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MMT scouts for more hotels

Having identified hotels and international airlines as big growth areas for itself, MakeMyTrip is scouting for more acquisitions after Goibibo. Deep Kalra, Founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip, speaks to TRAVTALK about the growth areas for the company. HAZEL JAIN After the recent merger with rival online travel agent Goibibo, MakeMyTrip …

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Trade gives a thumbs-up to Shandong

Select agents from India were taken on a Fam recently by Shandong Airlines to experience the Chinese province. While all of them appreciated the friendly service, language barrier and food remained an issue for many. NISHA VERMA Anil Kalsi, Managing Partner, Ambe World Travels Shandong, for Chinese nationals, is a …

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C&K plans 300 franchises in 2 years

Extremely satisfied with the way its franchisee model is working in India, Group CEO, Peter Kerkar, says that Cox & Kings (C&K) now plans to expand this model to 300 more outlets in the country. HAZEL JAIN Q) How is the franchise model working for Cox & Kings? We chose …

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Sun, sea & sand beckon Indian tourists

Come summer or winter, Indian travellers are seaward bound. Travel industry experts throw light on which beach spots are doing well with discerning Indian travellers as they love discovering new destinations. Siddharth Jain, Director, Click2Travel.in and Sapphire Ventures Indians love beaches and have been frequenting destinations like Maldives, Sri Lanka, …

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The good, bad & ugly of GST

The GST Council finalised the tax rates of services under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) recently and the tax system will be effective from July 1. With five per cent rate for tours and 28 per cent for luxury hotels, travel trade professionals are trying to comprehend how business …

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Ancillary, the way forward

In an effort to stay relevant in the industry, Manoj Samuel, Director, Riya Travels, is providing ancillary services to clients apart from ticketing. Being in the travel industry for four decades, Riya Travels is an established name. Manoj Samuel, says, “We have created a bond with our clients, who trust …

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Minar enters luxury & MICE segments

In its 25th year of operation, Minar Travels’ Managing Director H.S. Duggal is optimistic about the company’s new MICE and luxury division ELBON and Vilasa, respectively, and says they are focusing on Asia this year. Minar Travels has carved a niche for itself in the Indian tourism industry over the …

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GST dashes hopes of tourism industry

Deliberating on the recently announced GST rates for tourism and hospitality industry, Bharat Bhushan Atree, Managing Director, Caper Travel Company, believes that rather than making India a more competitive tourist destination, we have in effect become the most expensive in the world. Bharat Bhushan Atree, Managing Director, Caper Travel Company …

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B2B forex platform for agents

BuyForexOnline has launched a new B2B forex platform. The Total Agent Module (TAM) allows them to place forex and remittance orders for their clients. HAZEL JAIN A new platform launched by Bengaluru-based BuyForexOnline is targeted purely at travel agents that will enable them to place forex and remittance orders for …

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Student of the Year: Platform for talent

The contest organised by InterGlobe Technology Quotient aims to provide a much-needed kickstart to careers of travel and tourism students who have the potential to evolve into the leaders of tomorrow. InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ) is synonymous with the global distribution system (GDS) in India and has powered numerous clients …

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