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South Africa awaits 100,000 Indians in 2017

South African Tourism hopes that the ranking of India will raise higher from the 8th spot, with its annual mega training event aptly titled ‘Learn South Africa’. The target is to cross 100,000 Indian tourists this year. South African Tourism (SAT) picked Mumbai to start its 17-city training programme that …

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Time to don new cape in S Africa

South African Tourism aims to bring to the forefront all its unexplored natural bounties and showcase more than just Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, reveals Sisa Ntshona, CEO, South African Tourism in an interview with TRAVTALK. KARISHMA KHANNA FROM DURBAN Q) Please share your inbound traffic numbers in terms of …

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70,000 India arrivals in ’17

Zhang Mingchi, Deputy Director General, Shandong Tourism Development Commission, aims to double the number of Indian arrivals to Shandong this year. NISHA VERMA from SHANDONG The Shandong region in Eastern China recently played host to Indian agents in association with Shandong Airlines, where they showcased major attractions of the region …

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35% growth in Q1 from India

Ras Al Khaimah is targeting one million tourists by the end of 2018, revealed Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) on his recent visit to India NISHA VERMA Ras Al Khaimah recently organised roadshows in Delhi and Mumbai, India to meet and interact with travel trade …

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Connectivity brings business

With Emirates and Turkish Airlines flying to Florida (USA), the destination has seen a remarkable growth in traveller numbers from India and across the world. NISHA VERMA The India market has tremendous potential and there has been a steady increase in tourist visits from here to Florida in the past …

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More than just an evening in Paris

Rouen and Normandy hosted the 12th Rendez-vous en France Travel Market from March 28-29, 2017. On the sidelines of the tourism trade fair organised by Atout France, France Tourism Development Agency, TRAVTALK spoke to Sheetal Munshaw, India Director, Atout France, on the growth of Indian tourists in the country and …

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Sands Macao bullish on MICE & leisure

As part of Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, seven hotels including The Venetian Macao and the recently-opened The Parisian offer a total of 13,000 rooms and suites, 150,000 sqm of meeting and exhibition space. Ruth Boston, Senior VP, Marketing and Brand Management, Sands China, speaks to TRAVTALK about the group’s …

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Indians shop till they drop

India is expected to figure in the top 10 markets this year for shopping at La Vallée Village in Paris, France, claims its Business Development Manager, Patrick Allais. Q Have you witnessed growth among Indian tourists for shopping? In the last three years there has been a significant growth amongst …

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Pop: Buzzword for S. Korea

Byungsun Lee, Director, Korea Tourism Organisation, shares new plans to highlight the country’s captivating culture to increase Indian arrivals to the country. AHANA GURUNG Back in 2013, K-pop singer Psy suddenly shot to global fame with the release of his mega viral track ‘Gangnam Style’. One could repeatedly hear the …

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RAK woos adventure lovers

Ras Al Khaimah is aggressively enhancing its presence in India through strategic partnerships, and is intensifying its focus on adventure tourism in line with UNWTO’s Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, reveals Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (TDA) AHANA GURUNG Q Ras Al Khaimah has been …

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