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 EDITORIAL
Seeking Composure!
It seems we are trying to do too many things at a time and not getting anything right. Dancing to every tune may not help the cause of even a seasoned danseuse. The tourism industry of the country is currently on an overdrive, especially ever since the new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed power. Of course, there are reasons to rejoice and feel good.
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 SPOTLIGHT

ATM 2015 to focus on Family Travel & Technology
After the success of the inaugural spotlight theme, Luxury Travel at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) last year, Reed Travel Exhibitions, organiser of the annual show has chosen ‘Family Travel’ as the focus for the 2015 edition. Additionally, the trade show will take a closer look at travel technology, business travel, and luxury and wellness tourism. Rashmi Pradhan presents a pre-event round up of the show to be held from May 4-7 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre
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 ON RECORD

ATM 2014 Attendance Statistics
ATM has gone from strength to strength, recording a 21 per cent growth in Buyers Club visitor numbers in 2014. ATM 2015 is set to be even bigger with a new hall being added. This Middle East Tourism event is a platform to take business to another level. TravelBiz Monitor presents the ATM 2014 statistics
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 DESTINATION FOCUS

Georgia on my mind
The birthplace of wine, a nation with a rich heritage and culture, vibrant nightlife, exquisite cathedrals and monasteries, great mountain skies, and a fascinating landscape, define Georgia in a nutshell. Rashmi Pradhan unfolds the beauty of the mystique destination
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This Week's Top Headlines
Nepal’s heritage icons reduced to rubble by earthquake
  The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Himalayan nation, Nepal, on April 25th morning brought down and reduced so many historical sites in the capital city, Kathmandu, to rubble. ...read more>>
PM Narendra Modi pitches for experiential travel experiences at maiden GET-INDIA
  Inaugurating the maiden ‘Global Exhibition on Services’ (GES) on April 23 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for India tourism, which, he said, is a significant contributor to the country’s socio-economic development. ...read more>>
Kerala to form new tourism circuit with Sri Lanka
  Kerala Tourism has extended its frontiers to Sri Lanka and is forming a new tourism circuit with the island country, stated a release. ...read more>>
ICPB to organise Convention India Conclave on August 8 & 9 in Greater Noida
  India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), a public-private organisation under the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) entrusted to promote India as a convention destination, will conduct their eighth Convention India Conclave on August 8 and 9, 2015 at the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida...read more>>
FHRAI appoints Amitabh Devendra as Secretary General
  Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has appointed Amitabh Devendra as the Secretary General. He will assume office on May 1, 2015....read more>>
HKTB launches ‘My Time For Hong Kong’ campaign in India
  Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has unveiled its new marketing campaign in the Indian market. The campaign titled, ‘My Time For Hong Kong’ is aimed at highlighting the various authentic and exciting experiences Hong Kong has to offer travellers, stated a release. ...read more>>
BLS International to open VAC on behalf of Indian Embassy in Hong Kong on May 1
  Visa outsourcing company BLS International is set to open a Visa Application Centre (VAC) on behalf of Indian Embassy in Hong Kong on May 1, stated a release. ...read more>>
AP to consider tourism investments as industrial ventures; assures single-window clearance
  Andhra Pradesh (AP) will consider all tourism investments in the state as industrial ventures and will offer single-window clearance, informed N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister (CM) of AP. He was speaking at a meeting that he chaired to finalise the state’s tourism policy. ...read more>>
Assam Tourism to develop niche tourism products on PPP mode
  Assam Tourism is planning development of niche tourism products with the support of private investors in the state. ...read more>>
Dubai eyes doubling of business visitors by 2020
  Dubai Business Events (DBE), a division of Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), which promotes Dubai as a dynamic host city for incentive travel, conferences and business events, is keen to double the number of MICE visitors to the emirate by 2020. ...read more>>
NZ witnesses record growth of 10% in international buyers for TRENZ 2015
  New Zealand (NZ) is witnessing an increase of ten per cent in international buyers for this year’s TRENZ, stated a release....read more>>
Emaar Hospitality Group hopes to improve Indian business share as they open new inventory
  Dubai-based Emaar Hospitality Group, which owns and manages market leading hotels like The Address Hotels & Resorts, Armani Hotels and Vida Hotels, hopes to improve their India market share in coming years as more hotels opening in next couple of years....read more>>
Jet Airways signs code-share agreement with Bangkok Airways
  Jet Airways (India) Ltd. and Bangkok Airways have entered into a code-share agreement. Flights under the code-share will open for sale on April 30, 2015 for travel effective May 4, 2015....read more>>
Peru Travel Mart 2015 to be held from May 15-17 in Lima
  Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), Peru, announced that Peru Travel Mart (PTM) will be held from May 15 to 17 in Lima. ...read more>>
UAS International Trip Support opens regional office at IGI Airport in New Delhi
  UAS International Trip Support has launched a regional office in India to further enhance services and provide better international connectivity in the Indian Subcontinent, stated a release....read more>>
Peter Kerkar, Director, Cox & Kings wins The British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame award
  Peter Kerkar, Director- Cox & Kings Ltd has been honoured by The British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame as one of the seven inductees into the Hall of Fame this year. ...read more>>