Pardeep Kumar

e-visa overhaul opens avenues in ’17

While last year was full of highs and lows for the travel industry, an optimistic Vinod Zutshi, Secretary-Tourism, Govt. of India, reveals that India Tourism’s double-digit growth surpassed the global tourism growth rate and chalks out plans to accelerate the progress in this year. AHANA GURUNG Q How has 2016 …

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A masterclass from TAAI to students

The association’s Western Region Chapter wants its members to interact with students as guest lecturers at two of the educational institutes it has tied up with. Knowledge shared, it says, is knowledge gained. HAZEL JAIN The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) Western Region Chapter is keen on making its …

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Skål Bombay wants to corporatise

Partha Chatterjee, President, Skål Club of Bombay, has been trying to make the club more professional and streamline it while expanding its membership base by including individuals and entities from allied industries as well. Ever since he took over the mantle in October 2016, Partha Chatterjee, President, Skål Club of …

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Dubai is now targeting MICE

Dubai Tourism office in India now has a separate team for Dubai Business Events, which would specifically work towards boosting MICE business from India. NISHA VERMA The first of its kind four-city roadshow for Dubai Business Events saw several stakeholders like DMCs and hotels showcasing their MICE offerings and products …

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Experience Swiss winters

Switzerland Tourism has launched its summer campaign for 2017. The winter campaign focuses on active holidays and adventure activities in Switzerland. With focus on the winter tourists, the winter campaign — ‘You can but you don’t have to’ — showcases multiple options like skiing, sledging and snowboarding for the active …

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Kazakhstan means business

Kazakhstan is out to woo the Indian MICE market and the travel trade as it recently showcased its products at an event in New Delhi in association with Global Air. Organisers of the event, VikasKhanduri, CEO, Holiday Merchants, said that they have been known as the Russian consolidators for a …

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High demand for 3-4 star hotels

Hotel Park Ocean, which began operations in mid-2016, focuses on brand awareness and expects to grow its market share in 2017 through travel partners. Sandeep Jain, Managing Director, Hotel Park Ocean, feels that the USP of the property is its pricing along with facilities such as meetings and banquet space, …

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Domestic market growth @15% in 2017

The year 2016 witnessed a surge in domestic tourism with increasing number of Indians opting for experiential holidays to unexplored domestic destinations. While Jammu and Kashmir saw a decline in tourist figures due to political unrest, the biggest gainers were Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Kerala. ANKITA SAXENA According …

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Refining the Indian palate

Reunion Island witnessed an approximate growth of 68 per cent in Indian tourist arrivals in 2016. The tourism board is taking up promotional activities such as Fam tours, training chefs and organising a food festival in Chennai. Reunion Island offers a wide range of breathtaking landscapes and abundant scenic beauty. …

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Tourism & AI on upward trajectory

With an aim to sensitise the travel trade and keep them abreast about the latest developments, PATA India Chapter hosted the 5th Update and Outlook Meeting with the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, and Air India on December 26, 2016, in New Delhi. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary-Tourism, Govt. of India …

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