Issue: March - April 2017
From the desk of Sandip Hor, Chairman, AITTC
Sandip Hor

If there is one place on the face of this earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very early days when Man began the dream of existence, it is India”, said French philosopher Romain Rollan. After almost three months of extensive travel in India recently, covering marvels in West Ben-gal ,Assam, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, [..]
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Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) 2017
The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) is Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism busi-ness-to-business event. This year the event will take place at the International Convention Cen-tre Sydney (ICC) from 14 to 18 May 2017. ATE brings together Australian tourism businesses and tourism wholesalers and retailers from around the world [..]
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Indian Visitor Arrivals to Australia
Continuing the positive trend, arrivals from India to Australia for the calendar year 2016 in-creased by 11.3 per cent, to 260,000 visitors. This was the third consecutive year of double-digit arrivals from India to Australia. The month of December 2016 saw a record 29,500 arrivals (+13.5 per cent); the highest-ever visitation in any given month, out of India. [..]
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Tourism Australia provides interesting facts
Four Australian cities, including Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth, feature in the list of the top 10 world’s most liveable cities, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), with Melbourne having won the honour for the world’s most liveable city for 6 years in a row. The findings of the target customer research and Consumer Demand Project (CDP) [..]
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Accor Hotels to expand its footprint in Northern Territory
Our corporate partner, Accor Hotels is pleased to announce Chifley Alice Springs Resort will join its network on in July 2017 at which time the hotel will rebrand to Mercure Alice Springs Resort. The 139-room resort is currently undergoing a $2 million upgrade of its rooms and facilities, which will see new bathrooms and bedroom fittings installed across [..]
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Pullman & ibis Brisbane Airport on track for 1 October 2017 opening
Construction of Pullman and ibis Brisbane Airport and the adjoining 300-seat conference cen-tre is on track with the landmark buildings now topped-out and interior fitting work has just begun. The hotels are scheduled to open 1 October 2017 and will be taking bookings from May 2017 on; [..]
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Accor Hotels restructuring its Australian portfolio
Under the terms of the deal with a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the European hotel group’s real estate unit, Hotel Invest, will acquire 15 ibis and ibis Budget properties comprising almost 1,600 rooms for a total of AU$200 million (US$145m). The agreement includes hotels in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne, [..]
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Vivid Sydney 2017
The world’s largest festival of light music and ideas, Vivid Sydney returns bigger, bolder and brighter in 2017, with a new precinct at Barangaroo, an expanded light walk through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and imaginary creatures that will transform the Sails of the Sydney Opera House. Over 23 nights from Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June [..]
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Helen Wong’s Tours now include India
With over 25 years’ experience specializing in Asia as a travel destination, highly esteemed Helen Wong’s Tours have now India included in their menu. The leading tour specialist has unveiled the luxurious rail journey through India where guests are treated like royalty while taking in the sights and sounds of the sub continent. The majestic Taj Mahal, the eye-catching pink city of Jaipur, [..]
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The World's 50 Best Restaurants in Australia
The highly anticipated World’s 50 Best Restaurants arrived in Australia on Saturday, 1 April. Over 90 chefs and restaurant representatives, as well as over 70 international media and the 26 Academy Chairs, visited Australia for the week-long official event program, hosted by Tour-ism Australia and state partner, Visit Victoria. [..]
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Air India’s all-female crew lands in Melbourne
To commemorate International Women’s Day, Air India arrived Melbourne on 9th March with an all-female crew. Led by Captain Laxmi Nagrath, the Dreamliner left Delhi at 1.15pm on 8 March and landed in Melbourne just before 7am on 9 March, covering around 10,215 kilome-ters, with 237 passengers and nine infants on board. Air India is seeking a Guinness World record for its all-female flights around the world. [..]
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Air Asia linking Australia with India
AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in the Asia Pacific region. The airline currently serves 23 destinations across Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Xian, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Wuhan, New Delhi and Kathmandu), [..]
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E- visa to India made easier
The Government of India has further relaxed its visa regime aimed at bringing more tourists and business travelers to the country. The new changes approved by the cabinet rolls out from April 1. Here are new changes in various visa categories. With effect from April 1, e-visa has been sub-divided into 3 categories. [..]
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Foreign tourism arrival to India in 2017
As reported by Economic Times, the number of foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) recorded in Feb-ruary, 2017 stood at 956000 compared to 847000 in February 2016 and 761000 in February, 2015. FTAs during the period January- February 2017 were 1.94 million with a growth of 14.7%, [..]
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India Overtakes Japan to Become Third Largest In Domestic Air Traffic
As reported, India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan, an industry report has said. India's domestic air passenger traffic stood at 100 million in 2016 and was behind only the US (719 million) and China (436 million), Sydney-based aviation think-tank Centre [..]
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Three Indian Cities among Top 20 Global Megacities
As per NDTV report, three Indian cities -- Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata -- have been named among the top 20 global megacities in a Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) report. Tokyo is expected to remain the world's largest urban agglomeration in 2030, with Delhi and Shanghai maintaining their second and third positions, respectively. [..]
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India's Radhanagar Beach Ranks 8th in the World
According to Trip advisor Radhanagar on the Havelock Island in the Andamans has featured among the top 10 in TripAdvisor's 'World's Travellers' Choice Award-Winning Beaches'. The Radhanagar beach has secured No 8 position in the world and first spot in Asia. TripAdvisor has honoured 343 beaches, including the top 25 in the world [..]
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Implementation of GST in India
The Indian government will be implementing the new GST taxation system July 1. This will be a huge move for the country and we in tourism are awaiting to hear what tax bracket we have been placed in. So far, we haven’t been given any special benefits by the government despite making a number of representations over the years. This time around, no stone has been left [..]
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Free sim card on arrival in India
The Ministry of Tourism announced a special scheme to offer travellers coming in with an e-tourist visa a free telephone Sim card on arrival. It is a nice gesture that does go a long way in assisting travellers in staying connected with home. [..]
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Taj brand restructure
The Indian Hotels Company has announced plans to reorganise its portfolio of brands, dispens-ing with its Vivanta and Gateway labels and bringing all properties together under its Taj iden-tity.All properties will be grouped under four brands, Taj Hotels, Taj Palaces, Taj Resorts and Taj Safaris, with transitions expected to be completed by Dec.The company said its move [..]
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