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 IN CONVERSATION
IATA ‘We provide our visitors a complete experience’
Dr A Karl Mootoosamy, Director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, speaks to Sumit Jha about creating an atmosphere that provides a complete holiday experience for an Indian traveller
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 VIEW POINT
IATA ‘Winds of Change….?
Air travel agents will find themselves in a piquant situation, come September 1, 2015. Lufthansa, an important member of Star Air Alliance, will be charging travel agents booking inventory on GDS platforms an extra EUR 16 per ticket, as compared to no extra charges if booking the ticket directly on the airline website. The rapid growth of technology coupled with the inception of free economies the world over has, in all probability, prompted the airline to resort to this measure.
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 DESTINATION FOCUS
Picardy France
Bienvenue to Picardy
Paris is on the bucket list of every avid traveller. Yet, going beyond the iconic and well-known tourist destinations in France to discover hidden treasures like the region of Picardy - a short drive away, promises to satisfy the pangs of wanderlust, says Subhash Motwani, Director, Namaste Tourism
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 ON RECORD
IATA
Asia-Pacific airlines to generate USD 5.1 bn profit in 2015: IATA
Carriers in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to generate a USD 5.1 billion profit for a 2.5 per cent net margin (USD 4.24/passenger) this year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The slowdown in the Chinese economy has had a dampening impact on profitability. Demand is expected to grow a healthy 8.1 per cent, slightly ahead of the 7.7 per cent forecast growth in capacity. Lower fuel costs will help, but the stronger dollar reduces the benefit in this region.
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This Week's Top Headlines
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Ethiopian Airlines launches tour package division ‘Ethiopian Holidays’
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