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 EDITORIAL
Synergy in Strategies
Seeing is believing and that’s the reason FAM/study tours are organised, as they give a first-hand experience of a destination/product. FAM tours are generally organised by a tourism board of a country/region to educate the travel industry about the destination. At times, it is organised in collaboration with airlines to offer a whole new experience.
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 IN CONVERSATION
‘TAAI Convention 2015 will be the most outstanding one in the history of the Association’ - Sunil Kumar R, Acting President, TAAI
Indian Travel Congress 2015, the 62nd Convention and Exhibition of TAAI, to be held at Bali International Convention Centre (BICC) in Indonesia from March 26-28, will offer a platform to delegates to interact, connect, and network with their industry counterparts in Indonesia and with other TAAI members. Sunil Kumar R, Acting President, TAAI, speaks to TravelBiz Monitor about the upcoming Convention
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 DESTINATION INSIGHT

The wonder that is Israel
The ‘Holy Land’ of Israel is the cradle of civilisation and abounds with archaeological, historical, and religious sites, alongside breathtaking landscapes. The modern, developed country is geographically and climatically diverse, with snow-capped mountains in the north, alongside arid desert in the south, and desolate areas alongside modern cities. Diksha Singh presents glimpses of the vibrant destination
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