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TAAI Convention 2015 puts up a grand show at Bali
The 2015 edition of TAAI Convention, held in Bali, Indonesia from March 26-28, was a successful event. The Convention, with its gusto and fervour, enthralled the delegates like never before. The exciting destination of Bali, along with a variety of presentations at the Convention, won the hearts of the attendees, and showcased the best image-building exercise of TAAI. TravelBiz Monitor presents highlights of the Convention more>>

WTTC Global Summit 2015 to deliberate on ‘Disruption & Reinvention’ in the Industry
The 15th edition of WTTC Global Summit will see delegates delve into the current challenges plaguing the travel & tourism industry worldwide. After a gap of seven years, the Summit is being held in a European nation, Spain. TravelBiz Monitor provides a line-up of the event more>>

More than 45% Indians planning int'l trips in 2015: TripAdvisor
The world over, travel spending is expected to increase this year, with more than 15% travellers planning an international trip. In India, over 45% travellers are planning to visit an overseas destination this year, according to the TripBarometer Global Travel Economy Report by TripAdvisor. 41% travellers across the globe will be spending more on travel this year. TravelBiz Monitor presents the statistics more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
31st IATO Annual Convention to be held from Aug 20-23, 2015; venue to be announced soon
  At the bimonthly meeting of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) held recently, the Executive Committee announced that the 31st Annual Convention of IATO will be held from August 20-23 this year. more>>
India keenly exploring possibility of extending TVoA to China: Union Tourism Minister
  At a recent meeting in New Delhi with a six-member delegation from China’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Culture and Tourism and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, said that the nation is keen to take forward its relationship with China more>>
India open to signing first air service bilateral pact with Qatar: Civil Aviation Ministry
  According to a report by Mihir Mishra for The Economic Times, India is open to signing its first air service bilateral agreement with Qatar if the Arab nation seeks an increase in existing seat more>>
Global Destinations appointed as India Sales & Marketing Representative of Bhutan Journeys
  Bhutan Journeys, an official tour operator of Bhutan licensed under the Tourism Council of Bhutan, has appointed Global Destinations as their Sales and Marketing Representative in India. more>>
Bharti AXA General Insurance forays into Travel Insurance
  Bharti AXA General Insurance (GI) Company Ltd. has launched SmartTraveller Insurance for the outbound travel segment in India. more>>
All bars below 5-star to close down in Kerala; HC upholds State’s Liquor Policy
  All bars below the classification of five-star hotels have been asked to close down in more>>
Will combat terrorism with tourism in J&K: Union Tourism Minister
  According to a report in the Indian Express, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Culture and Tourism, and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, has said they would “combat terrorism with tourism” in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). more>>
Bahrain issues highest number of eVisas to Indians during Oct 2014-Feb 2015 period
  With Bahrain offering eVisa facility for Indian nationals from October 2014, Indian businessmen and tourists have been of the greatest benefit according to latest statistics released by the Kingdom. more>>
Rail Europe, Inc., Rail Europe 4A consolidated to form ‘Rail Europe’
  Rail Europe, Inc., and Rail Europe 4A have been consolidated into single business unit, Rail Europe with immediate effect, stated a release. CEO Fabrice Morel will lead the combined organisation. more>>
Mauritius to adopt customer-centric approach to reposition the nation as favoured destination
  The Ministry of Tourism & External Communications, Republic of Mauritius will adopt a customer-centric approach with a view to rejuvenating the industry and repositioning Mauritius as the leading island destination, stated a more>>
5/20 rule for Indian carriers must go: Union Civil Aviation Minister
  According to a report by PTI, the '5/20 rule', which mandates a domestic carrier to be five years old and have a fleet of 20 aircraft to fly on international routes, should be "done away with" as it is adversely affecting the sector, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India, said more>>
Seychelles Tourism Board conducts FAM trip for Indian travel agents
  Seychelles Tourism Board recently organised a familiarization (FAM) trip for travel agents from Mumbai to create an understanding about the destination and establish relations for the travel trade with the private sector in Seychelles, stated a more>>
Argentina Tourism conducts training seminars in 4 Indian cities
  Argentina Tourism recently concluded training seminars in four cities in India, namely Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and more>>
SITE Global Conference 2015 to be held in New Delhi from Oct 23-25
  The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Global Conference will take place at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi from October 23-25, 2015. Registrations for the event are currently more>>
Zanzibar Tourism sets up first-of-its-kind Zanzibar Tourism Promotion Centre in India
  In order to promote Zanzibar as a tourism and investment destination in India, the Ministry of Information, Culture, Tourism & Sports, Zanzibar (MICTS); Zanzibar Commission for Tourism and JHIL Enterprises have come together to set up Zanzibar Tourism Promotion Centre (ZTPC), more>>