NEW MEMBER : NOMADS SECRETS – THE ART OF EXPLORATION

Nomads Secrets unveil the heart and soul of the world’s most alluring destinations by creating and delivering custom designed journeys for independent clients who relish life-enriching experiences.

“Through Nomads Secrets you can explore new worlds and gain a real understanding of their history and traditions. My deepest wish is to share what I know and help you discover the magic of travel, infused with the pleasures of fine living.” says Lucia O’Connell the Founder of this boutique luxury travel company .She has created a business that embodies the vision she has embraced since her late 20s when she was asked to help run safaris in Africa: “to give the Traveller a true sense of wonder and appreciation for humankind’s ability to adapt and create diverse ways of life and cultures across the world”.

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Lucia is dedicated to “crafting wonderful adventures for clients that unlock the secrets of the countries they visit. She is particularly interested in India as it offers so much variety to the inquisitive traveller”.

While designing tailor-made journeys for individual clients, Nomads Secrets has recently launched a series of small group literary tours, led by acclaimed authors. The first is to India in early 2020. A 19-day Odyssey led by author John Zubrzycki with the extraordinary participation of William Dalrymple, VIP access to the celebrated Jaipur Literature Festival while staying in Taj’s most iconic heritage palace hotels.

For more information call 1300 670 000 Australia and +61 400 741 930 Worldwide

Exclusive Indian Culinary Experience

At a recent function in Sydney, celebrated chef Arun Bose from Kashi Indian Restaurant launched the new brochure of Kashi Indian Cuisine Tours which as a mark of endorsement have AITTC logo in it. The brochure launch was graced by Manish Gupta Indian Consul General in Sydney, Jodi McKay Leader of Opposition, NSW Parliament, Sandip Hor AITTC Chairman and Phillip Boniface AITTC Co-Chairman and Thushara Liyanarachchi from Taj Hotels.

Kashi Indian Cuisine Tours does well organized boutique, small group culinary tours to different parts of India, using hand-picked 5 star luxury hotels and heritage properties. Their journey provides unique opportunity of cooking delicious meals with local families enjoying their home-style hospitality in addition to savoring the taste of incredible India, its sites of historical and religious significance, cultural connotation and natural splendor.

The new brochure designates travel dates in January and September 2020 with itinerary covering Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, and Jodhpur.

For more information contact Sumi on 0401232404

CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit

Attended by almost all airlines operating in the Australia-Pacific market, airports, aviation industry members and tourism bodies, this major event was held on 7 and 8 August at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney. The purpose of this mega meet was to explore some of the major industry issues from latest aircraft technology, opening up new city pairs, realigning airline hubs and reviewing partnership strategies on key markets such as the Trans-Tasman and Trans Pacific to rising fuel prices and growing trade protectionism which could cause major headwinds in the industry. Many of the discussions leveraged through CAPA’s strengths in global aviation research and analysis.

Over 500 aviation and corporate travel executives from airlines, airports and suppliers attended this event widely regarded as the largest, pre-eminent strategic aviation summit in the South Pacific region.

The elite speakers list included Alan Joyce Chief Executive Officer Qantas, Geoff Culbert

Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Airport Tadashi Fujita Representative Director, Executive Vice President Japan Airlines, Jim Parashos Executive General Manager, Aviation Development & Partnerships Brisbane Airport Corporation, Trent Banfield , International Operations & Aviation Development Manager Tourism Australia and many others. The conference proceedings were anchored by Peter Harbison Chairman Emeritus CAPA who at the start of the conference provided an excellent overview of the aviation market.

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Aviation capacity in the Australia- India sector was raised by few speakers.

AITTC Chairman Sandip Hor spoke on outbound tourism from Australia, in particular to India as a part of the session on what’s driving demand for outbound travel and tourism.

Air India’s non –presence at this important regional aviation summit was noticeable.

ATF 2020

AFP2020Next year the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) will be held from 12-16 January 2020 at Bander Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei Darussalam. Registrations are currently open for buyers, sellers and media. It’s a very significant tourism summit for interested parties in Australia and India keen on exploring tourism growth opportunities in the ten ASEAN countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. India Tourism expected to participate there as well.

This tourism mart is held is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as one tourist destination for all the ASEAN countries.

Over a span of close to 40 years, the member states have made immense progress in their efforts to promote this region as a single collective tourism destination with a culturally diverse variety of attractions and travel experiences. The last 4 decades focused on tourism developments across ASEAN destinations that has given the region increased awareness to draw continued interest from international travelling communities with novel and re-engineered propositions. Meanwhile, ASEAN’s prevalent message to the world echoed all that was unique in its appeal – its natural richness, its heritage and resolve for success. Today, in a time when phenomenal global urbanisation, new eloquence, and technological advancements are driving a new breed of travellers, ASEAN is at the crossroads of its next milestone. More than ever before, ASEAN recognises the need to keep pace with the dynamics and demands of changing travel patterns, demographics, behaviours and preferences.

At the 39th ASEAN Tourism Forum, to be held in Brunei Darussalam, the future of ASEAN travel will be the focal point of industry conversation and opportunity at both official meetings and TRAVEX – the world’s largest ASEAN destination, product and service showcase. As fresh perspectives and innovation take centre-stage to ready tomorrow’s ASEAN, the region’s potential burns bright as it seeks unchartered pathways and campaigns that look forward to the next generation of travel.

New Aussie campaign around next years ICC T20 World Cup to draw more tourists from India

Bradman Statue outside Adelaide OvalThe Australian Government has thrown its support behind the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year, announcing a new campaign to promote the tournaments and Australia to cricket fans in India. AITTC welcomes federal Minister for Tourism Simon Birmingham announcing the $5 million campaign would be used for marketing activities to drive visitation to both the women’s and men’s tournaments, as well as increase Australia’s broader destination appeal in India.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 will be contested across eight host cities, including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

The Men’s T20 World Cup, featuring 16 teams and 45 matches, will run from 18 October to 15 November 2020 to an expected broadcast audience of to two billion.

The Women’s T20 World Cup, featuring 10 teams and 23 matches, will open with a blockbuster clash between Australia and India at Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday 21 February and will culminate with its Final at the MCG on Sunday 8 March – International Women’s Day – when Australia will have an opportunity to demonstrate its leadership in women’s sport by setting a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture.

“Australia stands ready to welcome the world to the ICC T20 World Cup tournaments, which are set to deliver significant benefits to our tourism industry and the broader economy,” Minister Birmingham said. “We know from research that major sporting events have far-reaching impacts and are significant drivers of visitor demand, with 16 per cent of all international visitors attending a sporting or cultural event during their trip. “These visitors are also known to stay longer and spend more than the average international traveller. “The Indian tourism market is currently worth $1.7 billion and is our fastest growing inbound tourism market, with visitation forecast to grow four-fold to reach nearly 1.2 million by 2035. “The recently released India Economic Strategy specifically identified the need for increased tourism marketing activity in India to ensure the market reaches its full potential. “These World Cups represent the perfect opportunity to encourage Indians to book a flight to Australia to cheer on their team from cities and stadiums all over the country, while also taking the time to explore our wonderful tourism offerings.”

Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 would shine a spotlight on the nation as a global leader in sport and major events. “Securing major sporting events for Australia is crucial to nurturing our rich sporting culture,” Minister Colbeck said. “These elite events invigorate and unite the industry from the grassroots level up and encourage all Australians to get active and fit. “The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is no exception. More than one million fans are expected to attend this significant event, which will be played as two standalone tournaments for women and men. “This will ensure that each tournament receives maximum exposure and will allow Australians the rare opportunity to enjoy world-class cricket right on their doorstep throughout the year; while continuing to advance cricket as a sport for women and girls and inspiring the next generation of kids across Australia to play cricket. “These events will also reaffirm Australia’s reputation for delivering world-class sporting events and ensure we continue to be a sought-after destination among decision-makers and event leaders within the global sporting industry. “The benefits of sport more broadly are significant, with the sector estimated to deliver around $50 billion a year in direct economic, productivity and volunteering benefits, while also helping to grow businesses and to drive investment for Australia.” Initial activity will kick off in August when the tournament trophies travel to Tourism Australia’s flagship trade event in India – Australia Marketplace in India – to generate excitement and support for the events among key trade and accredited travel agents. The influx of fans from across the world for next year’s T20 World Cups is expected to build on the positive local legacy of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand and attracted approximately 100,000 international visitors to Australia alone.

More information on the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is available at www.t20worldcup.com

New Member : Kingstar Chauffeured Cars

kingstarDriven by integrity and excellence, Kingstar Chauffeured Cars offer premier services across Sydney. They are the most passionate people are those serving the most discerning customers. They provide unparalleled service in the most cost effective way. From the highest quality Vehicles to the in-depth knowledge from Sydney to Blue Mountains, Hunter Region,Central & South Coast to Nelsons Bay. They are relentless in pursuit of perfection, and pledges to serve customers better. For more info see –www.kingstarchauffeuredcars.com.au

New Member – TripMia

tripmiaTripMIA is an online travel agency and tour operator offering airline tickets, tours and holidays, car hire and travel insurance in Australia, New Zealand and other exotic destinations around the world. The product delivery mechanism is built on an online travel platform for keeping the highest standards of information security and data privacy as one of its key objectives. It has developed an online graphical management tool for the creation of online bookings and a flight calendar which provides an overview of fares from 200 different airlines to help consumers find the cheapest flights and enjoy the lowest cost of travel. “Supported by the international Sabre Travel network, interest in our online technology platform has been overwhelming” says TripMia founder and CEO Dev Tripathi who has extensive experience in information technology, particularly in the field of cyber security. For more info see:

https://www.tripmia.com.au/blog/now-you-can-take-off-on-your-next-holiday-with-tripmia/

New Taj Hotels in India

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels, a curation of authentic living palaces, landmark hotels, re-sorts and safaris, Taj is the hallmark of iconic hospitality across the globe. The brand is recognised for its warm and intuitive service and is the undisputed leader in Indian hospitality. The unique portfolio comprises hotels across the globe including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.

Listed below are some of their exciting new properties around India. With exquisite locations and awarded restaurants, along with their happiness philosophy and unparalleled service, Taj believes in acquiring business patronage through creating splendid experiences – with all its heart behind all processes.

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels, a curation of authentic living palaces, landmark hotels, resorts and safaris, Taj is the hallmark of iconic hospitality across the globe. The brand is recognised for its warm and intuitive service and is the undisputed leader in Indian hospitality. The unique portfolio comprises hotels across the globe including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.

Listed below are some of their exciting new properties around India. With exquisite locations and awarded restaurants, along with their happiness philosophy and unparalleled service, Taj believes in acquiring business patronage through creating splendid experiences – with all its heart behind all processes.

tajexoticaTaj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans is a milestone launch. With this unique resort, the Taj introduces India’s newest beach destination. Set in the relatively undiscovered Havelock Islands, the resort is located on the crescent shaped Radhanagar Beach, reputed to be one of the best beaches in Asia. With its virgin white sand beaches and tropical forests, Andamans is poised to be one of the top destinations to travel in India.

 

Located amidst the forests of Singthali, Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa is a spectacular resort is set in the lap of the Himalayan Mountains near the spiritual town of Rishikesh along the Ganges river valley and offers harmony and balance.

tajrishikeshWith sal and deodar trees along the mountains, the property houses 79 keys and features local arts and design, with an expansive all-day diner, a specialty restaurant, a children’s play area, banqueting space, a Jiva Spa and its own private river beach. The hotel is located one hour away from Rishikesh on the way to Badrinath.

 

 

Located in the ancient Aravali range in north western Udaipur and set within 45 acres of landscaped gardens, Taj Aravali Resort and Spa Udaipur combines elegance with a distinct Rajasthani character and promises to refresh and rejuvenate you.

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The resort offers 125 keys across cottages and Swiss Tents, inspired by Rajasthan’s local arts and design, a sprawling all day diner, a specialty restaurant, bar, indoor and outdoor banqueting space and wellness services at the sprawling Jiva Spa. Guests can enjoy several activities, including nature walks, cookery sessions, and trekking in the Aravalis. Come soak in the serenity.

 

Standing tall in Theog, at the edge of a ridge Taj Theog Resort and Spa Shimla is your luxury home in the hills, paying homage to exemplary local craftsmanship and swooping in stunning 180° views of the Churdhar, the highest peak of the outer Himalayas.

tajthuagTaj Theog, stands almost coniferous surrounded by the mesmerising skylines of the Himalayan range. Inhabited by conifers, cedars, broadleaved oaks and rhododendrons, the region around is punctuated with apple orchards, hamlets, cultivated terraces, snow fed lakes and gushing rivers. Bountiful as they come and making each of the 99 rooms and suites a vantage perch that warms your cockles.

Nestled in the heart of Agra and within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, Taj Hotels and Convention Centre re-imagines all that Agra can be.With lavish rooms and plush suites. One of Agra’s finest restaurants, Daawat-e-Nawab. The always-buzzing all-day diner Palato.

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And a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Taj Mahal.This modern hotel also has more than 3,700 square metres of versatile event spaces, including one of the biggest banquet halls in Northern India, to make every event unforgettable.