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 IN FOCUS
TTM+2015
TTM+2015 showcases 'Hidden Gems' of Thailand
The 14th edition of TTM+ saw exhibitors showcasing the new products and experiences Thailand has to offer travellers. Along with focusing on the varied activities through the ‘2015 Discover Thainess’ campaign, the annual event focused on the ‘12 Hidden Gems’ of Thailand, Akansha Pandey reports
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 IN CONVERSATION
‘We have brought about a two-fold increase in our marketing budget in India’
Steven Dixon, Regional Manager - South & South East Asia, Tourism New Zealand, speaks to TravelBiz Monitor about Tourism New Zealand’s marketing strategy for this year ...read more>>
 VIEW POINT
Overnights Please!!!
The world over, countries realise the tremendous impact tourism has on their GDP and the economy at large. Not to be left behind, India is making huge strides to garner maximum footfalls from foreign lands, with a number of tourist-friendly policies ranging from electronic visa approvals to providing airports with an ambience and decor matching international standards.
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 DESTINATION FOCUS
Anil Bhandari
Bavaria: An Architectural Delight!
A federal state of Germany, Bavaria is the largest and second most populous state in the country. Touring its cities of Munich, Passau, and Regensburg, one can learn of its relaxed way of life, traditions, warm hospitality, and a wealth of cultural attractions. Akansha Pandey recounts her experience
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This Week's Top Headlines
Lufthansa’s announcement of additional surcharge leaves industry disappointed
  German airline, Lufthansa Group’s (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and Swiss International Air Lines) decision to add a fee of EUR 16 to every GDS booking starting September 1, 2015, has created ...read more>>
Rajasthan Tourism Unit Policy 2015 unveiled by CM
  Rajasthan’s Chief Minister (CM), Vasundhara Raje recently presented the Rajasthan Tourism Unit Policy, 2015 (RTUP-2015) at the Ambassadors’ Roundtable Conference in New Delhi. The Policy, ...read more>>
Centre expects to finalise new aviation policy soon
  As per a PTI report, government expects to finalise the much-awaited new aviation policy and revised international flying norms for domestic carriers within a month. Though the consultation process with the stakeholders...read more>>
Asia-Pacific airlines to generate USD 5.1 bn profit in 2015: IATA
  Carriers in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to generate a USD 5.1 billion profit for a 2.5 per cent net margin (USD 4.24/passenger) this year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ...read more>>
Centre to expedite & assist Assam in the proposal of World Heritage site status for Majuli Island: Tourism Minister
  Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, has assured that the Centre will take all possible steps to expedite...read more>>
IRCTC to upgrade passenger amenities at Varanasi & Mumbai stations
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Blue Square Consultants to represent Best Travel Armenia in India
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IATA clarifies Cabin OK guideline; says it does not set maximum size limit for carry-on bags
  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has clarified key elements of its Cabin OK initiative, which have been misunderstood in some reporting. “The IATA Cabin OK initiative for carry-on bags aims to provide...read more>>
Founding member of Jet Airways, Saroj K Datta no more
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MakeMyTrip plans to invest in HolidayIQ
  According to a report by Pooja Sarkar and Ashna Ambre for Mint, MakeMyTrip Ltd. is in talks with Bengaluru-based holiday information company Leisure and Lifestyle Information Services Pvt. Ltd., which owns and ...read more>>
MP Travel Mart 2015 to be held from Oct 16-18 in Bhopal
  Madhya Pradesh (MP) Tourism Department is set to organise ‘Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart’ (MPTM) from October 16 to 18 at Lake View Ashok hotel in Bhopal. The three-day event will promote the tourist products of the ...read more>>
Tourism Australia & Singapore Airlines sign first MoU to boost business events visitors
  Tourism Australia and Singapore Airlines have signed an AUD 2.7-million marketing agreement for promoting business events travel to Australia. Under the three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ...read more>>
Travel industry must create personalised experiences for tomorrow’s travellers: Amadeus
  Airlines and other travel providers will have to harness data and social media information to create bespoke ‘purchasing experiences’ that cater to individual needs, deduces a report, ‘Future Traveller Tribes 2030:...read more>>
Philippines records 40% growth in Indian arrivals during Feb this year
  The Philippines has recorded double-digit growth of almost 40 per cent in Indian visitor arrivals in February 2015 over the same month last year, stated a release. The Indian market has continued to be one of the ...read more>>
ITDC appoints Umang Narula as Chairman & Managing Director
  India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has appointed Umang Narula as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD). He succeeds Girish Shankar, who is also the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, ...read more>>
Craig S. Smith takes over as President & MD of Marriott International Asia Pacific
  Marriott International Asia Pacific (APAC) has announced that Simon F. Cooper, President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of the month. Craig S. Smith, President of Marriott ...read more>>