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 E-MAGAZINE



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 EDITORIAL
The industry creators
There is a certain amount of uneasiness in the mainstream hospitality industry prompted by the silent proliferation of a parallel industry mushrooming quite rapidly in their backyard. For the time being, the mainstream industry is ignoring this revolution. But the way this silent revolution is fast catching up pan-India, mainstream industry will be forced to take cognizance of it sooner than later.
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 SPOTLIGHT
India Bus AwardsWinners of maiden ‘India Bus Awards’ announced
In order to felicitate players in the bus transport industry, Bus Alliance India Pvt. Ltd. and Abhibus.com conducted the first edition of Ashok Leyland ‘India Bus Awards 2015’ in Mumbai. The awards were given in 16 categories and Ernst & Young LLP was the official tabulator for the awards. Fourhundred nominations were received, of which 262 entries were eligible across 14 excellence categories. Four rounds were held to decide the best in the industry.
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 IN CONVERSATION
Poornima Krishnamurthy ‘Picardy is a destination with depth, complexity & no shortage of style’
This is an exciting time for tourism players outside Paris to capture the potential of the fast growing Indian market, Poornima Krishnamurthy, Business Development Manager India, Picardy Tourism France, tells TravelBiz Monitor
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This Week's Top Headlines
Next batch of Electronic Tourist Visa roll out expected from next month
  According to Dr Lalit Panwar, Secretary – Tourism, Government of India, the roll out of Electronic Tourist Visa (ETV) for the remaining 73 countries from the list of 150 nations would start from the next month. The government...read more>>
South Africa mulls 3-year multiple-entry visa for frequent travellers from top source markets, including India
  In a move to ease travel to the rainbow nation, the Ministry of Home Affairs of South Africa is considering extending three-year multiple-entry visas to frequent travellers from its top 20 source markets. This was informed by ...read more>>
Upcoming National Tourism Policy to boost India’s MICE potential
  Addressing the media at the India Convention Promotion Bureau’s (ICPB’s) luncheon meeting in New Delhi yesterday, Dr Suman Billa (IAS), Joint Secretary, Tourism, Government of India, and Chairman, ICPB ...read more>>
Karan Anand to lead IATO’s Outbound Tour Operator Committee
  The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has formed a sub-committee, ‘Outbound Tour Operator Committee/Council’, to address the issues and concerns of the members who do outbound tour bookings. ...read more>>
Thomas Cook India receives Bombay High Court approval for merger with Sterling Holiday Resorts
  Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. has received approval of the Bombay High Court for its merger with Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited, vide order dated July 2, 2015. The shareholder approval had earlier been obtained by...read more>>
IATO inks MoU with Andaman’s Association of Tour Operators to boost tourism in the union territory
  The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of Tour Operators, Andaman and Nicobar Islands to work towards increasing tourist arrivals to ...read more>>
ETAA conducts session on Service Tax & Cyber Laws for members
  Taking cognizance of the tax system and the increasing online threat for travel agents, the ETAA (Enterprising Travel Agents Association) organised a knowledge session on Service Tax and Cyber Laws for its ..read more>>
New Zealand launches ‘Every Day a Different Journey’ campaign in India
  Tourism New Zealand (NZ) has launched a campaign, ‘Every Day a Different Journey’ in the Indian market. The campaign emphasises on the diversity and proximity of experiences in NZ. The campaign will be rolled out ...read more>>
The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences to open at Palm Islands by end of 2017
  Kerzner International—which owns and manages Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai—and Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) plan to launch the 46-storey The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences by the end of 2017, , ...read more>>
Zanzibar conducts maiden FAM tour for TAFI Western Region agents
  Zanzibar Tourism Promotion Centre (ZTPC) hosted its first FAM tour for travel agents of the Western Region Chapter of Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI). The tour was jointly conducted with the Ministry of ...read more>>
ATE 2015 witnesses record participation of Indian travel trade
  The recently concluded Australian Travel Exchange (ATE) in Melbourne witnessed record number of Indian participants, stated a release. A total of 25 companies including Thomas Cook India, SOTC-Kuoni, ..read more>>
Claudio Zemp takes charge as India Director of Switzerland Tourism
  Claudio Zemp has been appointed as new Director–India of Switzerland Tourism. He has assumed charge and is based in Mumbai, stated a release.Zemp is an internationally experienced and professional ...read more>>
Seychelles Tourism, Air Seychelles support production of Bollywood film ‘Rocky Handsome’
  Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and Air Seychelles have joined hands in support of the filming of upcoming Bollywood movie, Rocky Handsome, which marks the return of Bollywood to Seychelles after two decades. ...read more>>
Delhi to be inaugural route for British Airways’ Boeing 787-900 aircraft in India
  British Airways has announced that it’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First class cabin, will start flying to Delhi from October 25, 2015. With this development, Delhi will become the first route for ...read more>>