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Connectivity to fuel arrivals for Holland

With a target of 16 per cent growth in 2017, Carola Muller – van Rijn, Global Travel Trade Manager, NBTC Holland Marketing, is hopeful that the new connection of Jet Airways from Bengaluru to Amsterdam is only going to fuel this growth. NISHA VERMA Q What kind of growth have …

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Marriages made in outbound heaven

The wedding market is growing at an exponential rate, estimated to grow by at least 20-25 per cent in the next 2-3 years. Indians are now travelling far and wide to celebrate their special day. Tourism industry players and wedding planners reveal the changing trends and popular destinations for this …

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B for budget & BOHO

Travel Boutique Online (TBO) along with Boho Hospitality launched its first budget hotel – Tatsa by BOHO – in Rishikesh and the next hotel will be launched in a few months in Delhi. This new chain of budget hotels aims to serve the millennials and provide them with a comfortable, …

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Lufthansa wings to start-ups

Wolfgang Will, Senior Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, says the Indian market is very crucial. India’s growing economy and a booming aviation industry has made them launch their latest aircraft in the country and the airline is also propelling various start-ups here. NKHIL ANAND & NISHA VERMA Q Please tell …

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No clarity despite GST session

The educational workshop organised by TAAI with officials from the CBEC failed to clear doubts of travel agents. Hopefully, the board will include feedback from the trade in its report to the Ministry of Finance. HAZEL JAIN After repeated requests from its members, the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) …

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MakeMyTrip logs in to Travelport

With this strategic partnership, MakeMyTrip and Travelport aim to strengthen domestic and international air bookings, besides enhancing the hotel front. InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ), the official distributor of Travelport in India, and MakeMyTrip have forged a strategic alliance that will allow the OTA access into Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform. Under …

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Ark’s next big ‘Dream’ bash in 2018

Ark Travels has announced that it plans to host a bigger ‘Big Bang Nautical Fiesta’ next year on Dream Cruises to thank its travel partners as well as showcase Asia’s biggest luxury ship yet. HAZEL JAIN FROM SINGAPORE Ark Travels, the preferred sales agent for Star Cruises in India, recently …

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Spotlight on Digital Influencers

Scheduled to take place on Day 1 of WTM London 2017, Digital Influencers’ Speed Networking 2017 will be the biggest one yet, with an increased focus on YouTubers and Instagrammers. This year’s Digital Influencers’ Speed Networking will be the biggest yet, with 120 digital influencers taking part, and an increased …

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Iris Reps keen on aggressive expansion

Having completed five years this June, Iris Reps has grown its client portfolio over the years with a recent addition of five new clients. Mumbai-based Iris Reps India has completed its five-year milestone this June 2017 but it is not resting on its laurels. “This is just the beginning and …

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Saying ‘I do’ with Marriott in style

Marriott has launched a new programme called ‘Shaadi by Marriott’ to tap the growing Indian wedding segment. Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President–South Asia, Marriott International, elaborates on how the group’s innovative concepts and partnerships help them ace the wedding market. ANUPRIYA BISHNOI Q How is Marriott involved in the wedding …

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