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 COVERSTORY

Vision 2015: Travel and Tourism - OTA & GDS
2014 saw the Indian government, which is pro-tourism, take measures to boost the industry. The most significant was the launch of Visa-on-Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). While the Centre's initiatives have spread optimism in the industry, there is a lot more to be done. That is the popular opinion among players from the industry. TravelBiz Monitor speaks to OTAs & GDS players to know what the past year was like and their vision for 2015
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 ON RECORD

2015 expected to be more profitable for airlines: IATA
Airline profit expectations for 2015 are more positive, consistent with improvements in recent performance, according to International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) quarterly survey. Financial performance started to improve in the second half of 2014, after no gains in the second quarter, and the outlook remains positive, which is expected to further increase profitability. TravelBiz Monitor presents details
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 SPECIAL REPORT

Business travellers’ use of mobile technology increasing: CWT
Corporate travel bookings via mobile phones are expected to double by 2016, according to travel managers. Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s (CWT) ‘Mobile Meets Managed Travel’ report states that 80% of organisations are likely to have a mobile travel policy by 2016, versus 29% in 2014. The report explores how quickly travellers are adopting mobile travel apps, and how well their expectations are being met. TravelBiz Monitor presents details of the report
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This Week's Top Headlines
Coordination of travel, aviation industries crucial for tourism development: Union Minister
  Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture, and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, has said that the coordination between tourism and airline industries is crucial for promoting tourism in the country. ...read more>>
Airlines' issues will be addressed in time-bound manner: Civil Aviation MoS
  Invoking the Prime Minister’s vision of taking India’s story of heritage and culture through tourism globally, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, said “It cannot be a one-way traffic when we talk of increasing tourism to India. It has to be a win-win situation for all of us.” ...read more>>
MTDC reschedules Maharashtra International Travel Mart to September 27-29
  The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has rescheduled this year’s edition of ‘Maharashtra International Travel Mart' (MITM) to September 27-29, stated a release. ...read more>>
Urban Development Ministry flags off HRIDAY; allots Rs 500 cr for 12 cities
  The Union Ministry of Urban Development, along with the Ministries of Tourism and Culture, yesterday launched the Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. ...read more>>
Over 50% exhibitors at IITT 2015 confirm participation in next year’s edition
  The second edition of India International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (IITT) 2015, a B2B travel and tourism trade exhibition and conference organised by ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences Pvt. Ltd. ...read more>>
Jagsons Travels to host third edition of Global Panorama Showcase in Nagpur next month
  Nagpur-based Jagsons Travels will host its annual exposition, Global Panorama Showcase from February 8 to 10, 2015, at Hotel Centre Point in the city. The three-day event will be open for end consumers on its first day while the second and third day will be dedicated to the travel ...read more>>
TravelShop Turkey's workshop in Delhi welcomes 250 travel agents; aims to cover 10 cities in 2016
  TravelShop Turkey, an inbound tour operator headquartered in Istanbul, held the third edition of its India workshop at The Royal Plaza New Delhi last last week. More than 250 travel agents attended the workshop and expressed commitment in selling the European gateway in the ...read more>>
DoNER to host Northeast Festival in Delhi from April 9-12, 2015
  In order to showcase the resources and potential of the eight states in the North East region of India, a mega Northeast Festival will be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from April 9 to 12, 2015. ...read more>>
UP Tourism shortlists three airline operators for intra-state services
  As the deadline for enlisting operators for intra-state airline services in Uttar Pradesh (UP) ended last week, three airline companies have approached the State Tourism Department with interest to commence operations as per guidelines of the new Intra-state Aviation Policy ...read more>>
Shopping Tourism an emerging trend worldwide: UNWTO
  According to Travel Impact Newswire, from new mall designs to new ways to harness technology, new value-added experiences to new marketing campaigns, tourism destinations worldwide are working overtime to make shopping a full-fledged reason for travel, not just a ...read more>>
Airbus Group to highlight presence in Indian market at Aero India 2015
  Airbus Group will present a range of products and technologies at the 10th edition of Aero India, which will be held from February 18 - 22, 2015 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. ...read more>>
TrawellTag Cover-More's MD Dev Karvat named Young Turk of the Year at Travel & Hospitality Awards
  Dev Karvat, Managing Director (MD), TrawellTag Cover-More, has been felicitated with the Young Turk of the Year award at the second Travel & Hospitality Awards function, held at Kamal Mahal, ITC Maurya in New Delhi recently. ...read more>>
Vistara to launch flights from Delhi to Goa & Hyderabad during Feb-March this year
  Vistara is set to add Goa and Hyderabad to its route network from February 20 and March 1, 2015 respectively, stated a release. The airline will operate daily direct flights from Delhi to Goa and double daily service to Hyderabad from the national capital. ...read more>>
Mario Habig assumes charge as CEO Inbound Business of Le Passage to India
  Destination Management Company (DMC) Le Passage to India (LPTI) has appointed Mario Habig as CEO of Inbound Business, stated a release. ...read more>>
NTCA reports 30.5% growth in tiger population in 2014
  As per the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) latest report on the estimated population of tigers ‘Status of Tigers in India, 2014’, there has been a whopping growth of 30.5 per cent with about 2,226 (1,945 to a maximum of 2,491) tigers last year, compared to 1,706 ...read more>>
Korea’s Seohae Golden G-train to start operations on Feb 5
  Korea’s Seohae Golden G-train, featuring the world’s first train rooms with ‘ondol’ - Korea’s floor heating system, will commence operations on February 5, 2015, as per a release. ...read more>>