Issue: 20 March - April 2016
Sandip Hor

Big News! Six of our members have been nominated for this year’s AFTA awards. They are:
• Air India - Best International Airline Online
• ACCOR - Best Hotel/Resort Group
• Taj Group - Best Hotel/Resort Group
• Wendu Wu Tours - Best Specialty Wholesaler [..]
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Tourism Australia Fact Sheet – India
An exceptional result in 2015 with tourists arriving Australia from India. Key highlights are: Total arrivals for the month of December 2015 were 26,100; an increase of 16 per cent over the previous year. This was the highest ever, record visitation in any single month from India to Australia. Arrivals for the calendar year 2015 were 233,100; an increase of 19 per cent [..]
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Australia’s Competitive Advantage for India Market
Four Australian cities, including Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth, feature in the list of the top 10 world’s most liveable cities. Melbourne has won the honour for the world’s most liveable city for the fifth consecutive year. The findings of the target customer research and Consumer Demand Project (CDP) have revealed that the top five Aussie [..]
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Record Spend of $16B in NSW
According to Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey for 2015, NSW attracted 28.1 million visitors from across Australia during 2015, up 4.4 per cent on the previous year, who stayed 91.1 million nights (up 4.1%) and spent $16.1 billion (up 5.1%). “This is fantastic news, tourism creates jobs in hotels, restaurants and world class attractions [..]
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Tourism Australia’s ‘Virtual Reality’ (VR) and 360 degree video
Tourism Australia’s innovative use of ‘Virtual Reality’ (VR) and 360 degree video is hitting the mark with consumers and travel sellers eager to get a more immersive experience of Aus-tralia’s best aquatic and coastal experiences. Tourism Australia has published 17 Virtual Reality scenes as 360 degree videos online and so far recorded 6.5 million views across YouTube [..]
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Routes Asia 2018 to land Down Under
More than 1000 airline, airport and tourism delegates from 100 countries will gather in Bris-bane in March 2018 for Asia’s leading aviation route development forum.A consortium of tourism advocates, including Brisbane Airport Corporation, Brisbane Marketing, Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Trade and Investment Queensland [..]
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Trip advisor votes Sydney number one
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres welcomed the accolade and high-lighted Sydney’s unique attraction to international visitors. “This is fantastic news. We’re delighted Sydney has been named the number one destination by travellers on TripAdvisor, cementing its position as Australia’s most loved city,” Mr Ayres said.[..]
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Vivid Sydney starts 27 May
Running 27 May to 18 June, Vivid Sydney boasts to be the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas featuring many of the world's most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program.[..]
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Sydney Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival is one of the world's longest-running film festivals, and is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar. The 12-day Festival from 8-19 June will screen feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from around the world in venues across the city including the prestigious[..]
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Melbourne crowned world’s Sports City of Decade
MELBOURNE has been crowned the world’s Sports City of the Decade in a glowing en-dorsement of Victoria’s major event magnificence.Nation’s sporting capital is now the toast of the sporting world after scooping the pool at the Ultimate Sports City awards in Switzerland recently. The Award caps a historic decade-long legacy of hosting some of the world’s [..]
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India Tourism on an upswing
As reported in the Travel Trade Journal in India , Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary Tourism, Gov-ernment of India shares his optimism about growth numbers, views on the e-Visa initiatives, focus on circuits and more with TTJ, prior to ITB Berlin. With a reiterated focus on tourism and a rather aggressive approach by the Government [..]
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Growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India
Foreign Tourists Arrivals (FTAs) during the period January - March 2016 were 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 22.81 lakh with a growth of 3.5% in January- March 2015 over January - March 2014. FTAs during the Month of March 2016 were 8.17 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.29 lakh during the month of March 2015 and 6.90 lakh in March 2014. [..]
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E-tourist visa facility extended for citizens of 37 more countries
A total of 1,17, 210 tourists arrived in February 2016 on e-tourist visa as compared to 24,985 during the month of February 2015 registering a growth of 369.1 per cent. Commencing from November 27, 2014, e-tourist visa facility was available until February 25, 2016 for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India.[..]
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Air India celebrated International Women’s Day by operating 20 all-women flights
National carrier Air India expressed its respect towards women by operating over 20 all-women operating flights to three continents and seven domestic routes as part of the Interna-tional Women’s Day celebrations. Air India operated flights on the Delhi-Sydney, the Delhi-London and the Delhi-San Francisco sector thereby covering Europe, [..]
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Air India connects 8th European destination- Vienna
National carrier Air India will connect Delhi to Vienna, the capital of Austria with a non-stop flight from April 6, 2016. This non-stop service will operate thrice a week on Wednesday, Fri-day and Sunday with a B787 aircraft. Air India with code share arrangements with Austrian Airlines will replace existing 5 weekly service to Vienna and will offer connecting [..]
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Vistara’s expansion continues
A joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons, Vistara launched its first flight in January 2015.The start-up airline, has continued its rapid recent growth with the launch of flights to Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala. The launch of Vistara’s new southern route to Kochi follows the recent start of two new services to northern India, [..]
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Air Pegasus plans network expansion
Bengaluru-based Air Pegasus is planning to invest US$15 million in the current financial year to expand its operations to more cities across southern India. Currently, the airline offers daily feeder services from Bengaluru to Hubballi and Mangaluru in Karnataka, Chennai and Madurai in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. [..]
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Taj Safaris launches new Jungle Book itineraries
Taj Safaris has launched two ‘Mowgli Trails’ to coincide with the release of the new Jungle Book movie.The new itineraries are available at Baghvan and Banjaar Tola – the company’s lodges in Pench and Kanha national parks, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The Mowgli Trails include jungle drives with trained experts to spot the wildlife that inspired[..]
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Karnataka to promote golf tourism
The Karnataka tourism department will now offer incentives to those investing in development of golf courses in the state, with the long-term goal of luring more overseas golfers and host international tournaments. The projects will also create new jobs in the state, the department added.According to a recent order,[..]
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Air India introduces Buddhist Trail Air Pass
Air India launched Air Pass covering major cities of Buddhist interest in India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. This is a coupon based scheme for journeys originating ex Yangon and Colombo. There is also an option to combine Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India in a single journey. Launched on March 7, except group travel, [..]
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Article on Air India’s First International Flight
His Highness, the Jam Saheb of Nawanagar, Rajpramukh of Saurashtra, looked at his watch. The golden dial caught the light and the bejewelled hands indicated the hour. The time has fi-nally come! Jam Saheb rang the bell and asked for his luggage to be brought down. Europe would be wonderful at this time of the year he thought[..]
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