In-the-Issue

Kerala rises from ashes

The tourism and hospitality industry in Kerala hopes to get back to normal from the beginning of September, especially with airport, roads and hotels reopening soon. TT Bureau After the severe floods in Kerala, the tourism industry is geared to be back in business by September 1, 2018, says Sejoe …

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South Africa in all its glory

About 175 delegates marked their presence at the recently-concluded four-day OTOAI Annual Convention held in Cape Town. OTOAI has held its past conventions in Manila, Bali and Ras Al Khaimah. Kanchan Nath from Cape Town The year 2018 holds special relevance to South Africa as it marks the centenary of …

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Incredibly new departures

Sans Incredible Vacations has introduced two new fixed departures – possibly being offered for the first time – a 19-day Diwali package in the USA and a 12-day Christmas holiday in New York with a New Year in Las Vegas. A special Diwali offering to the Canadian Rockies is also …

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Insuring travel well

Business trips abroad are always exciting, especially if it’s a dream destination. But, there are times when such dreams turn into nightmares, despite the prepared plans. TT Bureau Rajesh Chikkon, a seasoned travel industry executive, well-acquainted with the importance of travel assistance and insurance, opted for an adventure sports add-on …

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BIAL high on tech

Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, BIAL, talks about long-term expansion plans at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru. Manas Dwivedi As the operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is constantly innovating and reinventing itself to provide best possible experiences to travellers. Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, BIAL, …

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Stay updated even on air

Thai Airways has introduced Live TV and Wi-Fi on selected flights to help travellers remain abreast of the latest news and developments while on board. The airline also has high hopes from the Indian market. Karishma Khanna from Bangkok The new Live TV on board is only available in some …

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Expanding India portfolio

Having made a comeback in India after eight years with a Delhi-Rome flight last year, Alitalia is now planning expansion in India, reveals the airline’s global team in an exclusive interaction with TravTalk. Nisha Verma India is a growing aviation market and is thus a great opportunity for Alitalia, said …

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Australia’s growth story

Brent Anderson, Regional GM—South & South East Asia, Tourism Australia and Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager—India & Gulf, Tourism Australia, discuss the unprecedented growth of tourist arrivals from India to Australia. Anupriya Bishnoi from Jaipur The 16th edition of the recently-concluded Tourism Australia’s ‘India Travel Mission 2018’ (ITM 2018) in Jaipur, …

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Rail Expert from October 1

The Rail Expert programme that has been in the making for some time now will finally go live from October 1, 2018. Kunal Kothari, Regional Manager—South Asia, Rail Europe (RE), shares more details. TT Bureau Q. Tell us about the new Expert Programme that RE is looking to launch? The …

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Indonesia picks up speed

Despite natural disasters, the Indian market has shown stability in terms of its visitor arrivals to Indonesia. Anupriya Bishnoi The Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Indonesia (MoTRI) has recently promoted Indonesia in the India market through a Sales Mission. Nia Niscaya, Deputy Minister of Tourism Marketing, MoTRI, says, “MoTRI …

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