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 SPOTLIGHT
Discover Dubai: Emirate elaborates plans to create No. 1 business events hub in 5 years
What differentiates Dubai as a global business events destination is not just its world-class infrastructure and products, but the incredible professional support system that stakeholders of the industry are putting in place assiduously, in a seamless fashion. P Krishna Kumar, who attended ‘Discover Dubai’ Business Events Study Mission of Dubai Business Events—a division of Dubai Tourism—reports
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 IN FOCUS

WTTC Global Summit 2015: Disrupting Forces & People for Change
The 2015 edition of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit saw private and public leaders from across the world deliberate on the disrupting influences affecting and challenging travel & tourism businesses. The 15th edition of the Summit, which was held in Madrid, Spain on April 15 and 16, returned to Europe for the first time in seven years. TravelBiz Monitor presents event highlights
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 GUEST COLUMN
Goa: Looking ahead??
Goa is one of the few states in India where there has been a never-ending stream of inbound visitors for over four decades, much before tourism had become popular in most parts of India.
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 ON RECORD

Five islands of Thailand on TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Islands Asia 2015 list
Travel site TripAdvisor has announced Travellers’ Choice awards for Islands. This year’s awards honour more than 100 islands worldwide including lists for Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, the UK and the US.
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This Week's Top Headlines
New Tourism Policy proposes inclusion of tourism in Concurrent List of Constitution
  The new Tourism Policy Draft, which was put on public domain by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India for comments and suggestions, proposes including tourism in the Concurrent...read more>>
FTAs, Domestic Tourism grow consistently from 2011-2013: Union Minister
  Addressing members in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Culture and Tourism and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, ....read more>>
SAARC should focus on Sustainable Tourism Development: Sri Lankan diplomat
  High Commissioner of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne has suggested that countries within the ambit of SAARC should look for Sustainable Tourism development....read more>>
Indians holding AJACSSUK visa can enter Philippines from all entry ports
  Indians with AJACSSUK (Australia, Japan, Canada, Singapore, the US and UK) visa, can travel to the Philippines from any entry port, including major international airports and secondary international hubs, . ...read more>>
Centre to develop Puducherry, Kancheepuram as major tourist destinations: Union Minister
  According to a report by Divya Chandrababu in The Times of India, the Centre would focus on developing Puducherry and Kancheepuram in South India, as major tourist destinations, said Dr Mahesh Sharma,....read more>>
Dubai showcases multitude of ways to experience the emirate at ATM 2015
  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is using this year’s edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), to showcase why the Dubai’s ....read more>>
Singapore’s Changi Airport reduces fee for transit travellers from July 1, 2015
  As per a TravelMole report, Singapore's Changi Airport Group (CAG) has revamped its fee structure, dropping prices across the board for airport related fees, including a reduction in Passenger Service Charge for transit travellers. ...read more>>
J&K committed to facilitate hassle-free environment for tourists: CM
  Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Chief Minister (CM) of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), said that his government is committed to create a hassle-free environment for tourists coming to the state. ...read more>>
Union Tourism Minister announces Rs 50 cr for development of tourism in AP’s Nellore district
  Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, has announced a sum of Rs 50 crore for the . ...read more>>
Lufthansa introduces Premium Economy Class on Delhi-Frankfurt route
  Lufthansa Passenger Airlines has introduced the Premium Economy Class on its Delhi-Frankfurt route.The first flight with Premium Economy offering took off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport at...read more>>
Air India restructures triangular Australia service to cut losses
  As per a Business Standard report by Aneesh Phadnis, Air India Ltd has restructured its daily service to Australia to cut losses. ...read more>>
Air Seychelles increases flight frequency to Mumbai
  Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has increased the frequency of its flights to Mumbai to cater for growing demand from business and leisure travellers, stated a release....read more>>
Gujarat Tourism holds travel meet in Mumbai to promote state for this summer
  To showcase the state as a must-visit for every tourist, Gujarat Tourism recently held an exclusive travel meet with leading tour operators of Mumbai....read more>>
AIMED, IMA ink pact to promote Medical Tourism in India
  As per a PTI report, to promote Medical Tourism, Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AIMED) and Indian Medical Association (IMA) have recently inked an agreement under the 'Cure in India' initiative....read more>>
NMA grants NOC for renovation of abandoned railway line near Rani Ki Vav, Gujarat
  The National Monuments Authority (NMA) under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, has decided to grant No Objection Certificate (NOC) for repair and renovation of an abandoned . ...read more>>
Accor partners with 4moles.com to promote Golf Tourism in India
  Accor Hotels has partnered with 4moles.com, a e-commerce channel for Golf retail, to promote the development of Golf Tourism in India.With this tie up, Accor’s hotels in India will provide ‘Golf Concierge’...read more>>
British Airways appoints Moran Birger as Regional Commercial Manager for South Asia
  British Airways has appointed Moran Birger as the Regional Commercial Manager for South Asia and will be based at the airline’s South Asia headquarters in Gurgaon, New Delhi....read more>>