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 Pricing, law & order and cleanliness are big challenges for growth of tourism: Subhash Goyal
Photo The present state of Indian Tourism is quite good because for the first time we have crossed the 10 million mark. Also, even as it is encouraging to hear the Prime Minister speak about tourism from the Red Fort, the Ministry of Tourism has done well to take forward the demand of IATO and other trade organisations like Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) for reducing...
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 End of innings for Hotel Corporation?
Photo The loss-making subsidiary of Air India (AI) - Hotel Corporation of India (HCI), which has hotels in New Delhi and Srinagar - may soon cease to exist. According to government sources, the only problem is about 800 employees of the company who could lose their jobs. While the Centaur Hotel in Delhi would be demolished to make way for a fourth runway in Delhi and thus offset the dues that AI ha...
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 Fly Vistara to US, Asia, Oceania now
Photo Vistara has signed a codeshare partnership with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its regional arm SilkAir for international flights from India. With this, flyers from India can avail seamless services from India to destinations across Asia, Oceania and the United States. "We are further expanding the codeshare agreement with SIA and SilkAir to international flights. We're happy to deepen this stra...
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 India to have separate peak and non-peak visa charges: Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel
Photo Subject to clearance by the Ministry of External Affairs, India will have separate e-visa fees for the peak and lean periods for travellers planning a visit to India for short duration. "The e-visa fee for a duration of 30 days during the peak season - from July to March - will be $25, while the e-visa fee during the lean period - from April to June - is to be kept at $10," said the Union Ministe...
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 Seventeen tourist places to become world-class destinations
Photo Seventeen tourist sites in India will now be developed as model sites in a bid to boost tourism, as per a Government of India announcement. According to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the move aims to increase the number of tourist arrivals in the country. The 17 identified sites are: Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh; Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar in Delhi;...
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 Odisha expects 2.4 cr tourists in 2021
Photo The decision to include two of the State’s many attractive tourist sites in the Central Government’s list of Iconic Sites was announced after Odisha's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the State’s Tourism Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi expressed displeasure over Odisha not finding a place in the Iconic Sites list. Odisha has many monuments like Puri and Konark temples, Chilika Lake, Bhitarkanik...
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 Sarovar to add 16 properties by end-2019
Photo Sarovar is aiming at adding 16 more properties by 2019 under the Sarovar Portico, Sarovar Premiere and Hometel Suites brand. According to the Group's MD Ajay Bakaya, this will bring around 970 rooms in India. The new hotels will be in Ahmedabad, Goa, Junagadh, Dehradun, Bengaluru, Dindi, Udaipur, Dahisar, Bodh Gaya, Dibrugarh, Morbi and Jammu among other locations, said Bakaya. While the m...
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 Pride group plans 30 hotels by 2022, to launch new brand for Millenials
Photo The Pride Group of Hotels is planning to launch a new brand exclusively focused on millennial customers. Alsom on the anvil is a 300- room property in Goa, and the launch of new properties in Guwahati, Panipat, and Nashik later this year. The group also plans to add 75 rooms and 50 rooms respectively at its five-star properties in Nagpur and Pune respectively. According to information, the Gr...
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 Strike Force to protect travellers using hotel wifi facilities
Photo StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. has launched a new program aimed at protecting hotel guests' computers and cell phones from hackers while traveling and using Wi-Fi connections. According toStrikeForce CEO Mark L. Kay, the programme's development was prompted by the increase in hacking incidents targeting business and recreational travelers exposing hundreds of millions of guests to a breach of ...
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 Tokyo hires cruise ships to meet Olympic room shortage
Photo Tokyo is facing an accommodation crunch for enthusiasts who will land in the city during the Olympic games next year. Officials are therefore looking for offshore solutions - including cruise ships which can operate as floating hotels. According to information, Tokyo could be short by as many as 14,000 rooms and officials think one solution could be to put people up in giant ships temporarily ...
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 Govt needs to ease regulations for opening of restaurants, encouraging food concepts, says Vikram Kamat, Founder Chairman, VITS Kamats Group
Photo The Indian hospitality industry, despite the many strides that have been taken, is still very nascent. The government doesn't recognize it as an 'Industry' as it does the IT industry, or the telecom industry, says Founder Chairman, VITS Kamats Group Vikram Kamat. According to Kamat, hospitality is relatively expensive in India as compared to South East Asia and other countries, where they real...
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 Major growth will be in tier two cities with upcoming 4-star upscale hotels, says Rohit Arora, Area General Manager, THE Park New Delhi
Photo "The Hospitality Industry has grown immensely over the years and has transpired as one of the key drivers of growth of the services sector in India. Ever expanding domestic tourism, increasing foreign tourist arrivals, high airline passenger numbers has put the Indian Hospitality on an upsurge," said the Area General Manager of THE Park New Delhi, Rohit Arora in an exclusive interview with Hospi...
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 ‘We bring new and unique products for the hospitality industry’
Photo Eagle Forgings is continuously searching the world for unique and good products to add to its range. "We have in the past introduced many unique products and will continue to find new and unique products for the hospitality industry" said Partner & CEO of the company Ajay Khanna, in an exclusive interview with Hospitality Review. Additionally, "we are also keen to explore the possibility of ...
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 Accor set to bring Raffles to India
Photo The Accor Group plans to introduce a host of its global brands to India, including its most expensive brand, Raffles, by signing up a new property each in Udaipur and Jaipur. The first Raffles will be located on an island amid Udaipur's lush Udaisagar lake and will open in mid-2020. Raffles Jaipur, which will be built as a set of private residences and courtyards adjacent to the larger hotel comp...
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 Hyatt plans big for India Ties-up with SLH for 200+ hotels
Photo Hyatt hotel group has announced plans to open more than 14 new properties in India over the next 24 months. These will be located in, among other locations, in Bengaluru, Dehradun, Udaipur, Gurgaon, Jaipur, and Trivandrum. "Expansion plans foresee the addition of over 2,100 guest rooms through the opening of more than 14 new properties over the next 24 months," said a press note from the compa...
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 The exponential growth in infrastructure is a positive sign: Inder Thapa, VP Operations Auromatrix Hotels
Photo Smart work instead of hard work will be the mantra. Today the marketing is digital marketing and the personal rapport plays a lot of important role. The demands of today's travellers are basic infrastructure so the related issues such as bandwidth, mobile signals, TV features will have to be consistent, said the VP Operations of Auromatrix Hotels Inder Thapa in an exclusive interview with Hospita...
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 WelcomHeritage offers 'Unique Experiences' across 34 destinations: says Sanjeev Nayar, MIH General Manager
Photo The present year has shown an exponential growth in the Indian tourism industry when compared to last year, and this will continue to increase in future as well, said ITC Welcomheritage' MIH General Manager Sanjeev K Nayar. Many modern hotels will open which will cater to both, business and leisure travelers. This will increase competition in all segments. Further ahead, there would be definite t...
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 Hotels need to track, evaluate and improvise on technology: JB Singh, President & CEO Interglobe Hotels
Photo The biggest challenge of marketing hotels today is the continuously changing consumer demands and the consumer base. With the strong dependence on technology, hotels have started to re-evaluate their marketing efforts to penetrate the ever growing tech driven platforms, said the President & CEO of Interglobe Hotels (IGH) in an tete-a-tete with Hospitality Review. According to Singh, Geo-Taggin...
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 ‘We have events lined up right through the year' says Rakesh Kumar, Chairman India Exposition Centre & Mart in an exclusive interview with Hospitality Review Editor Dr Yogesh Gondal
Photo Delhi is not only Lutyen's Delhi any more. It is fast spreading in all directions - west, south and areas like Indrapuram, etc have also come up very well now. And as most people want to organize marts and meets etc in Delhi and NCR, there was a severe space crunch for large exhibitions and conference venues in Delhi NCR. The Greater Noida Expo Centre was set up to meet this demand, Rakesh Kum...
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 FSSAI for liberalizing licenses and regulating exports
Photo Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is looking at making some changes in the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSS Act). The proposal will be sent to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare soon. The proposal aims at regulating export shipments and increasing the scope of the foods-related laws as several export markets demand the Indian food regulator's licenses. These have re...
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 TAAI to meet in China The Kunming Convention will be a big Tourism-Connect between two large countries, says TAAI President Sunil Kumar
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Photo The decision of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) to hold its 65th Convention in China is a conscious one aimed at promoting two-way tourism between India and China. The theme of the Convention being held in Kunming from November 27-29 in Yunnan province is 'TOURISM BEYOND BOUNDARIES'. According to the Association’s President Sunil Kumar, the Convention will attempt to empower its mem...
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 TAAI to meet in China
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Photo TAAI to meet in China The Kunming Convention will be a big Tourism-Connect between two large countries, says TAAI President Sunil Kumar The decision of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) to hold its 65th Convention in China is a conscious one aimed at promoting two-way tourism between India and China. The theme of the Convention being held in Kunming from November 27-29 in Yunnan pro...
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 Lufthansa Co-creates Start-up Expo 3
Photo Lufthansa has been in India for 60 years and has been continuously adding capacity. The India market is growing at 10% per year, and the airline is fighting for more capacity. Speaking at the recently organized Start-up Expo (which Lufthansa co-created with TiE – The Indus Entrepreneurs), the airline’s Senior Director South Asia Wolfgang Will said, “Lufthansa is deeply committed to partnering t...
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 Thailand to promote off-season and offer discounts at Amazing Thailand Sale
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has introduced a campaign called the Green Season Tourism Marketing Promotion Programme, under which it will promote travel to Thailand during slow months of May to September. According to Soraya Homchuen, Director TAT Mumbai, Indian travelers will not find Thailand's monsoon or summer very inconvenient because Thailand's weather conditions are similar to In...
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 Slovenia joins PATA for Tourism Promotion
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo The Slovenian Tourist Board has joined the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) as its newest National Tourism Organisation (NTO) member. The Slovenian Tourist Board, the tourism division under the SPIRIT Slovenia, Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Development, Investment and Tourism, is tasked with the development, marketing and pro...
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 "Indians will connect with a destination like Oman"
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Oman received 256,210 Indians in 2014 and has witnessed a 36 percent growth in Indian arrivals over the last 5 years and the effort is on to increase tourist footfalls from India. Speaking at multi-ctiy roadshows in India, Salim Al Mamari, DG Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism - Sultanate of Oman pointed out that Oman and India not only share a lot of cultural, historical and traditional ...
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 MP Tourism woos Bengalurians
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Madhya Pradesh has a proactive government, is easy to reach, has a moderate climate and has a variety of things to offer to tourists. Addressing a get-together for the travel trade and media in Bengaluru recently, the State's MD & Commissioner Tourism Ashwani Lohani, said that MP is adopting a number of initiatives to bring in more awareness about the state's tourist appeal. These include prom...
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 Kerala targets 10% increase, makes forays into China
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo With an aim of ten per cent growth in tourist arrival during 2015, Kerala Tourism is taking many innovative steps like launch of seaplane services for the last mile connectivity to the backwaters, declaring the period between April 2015-March 2016 as Visit Kerala Year, and exploring newer catchment areas like China and Sri Lanka. It also plans to promote itself as a major destination to host wedd...
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 Karnataka to involve corporates in tourism
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Karnataka has decided to rope in corporate houses for the maintenance of tourist destinations in the state as a commitment towards social responsibility. According to the State's Tourism Minister RV Deshpande the scheme will be launched as part of a plan to tap the tourism potential of the old Mysuru area. Apart from this, homestays in the State will be properly graded and their facilities ...
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 IRCTC starts work on a Single Window Shop for travellers
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Travellers can now avail a variety of facilities like tourist packages etc. at the new Facilitation Centre opened by The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The unique tourist facilitation centre in Connaught Place in New Delhi will act as a 'single window shop' for all tourism products like rail, land and air tour packages for domestic and international travelers incl...
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 Air India for the Environment
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Air India celebrated the World Environment Day (5th June) with the theme Swachh Bharat Is a Swasth Bharat. Employees, on that day were asked to leave their cars at home and use public transport, observe a No Plastics Day, and switch off non-essential lights in our buildings, offices and homes between 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to observe Earth Hour, said the airline's CMD Rohit Nandan. "Let us all hold o...
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 Kempinski Ambience in support of social cause
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Kempinski Ambience Hotel, Delhi has tied up with Noida Deaf Society to train and employ differently-abled youths in various departments like housekeeping, front office and F & B. As part of this initiative, youths from the Noida Deaf Society went through a special training program and were offered worthy jobs in back-end and front-end departments. Says Puneet Singh, GM of the hotel, "Corpor...
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 Pride wins Brand Achievers Award, 2015
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Pride Group of Hotels has won "Leading Luxury Hotel Chain of the Year award in India" at Brand Achievers Award 2015, held in Radisson Blue, New Delhi, recently. The award was presented by celebrity of repute Mr. Shekhar Suman to Mr. Jaideep Jugran - Director F&B, The Pride Hotel Delhi who was accompanied by Mr. Navdeep Singh - Director Corporate Sales, The Pride Hotel, Delhi. ...
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 Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere gets LEED - Silver Certificate
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere has received the Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating for its efficiency in energy, water, and waste management. The award was given by the Indian Green Building Council's (IGBC) LEED India for New Construction Rating system. This is the seventh award Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere has received since its inception. According to D...
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 ITDC shows profit in FY 2014-15
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has shown a total turnover of Rs 504.19 cr in the financial year 2014-15 as compared to Rs 469.58 cr last year clocking a growth of 7.4%. According to a press note, while there was a surge of 226.48% in profit before tax (PBT) at Rs 38.95 cr from Rs 11.93 cr in the previous year, the profit after tax (PAT) surged by 264.86% at Rs 34.37 cr in the FY...
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 Higher rate of GST will badly affect hospitality Industry: HRAEI
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo While the Hospitality industry is happy that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha, and that now there will be a uniform taxation for all hotels and restaurants, and will substantially reduce paper work and multiple filing of various tax returns, it is apprehensive over the uncertainty about the rate of GST. The speculated rate of 16 to 20% is very high and will m...
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 Air India to connect Kullu
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo Air India has started a 70-seater aircraft flight to Bhunter airport giving hopes to the tourism and hotels of Himachal of an increase in arrival of high end tourists. The regular Delhi-Kulu-Delhi flight is an improvement of the existing 48 seater aircraft carrying only 32 passengers from Delhi to Kullu and 22 from Kullu to Delhi. According to information, the increase in the number of seats ...
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 Andhra puts many Tourism Projects on the Anvil
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo When the CM of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu is through with implementing the various tourism projects in his state, Andhra will be on a different plane. He has suggested setting up eco-tourism parks in each district, transforming all forest lands in urban areas. The CM would like the reservoir at Gandikota in Kadapa district to be developed as a tourist destination. This will not just prom...
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 ATOAI to host Tourism and Mountaineering Meet in New Delhi
By Our Special Correspondent
Photo The Indian Himalaya Mountaineering and Tourism Meet 2016 is scheduled to be held from January 15-17, 2016 at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in New Delhi. Organized by the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), the Meet will focus on important issues relating to saving the Himalayas and its eco system. It will also bring into focus the negative impact of over commercializ...
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