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The Big Picture

Prahlad Singh Patel takes charge of MoT and Culture; focus on showcasing cultural offerings

A four-time Member of Parliament, Prahlad Singh Patel has been named as the Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture. Patel Prahlad is an MP from Damoh in Madhya Pradesh and has been a member of several committees in the previous Narendra Modi government. He was also a member of Executive Council of VV Giri National Labour Institute and member of the Consultative Committee in the Ministry of …

HotelScapes

IHCL on course to becoming the most profitable hotel company in South Asia, says Puneet Chhatwal

‘Aspiration 2022’ was well on course, suggested Puneet Chhatwal. In his address to stakeholders of IHCL, in the IHCL Annual Report 2018-19, he noted that the company had taken well-rounded measures to ensure that IHCL was on course to becoming the most profitable hospitality company in South Asia. He noted that technological and digital innovations were going to further catalyse tourism in the country. Puneet Chhatwal exuded confidence on the road ahead for IHCL and …

HotelScapes

Hyatt Promise ensures the best Hampi experience for leisure and corporate tourist alike

Given Hampi’s unique standing as a major tourism product, it is frequented by leisure and corporate travellers in equal measure. Hyatt Place Hampi’s well curated offerings makes it an ideal choice for visitors. We speak with Roshan Mendonsa, Assistant General Manager, Hyatt Place Hampi to understand how the hotel is curating unique and memorable experiences for its patrons. An exclusive interview: What are some big takeaways from tourist footfalls into Hampi? Hampi is populated with opulent …

India Outbound

Tourism stakeholders in Sri Lanka take the digital route to boost global trade and tourist outreach

Sri Lanka tourism stakeholders have come together to establish a single point of contact for updating travellers and trade fraternity across the globe. The online platform named ‘www.lovesrilanka.org,’ under the Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance moniker, aims to create an enabling online platform and community to promote Sri Lanka, providing authoritative information on the situation,  perhaps aimed most at negating the bad publicity by the media. The development has come about in the backdrop of dastardly …

India Outbound

Cinema tourism playing a profound role in Azerbaijan’s rise as a tourist hotspot, says envoy Ashraf Shikhaliyev

Addressing a packed house of stakeholders representing the outbound business, Ashraf Shikhaliyev, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to India, suggested that the European nation was gaining a never before exposure among global travellers. He insisted that cinema shoots in the country was playing a profound role in establishing the European country as a tourist hotspot among Indian travellers. Excerpts from his address at the recently concluded BITB India Outbound Summit: Azerbaijan had taken giant strides in gaining …

The Big Picture

The Indian traveller is coming of age, suggests the latest Google and Bain& Company report

The Indian traveller has truly come of age. They are travelling to the distant corners of globe and showing a never before tendency of embracing the unknown. This major transformation has changed the landscape of the industry. An interesting dimension in the unfolding growth story of the Indian economy has also been the propensity of Indians to spend on travel and tourism. Travel and tourism consumption has been released by Google and Bain & Company …

India Outbound

Together in tourism, India and France have much to gain from the sector, believe industry experts

The takeaway from the session chaired by Ashwani Kakkar and attended by H.E. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of The Republic of France to India; Sheetal Munshaw, Director-India, Atout France; Jean Michel Casse, COO, Accor Hotels, India and South Asia; and Aman Nath, Chairman, Neemrana Hotels at BITB India Outbound Summit.   Tourism was big in France and the country was eyeing crossing the elusive 100 million inbound tourist mark by 2020. The Indian market has grown …

India Outbound

Tourism serious business for France; India a very important market, says envoy Alexandre Ziegler

Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of The Republic of France to India, in his opening remarks in the session titled ‘India and France: Together in Tourism’, suggested that a major shift was underway in source markets within India. Mumbai and Delhi aside, newer markets, beyond traditional metros, were emerging in India at a rapid pace. He shared that the data provided by the French Consulate in Chennai indicated a significant rise in visa application numbers from the …

India Outbound

Indian travellers back sustainable tourism in 2019, reveals Booking.com report

Key findings: 79% of Indian travellers report being more determined to make sustainable travel choices than they were a year ago. 98% of Indian travellers intend to stay at least once in an eco-friendly or green accommodation when looking at the year ahead. Over a half (51%) of Indian travellers believe that they would be more encouraged to travel sustainably if there were economic incentives offered, such as tax breaks, when choosing eco-friendly options 80% …

Airports & Airlines

The Jet Airways conundrum: Who said what on the airline and its impact on tourism

The media has been abuzz with speculation on the fate of the beleaguered airline. Having stopped its operations, a dwindled supply has caused a considerable spike in airfares on key routes. It has raised doubts on business prospects in the peak tourist season. Media reports have indicated that fares have soared as much as 50 to 60 per cent on key domestic routes, such as Delhi and Mumbai. Many have advocated government intervention to address …

HotelScapes

Hilton’s iconic brand to debut in Maldives with Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Hilton’s luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, will soon welcome guests to the heart of the South Malé Atoll with the highly-anticipated opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Set to debut on July 1st, the all-villa resort spans across three private islands, providing secluded enclaves and a tranquil escape for discerning travelers complete with a plethora of activities for guests of all generations. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will offer a sophisticated and serene retreat just …

HotelScapes

Sarovar ramps up presence in Uttar Pradesh; opens Nirvana Sarovar Portico in Gorakhpur

Sarovar Hotels has recently announced the opening of Nirvana Sarovar Portico in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Gorakhpur is Sarovar’s 5th city in Uttar Pradesh after Agra, Jhansi, Lucknow, Vaishali and Vrindavan. The hotel was inaugurated in the presence of Jayant Narlikar, Commissioner, Gorakhpur and Ajay K. Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts. Owned by AD Sons Reality Pvt Ltd., Nirvana Sarovar Portico is located in the heart of the city and business center of Gorakhpur …

HotelScapes

Accor wins two awards at HICSA 2019; declared best hotel in two segments

At the recently concluded Hotel Investment Conference – South Asia (HICSA), Accor’s Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road and ibis Pune Hinjewadi were each adjudged as the best hotel in the upper mid-market and economy hotels segment. Novotel and ibis are Accor’s market leading brands representing a combined portfolio of 39 hotels across its growing India network. With the presence of Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor at HICSA this year, these two wins made it more …

Cities & States

Kerala Tourism banks on human-nature connect; new campaign a huge success

Kerala Tourism has drawn enthusiastic response to its recently launched brand campaign – ‘Human By Nature.’ The symbiotic relationship and harmony between human and nature is the essence of the three-minute long video. The global brand campaign was launched by Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran in New Delhi. The video offers a snapshot of the state –backwaters, beaches, houseboats, catamarans, Theyyam artistes, hill stations, wildlife, festivals, and scrumptious cuisines. Describing the latest campaign as a …

HotelScapes

IHG and SAMHI announce commercial success; SAMHI pledges 100 cr. for renovation

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and SAMHI shared details of commercial success of their partnership following the launch of 10 Holiday Inn Express hotels in the country. In November 2017, IHG joined hands with SAMHI after signing of 14 hotels within their India hotel portfolio. The idea being to renovate and rebrand to Holiday Inn Express on par with the global brand standards. September 2018 witnessed the launch of first rebranded Holiday Inn Express hotel in Gurgaon …

India Outbound

Destination DC hosts sales and media mission in India; focus on new markets

Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, conducted a sales and media mission in India from April 1-5, 2019 to promote the new tourism developments and unique offerings of the District in partnership with the Capital Region USA (CRUSA) and Washington Dulles International Airport. The delegation visited Mumbai, Ahmedabad and New Delhi, connecting with over 300 travel partners. “With a 32 percent increase in visitation, India has proven to be one …