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India perfect to tie the knot

FICCI’s maiden Wedding Tourism Summit was held from May 25-26 in New Delhi. State governments and private stakeholders in attendance discussed opportunities in order to leverage India as a wedding destination. The first FICCI Wedding Tourism Summit witnessed as many as 30 exhibitors, including all major hotel chains in India, …

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Skål Kolkata turns host

The Kolkata wing will host the Skål National Congress 2018 and during this event they expect an attendance of 600-750 Skålleagues in the City of Joy. AHANA GURUNG Skål International Kolkata has been actively organising meetings during the past month in an effort to promote friendship and business among the …

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‘Taxing’ time for associations

The trade is shocked that airlines continue to charge Air Passenger Duty (APD) that had been abolished from March 1, 2016. TAAI and TAFI are now asking airlines for a refund. HAZEL JAIN The British Parliament had abolished Air Passenger Duty (APD) Tax for young adults of 12-15 years of …

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Skål gears up for elections

Arun Raghavan, Secretary for Asian Area at Skål International, will contest for another term at the annual Congress and General Assembly from May 12-15. The upcoming 46th Skål Asian Area Annual Congress and General Assembly that will be held at the Gulf Hotel in Bahrain from May 12 to 15 …

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Houseful show at Turkey EduCon

Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) conducted its EduCon in Turkey from May 3-7 to familiarise its members with newer regions in Turkey. The association plans to conduct three more EduCons abroad this year ANKITA SAXENA from TURKEY As many as 45 travel agents participated in the familiarisation trip …

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Skål Delhi’s Exec Committee

With a new team in place, the new core members of Skål Delhi chapter plan to add more value to the club by hosting expert speakers and team-building activities. Skål Delhi’s newly elected Executive Committee for the term 2017-2019 recently held their first meeting of the term on April 19 …

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AI agrees on additional 2% commission

TAAI’s meeting with Air India has yielded positive results for the IATA agents as the national carrier agrees to file additional commission of 2 per cent apart from the normal commission of 1 per cent. Air India has led the way towards increasing agents’ livelihood and recognising one of their …

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Digital edge for partners

Riyaz U.C., MD, SpiceLand Holidays, says combining Kerala and Sri Lanka in packages and offering digital convenience to trade partners is key for growth. SpiceLand Holidays is one of the largest DMCs in Kerala and have presence in Sri Lanka as well. In fact, in an innovative strategy, the company …

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India fastest growing among G20 countries

David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), who was on a quick trip to India amidst a busy travel schedule, shares findings from the latest WTTC Economic Impact Report with TRAVTALK. We bring you some excerpts from the interview: AHANA GURUNG On the backdrop of several …

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Road tax hike irks IATO

Representatives of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will be meeting Haryana’s Chief Minister to bring relief to its members and tourists NISHA VERMA The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) organised a luncheon meeting for its members, where its President Pronab Sarkar expressed his happiness on having the …

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