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 IN CONVERSATION
'We will launch an online training programme by the first week of June 2015'
From sand to sea, culture to nature, sports to spa; Egypt has everything to offer to an avid traveller. Ismail A Hamid Amer, Egyptian Tourism Counselor, India Office, speaks to Rashmi Pradhan about travellers’ changing perception of Egypt, and explains how the country is a safe travel destination
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 ON RECORD
Anil Bhandari
Indians choose to travel to EMEA countries this summer: Expedia
Indian travellers are opting for holiday destinations in the EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa) for this summer, according to a survey by Expedia. Five hundred and twenty people from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, and Hyderabad responded to the Summer Trend Report 2015, which analysed the vacation destinations and travel preferences across multiple cities in India. The study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Access Media International.
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FOCAL POINT
Five Star Tracks: The Great Indian Hassle-free Tour
We have a problem. The Magical Image of India allures; the Reported Reality is daunting and our stature has been tarnished by a wrong perception.
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This Week's Top Headlines
Partnership between Centre, states & private stakeholders can boost India’s share to 1% in world tourism: Tourism Minister
  Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Culture and Tourism and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, has said the government is making all possible efforts ...read more>>
Move to paint Modi government pro-industry is unfortunate: FICCI
  The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has termed the move of various quarters to call the Narendra Modi government ‘pro-industry’, as discrediting the government and an unfortunate event....read more>>
India top market for overnights in SouthWest Germany with an average of 7.1
  With an average of 7.1 nights spent by an Indian traveller in SouthWest Germany, India is the top market for overnight visits to the region. The average number of nights spent by visitors of other nationalities is 2.4....read more>>
New Service Tax rate of 14% effective from June 1
  As per various news agencies, the new Service Tax rate of 14 per cent will come into effect from June 1, top government sources said yesterday. The move will make eating out in restaurants, air travel...read more>>
PATA Travel Mart 2015 to feature Tourism Investment Forum for the first time
  The 38th PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Travel Mart 2015, which will take place from September 6-8 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, will feature a Tourism Investment Forum for the very first time, to boost the tourism potential of the state....read more>>
No outright sale of ITDC hotels on the agenda: MoT
  According to a top Union Ministry of Tourism (MoT) official, the Ministry would be favouring long-term lease on management contracts to private parties, or dilution of equity in the loss-making...read more>>
Latvia seeks investments by Indians in varied sectors, including tourism
  The Northern European country of Latvia, which was part of undivided USSR, is looking for Indian investments in varied sectors in the country, including tourism. A recently formed business chamber, ...read more>>
Farah Leisure names Lama Tours as Travel Industry Preferred Partner in India
  Farah Leisure Parks Management, which currently manages and operates Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and YasWaterworld on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, has named Lama Tours (India) as its Travel Industry Preferred Partner....read more>>
Tourism Toronto offers incentives to Indian travel trade to boost MICE traffic
  In order to increase MICE traffic from India to the city, Tourism Toronto is offering incentives to travel agency partners through the India Agency Incentive Program, stated a release....read more>>
Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas to visit India for the first time; will dock in Kochi next month
  Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas will visit India for the first time ever, when it docks in Kochi on June 4, 2015. From thereon, the ship will proceed to Singapore during her ...read more>>
Trinidad & Tobago Tourism launches travel agent specialist programme
  Trinidad & Tobago Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) has launched the Trinidad & Tobago Travel Agent Specialist Program, which includes a comprehensive educational platform to promote awareness...read more>>
IRCTC signs MoU with Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Corporation
  The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) and Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ...read more>>
Carriers will need region-specific approvals to fly abroad from July 1, 2015: DGCA
  As per The Indian Express report by Sharmistha Mukherjee, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will withdraw permissions given to all Air Operators’ Permit (AOP) holders to fly worldwide from July 1, 2015...read more>>
IHG signs first resort hotel under InterContinental brand at Mahabalipuram, Chennai
  InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the signing of the management agreement for InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort with Adyar Gate Hotels Limited. When it opens later this year, InterContinental...read more>>
VFS Global offers range of services for passengers travelling on Emirates with Dubai Visa Processing Centre
  Keeping the tourist inflow in mind, VFS Global’s Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) has introduced a wide range of visa services for all types of travellers –business or leisure traveller, the bleisure segment or MICE ...read more>>
Jayant Nadkarni takes over as President of BAOA
  Following the biennial elections held during the Annual General Meeting of the Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA), the Association has announced composition of its Governing Board and key appointments....read more>>
Helicopter service to soon commence from Madurai to Kanyakumari, Mandapam & Kodaikanal
  According to The Hindu, helicopter services will soon be introduced in Madurai covering three major tourist attractions in Southern Tamil Nadu to draw more foreign tourists and provide better transport facilities...read more>>