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GPS 2015 records 100 hosted buyers from Central India
Global Panorama Showcase (GPS), the annual travel trade exposition organised by Nagpur-based Jagsons Travels Pvt. Ltd., took place at Hotel Centre Point, Ramdaspeth from February 8-10. TravelBiz Monitor presents highlights of the second edition of the event more>>

Vision 2015: Travel and Tourism - Aviation
The year 2014 saw the Indian government, which is pro-tourism, take a few measures to boost the industry. The most significant one was the launch of Visa-on-Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). While the Centre's initiatives have given a renewed sense of optimism to the industry, there is a lot more to be done in the year ahead. That is the popular opinion among players from the industry. TravelBiz Monitor speaks to players in the aviation sector to know what the past year was like and their vision for 2015 more>>

India yet again maintains 2nd top source market ranking for Dubai hotels in 2014
Of the top ten source markets for hotel establishments in Dubai, India has retained its number 2 position yet again, preceded by Saudi Arabia, which has also retained its number 1 ranking. According to DTCM’s data, hotels in the emirate recorded year-on-year an over five per cent rise in guest numbers in 2014. TravelBiz Monitor presents the findings in detail more>>
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Centre proposes cross-cultural linkages with 39 Indian Ocean countries under Project Mausam
  The Indian government has proposed to establish cross-cultural linkages and revive historic maritime cultural and economic ties under ‘Project Mausam’ with 39 Indian Ocean countries. more>>
Visa facilitation a high-priority issue for Silk Road Tourism: Ministers
  Calling for a more collaborative approach to marketing, namely e-marketing and cooperation with tour operators, participating countries at the 5th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting reported on the measures taken to promote Silk Road Tourism with a clear focus on visa more>>
MoT identifies 3 Buddhist Circuits for development
  Three Buddhist Circuits have been identified by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India to be developed with the help of the central government, state governments, and private stakeholders. more>>
Kerala Tourism’s backwaters campaign gets 2nd consecutive recognition at ITB Berlin Golden Gate Awards
  Kerala Tourism received the Golden Gate Awards Silver Prize in the multimedia campaign category for ‘The Great Backwaters’ campaign at the ongoing ITB Berlin. more>>
UNWTO & AVIAREPS sign MoU for destination marketing
  The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and AVIAREPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the recently conluded ITB Berlin. As part of the agreement, the two organisations will join forces to promote international tourism to various more>>
Orange County Resorts & Hotels wins World Legacy Award at ITB Berlin 2015
  India’s Orange County Resorts & Hotels has been declared winner of the 2015 National Geographic World Legacy Award in the Earth Changers category. The winners of the Awards were announced at the ongoing ITB Berlin more>>
7 more VFS Global Visa Application Centres of South Africa now operational in India
  VFS Global has launched seven Visa Application Centres (VACs) for South Africa in India, which will be operational from today. These centres are located in Jaipur, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Goa, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru. more>>
PATA forecasts 5-6% rise in visitor arrivals to Asia Pacific over next 5 years
  According to Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Visitor Arrivals Forecasts for the period 2015-19, the growth momentum of international visitor arrivals to Asia-Pacific destinations will continue over the next five years. more>>
Kerala Tourism pavilion biggest among Indian state tourism boards at ITB Berlin 2015
  The Kerala Tourism pavilion is the biggest among all state tourism boards of India that are exhibiting at the ongoing ITB Berlin (March 4-8). The stall, 128 sq mtr in area, has the backwaters of Kerala as theme, more>>
VisitBritain appoints Saif Ali Khan as spokesperson for ‘Bollywood Britain’ campaign
  VisitBritain has appointed Bollywood actor, Saif Ali Khan as the spokesperson for its ‘Bollywood Britain’ tourism campaign in India. The campaign, which highlights ‘romance’, is the latest of the Bollywood-themed campaigns that the tourism board has undertaken in India over the past few years, more>>
Maldives Tourism to undertake aggressive promotional activities in India
  Maldives Tourism plans to implement aggressive promotional and marketing activities in India to increase tourist footfalls to the island nation. The country welcomed over 45,000 Indian tourists last year, more>>
78% Indian women feel the country is safe for travel: HolidayIQ
  A healthy majority of Indian women feel safe to travel within the country. According to a survey recently conducted by among 20,000 across the country, 78 per cent women of various age groups across the country feel India is a safe place to travel. more>>
Switzerland’s India Workshop 2015 in Interlaken focuses on Winter Tourism
  Switzerland Tourism recently organised their annual India Workshop in Interlaken for the travel trade. The aim was to bring together 35 Swiss partners representing the entire range of tourism products for the Indian market, more>>
Govt rules out immediate plan to divest stake in Air India
  According to a PTI report, the government has ruled out any immediate plan to divest stake in Air India Ltd. or rope to in a strategic partner for the loss-making national carrier. more>>
Mahindra Holidays opens Club Mahindra Wildlife Resort in Kanha in Madha Pradesh
  Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL) India’s leading player in the leisure hospitality industry, opened their new property in Kanha in Madhya Pradesh. more>>
Over 500 Indian agents attend Visit California’s Discover America seminars across 4 cities
  Visit California recently concluded its outreach programme as part of the Brand USA ‘Discover America’ Educational Seminars for travel agents. The seminars were held in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, and New Delhi. more>>
Ethiopian Airlines to start double-daily flights to New Delhi soon
  With the announcement of double-daily flights to Mumbai from March 29 this year, Ethiopian Airlines plans to start double-daily flights to New Delhi soon. Both daily flights to Mumbai will be operated with the ultra-modern B787 Dreamliner aircraft, more>>