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NEWS FLASH Air India To Allow 25Kg Free Check-In Baggage On Its Domestic Flights

Air India will allow economy class passengers on its domestic flights to check-in baggage upto 25kg – 10 kg more than 15 kg allowed by other Indian carriers on domestic flights. From 12th August, 2015 for upto Six months i.e 11th February, 2016. Travelers were pleading to Air India and

MOT approved FCI in Khajuraho, MP The Ministry of Tourism has approved a proposal for setting up of a Food Craft Institute (FCI) at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh with Central Financial Assistance upto Rs 475 lakh. Release of funds is subject to fulfilment of required formalities by the State Government. This information was shared by the Union Minister of Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma.

Wi-Fi at Railway Stations

all other domestic carrier to increase the check in baggage allowances to 20 kg or more as overseas travelers find it difficult to leave excess baggage beyond 15kg as they are entitled to travel with two pieces of baggage or at least 23kg and to reduce the limit to 15kg is real problem. The free baggage allowance of the international sector would be applicable for passengers traveling on Air India domestic sectors and connecting to the carrier's international sectors. Travelers really appreciate this kind gesture of Air India. Hope other domestic carriers also follow the steps and boost the course of Indian tourism.

Railway proposes to provide Wi-Fi in all A1, A & B category stations on Indian Railways. There are total 709 such stations on Indian Railways (A175, A-332 and B-302) including 34 stations in Gujarat and 45 stations in Maharashtra. Trials for provision of Wi-Fi at stations with no Capital investment from Railways have been conducted. These trials were conducted to find a suitable business model to sustain the system. At present, the Wi-Fi facility has been provided at 11 stations on Indian Railways as detailed below:(1) CST Mumbai, Central Railway (2) Howrah, Eastern Railway

(3) New Delhi, Northern Railway (4) Varanasi, Northern Railway (5) Ghazipur, North Eastern Railway (6) Chennai, Southern Railway ( 7) Secunderabad, South Central Railway (8) Ahmedabad, Western Railway (9) Agra Cantt., North Central Railway (10) Bengaluru, South Western Railway (11) Madgaon, Konkan Railway. ‘A1’ & ‘A’ category stations are likely to be completed in next two years and ‘B’ Category stations would take another one year.

India ranks 52 in TTCI 2015z

Railway E-Tickets In Hindi and Regional Languages

New Delhi to Vizag AC AP Express Train Flagged Off

A s p e r t h e Trave l & To u r i s m Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2015, of the World Economic Forum, rank of India has improved significantly to 52nd in 2015 from 65th in 2013. Visa Policy is one of the driving tool. Visa policy: E-Tourist Visa facility is presently available to nationals of 77 countries. This is a major step taken to ease the visa regime as now the visitor can apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country online and also pay the visa fee online.

Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways informed that E-ticketing website www.irctc.co.in is available in Hindi with effect from 8 July, 2015. To ensure glitch-free availability of e-ticketing services, upgraded e-ticketing system has been launched with capacity to book 7200 tickets per minute as against 2000 tickets per minute earlier and it has been decided to develop multi-lingual eticketing website.

The Indian Railways, introduced a new train service viz. 22415 / 22416 New Delhi – Visakhapatnam AC AP Express via Vijaywada. The Train service was flagged off today through remote control by the Union Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu. (a) 22416 will depart New Delhi at 06:40 am and will reach Visakhapatnam next day at 06:45 pm. (b) 22415 will start Visakhapatnam at 07:45 and will reach New Delhi at 07:00 pm. This train will consist of 16 coaches - one AC 1 coach, five AC 2 coaches, Seven AC 3 coaches, power cars, pantry car.

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Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart 80% of IT&CMA Buyer The 'Wildlife, Heritage, Culture Purchases Confirmed and Tourism Showcase' Within 6 Months After Show

Etihad Airways Reaffirms Commitment To Maharashtra

IT&CMA 2014 has proven itself as a trade event that delivers buyers with validated procurement power. 50% of all buyers who made purchases with exhibitors at IT&CMA 2014 confirmed their orders within 3 months after the show, while 80% did so within 6 months after the show. Products purchased range from accommodation, conference and meeting services, ground handling arrangements, incentive trips among others, spanning 17 destinations across Europe, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. B u yer M r. A lexander Boros k y, General Manager of Siam Star, Latvia s a i d , “ I T & C M A 2 0 1 4 wa s ve r y successful for our company. Our greatest takeaway was securing contracts with Centara Hotels and Resorts and Erawan Group (Accor Hotels). Right now we are in negotiation with Intercontinental Group (Holiday Inn properties), and a few other big

hotels in Bangkok and Hua Hin. IT&CMA has proved to be the best place to meet MICE industry professionals from the Asia-Pacific region.” Ooi Peng Ee, General Manager of TTG Events, said, “The results of our IT&CMA buyers’ procurement survey, and success stories from exhibitors like Amari Watergate Bangkok showcase what IT&CMA is all about – p r o v e n a n d e f fective business generation. Our delegates’ experiences validate the show’s ability in delivering and bringing together the right mix of exhibitors and buyers with real procurement power.” IT&CMA 2015 will be held from 29 September to 1 October 2015 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. This year’s edition is expected to bring together more than 2,500 Asia-Pacific and international delegates.

'Madhya Pradesh Tourism' announces the second edition of 'Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart'- Central India's biggest travel event in Bhopal from the 16 – 18 October 2015. The Mart is set on a B2B platform with 200 registered Buyers and Media from over 15 countries exploring business opportunities for discerning travel and tourism products, will make the event one of the most sought after travel events in the country. The inaugural edition of 'MP Travel Mart', held last year was inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of state Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan was a resounding success. The event hopes to enlist the support of major travel – trade and hospitality association in India such as ADTOI, ATOAI, IATO, TAAI, TAFI, FHRAI, etc. The event offers Two Exhibitor Segments: 'Destination Madhya Pradesh' & 'Incredible India Section' I)EXCLUSIVE MADHYA PRADESH PAVILION: This pavilion will showcase the different facets of Madhya Pradesh

such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, festivals of Madhya Pradesh, Heritage Hotels, Buddhist Trails in Madhya Pradesh, Wildlife Resorts and National Parks, Medical Tourism, Destination Management Companies, Travel Agents and Tour Operators, Religious Tourism, Handicrafts, Cultural Vistas, etc II) INCREDIBLE INDIA - Indian State Tourism Departments, who form part of the country's destination portfolio shall be invited to display the country's rich culture and heritage. Leading Travel Agents, tour operators, online travel agents, travel technology products, hotels and resorts from across the country will provide an opportunity to showcase their products and will give Madhya Pradesh an opportunity to host some of the biggest tourism & destination brands in the country. Hosted Buyer Program: The Buyer Program will have a refundable caution deposit system for all buyers to enhance the seriousness of the event. The amount will be refundable on the successful completion of the mandatory seller appointments. More info on buyer@mptravelmart.in. The event shall be managed by Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions Pvt. ltd.

Witness 64 Years Of Tradition Visit The Annual Niagara Wine Festival Niagara, home to Canada’s largest grape and wine industry, is gearing up for its 64th Annual Niagara Wine Festival to be held from 12 to 27 September,z 2015. Niagara welcomes visitors, both native and exotic, to participate in the ensuing festivities that promise a great deal of excitement and entertainment. The harvest celebration will be observed in Downtown St. Catharines at the famous Montebello Park amidst live entertainment,

seminars and family activities. Popular local and tribute bands, The Caverners and Hotel California, will rock the “Centrestage” while new country line-ups including Autumn Hill and Two Small Pistols promise fun-filled Sundays. Experience 29 awardwinning wineries, Niagara cuisine & great entertainment each weekend. The annual Niagara Wine Festival that

kindles viticultural interest in passionate wine lovers will include winery tours and tastings, concerts, live shows and street parades promises to obscure all other festivities over the world. ‘Educate Your Senses,’ a wine and cheese seminar, will engage the local winemakers and dairy farmers of Canada in l i v e l y d e m o n st ra t i o n s a n d discussions regarding various tastes and showcase cheeses that have been paired with the wines being presented. The Niagara Wine Festival Discovery Pass is the buy to three weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara. If you are a fan of the wine, these are the weekends to visit wine country. There is no finer way to experience fall’s bounty than travelling

Mr. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' President and CEO meet the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Hon. Devendra Fadnavis. To reaffirm the Abu Dhabi-based airline's commitment to the Indian state and its capital Mumbai. During the meeting Chief Minister outlined the priorities of the state, identifying areas of mutual interest and opportunities for Etihad Airways to support economic growth. The Chief Minister and Mr Hogan discussed new areas of collaboration between Maharashtra and Etihad

Airways, especially in tourism and cargo exports. Mr. Hogan gave an introduction to Etihad Airways, its operations into India and the significant benefits that come from the airline's commercial and strategic partnership with Indian carrier, Jet Airways, for both India and Jet Airways. In the first six months of 2015 Etihad Airways transferred more than 235,000 guests onto Jet Airways' network into India through its codeshare partnership, with Jet Airways providing 182,000 guests onto the Etihad Airways network. In the last five years, Etihad Airways has carried more than five million guests on its services to and from India. Relations between the UAE and India continue to build with Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi set to visit the UAE on 16 and 17 August.

Jet Airways – Etihad Airways Delivering Strong Results For Indian Carrier

The strategic investment of Etihad Airways in Jet Airways is delivering strong results for both airlines across areas including network growth, revenue enhancement and operational and cost improvements. Speaking at a media conference in Mumbai, Mr. Naresh Goyal, Jet Airways’ Chairman; Mr. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive; and Cramer Ball, Jet Airways’ Chief Executive also gave other details of the significantly improved results for the Indian carrier. The two airlines together now offer

more flights to and from India than any other airline, with a 21% share of the country’s booming international air travel market. Mr. Naresh Goyal said, “Together with Etihad Airways, we now operate over 4,300 international flights a month, more flights to/from India than any other airline and provide our guests with an unparalleled global and domestic network, with perhaps the best and most convenient connectivity.” Mr. James Hogan said, “We are now the market leader out of India. Jet Airways, it is a strong, recognisable brand in India, has an established network and infrastructure, a skilled workforce and a large customer base. And Etihad Airways is an active investor and a strategic partner. We provided fresh capital and financial stability for Jet Airways, assisted global network growth, increased flight connectivity, and delivered efficiencies through activities including joint procurement and resource sharing.”

IAAI’s New Members For 113 Countries Will Be Able To Apply For India's E-Tourist Visa Maharashtra State Committee Government of India added 36 more countries on E-Visa. Effective from 15 August, 2015, taking the total to 113 countries and the addition of seven more airports where E-visa is allowed. Among the countries that will benefit from the latest extension are the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Malaysia, Tanzania and Argentina. The airports to be added to the existing list of nine where foreign citizens from eligible countries can land with an etourist visa are Jaipur, Amritsar, Gaya, Lucknow, Trichy, Varanasi and Ahmedabad. The airports have been chosen due to the large number of foreign tourists they receive on account

of their proximity to major tourist spots. Welcoming the effort Mr. Sarab Jit Singh, Vice Chairman, FAITH said, “We are extremely happy with the speed at which the Government has moved to implement this otherwise cumbersome process. This intensity shows the Government’s commitment to enhance Indian presence and create leadership in the USD 2 Trillion Global Tourism industry.” UK passport holders will be able to apply and pay for an online visa using the Indian government’s tourist visa website, removing the need to book an appointment at the outsourced visa processing agency, or make a laborious postal application.

The IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Maharashtra Chapter has elected the new Managing Committee for 2015-16. Mr. Chetan Momaya will continue as President, IAAI, Pune-based Mr. Devendra Ghule and Mr. Aruna Shetty will take over as Vice Presidents. Mr. Chetan Gandhi will continue as Secretary, while Mr. Manish Synghal will replace Shetty as the Joint Secretary of

the Chapter. Mr. Siddharth Shah has been named Treasurer. Mr. Surendra Kamat and Neelu Bhatt are Managing Committee members and Mr. Anil Gupta is Tourism Co-ordinator. Biji Eapen, National President, IAAI, has revealed that the national body elections will be held along with its annual convention in a couple of months most probably in Chennai”.

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Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart 80% of IT&CMA Buyer The 'Wildlife, Heritage, Culture Purchases Confirmed and Tourism Showcase' Within 6 Months After Show

Etihad Airways Reaffirms Commitment To Maharashtra

IT&CMA 2014 has proven itself as a trade event that delivers buyers with validated procurement power. 50% of all buyers who made purchases with exhibitors at IT&CMA 2014 confirmed their orders within 3 months after the show, while 80% did so within 6 months after the show. Products purchased range from accommodation, conference and meeting services, ground handling arrangements, incentive trips among others, spanning 17 destinations across Europe, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. B u yer M r. A lexander Boros k y, General Manager of Siam Star, Latvia s a i d , “ I T & C M A 2 0 1 4 wa s ve r y successful for our company. Our greatest takeaway was securing contracts with Centara Hotels and Resorts and Erawan Group (Accor Hotels). Right now we are in negotiation with Intercontinental Group (Holiday Inn properties), and a few other big

hotels in Bangkok and Hua Hin. IT&CMA has proved to be the best place to meet MICE industry professionals from the Asia-Pacific region.” Ooi Peng Ee, General Manager of TTG Events, said, “The results of our IT&CMA buyers’ procurement survey, and success stories from exhibitors like Amari Watergate Bangkok showcase what IT&CMA is all about – p r o v e n a n d e f fective business generation. Our delegates’ experiences validate the show’s ability in delivering and bringing together the right mix of exhibitors and buyers with real procurement power.” IT&CMA 2015 will be held from 29 September to 1 October 2015 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. This year’s edition is expected to bring together more than 2,500 Asia-Pacific and international delegates.

'Madhya Pradesh Tourism' announces the second edition of 'Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart'- Central India's biggest travel event in Bhopal from the 16 – 18 October 2015. The Mart is set on a B2B platform with 200 registered Buyers and Media from over 15 countries exploring business opportunities for discerning travel and tourism products, will make the event one of the most sought after travel events in the country. The inaugural edition of 'MP Travel Mart', held last year was inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of state Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan was a resounding success. The event hopes to enlist the support of major travel – trade and hospitality association in India such as ADTOI, ATOAI, IATO, TAAI, TAFI, FHRAI, etc. The event offers Two Exhibitor Segments: 'Destination Madhya Pradesh' & 'Incredible India Section' I)EXCLUSIVE MADHYA PRADESH PAVILION: This pavilion will showcase the different facets of Madhya Pradesh

such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, festivals of Madhya Pradesh, Heritage Hotels, Buddhist Trails in Madhya Pradesh, Wildlife Resorts and National Parks, Medical Tourism, Destination Management Companies, Travel Agents and Tour Operators, Religious Tourism, Handicrafts, Cultural Vistas, etc II) INCREDIBLE INDIA - Indian State Tourism Departments, who form part of the country's destination portfolio shall be invited to display the country's rich culture and heritage. Leading Travel Agents, tour operators, online travel agents, travel technology products, hotels and resorts from across the country will provide an opportunity to showcase their products and will give Madhya Pradesh an opportunity to host some of the biggest tourism & destination brands in the country. Hosted Buyer Program: The Buyer Program will have a refundable caution deposit system for all buyers to enhance the seriousness of the event. The amount will be refundable on the successful completion of the mandatory seller appointments. More info on buyer@mptravelmart.in. The event shall be managed by Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions Pvt. ltd.

Witness 64 Years Of Tradition Visit The Annual Niagara Wine Festival Niagara, home to Canada’s largest grape and wine industry, is gearing up for its 64th Annual Niagara Wine Festival to be held from 12 to 27 September,z 2015. Niagara welcomes visitors, both native and exotic, to participate in the ensuing festivities that promise a great deal of excitement and entertainment. The harvest celebration will be observed in Downtown St. Catharines at the famous Montebello Park amidst live entertainment,

seminars and family activities. Popular local and tribute bands, The Caverners and Hotel California, will rock the “Centrestage” while new country line-ups including Autumn Hill and Two Small Pistols promise fun-filled Sundays. Experience 29 awardwinning wineries, Niagara cuisine & great entertainment each weekend. The annual Niagara Wine Festival that

kindles viticultural interest in passionate wine lovers will include winery tours and tastings, concerts, live shows and street parades promises to obscure all other festivities over the world. ‘Educate Your Senses,’ a wine and cheese seminar, will engage the local winemakers and dairy farmers of Canada in l i v e l y d e m o n st ra t i o n s a n d discussions regarding various tastes and showcase cheeses that have been paired with the wines being presented. The Niagara Wine Festival Discovery Pass is the buy to three weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara. If you are a fan of the wine, these are the weekends to visit wine country. There is no finer way to experience fall’s bounty than travelling

Mr. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' President and CEO meet the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Hon. Devendra Fadnavis. To reaffirm the Abu Dhabi-based airline's commitment to the Indian state and its capital Mumbai. During the meeting Chief Minister outlined the priorities of the state, identifying areas of mutual interest and opportunities for Etihad Airways to support economic growth. The Chief Minister and Mr Hogan discussed new areas of collaboration between Maharashtra and Etihad

Airways, especially in tourism and cargo exports. Mr. Hogan gave an introduction to Etihad Airways, its operations into India and the significant benefits that come from the airline's commercial and strategic partnership with Indian carrier, Jet Airways, for both India and Jet Airways. In the first six months of 2015 Etihad Airways transferred more than 235,000 guests onto Jet Airways' network into India through its codeshare partnership, with Jet Airways providing 182,000 guests onto the Etihad Airways network. In the last five years, Etihad Airways has carried more than five million guests on its services to and from India. Relations between the UAE and India continue to build with Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi set to visit the UAE on 16 and 17 August.

Jet Airways – Etihad Airways Delivering Strong Results For Indian Carrier

The strategic investment of Etihad Airways in Jet Airways is delivering strong results for both airlines across areas including network growth, revenue enhancement and operational and cost improvements. Speaking at a media conference in Mumbai, Mr. Naresh Goyal, Jet Airways’ Chairman; Mr. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive; and Cramer Ball, Jet Airways’ Chief Executive also gave other details of the significantly improved results for the Indian carrier. The two airlines together now offer

more flights to and from India than any other airline, with a 21% share of the country’s booming international air travel market. Mr. Naresh Goyal said, “Together with Etihad Airways, we now operate over 4,300 international flights a month, more flights to/from India than any other airline and provide our guests with an unparalleled global and domestic network, with perhaps the best and most convenient connectivity.” Mr. James Hogan said, “We are now the market leader out of India. Jet Airways, it is a strong, recognisable brand in India, has an established network and infrastructure, a skilled workforce and a large customer base. And Etihad Airways is an active investor and a strategic partner. We provided fresh capital and financial stability for Jet Airways, assisted global network growth, increased flight connectivity, and delivered efficiencies through activities including joint procurement and resource sharing.”

IAAI’s New Members For 113 Countries Will Be Able To Apply For India's E-Tourist Visa Maharashtra State Committee Government of India added 36 more countries on E-Visa. Effective from 15 August, 2015, taking the total to 113 countries and the addition of seven more airports where E-visa is allowed. Among the countries that will benefit from the latest extension are the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Malaysia, Tanzania and Argentina. The airports to be added to the existing list of nine where foreign citizens from eligible countries can land with an etourist visa are Jaipur, Amritsar, Gaya, Lucknow, Trichy, Varanasi and Ahmedabad. The airports have been chosen due to the large number of foreign tourists they receive on account

of their proximity to major tourist spots. Welcoming the effort Mr. Sarab Jit Singh, Vice Chairman, FAITH said, “We are extremely happy with the speed at which the Government has moved to implement this otherwise cumbersome process. This intensity shows the Government’s commitment to enhance Indian presence and create leadership in the USD 2 Trillion Global Tourism industry.” UK passport holders will be able to apply and pay for an online visa using the Indian government’s tourist visa website, removing the need to book an appointment at the outsourced visa processing agency, or make a laborious postal application.

The IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Maharashtra Chapter has elected the new Managing Committee for 2015-16. Mr. Chetan Momaya will continue as President, IAAI, Pune-based Mr. Devendra Ghule and Mr. Aruna Shetty will take over as Vice Presidents. Mr. Chetan Gandhi will continue as Secretary, while Mr. Manish Synghal will replace Shetty as the Joint Secretary of

the Chapter. Mr. Siddharth Shah has been named Treasurer. Mr. Surendra Kamat and Neelu Bhatt are Managing Committee members and Mr. Anil Gupta is Tourism Co-ordinator. Biji Eapen, National President, IAAI, has revealed that the national body elections will be held along with its annual convention in a couple of months most probably in Chennai”.

along the wine route, shipping and savoring the best in local wine and cuisine.

Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India.

Avleen Mehra

www.ravinetrek.com

Corp. Office: Shop No:1, B-4, Highland Garden, Dhokali Road, Thane (W) - 400 607

sales@ravinetrek.com

Mumbai: Shop No 3 Ganjawala Tower, SVP Road, Borivali (W), Mumbai - 400092. Maharashtra, INDIA Mumbai: +91 22 28936320 / 32954953 M: +91 9967009904 / 9322647575 E: ravinetrek@gmail.com Branch Operational Ofce: Leh, Srinagar, Delhi, Manali, Mumbai (Andheri Lokhandwala)

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Famous

Elephant-headed God Lord Ganesh, is not only famous in India but is being worshiped all around the world. Ganesh means “Lord of hosts”. Countries like South and Central America, Mexico, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Japan and Iran have innumerable Ganesh temples from the medieval era. India has a lot of ancient and famous Ganesh Temples from south to north. Each State has the same lord with different culture and traditional signified in the idol and the temple. Few of them are as follows:Siddhivinayak Temple (Mumbai, Maharashtra) - It was originally built in 1801 by Deubai Patil and Laxman Vithu. This temple is evolved from a small place to a grand rich temple

Temples in India

with its glory bought by famous politicians as well as Bollywood stars. It is also commonly known as Navasala Pavanara Ganapati or Navasacha Ganapati. It is believed that whenever devotees wish his/her prayer in Marathi, Lord Ganesha bestows humbly by fulfilling their wish. It is the most popular Ganesh Temple not only in Mumbai but all over India. Moreover, it is the India's richest temple and a must tourist visit place in Mumbai during a tour and even on G a n e s h Chaturthi. The inner roof o f t h e sanctum is covered in gold while the w o o d e n d o o r s donning a silver carved mantle are car ved with intricate images of Ashtavinayak or eight manifestations of Ganesha across Maharashtra – Moreshwar (Morgaon), Siddhivinayak (Siddhatek), Ballaleshwar (Pali), Varadavinayak (Mahad), Chintamani (Theur), Girijatmaj (Lenyadri), Vighnahar (Ozar) and Mahaganapati (Ranjangaon). Dagdusheth Ganpati (Pune, Maharashtra) - The complex where Dagdusheth Ganpati temple stands also have a old age home which was built in 2003 and even in the same building, around 100+ destitute children are being provided with housing as well as education. It is one of the most famous tourist

attraction in Pune and one among the richest temples in Maharashtra. This temple is famous for its installed golden idol of Lord Ganesha. This temple was given a public form during the rule of British Raj by Bal Gangadhar Tilak for celebrating festivals. Ucchi Pillayar Koil (Trichy, Tamil Nadu) - Ucchi Pillayar koil, is a 7th-century Hindu temple, one dedicated to Lord Ganesh located a top of Rockfort. Mythologically this rock is the place where Lord Ganesh ran from King Vibi shana, after establishing t h e Ranganathas wamy deity in Srirangam. The temple is mystic in its nature with a w e inspiring rock architecture. The Ganesh temple is much smaller w i t h a n a c c e s s t h ro u g h steep steps carved on the rock and provides a stunning view of Trichy, Srirangam and the rivers Kaveri and Kollidam. Due to its ancient and impressive architecture created by the Pallavas.

also has five other Ganesha temples situated there. The Lord Ganesha idol here sits in dvibhuja style having two arms and stands on a stone slab. Do d d a G a n a p a t h i ( B a n g a l o r e , Karnataka) - Dodda Basavana Gudi (the Nandhi Temple) is situated in Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi, area of South Bangalore. This temple is famous for its height 18 ft. and width 16 ft. Lord Ganesh idol. It is one of the major tourist a t t ra c t i o n i n Ka r n a t a ka . I t i s famously known as Nandhi Temple which is located inside the park which is the Bugle Rock. Every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of the Hindu month of Karthika Maasa a groundnut fair is held in the temple premises and groundnut is offered to the deity.

Ganesha Temple (Idagunji, Karnataka) - This temple is situated on the near western cost of India in the Idagunji town of Karnataka. It is one of the most popular religious places in India which is visited by people coming from all over the world. The western coast of India where this temple is situated is known as the Ganesha Coast because it

Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi 2015

This year Mumbai is celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi from 17th September to 27th September. If you’re in Mumbai then don’t forget to visit these famous mandals during the 11 days.

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Khetwadi Pandals

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DESTINATION

Ajmer - The Heart of Rajasthan Draped in the majestic Aravalli Mountains of Rajasthan, Ajmer was once known as Ajaymeru under the rule of Prithviraj Chauhan, in 12th century. The city is wonderful tourist spot in India with a surprising blend of Hinduism and Islam. Ajmer is a delightful fusion of different cultures and traditions. The ancient architecture of the city is

of the most shrine temple of Lord Brahma and Savitri temple (Savitri Wife of Lord Brahma) is situated at 19 Km from Ajmer. After paying your respects to the Dargah Sharif one can visit Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra, which is situated on the outskirts of the city and is at a short distance from the Dargah. Taragarh

heavily influenced by Indo – Islamic leaning. Ajmer is popularly known for Dargah Sarif of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, which is frequented by visitors of all faiths. Dargah is not only visited by Muslims but also Hindus who throng in large numbers with equal reverence and respect. Another important place for

worship and not to be missed sights are Nareli Jain Temple, Rangii Temple, situated 13 km away from Ajmer has an influence of south Indian style of architecture along with Rajput and Mughal style that are more common site of Rajasthan. Anted Mata Temple is a Digambara Jain temple that is popular amongst local as well as among tourists. One Fort, one of the oldest hill forts in India. Looming high on a hill top the fort allows its visitor to take a fine look at the entire city. Other point of interest Ajmer Museum which is situated in Akbar's Fort is now known as Magazine. There are several sections within museum such as Archeology, Armory, Arts, Crafts and Industry. The edifice is built of red sandstones, which have been positioned in a square pattern giving it a wonderful outlook. Beside pilgrimage and heritage site one can indulge into adventure like camel ride. Do visit Ana Sagar Lake, a artificial lake near Darga Sharif. The lake is spread over 13 km and there is an island in center of lake which can be reached by boats. Various water activities one can experience on Lake. Druga Bag, a park which is decorated with beautiful trees, providing fresh breeze and lush vegetation. For food lovers city provides some lips m a c k i n g ve ge ta r i a n a n d n o n vegetarian Restaurants and road side court. For the accommodation this city also has a designated area of hotels for all budget. Ajmer is pretty well connected to the rest of the country. The nearest airport from Ajmer is the Jaipur airport which offers frequent services to various cities of the country. Ajmer also has its very own railway station which has numerable trains halting there; lastly the fleets of state and private buses connect the city to the various regions in the state and also neighboring areas. With a host of exciting things to do in Ajmer, travellers can thoroughly enjoy the experience of exploring this destination. By: Sonal Lakhotia

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TOURISM

Tourism is of immense importance to India and its success story will continue undiminished. Tourism has always been appreciated and actively promoted for its economic value. It helps in reducing property and in maintaining quality of life.

s i n c e t i m e immemorial promoted principle o f “ VA S U DA I B A KUTUMBKAM” (whole world is one family).

To u r i s m fo s t e r s communal harmony as visible in India where all the religious festivities o f v a r i o u s communities are c e l e b rate d w i t h equal gusto. India is visited as epicenter o f. H i n d u i s m , Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and equally important for Islam, C h r i s t e n , Zoroastrians religion.

Through employment economic prosperity, balance of payments, investment and the sustainable tourism resources are utilized for augmenting the infrastructure and integrating tourism products with international markets which in turn generate international tourist's arrivals for the country and chain continues. Very rarely, we think of its major role as vehicle for “GLOBAL PEACE”. All negative things which are happening globally including our country are due to EGO and “Lack of Appreciation” of each others rich culture, the value of living style and strong Religious Fundamentalism. Religion is one of the most important factor for fights & has become the main culprit. But tourism has brought various cultures nearer to each other. When tourists visit any country they interact with local people, try to understand the way of living which could be totally different from their way of living try ethnic cuisine, they participate

in local festivals and thus all barriers of language, culture, cuisine are over shadowed by the intrinsic warmth of hospitality and friendliness. There is feeling of oneness forgetting religious differences, food habits and the objective of pleasure, leisure, new experience understanding, appreciation and friendship pervades everywhere. Thus tourism has all the ingredients that bring a unity. The lack of unity in humanity and lack of understanding and appreciation can be improved through inter-change of tourists. Globally India,

On Indian soil tourism promotes all these religions festivals for coexistence based on the crux of all these religious – “Service t o p e o p l e HUMANITY and have thus helped better understanding and takeout fake ego. The communities can't feel celebration of a festival by not associating other communities. This “Brotherhood” and “Being in one family” are the real need of the hour. How each community stands together at the time of crisis and pull together happens only though proper understanding propagated through tourism. Many tourists come to India to see this broadness of mind & communal harmony.

By Gour Kanjilal Tourism has helped in creating jobs globally and a major step to eradicate unemployment which be breed corruption, terrorism and drug edicts. These are effectively controlled through tourism related activities. It creates self esteem and a well deserve high standard of living and competitiveness to move forward. They get hardly any time for nefarious activities. In India where unemployment is a big issue, tourism providers over 54 millions jobs at a rough estimate about 10% of total employment in India and help in increase of GDP. Tourism has now brought in global investment through public private partnerships and globally investments are being made without any discrimination. It brings two different work cultures together and gain learning experience, exchanges each others expertise and boost an investments in hospitality industry. It gives an impression of MINI world when tourists see various nationalities are working together for a common cause which is visible in the hospitality industry. Tourism has helped in controlling terrorism to some extent by forming global partnerships as is visible everywhere who all have the threats of terrorism have joined to put up a combined front to combat terrorism. Tourism is rapidly changing the attitude of decision makers and now promoted counted as “the most positive vehicle for global understanding and peace”.

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TRADE PLUS Ravine Trek, a name known to Ladakh Q 1) In past few years where do you see Ladakh as a Tourist destination for both Domestic and International tourists? Ladakh has been a favourite holiday destination for all type of tourist. And a major role played for the growth of incoming tourism in Ladakh is infrastructure. Tourism is growing year by year with the Film Shoots, Honeymoon Tours, Motor Bike & Self Driven Cars, Students Group, Family Tours, Trekking, Expedition, Meditation, Yoga, All Women Tour, Single Tour and Bag-Packer. Being a safe district for all, Ladakh will be the leading district of Jammu & Kashmir tending to attract the tourist to the paradise of earth. Q 2) Tell us more about the winter packages which you have announced recently? What all security measures are taken during the trip? Ladakh is considered to be 2nd coldest place in the world. We have been organizing the winter tours for required tourist till date in terms of Leisure, but from this year we have planned for have departures in Winter twice a week from October to March 2016. This will open new doors for tourism in Ladakh and as known by many that Ladakh opens only between

May to September. Let us live with practical conditions that it is open round the year, and all depends what kind of tourism we promote. F o r W i n t e r Departures we have secured the flight s e at s a n d h o te l rooms, we have made sure all rooms will be heated and vehicles will be with heaters too. Taking care in terms Medical emergency it is always available at every corner of Ladakh. Q 3) What is your contribution for sustainable tourism and protecting the environment of Ladakh? We (Ravine Trek) and team of Overland Escape (Leh) have been regular conducting the cleanliness trek every year, we take up one known trek route every year where we have volunteers which we make it as Clean up trek. To pick all dust and garbage from known trek route. Our Partner in Leh (Overland Escape & Reach Ladakh Bulletin) have been regularly conducting the awareness programme to locals & travel trade on sustainable tourism. Q 4) Is Ravine Trek also opting for International Packages? Yes, we have started with

Trekking in International mountains too. We have successfully done Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal. And this year planned for Mt Kilimanjaro Trek in Tanzania, 19430 ft known as highest stand alone mountain in the world. Soon by 2016 we have planned to start up with full time trekking departures in Nepal. Q 5) What recommendation would you like to give to Ministry of Tourism in India for the promotion of Ladakh? As everyone in Tourism industry knows that Ladakh tourism is promoted on individual efforts only without any support of State or Centre Tourism board. We have seen in the past that Ladakh is been ignored and least concerned by Tourism authority, as well by J & K Tourism too. Ladakh is not given fair chance to promote nor in any kind of promotions or in roadshows or exhibitions. We urge to both the state and centre tourism department to take up seriously on promoting Ladakh. The festivals of Ladakh (Sindhu Darshan festival & Ladakh Festival) can be promoted on International level as Navratri Festival. The State Tourism Board can set up a Active Tourism support office in this district. Open up more road routes of Ladakh for general tourist, show interest in local body association which will give fair results in interest of all, for those promoting

Ladakh. As for Centre, Ministry of India Tourism, there so many road shows and Exhibitions happening, please include Ladakh as a part of your event. Q 6) What are your promotional activities for the year 2015-16? As we been highly promoting Destination Ladakh since last 15 years. This year also we plans the same in promoting this beautiful mesmerised land – Ladakh with Media Advt in Safari P l u s , Tr a v e l Tr a d e M a g a z i n e , Commercial Magazine – Lonely Planet & National Geographic Traveller, actively participating in Travel Trade Fairs like TTF (Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkotta, Chennai, Hyderabad & Bangalore) SATTE-Delhi, GPS – Nagpur. As participation in exhibitions have given wide platform for us to visit cities and meet individual trade partners and showcase them the land of Budha Ladakh.

DOMESTIC NEWS Global School Of Tourism coming in Goa

The Goa Government is in the process of starting a Global School of Tourism and School of Strategic and Security Studies in association with the University of Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the state assembly. Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar said “Starting both the schools would cost Rs 32.42 crore, which will offer post graduate courses and academic research in areas related to tourism, strategic and security studies. The Goa University was requested to submit a detailed proposal. The University sought time for the same and has now submitted the proposals." Goa is one of the top beach tourism destinations in the country which attracts nearly three million tourists annually. Parsekar also said instituting the two schools would incur a one-time expenditure of Rs 18.80 crore for the buildings and Rs 13.62 crore in five years for salaries of teaching and administration staff.

Kerala Witnessed Healthy Increase In Foreign & Domestic Tourist Arrivals Kerala has witnessed a healthy increase in both foreign as well as domestic tourist arrivals. Mr. K R a j ku m a r , D e p u t y D i re c to r, Department of Kerala Tourism, said, "The Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2014 were 9.25 lakh (+ 9% over the previous year). The domestic tourist arrivals were nearly 1.16 crore (+ 8% over the previous year)." The total revenue, from the tourism sector touched INR 24,885.44 crore in 2014, showing an increase of 12.11 per cent over the previous year, he shared. "Foreign exchange earnings received by the tourism industry in the state last year were INR 6,398.93 crore, which recorded an increase of 15.07 per cent over 2013," he said.

Kerala Tourism has declared the period from April 2015 to April 2016 as ‘Visit Kerala Year’ and an array of activities are planned as part of it. "In the wake of the fresh initiative,

Kerala Tourism will explore more new markets like China and Sri Lanka. Aggressive campaigns that target potential travellers in big traditional markets for Kerala will be conducted in the UK, France, and Germany through trade fairs and roadshows," he said. A bulk of the foreign tourists come from UK, Germany, France, and the US, while on domestic front, each year the tourists from states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi-NCR, and Punjab visit the state, whose star a t t ra c t i o n s a r e i t s b e a c h e s , backwaters, and Ayurveda. Kerala Tourism has also tied up with private carriers like Jet Airways and GoAir to promote the state's tourism, while talks in this regard were on with Air India.

Tourism Development In Delhi

The number of Domestic Tourist Visits (DTVs) and Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) in Delhi has shown continuous increase in last five years as may be seen from the table below: (Figure in lakhs) Year

DTVs

FTVs

2010

135.58

18.94

2011

154.29

21.60

2012

184.95

23.46

2013

202.15

23.01

2014 226.27 23.19 As per the information given by the D e l h i To u r i s m a n d Tr a n s p o r t Development Corporation they undertake tourism development activities such as conducted sightseeing tours in Delhi & around; run Coffee Homes; recreational boating activities; operate projects like Dilli Haats, Garden of Five Senses, Nature Bazaar etc. for development of Tourism in Delhi.

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TRADE PLUS Ravine Trek, a name known to Ladakh Q 1) In past few years where do you see Ladakh as a Tourist destination for both Domestic and International tourists? Ladakh has been a favourite holiday destination for all type of tourist. And a major role played for the growth of incoming tourism in Ladakh is infrastructure. Tourism is growing year by year with the Film Shoots, Honeymoon Tours, Motor Bike & Self Driven Cars, Students Group, Family Tours, Trekking, Expedition, Meditation, Yoga, All Women Tour, Single Tour and Bag-Packer. Being a safe district for all, Ladakh will be the leading district of Jammu & Kashmir tending to attract the tourist to the paradise of earth. Q 2) Tell us more about the winter packages which you have announced recently? What all security measures are taken during the trip? Ladakh is considered to be 2nd coldest place in the world. We have been organizing the winter tours for required tourist till date in terms of Leisure, but from this year we have planned for have departures in Winter twice a week from October to March 2016. This will open new doors for tourism in Ladakh and as known by many that Ladakh opens only between

May to September. Let us live with practical conditions that it is open round the year, and all depends what kind of tourism we promote. F o r W i n t e r Departures we have secured the flight s e at s a n d h o te l rooms, we have made sure all rooms will be heated and vehicles will be with heaters too. Taking care in terms Medical emergency it is always available at every corner of Ladakh. Q 3) What is your contribution for sustainable tourism and protecting the environment of Ladakh? We (Ravine Trek) and team of Overland Escape (Leh) have been regular conducting the cleanliness trek every year, we take up one known trek route every year where we have volunteers which we make it as Clean up trek. To pick all dust and garbage from known trek route. Our Partner in Leh (Overland Escape & Reach Ladakh Bulletin) have been regularly conducting the awareness programme to locals & travel trade on sustainable tourism. Q 4) Is Ravine Trek also opting for International Packages? Yes, we have started with

Trekking in International mountains too. We have successfully done Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal. And this year planned for Mt Kilimanjaro Trek in Tanzania, 19430 ft known as highest stand alone mountain in the world. Soon by 2016 we have planned to start up with full time trekking departures in Nepal. Q 5) What recommendation would you like to give to Ministry of Tourism in India for the promotion of Ladakh? As everyone in Tourism industry knows that Ladakh tourism is promoted on individual efforts only without any support of State or Centre Tourism board. We have seen in the past that Ladakh is been ignored and least concerned by Tourism authority, as well by J & K Tourism too. Ladakh is not given fair chance to promote nor in any kind of promotions or in roadshows or exhibitions. We urge to both the state and centre tourism department to take up seriously on promoting Ladakh. The festivals of Ladakh (Sindhu Darshan festival & Ladakh Festival) can be promoted on International level as Navratri Festival. The State Tourism Board can set up a Active Tourism support office in this district. Open up more road routes of Ladakh for general tourist, show interest in local body association which will give fair results in interest of all, for those promoting

Ladakh. As for Centre, Ministry of India Tourism, there so many road shows and Exhibitions happening, please include Ladakh as a part of your event. Q 6) What are your promotional activities for the year 2015-16? As we been highly promoting Destination Ladakh since last 15 years. This year also we plans the same in promoting this beautiful mesmerised land – Ladakh with Media Advt in Safari P l u s , Tr a v e l Tr a d e M a g a z i n e , Commercial Magazine – Lonely Planet & National Geographic Traveller, actively participating in Travel Trade Fairs like TTF (Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkotta, Chennai, Hyderabad & Bangalore) SATTE-Delhi, GPS – Nagpur. As participation in exhibitions have given wide platform for us to visit cities and meet individual trade partners and showcase them the land of Budha Ladakh.

DOMESTIC NEWS Global School Of Tourism coming in Goa

The Goa Government is in the process of starting a Global School of Tourism and School of Strategic and Security Studies in association with the University of Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the state assembly. Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar said “Starting both the schools would cost Rs 32.42 crore, which will offer post graduate courses and academic research in areas related to tourism, strategic and security studies. The Goa University was requested to submit a detailed proposal. The University sought time for the same and has now submitted the proposals." Goa is one of the top beach tourism destinations in the country which attracts nearly three million tourists annually. Parsekar also said instituting the two schools would incur a one-time expenditure of Rs 18.80 crore for the buildings and Rs 13.62 crore in five years for salaries of teaching and administration staff.

Kerala Witnessed Healthy Increase In Foreign & Domestic Tourist Arrivals Kerala has witnessed a healthy increase in both foreign as well as domestic tourist arrivals. Mr. K R a j ku m a r , D e p u t y D i re c to r, Department of Kerala Tourism, said, "The Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2014 were 9.25 lakh (+ 9% over the previous year). The domestic tourist arrivals were nearly 1.16 crore (+ 8% over the previous year)." The total revenue, from the tourism sector touched INR 24,885.44 crore in 2014, showing an increase of 12.11 per cent over the previous year, he shared. "Foreign exchange earnings received by the tourism industry in the state last year were INR 6,398.93 crore, which recorded an increase of 15.07 per cent over 2013," he said.

Kerala Tourism has declared the period from April 2015 to April 2016 as ‘Visit Kerala Year’ and an array of activities are planned as part of it. "In the wake of the fresh initiative,

Kerala Tourism will explore more new markets like China and Sri Lanka. Aggressive campaigns that target potential travellers in big traditional markets for Kerala will be conducted in the UK, France, and Germany through trade fairs and roadshows," he said. A bulk of the foreign tourists come from UK, Germany, France, and the US, while on domestic front, each year the tourists from states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi-NCR, and Punjab visit the state, whose star a t t ra c t i o n s a r e i t s b e a c h e s , backwaters, and Ayurveda. Kerala Tourism has also tied up with private carriers like Jet Airways and GoAir to promote the state's tourism, while talks in this regard were on with Air India.

Tourism Development In Delhi

The number of Domestic Tourist Visits (DTVs) and Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) in Delhi has shown continuous increase in last five years as may be seen from the table below: (Figure in lakhs) Year

DTVs

FTVs

2010

135.58

18.94

2011

154.29

21.60

2012

184.95

23.46

2013

202.15

23.01

2014 226.27 23.19 As per the information given by the D e l h i To u r i s m a n d Tr a n s p o r t Development Corporation they undertake tourism development activities such as conducted sightseeing tours in Delhi & around; run Coffee Homes; recreational boating activities; operate projects like Dilli Haats, Garden of Five Senses, Nature Bazaar etc. for development of Tourism in Delhi.

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Incredible India Tourism Statistics A. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India ! 2014:77.03 lakh ! Growth rate (2014 over 2011): 10.6% ! January 2015: 7.90 lakh ! Growth rate (January 2015 over

January 2014):3.95% B. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism (in Rupee terms) ! 2014: Rs.1,20,083 crore ! Growth rate (2014 over 2013):11.5% ! January 2015: Rs.11,529 crore ! Growth rate (January 2015 over January 2014):4.03% C. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism (in US $ terms) ! 2014: US$19.657 billion ! Growth rate (2014 over 2013):6.6% ! January 2015: US$ 1.854 billion ! Growth rate (January 2015 over January 2014):3.8% Performance of Tourism Sector during June 2015 Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals

(FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important highlights regarding F"IAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of June 2015. Foreign Tourists Arrivals (FTAs): ! FTAs during the Month of June 2O15 were 5.13 lakh as compared to FTAs of 5.05 lakh during the month of June 2014 and 4.51 lakh in June 2O13. There has been a ' growth of 1.8%o in June 2015 over June 2014. ! FTAs during the period January- June 2015 were 38.45 lakh with a, growth of 3.4%, as compared to the FTAs of 37.19 lakh with a growth of 10.4% in JanuaryJune 2014 over January- June 2013. ! The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during June 2015

among the top ports was highest at Delhi Airport (25.92%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.58%), Chennai Airport (11.61%), Haridaspur Land check post (10.03%), Bengaluru Airport (8.00%), Hyderabad Airport (5.08%), Cochin Airport (3.77%), Kolkata Airport (3.63%), Gede Rail (1.97%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.93%), Ahmedabad Airport (1.72%), Tr i v a n d r u m A i r p o r t ( 1 . 5 7 % ) , Ghojadanga Land check post (1.18%), Attari Wagha (1.03%) and Hilli Land check post (0.64%). These top 15 ports account for 95.66% of total FTAs during June 2015. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in India in rupee terms and in US$ terms ! FEEs during the month of June 2O15 were 8,951 crore as compared to 8,458 crore in June, 2014 and 7,149 crore in June 2013. ! The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during June 2015 over June 2014 was

5.8% as compared to 18.3% in June 2014 over June 2013. ! FEEs from tourism in rupee terms in January- June 2015 were 60,302 crore with a growth of 6.2% as compared to the FBE of 56,760 crore with a growth of 10.0% during January- June 2014 over January- June 2013. ! FEEs in US$ terms during the month of June 2015 were US$ 1.402 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.440 billion during the month of June 2014 and US$ 1.227 billion in June 2013. ! There was a decline of 2.6% in FEEs in US$ terms during June 2015 over June 2014 as compared to growth of 17.4% in June 2014 over June 2013. ! FEEs from tourism in US$ terms during January - June 2015 were US$ 9.609 billion with a growth of 2.9% as compared to the US$ 9.334 billion with a decline of 0.8% during January- June 2014 over January- June 2013.

Salient Statistics S No

Parameter

1

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) to India (million)

2010

2

Foreign Exchange Earnings through Tourism (Rs. crore)

3 4

2011

2012

2013

2014

5.78(11.8%)

6.31 (9.2%)

6.58 (4.3%)

6.97 (5.9%)

7.70 (10.6%)#

64889 (20.8%)

77591 (19.6%)

94487 (21.8%)

107671 (14.0%)

120083 (11.5%)

Number of Domestic Tourist Visits (million)

747.7 (11.8%)

864.53 (15.6%)

1045.05 (2019%)

1145.28 (9.59%)

NA

Indians going abroad (million)

12.99 (17.4%)

13.99 (7.7%)

14.92 (6.7%)

16.63 (11.4%)

NA

Share of India in World And Asia Pacific S No. Parameter 1

World Tourist Arrivals (million)

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

949

997

1038

1087

1138

2

Share of India in World Tourist Arrivals

0.61%

0.63%

0.63%

0.64%

0.68%

3

Rank of India in World Tourist Arrivals

42nd

39th

41st

42nd

NA

4

Tourist Arrivals in Asia & the Pacific (million)

205.4

218.5

233.8

249.8

263.0

5

Share of India in Arrivals in Asia & the Pacific

2.81%

2.89%

2.8%

2.79%

2.93%

6

Rank of India in Asia & the Pacific

11th

9th

11th

12th

10th

965.0

1080.0

1115.0

1197

NA

1.47%

1.59%

1.59%

1.54%

NA

7

World Tourism Receipts (US $ billion)

8

Share of India in World Tourism Receipts (%)

9

Rank of India in World Tourism Receipts

10

Tourism Receipt in Asia &the Pacific (US $ billion)

11

Share of India in Tourism Receipt in Asia & the Pacific

12

Rank of India in Asia & the Pacific

18th

18th

16th

14th

NA

255.8

289.4

389.3

360.5

NA

5.55%

5.72%

5.38%

5.12%

NA

7th

8th

8th

8th

NA

Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan

Bhutan is a Himalayan Kingdom visited by great saints, mystics, scholars and pilgrims is not just an ordinary country. From the traditional woven garments to the prayer flags on high mountain slopes, from the built environment to the natural environment is proudly evident and offers a unique cultural setting. It earned the nickname because of the fierce storms that often roll in from the Himalayas.

Destination

Not only as Honeymoon destination but Bhutan is also famous for Adventure. One can explore sight-seeing the old architecture, religious monuments National Parks, Wildlife sanctuaries & nature reserves and museums. One can do all exciting activities like Hiking, Trekking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Fishing. Many local tour operators can provide you with the thrilling and fun-packed trips.

Attractions

A country with breathtaking natural beauty and also cultural treasures. Here are some top attractions one must visit while traveling to Bhutan. THIMPU- It is the capital of Bhutan, the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers, however it still retains its' cultural identity like the National Memorial

Chorten, built by the third king His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. TAKTSANG LHAKHANG- It is Bhutan's most iconic landmark and religious site one can watch. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger's Nest”. This temple is 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. It was built in the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, meditated here, having flown from Kurtoe valley on the back of one of his consorts who had taken the form of flying tigress. Punakha Dzong- It has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. Second oldest and the second largest Dzong and one of the most majestic structures in the country. Punakha valley has a pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. It is located at an average elevation of 1200 meters above sea level. Buddha Dordenma Statue- One of the largest statues of Buddha in the world, Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue which have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. Zuri Dzong Hike- It is the oldest Dzong where Buddha came to meditate in the 8th century. The peak is probably the

perfect spot to have a bird-eye view of the entire Paro valley. A peaceful place which one can stare at for hours in wonder and awe.

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You can get Bhutanese and numerous variety of International food. Mainly meat, dairy products, rice (red or white) and vegetables. “Emadatse” (chilli and cheese stew) is the national dish with many variations throughout the country. Meat dishes, mainly pork, beef and yak are lavishly dosed with red peppers, which are a common sight drying on rooftops. “Suja” social occasions mean serving salted butter tea, “Doma” or betel nut is offered as a customary gesture of greeting.

Shopping

The best buys are the handicrafts, natural products, handwoven textiles and ready-made garments. “Bhutia” markets are colourful heaps of shawls, sweaters, coats and trinkets of turquoise and coral. The Handicraft Emporium in the main street in Thimphu sells an assortment of handwoven goods and handicrafts. You can order silver and gold ornaments to your taste at the Thimphu Valley and they will specially craft it for you. Thangka paintings and Bhutanese stamps make great souvenirs. Philatelists around the

world prize these stamps, which are printed on silk and metal foil.

Best Time to Visit

Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Bhutan, particularly the months of October and November, when the skies are clear and you can get stunning views of the mountain peaks.

How to Reach

By Air- Bhutan has only one international airport at Paro. By Rail- Bhutan has no railroad. By Road- The main points of entry are through Phuentsholing in the south that links Bhutan with the Indian plains of West Bengal, through Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar that links Bhutan with the Assam in India and through Paro.

Climate

In the North of Bhutan on the borders with Tibet it is perennially covered with snow. In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience European-like weather. Southern Bhutan is hot and humid with a subtropical climate. Summer months tend to be wetter. Monsoon same like India. Winter is by far the driest period while spring and autumn tend to be pleasant. Visa - Visa is on arrival for Indians. By Avleen Mehra

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AT A GLANCE

Incredible India Tourism Statistics A. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India ! 2014:77.03 lakh ! Growth rate (2014 over 2011): 10.6% ! January 2015: 7.90 lakh ! Growth rate (January 2015 over

January 2014):3.95% B. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism (in Rupee terms) ! 2014: Rs.1,20,083 crore ! Growth rate (2014 over 2013):11.5% ! January 2015: Rs.11,529 crore ! Growth rate (January 2015 over January 2014):4.03% C. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism (in US $ terms) ! 2014: US$19.657 billion ! Growth rate (2014 over 2013):6.6% ! January 2015: US$ 1.854 billion ! Growth rate (January 2015 over January 2014):3.8% Performance of Tourism Sector during June 2015 Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals

(FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important highlights regarding F"IAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of June 2015. Foreign Tourists Arrivals (FTAs): ! FTAs during the Month of June 2O15 were 5.13 lakh as compared to FTAs of 5.05 lakh during the month of June 2014 and 4.51 lakh in June 2O13. There has been a ' growth of 1.8%o in June 2015 over June 2014. ! FTAs during the period January- June 2015 were 38.45 lakh with a, growth of 3.4%, as compared to the FTAs of 37.19 lakh with a growth of 10.4% in JanuaryJune 2014 over January- June 2013. ! The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during June 2015

among the top ports was highest at Delhi Airport (25.92%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.58%), Chennai Airport (11.61%), Haridaspur Land check post (10.03%), Bengaluru Airport (8.00%), Hyderabad Airport (5.08%), Cochin Airport (3.77%), Kolkata Airport (3.63%), Gede Rail (1.97%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.93%), Ahmedabad Airport (1.72%), Tr i v a n d r u m A i r p o r t ( 1 . 5 7 % ) , Ghojadanga Land check post (1.18%), Attari Wagha (1.03%) and Hilli Land check post (0.64%). These top 15 ports account for 95.66% of total FTAs during June 2015. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in India in rupee terms and in US$ terms ! FEEs during the month of June 2O15 were 8,951 crore as compared to 8,458 crore in June, 2014 and 7,149 crore in June 2013. ! The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during June 2015 over June 2014 was

5.8% as compared to 18.3% in June 2014 over June 2013. ! FEEs from tourism in rupee terms in January- June 2015 were 60,302 crore with a growth of 6.2% as compared to the FBE of 56,760 crore with a growth of 10.0% during January- June 2014 over January- June 2013. ! FEEs in US$ terms during the month of June 2015 were US$ 1.402 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.440 billion during the month of June 2014 and US$ 1.227 billion in June 2013. ! There was a decline of 2.6% in FEEs in US$ terms during June 2015 over June 2014 as compared to growth of 17.4% in June 2014 over June 2013. ! FEEs from tourism in US$ terms during January - June 2015 were US$ 9.609 billion with a growth of 2.9% as compared to the US$ 9.334 billion with a decline of 0.8% during January- June 2014 over January- June 2013.

Salient Statistics S No

Parameter

1

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) to India (million)

2010

2

Foreign Exchange Earnings through Tourism (Rs. crore)

3 4

2011

2012

2013

2014

5.78(11.8%)

6.31 (9.2%)

6.58 (4.3%)

6.97 (5.9%)

7.70 (10.6%)#

64889 (20.8%)

77591 (19.6%)

94487 (21.8%)

107671 (14.0%)

120083 (11.5%)

Number of Domestic Tourist Visits (million)

747.7 (11.8%)

864.53 (15.6%)

1045.05 (2019%)

1145.28 (9.59%)

NA

Indians going abroad (million)

12.99 (17.4%)

13.99 (7.7%)

14.92 (6.7%)

16.63 (11.4%)

NA

Share of India in World And Asia Pacific S No. Parameter 1

World Tourist Arrivals (million)

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

949

997

1038

1087

1138

2

Share of India in World Tourist Arrivals

0.61%

0.63%

0.63%

0.64%

0.68%

3

Rank of India in World Tourist Arrivals

42nd

39th

41st

42nd

NA

4

Tourist Arrivals in Asia & the Pacific (million)

205.4

218.5

233.8

249.8

263.0

5

Share of India in Arrivals in Asia & the Pacific

2.81%

2.89%

2.8%

2.79%

2.93%

6

Rank of India in Asia & the Pacific

11th

9th

11th

12th

10th

965.0

1080.0

1115.0

1197

NA

1.47%

1.59%

1.59%

1.54%

NA

7

World Tourism Receipts (US $ billion)

8

Share of India in World Tourism Receipts (%)

9

Rank of India in World Tourism Receipts

10

Tourism Receipt in Asia &the Pacific (US $ billion)

11

Share of India in Tourism Receipt in Asia & the Pacific

12

Rank of India in Asia & the Pacific

18th

18th

16th

14th

NA

255.8

289.4

389.3

360.5

NA

5.55%

5.72%

5.38%

5.12%

NA

7th

8th

8th

8th

NA

Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan

Bhutan is a Himalayan Kingdom visited by great saints, mystics, scholars and pilgrims is not just an ordinary country. From the traditional woven garments to the prayer flags on high mountain slopes, from the built environment to the natural environment is proudly evident and offers a unique cultural setting. It earned the nickname because of the fierce storms that often roll in from the Himalayas.

Destination

Not only as Honeymoon destination but Bhutan is also famous for Adventure. One can explore sight-seeing the old architecture, religious monuments National Parks, Wildlife sanctuaries & nature reserves and museums. One can do all exciting activities like Hiking, Trekking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Fishing. Many local tour operators can provide you with the thrilling and fun-packed trips.

Attractions

A country with breathtaking natural beauty and also cultural treasures. Here are some top attractions one must visit while traveling to Bhutan. THIMPU- It is the capital of Bhutan, the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers, however it still retains its' cultural identity like the National Memorial

Chorten, built by the third king His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. TAKTSANG LHAKHANG- It is Bhutan's most iconic landmark and religious site one can watch. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger's Nest”. This temple is 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. It was built in the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, meditated here, having flown from Kurtoe valley on the back of one of his consorts who had taken the form of flying tigress. Punakha Dzong- It has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. Second oldest and the second largest Dzong and one of the most majestic structures in the country. Punakha valley has a pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. It is located at an average elevation of 1200 meters above sea level. Buddha Dordenma Statue- One of the largest statues of Buddha in the world, Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue which have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. Zuri Dzong Hike- It is the oldest Dzong where Buddha came to meditate in the 8th century. The peak is probably the

perfect spot to have a bird-eye view of the entire Paro valley. A peaceful place which one can stare at for hours in wonder and awe.

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You can get Bhutanese and numerous variety of International food. Mainly meat, dairy products, rice (red or white) and vegetables. “Emadatse” (chilli and cheese stew) is the national dish with many variations throughout the country. Meat dishes, mainly pork, beef and yak are lavishly dosed with red peppers, which are a common sight drying on rooftops. “Suja” social occasions mean serving salted butter tea, “Doma” or betel nut is offered as a customary gesture of greeting.

Shopping

The best buys are the handicrafts, natural products, handwoven textiles and ready-made garments. “Bhutia” markets are colourful heaps of shawls, sweaters, coats and trinkets of turquoise and coral. The Handicraft Emporium in the main street in Thimphu sells an assortment of handwoven goods and handicrafts. You can order silver and gold ornaments to your taste at the Thimphu Valley and they will specially craft it for you. Thangka paintings and Bhutanese stamps make great souvenirs. Philatelists around the

world prize these stamps, which are printed on silk and metal foil.

Best Time to Visit

Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Bhutan, particularly the months of October and November, when the skies are clear and you can get stunning views of the mountain peaks.

How to Reach

By Air- Bhutan has only one international airport at Paro. By Rail- Bhutan has no railroad. By Road- The main points of entry are through Phuentsholing in the south that links Bhutan with the Indian plains of West Bengal, through Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar that links Bhutan with the Assam in India and through Paro.

Climate

In the North of Bhutan on the borders with Tibet it is perennially covered with snow. In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience European-like weather. Southern Bhutan is hot and humid with a subtropical climate. Summer months tend to be wetter. Monsoon same like India. Winter is by far the driest period while spring and autumn tend to be pleasant. Visa - Visa is on arrival for Indians. By Avleen Mehra

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TRADE PLUS Arihant Holidays Organized Fam-Trip For Travel Agents Arihant Holidays, a travel company from Mumbai has organized the Familiarization Trip for Travel Trade Associates to Silvassa. The fam trip was conducted from 21 to 23 July, 2015. The hotels Daman Ganga Valley Resort, Treat

Resort and Khanvel Resort, Silvassa hosted the travel agents. And Safari Plus was the Media partner for the fam. It was an educational and fun-filled trip. The agents got first hand knowledge of the destinations and they did hotel inspections too. The group was led by Mr. Ashish Bhansali, Owner of Arihant Holidays.

Mahindra Drives In New Thar CRDe

September - October, 2015

Are you up for some Holiday trip, Beach Holiday are the best because you get natural environment with sea food, some drinks and some heart throbbing scenic beauty which will be treat to your eyes. Want to travel world and explore the best beaches in the world, then here is the list of which place to visit for best Beach Holiday.

MALDIVES “Perfect Romantic Place for Beach Holiday”

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), unveiled the New Thar CRDe, its popular true blue off-roader. The New Thar CRDe comes with enhanced exteriors, and all new interiors with added comfort & convenience features, all of which take the legendary off-roader to the next level. Targeted at the off-roading enthusiasts and people wanting to make a unique style statement, the New Thar CRDe, will be competitively priced at Rs. 8.03 lacs. It also retains its legendary off-road features like its extreme 440 approach angle, 270 departure angle, high ground clearance of 200mm. Mr. Pravin Shah, President & Chief Executive, (Automotive) Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, said, “Since its launch, the Thar has been the face of our tough and rugged DNA, a continuation of our legacy and what Mahindra stands for. The new avatar of this ever popular offroader, the effort has been to enhance the appeal of a brand that is already a cult. Increasingly consumers are looking for a different lifestyle as they seek an adventure and fun experience and the Thar is the perfect companion for such thrill seekers. I am confident that in its new avatar, the Thar CRDe will not only continue to be ever popular among offroad enthusiasts but significantly widen its appeal amongst a whole new set of consumers.” A cult off-roader, the New Thar CRDe can literally triumph over any terrain with its newly added first in class feature, the auto engaging differential lock. The New Thar CRDe sports a distinctive new exterior to further enhance its timeless appeal. Powerful 2500cc CRDe engine New wheel arches – butch looking wheel arches enhance the Thar’s appeal. Over the years, the Thar has played a significant role in shaping the lifestyle vehicle segment in India. Its powerful CRDe engine delivers both power and fuel economy. The cabin can seat six, while two rear bench seats can be folded to create a massive luggage area. It is available in a BS IV variant with power steering as a standard fitment, allowing for a comfortable drive. A wide range of genuine accessories & customization options are also available. With the introduction of the New Thar CRDe, it is all set to chart new terrain in the Indian automobile industry.

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Top 5 International Places for Beach Holiday

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It's the place where sands are white, where fish swim happily, where the weather is a dream, and the best thing is when the one you love is with you in this beautiful dream like destination. Not only couples but also families can come here as there are endless things to do like outdoor sports, scuba diving, indoor sports, and water sports and so on. S y m b o l i c Weddings- There is no perfect picturesque location for S y m b o l i c Weddings than Maldives. Many resorts offer various packages with many perks. Shopping- Almost all the resorts in Maldives have shops that sell items from food to cosmetics. You will get all the brands from big to small in these island shops. Male' city is the major shopping site of Maldives. Most famous street shopping Majeedhee Magu is in this city. Attraction for the tourists is the local fish and agriculture market. There are especially shops for souvenirs. Yoga and Fitness- The fitness centres at the resorts are equipped with branded and contemporary equipments. These fitness centres are built on picturesque surroundings to enhance your mood.

SEYCHELLES “Beaches of Pale Pink Sand” Famous for having some best beaches in the world cover with the power pale pink sand and breathe taking waves

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going through the pure transparent water. You have choice of 16 islands and plenty of resorts, bungalows. Each beach has its own specialty. You have options like outdoor sports, scuba diving, indoor sports, and water sports and horse riding. One can take their own cruise or yacht to enjoy with their family spending beautiful days and nights on sea. Attractions- When it comes to the att ra c t i o n s t h e re a re n at i o n a l monuments, beautiful Creole houses, artists' studios, national reserves and marine parks. Get Around- With relatively short travelling times between the islands and/or places of interest, different modes of transportation and with a regular network of air and sea transportation. There are 4 main forms

Maldives

or Moorea and you'll reach Bora Bora. The picturesque resembles an artist's palette of blues and greens, the best view one can see. You will become the nature lover after visiting this island. This could be easily be described as retreating oneself, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with over-water bungalows. Another much known romantic beach where from sunrise to sunset it seems romance in the air. Things to do- Watch neon-lit turquoise lagoon through snorkeling and diving. Enjoy all kinds of water sports from jetski to sailboat, don't miss Shark and Ray feeding, go for Parasailing and the sunset cruise which also have singers and dancers. Shopping- You will get local and international art items, pearls, precious wood and handcrafts. It is famous for

Seychelles

Hawaii of transportation within the islands of Seychelles, buses, car hires, domestic flights and ferries. Food- Name the dish and you'll get it. From Indian to Italian, from Tandoori to Pasta Seychelles has it all. There are numerous restaurants with all types of views like sea facing, traditional, modern and many more.

BORA BORA “The most beautiful island in the world”

Langkawi antique and high-end boutiques.

HAWAII “The Big Island” Hawaii is known for its islands. The big island is the biggest island in the US state of Hawaii. It has biggest mountains so the area is very famous for hiking. Some of the most popular hikes are the Waipio Valley hike, the Pololu Valley hike, the Greens Sands Beach hike, the Volcano National Park Kilauea Iki hike, and Akaka Falls paved trail hike.

Things to do- Hiking is the most famous activity in Hawaii but it has others also like scuba diving, cave tours, helicopter tours, Horse riding, Snorkeling, Saltwater Angling, Biking and campaigning . Food- Natural products are the specialty of Hawaii. From sea food to the berries you get everything. Don't miss to eat juices and ice-creams of your favorite fruit. To discover the Hawaii's entire island you can rent a car, cruise, shuttles and bus to enjoy the scenic beauty of the beaches.

LANGKAWI “The land of one's wishes” It is located in the North West Malaysia. The island is still very much a rural landscape with villages and paddy fields. The name “Langkawi” translates into “the land of one's wishes,” a welcoming concept that somewhat belies the i s l a n d ' s h i sto r i c origins as a reputed refuge for pirates. If your vacation wishes extend from uncrowded white sands and clear Bora Bora waters to lush green forests, you will find yourself content here. Attractions- Idyllic white sandy beaches with swaying coconut trees and crystal clear blue water. The three main conservation areas are Island of the Pregnant Maiden Lake, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park. Places like natural landmark, museums and galleries, religious should be visited as they embrace the historical importance of the place. Things to do- Cycling Tour, Sailing and Island Hopping Adventure, Cable car ride and Oriental Village Morning Tour, Round Island Tours. Shopping- Langkawi island is a shopping haven for shopaholics as you can pretty much get everything from liquors to cigars, chocolates to fashion apparels and many more at tax-free lowest prices.

One hour flight from the island of Tahiti

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TRADE PLUS Arihant Holidays Organized Fam-Trip For Travel Agents Arihant Holidays, a travel company from Mumbai has organized the Familiarization Trip for Travel Trade Associates to Silvassa. The fam trip was conducted from 21 to 23 July, 2015. The hotels Daman Ganga Valley Resort, Treat

Resort and Khanvel Resort, Silvassa hosted the travel agents. And Safari Plus was the Media partner for the fam. It was an educational and fun-filled trip. The agents got first hand knowledge of the destinations and they did hotel inspections too. The group was led by Mr. Ashish Bhansali, Owner of Arihant Holidays.

Mahindra Drives In New Thar CRDe

September - October, 2015

Are you up for some Holiday trip, Beach Holiday are the best because you get natural environment with sea food, some drinks and some heart throbbing scenic beauty which will be treat to your eyes. Want to travel world and explore the best beaches in the world, then here is the list of which place to visit for best Beach Holiday.

MALDIVES “Perfect Romantic Place for Beach Holiday”

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), unveiled the New Thar CRDe, its popular true blue off-roader. The New Thar CRDe comes with enhanced exteriors, and all new interiors with added comfort & convenience features, all of which take the legendary off-roader to the next level. Targeted at the off-roading enthusiasts and people wanting to make a unique style statement, the New Thar CRDe, will be competitively priced at Rs. 8.03 lacs. It also retains its legendary off-road features like its extreme 440 approach angle, 270 departure angle, high ground clearance of 200mm. Mr. Pravin Shah, President & Chief Executive, (Automotive) Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, said, “Since its launch, the Thar has been the face of our tough and rugged DNA, a continuation of our legacy and what Mahindra stands for. The new avatar of this ever popular offroader, the effort has been to enhance the appeal of a brand that is already a cult. Increasingly consumers are looking for a different lifestyle as they seek an adventure and fun experience and the Thar is the perfect companion for such thrill seekers. I am confident that in its new avatar, the Thar CRDe will not only continue to be ever popular among offroad enthusiasts but significantly widen its appeal amongst a whole new set of consumers.” A cult off-roader, the New Thar CRDe can literally triumph over any terrain with its newly added first in class feature, the auto engaging differential lock. The New Thar CRDe sports a distinctive new exterior to further enhance its timeless appeal. Powerful 2500cc CRDe engine New wheel arches – butch looking wheel arches enhance the Thar’s appeal. Over the years, the Thar has played a significant role in shaping the lifestyle vehicle segment in India. Its powerful CRDe engine delivers both power and fuel economy. The cabin can seat six, while two rear bench seats can be folded to create a massive luggage area. It is available in a BS IV variant with power steering as a standard fitment, allowing for a comfortable drive. A wide range of genuine accessories & customization options are also available. With the introduction of the New Thar CRDe, it is all set to chart new terrain in the Indian automobile industry.

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Top 5 International Places for Beach Holiday

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It's the place where sands are white, where fish swim happily, where the weather is a dream, and the best thing is when the one you love is with you in this beautiful dream like destination. Not only couples but also families can come here as there are endless things to do like outdoor sports, scuba diving, indoor sports, and water sports and so on. S y m b o l i c Weddings- There is no perfect picturesque location for S y m b o l i c Weddings than Maldives. Many resorts offer various packages with many perks. Shopping- Almost all the resorts in Maldives have shops that sell items from food to cosmetics. You will get all the brands from big to small in these island shops. Male' city is the major shopping site of Maldives. Most famous street shopping Majeedhee Magu is in this city. Attraction for the tourists is the local fish and agriculture market. There are especially shops for souvenirs. Yoga and Fitness- The fitness centres at the resorts are equipped with branded and contemporary equipments. These fitness centres are built on picturesque surroundings to enhance your mood.

SEYCHELLES “Beaches of Pale Pink Sand” Famous for having some best beaches in the world cover with the power pale pink sand and breathe taking waves

www.safariplus.co.in

going through the pure transparent water. You have choice of 16 islands and plenty of resorts, bungalows. Each beach has its own specialty. You have options like outdoor sports, scuba diving, indoor sports, and water sports and horse riding. One can take their own cruise or yacht to enjoy with their family spending beautiful days and nights on sea. Attractions- When it comes to the att ra c t i o n s t h e re a re n at i o n a l monuments, beautiful Creole houses, artists' studios, national reserves and marine parks. Get Around- With relatively short travelling times between the islands and/or places of interest, different modes of transportation and with a regular network of air and sea transportation. There are 4 main forms

Maldives

or Moorea and you'll reach Bora Bora. The picturesque resembles an artist's palette of blues and greens, the best view one can see. You will become the nature lover after visiting this island. This could be easily be described as retreating oneself, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with over-water bungalows. Another much known romantic beach where from sunrise to sunset it seems romance in the air. Things to do- Watch neon-lit turquoise lagoon through snorkeling and diving. Enjoy all kinds of water sports from jetski to sailboat, don't miss Shark and Ray feeding, go for Parasailing and the sunset cruise which also have singers and dancers. Shopping- You will get local and international art items, pearls, precious wood and handcrafts. It is famous for

Seychelles

Hawaii of transportation within the islands of Seychelles, buses, car hires, domestic flights and ferries. Food- Name the dish and you'll get it. From Indian to Italian, from Tandoori to Pasta Seychelles has it all. There are numerous restaurants with all types of views like sea facing, traditional, modern and many more.

BORA BORA “The most beautiful island in the world”

Langkawi antique and high-end boutiques.

HAWAII “The Big Island” Hawaii is known for its islands. The big island is the biggest island in the US state of Hawaii. It has biggest mountains so the area is very famous for hiking. Some of the most popular hikes are the Waipio Valley hike, the Pololu Valley hike, the Greens Sands Beach hike, the Volcano National Park Kilauea Iki hike, and Akaka Falls paved trail hike.

Things to do- Hiking is the most famous activity in Hawaii but it has others also like scuba diving, cave tours, helicopter tours, Horse riding, Snorkeling, Saltwater Angling, Biking and campaigning . Food- Natural products are the specialty of Hawaii. From sea food to the berries you get everything. Don't miss to eat juices and ice-creams of your favorite fruit. To discover the Hawaii's entire island you can rent a car, cruise, shuttles and bus to enjoy the scenic beauty of the beaches.

LANGKAWI “The land of one's wishes” It is located in the North West Malaysia. The island is still very much a rural landscape with villages and paddy fields. The name “Langkawi” translates into “the land of one's wishes,” a welcoming concept that somewhat belies the i s l a n d ' s h i sto r i c origins as a reputed refuge for pirates. If your vacation wishes extend from uncrowded white sands and clear Bora Bora waters to lush green forests, you will find yourself content here. Attractions- Idyllic white sandy beaches with swaying coconut trees and crystal clear blue water. The three main conservation areas are Island of the Pregnant Maiden Lake, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park. Places like natural landmark, museums and galleries, religious should be visited as they embrace the historical importance of the place. Things to do- Cycling Tour, Sailing and Island Hopping Adventure, Cable car ride and Oriental Village Morning Tour, Round Island Tours. Shopping- Langkawi island is a shopping haven for shopaholics as you can pretty much get everything from liquors to cigars, chocolates to fashion apparels and many more at tax-free lowest prices.

One hour flight from the island of Tahiti

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HOSPITALITY PLUS

The Residence To Open Starwood Hotels & Resorts Its 2nd Hotel In Maldives Strengthens Lead in India “ The Residence by Cenizaro” will strengthen its portfolio of hotels with the opening of The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah in summer 2016. The announcement follows the opening at Falhumaafushi in 2012 and a new brand positioning for Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts – the leading international hospitality company. The opening will bring The Residence by Cenizaro to five hotels and resorts. Its current portfolio comprises four luxurious hotels in Mauritius, Tunis, Zanzibar and the Maldives. Further expansion is planned over the next three years with; two hotels in Tunisia – Douz and The Medina of Tunis and one in Bintan, Indonesia. Both Maldivian properties lie in the south of the archipelago, in Gaafu Alifu atoll. Although on different islands they will be exclusively linked by a bridge and together the two resorts will form one of

with Opening of Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel

the largest resort offerings in the Maldives. Like all Residence hotels this resort will draw on the philosophy for which The Residence is renowned – heartfelt hospitality, a sense of place, acute attention to detail and an individual personality. However, close to three times larger than the more intimate offering it is being created specifically with families in mind. The vast playground for younger guests will stretch across the resort giving plenty of space to explore and learn.

Jumeirah Group Signs Agreement With Oxley Malaysia Jumeirah Group has s i g n e d management agreements to operate a 190room luxury hotel and to brand 273 p re m i u m residences in the heart of K u a l a L u m p u r, M a l a y s i a . T h e agreements were signed by Mr. Dato' Othman Hj. Omar, CEO of Oxley Malaysia, and Mr. Gerald Lawless, President and Group CEO, Jumeirah Group. It is expected to start in 2016 and complete in 2021. The residences will be located on the lower floors of the tower, and Jumeirah Kuala Lumpur hotel will occupy the upper floors offering spectacular views across the city. The hotel will feature 190 rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, a fine dining restaurant, a lounge and a bar, as well as a finely appointed Club Executive and a Talise wellness facility comprising a spa, fitness club and swimming pool. Mr. Ching Chiat Kwong, Chairman and CEO of Oxley, said, “We are pleased to announce we have taken a step forward with the milestone agreement with Jumeirah Group to build a hotel and residences in Kuala Lumpur. This partnership with Jumeirah Group further enlarges and reiterates our

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presence in the Malaysian market. We are excited, delighted and proud to be Jumeirah's first business partner in Malaysia to introduce the Jumeirah experience, an epitome of luxury, to guests staying in our hotel. Jumeirah Group has created a portfolio of world-class hotels with excellent operational performance and with this hotel being the first Jumeirah hotel in Malaysia, we are confident of this holistic journey.” Mr. Gerald Lawless, President and Group CEO, Jumeirah Group, said, “Our agreement with Oxley Malaysia paves the way for Jumeirah's entry into the important Malaysian market. This highly prestigious development further reinforces the reputation of the Jumeirah brand and will greatly appeal to our loyal customers who stay with Jumeirah in our properties across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We are proud to have been chosen as a partner and look forward to the launch of a new expression of outstanding luxury in the Malaysian capital.”

September - October, 2015

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of Sheraton® Hyderabad Hotel, a newly renovated property set to welcome the tremendous number of business and leisure travelers visiting the world-renowned heritage city that has quickly become one of India’s industrial hubs. Mr. Dave Marr, Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts said, “The opening of Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel demonstrates our commitment to continual growth as we further position Sheraton as the global hotel brand of choice, everywhere. With a history as vibrant and spirited as the travellers we w e l c o m e , H y d e ra b a d i s a ke y destination for Sheraton as we expand our presence across India.” Surrounded by multinational corporations, the property is also within walking distance of numerous upscale restaurants, retail shops and business offices. Only a 30-minute drive from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD), the hotel is easily accessible for business and leisure travelers alike. Boasting 272 modern and stylishly

designed rooms, the property also features a spa for guests to unwind, a pool and the state-of-the-art Sheraton Fitness® center. Feast, the hotel’s signature all-day dining venue, offers an interactive dining experience with live cooking stations and show kitchens. In the coming months the hotel will also open Azia, a Pan Asian speciality restaurant, and Chimes, a rooftop bar offering captivating panoramic views. “We look forward to welcoming our guests to the new Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel and expect the hotel to become a local hotspot, attracting both savvy travelers and tech professionals to experience the global hotel brand of choice,” said Mr. Dietmar Kielnhofer, Complex General Manager, Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel.

HOSPITALITY PLUS Starwood Continues Rapid Growth of Specialty Select Brands in Dubai

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and leading real estate developer Dubai Properties announced an agreement to open four new hotels in Dubai under Starwood's Aloft and Element brand flags. Scheduled to open in 2018, the four new Aloft hotels and Element hotel will introduce 816 rooms in Dubai while expand Dubai Properties' developments within the hospitality sector. The deal is in line with the Dubai Government's focus on mid-scale hotel development ahead of the Dubai World Expo 2020. Mr. Naaman Atallah, CEO of Dubai Properties said, “The hotels under the Aloft and Element brands will offer two new concepts to the existing midmarket category in the Emirate, which will emerge as a vital segment in the run

to the exposition. The time is right to launch new hospitality projects as demand for new hotel rooms continues to increase and culminate around this major event. Going forward, Dubai Properties will continue to offer modern, elegant, and costeffective hospitality solutions for the emirate's booming tourism industry.” In the Middle East, Aloft hotels is spearheading Starwood's growth in the mid-market segment and is expected to quadruple by 2019. The brand is redefining the category by delivering urban-influenced, modern and vibrant design and a social guest experience at an affordable price point. The three new Alofts in Dubai will feature the brand's signature W XYZ® Bar and re-fuel by Aloft, the grab and go eatery open 24 hours a day, in addition to an all-day dining outlet. Other amenities include re-charge the fully equipped fitness centre and a refreshing outdoor Splash pool, in addition to a backyard exterior public space, Clean Guest Laundry services, and Bliss Spa products.

WELCOMHERITAGE Promotes Its Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur As a Wedding Destination WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur is one of the perfect w e d d i n g destinations, the Palace is a fine specimen of the Royal pride and h e r i t a g e . Portraying the rich legacy of the Rajputana architecture, it is built in the red sandstone surrounded by the lush gardens. It is situated on the banks of Balsamand Lake, an artificial lake that was created in the 13th century as a water reservoir and supplied drinking water to the city. The Palace offers 36 rooms & suites that are replete with vintage décor items and illustrate the heritage of Jodhpur. The Palace is famous for its Kebab

Corner that serves hot & fresh tandoori kebabs, barbeque dishes & traditional Jodhpuri kebabs and Lake View restaurant that serves international & Indian cuisine with a lake view. WelcomHeritage Balsamand Lake Palace is furnished with all amenities required for a grand wedding. The hotel offers theme dinners, bar lounge and have special arrangements for wedding functions. It is not only a wedding destination but also a holiday destination for families. An experience in itself, the guests can further involve into leisure and recreation activities like village safari, swimming pool, horse buggy ride, SPA, nature walk and sand dunes experience. www.welcomheritagehotels.in

HRAWI Organizes A 'Revenue Management' Seminar

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) had organized a special seminar on Revenue Management for hotels to counter the revenue decline in the sector and maximize their yields. The seminar was organized recently at The Trident hotel, Mumbai. The session was addressed by Mr. Tarun Joukani, Marketing Manager, Staah, Mr. Saurabh Tiwari, Revenue Manager, Trident Hotels and Mr. Abhishek Logani, Director and Business Head, MakeMyTrip. The three speakers have varied experience in their respective domains and specialize in the revenue management matters. Mr. Bharat Malkani, President, HRAWI said, “Revenue management is the practice of maximizing a hotel's revenue while selling the same amount of products or services. Also called yield management, some

consider it both an art and a science. It employs a mix of pricing strategies and systems to maximize yield. However a lot of hotels have not yet made the leap in driving their direct sales and bottom line profit. This is where the real challenge lies for revenue managers in the next few years.” Mr. Tiwari who has a rich experience in this field made a presentation on the Revenue Management aspect from the perspective of hotel operations. He highlighted and stressed on hotels optimizing the available resources and making the best of the available means to keep the business viable. Mr. Kamlesh Barot, past president, HRAWI said, “ The objective of Revenue Management is to sell the right product to the customer at the right time and for the right price. Hotels face important decisions regarding what to sell, when to sell and for how much, especially in this constrained economy. Revenue Management uses datadriven tactics and strategies to answer these questions in order to increase revenue.”

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The Residence To Open Starwood Hotels & Resorts Its 2nd Hotel In Maldives Strengthens Lead in India “ The Residence by Cenizaro” will strengthen its portfolio of hotels with the opening of The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah in summer 2016. The announcement follows the opening at Falhumaafushi in 2012 and a new brand positioning for Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts – the leading international hospitality company. The opening will bring The Residence by Cenizaro to five hotels and resorts. Its current portfolio comprises four luxurious hotels in Mauritius, Tunis, Zanzibar and the Maldives. Further expansion is planned over the next three years with; two hotels in Tunisia – Douz and The Medina of Tunis and one in Bintan, Indonesia. Both Maldivian properties lie in the south of the archipelago, in Gaafu Alifu atoll. Although on different islands they will be exclusively linked by a bridge and together the two resorts will form one of

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the largest resort offerings in the Maldives. Like all Residence hotels this resort will draw on the philosophy for which The Residence is renowned – heartfelt hospitality, a sense of place, acute attention to detail and an individual personality. However, close to three times larger than the more intimate offering it is being created specifically with families in mind. The vast playground for younger guests will stretch across the resort giving plenty of space to explore and learn.

Jumeirah Group Signs Agreement With Oxley Malaysia Jumeirah Group has s i g n e d management agreements to operate a 190room luxury hotel and to brand 273 p re m i u m residences in the heart of K u a l a L u m p u r, M a l a y s i a . T h e agreements were signed by Mr. Dato' Othman Hj. Omar, CEO of Oxley Malaysia, and Mr. Gerald Lawless, President and Group CEO, Jumeirah Group. It is expected to start in 2016 and complete in 2021. The residences will be located on the lower floors of the tower, and Jumeirah Kuala Lumpur hotel will occupy the upper floors offering spectacular views across the city. The hotel will feature 190 rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, a fine dining restaurant, a lounge and a bar, as well as a finely appointed Club Executive and a Talise wellness facility comprising a spa, fitness club and swimming pool. Mr. Ching Chiat Kwong, Chairman and CEO of Oxley, said, “We are pleased to announce we have taken a step forward with the milestone agreement with Jumeirah Group to build a hotel and residences in Kuala Lumpur. This partnership with Jumeirah Group further enlarges and reiterates our

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presence in the Malaysian market. We are excited, delighted and proud to be Jumeirah's first business partner in Malaysia to introduce the Jumeirah experience, an epitome of luxury, to guests staying in our hotel. Jumeirah Group has created a portfolio of world-class hotels with excellent operational performance and with this hotel being the first Jumeirah hotel in Malaysia, we are confident of this holistic journey.” Mr. Gerald Lawless, President and Group CEO, Jumeirah Group, said, “Our agreement with Oxley Malaysia paves the way for Jumeirah's entry into the important Malaysian market. This highly prestigious development further reinforces the reputation of the Jumeirah brand and will greatly appeal to our loyal customers who stay with Jumeirah in our properties across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We are proud to have been chosen as a partner and look forward to the launch of a new expression of outstanding luxury in the Malaysian capital.”

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Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of Sheraton® Hyderabad Hotel, a newly renovated property set to welcome the tremendous number of business and leisure travelers visiting the world-renowned heritage city that has quickly become one of India’s industrial hubs. Mr. Dave Marr, Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts said, “The opening of Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel demonstrates our commitment to continual growth as we further position Sheraton as the global hotel brand of choice, everywhere. With a history as vibrant and spirited as the travellers we w e l c o m e , H y d e ra b a d i s a ke y destination for Sheraton as we expand our presence across India.” Surrounded by multinational corporations, the property is also within walking distance of numerous upscale restaurants, retail shops and business offices. Only a 30-minute drive from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD), the hotel is easily accessible for business and leisure travelers alike. Boasting 272 modern and stylishly

designed rooms, the property also features a spa for guests to unwind, a pool and the state-of-the-art Sheraton Fitness® center. Feast, the hotel’s signature all-day dining venue, offers an interactive dining experience with live cooking stations and show kitchens. In the coming months the hotel will also open Azia, a Pan Asian speciality restaurant, and Chimes, a rooftop bar offering captivating panoramic views. “We look forward to welcoming our guests to the new Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel and expect the hotel to become a local hotspot, attracting both savvy travelers and tech professionals to experience the global hotel brand of choice,” said Mr. Dietmar Kielnhofer, Complex General Manager, Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel.

HOSPITALITY PLUS Starwood Continues Rapid Growth of Specialty Select Brands in Dubai

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and leading real estate developer Dubai Properties announced an agreement to open four new hotels in Dubai under Starwood's Aloft and Element brand flags. Scheduled to open in 2018, the four new Aloft hotels and Element hotel will introduce 816 rooms in Dubai while expand Dubai Properties' developments within the hospitality sector. The deal is in line with the Dubai Government's focus on mid-scale hotel development ahead of the Dubai World Expo 2020. Mr. Naaman Atallah, CEO of Dubai Properties said, “The hotels under the Aloft and Element brands will offer two new concepts to the existing midmarket category in the Emirate, which will emerge as a vital segment in the run

to the exposition. The time is right to launch new hospitality projects as demand for new hotel rooms continues to increase and culminate around this major event. Going forward, Dubai Properties will continue to offer modern, elegant, and costeffective hospitality solutions for the emirate's booming tourism industry.” In the Middle East, Aloft hotels is spearheading Starwood's growth in the mid-market segment and is expected to quadruple by 2019. The brand is redefining the category by delivering urban-influenced, modern and vibrant design and a social guest experience at an affordable price point. The three new Alofts in Dubai will feature the brand's signature W XYZ® Bar and re-fuel by Aloft, the grab and go eatery open 24 hours a day, in addition to an all-day dining outlet. Other amenities include re-charge the fully equipped fitness centre and a refreshing outdoor Splash pool, in addition to a backyard exterior public space, Clean Guest Laundry services, and Bliss Spa products.

WELCOMHERITAGE Promotes Its Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur As a Wedding Destination WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur is one of the perfect w e d d i n g destinations, the Palace is a fine specimen of the Royal pride and h e r i t a g e . Portraying the rich legacy of the Rajputana architecture, it is built in the red sandstone surrounded by the lush gardens. It is situated on the banks of Balsamand Lake, an artificial lake that was created in the 13th century as a water reservoir and supplied drinking water to the city. The Palace offers 36 rooms & suites that are replete with vintage décor items and illustrate the heritage of Jodhpur. The Palace is famous for its Kebab

Corner that serves hot & fresh tandoori kebabs, barbeque dishes & traditional Jodhpuri kebabs and Lake View restaurant that serves international & Indian cuisine with a lake view. WelcomHeritage Balsamand Lake Palace is furnished with all amenities required for a grand wedding. The hotel offers theme dinners, bar lounge and have special arrangements for wedding functions. It is not only a wedding destination but also a holiday destination for families. An experience in itself, the guests can further involve into leisure and recreation activities like village safari, swimming pool, horse buggy ride, SPA, nature walk and sand dunes experience. www.welcomheritagehotels.in

HRAWI Organizes A 'Revenue Management' Seminar

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) had organized a special seminar on Revenue Management for hotels to counter the revenue decline in the sector and maximize their yields. The seminar was organized recently at The Trident hotel, Mumbai. The session was addressed by Mr. Tarun Joukani, Marketing Manager, Staah, Mr. Saurabh Tiwari, Revenue Manager, Trident Hotels and Mr. Abhishek Logani, Director and Business Head, MakeMyTrip. The three speakers have varied experience in their respective domains and specialize in the revenue management matters. Mr. Bharat Malkani, President, HRAWI said, “Revenue management is the practice of maximizing a hotel's revenue while selling the same amount of products or services. Also called yield management, some

consider it both an art and a science. It employs a mix of pricing strategies and systems to maximize yield. However a lot of hotels have not yet made the leap in driving their direct sales and bottom line profit. This is where the real challenge lies for revenue managers in the next few years.” Mr. Tiwari who has a rich experience in this field made a presentation on the Revenue Management aspect from the perspective of hotel operations. He highlighted and stressed on hotels optimizing the available resources and making the best of the available means to keep the business viable. Mr. Kamlesh Barot, past president, HRAWI said, “ The objective of Revenue Management is to sell the right product to the customer at the right time and for the right price. Hotels face important decisions regarding what to sell, when to sell and for how much, especially in this constrained economy. Revenue Management uses datadriven tactics and strategies to answer these questions in order to increase revenue.”

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Union Pearson Express Connecting Toronto Pearson Airport To Union Station In Just 25 Minutes

Metrolinx celebrated the official opening of Union Pearson Express (UP Express), the new air-rail link connecting Union Station to Toronto Pearson Airport. UP Express connects Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs—Union S t a t i o n a n d To r o n t o P e a r s o n International Airport—all within 25 minutes rail journey. The trains leave every 15 minutes, everyday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. UP Express trains have been designed

with the comfort and convenience of guests in mind. Amenities include W i - F i , comfortable seating with table trays, power outlets, luggage r a c k s , infotainment as well as flight information. Outbound guests departing from UP Express Union Station can enjoy amenities ranging from Wi-Fi, retail, airline check-in kiosks, charging stations to flight information screens. CIBC ATMs are present at both Union and Pearson Stations with Canadian Dollars, US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds and Mexican Pesos available. UP Express Pearson Station is conveniently located right beside the Link Train at Terminal 1, connecting travellers to Terminal 3.

Destination Canada Participates In Vkonect

Destination Canada – India participated in Vkonect-India’s focused, quality meetings platform assisting high-end buyers to meet sellers for their business and luxury leisure travel options. Vkonect, the outbound platform was held at the Holiday Inn, Gurgaon. During two days of the business sessions, Destination Canada got the opportunity to engage and establish contact with high-end customers. Over 30 corporate buyers and travel agents, selected carefully, were allowed to be a part of the show to ensure high quality

of engagement and business conversions. M r. S a n J e e t , I n d i a Representative, Destination Canada, said, “Canada is one of the most preferred destinations. One can select from assorted soft adventure, leisure and various exciting group activities.” Destination CanadaIndia team conducted meetings on a one-on-one basis in a table-top format, ensuring choicest interaction, business closures and value-for-money experience. Canadian Tourism Commission’s new operating name, Destination Canada, was announced in May at Rendez-vous Canada held at Niagara Falls. This year, so far, Canada has seen a positive growth each month in Indian visitor arrivals. It is a milestone that every destination dreams of achieving and Canada has turned the same into a reality.

Sri Lanka To Be India’s First Stop MICE Destination

SriLankan Airlines in a conjoined effort with the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau hosted a promotional event to endorse the several facilities offered for hosting MICE activities in Sri Lanka. These efforts are focused toward implementing a long term plan to enhance Sri Lanka’s profile as a MICE Destination and becoming a premier conference location in the Indian Ocean. The country is emerging as one of the most exciting tourism and MICE destinations in Asia. In the last few years recording over 144,000 MICE visitors to the country in the year 2014 of which majority has emerged from the Incentive Travel segment. The total tourist arrivals into the country exceeded 1.5 million in 2014 from mere 500,000 in 2009. Sri Lanka is a hot spot today for incentive travel, with a variety of attractions ranging from its’ beaches and ancient cities, mountains to the island’s new attractions such as Whale watching, Bird Watching, Surfing, Elephant

gathering, underwater activities and leopard safaris. SriLankan Airlines offers its MICE passengers a host of privileges ranging from discounted airfares for guest speakers, resource personnel and delegates; promotional support services; meet and greet services; special recognition on-board; professional advice on event venues; ground operators and hotel accommodation as well as assistance and information at all SriLankan offices network-wide. Currently, the airline flies - New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Trivandrum and Tiruchirappalli. With a total frequency of 86 flights per week flights between Sri Lanka and India. The airline works closely with the Sri L a n ka C o nv e n t i o n B u re a u a n d International Professional Conference Organisers and with Destination Management Companies (DMCs) to provide MICE tourists with truly unique experiences.

SriLankan Airlines Participates In IITM 2015 SriLankan Airlines participated at The India International Travel Mart (IITM) 2015. Airlines showcased their products, services and newly introduced packages to the Indian market. Recently, SriLankan Airlines entered into a codeshare agreement with Mihin Lanka and offered a special introductory package from Kolkata to Colombo and Kolkata to Maldives keeping in mind the convenience of Indian travellers to these key routes. T h e key t rave l l e rs co m p r i s e a combination of business and leisure travellers to give them easy access to regions in and around Sri Lanka. Keeping this strategy in mind, packages ranging from 3 to 5 days have been

curated. Mr. Lalith De Silva, SriLankan Airlines Regional Manager India said, “IITM is a unique opportunity for the travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business. And we take this opportunity to introduce new and exciting travel packages to key destinations from India to Sri Lanka with a special focus on Maldives, keeping in mind the needs of the traveller. ”

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Aviation Plus Jet Airways To Boost Domestic Connectivity With Additional Flights Jet Airways is expanding its domestic network with additional frequencies on India’s high demand routes and by linking cities with expanding potential. The new services being launched in July and September, 2015 include:

i A ninth daily service between Mumbai and Chennai i A second service between Kolkata and Bengaluru i A fourth daily service connecting Mangaluru with Mumbai

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daily flights connecting Bhopal and Indore with Lucknow (via Delhi)

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daily service connecting Bhopal with Hyderabad (via Mumbai)

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third daily service linking Hyderabad and Rajahmundry

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frequencies, Jet Airways will increase its daily seats deployment on the domestic network from 63,500 to 64,500 per day. Mr. Raj Sivakumar, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said, “ The additional frequencies have been introduced to cater to the growing demand on the high density routes and to ensure better connectivity between India’s emerging cities. Our constant effort is to provide our guests with convenient travel options and seamless connectivity across our network. These new frequencies are in line with Jet Airways’ strategy to deliver a consistent, full service travel experience on the domestic network and we are confident that these new flights will prove to be popular with our guests.”

Lufthansa Introduces New Fare Concept For Europe Lufthansa is introducing a new price concept for flights on Europe route. The new Economy Class fare options “Light ”, “Classic” and “Flex” shall apply from 1 October 2015, for domestic and European flights and will offer different services depending on the price. Jens Bischof, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board and CCO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said, “It is the wish of many customers to only pay for the services they actually make use of. With this new fare concept, we are doing just that. In the future, given this flexibility, every passenger will be able to individually create a tailor-made flight with the various service components that we are offering. The price options, Light, Classic and Flex, are more transparent and allow customers in Economy Class a selection of fare options within Europe.” Economy Light: The most economical option for those traveling only with hand luggage and not in need of any ticket flexibility. No rebooking or refund is possible with this option. If desired, customers can additionally book a piece of luggage or book a seat. Economy Classic: This includes the opportunity to check-in a piece of

luggage of up to 23 kg. This option also offers a new, additional opportunity for many passengers to secure their desired seat, free-of-charge, at booking. This fare is more flexible because it can be rebooked to another flight on the original connection for a fee. Economy Flex: In addition to the free seat reservation, the Flex fare offers the opportunity to rebook the flight at no extra cost or change the itinerary. If the originally planned booking class is no longer available, it is possible that an extra payment is necessary. Business Class: Includes all the usual services and conveniences of this travel class, such as access to the lounge, increased luggage allowance of 2 x 32 kg, seat reservation and an open seat next to it, and priority boarding. In the new price concept, all Business Class fares will be re-bookable without a fee and refundable free-of-charge. If the originally planned booking class is no longer available, an extra charge may be necessary under certain circumstances.

THAI Launches Direct Flight AIR CANADA Takes From London To Bangkok Delivery of First B787-9 And will depute on Toronto to Delhi Air Canada has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, a larger version of the Dreamliner 787-8 which is already in its fleet. Air Canada will operate the Boeing 787-9 on non-stop services from To r o n t o t o D e l h i beginning 1 November 2015 and to Dubai beginning 3 November 2015. In the interim, travellers will have the opportunity to preview the new aircraft on select flights between Toronto and Vancouver during August and between Toronto and the cities of Munich and Milan during September and October. Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada said, "Air Canada is very excited to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9. This new aircraft's larger capacity and greater range will accelerate our international expansion strategy and allow us to offer customers more non-stop services to new international destinations. Already, we have announced two new 787-9 routes to Delhi and Dubai from Toronto beginning this fall and as more of these

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aircraft enter the fleet we will expand our international network even further." Air Canada took delivery of its first Dreamliner in May 2014 and will receive a total of 29 new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft by 2019, in addition to eight 7878 aircraft already in operation. All Dreamliners will feature Air Canada's redesigned interiors in a three-cabin configuration, including International Business with fully lie-flat seats, Premium Economy and Economy. Air Canada's next generation seatback inflight entertainment system will be available throughout. The Boeing 787-9 seats 298 passengers and has a range of 15,372 kilometres, compared with the Boeing 787-8, which is configured to carry 251 passengers with a range of 14,500 kilometres.

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Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) recently celebrated the departure of the first Airbus A380 direct flight from London to Bangkok at Heathrow’s Terminal 2. Passengers who traveled flight TG910 on the Airbus A380 inaugural flight from Bangkok to London were delighted to be greeted at the arrival gate by a group of Beefeaters and Guardsmen. Many "selfies" were taken and passengers commented on it being a wonderful introduction to the UK. Passengers were given fresh orchid corsages and commemorative key rings to mark this special occasion at check-in. This, together with a performance of traditional Thai dance and music, created a wonderful party atmosphere. Mr. Wit Kitchathorn, General Manager of Thai Airways International – UK, said, "This has been a great way to mark the

UK’s first direct A380 flights to Bangkok, auguring a new era of travel in the UK. As always we are immensely proud of our service and doubly so now that we are the only airline offering A380, stateof-the-art, direct travel between London and Bangkok.” TG911 departs daily from London Heathrow Terminal 2 at 12.30 hours and arrives at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 05.45 hours on the next day. TG910 departs daily from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 01.10 hours and arrives at London Heathrow (T2) at 07.15 hours. THAI is proud to have been flying from the UK for over 40 years and now offers one daily non-stop flight from London Heathrow to Bangkok with onwards connections throughout Thailand and beyond.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS TCEB Accelerates ASEAN Success Through Thailand Connect The World Familiarisation Trip

T h e T h a i l a n d C o nv e n t i o n a n d Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) reaffirms Thailand's leadership position as a gateway to ASEAN business success through the Thailand CONNECT The World 2015: Bangkok – Khao Yai Media Familiarisation Trip, highlighting Thailand as a strategic linkage between global business excellence and local expertise that contributes to the success of the world's economy through the vibrancy of the country's MICE industry. To further advance the collaboration to drive Thai MICE sector for the ASEAN Economic Community, TCEB synergies with four key partner organizations including the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International, the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) and Bangkok River Partners (BRP) to help attract more business events to Thailand. Moreover,

the business event traveler-focused packages under the Thailand CONNECT Welcome Packages will be introduced to provide completed quintessential Bangkok metropolitan downtown and majestic riverside MICE experiences. Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB's President said, “TCEB is proud to build on the strong and long-standing relationship between the Thai and global MICE sectors, and showcase Thailand as a gateway to ASEAN success for global businesses. While offering the strengths of Thailand's business events industry, under the Thailand CONNECT The World brand communications encompassing unrivalled business events experiences through modern metropolis, and natural paradise destinations, Thailand can also maximize business potentials though vast market opportunities right at the

heart of AEC, supported by highly proficient local professionals with global-minded services. In addition, we work closely with our 10 strategic partners under the Thailand's MICE United II campaign to provide next level of products and services that are specially designed for business events travelers to Thailand, helping us to become 'Top of Mind' business destination in Asia.” With its Phase 1 of the 20-year development plan, Bangkok will enable a positive change to welcome business events travelers as a City for All, providing cultural opportunities through a wide variety of cultural and heritage shows, as an Economic and Learning Centre. Mr. Nopparat said, “TCEB commits to driving the Thai business events sector by highlighting the capabilities and

readiness of five MICE cities, including Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Khon Kaen, as well as other leading destinations in Thailand. The introduction of new business events destinations such as Khao Yai, will not only be another building block of Thai business events' success providing discerning business events travelers and organizers alike with programme that offers delegates the opportunity to enjoy Thailand's best-kept attractions.” Together with the Thailand CONNECT The World, and Thailand's MICE United II campaign, as well as other market development initiatives, TCEB experts Thailand to welcome 1,036,300 business events traveler (a 17% increase from 2014 targets), earning to the Thai economy a total US$3.55 billion ( a 22% increase from 2014 targets) in 2015.

Khao Yai Convention Center Khao Yai is Thailand's first national park established in 1962, and is the second largest in the country. In 2005, the area along with the surrounding Dong Phaya Yen mountain range was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khao Yai captivates both local and international business travelers thanks to its close proximity to Bangkok, only 205 kilometers or three hours from downtown Bangkok. Lying on the Asian Highway route network to Northeast Thailand and the neighbouring countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion, it offers unbeatable business events programmes complimented by eco-friendly, uber-luxury and boutique accommodation, state-of-the-art facilities, and natural and man-made attractions in its perimeter areas that are ideal for meetings and incentives, conferences, as well as team building and CSR activities. Sprawling over 2,000 sqk

Bangkok River Partners Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association

Bangkok River Partners (BRP) was launched in April 2014 by the eight, luxury hotels located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The eight member hotels are: Anantara Bangkok Riverside and Spa, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, The Peninsula Bangkok, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers, and Shangri-La Hotel

Bangkok. The group works to: boost the promotion of the River as a venue for leisure and business events; promote the multitude of riverside restaurants and bars, sights and attractions; build awareness among local tourism stakeholders; and f u r t h e r st re n gt h e n t h e present tourism activities by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, TCEB, Thailand Incentive and Convention Association, and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. With a combined total of more than a hundred ballrooms and meeting rooms and the ability to accommodate thousands of guests, the eight BRP hotels are perfectly equipped with world-class infrastructure and stellar management teams to meet the demands of any event, large or small.

Formed in 2003, the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) aims to develop and p r o m o t e Ratchaprasong as one of the world's leading shopping destinations. Attracts 400,000 visitors per day or 146 million per year. Of the total, 80% are Thais, and of foreign visitor numbers, 80% are Asian travelers. Current facilities and new projects in Ratchaprasong are as follows: West: Located Thailand's largest lifestyle shopping complex, CentralWorld. Its 800,000 sq. meters space features ZEN, Isetan, Groove, SFX Cinema, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre, Thailand Knowledge Park, and Muang Thai GMM Live House.

South: Boasting world-class luxury accommodation, including St Regis, Anantara Siam Bangkok, and Grand Hyatt Erawan. Minor Group has invested more than 600 million whereas Magnolia Group is investing 15 billion on a hotel and residential project. East: Featuring luxury lifestyle malls and world-class accommodation, including Gaysorn and Intercontinental Bangkok. The new 30-storey Gaysorn Tower 2 is set to open by 2017. North: Platinum Fashion Mall with 2,500 shops and Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam. About 3,000 shops are set to be open by 2017.

Thailand's Business Events Industry Since its establishment in 2004, TCEB commits to drive growth, elevate quality standards and inspire creativity in the MICE industry. TCEB strives to offer a wide range of advisory services and attractive support packages to contribute to the success and productivity of business events held in Thailand. This includes global outreach to build collaboration across a global network of business event stakeholders. Currently, this sector comprises of four main i n d u st r y cate go r i e s : C o r p o rate Meetings (25% market share), Incentive

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Travel (24%), International conventions (33%) and International exhibitions and Trade fairs (18%). Thailand's Business Events Travelers in FY 2015 Industry Business Events Revenue Travelers (pax) (m$) Meetings 133,063 426.66 Incentives 141,720 266.73 Conventions 140,059 385.57 Exhibitions 61,237 158.06 Total 476,079 1,237.02

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Top 10 Source Markets in FY 2015 Country Business Events Revenue Travelers (pax) (m$) India 48,789 127.15 Singapore 47.905 124.85 Laos 35,637 92.88 Malaysia 35,307 92.02 U.S.A. 32,937 85.84 China 32,149 83.79 Philippines 19,447 50.68 Korea 17,465 45.52 Indonesia 17,110 44.59 France 14,104 36.76

Top 10 Source Markets in FY 2014 Country Business Events Revenue Travelers (pax) (m$) China 120,684 353.62 India 83,351 244.23 Malaysia 69,034 202.28 Singapore 66,956 196.19 U.S.A 38,491 112.78 Australia 37,947 111.19 Korea 33,398 97.86 Indonesia 33,325 97.64 Japan 31,733 92.98 Hong Kong 18,087 52.99

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m t h a t includes parts of four provinces, Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi, Prachinburi, and Nakhon Nayok, and covering five vegetation zones from evergreen rainforest to tropical savannah, Khao Yai offers waterfalls, evergreen forests and grasslands to provide activities such as kayaking, rafting, and night-time wildlife spotting.

meeting rooms for up to 120 guests with two breakout rooms and outdoor terrace. To open in 2015. DusitD2 Khao Yai – This design-led boutique hotel offers 79 rooms and 8 villas. To open in Q4, 2015. Escape Khao Yai – This boutique hotel boasts 48 deluxe rooms and six pool villas in four decorative themes: wood, earth, floral, and forest. There is a 106sq-m function room for up to 90 delegates. Opened in early 2015. Thames Valley Khao Yai – This Englishstyle countryside hotel offers 58 guestrooms, and two meeting rooms for up to 150 persons. E x i s t i n g accommodatio n

Bot anica Khao Yai – Located adjacent to the newly-opened Khao Yai Convention Center, the resort offers 115 guestrooms. Greenery Resort Khaoyai – Also located adjacent to the newly-opened Khao Yai Convention Center, the 254-room resort offers a 2,517 sqm of meeting space, with nine function rooms. Romantic Resort & Spa Khao Yai – Nestled amidst the lush mountainous landscapes and stunning natural scenery, the resort

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New MICE Venues Khao Yai Convention Center (KYCC) – Opened in 2014, is the newest and largest convention centre in the Northeastern region with 3,720 sqm of flexible meeting space and a 1,860 sqm outdoor

p l a za , set between the two buildings. The facility is ideal for banqueting, product launches or any open-air activities. KYCC's grand ballroom has a capacity of 1,000-people banquet, and can be partitioned into three function rooms for 200-360 guests. Its 960-sqm exhibition hall can cater for 20-40 booths, or 600-guest banquet. There are seven smaller meeting rooms for 40-200

guests. The facility has thus far hosted meetings by Thai General Insurance Association, Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital, Crystal Time's Pfizer, and Asian Honda Motor.

Accommodation Khao Yai has come a long way since residential developments began in 1995, along with hotel developments, concentrated on Thanarat Road. Currently, there are 184 hotels with a total of 7,024 rooms located within the vicinity of Khao Yai National Park. New Accommodati ons U Khao Yai – This four-star deluxe offers 60 rooms and suites in three double storied buildings set in a courtyard with vistas towards mountains. There are

Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort – This boutique resort offers 64 luxurious pool villas. Sala Khaoyai Resort – This exclusive property consists of only 7 guestrooms, including 3 Deluxe Rooms, 2 Pool Villas and 2 Pool Villa Suites.

Attractions offers 130 rooms. Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa, Khao Yai – This high-end nature retreat features 52 rooms, 4 suites and 4 tented villas as well as an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Jim Thompson Farm – Renowned for production of high quality silk fabrics. The store is modernized version of the traditional Thai house, with high sloping ceilings and wood floors. Visitors can buy an assortment of selected merchandise and hand-woven textiles. Chokchai Farm – The most popular

tourist attractions in Khao Yai with exciting cowboy shows, cattle herding, farm tours, horse-drawn cart rides and ATV adventures. PB Valley Khao Yai Winery – One of the first large scale wineries in Thailand, features a restaurant, a resort, and several interesting attractions and activities. GranMonte Vineyard and Winery – Located in Asoke Valley which is known in Thailand for the beautiful yellow blossom flowers that are special to the region. Village Farm & Winery – Is also a classy

resor t and a wellness spa, is located in a green field of vineyards, where shiraz, cabernet - sauvignon, syrah and chenin grapes are cultivated. Rancho Charnvee Golf Resort & Country Club Khao Yai – 18 hole golf course with 62 rooms, club house and restaurants. Khao Yai Golf Club – 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course set in a valley surrounded by mountains in the foothills of Khaoyai National Park. Attractions in Khao Yai National Park The prime reason for coming to Khao Yai is to see the amazing wildlife and scenery. The best way to see this is by walking along one of the many trails in the park or going night safari. Key highlights include: ! Haew Suwat Waterfall ! Haew Narok Waterfall ! Pha Kluay Mai Waterfall ! Nong Pak Chi Observation Tower ! Pha Diew Die viewpoint ! Pha Keb Tawan Shopping is yet another attraction of the place, where you can shop n shop... the best place for shopping are: ! Palio Khaoyai ! Primo Piazza Khaoyai ! Jim Thompson Factory Sales Outlet ! The Mall Korat Activities & Art Museums - Ballooning Adventure at Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa, Khao Yai; Visiting Khao Yai Art Museum; A trip to Pete Maze

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS TCEB Accelerates ASEAN Success Through Thailand Connect The World Familiarisation Trip

T h e T h a i l a n d C o nv e n t i o n a n d Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) reaffirms Thailand's leadership position as a gateway to ASEAN business success through the Thailand CONNECT The World 2015: Bangkok – Khao Yai Media Familiarisation Trip, highlighting Thailand as a strategic linkage between global business excellence and local expertise that contributes to the success of the world's economy through the vibrancy of the country's MICE industry. To further advance the collaboration to drive Thai MICE sector for the ASEAN Economic Community, TCEB synergies with four key partner organizations including the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International, the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) and Bangkok River Partners (BRP) to help attract more business events to Thailand. Moreover,

the business event traveler-focused packages under the Thailand CONNECT Welcome Packages will be introduced to provide completed quintessential Bangkok metropolitan downtown and majestic riverside MICE experiences. Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB's President said, “TCEB is proud to build on the strong and long-standing relationship between the Thai and global MICE sectors, and showcase Thailand as a gateway to ASEAN success for global businesses. While offering the strengths of Thailand's business events industry, under the Thailand CONNECT The World brand communications encompassing unrivalled business events experiences through modern metropolis, and natural paradise destinations, Thailand can also maximize business potentials though vast market opportunities right at the

heart of AEC, supported by highly proficient local professionals with global-minded services. In addition, we work closely with our 10 strategic partners under the Thailand's MICE United II campaign to provide next level of products and services that are specially designed for business events travelers to Thailand, helping us to become 'Top of Mind' business destination in Asia.” With its Phase 1 of the 20-year development plan, Bangkok will enable a positive change to welcome business events travelers as a City for All, providing cultural opportunities through a wide variety of cultural and heritage shows, as an Economic and Learning Centre. Mr. Nopparat said, “TCEB commits to driving the Thai business events sector by highlighting the capabilities and

readiness of five MICE cities, including Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Khon Kaen, as well as other leading destinations in Thailand. The introduction of new business events destinations such as Khao Yai, will not only be another building block of Thai business events' success providing discerning business events travelers and organizers alike with programme that offers delegates the opportunity to enjoy Thailand's best-kept attractions.” Together with the Thailand CONNECT The World, and Thailand's MICE United II campaign, as well as other market development initiatives, TCEB experts Thailand to welcome 1,036,300 business events traveler (a 17% increase from 2014 targets), earning to the Thai economy a total US$3.55 billion ( a 22% increase from 2014 targets) in 2015.

Khao Yai Convention Center Khao Yai is Thailand's first national park established in 1962, and is the second largest in the country. In 2005, the area along with the surrounding Dong Phaya Yen mountain range was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khao Yai captivates both local and international business travelers thanks to its close proximity to Bangkok, only 205 kilometers or three hours from downtown Bangkok. Lying on the Asian Highway route network to Northeast Thailand and the neighbouring countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion, it offers unbeatable business events programmes complimented by eco-friendly, uber-luxury and boutique accommodation, state-of-the-art facilities, and natural and man-made attractions in its perimeter areas that are ideal for meetings and incentives, conferences, as well as team building and CSR activities. Sprawling over 2,000 sqk

Bangkok River Partners Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association

Bangkok River Partners (BRP) was launched in April 2014 by the eight, luxury hotels located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The eight member hotels are: Anantara Bangkok Riverside and Spa, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, The Peninsula Bangkok, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers, and Shangri-La Hotel

Bangkok. The group works to: boost the promotion of the River as a venue for leisure and business events; promote the multitude of riverside restaurants and bars, sights and attractions; build awareness among local tourism stakeholders; and f u r t h e r st re n gt h e n t h e present tourism activities by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, TCEB, Thailand Incentive and Convention Association, and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. With a combined total of more than a hundred ballrooms and meeting rooms and the ability to accommodate thousands of guests, the eight BRP hotels are perfectly equipped with world-class infrastructure and stellar management teams to meet the demands of any event, large or small.

Formed in 2003, the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) aims to develop and p r o m o t e Ratchaprasong as one of the world's leading shopping destinations. Attracts 400,000 visitors per day or 146 million per year. Of the total, 80% are Thais, and of foreign visitor numbers, 80% are Asian travelers. Current facilities and new projects in Ratchaprasong are as follows: West: Located Thailand's largest lifestyle shopping complex, CentralWorld. Its 800,000 sq. meters space features ZEN, Isetan, Groove, SFX Cinema, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre, Thailand Knowledge Park, and Muang Thai GMM Live House.

South: Boasting world-class luxury accommodation, including St Regis, Anantara Siam Bangkok, and Grand Hyatt Erawan. Minor Group has invested more than 600 million whereas Magnolia Group is investing 15 billion on a hotel and residential project. East: Featuring luxury lifestyle malls and world-class accommodation, including Gaysorn and Intercontinental Bangkok. The new 30-storey Gaysorn Tower 2 is set to open by 2017. North: Platinum Fashion Mall with 2,500 shops and Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam. About 3,000 shops are set to be open by 2017.

Thailand's Business Events Industry Since its establishment in 2004, TCEB commits to drive growth, elevate quality standards and inspire creativity in the MICE industry. TCEB strives to offer a wide range of advisory services and attractive support packages to contribute to the success and productivity of business events held in Thailand. This includes global outreach to build collaboration across a global network of business event stakeholders. Currently, this sector comprises of four main i n d u st r y cate go r i e s : C o r p o rate Meetings (25% market share), Incentive

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Travel (24%), International conventions (33%) and International exhibitions and Trade fairs (18%). Thailand's Business Events Travelers in FY 2015 Industry Business Events Revenue Travelers (pax) (m$) Meetings 133,063 426.66 Incentives 141,720 266.73 Conventions 140,059 385.57 Exhibitions 61,237 158.06 Total 476,079 1,237.02

September - October, 2015

Top 10 Source Markets in FY 2015 Country Business Events Revenue Travelers (pax) (m$) India 48,789 127.15 Singapore 47.905 124.85 Laos 35,637 92.88 Malaysia 35,307 92.02 U.S.A. 32,937 85.84 China 32,149 83.79 Philippines 19,447 50.68 Korea 17,465 45.52 Indonesia 17,110 44.59 France 14,104 36.76

Top 10 Source Markets in FY 2014 Country Business Events Revenue Travelers (pax) (m$) China 120,684 353.62 India 83,351 244.23 Malaysia 69,034 202.28 Singapore 66,956 196.19 U.S.A 38,491 112.78 Australia 37,947 111.19 Korea 33,398 97.86 Indonesia 33,325 97.64 Japan 31,733 92.98 Hong Kong 18,087 52.99

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m t h a t includes parts of four provinces, Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi, Prachinburi, and Nakhon Nayok, and covering five vegetation zones from evergreen rainforest to tropical savannah, Khao Yai offers waterfalls, evergreen forests and grasslands to provide activities such as kayaking, rafting, and night-time wildlife spotting.

meeting rooms for up to 120 guests with two breakout rooms and outdoor terrace. To open in 2015. DusitD2 Khao Yai – This design-led boutique hotel offers 79 rooms and 8 villas. To open in Q4, 2015. Escape Khao Yai – This boutique hotel boasts 48 deluxe rooms and six pool villas in four decorative themes: wood, earth, floral, and forest. There is a 106sq-m function room for up to 90 delegates. Opened in early 2015. Thames Valley Khao Yai – This Englishstyle countryside hotel offers 58 guestrooms, and two meeting rooms for up to 150 persons. E x i s t i n g accommodatio n

Bot anica Khao Yai – Located adjacent to the newly-opened Khao Yai Convention Center, the resort offers 115 guestrooms. Greenery Resort Khaoyai – Also located adjacent to the newly-opened Khao Yai Convention Center, the 254-room resort offers a 2,517 sqm of meeting space, with nine function rooms. Romantic Resort & Spa Khao Yai – Nestled amidst the lush mountainous landscapes and stunning natural scenery, the resort

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New MICE Venues Khao Yai Convention Center (KYCC) – Opened in 2014, is the newest and largest convention centre in the Northeastern region with 3,720 sqm of flexible meeting space and a 1,860 sqm outdoor

p l a za , set between the two buildings. The facility is ideal for banqueting, product launches or any open-air activities. KYCC's grand ballroom has a capacity of 1,000-people banquet, and can be partitioned into three function rooms for 200-360 guests. Its 960-sqm exhibition hall can cater for 20-40 booths, or 600-guest banquet. There are seven smaller meeting rooms for 40-200

guests. The facility has thus far hosted meetings by Thai General Insurance Association, Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital, Crystal Time's Pfizer, and Asian Honda Motor.

Accommodation Khao Yai has come a long way since residential developments began in 1995, along with hotel developments, concentrated on Thanarat Road. Currently, there are 184 hotels with a total of 7,024 rooms located within the vicinity of Khao Yai National Park. New Accommodati ons U Khao Yai – This four-star deluxe offers 60 rooms and suites in three double storied buildings set in a courtyard with vistas towards mountains. There are

Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort – This boutique resort offers 64 luxurious pool villas. Sala Khaoyai Resort – This exclusive property consists of only 7 guestrooms, including 3 Deluxe Rooms, 2 Pool Villas and 2 Pool Villa Suites.

Attractions offers 130 rooms. Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa, Khao Yai – This high-end nature retreat features 52 rooms, 4 suites and 4 tented villas as well as an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Jim Thompson Farm – Renowned for production of high quality silk fabrics. The store is modernized version of the traditional Thai house, with high sloping ceilings and wood floors. Visitors can buy an assortment of selected merchandise and hand-woven textiles. Chokchai Farm – The most popular

tourist attractions in Khao Yai with exciting cowboy shows, cattle herding, farm tours, horse-drawn cart rides and ATV adventures. PB Valley Khao Yai Winery – One of the first large scale wineries in Thailand, features a restaurant, a resort, and several interesting attractions and activities. GranMonte Vineyard and Winery – Located in Asoke Valley which is known in Thailand for the beautiful yellow blossom flowers that are special to the region. Village Farm & Winery – Is also a classy

resor t and a wellness spa, is located in a green field of vineyards, where shiraz, cabernet - sauvignon, syrah and chenin grapes are cultivated. Rancho Charnvee Golf Resort & Country Club Khao Yai – 18 hole golf course with 62 rooms, club house and restaurants. Khao Yai Golf Club – 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course set in a valley surrounded by mountains in the foothills of Khaoyai National Park. Attractions in Khao Yai National Park The prime reason for coming to Khao Yai is to see the amazing wildlife and scenery. The best way to see this is by walking along one of the many trails in the park or going night safari. Key highlights include: ! Haew Suwat Waterfall ! Haew Narok Waterfall ! Pha Kluay Mai Waterfall ! Nong Pak Chi Observation Tower ! Pha Diew Die viewpoint ! Pha Keb Tawan Shopping is yet another attraction of the place, where you can shop n shop... the best place for shopping are: ! Palio Khaoyai ! Primo Piazza Khaoyai ! Jim Thompson Factory Sales Outlet ! The Mall Korat Activities & Art Museums - Ballooning Adventure at Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa, Khao Yai; Visiting Khao Yai Art Museum; A trip to Pete Maze

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MICE MOVEMENT TCEB Concludes 3 City Roadshows

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) recently held their annual B2B roadshow in Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Corporate Networking in Mumbai, bringing to India a delegation comprising travel partners and stakeholders from hotels, attractions and DMCs, led by Nooch Homrossukhon, Acting Director, Meetings Industry Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. The delegation has 29 companies which

included representative from Thailand's finest Hotels, DMC's, Convention Center's, and Attractions to showcase their MICE offerings. Over 800 buyers in Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai attended the roadshows making it a very successful mission. The Roadshows was organized in partnership with Team Thailand naming Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways and Royal Thai Embassy.

VKONECT MICE 2015: A boon for MICE travelers Over 30 Indian travel and hospitality companies participated in VKonect MICE. The two-day event, held at the Holiday Inn, Aerocity, New Delhi, included a networking session between corporate buyers and exhibitors on day one. Vkonect focused on business interaction for MICE. Leading B 2 B suppliers represent a diverse selection of segments;

interact with premium, stringently selected corporate hosted buyers with a range of offerings relevant to the exhibitor’s niche. A closed door, sanitized, business meetings e nv i ro n m e n t l e a d s t o fo c u s e d engagement, which in turn has the quickest conversion potential. Mr. Vineet Gopal, Director, Vkonect said, “Vkonect MICE is an exclusive platform that offers interaction, highest business closures, a robust value for money experience and a sturdy ROI.” Ms. Punam Singh, Promoter and Director of Vkonect Events said,

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“Vkonect events is a thought process, honed over years after attending industry events globally, Leisure, MICE, Luxury, Weddings, Wellness and Spa Tourism came in all forms but MICE was the most inclusive, demanding and

profitable. Vkonect MICE marries both corporate and trade requirements, keeping them separate, purely for ease and comfort of communication and meetings formats.” The industry partners who participated in the event includes: Tourism boards of France, Germany, Canada, Munich, Philippines, Reunion Island, Singapore, and Oman. Other partners includes: Lavasa, Hello Tourism (Turkey), Shanti Maurice- A Nira Resort, C&C Alpha Group, GRT Hotels, R a d i s s o n B l u – Te m p l e B a y Mamallapuram, Holiday Inn, Fanatic Sports, Zuri Hotels & Resorts, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Sahara Star, Aamby Valley, Premier Hotels of Asia, Meritus Hotels & Resorts, Marriot International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Anantara – Minor Hotels, ITC Hotels and Via Rail Canada.

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MEET TAIWAN Roadshows In Major Southeast Asian Cities MEET TAIWAN conducted roadshows in B a n g ko k , Thailand (27 July), Kuala L u m p u r , Malaysia (29 July) and Singapore (31 July) with the purpose of raising their level of engagement, support and networks with MICE planners, buyers and business elites in these key cities. MEET TAIWAN in partner with TTG Events organised the roadshows which feature Taiwan's MICE delegates,

i n c l u d i n g A B LY Conference and Exhibition Co., China Airlines, K u c h i n g Tr a v e l Service (Taiwan), MSL Group and Taiwan Tour Travel, aim to inspire attendees to choose Taiwan for their next MICE event. From presentations to table-top showcases, lucky draws and networking activities that facilitate business discussions, MEET TAIWAN believes the roadshow programme will effectively convey Taiwan's appeal as a MICE destination.

Viet Nam Prepares for Dynamic Tourism Growth Viet Nam’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister, Honourable HE Hoàng Tuan Anh, speaks candidly about his country’s Tourism Master Plan 2020 and Vision 2030, the growing driver markets of India. Your plans for 2015 i n c l u d e a n aggressive focus on Indian market. Will the country be perceived growth driver markets for the future? India, is identified as one of Vietnam’s biggest potential markets which shall lead the high growth in the future. In 2015, Vietnam Tourism has run many promotional activities for this market such as organising an Indian FAM trip to Viet Nam, a Bollywood film shooting group, and participating in the GES Trade and Services Exhibition and International Travel Mart PATA in India. The latest Skyscanner poll includes Da Nang City as one of the top low-cost destinations for 2015. What are you doing to facilitate this in terms of infrastructure and facilities? Da Nang is emerging as one of the most attractive destinations in Viet Nam. The city has many policies of facilitating the infrastructure and facilities for tourism development related to investment attraction in Son Tra, Hai Van and Lang Van tourism complex; implementing high-end resort building projects; establishing the cooperation mechanism between the public and the private sector; identifying responsibilities among stakeholders; supporting an enterprises’ campaign of new tourism product development and diversifying tourism accommodation and services to meet all demands. What are your strategies regarding MICE? MICE is one of Viet Nam’s priority tourism products to develop, as mentioned in the Vietnam Tourism Development Plan to 2020, and Vision to 2030, as well as Vietnam Tourism Marketing Strategy to 2020. In order to develop this product, all the big hotels are equipped with infrastructure and facilities for MICE service, especially in

the main cities such as Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, while reinforcing marketing activities and cooperation with regional countries in attracting more MICE arrivals to Viet Nam. What are the new tourism projects for Viet Nam? Vietnam has been strengthening investment attraction into tourism development with a variety of projects related to infrastructures, facilities, human resources and sustainable tourism, with co-operation between the public and private sectors. Beside the on-going projects such as M e k o n g S u b - r e g i o n To u r i s m Development Project funded by ADB Bank, the Environmentally and Socially R e s p o n s i b l e To u r i s m C a p a c i t y Development Programme funded by the European Union for the time being, other concerned projects include: A green, smart city in Da Nang; the European Village and Coastal Luxury Resort Sun Villas, Dai Duong Park Complex in Quang Ninh and a building telpher from Sa Pa to Fansipan Peak in Lao Cai. All projects are strictly oriented to sustainability development and community benefits. It is great that Viet Nam recognises the current visa rules are hampering and restrictive and is taking action to redress this. Will more countries be added to the visa exemption list, following the recommendations from tourism officials? The Viet Nam government has perceived the important role of visa policies in attracting more international tourists to Viet Nam. Until now, Viet Nam has implemented the unilateral visa exemption for 13 countries including: Russia, Belarus, Japan, Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Germany, France, UK, Italy and Spain and has implemented the lateral visa exemption for all ASEAN countries. It has also applied a visa exemption for international tourists to Phu Quoc Island for a period of 30 days. In the future, Viet Nam Tourism shall continue to recommend other countries to the government to be considered in the list of visa exemption countries.

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ASEAN Countries

For A Short Trip or an Unplanned Vacation The rest ASEAN countries as destination continuation of the May-June edition.

Malaysia

Malaysia is now one of the most developed nations in Southeast Asia. It projects the image of a multi-cultural country with a myriad of ethnic groups living in harmony and a paradise for nature lovers. Most of Malaysia is still covered by well-preserved rainforests while the extensive coast offers beautiful sandy beaches on which to relax. Attractions Kuala Lumpur- Kuala Lumpur, the economic capital of the country. The city is impressive with its skyline of glitzy buildings standing next to beautiful colonial mansions. It is reflected in its numerous museums and in its very active arts scene. Shopping is one of Kuala Lumpur's strong points. In the city's so-called “Golden Triangle” dozens of shopping centres and malls offer anything from luxury goods to small gadgets. Penang - It has been one of the world's true melting pots ever since. The prosperity of Penang Port attracted people from all over the world. Melaka- One of the first European settlements in Southeast Asia, Melaka – or Malacca. It has managed to retain the old world charm of a small provincial city. It has all from the hill, the old town is a wonderful kaleidoscope of colours and smells with old Chinese temples, minuscule shops, and old style cafes and restaurants. Kota Kinabalu- The capital city of Sabah is a pleasant destination with its large boulevards, its waterfront restaurants and shops. It is a popular place for tourists to buy cultured pearls and local handicrafts. Kuching- The waterfront fe a t u r e s a t t r a c t i v e gardens with small coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. Kuching is best discovered over time. The city is increasingly turning into an alternative cultural hub with youngsters meeting in some of the central districts to play music or create art pieces. Visa- Visitors must be in possession of a current passport or other internationally recognized travel document.

Philippines

Philippines is a tropical maritime paradise with an incredible number of pristine beaches and diving sites still to be discovered. Attractions Manil - Life is intense in Manila where visitors will find an unmatched choice of restaurants, entertainment venues, good hotels, large shopping malls and cultural attractions. Boracay- Travellers go Boracay in particular to enjoy what are considered to be some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – pure soft white sands more akin to icing sugar than a beach! Many resorts, spa and wellness centres now welcome travellers. Cebu- The island has the perfect blend for a stay combining a beach holiday, eco-tourism and history. Cebu old town still has numerous historical buildings and churches while Mactan is the place for the city's most luxurious resorts. Davao- The southern Island of Mindanao is an eco-tourism paradise with possibilities for diving, snorkelling, and visits to lagoons and spectacular waterfalls. Puerto Princesa- Diving, relaxation on the beach and the discovery of one of the world's longest underground rivers in a cave. Puerto Princesa is all about a holiday in nature. Vigan- A Spanish dream town with its palaces, cobble-stoned streets, Spanish mansions and baroque churches. Taking a calesa, a horse-drawn carriage, around the town is like a trip back in time. Around Vigan are many beautiful churches such as the magnificent St Augustin Church in Paoay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visa- Standard tourist visas are issued on arrival and allow a maximum stay of 21 days.

Singapore

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Singapore - A world class city, a centre for business, finance and trade, a sea and air transport hub and a great tourist destination with hundreds of attractions ranging from art museums to gardens to theme parks. Attractions Orchard Road- Futuristic shopping malls, flagship designer stores and a

packed calendar of promotions, launches and lifestyle events - welcome to Orchard Road, Singapore's shopping mecca. Marina Bay- Heart of Singapore's arts and entertainment sector - the island's “West End.” After taking in a show at one of two major theatres, visitors can be wowed by a ride on the Singapore Flyer or a stroll through the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. Sentosa Harbourfront- An island getaway minutes away from Singapore, the pristine white beaches, sprawling golf courses and exclusive spas make this an adult's playground. Cultural Precincts- Singapore's ethnic enclaves, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and Joo Chiat, are home to rich customs and traditions and offer the intrepid explorer a feast of new experiences. Witness an intoxicating mix of commerce and culture as heritage brands, merchant stores, temples and mosques vie for space with new businesses such as designer outlets, boutique hotels, bars and cafes. Singapore River- Wine, dines, and club by the riverside at any one of the trio of quays along the Singapore River. Robertson Quay is an entertainment enclave with bars, performing arts houses and art galleries. Visa- A valid passport or international travel document is required for all visitors. Thailand - Thailand is one of the

landscapes ranging from the gardens. Hua Hin- is a charming seaside resort city, which managed to retain the charm of its old town and a nostalgic feeling. To best appreciate it, visitors should arrive by train. Hua Hin offers not only magnificent golf courses, pristine beach areas but also many historical sightseeings. Pattaya- Entertainment is the word that probably describes Pattaya best. From theme parks to a panoramic views from the Pattaya Park Tower with its revolving restaurant, from all kind of water sports to just relaxing on one of Pattaya's beaches, there is no way to become bored in this dynamic city Phuket- Phuket is famed for its beautiful beaches, its luxurious and elegant resorts and its night life. But contrary to many other resort destinations in Thailand, the island also has a very rich and colourful history. Samui- With its myriad of luxury boutique hotels, spas and a vibrant night life, Samui has turned into a favourite among tourists looking for a beach holiday. Visa- Thailand offers visa on arrival with one month validity of the passport for Indian visitors.

Vietnam

Thailand

most popular destinations for visitors to Asia. It has first class gastronomy, fantastic shopping opportunities, beautiful landscapes and many historical sites. Attractions Bangkok-Thailand's capital is one of ASEAN's most exciting cities, offering a wealth of experiences in history, culture, gastronomy and entertainment. Evenings offer a paradise of delicious street food, high-end restaurants, night markets, concerts, shows, bars and nightclubs. This is truly a 24hour non-stop metropolis! Chiang Mai- The gracious art of living practiced by the Lanna people has turned Chiang Mai into an attractive tourist destination. A vibrant night life is centred on the city's night market and in the numerous welcoming pubs. Chiang Rai- Chiang Rai is all about the pleasures of discovering the simple lifestyle of the people of the northern. The city's surroundings offer spectacular

With the rapid development of tourism, Viet Nam now offers fine infrastructure at major destinations including luxury hotels, good airports and reliable road networks. Attractions Ha Long Bay- Beautiful scenery, mysterious caves, deep jungles along the coast, small islets with beaches, all make Ha Long Bay a spectacular destination for a holiday re meeting. Ha Noi- The Temple of Literature and the Opera House – both epitomize the best of Ha Noi. The city is a hub for art and literature, preserving with success its Asian essence. Sightseeing is best undertaken on a bicycle or by pedicab or motorcycle taxi. Da Nang/Hoi An- Da Nang is turning its eye to the future, building a skyline of glitzy towers and shopping facilities along its riverfront. Spectacular bridges, new malls and beautiful resorts are reshaping the image of Da Nang City, while a few colonial style buildings. Ho Chi Minh City- During the day visitors will enjoy sightseeing in the old city centre, where some of the grand structures from the French period have been preserved, including the General Post Office, the Municipal Theatre and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Visa- Vietnam has visa on arrival for Indians, provided online approval.

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MICE MOVEMENT TCEB Concludes 3 City Roadshows

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) recently held their annual B2B roadshow in Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Corporate Networking in Mumbai, bringing to India a delegation comprising travel partners and stakeholders from hotels, attractions and DMCs, led by Nooch Homrossukhon, Acting Director, Meetings Industry Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. The delegation has 29 companies which

included representative from Thailand's finest Hotels, DMC's, Convention Center's, and Attractions to showcase their MICE offerings. Over 800 buyers in Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai attended the roadshows making it a very successful mission. The Roadshows was organized in partnership with Team Thailand naming Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways and Royal Thai Embassy.

VKONECT MICE 2015: A boon for MICE travelers Over 30 Indian travel and hospitality companies participated in VKonect MICE. The two-day event, held at the Holiday Inn, Aerocity, New Delhi, included a networking session between corporate buyers and exhibitors on day one. Vkonect focused on business interaction for MICE. Leading B 2 B suppliers represent a diverse selection of segments;

interact with premium, stringently selected corporate hosted buyers with a range of offerings relevant to the exhibitor’s niche. A closed door, sanitized, business meetings e nv i ro n m e n t l e a d s t o fo c u s e d engagement, which in turn has the quickest conversion potential. Mr. Vineet Gopal, Director, Vkonect said, “Vkonect MICE is an exclusive platform that offers interaction, highest business closures, a robust value for money experience and a sturdy ROI.” Ms. Punam Singh, Promoter and Director of Vkonect Events said,

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“Vkonect events is a thought process, honed over years after attending industry events globally, Leisure, MICE, Luxury, Weddings, Wellness and Spa Tourism came in all forms but MICE was the most inclusive, demanding and

profitable. Vkonect MICE marries both corporate and trade requirements, keeping them separate, purely for ease and comfort of communication and meetings formats.” The industry partners who participated in the event includes: Tourism boards of France, Germany, Canada, Munich, Philippines, Reunion Island, Singapore, and Oman. Other partners includes: Lavasa, Hello Tourism (Turkey), Shanti Maurice- A Nira Resort, C&C Alpha Group, GRT Hotels, R a d i s s o n B l u – Te m p l e B a y Mamallapuram, Holiday Inn, Fanatic Sports, Zuri Hotels & Resorts, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Sahara Star, Aamby Valley, Premier Hotels of Asia, Meritus Hotels & Resorts, Marriot International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Anantara – Minor Hotels, ITC Hotels and Via Rail Canada.

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MEET TAIWAN Roadshows In Major Southeast Asian Cities MEET TAIWAN conducted roadshows in B a n g ko k , Thailand (27 July), Kuala L u m p u r , Malaysia (29 July) and Singapore (31 July) with the purpose of raising their level of engagement, support and networks with MICE planners, buyers and business elites in these key cities. MEET TAIWAN in partner with TTG Events organised the roadshows which feature Taiwan's MICE delegates,

i n c l u d i n g A B LY Conference and Exhibition Co., China Airlines, K u c h i n g Tr a v e l Service (Taiwan), MSL Group and Taiwan Tour Travel, aim to inspire attendees to choose Taiwan for their next MICE event. From presentations to table-top showcases, lucky draws and networking activities that facilitate business discussions, MEET TAIWAN believes the roadshow programme will effectively convey Taiwan's appeal as a MICE destination.

Viet Nam Prepares for Dynamic Tourism Growth Viet Nam’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister, Honourable HE Hoàng Tuan Anh, speaks candidly about his country’s Tourism Master Plan 2020 and Vision 2030, the growing driver markets of India. Your plans for 2015 i n c l u d e a n aggressive focus on Indian market. Will the country be perceived growth driver markets for the future? India, is identified as one of Vietnam’s biggest potential markets which shall lead the high growth in the future. In 2015, Vietnam Tourism has run many promotional activities for this market such as organising an Indian FAM trip to Viet Nam, a Bollywood film shooting group, and participating in the GES Trade and Services Exhibition and International Travel Mart PATA in India. The latest Skyscanner poll includes Da Nang City as one of the top low-cost destinations for 2015. What are you doing to facilitate this in terms of infrastructure and facilities? Da Nang is emerging as one of the most attractive destinations in Viet Nam. The city has many policies of facilitating the infrastructure and facilities for tourism development related to investment attraction in Son Tra, Hai Van and Lang Van tourism complex; implementing high-end resort building projects; establishing the cooperation mechanism between the public and the private sector; identifying responsibilities among stakeholders; supporting an enterprises’ campaign of new tourism product development and diversifying tourism accommodation and services to meet all demands. What are your strategies regarding MICE? MICE is one of Viet Nam’s priority tourism products to develop, as mentioned in the Vietnam Tourism Development Plan to 2020, and Vision to 2030, as well as Vietnam Tourism Marketing Strategy to 2020. In order to develop this product, all the big hotels are equipped with infrastructure and facilities for MICE service, especially in

the main cities such as Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, while reinforcing marketing activities and cooperation with regional countries in attracting more MICE arrivals to Viet Nam. What are the new tourism projects for Viet Nam? Vietnam has been strengthening investment attraction into tourism development with a variety of projects related to infrastructures, facilities, human resources and sustainable tourism, with co-operation between the public and private sectors. Beside the on-going projects such as M e k o n g S u b - r e g i o n To u r i s m Development Project funded by ADB Bank, the Environmentally and Socially R e s p o n s i b l e To u r i s m C a p a c i t y Development Programme funded by the European Union for the time being, other concerned projects include: A green, smart city in Da Nang; the European Village and Coastal Luxury Resort Sun Villas, Dai Duong Park Complex in Quang Ninh and a building telpher from Sa Pa to Fansipan Peak in Lao Cai. All projects are strictly oriented to sustainability development and community benefits. It is great that Viet Nam recognises the current visa rules are hampering and restrictive and is taking action to redress this. Will more countries be added to the visa exemption list, following the recommendations from tourism officials? The Viet Nam government has perceived the important role of visa policies in attracting more international tourists to Viet Nam. Until now, Viet Nam has implemented the unilateral visa exemption for 13 countries including: Russia, Belarus, Japan, Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Germany, France, UK, Italy and Spain and has implemented the lateral visa exemption for all ASEAN countries. It has also applied a visa exemption for international tourists to Phu Quoc Island for a period of 30 days. In the future, Viet Nam Tourism shall continue to recommend other countries to the government to be considered in the list of visa exemption countries.

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ASEAN Countries

For A Short Trip or an Unplanned Vacation The rest ASEAN countries as destination continuation of the May-June edition.

Malaysia

Malaysia is now one of the most developed nations in Southeast Asia. It projects the image of a multi-cultural country with a myriad of ethnic groups living in harmony and a paradise for nature lovers. Most of Malaysia is still covered by well-preserved rainforests while the extensive coast offers beautiful sandy beaches on which to relax. Attractions Kuala Lumpur- Kuala Lumpur, the economic capital of the country. The city is impressive with its skyline of glitzy buildings standing next to beautiful colonial mansions. It is reflected in its numerous museums and in its very active arts scene. Shopping is one of Kuala Lumpur's strong points. In the city's so-called “Golden Triangle” dozens of shopping centres and malls offer anything from luxury goods to small gadgets. Penang - It has been one of the world's true melting pots ever since. The prosperity of Penang Port attracted people from all over the world. Melaka- One of the first European settlements in Southeast Asia, Melaka – or Malacca. It has managed to retain the old world charm of a small provincial city. It has all from the hill, the old town is a wonderful kaleidoscope of colours and smells with old Chinese temples, minuscule shops, and old style cafes and restaurants. Kota Kinabalu- The capital city of Sabah is a pleasant destination with its large boulevards, its waterfront restaurants and shops. It is a popular place for tourists to buy cultured pearls and local handicrafts. Kuching- The waterfront fe a t u r e s a t t r a c t i v e gardens with small coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. Kuching is best discovered over time. The city is increasingly turning into an alternative cultural hub with youngsters meeting in some of the central districts to play music or create art pieces. Visa- Visitors must be in possession of a current passport or other internationally recognized travel document.

Philippines

Philippines is a tropical maritime paradise with an incredible number of pristine beaches and diving sites still to be discovered. Attractions Manil - Life is intense in Manila where visitors will find an unmatched choice of restaurants, entertainment venues, good hotels, large shopping malls and cultural attractions. Boracay- Travellers go Boracay in particular to enjoy what are considered to be some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – pure soft white sands more akin to icing sugar than a beach! Many resorts, spa and wellness centres now welcome travellers. Cebu- The island has the perfect blend for a stay combining a beach holiday, eco-tourism and history. Cebu old town still has numerous historical buildings and churches while Mactan is the place for the city's most luxurious resorts. Davao- The southern Island of Mindanao is an eco-tourism paradise with possibilities for diving, snorkelling, and visits to lagoons and spectacular waterfalls. Puerto Princesa- Diving, relaxation on the beach and the discovery of one of the world's longest underground rivers in a cave. Puerto Princesa is all about a holiday in nature. Vigan- A Spanish dream town with its palaces, cobble-stoned streets, Spanish mansions and baroque churches. Taking a calesa, a horse-drawn carriage, around the town is like a trip back in time. Around Vigan are many beautiful churches such as the magnificent St Augustin Church in Paoay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visa- Standard tourist visas are issued on arrival and allow a maximum stay of 21 days.

Singapore

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Singapore - A world class city, a centre for business, finance and trade, a sea and air transport hub and a great tourist destination with hundreds of attractions ranging from art museums to gardens to theme parks. Attractions Orchard Road- Futuristic shopping malls, flagship designer stores and a

packed calendar of promotions, launches and lifestyle events - welcome to Orchard Road, Singapore's shopping mecca. Marina Bay- Heart of Singapore's arts and entertainment sector - the island's “West End.” After taking in a show at one of two major theatres, visitors can be wowed by a ride on the Singapore Flyer or a stroll through the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. Sentosa Harbourfront- An island getaway minutes away from Singapore, the pristine white beaches, sprawling golf courses and exclusive spas make this an adult's playground. Cultural Precincts- Singapore's ethnic enclaves, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and Joo Chiat, are home to rich customs and traditions and offer the intrepid explorer a feast of new experiences. Witness an intoxicating mix of commerce and culture as heritage brands, merchant stores, temples and mosques vie for space with new businesses such as designer outlets, boutique hotels, bars and cafes. Singapore River- Wine, dines, and club by the riverside at any one of the trio of quays along the Singapore River. Robertson Quay is an entertainment enclave with bars, performing arts houses and art galleries. Visa- A valid passport or international travel document is required for all visitors. Thailand - Thailand is one of the

landscapes ranging from the gardens. Hua Hin- is a charming seaside resort city, which managed to retain the charm of its old town and a nostalgic feeling. To best appreciate it, visitors should arrive by train. Hua Hin offers not only magnificent golf courses, pristine beach areas but also many historical sightseeings. Pattaya- Entertainment is the word that probably describes Pattaya best. From theme parks to a panoramic views from the Pattaya Park Tower with its revolving restaurant, from all kind of water sports to just relaxing on one of Pattaya's beaches, there is no way to become bored in this dynamic city Phuket- Phuket is famed for its beautiful beaches, its luxurious and elegant resorts and its night life. But contrary to many other resort destinations in Thailand, the island also has a very rich and colourful history. Samui- With its myriad of luxury boutique hotels, spas and a vibrant night life, Samui has turned into a favourite among tourists looking for a beach holiday. Visa- Thailand offers visa on arrival with one month validity of the passport for Indian visitors.

Vietnam

Thailand

most popular destinations for visitors to Asia. It has first class gastronomy, fantastic shopping opportunities, beautiful landscapes and many historical sites. Attractions Bangkok-Thailand's capital is one of ASEAN's most exciting cities, offering a wealth of experiences in history, culture, gastronomy and entertainment. Evenings offer a paradise of delicious street food, high-end restaurants, night markets, concerts, shows, bars and nightclubs. This is truly a 24hour non-stop metropolis! Chiang Mai- The gracious art of living practiced by the Lanna people has turned Chiang Mai into an attractive tourist destination. A vibrant night life is centred on the city's night market and in the numerous welcoming pubs. Chiang Rai- Chiang Rai is all about the pleasures of discovering the simple lifestyle of the people of the northern. The city's surroundings offer spectacular

With the rapid development of tourism, Viet Nam now offers fine infrastructure at major destinations including luxury hotels, good airports and reliable road networks. Attractions Ha Long Bay- Beautiful scenery, mysterious caves, deep jungles along the coast, small islets with beaches, all make Ha Long Bay a spectacular destination for a holiday re meeting. Ha Noi- The Temple of Literature and the Opera House – both epitomize the best of Ha Noi. The city is a hub for art and literature, preserving with success its Asian essence. Sightseeing is best undertaken on a bicycle or by pedicab or motorcycle taxi. Da Nang/Hoi An- Da Nang is turning its eye to the future, building a skyline of glitzy towers and shopping facilities along its riverfront. Spectacular bridges, new malls and beautiful resorts are reshaping the image of Da Nang City, while a few colonial style buildings. Ho Chi Minh City- During the day visitors will enjoy sightseeing in the old city centre, where some of the grand structures from the French period have been preserved, including the General Post Office, the Municipal Theatre and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Visa- Vietnam has visa on arrival for Indians, provided online approval.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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DOT, Philippines Conducts Multi-City Roadshow D e p a r t m e n t o f To u r i s m , Philippines recently concluded its 4-city roadshow for trade partners based in Nagpur, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Delhi on July 30, August 3, 5 and 7, 2 0 1 5 , r e s p e c t i v e l y. T h e aggressive marketing drive was to promote Philippines’ existing and new tourism product offerings. T h e d e s t i n a t i o n t ra i n i n g roadshow saw participation of over 300 key travel and tour operators, MICE and up-market leisure operators. The roadshows included interactive B2B sessions, education programs and workshops to aid trade members in planning itineraries and customer

queries in these cities. Speaking about the training program, M r. S a n J e et , To u r i s m Atta c h é ,

Philippines said, “As a part of 2015 marketing strategy to boost the overall number of Indian travellers, conducting

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multi-city B2B workshops and education programs was important. Tier-II cities are important markets for Philippines as they promise a growing trend of people with the i n c l i n a t i o n to ex p l o re n e w international holiday destinations. Thus, through these B2B workshops, we intend interacting with a significantly higher number of travel agents, tour operators and even wedding planners”. To emphasize and educate the trade partners, the Philippines Specialist Program (PSP), builds on the theme of “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” to help travel agents understand and therefore, promote Philippines as an ideal tourist destination.

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The Department of Tourism, Philippines (DOT) conducted a FAM Trip for Indian travel agents; it started from 22 to 29 June, 2015. The FAM Trip was conducted in association with the Malaysian Airlines which had eight travel agents from the cities Mumbai, Indore and Nagpur. The trip gave the trade partners an opportunity to experience varied tourist attractions in Manila, Palawan, Cebu, Boracay and Bohol. Philippines is all set to become the ultimate destination for Indian travellers in 2015 with the ongoing campaign of Department of Tourism, Philippines ‘Visit the Philippines Year 2015’. The trip was a part of DOT’s promotional activities to help boost Indian arrivals to the Philippines. The DOT, Philippines were overwhelmed from the response of the agents. The trip showcased the uniqueness of the Philippines to the participants besides educating them about the Filipino culture, entertainment and events that these destinations offer throughout the year. This is what the travel agents have to say: Mr. Arjun Chaubal, Manager BD Kesari MICE, Pune “The Philippines definitely surprised me. It has so much more to offer than expected. The Familiarisation trip was very well organised and a big thanks to DOT and Malaysian airlines for covering all the major places in the limited time that we had. The Philippines is sure to get a big boost from the Indian market in the near future. We are looking forward to selling this wonderful and marvellous destination.” Mr. Vivek Sharma, Director Uniglobe Pawansut, Nagpur - “Philippines can be best described as WOW. It may be beaches, adventure sports, nightlife or even shopping.” Mr. T K Jose, Director Jose Travels, Indore - “Thanks to Philippines Tourism Marketing office, India, Manila and Malaysian airlines for beautiful arrangements all the hospitality shown to us.”

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DOT, Philippines Conducts Multi-City Roadshow D e p a r t m e n t o f To u r i s m , Philippines recently concluded its 4-city roadshow for trade partners based in Nagpur, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Delhi on July 30, August 3, 5 and 7, 2 0 1 5 , r e s p e c t i v e l y. T h e aggressive marketing drive was to promote Philippines’ existing and new tourism product offerings. T h e d e s t i n a t i o n t ra i n i n g roadshow saw participation of over 300 key travel and tour operators, MICE and up-market leisure operators. The roadshows included interactive B2B sessions, education programs and workshops to aid trade members in planning itineraries and customer

queries in these cities. Speaking about the training program, M r. S a n J e et , To u r i s m Atta c h é ,

Philippines said, “As a part of 2015 marketing strategy to boost the overall number of Indian travellers, conducting

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multi-city B2B workshops and education programs was important. Tier-II cities are important markets for Philippines as they promise a growing trend of people with the i n c l i n a t i o n to ex p l o re n e w international holiday destinations. Thus, through these B2B workshops, we intend interacting with a significantly higher number of travel agents, tour operators and even wedding planners”. To emphasize and educate the trade partners, the Philippines Specialist Program (PSP), builds on the theme of “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” to help travel agents understand and therefore, promote Philippines as an ideal tourist destination.

www.longdriveholiday.com Contact - LONG DRIVE HOLIDAY (Kolkata) Ph: +91-33-2414-0201 / 6416-6649 Mobile: 91-98312-11785 / 98302-00785 E-Mail: longdriveholiday@gmail.com longdriveholiday@yahoo.com

ATD is a representation company representing inbound DMC FROM 12 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. For best deals & offers from our DMC’s CONTACT OUR SALES TEAM

JAI : +91 9971599036 MAYUR : +91 9769232856 info@atdindia.com | www.atdindia.com

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Philippines Hosts FAM Trip for Indian Agents

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The Department of Tourism, Philippines (DOT) conducted a FAM Trip for Indian travel agents; it started from 22 to 29 June, 2015. The FAM Trip was conducted in association with the Malaysian Airlines which had eight travel agents from the cities Mumbai, Indore and Nagpur. The trip gave the trade partners an opportunity to experience varied tourist attractions in Manila, Palawan, Cebu, Boracay and Bohol. Philippines is all set to become the ultimate destination for Indian travellers in 2015 with the ongoing campaign of Department of Tourism, Philippines ‘Visit the Philippines Year 2015’. The trip was a part of DOT’s promotional activities to help boost Indian arrivals to the Philippines. The DOT, Philippines were overwhelmed from the response of the agents. The trip showcased the uniqueness of the Philippines to the participants besides educating them about the Filipino culture, entertainment and events that these destinations offer throughout the year. This is what the travel agents have to say: Mr. Arjun Chaubal, Manager BD Kesari MICE, Pune “The Philippines definitely surprised me. It has so much more to offer than expected. The Familiarisation trip was very well organised and a big thanks to DOT and Malaysian airlines for covering all the major places in the limited time that we had. The Philippines is sure to get a big boost from the Indian market in the near future. We are looking forward to selling this wonderful and marvellous destination.” Mr. Vivek Sharma, Director Uniglobe Pawansut, Nagpur - “Philippines can be best described as WOW. It may be beaches, adventure sports, nightlife or even shopping.” Mr. T K Jose, Director Jose Travels, Indore - “Thanks to Philippines Tourism Marketing office, India, Manila and Malaysian airlines for beautiful arrangements all the hospitality shown to us.”

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