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Int'l trade visitors constitute 43% of total attendees at ITB Berlin 2015
This year’s edition of ITB Berlin was truly a record-breaker with an increase in trade visitors from abroad, longer duration of stay of trade visitors and exhibitors, and higher turnover reported by exhibitors. The event also marked the debut of the World Legacy Awards, where India was declared winner in one of the categories. TravelBiz Monitor presents highlights of the five-day show more>>

International Focus: Tuscan Flavours
Italy, for Amala & Carl Dantas is a captivating destination, and one they keep visiting. Their latest sojourn was an 11-day 'foodie' trip in Tuscany to discover the gastronomic delights and wines. They recount their experiences of cooking classes and tasting sessions, and their journey through the scenic landscape of Tuscany dotted with medieval villages and Florence, celebrated for its art and heritage and known as the Cradle of Renaissance more>>
‘We are not here to compete, but to survive and succeed’ - Jnanesh Upponi, CEO, Fountainhead Corporate Journeys
With over 20 years of legacy as an event management company based in India, Fountainhead Entertainment diversified three years ago to form ‘Fountainhead Corporate Journeys’, which specialises in MICE travel. The division combines its experiential marketing skills and the collective strength of an experienced team of travel professionals. Jnanesh Upponi, CEO, Fountainhead Corporate Journeys, speaks to Rashmi Pradhan about the journey, strategy, and plans of the group more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
India Pavilion wins 2nd prize for Best Stand in Asia, Australia and Oceania at ITB Berlin 2015
  At the recently concluded ITB Berlin in Germany, India Pavilion has won the second prize for the Best Stand in the Asia, Australia and Oceania category, stated a PIB release. more>>
Zambia Tourism Board eyes 50% increase from Indian market this year
  India is among the top emerging source markets for Zambia. Three years ago Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) ventured into the Indian market and since then there has been a steady growth in tourist arrivals. more>>
Thailand to now offer VoA to Indians with passport validity of one month
  In a move to encourage Indians to visit the South East Asian country, the Thai Immigration has reduced the requirement for passport validity to only one month before expiry date for Visas-on-Arrival (VoA), stated a release. more>>
MoT processing proposal of setting up National Tourism University in Noida: Union Minister
  The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India is processing the proposal of setting up a National Tourism University in Noida, NCR. The proposal will be ready soon, informed Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and more>>
MoCA proposes not allowing new airlines to fly overseas destinations less than six hours from India
  As per The Hindu Business Line report, a new start-up domestic airline will not be allowed to operate on international routes, which are less than six hours from India. more>>
Kerala Tourism draws interest in Ayurveda at 22nd Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition
  Kerala Tourism, which participated in the 22nd Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT) recently, received a lot of enquiries, especially for Ayurveda. more>>
Thailand outsources visa application service to VFS Global in Kolkata
  The Royal Thai Consulate-General, Kolkata today officially launched visa application service at a VFS Global centre in the city, stated a release. For the first time, applicants in Kolkata will be able to submit their visa applications at a modern facility with five dedicated counters. more>>
Service Tax on airfares revised to 7.41% for First & Business Class, 4.94% for Economy
  According to a report by Aneesh Phadnis in Business Standard, airlines have begun charging the revised Service Tax on tickets, following the hike in rates announced in the Union Budget last month. more>>
UP to start inter-city air service next month
  As per The Asian Age report by Amita Verma, Uttar Pradesh will have its own inter-city air services from April. The project has been approved by the Director General of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India (AAI). more>>
Dubai, Oman & Abu Dhabi join Qatar, Sharjah at 2015 Cruise Shipping Miami
  The Oman Ministry of Tourism (Oman Tourism), Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and newly joined Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development more>>
IndiGo introduces 16 flights on its domestic network
  Enhancing its route network on the domestic front, IndiGo is launching eight flights. This includes connecting Delhi to Lucknow, Lucknow to Patna and Patna to Kolkata and introduction of its first daily non-stop flight from Kolkata to Goa from today. more>>
CII elects Shreekant Somany as Chairman for Northern Region, Rumjhum Chatterjee as Deputy Chairperson
  Shreekant Somany, Chairman & Managing Director, Somany Ceramics Ltd., has been elected as the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Northern Region for 2015-16, while Rumjhum Chatterjee has been elected as the Deputy Chairperson. more>>
Tourism Australia overall winner at Routes Asia 2015 Marketing Awards Asia heat
  Tourism Australia has emerged the Overall Winner of the Asia heat of this year’s Routes Asia Marketing Awards. Tourism Australia was declared winner in the Best Destination category, with Tourism Victoria following closely. more>>
Taj Mansingh to go under the hammer
  The Ministry of Home Affairs has cleared the decks for the auction of Taj Mansingh Hotel. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), which owns the hotel property, will start the bidding process after getting consent from its members on March 20. more>>
IITM 2015-16 schedule announced
  The schedule for the India International Travel Mart (IITM) 2015-16 has been announced by Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions. The event showcases travel and hospitality products from every part of the country, and more>>
Over 50% Indians to spend more on travel this year: TripAdvisor
  Fifty-three per cent Indians will increase their travel budget this year, and from among these, 52 per cent indicate that they plan to do so because they feel vacations are something they or their family deserves, and more>>
Emirates organises appreciation dinner for Indian travel partners
  Emirates hosted its partners among the Indian travel trade at a dinner recently at the Armani Hotel in Dubai, acknowledging their contribution to the airline’s success last year. more>>