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Setting the ‘Benchmark’ in Representation
Starting off with just one client, in a span of less than five years, Mumbai-based Benchmark Travel Representations Pvt. Ltd. (BTRPL) has not only expanded its portfolio, but also carved a niche for itself among the Indian travel trade. TravelBiz Monitor charts the growth and evolution of the company and its success mantra more>>

Rail fastest growing sector in online travel in India: WTM Global Trends Report 2014
With an increase of 300% in online bookings between March 2013 and March 2014, rail is the fastest growing sector in online travel in India. This was revealed by the WTM Global Trends Report 2014, complied by Euromonitor International and released at WTM London last month. The increase in bookings via online travel agents has been one of the main drivers of rail online sales growth over 2012-2014. TravelBiz Monitor presents highlights of the report more>>

International Focus: Oman: Unexplored Paradise
Where majestic mountain ranges tower over teeming coral reefs, and red desert sands mysteriously shift as they whisper tales of a bygone era, the Sultanate of Oman is the destination where age-old traditions merge seamlessly with modern five-star service. TravelBiz Monitor explores this well-kept secret of the Middle East more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
Manav Thadani takes over as Chairman WTTC, India Initiative; Kapil Chopra is the new Vice Chairman
  Manav Thadani, Chairman, HVS – Asia Pacific, has been appointed as the Chairman of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), India Initiative for the next one year. He succeeds Dipak Deva, CEO (Destination Management) India & South Asia, Kuoni Destination Management. more>>
ETAA announces formation of Working Committees within North India Chapter
  The North India Chapter of Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA) celebrated its annual Diwali party and members’ meet in October at Qba Bar & Restaurant in New Delhi. At the event, Pankaj Nagpal, Director–National Board & Chairman–North India Chapter, ETAA, more>>
Aviation Minister seeks easing of regulations to boost sector
  As per a PTI report, voicing concern over financial health of domestic airlines, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India, yesterday sought easing of regulations to boost the growth of the aviation sector. “We are running through a lot of turbulent more>>
Insight Vacations appoints Signature Tours as GSA in India
  Insight Vacations ( has appointed ‘Signature Tours’ as its General Sales Agent (GSA) for its Europe and US escorted journeys. Signature Tours, established in 2009, is the outbound holiday division of destination management company Creative Travel. more>>
Peru to promote the country as 'mono-destination' in Indian market
  The Embassy of Peru in collaboration with Peru-based DMC, Condor Travel, represented by Knack Marketing in India, organised a presentation for the travel trade in Mumbai to educate them and create awareness about the destination. more>>
FTA to India grow by 7.1% during Jan-Nov 2014 over the same period last year
  The Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) to India grow by 7.1 per cent during January to November 2014 over the corresponding period of 2013. FTAs during the period January-November 2014 were 65.85 lakh with a growth of 7.1 per cent, as compared to the FTAs of 61.46 lakh with a more>>
Lionel India joins Travel Solutions International (TSI) network
  Lionel India, one of the leading business travel management companies in India, as part of expanding their reach has joined the global consortium, Travel Solutions International (TSI), headquartered in the UK with partners in 35 countries. Lionel India will be the exclusive India more>>
UK aims to launch super priority visas for Indian nationals by next year
  Ed Mackie, Acting Regional Director-Central Asia, South Asia and Turkey, United Kingdom (UK) Visas and Immigration, Home Office, recently addressed the Indian travel trade at a seminar in New Delhi about the new development with regards to transit visa more>>
Railway Minister launches Wi-Fi broadband service at New Delhi railway station
  New Delhi railway station has become the first railway station in the country to offer Wi-Fi broadband service. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister for Railways, Government of India, inaugurated the Wi-Fi broadband service at New Delhi railway station. more>>
Tourism New Zealand partners with Centrum Group to attract corporate travellers from India
  Tourism New Zealand (NZ) recently co-hosted two events for corporate entities with the Centrum Group in Bengaluru and Mumbai highlighting the country as a Business Events destination, stated a release. more>>
Korea Tourism Organization honours its travel trade partners for joint marketing campaign in 2014
  Concluding its roadshow in New Delhi earlier this week, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) recognised its travel trade partners’ efforts for 2014. Cox & Kings, Akbar Holidays Pvt. Ltd., Ezeego One Travel and Tours Ltd., Kesari Tours Pvt. Ltd., Orbitz Corporate & Leisure Travels (I) more>> to launch mobile app. soon, leading online travel company with footprint in the UAE and India, as part of improving their technology penetration and market reach will launch mobile application soon. Speaking to TravelBiz Monitor at an event organised by the company in Delhi yesterday, more>>
Philippines records 39% growth in Indian visitor arrivals in September this year
  The Philippines has witnessed double-digit growth of almost 39 per cent in Indian visitor arrivals in September 2014 over the same month last year. The Indian market continues to be one of the important contributors of international arrivals to the Philippines, stated a release. more>>
Air Canada to launch non-stop service to Delhi on Nov 1, 2015
  Air Canada will begin non-stop service from Toronto to Delhi on November 1, next year. The new route, the first to be dedicated for Air Canada's Boeing 787-9 series aircraft, will open new opportunities in the Indian subcontinent, currently the largest international market not served more>>
Vistara may get Air Operating Permit this week
  As per a TOI report, the Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines joint venture full-service airline, Vistara, may get the final nod to fly as early as this week and start flying early next year. The joint venture has cleared the last hurdle in the long-licencing process by completing its route-proving flights. more>>