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SATTE 2015 welcomes 42% more visitors than last year
The 22nd edition of SATTE recently concluded at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The event, which was organised at two halls, witnessed participation in full swing with a host of panel discussions on the first two days. TravelBiz Monitor reports ...read more>>
 COVERSTORY

Vision 2015: Travel and Tourism - State Tourism Boards
As the Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (I/C) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma has highlighted the target to achieve 1% share in global tourism arrivals by end of 2015, state tourism boards are leaving no stone unturned to develop their offerings. TravelBiz Monitor talks to state tourism boards about their plans for 2015
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 IN CONVERSATION
‘It is good to have an airline that lasts and grows, not an airline that comes and goes’ - Adel Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia
With nearly 10 years of operations in India, Air Arabia currently operates from its hub in Sharjah to 13 Indian cities, with over 112 weekly flights. Air Arabia has taken the Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) model to a new high and made it the most viable model in a day and age when travellers across the globe are expecting more for less. Adel Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia, speaks to TravelBiz Monitor about plans for the Indian market & the Indian aviation industry
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 GUEST COLUMN
Foreign Tourists Arrivals in India: The Key Challenges - Santosh K Misra IAS, Managing Director, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board
India is a land of opportunities in terms of Talent, Trade, Tradition, Tourism, and Technology - the 5-T mantra of development for the new government at the centre. These are core strengths of a new, confident and young India. It is these core strengths that will form the keystone to the bridge of opportunity for our enterprising youth, ushering India into a economic prosperity decade.
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SouthWest Germany launches new version of 'Going Cuckoo' online training programme in India
  SouthWest German Tourism has relaunched its ‘Going Cuckoo’ online training programme in India. The programme is conducted in collaboration with TravelBiz Monitor, and will run till April 2015. ...read more>>
India Tourism North Office partners with IRCTC & DMRC to educate tourists
  Leaving no stone unturned to provide on-ground assistance to the tourists and travel trade, the India Tourism, North India Regional Office has partnered with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) and ...read more>>
Austria National Tourist Office India to launch 'Snapshot Austria' app this month
  In order to lure tech-savvy travellers, the Austrian National Tourist Office (ANTO) India will launch an innovative game application (app), 'Snaphot Austria' by end of this month, informed Christine Mukharji, Market Manager, ANTO India, on the sidelines of their annual roadshow in ...read more>>
HolidayIQ launches India’s first offline mobile app for travellers
  HolidayIQ.com has launched the country’s first offline mobile application (app) for travellers. The app provides comprehensive information on 1,300 Indian destinations, based on reviews about hotels, activities, connectivity, etc. ...read more>>
Average of 1,000 ETAs issued daily since launch of scheme: Union Home Minister
  According to a report in The Times of India, addressing a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, Minister for Home Affairs, Government of India, said that the 421.6 per cent year-on-year rise in tourist arrivals in ...read more>>
Delhi CM asks state department to think of new ideas to promote tourism
  Inaugurating the 28th Garden Tourism Festival at Garden of Five Senses—located at Said-Ul-Azaib village, close to the Mehrauli heritage area—Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister (CM) of Delhi, urged the state tourism department to think of new ideas to promote Delhi as a tourism hub. ...read more>>
HPTDC Vice Chairman slams Centre’s indifference to Himachal Pradesh tourism
  Major Vijai Singh Mankotia, Vice Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC), in a scathing criticism of the central department’s indifference towards the Himalayan state, said that HP has been neglected in marketing and promotional ...read more>>
Canada Tourism to conduct three-city roadshow in India next month
  The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) will organise a three-city roadshow for travel agents. The roadshows will be held at Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai on March 23, The Lalit Great Eastern in Kolkata on March 24, and the Vivanta by Taj - Whitefield, Bangalore on March ...read more>>
TAT Mumbai launches ‘Luxury Weekends in Thailand’ for long-weekend getaways in 2015
  In order to cash in on the many long weekends this year, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Mumbai has launched ‘Luxury Weekends in Thailand’, offering off-beat, high-end experiences in Thailand packaged under special rates. ...read more>>
Brand USA conducts educational seminars in Mumbai, Pune & Ahmedabad
  Brand USA recently conducted educational seminars under its ‘Discover America’ programme, in Mumbai, Pune, and Ahmedabad. These seminars witnessed participation of 320 travel agents. ...read more>>
Kalanithi Maran, Kal Airways cease to be Promoters of SpiceJet
  SpiceJet Ltd has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) that pursuant to the Share Sale and Purchase Agreement dated January 29, 2015 between the company, Kalanithi Maran, Kal Airways Private Limited and Ajay Singh, the entire shareholding of Maran and Kal Airways (the ...read more>>
Indonesia records 17% increase in Indian tourist arrivals in 2014
  Indian visitations to Indonesia registered a record growth of 17 per cent on year in 2014, totaling to 237,990. Shelly Chandhok, Country Manager, Visit Indonesia Tourism Officer - India, said, “Last year we organised destination seminars to educate the travel trade fraternity in ...read more>>
AP working on tourism policy for investments of Rs 10,000 cr
  According to a PTI report, the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government is working on a new tourism policy to attract investments worth Rs 10,000 crore by 2020. N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh, who held a review with officials on the tourism sector, told ...read more>>
‘Good France’ to be observed world over on Mar 19 to celebrate French gastronomy
  Organised by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and 3-Michelin-starred Chef Alain Ducasse, Goût de France (Good France) will be observed in 150 countries around the world on March 19, 2015. From India, 48 restaurants have been selected ...read more>>
Tour Managers Fiji’s India roadshow records participation of 300 agents
  Tour Managers Fiji recently concluded its annual India roadshow, beginning in Bengaluru, followed by a stop in Nagpur, and ending in Mumbai. The roadshow dovetails on the heels of Tourism Fiji’s roadshow, which was held early this month, according to a release. ...read more>>
Stayzilla.com receives USD 20-mn funding
  Stayzilla.com has raised Series B funding from Nexus Venture Partners and existing investors Matrix Partners India, amounting to USD 20 million. ...read more>>