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 EDITORIAL
Selective Amnesia
The kind of publicity, discussions, debates, and celebrations that the country is seeing on the completion of a year of the government are unprecedented in democratic India. Yes, there’s no denying that there is bound to be short- and long-term appraisals of governments when promises and expectations are high. One year of the Modi government has been trendsetting in many ways.
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 IN FOCUS
Anil Bhandari
INDABA 2015: Best of Africa takes centre stage
Notwithstanding the negative publicity generated by the xenophobic unrest in parts of KwaZulu Natal region close on the heels of INDABA 2015, South African Tourism (SAT) was able to put up a decent show of pan-African tourism products from May 9-11, and reassure its partners that they will continue to work for strengthening the partnership for the growth of tourism in Africa. P Krishna Kumar reports
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 IN CONVERSATION
‘We have been witnessing encouraging month-on-month growth in gross sales’
FiTraveller.com is the first and only Indian online travel platform that allows users to completely customise every aspect of their holidays in over 450 destinations worldwide. Shiju Radhakrishnan, Founder & CEO iTraveller.com, talks to P Krishna Kumar about plans for expansion in terms of destinations and supplier base, and improving customer experience
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