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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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Caper draws spotlight on niche program

The travel company will focus on unique segments such as women-only, differently abled and mature groups this year as well as introduce newer experiences and destinations, informs Bharat Bhushan Atree, Managing Director, Caper Travels. Caper Travels has constantly been reinventing their products to better suit the evolving clients and to …

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Product diversification: Need of the hour?

While industry stakeholders believe that niche tourism products will increase foreign tourist arrivals to India, a section feels that it is necessary to reinvent and strengthen the existing offerings rather than venturing into too much diversification and losing focus. Jatinder S. Taneja, Hon. Secretary, PATA India Chapter Infrastructure is the …

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Where’s the MICE & leisure crowd headed?

TravTalk asks a few select travel agents in Mumbai who conduct outbound tours about some of the new and exciting destinations that their clients are asking about for leisure and MICE. Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel Some of the top destinations of 2017 are likely to be Croatia, Vietnam, …

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Budget ensues mixed response from trade

The Union Budget, announced on February 1, 2017, disappointed many in the trade, while others lauded the Ministry of Finance for creating avenues for employment and investment in the industry. Here’s what the stakeholders from various verticals have to say P. P. Khanna, President, ADTOI The Union Budget didn’t directly …

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Morocco catches India’s fancy

In 2017, Tourism Enterprises is planning to add more DMCs to its network and offer Indian outbound tour operators a variety of newer destinations. Tourism Enterprises connects Indian outbound tour operators to its vast network of destination management companies. The company has witnessed two successful years and is looking forward …

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SOTC gears up for a busy summer

While MICE was the strongest segment last year, Amod Thatte, Head Products and Innovation – Outbound division, SOTC, sums up 2016’s highs and lows and reveals plans for the coming season. The year 2016 was problematic for outbound travel. First, there were terror attacks in Europe, and then the rate …

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