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Discover Dubai – the Gateway to the Middle East!
Dubai is increasingly being recognised as a year-round destination with its beaches, attractions, hotels and experiences being enjoyed 12 months of the year. Vinay Coutinho explores the high-end luxury offerings of Dubai more>>
India Bus AwardsIATA Premium Traffic Monitor May 2015
The growth in international air passengers was 6.2% in May this year compared with the same period in 2014. Although the growth was spread across most markets, the key driver for the boom in international air travel was acceleration within European market, noted the International Air Transport Association (IATA). TravelBiz Monitor presents details of Premium Traffic Monitor May 2015 more>>
Poornima Krishnamurthy Aditi Balbir, Co-Founder, V Resorts

Aditi Balbir is the founder of one of the first ‘start ups’ in the hospitality sector in India–V Resorts. One who loves trying out truly unique travel spots away from the glaze and glamour of popular destinations on her weekends,Aditi found a glaring gap in customized hospitality services in offbeat destinations and ventured to bridge it with branded ‘limited service resorts’.P Krishna Kumar meets with this astute entrepreneur to understand her passion for both business and life more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
India Tourism should revisit its global communication strategy: DIPP Secy
  Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy (DIPP), Government of India, who is credited for the ‘Incredible India’ brand marketing campaign during his stint in the Union Ministry of more>>
MoT once again floats the idea of India Travel Mart
  After a hiatus of three years, India Tourism has once again proposed a Travel Mart for India. According to Dr Lalit K Panwar, Secretary - Tourism, Government of India, the idea to start an annual India Travel Mart to more>>
Obituary: India mourns the demise of former President A P J Abdul Kalam
  Scientist-turned-statesman, former President of India, Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam died after collapsing while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong. Known as India’s’ more>>
TFCI expects investments in tourism to gain momentum in 6 months
  Tourism Finance Corporation of India Ltd. (TFCI) - the dedicated funding agency for the tourism sector in India - expects the investment climate in the tourism and hospitality sector to pick up steam in tourism and hospitality more>>
Cruise service connecting Kochi-Colombo-Maldives expected to commence from Oct
  A one-of-its-kind product that could give major boost to regional tourism in South Asia, a cruise ship linking Kochi with Colombo and Maldives is expected to commence operations from October this year. This information more>>
SAT to launch ‘Chalo South Africa’ marketplace for Indian travel trade on its website
  South African Tourism (SAT) will conduct a soft launch of marketplace ‘Chalo South Africa’ on its website in mid-September this year. This will enable travel agents from India to upload their packages on the SAT website. more>>
Govt starts spadework for second airport in Delhi NCR
  The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Government of India has commenced the process of setting up the second airport in the Delhi NCR. According to Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture and more>>
India plans to remove Iran from prior referral category, issue visas quickly
  As per a PTI report, India is likely to remove Iran from the prior referral category to facilitate easy and quick visa for its nationals. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has assured Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, of more>>
Lavasa International Convention Centre to attract floating weddings & meetings business
  Sachin Malhotra, Hotel Manager, Mercure Lavasa and Lavasa International Convention Centre (LICC), informed that they aim to host more of ‘floating weddings’ (on a deck over water) and are promoting the concept more>>
Tourism Australia signs 3-year MoU with Expedia to increase tourist arrivals
  Tourism Australia and the Expedia group have signed a multi-million dollar marketing partnership aimed at developing campaigns and content to increase international travellers to the nation, stated a more>>
dnata & TCA Abu Dhabi promote Abu Dhabi Summer Season across India
  In order to promote the three month-long Abu Dhabi Summer Season, dnata and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is conducting roadshows in India, targeting industry professionals. The Abu more>>
Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau appoints Sartha Global Marketing as India Representative
  Sartha Global Marketing has been appointed by Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau (BHCVB) as their Representative in India. Sartha Global will educate potential Indian travellers on the destination’s attributes, more>>
IRCTC signs MoU with Uttarakhand to promote tourism
  As per a PTI report, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) for promotion of tourism more>>
PATA announces winners of Grand and Gold Awards 2015
  The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced the winners of the 2015 PATA Grand and Gold Awards. Supported and sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) for the last 20 years, more>>
ETAA North India Chapter names heads of 3 sub-committees
  The North India Chapter of Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA) has inducted trade persons as heads for three of its sub-committees, namely Liasioning Committee, Membership Committee, and Events more>>
MakeMyTrip to buy 28% in HolidayIQ for Rs 95 cr
  As per a Business Standard report, MakeMyTrip has announced acquisition of 28 per cent stake in travel review and meta search website HolidayIQ for USD 15 million (Rs 95 crore). The deal values Holiday IQ at around more>>
SpiceJet, Qatar talks for commercial agreement; may lead to stake sale deal
  As per a Economic Times report by Mihir Mishra, SpiceJet Ltd and Qatar Airways are in early stage talks to negotiate a commercial agreement that could eventually lead to the Gulf carrier picking up a stake in the more>>