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TAT hosts the sixth edition of wedding symposium for Indian market

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Thailand Tourism Authority’s (TAT) Mumbai and New Delhi offices, recently organised the sixth edition of the Indian Wedding Symposium and B2B session 2018 exclusively for the Indian market. Top eight wedding planners from South and West of India and 10 wedding planners from North and East of India were hosted in Thailand from April 23-27, 2018. The itinerary included the scenic route of Phuket-Khao Lak-Krabi-Bangkok. During the trip, the group visited numerous beautiful hotels in these destinations to evaluate their potential as ideal venues for grand Indian weddings. The trip concluded in Bangkok with a Wedding Planners’ Symposium and B2B session at Centara Grand AT Central World, which included a panel discussion between representatives of the planners, hotels, and Tourism Authority of Thailand to strengthen the existing relationship and to attract more and more Indian weddings in Thailand. The discussion was followed by a B2B session in which the planners and various suppliers met and discussed future business prospects. Santi Chudintra, Deputy Governor, Asia Market, said, “The Indian wedding planners are the most important influencers to help promote Thailand as the most preferred wedding destination after they have first-handed experience and learned what Thailand has to offer from this familiarisation trip. India is one of the key markets for us, last year we witnessed more than  300 Indian weddings in Thailand and we aim at doubling the number by the end of 2018.”

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Turkish Airlines offers free layover for transit passengers in Istanbul

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Turkish Airlines has now offered a free layover service to all international transit Turkish Airlines passengers who fly through Istanbul with a six to 24 hour layover.  The national flag-carrier offers the complementary touristanbul service including transfers, access to historical sights of interest as well as a sampling of Turkey’s famed cuisine.  Passengers can catch a glimpse of the varied history and cultural fusion which has made Istanbul such a vibrant and charming city. To enjoy the benefits of touristanbul, passengers must have an international transit flight through Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and layover of 6-24 hours. Tours depart daily from the Hotel Desk at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, with a daily schedule taking place 8:30 to 11:00, from 09:00 to 15:00, from 09:00 to 18:00, from 12:00 to 18:00 and from 16:00 to 21:00. The tour programme includes a combination of some Istanbul’s highlights such as Topkapı Palace, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace and many more.

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FEEs through tourism witness growth of 17% in 2017 over 2016

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Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during 2017 were USD 27,742 mn with a growth of 17.0 per cent over 2016, according to a latest FICCI-Yes Bank Report. This growth trend is dependent on many external factors including exchange rate and socio–political scenario, however, despite global undulations, FEEs have consistently contributed a significant share to the Tourism GDP of India. The rising flow of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) is clearly a function of the stellar growth performance of emerging tourism trends like MICE along with spiritual travel and medical tourism. Furthermore, it goes without saying that FTAs have been able to garner considerable resources for the country and started contributing significantly to the economy. Foreign tourists tend to spend more in India than almost any other country worldwide due to its size as well as diversity of culture and geography. These are positive signs for the industry, and indicate significant potential going forward.

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Northeastern Cultural and Info Centre to come up in Delhi

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A Northeastern cultural and information centre, showcasing the vibrant culture of the region, will come up in Delhi soon, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said. Singh disclosed this during a meeting on the ‘Roadmap for Implementation of Cabinet Approval of Schemes for North East Council’ in Delhi. The meeting reviewed the progress of various on-going projects in the Northeast region, an official statement said. Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), said the central government has been giving priority to the Northeastern region and the cultural and information centre will be a new gift to the people of the region. It is being built on 1.32 acre land in Dwarka and will act as a cultural convention and information hub of the region in Delhi, the minister said. Singh said it will have a library-cum-reading room with material on Northeastern region, an art gallery showcasing the region, an exhibition hall, a research centre, sale outlets as well guest houses. At present, the architecture, design and planning for the project are in process. The project is expected to be completed soon at an estimated cost of Rs 50-55 crore and it will be one of its kind in the country and will be a state-of-the-art project, he said.   Source: PTI

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Jazeera Airways adds Mumbai to its growing India network

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Jazeera Airways, Kuwait’s leading low-cost airline, operating regionally and internationally, has announced its latest and largest addition to the growing network of Indian routes. Forging ahead with the fourth destination in India after Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kochi recently, Jazeera Airways will now fly to Mumbai starting May 9. Responding to the travel demands of its customers, the award winning carrier will now provide strong connectivity through Kuwait on to fourteen destinations across the Middle East. Rohit Ramachandran, CEO of Jazeera Airways, said, “We are delighted to start our flights to the largest city in India. Our network in India is developing well and is continuing to support the travel needs of over 920,000 Indians from Kuwait, as well as offering Indian citizens connectivity across the Middle East. Also with our increasing passenger numbers Jazeera Airways is proud that it will open its own dedicated terminal at Kuwait International Airport in May. This is an exciting phase for the brand as it reiterates the long term commitment of honouring Jazeera’s support for the Vision 2035.” Known as the entertainment and commercial capital of India, Mumbai is one of the world’s top ten hubs for global businesses and home to some of the biggest conglomerates such as Tata Group, Maruti Suzuki, Infosys Tech, Mahindra Group, Godrej, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to name a few. A diverse cosmopolitan Indian city, it houses famous shopping bazaars, the popular Bollywood industry, museums and art galleries such as the Prince of Wales Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Nehru Centre Art Gallery and the Jehangir Art Gallery. Jazeera Airways will operate daily flights to and from …

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Three major airport infra projects for Lucknow, Chennai, Guwahati: MoCA

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the investments for expansion and upgradation of integrated terminals at Chennai, Guwahati and Lucknow airports by Airport Authority of India. Airports Authority of India has been assigned for the project with a total estimate of about Rs 5,000 crores to modernise, upgrade services, build new terminal buildings or upgrade the new terminals in Chennai, Lucknow and Guwahati. Jayant Sinha, Minister of Civil Aviation, made the announcement regarding the approval of the investment by Cabinet and assured that work for it would begin at the earliest.

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SOTC Travel moves into forex business

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SOTC Travel has ventured into the forex business to provide travellers with a one-stop solution for their entire travel related requirement. Users can see the best rates for foreign exchange and based on customer requirement, they could either collect it from the store or have it home delivered. To bring complete transparency, SOTC showcases the exchange rates in real time and delivers the order to the customer’s doorstep. SOTC engages in the FFMC business which enables it to not only service such requirements internally but also make an entry into retail and wholesale foreign exchange business, thereby opening up another revenue stream. Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel, at the launch said, “The main priorities of Indians travelling abroad are secure and hassle-free travel, easy access to foreign currency and convenience of making payments. With the launch of the forex business, SOTC offers all these benefits and more. It aims to provide the ease of travel with utmost security feature to the target audience. As a company, SOTC is focusing on the  growing travel requirements of the millennial and looks forward to making a mark in this segment.”

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India projected to be second-fastest growing nation for passenger traffic: ACI

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India has been projected to be the second fastest growing country in the world for passenger traffic by the Airports Council International (ACI) in its traffic forecasts between 2017-40. The ACI, a global trade body representing airports across the globe, has put Vietnam at the top position with an 8.5 per cent growth rate, followed by India at 7.5 per cent and Iran at 7.3 per cent. China has been placed at eighth position with 5.9 per cent growth rate. In its forecasts, the ACI said by 2022, passenger traffic in emerging economies like India would surpass advanced economies. Earlier, in its report, ACI had placed the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi among the top 20 busiest airports in the world, putting it at the 16th position. Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai were also ranked among the fastest-growing airports in the world. The Asia-Pacific region will continue to show a healthy growth rate and between 2017-40, the passenger traffic growth rate will be 38.8 per cent, the fastest in the world. The growth in Europe would be 26 per cent and 8.4 per cent in North America, indicating that Asia-Pacific region would shape the future of the global aviation industry. In the same report, New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has jumped six notches of the top 20 busiest airports in the world for 2017 in terms of traffic volumes. The GMR-group-run New Delhi airport jumped from 22nd rank in 2016 to 16th rank, solidifying its status as one of the fastest growing airports in the world for passenger traffic, as per ACI. The ranking is based on the preliminary passenger traffic results for the most-travelled airports in …

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Under UDAN, Jewar airport to bring UP cities closer to NCR: PwC

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The proposed international airport at Jewar in Greater Noida will not only bring places in Uttar Pradesh such as Kanpur and Allahabad closer to NCR under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN, it will also benefit locations in neighbouring states, a techno-economic feasibility report for the airport has stated. The Uttar Pradesh government is of the view that once the airport begins functioning from 2022-23, people travelling by air in the state will increase significantly. Air traffic in Uttar Pradesh is currently growing at a rate of 28.8 per cent. The PwC report stated that when the airport starts functioning, Shimla, Ludhinana, Pathankot, Gwalior and Adampur would be benefitted by it. These places, including Bhatinda would be benefitted by both the Jewar airport and the IGI airport in New Delhi under the Centres UDAN scheme. The capacity deployment to Kanpur and Adampur at present remains the highest. It said 88 per cent of Jewar airport traffic would be domestic and the rest international, adding that adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh such as Agra and Gautam Budh Nagar would be the main contributors to the fliers volume to the airport. The report said the demand for air travel from the Dellhi-NCR region will increase manifold in the coming years and it will be determined by factors such as “natural growth in air travel demand due to economic progress and model shift from railways to air”. The ambitious regional connectivity scheme, also known as Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagarik (UDAN), where fares are capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights, seeks to connect unserved and under-served airports. Under the scheme, Uttar Pradesh will get 11 new additional airports in the next 15 months, …

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Plaza Premium Lounge debuts in Rome

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Plaza Premium Lounge along with Aeroporti di Roma have announced the official opening of its operation in Rome. Strategically located in Terminal 3 (Area E), at the Extra Schengen Departures on the Upper Level of Rome Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, the contemporary lounge spanning over 1,000 square metres, is a premium facility at the new airport terminal that offers travellers a tranquil oasis to relax ahead of their flight. Plaza Premium Lounge Rome marks a new addition to its over 160 outlets around the world and is its sixth (6th) location within Europe. Offering 300 comfortable seats including the signature honeycomb seating to provide extra privacy, this lounge is open 24 hours daily and also houses six shower rooms – the first of its kind in Fiumicino Airport – with amenities for guests to refresh before their onward journey. Other facilities and services include complimentary Wi-Fi, a series of entertainment including an extensive variety of digital reading material and TV channels plus ample recharging stations for all electronic devices. Providing guests with an array of delectable food and beverage options is one of the hallmarks of Plaza Premium Lounge. Introducing live cooking stations, guests can enjoy an interactive airport dining experience where chefs prepare their orders upon request together with a sumptuous buffet of mouth-watering selections. The Bar complements the dining experience with a selection of juices, soft drinks and specialty coffees and teas. Travellers have the option of pre-booking on the website (www.plazanetwork.com) for two and five hours lounge use packages. Prices start at EUR 40 for two hours’ lounge access including shower. Song Hoi-see, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Plaza Premium Group said, “Plaza Premium Group …

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