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Amadeus expands portfolio with hotel IT

The technology provider has diversified its offerings with its foray into hospitality and is aiding future investments through its latest white paper ‘Online Travel 2020’ The industry nears a new age of online travel with rapid evolution and innovation taking place in every sector. Newer business models have come into …

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Curated tours for senior citizens

Bucket My List brings experiential options for travellers in the 50+ age group and plans to add more destinations and products in the near future. Bucket My List, an exclusive boutique travel company that caters to the 50+ age group travellers, believes in an experiential approach to holidays with emphasis …

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RezLive.com expands footprint in Africa

The online travel provider has appointed GSAs in Ghana and Kenya to increase their offerings for the continent. Rezlive.com, a product of Travel Designer Group, has further cemented its position in the African region with the appointment of African Origin Travels & Sports Tourism and Continental Travel Group as its …

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When business meets leisure

Bleisure, a portmanteau of business and leisure travel, is an increasingly popular trend catching up fast amongst business travellers. Tourism industry stakeholders elaborate on the dynamics and trends under this new emerging segment of travel. After completing business meetings or attending seminars, a phenomenon is being observed where travellers are …

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Indian travellers revel at global festivals

Whether it’s Oktoberfest in Munich, Dubai Shopping Festival, La Tomatina in Buñol (Spain), or Tomorrowland, Indian travellers are experiencing it all. While there is no exact number of Indians travelling abroad to be a part of this jamboree, the travel industry points out an increase in demand among Indians for …

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Preparing for the future of travel

The tourism and hospitality industry is changing at an exponential rate. The new products being added everyday and the ever-evolving technology has put travel agents at the precipice of evolution. Ashwini Kakkar, Past President, TAAI, outlines various changes in the industry and suggests the way forward. Aviation According to Kakkar, …

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Offbeat locales for experiential travel

The search for exclusive experiences has led travel-hungry Indians to unconventional destinations like Bulgaria, Prague, Croatia, Iceland, Kenya, Zambia etc., reveal travel connoisseurs. AHANA GURUNG Sushil Shamlal Wadhwa, Founder and CMD, Platinum World Group Among the emerging destinations, Russia is going to be a big player since there are innumerable …

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New service tax abatement hits travel trade hard

The recent abatement to service tax from 4.5 per cent to 9 per cent on tour operators has come as a big blow to the travel trade. While the CENVAT credit could be a boon for inbound operators, it might negatively impact the outbound business. Industry experts share their views …

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Tripvillas is agent friendly

In the holiday rental industry in India since 2013, Tripvillas is now actively looking for reputed travel agents to appoint as its General Selling Agents To push its two products –villas and homestays – in the Indian market, Tripvillas is looking to tap offline travel agents. Roshan D’Silva, CEO, Tripvillas, …

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Thailand MICE up by 89%

After recording great outbound numbers in 2016, TravelBullz is now focusing on offering ease of business to agents and their signature quality service Last year TravelBullz saw 70,000 travellers on their network. “Industry growth in Thailand from India is pegged at about 10-12 per cent and for Hong Kong it …

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