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 EDITORIAL
Going beyond the conventional
A seasoned traveller always looks at grabbing an opportunity to explore hidden, niche, lesser-known and unexplored destinations. It’s interesting as you learn and unlearn many things. My recent trip to Florida was something along these lines and also an eye-opener. I had always thought and known of Florida as the home of world famous attraction Disney World, beautiful beaches and vibrant city of Miami. Florida, the South Eastern state of United States, has much more to offer travellers than just Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. In, fact the ‘sunshine state’ is a destination for all segments and caters to all kinds of interests of travellers.
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 COVERSTORY

Vision 2015: Travel and Tourism - NTOs
The year 2014 saw the Indian government, which is pro-tourism, take a few measures to boost the industry. The most significant one was the launch of Visa-on-Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). While the Centre's initiatives have given a renewed sense of optimism to the industry, there is a lot more to be done in the year ahead. That is the popular opinion among players from the industry. TravelBiz Monitor speaks to National Tourist Offices (NTOs) to know what the past year was like and their vision for 2015
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 CITYSCAPE

Goa Buoyant on domestic MICE business
As per the 'Hotels in India Trends & Opportunities 2014' report by HVS, while demand and supply dynamics are anticipated to pan out positively for Goa, a major hurdle continues to be the lack of quality infrastructure. Though the government has development measures, the awful condition of roads, overpriced transport facilities, etc., continue to act as deterrents in the growth of hotels in Goa. TravelBiz Monitor highlights the current hospitality industry scenario in Goa
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This Week's Top Headlines
TAAI Convention 2015 to be held from Mar 26-29 in Bali, Indonesia
  At the meeting of the Managing Committee of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) in Delhi yesterday, it was decided that the annual TAAI Convention will be held from March 26-29, 2015 at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali in Indonesia. ...read more>>
Union Cabinet approves tourism MoU proposal between India and Oman
  According to a report in Business Standard, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given approval to the proposal to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strengthening cooperation in the field of tourism, between the ...read more>>
SATTE 2015 registers 15 per cent growth; buyer registrations up by 75 per cent
  The 22nd edition of SATTE kicked off at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today. This year’s edition has experienced a growth of over 15 per cent where pre-registration of buyers is up by 75 per cent in comparison with last year. ...read more>>
South African Tourism to promote country beyond safaris
  In a bid to promote their not-so-conventional tourism offerings and increase footfalls, South African Tourism (SAT) is looking to promote the country beyond safaris, said Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager - India, South African Tourism, during the annual roadshow that started off ...read more>>
Destination NSW to target honeymooners in next consumer campaign in India
  Destination New South Wales (DNSW) will kick off the second phase of its highly successful online campaign, ‘Jhappi Time’, with a TVC, which will be showcased from the second week of February 2015. ...read more>>
Taiwan offers visa-free entry to Indians cruising through Star Cruises
  Taiwan Tourism has worked out a visa-free entry scheme for Indians sailing in through Star Cruises from January 2015 onwards. “Three sailings are awaited in the first six months of 2015. ...read more>>
UK hopes India considers it for ETA soon
  Sir James Bevan KCMG, British High Commissioner to India, has expressed hope that India includes UK in the list of countries that are offered Visa-on-Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). ...read more>>
Brand USA leads over 12 exhibitors at SATTE 2015
  Participating for the third consecutive year in SATTE, Brand USA this year has brought in a delegation of more than a dozen exhibitors from various travel industry segments, including Alamo Rent A Car, Caesars Entertainment, Hertz Asia Pacific, Las Vegas Convention and ...read more>>
Argentina Tourism’s maiden Delhi roadshow records 95 tour operators
  The National Institute of Tourism Promotion of Argentina (INPROTUR), the Argentina Tourism Board, yesterday commenced its series of roadshows for this year from Delhi, with the first in the series recording over 95 tour operators. This was their first-ever roadshow in the city. ...read more>>
Haryana to develop new tourism circuit connecting heritage sites: CM
  Inaugurating the fortnight-long Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Surajkund, Faridabad in Haryana yesterday, Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana, said that the state government will develop a new tourism circuit connecting heritage sites in Karnal-Narnaul- ...read more>>
VisitBritain launches family travel supplement at SATTE 2015
  VisitBritain India has launched a travel supplement, titled ‘Great Britain-The Ultimate Indian Family Vacation’, with the Condé Nast Traveller India magazine. The 36-page supplement was unveiled by Sir James Bevan KCMG, British High Commissioner to India, at the Visit Britain ...read more>>
MTDC likely to commence floating restaurant in Mumbai in next 2 weeks
  According to a report by Mewati Sitaram in DNA, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a private company to commence a floating restaurant at Bandra reclamation sea shore towards Mahim ...read more>>
ATF price cut by 11.3%; now costs less than diesel
  According to a PTI report, the price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) was cut yesterday by a steep 11.3 per cent, and now costs less than diesel. Last month, its rate had fallen below the price at which petrol is sold. ...read more>>
SpiceJet promoter Kalanithi Maran resigns from Board
  SpiceJet Ltd.’s promoter, Kalanithi Maran, his wife Kavery Kalanithi, and Managing Director, S Natrajhen have resigned from the Board of the Company with immediate effect, and the same have been accepted. ...read more>>
Philippines mulls lifting visa requirements for Indians on experimental basis
  Philippines is exploring the possibility of lifting visa requirements for Indians on an experimental basis for 2015-16. This was announced by Ramon R Jimenez, Tourism Minister of Philippines, who had led a delegation to meet Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with ...read more>>