Industry expresses disappointment over GST slab rates, seeks reconsideration

It is too early to assess the impact of the soon to be rolled-out GST (Goods and Service Tax). However, industry stakeholders have expressed concern over proposed slab rates for hotels, restaurants and travel. They fear that this move could make India ...

Posted in Tourism Currents | By TF Bureau

Addressing connectivity piece to make India a competitive wedding destination market, says Suman Billa

Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism was at his candid best. Speaking to industry stakeholders on various facets pertaining to wedding tourism at the first ever FICCI Wedding Tourism Summit held recently at Hotel Lalit in the capital, ...

Posted in Tourism Currents | By Shashank Shekhar

Tap cinema, MICE and fashion segments to scale up footfalls; give hotels infra status, notes J K Mohanty

In an insightful address to a gathering of government representatives, industry insiders and senior bureaucrats, at the inauguration ceremony of the third Read more…
Posted in Tourism Currents | By Shashank Shekhar


Industry leaders divided on the concept of a ‘national carrier’

Keeping in mind the various and lasting issues that have been plaguing Air India, Navin Berry, Executive Director, BITB, spoke to some of the key stock holders Read more…
Posted in Airports & Airlines | By Anagat Choudhary


AirAsia’s connecting Bhubaneshwar to KL has opened up Odisha to APAC: Suresh Nair

AirAsia recently announced flights into KL from Bhubaneshwar, making it the first carrier to regularly operate flights out of the eastern state. The development is likely to push Read more…
Posted in Airports & Airlines | By Shashank Shekhar


Budget lodging segment is an interesting sector for quality ROIs, says Rahul Pandit

Balanced development costs and average rates in the budget accommodation segment is helping investors leverage quality return on their investments, says Rahul Pandit. Read more…
Posted in HotelScapes | By Shashank Shekhar


Gondola incident a natural calamity; media outreach to be launched soon, says Mahmood Shah

Gulmarg was in news recently because of an unfortunate Gondola tragedy. Despite the ‘freak’ accident which claimed the lives of a few travellers, Read more…
Posted in Destination India | By Shashank Shekhar


Disruption driving new models, forcing ecosystem to examine sustainability: Binod Chaudhary

Binod Chaudhary remains confident of India as a business opportunity and envisages healthy growth in the mid-market and upscale segment of hotels. Read more…
Posted in HotelScapes | By Anagat Choudhary


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