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 COVERSTORY

Vision 2015: Travel and Tourism - Tour Operators
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 tour operators and travel agents to know what the past year was like and their vision for 2015
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 IN FOCUS

Florida Huddle 2015 recognises India as potential source market
The Sunshine State’s premier, appointment-based travel-trade show, Florida Huddle witnessed a record engagement of travel trade members this year. This was the first time that VISIT FLORIDA hosted Indian buyers at the event. TravelBiz Monitor presents highlights of the event
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 FOCAL POINT
Unexpected Discovery: High Potential, Low Profile
There is a golden opportunity waiting to be grabbed: Bihar.
Did you say “What? You must be joking!!” No, we’re not. We’re as serious as we were when we wrote about Kerala’s backwaters in the ‘70s. Sceptics said, “Have a heart! Kerala is not tourist-friendly”. Then when we wrote about China in 2000, cynics sneered, “Yuk! They’ll slice you up and serve you as chop suey!” We could repeat that about many other destinations for which we stuck out our necks and then were proved right. So now we say, “Take a long hard look at Bihar.” We have, and we’re enchanted.
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This Week's Top Headlines
62nd TAAI Convention to deliberate on redefining relevance of travel agents
  The 62nd annual Indian Travel Congress of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), scheduled to take place at Bali International Convention Centre, Indonesia from March 26-28, 2015, will deliberate on redefining the relevance of travel agents in the rapidly changing market ...read more>>
Maharashtra CM inaugurates OTM 2015
  Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister (CM) of Maharashtra, inaugurated OTM 2015 yesterday at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Goregaon in Mumbai. He was the Chief Guest at the event. ...read more>>
ETAA North India Chapter conducts Travel Agent Engagement Program
  The North India Chapter of the Enterprising Travel Agent's Association (ETAA) recently organised a Travel Agent Engagement Program for its members at The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, New Delhi. ...read more>>
Kerala to incentivise tourism industry during ‘Visit Kerala Year 2015’
  The Kerala government is considering major incentives for the tourism industry, especially hospitality industry, during the ‘Visit Kerala Year 2015’. The state tourism department is planning to launch a major year-long campaign - ‘Visit Kerala Year’ - to celebrate tourism in ...read more>>
WB Tourism to roll out nationwide campaign to promote the ‘complete destination’
  West Bengal (WB) Tourism plans to engage with and reach out to the travel trade and consumers throughout the country so as to promote the ‘complete destination’. ...read more>>
Tourism NZ to engage with Indian market beyond ICC Cricket World Cup
  Tourism New Zealand (NZ) is going all out to woo the Indian outbound market, both during and after the ICC Cricket World Cup, which the country is co-hosting with Australia (February 14-March 29). ...read more>>
Over 500 Indian tour operators certified as Israel Specialists
  The online training programme, www.goisraeltraining.com, which was launched by Israel Ministry of Tourism in early January 2015 for the Indian market, has been successfully cleared by over 500 tour operators, as on January 31. ...read more>>
Indian Embassy in Yemen signs 4-year contract with BLS International to open visa application centres
  The Indian Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen has awarded New Delhi-based visa and passport service company, BLS International Services with an outsourcing contract to open and operate a visa application centre in Sana'a and other locations in Yemen, starting this month. ...read more>>
MGTO appoints VFS Global as its India Representative
  Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) has appointed VFS Global as their India Representative, informed Cecilia Tse, Deputy Director, MGTO. She was speaking at the inauguration of their representation office in Connaught Place, New Delhi. ...read more>>
TAAI’s associated members, agents to be trained in soft skills by ITQ
  Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has announced a partnership with InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ) - a strategic business unit of InterGlobe Enterprises - whereby, the latter will provide training to the associated members and travel agents of TAAI. ...read more>>
South African Airways to redirect India-bound flights via Abu Dhabi from Apr 2015
  From April 1, 2015, South African Airways (SAA) will redirect its flights to all Indian destinations via Abu Dhabi through its new direct service with onward code-share agreement connections with Etihad and Jet Airways (India) Ltd. ...read more>>
Yas Island declares India as top source market
  Over the last three years, the Indian market has emerged as the top source market for Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, according to Clive Dwyer, Director - Destination Management, Miral Asset Management. ...read more>>
Kuoni-SOTC and Tourism Fiji launch exclusive Fiji brochure
  Kuoni-SOTC and Tourism Fiji have launched an exclusive Fiji brochure for Customised Holidays 2015, targeting Indian travellers. The brochure was unveiled in the presence of Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Government of Fiji; Lorna ...read more>>
South African Tourism launches #MeetSouthAfrica campaign
  In its continued efforts to attract more Indian travellers to the country, South African Tourism has started an outdoor advertising campaign, #MeetSouthAfrica, by showcasing the diversity of experiences in the country. ...read more>>
Argentina Tourism to host 10-12 Indian travel agents at ‘Buy Argentina 2015’ in April
  The National Institute of Tourism Promotion of Argentina (INPROTUR), the Argentina Tourism Board, will host 10-12 travel agents from India at ‘Buy Argentina 2015’, an event that invites tour operators from across the world to experience the destination and to engage in business ...read more>>
Japan registers record growth of 17% in Indian inbound in 2014; hopes to cross one-lakh mark in 2015
  Indian visitations to Japan registered a 17 per cent growth in 2014, compared with the year before. This is a record growth percentage since Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) commenced active destination promotions in the Indian market, according to Hideki Manabe, ...read more>>
Jet Airways posts first quarterly operating profit since Dec 2012
  Jet Airways Group yesterday posted its first profit in seven quarters and announced a significantly improved performance for the third quarter ending December 31, 2014. ...read more>>