Uttar Pradesh to link key pilgrim centres with four-lane highways: CM Yogi Adityanath

In his maiden speech on the Independence Day, as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath outlined key initiatives, already undertaken and in the offing, ...

Posted in Tourism Currents | By TF Bureau

India must become a year-round destination to attract investment: Rashmi Verma

Perhaps in her first media address after joining the Ministry of Tourism as Secretary, Rashmi Verma laid out the vision of the ministry, outlining some of the challenges faced by stakeholders. She noted that to drive ...

Posted in Shashank Shekhar | By Destination India

Norwegian Cruise Line bullish on India, plans to expand fleet, says Steve Odell

Steve Odell, SVP & Managing Director Asia Pacific at Norwegian Cruise Line, speaking to TourismFirst in an exclusive interview, shared that the company was eyeing a major expansion of its fleet, introducing seven additional ships by 2025. He maintained that growth Read more…
Posted in International | By Shashank Shekhar


The equilibrium between demand and supply being restored in the market: Raj Rana

Raj Rana, CEO – South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Group calls the recently implemented GST a welcome move which is likely to boost secondary and tertiary markets. He shared that the Group would continue to focus on the mid-segment in a major way to maintain its pole-position in key markets. Read more…
Posted in HotelScapes | By Shashank Shekhar



Middle India travellers driving the honeymoon segment, says Rajeev Kale

Buoyed by a rising number of middle-class Indian travellers, seeking a unique experience, Thomas Cook has group tours, ‘Romantic Getaways’. Singapore, France, New Zealand and Switzerland have emerged as top international picks.
Thomas Cook recently launched Read more…
Posted in International | By TF Bureau


Greater coordination effort between states and centre needed to boost MICE segment in India: Neil Paterson

Neil Paterson, General Manager, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & Hyderabad International Convention Centre spoke to TourismFirst and discussed impending challenges facing the MICE segment in the country and efforts needed to boost India’s image Read more…
Posted in HotelScapes | By Anagat Choudhary



Fresh political alignment an opportunity to revisit the Buddha Circuit

Bihar has been the subject of media discourse and remained in the spotlight for political churnings and changing alignments. BJP is back in the saddle in the state. It was Uttar Pradesh and now Bihar, both, have BJP governments at the helm. One in total domination and another with an alliance partner – JD(U) – with Nitish Kumar’s homecoming to the NDA fold.
Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are two adjoining states; both are extremely richly endowed in tourism assets. Both have been languishing. ...

Posted in The First principle | By Navin Berry