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Bhutan’s online permit for Indians

Tourists from India will have to submit their biometrics at Phuentsholing and Paro entry points after availing the permit through tour operators or hotels. AHANA GURUNG In an effort to curb queues at immigration points and facilitate easier access, Bhutan has finally launched the Online Permit System for Indians and …

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Greece offers value for money

Promoting this ‘value for money’ destination is Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism, Greece, who was in India recently to boost tourist footfalls. HAZEL JAIN Q Greece just made its debut into the Indian market. Why now? So far, travel agents and tour operators from Greece have been tapping the India …

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Germany revels in 8.1% growth

Germany recorded 748,737 Indian visitor overnights in 2016 over 2015. The destination is targeting 3-5 per cent growth in 2017, and is focusing on promoting its ‘Palaces, Parks and Gardens’ this year. ANKITA SAXENA Buoyed by the steady growth, the destination is expecting to see a 3-5 per cent growth …

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Singapore tugs at heartstrings

One of the things that Singapore wants to focus on is the emotional connect that it offers Indians, whether it is celebrating family occasions, events, or festivals. HAZEL JAIN How can a destination continue to promote itself to a market that knows it well – well enough to have a …

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Indonesian DMC looks @ India

Diorama Travel Management (DTM) finds the potential in India formidable and its mission is to push destinations other than Bali with an enticing proposition for Indian agents. HAZEL JAIN FROM INDONESIA Bali-based wholesaling inbound tour operator – Diorama Travel Management (DTM) – believes it can offer the India market a …

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Of Scottish culture, castles and scotch

VisitScotland’s 10 tourism partners met with key buyers from India at their five-city sales mission to grow the tourism market in the country currently worth £12 million. The Scottish tourism trade showcased the castles, music, culture, stone circles, scotch and many other things the country is famous for. VisitScotland recently …

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Japan extends friendly hand to India

Japan National Tourist Office (JNTO) will launch its regional office in New Delhi in February and also open 13 new visa application centres to facilitate easy travel for Indian visitors to Japan. In line with celebrating 2017 as the year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges, the Japan National Tourist Office (JNTO) …

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Tashkent-Mumbai direct soon

Uzbekistan Airways in collaboration with Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) is planning to introduce two direct flights from Tashkent to Mumbai. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and India, Uzbekistan Embassy invited Indian travel trade and delegates to present the business and touristic …

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Tokyo aims to boost Indian arrivals

As many as 123,000 Indians visited Tokyo in 2016, but India is the 17th source market for the capital of Japan. The city recently held its first promotional drive in India to improve these numbers. In a bid to increase interest about Japan in the Indian tourism industry and encourage …

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Weddings by the lake in Italy

Mizar Conventions conducted its roadshow in New Delhi and Mumbai where they met key travel trade partners. Maddalena Fumagalli, Sales and Event Planner, Mizar Conventions, said, “We are promoting Lake Como and Milan in India as we believe that these are new destinations for the Indian market to organise weddings …

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