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 IN CONVERSATION
Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives‘India is among the smaller and newer markets we are tapping’
With the launch of its Indian restaurant, Swarna, Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives is looking at growth from all visitor segments this year. The hotel property is also considering expanding in the Middle East and the sub-continent. Amit Majumder, Resort Manager, and Simmi Soodan, Director of Sales, of Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives, speak to TravelBiz Monitor
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 SPECIAL REPORT
Five key trends transforming business travel: CWT
Business travellers are adopting new tools and apps inspired by the leisure travel and retail sectors. But while travellers express concerns about items such as data security, they appear willing to accept these changes where it makes their lives easier, finds Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT)’s report, 'Faster, Smarter, Better?'. The report tackles the five key trends that are transforming business travel. TravelBiz Monitor presents details of the report
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 DESTINATION FOCUS
Destination Focus FloridaThe Florida Keys & Key West: Hidden Islands of Florida
Located off the southern coast of Florida, The Florida Keys are a coral cay archipelago. A stretch of tropical islands, The Florida Keys & Key West is a perfect destination to relax, unwind, and indulge in activities like fishing, boating, and scuba diving. Rashmi Pradhan takes you through this less-explored part of Florida
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 ROUND UP
Round Up Kerala Tourism conducts maiden roadshow in China
Kerala Tourism recently conducted its first-ever roadshow in China at the Hotel Jinjiang Tower. The roadshow came close on the heels of the state’s maiden participation in the Beijing International Tourism Expo (BITE) 2015, and witnessed participation of 70 buyers from the Chinese travel and tourism industry. Kerala Tourism had participated in the three-day BITE 2015, where they had set up a pavilion themed on backwaters and the martial art Kalaripayattu
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This Week's Top Headlines
Most Indian outbound travellers unperturbed by falling rupee: Yatra.com survey
  The depreciation of the rupee has not had much impact on the international travel plans of Indians, according to a survey by Yatra.com. Of the 10,000 respondents, more than 60 per cent are eager to travel, ...read more>>
Tourism New Zealand to increase marketing budget in India to NZD 5 mn this year
  In order to augment the growth from the Indian market and effectively engage with its travel trade and consumers, Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) plans to heavily invest in the market. Speaking on the sidelines of Kiwi Link India..read more>>
Karnataka’s Tourism Policy 2015-20 aims to accelerate private investments & entrepreneurship in the sector
  Karnataka’s New Tourism Policy 2015-20, unveiled by Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka, in the presence of R V Deshpande, Minister of Tourism & Higher Education, Government of Karnataka, today has charted ...read more>>
Andhra Pradesh to come out with ‘mission document’ for tourism soon
  Andhra Pradesh (AP) has finalised a ‘mission document’ aimed at doubling the number of tourists as well as tourism’s share in GDP of the state over the next five years. According to Neerabh Kumar Prasad, Principal ...read more>>
Kerala sets up Tourism Investment Promotion Board
  According to a report by M Somasekhar for The Hindu Business Line, the Kerala government has set up a Tourism Investment Promotion Board with a view to attracting more investments and global tourists. ...read more>>
SAT, TAAI to organise six more trade workshops in emerging markets pan India
  The South African Tourism (SAT) aims to reach out to the potential and emerging markets of Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Indore, Raipur and Coimbatore through workshops after they conclude the currently underway ...read more>>
NDC is not competing with traditional distribution system: IATA
  Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, International Air Transport Association (IATA), cleared the general misconception about New Distribution Capability (NDC), stating it is not competing with the traditional ..read more>>
NGT refuses to lift ban on commercial activities at Rohtang Pass
  The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has declined to give any relief to people engaged in tourism, adventure and allied activities in Rohtang Pass area and said the complete ban imposed on commercial activities ...read more>>
Goa to put in place new single-window system for tourism events
  As per a report in The Times of India, the two-year-old single-window system of the Goa Tourism Department for tourism-related events is likely to be changed drastically and probably will be in place for the new tourist...read more>>
Tourism to get industry status in Uttarakhand: Chief Minister
  As per an IANS report, tourism would soon be given status of an industry in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat announced yesterday. After a review meeting of the Tourism Department, Rawat said fresh impetus ...read more>>
Sweden Tourism to focus on India and China to draw more tourists
  Visit Sweden plans to make major investments in some of the growing markets, including India and China, in order to attract more tourists. This is part of the investment plan of the tourism board, according to which it ...read more>>
Nepal urges countries to lift travel advisories to revive tourism
  According to a report by The Associated Press, the Nepal government has urged other countries to lift travel advisories that discourage their citizens from visiting the Himalayan nation, following a devastating earthquake ...read more>>
Civil Aviation Ministry likely to propose 1% cess on airfares to fund regional air connectivity
  According to a report by Mihir Mishra for The Economic Times, flyers should brace for a fare hike, as the Civil Aviation Ministry is likely to propose a one per cent cess on fares to fund air connectivity in non-lucrative ...read more>>
Malaysia Airlines to cut flights to India as part of restructure
  According to a report by Aneesh Phadnis for Business Standard, Malaysia Airlines, which suffered twin air disasters last year, is reducing capacity on its Indian routes as a part of its overall restructuring exercise. ...read more>>
SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh pledges over half of his stake in airline
  As per a PTI report, at least more than one-fifth of SpiceJet Ltd shares have been pledged, with its promoter Ajay Singh pledging nearly 34 per cent of his stake in the low-cost airline. Singh, the original co-founder, ..read more>>
PATA enters into partnership with Horwath HTL for Investment Forum in Sept 2015
  The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and hospitality consulting firm, Horwath HTL have signed a partnership for the organisation of the PATA Investment Forum which will take place in Bengaluru on ...read more>>
Kerala Tourism’s Muziris Heritage Project wins PATA Gold Award
  Kerala Tourism has bagged this year’s Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award for its Muziris Heritage Project in the 'Heritage & Culture’ category. The award, sponsored by the Macau Government Tourism Office ...read more>>