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‘What differentiates Lavasa is the uniqueness in its promotion’
The planned city of Lavasa has undergone quite a metamorphosis, thanks to the dedication and genius of all those toiling for its growth into a sought-after destination. One of these is Rajiv Duggal - a man who has scaled heights in his 25-year career in the travel industry. Having recently taken over as CEO & President of Lavasa Corporation, he wishes to innovate further in the developmental plans for Lavasa. He speaks to Shilpa Shankar Iyer about the same more>>
OTAs - A Hotel's Friend or Foe
As hotels world over are pondering ways to reduce their distribution costs, Sophie Perret, Director, and Jill Barthel, Analyst, HVS London Office, analyse the cost factor and the need for hotels to evolve alternate distribution strategies to reduce reliance on Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) as a distribution partner. TravelBiz Monitor presents findings of their analysis more>>
MauritiusTemptation Island: Mauritius
This pearl of Indian Ocean offers every visitor a unique experience. Sumit Jha takes you through a journey of Mauritius from a FAM trip, hosted by Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
Tourism Minister supports demand for 'infrastructure status' for tourism industry
  Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 31st Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) Convention at The Grand Bhagwati in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for more>>
Ashwani Lohani appointed as CMD of Air India
  The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Ashwani Lohani, as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India Ltd, for three years or until further orders, more>>
Delhi government invites suggestions of Tourism stakeholders for new Tourism Policy
  Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi has started consultations with the Tourism & Hospitality stakeholders to formulate a tourism policy for the State. Kapil Mishra, Minister of Tourism more>>
Mauritius expects to sustain 20% growth in tourist arrivals from India for 3 years
  With India emerging as the sixth source market for Mauritius and with Mauritius witnessing a growth of 21.5 per cent with 45,797 India tourist arrivals during the first 7 months of the current year, the Mauritius Tourism more>>
Indian tourists’ contribution to Australian economy increases by 35%
  As India climbed to the eight spot among inbound source markets to Australia, the Indian travellers’ contribution towards the Australian economy has increased too. “The total spend that Indian tourists contribute to the more>>
Mumbai edition of VisitBritain’s Great Tourism Week 2015 records 300 buyers
  The second edition of VisitBritain’s Great Tourism Week (GTW), which started this week from Ahmedabad, was held in Mumbai yesterday. The Mumbai event witnessed participation of 15 suppliers, such as UK more>>
Korea Tourism Organization & Gyeongnam Development Corporation sign MoU with OTOAI & Cox & Kings
  In a significant step to attract the Indian tourists to Gyeongnam province in Korea, the Tourism Division of Gyeongnam Development Corporation, Cox & Kings Travel India, the Outbound Travel Agent Association more>> India to do joint marketing campaign with DTCM Dubai in India market, India’s leading travel portal, and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Dubai, have announced a joint campaign to promote Dubai as a key destination for Indian travellers. more>>
Blue Square Consultants to represent Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, Sri Lanka
  Blue Square Consultants has been appointed as the sales and PR representative of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, Sri Lanka. With this addition, Blue Square Consultants has a portfolio of both emerging more>>
AirAsia India appoints Mittu Chandilya as Managing Director
  AirAsia has appointed Mittu Chandilya as Managing Director of AirAsia India in addition to his role as CEO, stated a release. The AirAsia India Board appointed Chandilya as the Managing Director and the first full time more>>
New Zealand receives award for Best Adventure Tourism Destination
  New Zealand has been named the Best Adventure Tourism Destination in the International Tourism category by Today’s Traveller Award 2015. The award was presented by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with more>>
Thomas Cook’s Centre of Learning felicitates 270 students at convocation ceremony
  Thomas Cook (India) Limited’s education and training vertical, Centre of Learning, felicitated 270 students of the 2014-15 batch at its fourth convocation ceremony held at the Indian Merchants Chamber in Mumbai more>>
Sabre appoints Fanny Yeung as GM for Hong Kong operations
  Sabre Corporation has appointed Fanny Yeung as General Manager (GM) of its Hong Kong operations for Sabre Travel Network. She replaces Agatha Lee who has been heading the local Abacus business for the past year, more>>
54% Indian travellers prefer flat discounts over packaged deals: Skyscanner
  According to a recent survey commissioned by Skyscanner, 54 per cent of Indian travellers prefer flat discounts for travel bookings. The survey which studied the booking habits and preferences of Indian travellers more>>