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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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Celebrating Indo-Thai bond of 70 years

The Royal Thai Embassy organised Namaste Thailand Festival 2017, in association with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and India. NISHA VERMA The three-day Namaste Thailand Festival, organised at the Bridge, Ambience Mall and DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj, in New …

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Explore Great Britain beyond London

Patricia Yates, Director of Strategy and Communications, VisitBritain, talks about how important an event like ExploreGB is for them to engage with the travel trade around the world. She says that for them to get more travellers to Britain engaging with the travel trade is the most effective way, especially …

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Experience luxury in Spain

Ignacio Ducasse Gutierrez, Director, Tourism Office of Spain in India, informs they’ve crossed the 100,000 mark for Indian visitors in 2016. I n 2017, Spain will be conducting its annual roadshows in the month of September to further boost trade relations in India. Gutierrez says, “We saw a growth of …

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Peru targets MICE from India

Apart from Machu Picchu, Peru has a lot more to offer Indians, says Luis M. Cabello, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Peru, New Delhi. Peru is among one of the most sought after longhaul destinations for Indians, and the tourism department and Embassy of Peru is leaving no stone …

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100,000 Indian arrivals in 2017

Glen Agustin, Chief Tourism Operations Officer – Market Development Division, says the Department of Tourism Philippines wants to increase awareness through interactive workshops in New Delhi and Ahmedabad. The island country situated in the Western Pacific Ocean has been garnering growing interest from Indian travellers, resulting in an increase of …

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