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 SPOTLIGHT
Anil Bhandari
Rendez-vous en France 2015: An affair to remember!
Rendez-vous en France 2015, the premier international trade fair for tourism in France, returned to Paris, at Porte de Versailles. The event was held from March 31-April 1. TravelBiz Monitor presents the best on offer at the 10th Rendez-vous en France
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 IN CONVERSATION
‘We are expecting 5,000 pax from the Indian market this year’
With 11 Preferred Travel Agents across India, Club Med is looking at educating the travel trade to create awareness about its products in the country. Manoj K Upadhyay, Head Sales - India, Club Med, speaks to TravelBiz Monitor on plans for the Indian market
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 GUEST COLUMN
Exploring Kiwi Land
Coinciding with the ICC Cricket World Cup India vs Ireland match, which took place in Hamilton, Tourism New Zealand hosted 28 people from the Indian travel trade on a VIP FAM trip from March 9-15. The delegates included directors, owners, and senior product managers of travel agencies, who were exposed to new offerings of the destination. Heena Munshaw, Director, Beacon Holidays, who was part of the trip, pens down her experiences in New Zealand
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This Week's Top Headlines
India-Bangladesh bus services flagged off
  As per an IANS report, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee today flagged off the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala ...read more>>
TAAI and Vietnam sign MoU to promote bilateral tourism
  Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and The Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mumbai recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a period of five years to promote...read more>>
Jordan waives visa fee for travellers staying 2 nights
  Jordan has waived visa fees for tourists of all nationalities coming through Jordanian tour operators, whether travelling individually or in groups. However, the condition is that the traveller spends ...read more>>
Rajiv Nayan Choubey appointed as Civil Aviation Secretary
  In the latest top-level bureaucratic reshuffle, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has appointed Rajiv Nayan Choubey as Civil Aviation Secretary....read more>>
Oman Tourism to implement 25-year global marketing strategy from 2016
  In order to channelise its efforts in the right direction, the Ministry of Tourism, Sultanate of Oman is conducting an extensive study of its regional and international source markets. ...read more>>
RBI’s move to double limit under Liberalised Remittance Scheme expected to aid outbound travel
  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has doubled annual overseas investment ceiling for individuals to USD 250,000, noting that foreign exchange reserves have touched record levels. "On a review of the external sector outlook...read more>>
Kuoni DVMS revamps brand identity, logo
  Kuoni DVMS (Dubai Visa & Marhaba Services) has updated its brand identity, which includes a redesigned primary logo. DVMS will now be Distribution. Visa. Marketing. Services., with the new logo depicting ...read more>>
Bhutan seeks to attract more Indians through new tourism policy
  According to a report by Debasis Sarkar for The Economic Times, Bhutan is trying to attract more Indian holidaymakers through a new tourism policy in an effort to ensure higher capacity utilisation. ...read more>>
Coral Strand & Savoy Hotels Seychelles appoint Global Destinations as India Representative
  Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel and Savoy Resort & Spa in Seychelles have appointed Global Destinations as their Sales and Marketing Representative in India with effect from May 15, 2015, stated a release....read more>>
Air traffic continues to grow despite shocks: IATA
  As per a PTI report, the growing number of people from the developing world taking to air travel has injected resilience in the airline industry through a continued growth of global air traffic despite the sector...read more>>
India receives maximum entries on TripAdvisor’s list of top landmarks in Asia
  India has clocked the maximum number of winning attractions on the TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice Landmarks with six famous structures/monuments, namely, ...read more>>
Mahindra Holidays to hike stake in Holiday Club Resorts to 88% for EUR 28mn
  The Investment Committee of the Board of Directors of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL) has approved the exercise of its option to increase its stake in Holiday Club Resorts, Oy, ...read more>>
PM for developing 1,100 islands, 300 light houses to tap tourism potential: Road Transport Minister
  According to PTI, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has shown keen interest in developing 1,100 islands and 300 light houses across the nation to tap their tourism potential, in a bid to bolster water infrastructure...read more>>
HRAEI calls for 10 per cent cap on GST for hospitality industry
  The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) has said that the introduction of Goods and Service Tax (GST) bill and its passing by Lok Sabha is a welcome step and that the hospitality industry...read more>>
Asian cities continue to dominate the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index
  Asian cities continue their domination of the annual MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index, making up half of the top ten. Bangkok has retained its position at number two with 18.24 million ...read more>>