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 SPOTLIGHT

TBM Digital Magazine unveiled by Secy Tourism, Govt of India in Delhi, and Malaysian Tourism Minister in Mumbai
IN a first-of-its-kind initiative in the publishing industry in India, TravelBiz Monitor (Saffron Synergies) has launched a highly interactive Digital Magazine, which was unveiled by Dr Lalit K Panwar, Secretary Tourism, Govt. of India, at SATTE 2015, which was held last month in New Delhi. Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, and Manoharan Periasamy, Director - India, Tourism Malaysia, unveiled the TravelBiz Monitor Digital Magazine at an event in Mumbai. ...read more>>
 IN FOCUS

TAFI selects 'The Challenge of Change' as convention theme
The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) Convention 2015, scheduled to take place at International Convention Center (ICC) Jerusalem, Israel from February 22-25, will highlight the ever-changing situation in the travel and tourism industry. TravelBiz Monitor presents a pre-event roundup
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 VIEW POINT
Almost Surreal: The Shadows Draw Near
In the aftermath of the Kuoni decision to exit from the tour operating business, it is getting evident that the online revolution is finally hitting the brick-and-mortar world and everyone is soundlessly trying to draw in their flanks and take a hard look at their own strategies.
Kuoni was the fresh breath of air that flowed in the heady aftermath of the opening of the Indian economy in mid-90s. The marriage of SOTC and SITA at the altar of a straining-to-breakfree-economy was solemnised by the company, giving birth to Kuoni India. I remember how one of their new managers gushingly informed me about what a gigantic leap it was for Indian tour operations and the business. Luxury travel was growing, and with few players ready with such a sizeable reach and resources, the dream was very much on.
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This Week's Top Headlines
TBM launches ‘Your GPS to the Heart of India’ at Global Panorama Showcase 2015
  In recent years, the tourism potential of Tier-II and III cities of India has been growing rapidly, and Central India, comprising of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra, has emerged as a big destination and source market. ...read more>>
MoT seeks Rs 3,000 cr allocation for tourism in Budget 2015-16
  The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has sought an allocation of Rs 3,000 crore in the upcoming Union Budget 2015-16. This demand, along with recommendations by Federation of Associations of Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH), was put forward following a ...read more>>
MoT seeks lowering of infrastructure slab for tourism industry to Rs 25 cr
  In the run-up to the presentation of the Union Budget 2015-16, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India, while putting forth demands of the tourism and hospitality industry to the Union Ministry of Finance, has sought lowering of the infrastructure-lending slab for the ...read more>>
British-Irish Visa Scheme now available in India
  The British-Irish Visa Scheme, which allows travel to the UK and Ireland on a single short-term visit visa, is now live in India. Ireland and the UK will share Visa Application Centres across India to provide this service, as per a release. ...read more>>
Incidence of swine flu and women safety concerns hit Rajasthan tourism
  The recent alleged rape of a 20-year-old Japanese tourist near Mojamabad village in Rajasthan, and the death of a Swiss tourist-Anne Marie aged 70 in the state due to swine flu (H1N1 influenza) are deterring foreigners from visiting Rajasthan. ...read more>>
Tourism should be made affordable for the common man: Union Minister
  Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Culture and Tourism and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, yesterday said that tourism should not just be the sole prerogative of the rich, but also be made affordable for the common man. ...read more>>
Australia launches online visa trial for Indian tourists
  Australia has launched a pilot programme for online lodgement of subclass 600 visas for Indian business and tourist visitors through select travel agents in India. Announcing the same, Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment, Australia, said, “India is one of the ...read more>>
Tourism Malaysia declares 2015 as ‘Year of Festivals’
  After observing Visit Malaysia Year in 2014, Tourism Malaysia will promote 2015 as ‘Year of Festivals’ (MyFest). More than 50 major events and festivals are charted out to attract tourists to the country this year. ...read more>>
INDABA 2015 receives registrations from over 400 exhibitors
  Over 400 travel and tourism products and services have so far registered to exhibit at Africa’s travel trade show, INDABA, to be held from May 9-11 2015 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. ...read more>>
Singapore Tourism Board holds India’s first Cruise Forum in Mumbai
  Singapore Tourism Board (STB) yesterday organised the India Cruise Forum. The first-of-its-kind in the country, the Forum brought together speakers representing key international cruise brands as well as top Indian travel agents and airlines from India and Asia, according ...read more>>
dnata India to focus on MICE segment this year
  Having established itself in the corporate travel segment in India, global air services provider, dnata is focusing on the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions, Exhibitions) segment this year. ...read more>>
Etihad Airways debuts in East India with daily Kolkata flights
  Etihad Airways has introduced a service to the Eastern region of India, with daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata. This is the airline’s 11th destination in India on its own, and its 15th in combination with network partner Jet Airways (India) Ltd. Etihad Airways operates a ...read more>>
Bintan Resorts to work with Changi Airport to promote twin-destination concept
  Bintan Resorts, a tropical island resort destination on the northern coast of Indonesia, because of its close proximity and accessibility to Singapore, will promote the destination on the twin-destination concept with Singapore in the Indian market. ...read more>>
Ethiopian Airlines to increase flights to Mumbai to double daily
  Ethiopian Airlines has finalised preparations to start double-daily flights to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport from next month. The airline has been providing air service to Mumbai for over 43 years. ...read more>>
There is 'No Ebola in East Africa': Industry stakeholders
  Africa, the world’s second largest continent spread over 30,221,532 sq km, has 54 countries. It is unfair to think of it as one large country and panic at the slightest hint of unrest, disease, or any natural calamity, without actually finding out the exact details of the geographical locations ...read more>>
High airfares to Andamans deterring tourists: HRAEI
  High cost of air travel, apart from inadequate and irregular air services, are discouraging travellers from taking trips to the Andamans. According to a statement from the Hotel & Restaurant Association Of Eastern India (HRAEI), airlines are exploiting the opportunity of the ...read more>>
Zagreb Tourism to participate in joint European roadshow in Apr 2015
  Though it has been active in the Indian market for over four years now, Zagreb Tourism considers India a relatively new market, as far as MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions/Conferences, Exhibition) Tourism is concerned. Zagreb is the capital of the ...read more>>