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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 …

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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 …

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Outbound for short-haul up 30%; domestic up by 40% for Thomas Cook, says Rajeev Kale

Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head, Holidays, MICE, Visas- Thomas Cook India, writes that new demands for travel was spurring growth and both domestic and international travel were looking up, compared to the previous year. “Our holiday demand is up by over 35% for the upcoming Easter weekend, with Indians displaying increased appetite for extended/ smart weekends by clubbing public holidays and taking an additional day or two off from work to get a 6-7 …

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Visible interest in trade; more nonstops needed from Indian gateways, says Destination DC President

More direct air-connectivity between Washington DC and key Indian gateways was going to significantly enhance DC’s chances of catering to a larger number of Indian outbound, believed Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO, Destination DC. He was recently in the capital for a trade meet and select media interaction. In a free-wheeling interview, he shared his views on a range of issues, including how India could better promote itself in the global market. Excerpts from an …

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Mauritius exploring new alliances to overcome the connectivity bottleneck, says Vivek Anand

Air Mauritius is facing tough times. As it navigates through turbulent skies, its scaling down of India operations has had a visible impact on the growth of Indian outbound numbers to the island nation, said Vivek Anand, Country Manager – India, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority. He shared that the tourism authority had been exploring partnership opportunities with Emirates to service the outbound, leveraging the Emirati carrier’s multiple points. Excerpts from the interview:  How has 2018 …

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Tech-savvy Indians taking to unexplored destinations, says Spanish Tourism Counsellor

The Canary Islands and Basque Country are some of the new destinations on the radar of the Indian outbound, shares Miguel-Nieto Sandoval, Director and Tourism Counsellor, Tourism Office of Spain in India and Abu Dhabi. He suggests that the Indian outbound is increasingly relying on the ‘word-of-mouth’ feedback, inclined more towards sampling the experience quotient of a destination. He expresses tremendous confidence in the Indian market. Excerpts from an exclusive interview: What are some big …

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Tripoto and Singapore Board come together with ‘Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined’

Tripoto has partnered with the Singapore Tourism Board to create an innovative, fun and exciting travel web series ‘Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined’.  The seven-episode, web-series which showcases the experiential exploration of Singapore by Naveen Kasturia and Veer Rajwant Singh, well known faces of internet web series scenario will be aired today, April 1, 2019.  ‘Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined’ will take you along the journey of these two actors in Singapore, where …

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Tourism emerges as a common theme in Indian-Croatian bilateral ties; President in Croatia

President Ram Nath Kovind was in Croatia recently as part of his eight-day, three-nation, visit. The meeting with his Croatian counterpart was described as “productive” and cooperation and concurrence on broader issues of global engagement were the major takeaways of the meet. Important for the industry, four MoUs in the fields of culture, tourism and sports were signed between the two nations. An MoU was also signed between the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and …

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In a first, Qatar to roll out visa centers in 7 metros; focus on outbound workers

In a first for the Arab nation of Qatar, it has opened a has opened a visa centre at Delhi. With all major facilities under one roof, the Qatari administration has intended to simplify visa-related procedures for the Indian outbound. The outbound profile is overwhelmingly dominated by blue-collar workers who have, in recent years, emerged as a major workforce in the Arab nation’s expansion spree, eyeing the historic 2022 FIFA World Cup. Bilateral ties have …

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Festival tourism driving outbound travel demand, observes Thomas Cook India

Thomas Cook India has observed a 20 per cent growth in bookings with high demand during the Holi celebrations. Domestic destinations witnessed a strong uptake of 12-15 per cent while travel to international destinations went up by 22 per cent. Also, interesting to note is the rise of the concept of ‘smart weekend holiday’. Thomas Cook (India) reported a strong growth in ‘festival tourism’ as the Indian traveller combined spiritual elements with unique cultural experiences. …

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Seychelles rolls out a new global campaign; focus on the niche Indian outbound

India has emerged as a major market for the Island nation of Seychelles. Both leisure and MICE outbound are increasingly taking to the exotic nature of the product, serene beaches and unexplored terrain. The growth is visible with the country hosting 13,901 tourists from India in 2018, making India the 6th largest inbound source market. The development has encouraged Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) to come up a comprehensive marketing outreach campaign in India. It is …

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US-based firm Ebix offers to buy out Yatra.com for a premium sum

US-based IT firm Ebix has recently proposed the acquisition of the online travel portal Yatra in an undeclared amount, media reports suggest. The Times of India has reported that the company is willing to shell out a significant premium over its market price. According to the ToI report, Ebix has offered a price of about $7 a share for the Nasdaq-listed company which is 84% higher than the closing price of Yatra Online Inc on …

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Israel hosts travel agents from 18 nations for the 8th ‘Where Else’ Tourism Conference

In its 8th edition, ‘Where Else’ conference is the official tourism conference held annually by the Israel Ministry of Tourism for the world travel fraternity.  The week-long convention from 7th to 13th February, 2019 was attended by 80 travel agents from 18 countries. With a grand opening ceremony in Tel Aviv, senior members of the tourism industry from around the world participated in tours of key sites in Israel with support from the regional Tourism …

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India now 2nd biggest inbound market for the Sultanate of Oman, tourist arrival up by 12.37%

357,147 Indian travellers visited the country from January to December 2018, making India of the best performing markets for the Arab nation. Given the growth in the Indian outbound market, in the times ahead, India will only assume a greater significance in Oman’s ambitious vision for 2040.   The Sultanate of Oman has recorded a 12.37% growth in Indian tourist arrivals with 357,147 travellers visiting the country from January to December 2018 vis-à-vis 317,844 in …

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New Indian products must reflect country’s rich heritage: Fred Dixon, CEO, NYC & Co.

Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company., was recently in the capital to promote New York in the Indian market. He was accompanied by Christopher Heywood, SVP-Global Communications, amongst others. The delegation outlined a new global initiative – ‘2019: A Monumental Year’ to highlight several new additions to the city’s offerings and promote new developments and hotel openings across 8 key Indian cities through media and trade partners.  On the sidelines of the event, we …

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India Israel bilateral connect gets stronger with Arkia Airline’s foray into Goa and Kochi

After Air India and El Al, Arkia Airline will connect India and Israel with nonstops. Goa and Kochi are important source markets for Israel, for reasons ranging from leisure to religious tourism. Israel, too, has gained prominence among the Indian outbound, evident with growing footfalls into Tel Aviv and beyond. The development is expected to aid bilateral movement and consequently tourism. The service will commence from 28th of September, while ticket sale will begin from …