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IATA ‘We plan to create a separate identity & brand of Telangana Tourism and make the new logo public’
The 29th state of India, Telangana, earlier this month, held a week-long celebration of the first anniversary of its creation. B P Acharya, Principle Secretary of Tourism & Culture, Telangana, speaks to TravelBiz Monitor about the same and elaborates on plans to promote tourism in the state 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: Building a more rewarding journey’. Commissioned by Amadeus and written by Frost & Sullivan, the report suggests that travellers are no longer defined by their demographic segment, but by their values, behaviours, and motivations. TravelBiz Monitor presents the report more>>
Hugh & Colleen Gantzer Our Critical Interface: Guide Talk
Once upon a time, we were guides. Before we became travel writers, we volunteered to become guides to find out what tourists were looking for when they came to our land. We took a French and an American group of travel agents around Kochi. Ever since, we have continued to learn a great deal from the guides who have escorted us through a myriad places in India and the rest of the world. more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
MoT unveils ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ TVCs with Aamir Khan as brand ambassador
  In a step to further augment the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) for promotion of tourism, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Statre with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture and Minister of State for more>>
IAAI files criminal case for forgery against IATA in Gurgaon
  According to a press release issued by the association, the IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) has filed a criminal case for forgery against IATA (International Air Transport Association) in Gurgaon more>>
New committee of ETAA South India Chapter announced at 3rd anniversary celebration
  The South India Chapter of Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA) recently celebrated its third anniversary at Hotel Citrus, Bengaluru. On the occasion, a five-member committee of the chapter was more>>
Centre approves agreement for abolition of visa requirements for diplomatic passport-holders between India & Spain
  The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the signing of an agreement for the abolition of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic passports between India and more>>
TAT unveils ‘Green Season Tourism Marketing Promotion Programme’ to tap travellers during lean season
  In order to draw travellers to Thailand during the comparatively less busy months from May to September, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has introduced a campaign, ‘Green Season Tourism Marketing more>>
Tourism Australia to revamp Aussie Specialist Program
  Tourism Australia is revamping its Aussie Specialist Program (ASP) for travel sellers across the globe. Details of the new-look program were unveiled yesterday at the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE15) more>>
VFS Global to launch mobile apps for iOS & Android users
  To enhance the experience of mobile device users, VFS Global plans to launch native apps for iOS and Android users in five to seven weeks. These apps will be available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play more>>
Poor infrastructure, high taxes deter foreign airlines from investing in India: IATA
  As per a PTI report, poor aviation infrastructure and "difficulty" in doing business like high taxes and regulations have deterred foreign airlines from investing in Indian carriers, the chief of global airlines’ body more>>
MoT launches 'India-the Land of Yoga' brochure
  As per a PIB release, the government yesterday launched a brochure “India- The Land of Yoga” on the occasion of the ‘International Day of Yoga’ being celebrated across the world on 21st June, 2015. more>>
Civil Aviation Minister invites French investments in India’s aviation sector
  Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India, has urged France to invest in Indian aviation sector, and invited them for ‘India Aviation 2016’. He was leading the Indian more>>
Goa Airport to issue E-Tourist visas to 31 new countries
  The Goa International Airport is set to issue E-Tourist Visas (ETVs) to 31 new countries enlisted for this facility granted by the Union government recently, a move that will boost tourism during monsoon. more>>
Micromax invests in ixigo
  Smartphone handset company, Micromax Informatics Limited has made a strategic investment in ixigo, a mobile travel search marketplace. This investment further reinforces Micromax’s foray into application more>>
Accor to be called 'AccorHotels'; adopts new signature, 'Feel Welcome'
  Accor has become 'AccorHotels' while also adopting a new signature. With its new name, AccorHotels, the Group says, it upholds its hospitality business, a company release recently stated. It aims at more>>
Tata group may increase stake in AirAsia India
  According to a Bloomberg TV India report, Tata group may look to increase its stake in Indian low-fare airline joint venture with AirAsia Group Bhd. Discussions are going on between Tata group and Telestra, according more>>
Kuoni sells travel units to German Rewe
  According to a Reuters report, Kuoni has said that it is selling its tour operators, specialists and travel agencies in Britain, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Finland, and Benelux to German retailer, Rewe for an . more>>
India, Tanzania ink 8 MoUs in fields including tourism
  As per an ANI report, India on Friday inked eight Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with Tanzania in various fields including tourism to expand engagement in different sectors. The agreements were more>>
Actor Ajay Devgn to promote Bulgaria tourism
  As per a IANS report, actor Ajay Devgn, who visited Bulgaria to check out locations for his upcoming directorial Shivaay, will lend support to promote tourism in the country from India. Devgn will take part more>>
RoomsTonite partners with Uber in India
  RoomsTonite and Uber have entered into a partnership in India, under which, travellers can get the first free ride worth up to Rs 450 by using the Uber app. RoomsTonite customers can avail of the free ride by entering more>>