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 COVER STORY
IATA
Real-time distribution: Facilitating red carpet to customers
Consumer confidence is growing by leaps and bounds in taking the online search for information about hotels to the ultimate booking and online transaction in India. Akansha Pandey dives deep to find out the latest trends in inventory distribution of hotels and how online distribution technology providers are helping hotels to leverage and make the booking experience seamless for new age customers through diverse platforms
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 IN CONVERSATION
IATA ‘Our vision is to develop Picardy as a region where tourism is based on human connections’
True to its brand, ‘Human Friendly – Esprit de Picardie’, Picardy is putting the customer firmly at the centre of all its strategies, Jean-Philippe Gold, Director, Picardy Tourism, tells TravelBiz Monitor
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 ON RECORD
Opera HouseIndian visitor numbers to Australia up 25% on year in FY15
Australia welcomed 215,000 Indian tourists in the year ending March 2015, i.e. Financial Year (FY) 2014-15. This is a 25 per cent increase over the same period in the 2013-14 year. India is now the eighth largest inbound market for tourist arrivals in Australia, as per a release.
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