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Rashmi Verma is the new Secretary, Tourism

Rashmi Verma (IAS), of 1982 batch from Bihar Cadre, has joined as the new Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Before this, Verma was serving as the Secretary in Ministry of Textiles. Not new to tourism, she has previously served as the Chairman & MD of Bihar Tourism Department …

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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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India’s show of strength @ WTM

As many as 42 exhibitors, including state and union territory tourism departments, tour operators, hoteliers, resort owners, Air India, IRCTC, ITDC, and other stakeholders were present at the India Stand at WTM London. Ask anyone who had visited the WTM London 2016 event about the standout feature of the event …

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Tier II on Thai Smile’s radar

Thai Smile Airways is exclusively focusing on Tier-II cities in India, which according to them has huge potential. Thai Smile Airways has introduced its new connections from Bangkok to a total of four Tier-II cities in India. While the Bangkok to Gaya and Varanasi route started operating on October 1, …

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Mega Maldives’ swift flight

Mega Maldives Airlines has forayed into India with its thrice a week flight between Delhi and Male, and aims to boost its presence through its GSA, the Bird Group. Announcing the new flight in Delhi, George Weinmann, CEO, Mega Maldives Airlines, said, “We are really excited that the ticket sales …

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Charters need infrastructure thrust

For Santosh Kumar Sharma, Director, Foresee Aviation, the Indian charter industry is looking up and it could reach greater heights with better infrastructure and smooth procedures. The entire world is looking at India as an emerging economy. However, the policies and the infrastructure must be in place, says Sharma. “There …

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Gearing up for webinar marathon

Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) has its kitty full with visa trainings, webinars, roadshows, a Turkey Education Tour, lobbying for GST rebate and focusing on regional chapters. OTOAI President Guldeep Singh Sahni reveals, “We are making our regional chapters active. We want our chapter members to be active …

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Thomas Cook’s summit to scale the peak

The tour operator’s first shot at initiating a serious discussion managed to do just that. It focused on three pertinent issues: visas for Indians, outbound from India, and inbound tourism. Thomas Cook India Limited’s maiden edition of ‘India Travel Summit: Facilitating Travel in Turbulent Times’ was recently held in Mumbai. …

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