is one of the most vibrant coastal states of India that has filled with rich culture, crafts, arts and natural beauty. It is home to the longest coastline, renowned temples, architectural marvels, wildlife sanctuaries and cuisine, making it an ideal getaway for a refreshing vacation.

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elegant and spacious the rooms are fully equipped with king size beds, LED television, WI-FI internet connectivity, tea/ coffee maker and electronic safety lockers. It offers stunning array of facilities that include well equipped conference room, travel desk, coffee shop, multicuisine restaurant-'Backbencherz', an open air terrace restaurant- 'Breeze' and large banquet hall that can accommodate 150 guests.

SaffronStays Is Making It Presence Felt In India

RCI partners With Neonz Club, Gujarat

RCI®, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), announced its affiliation with one of Gujarat's finest lifestyle and recreation club, The Neonz Club. Spread across 15 sprawling acres of land, the club redefines the concept of luxury by bringing together under one roof a world-class holiday hangout, party hotspot, business hub, foodie's paradise and a holistic health & wellness centre. Ms. Sabina Chopra, Managing Director, RCI India says, “We are delighted to welcome Neonz Club in Gujarat to our

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Mr. Devesh Rawat, General Manager, Indore Marriott Hotel said, “The hotel is the perfect complement to the destination with multiple experiential spaces. We are excited to foray into the city of Indore and are extremely pleased to welcome our guests at the newest Marriott Hotel in the country,” He further added, “From spacious rooms to delightful dining options and expansive convention facilities, the hotel is thoughtfully designed to create an excellent stay experience.”

Vitizen Hotels has launched VITS Park Maple Amritsar, the group's first hotel in the city. The hotel is s t ra t e g i c a l l y l o c a t e d n e a r Amritsar Junction Railway Station, adding to the convenience of both business and leisure tourists visiting the holy city. The sacred Golden temple, Durgiana Temple and other popular attractions including Gobindgarh Fort, Jallainwala Bagh Memorial and Wagah Border are just a few kilometers away the hotel. VITS Park Maple offers 40 well furnished Deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms that seamlessly fit into the traveler's scheme of things. The rooms are embellished with soft tones, classy settings and soothing color palettes. Sophisticated,

SaffronStays founded b y M r. D e v e n d r a Parulekar and Ms. Tejas Parulekar has already catered to over 13,750 guests from its strongest captive market in Mumbai. SaffronStays curates boutique homes across the country and partners exclusively to manage the hospitality operations, branding, marketing and reservations. Each home that wishes to be a part of the Leisure Home Network undergoes through a rigorous 100 point checklist that involves upgrades to every aspect from tasteful interiors to landscaping, from staffing and their training to technology deployment, to deployment of SaffronStays processes and methods. The brand that has acquired more than 30 exclusive homes across the country with a strong presence in Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand is now looking to replicate its successful

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model in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry with a target of acquiring and managing 45 homes with 180 rooms across 6 states by the end of FY 2018. Mr. Devendra Parulekar, Founder, SaffronStays says, “SaffronStays aims to tap into markets like Coonoor, Coorg, Munnar, Yercaud and Pondicherry that align with the brand outlook. We are specifically targeting watering holes of HNIs - exclusive clubs and associations like member-driven gymkhanas and Owners Associations to spread the word. Owners of large ancestral homes in Coorg and Coonoor were the flag bearers of home stays in India, and we want to make sure their product is available to a larger market via our services. At present, the Indian leisure home market is sparsely populated - approximately 200,000 homes across the country. Over the next 7 years, this number is projected at 700,000 homes.”

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Feel Rich

Travelling is discovering. Discovering new places, new cultures, and new cuisines, meeting and making new friends. All it's about making memories, feeling rich about it and coming back with lot of stories. Stories that you will share with your friends, acquaintance, colleagues, family and your kids. So what if we tell you that there are ample amount of beautiful a nd exotic b ud g e t holid ay in g destination around the world that have a low currency value than our Desi Rupaiya. Our planet is large, and there are breathtaking places that will offer you u n fo r g e t ta b l e e x p e r i e n ce a n d memories that make you feel rich -

1 Guarani is equal to 0.14 INR. It's a fact that Paraguay is the CHEAPEST country in the world. This means the rent is cheap, food is cheaper with rich in tastes and the beer is practically free to drool our self in this country. The landscape of this country permits a significant number of exciting outdoor adventures like waterfall rappelling, water rafting, and other opportunities to feel you are alive.

Republic of Zimbabwe

breath in a place like no other on our planet. You will find it very relaxing to escape, at least for a limited period, of the concrete building and busy streets of your cit y. T he Cost R ican atmosphere will help you refresh disconnect in a way no other place will be able to do it.

V-DISPLAY Hungary

-> 1 INR = 4.22 Forint (tentative)

Republic of Belarus -> 1 INR = 216 Ruble (tentative)

-> 1 INR = 5.85 ZWD (tentative)

Bolivia -> 1 INR = 0.11 Boliviano (tentative) Hotels in Bolivia are insanely cheap, so

if you plan on heading there for a bit of sightseeing, don't delay. Hit up Rurrenabaque, a small town with a jungle and river close by. A great place to drink, eat and stay for pocket friendly prices, despite the currency difference. They are rich with incredible culture and tradition. It's great if you are eager to get some adventure, accompanied by some moment of pure relaxation.

1.00 INR is equal to 5.85 Zimbabwe Dollar, making this a pretty cheap getaway, in terms of immediate gratification. The stay might not be cheap, but that is offset by the fact that food and generally everything else is unimaginably low priced. Safari trip is all you ever wanted; you should know Zimbabwe is highly affordable. It is a place that's worth visiting for both its diversity in animals, unique to that African landscapes, and unique culture.

The Ruble, which is the currency to this landlocked country. That is quite a blessing, as you can soak in the culture in their museums and visit quaint and charming cafes at prices that seem like they're still in the Soviet Era. There are lakes and forest and all kind of other attractions, so just give up on your preconceived notions of Eastern Europe.

Mongolia -> 1 INR= 29.93 Tugrik (tentative) Hostels in Mongolia can go for as cheap

Hungary has several options for staying in hotels for as low as Rs. 700 per nightrooms which has a bed, TV, and fridge. Trains ply for nominal amount and the place itself is beautiful. The country is famous for its building and castles, which has a high number of National Parks and Natural reserves, in case you are a nature enthusiast. Budapest, during night time, as it has one of the most magnificent lighted suspended bridge, over the river Danube, a great contrast between the country's capital, gigantic and filled with interesting looking buildings, and the small suburban's cities, looking almost like villages with picturesque houses.

Indonesia -> 1INR = 197.03 Indonesian Rupiah (tentative)

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Republic of Costa Rica -> 1 INR = 8.15 Colons (tentative)

Republic of Paraguay -> 1 INR = 88.74 Guarani (tentative)

1 INR is the same as 8.15 Costa Rican Colons. It's an island paradise where you can live out Caribbean fantasies – sipping Pina coladas and sunbathing at the beach. It is the country with the most protected areas, so that means a lot of green and clean air for you to

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as Rs. 400. Options for drinking are beyond your imagination, if that's your jam. There's vodka everywhere! Follow the horse trails in traditional Mongolian fashion and marvel at the unexpected beauty of this cultural rich place. Mongolia still has its unique charm, being very different than any other countries.

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The country comprises of thousand of beautiful islands and is known for great local outlets. You can enjoy a tranquil evening at a beach or a rejuvenating spa session. The beaches are the perfect place for photographers to capture some precious moments. The sunset views make your beach experience all the more exciting, making Indonesia a must go place. Place to explore in Indonesia are Bali, Jakart, Bandung City, Lombok, Yogyakarta City, Makassar City, Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali, Goa Gajah, Neka Art Museum, Merdeka Square, Gunung Kawi, Museum Nasional.

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Feel Rich

Travelling is discovering. Discovering new places, new cultures, and new cuisines, meeting and making new friends. All it's about making memories, feeling rich about it and coming back with lot of stories. Stories that you will share with your friends, acquaintance, colleagues, family and your kids. So what if we tell you that there are ample amount of beautiful a nd exotic b ud g e t holid ay in g destination around the world that have a low currency value than our Desi Rupaiya. Our planet is large, and there are breathtaking places that will offer you u n fo r g e t ta b l e e x p e r i e n ce a n d memories that make you feel rich -

1 Guarani is equal to 0.14 INR. It's a fact that Paraguay is the CHEAPEST country in the world. This means the rent is cheap, food is cheaper with rich in tastes and the beer is practically free to drool our self in this country. The landscape of this country permits a significant number of exciting outdoor adventures like waterfall rappelling, water rafting, and other opportunities to feel you are alive.

Republic of Zimbabwe

breath in a place like no other on our planet. You will find it very relaxing to escape, at least for a limited period, of the concrete building and busy streets of your cit y. T he Cost R ican atmosphere will help you refresh disconnect in a way no other place will be able to do it.

V-DISPLAY Hungary

-> 1 INR = 4.22 Forint (tentative)

Republic of Belarus -> 1 INR = 216 Ruble (tentative)

-> 1 INR = 5.85 ZWD (tentative)

Bolivia -> 1 INR = 0.11 Boliviano (tentative) Hotels in Bolivia are insanely cheap, so

if you plan on heading there for a bit of sightseeing, don't delay. Hit up Rurrenabaque, a small town with a jungle and river close by. A great place to drink, eat and stay for pocket friendly prices, despite the currency difference. They are rich with incredible culture and tradition. It's great if you are eager to get some adventure, accompanied by some moment of pure relaxation.

1.00 INR is equal to 5.85 Zimbabwe Dollar, making this a pretty cheap getaway, in terms of immediate gratification. The stay might not be cheap, but that is offset by the fact that food and generally everything else is unimaginably low priced. Safari trip is all you ever wanted; you should know Zimbabwe is highly affordable. It is a place that's worth visiting for both its diversity in animals, unique to that African landscapes, and unique culture.

The Ruble, which is the currency to this landlocked country. That is quite a blessing, as you can soak in the culture in their museums and visit quaint and charming cafes at prices that seem like they're still in the Soviet Era. There are lakes and forest and all kind of other attractions, so just give up on your preconceived notions of Eastern Europe.

Mongolia -> 1 INR= 29.93 Tugrik (tentative) Hostels in Mongolia can go for as cheap

Hungary has several options for staying in hotels for as low as Rs. 700 per nightrooms which has a bed, TV, and fridge. Trains ply for nominal amount and the place itself is beautiful. The country is famous for its building and castles, which has a high number of National Parks and Natural reserves, in case you are a nature enthusiast. Budapest, during night time, as it has one of the most magnificent lighted suspended bridge, over the river Danube, a great contrast between the country's capital, gigantic and filled with interesting looking buildings, and the small suburban's cities, looking almost like villages with picturesque houses.

Indonesia -> 1INR = 197.03 Indonesian Rupiah (tentative)

Member Of:

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Republic of Costa Rica -> 1 INR = 8.15 Colons (tentative)

Republic of Paraguay -> 1 INR = 88.74 Guarani (tentative)

1 INR is the same as 8.15 Costa Rican Colons. It's an island paradise where you can live out Caribbean fantasies – sipping Pina coladas and sunbathing at the beach. It is the country with the most protected areas, so that means a lot of green and clean air for you to

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as Rs. 400. Options for drinking are beyond your imagination, if that's your jam. There's vodka everywhere! Follow the horse trails in traditional Mongolian fashion and marvel at the unexpected beauty of this cultural rich place. Mongolia still has its unique charm, being very different than any other countries.

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The country comprises of thousand of beautiful islands and is known for great local outlets. You can enjoy a tranquil evening at a beach or a rejuvenating spa session. The beaches are the perfect place for photographers to capture some precious moments. The sunset views make your beach experience all the more exciting, making Indonesia a must go place. Place to explore in Indonesia are Bali, Jakart, Bandung City, Lombok, Yogyakarta City, Makassar City, Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali, Goa Gajah, Neka Art Museum, Merdeka Square, Gunung Kawi, Museum Nasional.

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AVIATION

AVIATION United Airlines’ Mumbai - New York THAI Airways Joins Route Marks 10th Anniversary Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 United Airlines celebrates its 10 years of daily nonstop service b e t w e e n Mumbai Airport and its New Yo r k . I t w a s launched in October 2007, the service has carried over 1.6 million customers on over 7,000 flights. Mr. Harvinder Singh said, “We are extremely proud to mark a decade of this successful route and thank our valued customers and the travel trade community across India for choosing United.” United flight UA49 departs Mumbai

daily at 11:10 pm, arriving at N e w York/Newark at 5:55 a.m. the next day. The return flight, UA48, departs N e w Yo r k / N e w a r k daily at 8:20 p.m., arriving in Mumbai at 8:40 p.m. the following day (all times local and subject to change). The Mumbai-New York/Newark flight is operated by Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with a total of 267 seats – 50 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class and 217 seats in United Economy, including 72 Economy Plus seats.

Thai Air ways International Public Company Limited THAI recently joined the officials opening of Amazing Thailand Tourism 2018 held by the Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT. THAI flight attendants, as well as other airlines such as Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, Thai Air Asia, and Thai Lion air, have joined the parade to promote Thailand as a Tourist –friendly destination and to showcase Thai hospitality. The event was held in collaboration with tourism organizations from both the public and private sector to promote tourism in Thailand at Siam Discovery Center, Rama one road.

THAI Airways Will Fly To Vienna Thai Airways launched its inaugural flight operating directly to Vienna. THAI operates four round trip flights per week from Bangkok-Vienna on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday utilizing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that is equip with 348 seats consisting of 42 seats in Royal Silk Class with full flat beds that recline 180 degrees and 306 seats in Economy Class. All seats are equipped with personal audio video on demand screens for in-flight entertainment. Experience the enjoyment of THAI's exceptional in-flight service that won the prestigious Skytrax 2017 World Airline Awards for the World's Best Economy Class, World's Best Airline Lounge Spa, and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering.

THAI Smile Opens Its 5th Gateway In India THAI Smile Airways announced yet another milestone by launching its new flights on route Bangkok – Mumbai. THAI Smile has already been operating since last quarter of 2016 direct flights from Bangkok to Jaipur, Lucknow, Gaya and Varanasi. Recently, the direct flight from Bangkok - Mumbai (Bombay), an important and old Indian seaport, which is a popular tourist attraction, has been opened. THAI Smile operates its BangkokMumbai flights five times a week under the flight no. WE335 Bangkok - Mumbai (BKK-BOM) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 22.15-01.35 (+1), WE335 Bangkok - Mumbai (BKK-BOM) on Friday and Sunday at 23.55-03.10) and WE336 Mumbai - Bangkok (BOMBKK) on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 02.4008.55 and WE336 Mumbai - Bangkok (BOM-BKK) on Monday and Saturday at 04.40-10.55.

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Air Astana Celebrates 13 Years Connecting India

Air Astana commenced operations to India in 2004 with flights between Almaty and New Delhi. Today, the airline operates 10 flights between Kazakhstan and India each week, including a daily service between Almaty and New Delhi and three frequencies between Astana and New Delhi. Air Astana launched direct flights from Astana, to New Delhi, on 2 July 2017. The three-time weekly service currently operates using Airbus A320 and Embracer 190 aircraft. The carrier's plans for the future will see an increase in the number of Astana– New Delhi flights from three to five times a week. Air Astana is also exploring the opportunity of launching new flights from Kazakhstan to other cities in India. Air Astana offers its passenger travelling via Almaty convenient connections to other international destinations such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Istanbul, Tbilisi and Bishkek. Peter Foster, CEO of Air Astana, said, “Air Astana is proud to add New Delhi to our growing network of flights to global capitals. New Delhi is a great new destination for us and we expect to carry both business travellers and holidaymakers between the two capitals, and also between India and cities in Russia and other countries on our network to and from Astana.”

Kuwait's Jazeera Airways Connects To India With Daily Flights To Hyderabad Jazeera Airways, Kuwait's leading low cost airline, operating regionally and internationally, inaugurated its daily flights to Hyderabad on 17 November, 2017. Jazeera Airways held a joint press conference with GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, bringing together media partners, travel agents from Kuwait and Hyderabad and other distinguished guests. Kochi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad will follow in early 2018 as the airline expands its

network to serve its Indian subcontinent targeting the nearly 1 million Indian nationals residing in Kuwait. Jazeera Airways operates a reliable fleet of 8 Airbus A320 aircrafts currently. It provides a refined business lounge, on–board meals, high frequency of flights, a unique 'Park and Fly' with valet parking, a baggage allowance of 30kg – 50kg per passenger, recently refurbished cabin interiors coupled with a bold new livery and

stylish new crew uniforms.

Brussels Airlines Continues To Invest In Mumbai Market

Brussels Airlines ever since their operations to Mumbai from Brussels Airport has seen remarkable growth. The airline now increases its flight offer from 5 to 6 weekly flights. Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines said, “Our new service received a warm welcome here in the Indian market and we are very happy with the results. Adding this 6th weekly flight confirms our investment in the Indian market. We are therefore very happy to participate to the Belgian Royal State Visit here in Mumbai. With this spectacular event at the iconic gate of India, we are proud to bring the best of Belgium to India and to emphasize on the importance of the economic bonds between our two countries.”

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AVIATION

AVIATION United Airlines’ Mumbai - New York THAI Airways Joins Route Marks 10th Anniversary Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 United Airlines celebrates its 10 years of daily nonstop service b e t w e e n Mumbai Airport and its New Yo r k . I t w a s launched in October 2007, the service has carried over 1.6 million customers on over 7,000 flights. Mr. Harvinder Singh said, “We are extremely proud to mark a decade of this successful route and thank our valued customers and the travel trade community across India for choosing United.” United flight UA49 departs Mumbai

daily at 11:10 pm, arriving at N e w York/Newark at 5:55 a.m. the next day. The return flight, UA48, departs N e w Yo r k / N e w a r k daily at 8:20 p.m., arriving in Mumbai at 8:40 p.m. the following day (all times local and subject to change). The Mumbai-New York/Newark flight is operated by Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with a total of 267 seats – 50 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class and 217 seats in United Economy, including 72 Economy Plus seats.

Thai Air ways International Public Company Limited THAI recently joined the officials opening of Amazing Thailand Tourism 2018 held by the Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT. THAI flight attendants, as well as other airlines such as Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, Thai Air Asia, and Thai Lion air, have joined the parade to promote Thailand as a Tourist –friendly destination and to showcase Thai hospitality. The event was held in collaboration with tourism organizations from both the public and private sector to promote tourism in Thailand at Siam Discovery Center, Rama one road.

THAI Airways Will Fly To Vienna Thai Airways launched its inaugural flight operating directly to Vienna. THAI operates four round trip flights per week from Bangkok-Vienna on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday utilizing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that is equip with 348 seats consisting of 42 seats in Royal Silk Class with full flat beds that recline 180 degrees and 306 seats in Economy Class. All seats are equipped with personal audio video on demand screens for in-flight entertainment. Experience the enjoyment of THAI's exceptional in-flight service that won the prestigious Skytrax 2017 World Airline Awards for the World's Best Economy Class, World's Best Airline Lounge Spa, and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering.

THAI Smile Opens Its 5th Gateway In India THAI Smile Airways announced yet another milestone by launching its new flights on route Bangkok – Mumbai. THAI Smile has already been operating since last quarter of 2016 direct flights from Bangkok to Jaipur, Lucknow, Gaya and Varanasi. Recently, the direct flight from Bangkok - Mumbai (Bombay), an important and old Indian seaport, which is a popular tourist attraction, has been opened. THAI Smile operates its BangkokMumbai flights five times a week under the flight no. WE335 Bangkok - Mumbai (BKK-BOM) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 22.15-01.35 (+1), WE335 Bangkok - Mumbai (BKK-BOM) on Friday and Sunday at 23.55-03.10) and WE336 Mumbai - Bangkok (BOMBKK) on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 02.4008.55 and WE336 Mumbai - Bangkok (BOM-BKK) on Monday and Saturday at 04.40-10.55.

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Air Astana Celebrates 13 Years Connecting India

Air Astana commenced operations to India in 2004 with flights between Almaty and New Delhi. Today, the airline operates 10 flights between Kazakhstan and India each week, including a daily service between Almaty and New Delhi and three frequencies between Astana and New Delhi. Air Astana launched direct flights from Astana, to New Delhi, on 2 July 2017. The three-time weekly service currently operates using Airbus A320 and Embracer 190 aircraft. The carrier's plans for the future will see an increase in the number of Astana– New Delhi flights from three to five times a week. Air Astana is also exploring the opportunity of launching new flights from Kazakhstan to other cities in India. Air Astana offers its passenger travelling via Almaty convenient connections to other international destinations such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Istanbul, Tbilisi and Bishkek. Peter Foster, CEO of Air Astana, said, “Air Astana is proud to add New Delhi to our growing network of flights to global capitals. New Delhi is a great new destination for us and we expect to carry both business travellers and holidaymakers between the two capitals, and also between India and cities in Russia and other countries on our network to and from Astana.”

Kuwait's Jazeera Airways Connects To India With Daily Flights To Hyderabad Jazeera Airways, Kuwait's leading low cost airline, operating regionally and internationally, inaugurated its daily flights to Hyderabad on 17 November, 2017. Jazeera Airways held a joint press conference with GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, bringing together media partners, travel agents from Kuwait and Hyderabad and other distinguished guests. Kochi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad will follow in early 2018 as the airline expands its

network to serve its Indian subcontinent targeting the nearly 1 million Indian nationals residing in Kuwait. Jazeera Airways operates a reliable fleet of 8 Airbus A320 aircrafts currently. It provides a refined business lounge, on–board meals, high frequency of flights, a unique 'Park and Fly' with valet parking, a baggage allowance of 30kg – 50kg per passenger, recently refurbished cabin interiors coupled with a bold new livery and

stylish new crew uniforms.

Brussels Airlines Continues To Invest In Mumbai Market

Brussels Airlines ever since their operations to Mumbai from Brussels Airport has seen remarkable growth. The airline now increases its flight offer from 5 to 6 weekly flights. Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines said, “Our new service received a warm welcome here in the Indian market and we are very happy with the results. Adding this 6th weekly flight confirms our investment in the Indian market. We are therefore very happy to participate to the Belgian Royal State Visit here in Mumbai. With this spectacular event at the iconic gate of India, we are proud to bring the best of Belgium to India and to emphasize on the importance of the economic bonds between our two countries.”

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS South African Tourism Launches New Campaign South African Tourism has launched a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at encouraging South Africans to travel and explore their own back yard. “It's your country – enjoy it, because nothing is more fun than a Sho't Left” invites South Africans to pack their bags and sample the wonders of all nine provinces. It is about reminding South Africans that South Africa is theirs and that there are a whole lot of experiences to be enjoyed in this country. Mr. Sisa Ntshona Chief Executive Officer

at South African Tourism said, “We as South African Tourism are ramping up our drive to boost domestic tourism because many South Africans do not see themselves as being travellers in their own country. The new campaign inspires them to take a Sho't Left and demonstrates that, in fact, local travel can be simple and wallet-friendly, and fun too.” South African Tourism is aiming to add a million more domestic holiday trips and

another four million foreign tourists as part of its “5-in-5” strategy to bolster tourism's contribution to the economy by 2021. The newly revamped Sho't Left

Changes Of Personnel On The SWISS Board Of Directors Mr. André Blattmann, former Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). He will take up his position on 1 January 2018. Reto Francioni, Chairman of the SWISS Board of Directors said, “In André Blattmann we have secured the services of an individual who is highly regarded in business and political circles and can draw on extensive expertise and experience in both high-level leadership

and international e co n o m i c s . We a re delighted that he has accepted our invitation to serve on our Board. Jacques Aigrain has been a member of our Board of Directors since SWISS's foundation in 2002.” Following these personnel changes, the SWISS Board of Directors will consist of Reto Francioni (Chairman), Lufthansa Group representatives Mr. Harry Hohmeister and Ulrik Svensson as well as Doris Russi Schurter and Mr. André Blattmann.

campaign also promotes enticing local package deals on the Sho't Left website (www.shotleft.co.za) . This includes tuckedaway “hidden gems” that may not be on the radar of most holidaymakers. Packaged at various price points, these special deals are geared towards promoting and showcasing various affordable tourism experiences.

Moment In South African Tourism Board Hanneli Slabber's promoted to the new position and takes over as Regional General Manager Asia, A u st ra l a s i a a n d Middle East. Hanneli Slabber has held the reins at South African Tourism's India office for the past seven years and will continue to guide and influence its operations going ahead. She has developed effective and long- lasting ties with media houses, travel trade, airlines and other authority figures in the travel industry.

Alpa Jani has served as Trade Relations Manager at South African Tourism's Mumbai office for seven years. And now she is promoted as Acting Hub-Head MEISEA (Middle East Hub/ India/ South East Asia). Her projects at South African Tourism include South African Tourism's immensely popular Learn South Africa programme in India, which in its second edition, travelled to 17 cities – educating travel agents on the intricacies of selling destination South Africa.

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INTERNATIONAL

TAT Launches Its New Campaign 'Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018' H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said, “ Today marks the beginning of the “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018”, which is at the heart of the Royal Thai Government's ongoing efforts to foster the success of the tourism i n d u s t r y, a s a k e y economic driver. Our Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launches its new campaign 'Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018'. The opening ceremony, held at Siam Discovery, was presided over by H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, and brought to life the campaign's focus on sustainable, quality tourism in line with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. The procession featured six parades, which joined a 3.5-km route from the National Stadium to Lumphini Park. The “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” aims to boost Thailand's reputation as a preferred destination, while increasing visitors' average length of stay, expenditure and repeat visitation.

outstanding programme of major events throughout the year will once again put Thailand in the spotlight as a preferred destination for international travellers.” The Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 will give Thailand an outstanding opportunity to showcase its capabilities

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during many large events the Kingdom will host in 2018. The campaign will highlight activities based on 13 core niche products that include Sports, Gastronomy, Maritime tourism, Wedding and Honeymoon, Medical and Wellness, Community-based Tourism, Leisure, Green Tourism, Night Tourism, MICE, Trade Fairs, B2B Marketing Activity & Logistics. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor added that “Today's procession offers a glimpse of what each and every visitor to Thailand can look forward to as part of the “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018”. And one point to be emphasized is expressed in the last procession, which features the many occupations in the tourism industry, and reiterates that Thailand is a very hospitable country and has welcomed international visitors with open arms throughout its history.” Ms. Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT, Mumbai, says, “Thailand is naturally blessed with a busy schedule of annual cultural events that appeal to both domestic and international audiences and we are delighted to see increasing number of tourist arriving in Thailand.

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For 2018, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a new campaign 'Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018' featuring an action-packed s c h e d u l e o f u n i q u e T h a i l o ca l experiences and international events. In the coming year, the emphasis will be on inclusive tourism that maintains a balance between the economy, environment and benefits for Thai society. The campaign's overarching objective is to ensure that Thailand remains a Preferred Destination and delivers a Quality Product, thus boosting the average length of stay, expenditure and repeat visit. In 2018, the marketing strategy will continue to position Thailand as a 'Preferred Destination'.” Some of the local Thai events that will take place in 2018 are Thailand Tourism Festival (January 2018); Thailand International Kite Festival/Thailand Marathon (Songkhla/Bangkok, February 2018); International Balloon Festival (Korat, May 2018); Chiang Rai Flower Festival (July 2018); Queen of Thai Silk Exhibition (SACICT, August 2018); Nationwide Vegetarian Festival (October 2018) and Bangkok Art Biennale (November 2018) and international events that will take place are International MotoGP Superbike race and the Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand.

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