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Why Sydney remains an attractive proposition for the Indian outbound 

Sydney is a city that loves to celebrate. From the world’s best New Year’s Eve celebration to the light-filled spectacular that is Vivid Sydney, the city knows how to put on a show. Plan your visit to the Harbour City to take in one of these world-famous events alongside all the other glittering attractions Sydney has to offer. Sydney New Year’s Eve When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, there’s no better place to …

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Ignacio Gutierrez, Director of Spain tourism in India, passes on

We at TourismFirst mourn the untimely demise of Ignacio Gutierrez, Director of Tourism Office of Spain in India (Mumbai). He passed away at noontime on November 16, 2018. A man who donned many hats is an expression that comes to mind when one remembers him. And he did them all with élan. The administrative life of Ignacio Ducasse was closely linked to tourism and the external projection of Spain, achieving respect and recognition both of …

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Israel not a pilgrimage destination anymore; numbers reflecting the trend, says Hassan Madah

Hassan Madah, Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism – India & Philippines has reasons to reflect enthusiasm at the prospects from the Indian market. After all, Israel is finally being viewed as a leisure destination by the domestic outbound and not only as a holy land with a limited traction among the larger outbound. Niche segments are looking up too. He believes that with the tailwinds, Israel could soon achieve the, once elusive, hundred thousand tourist …

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Cinema tourism driving local economies across the USA; states mindful of the windfall, says Lohita Sujith

There was an intense rivalry among states in the USA to attract cinema tourism into their territory. Such a conviction was backed by the fact that cinema tourism was playing a pivotal role in driving local economies, Lohita Sujith, Director, Corporate Communications, MPAA said. Excerpts from her presentation at the recently held Cinemascapes 2018 in Mumbai: Providing a perspective on cinema-making in the USA, Hollywood industry to be specific, she suggested that the ecosystem for …

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Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, to host PATA Travel Mart 2019

Astana, also known as the ‘Singapore of the steppe’, will host The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart in September 2019. The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Tourism National Company JSC, the key organization in the tourism industry effectively promoting the tourist brand of Kazakhstan and contributing to attracting investments to the industry. “We are excited to hold the first-ever PATA event in Central …

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New York’s bustling music scene emerging as a major attraction for tourists

Music in New York City is many things. It is sold-out concerts in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, tour stops by global superstars at Barclays Center, awe-inspiring subway performances and world-class theatrical productions both on and Off-Broadway. Lesser known are the hidden-gem venues whose history and prowess make them integral to New York City’s musical identity and ideal for visitors seeking a more intimate concert-going experience this winter. A list of some …

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Increased flight frequency and seat capacity adding heft to the Indian outbound

In light of the growing demand for Israel as a tourist destination, the country is set to greet the latest initiatives to further boost outbound travel from India. With an average load factor exceeding 80% and the increased demand on Air India’s New Delhi-Tel Aviv flight services, the national carrier has confirmed an increase in frequency on this sector, adding a fifth weekly flight starting 26th November 2018. The airline will now fly 5 days …

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Nepal’s multi-pronged outreach has helped drive numbers: Deepak Joshi

Tourism in Nepal is seeing better days than it has in the past few years. Devastated by a tragic earthquake in 2015, the Himalayan Nation had to surmount serious challenges in rehabilitation. Tourism naturally took a hit. Come 2018, the trend has flipped upside down. Nepal is registering a double-digit growth, month-on-month, in international tourist arrivals. In 2017, it hosted over a million international tourists. We spoke to Deepak Joshi, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board to …

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TAAI’s 65th convention in Yunnan expected to aid India’s foray into the Chinese market

The 65th TAAI convention is slated to be held in Yunnan, China beginning 27th of November. The three-day event is expected to bring together travel agents and the larger tourism community of the two countries for business and networking. The event will be held at Intercontinental Kunming, China, in the city of Yunnan. It is well known as the “Colourful Yunnan” “South of the Clouds “. The city is known for a good climate, superior …

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NYC & Co presenting 2019 as ‘A Monumental Year’ for New York; focus on showcasing big-ticket developments

New large-scale developments, hotel and venue openings, attractions, dining, retail and culture is set to drive visitation to NYC in 2019. NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, is presenting 2019 as ‘A Monumental Year.’ The new global communications initiative is designed to spotlight New York City as a must-visit destination in 2019 when several large-scale developments and openings are set to debut along with new hotels, attractions, dining, retail, culture and …

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Stephanie Smook takes charge as the RD, ACTE; to handle EMEA countries

ACTE Global (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) has named Stephanie Smook as the Regional Director for Europe, The Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. She had been serving in this role in an interim capacity since July 2017. Stephanie will work with ACTE Global members and partners to further the organisation’s mission to bring the best in education and networking opportunities to the corporate travel community. “I strongly believe in the work that ACTE Global …

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New experiences, destinations driving the Indian outbound, says Neelu Singh

The Indian outbound was flying to exotic destinations with South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam, among others emerging as favourites, said Neelu Singh, CEO, Ezeego1.com. She also believed that new entrants in the Indian aviation market, such as WOW air, would help address capacity constraints. Excerpts: What are some of the big takeaways in terms of the outbound movement? What are some hot picks this season, within the continent and beyond? It is exotic destinations such …

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Arun Govada to take charge as the Director, APAC for NYC& Company

Arun Govada, belonging to an Indian descent, will take charge as the organization’s new Director, Tourism Development – Asia-Pacific, NYC & Company has recently announced. In his new role, he will be responsible for driving leisure, educational, and special interest travel to New York City’s five boroughs from key visitor markets including China, India, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. He would be reporting to Makiko Matsuda Healy, Managing Director, Tourism Market Development and works alongside …

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India integral to Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020, DTCM insight suggests

Dubai’s three-pronged approach to reach the 20 million international visitor mark by 2020 is based on a three-pronged strategy and India remains integral to its plans, suggests DTCM’s latest insight on trends and opportunities in tourism. Excerpts: India continues to dominate Dubai’s inbound traffic, accounting for over 1.2 million tourist arrivals in the first seven months of 2018, a report by  Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) mentions. The Indian market has grown by …

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Turkey Tourism’s six-city roadshow to focus on leisure and wedding segment

In the recent years, India has emerged as one of the most crucial and promising tourism markets for Turkey. The number of Indian tourist arrivals, Indian weddings and MICE engagements has grown steadily. Buoyed by the development, Turkey has substantially augmented its media and trade outreach. Not too long ago, the top Turkish envoy, along with other representatives from the embassy, had engaged in an informal one-on-one with a select group of media personnel in …

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GNTO undertakes three-city roadshow; culinary experiences core to India outreach

German National Tourist Office (GNTO) has set its sight on driving larger leisure outbound into Germany and is undertaking a theme-based marketing promotion with a tagline “Culinary Germany-More to explore” as part of its core global marketing theme for 2018. “Our current promotions are concentrated towards strengthening Destination Germany’s image as a travel destination across different travel groups,” Romit Theophilus, Director Sales and Marketing said. This development comes at a time when Germany has registered …