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IndiGo commences Rajahmundry operations

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IndiGo has expanded its regional network by commencing ATR operations from Rajahmundry. Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Nimmakayala China Rajappa along with Sanjeev Ramdas, Executive Vice President of Customer Service & Operations Control, IndiGo flagged-off the flight from Rajahmundry to Chennai at Rajahmundry Airport on January 9, 2018. Rajahmundry will be connected to Hyderabad with twice daily frequencies, and one direct daily frequency each on Rajahmundry–Bengaluru–Rajahmundry and Rajahmundry–Chennai–Rajahmundry sectors. IndiGo is the only airline that connects Rajahmundry with direct flights to three major metros of southern India: Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad from day one of its operations.  

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IndiGo introduces Tirupati to its growing network

Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Mr Aditya Ghosh President and Whole Time Director IndiGo flagged-off the TIR-HYD flig (002)

IndiGo has expanded its regional network by adding Tirupati on its network. Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju along with Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo, flagged-off the second flight from Tirupati to Hyderabad at Tirupati International Airport on January 7, 2018. Tirupati will be connected by three daily non-stop flights to Hyderabad and double daily non-stop flights to Bengaluru. Apart from this, Tirupati will also be connected to many new cities on IndiGo’s existing network of Airbus 320s and ATRs. IndiGo will connect Tirupati to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dubai, Singapore among other cities via Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mangaluru.  

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Indian millennials spend more on travel than seniors, says study

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India’s millennials are on the move, and willing to spend. Not only are they taking more trips per year than before, they are also spending more on expensive stay options as compared to seniors, reveals a new Phocuswright study co-commissioned by ixigo. While 22 per cent seniors aged 55+ spent over Rs 6,000 per night for their most significant trip during the year, over 34 per cent of the millennials, specifically in the age group of 25-30 spent this much or more. This, despite the fact that one out of every two millennial considers non-hotel lodging options such as private homes, bungalows, homestays or service apartments in preference to hotels. On the other hand, 70 per cent of seniors tend to prefer hotels over non-hotel accommodations. The study aggregates responses from 2,700+ online travellers, out of which almost half (48 per cent) of the respondents were millennials. Millennials also lead the trend towards independent and solo travel in India as compared to other major markets in APAC. About 45 per cent of all Indian online leisure travellers have taken at least one solo trip in the last 12 months which is higher than travellers from other APAC countries. In addition, Indians are taking shorter but more frequent trips, with only 14 per cent of travellers surveyed having taken a trip of 14 days or longer in 2017. Commenting on this trend, ixigo CEO and Co-founder, Aloke Bajpai said, “Millennials are changing the way Indians travel. Travel apps, coupled with rising smartphone penetration, has brought about a marked evolution in traveller behaviour. In 2017, online Indian travellers on an average spent Rs. 1.5 Lakhs on their travel and took 3 leisure …

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Sarovar Hotels & Resorts signs new hotel in Dahisar, Mumbai

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Sarovar Hotels has announced the signing of a new hotel deal in Dahisar, a 112 suites Royal Hometel Suites. Owned by Lion Pencils, Royal Hometel Suites is expected to open in 2018. With a key location, the hotel under development will offer all facilities of an international standard hotel. Royal Hometel Suites will feature All Day Dining, Bar, Banquet Halls, Conference & Meeting Facilities, Swimming Pool, and Gymnasium. Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said, “We are delighted to sign yet another hotel in Mumbai which is one of our most significant markets. We are already present in Mumbai with all of our three brands Sarovar Premiere, Sarovar Portico and Hometel. With this new addition, we look forward to further growth in this city.  It is an important location for us and a significant addition to our portfolio.”

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Karnataka International Travel Expo from Feb 28- March 2 in Bengaluru

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The Karnataka International Travel Expo is scheduled to be held from February 28-March 2, 2018, at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC). This was announced by the state tourism department of Karnataka. The inaugural expo is the largest B2B travel event in India. This event is a suitable platform that will see a conglomeration of over 400 registered buyers and media from over 25 countries. Priyank Kharge, Minister for Tourism, IT & BT, Govt. of Karnataka, said “Karnataka is home to a large and exciting portfolio of globally acclaimed tourism products with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, splendid wildlife and resplendent nature, virgin beaches to adorn. ‘Karnataka International Travel Expo’, being held for the first time, will provide the impetus to the inbound travel and tourism and would enhance the marketing efforts of Karnataka Tourism to promote our destinations to the travel-trade from all over the world”. The event will also feature an exclusive Karnataka Pavilion: Destination Karnataka: “Karnataka with its diverse range of products is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive states for the travel-trade industry both for leisure and business travel,” said TK Anil Kumar, Secretary – Tourism, Government of Karnataka. The three-day event will attract over 1,000 delegates facilitating over 10,000 pre-matched appointments to bring together International Buyers and sellers for face-to-face meetings, education forums and networking. This will be an annual event here on, and will make a mark on the international travel expo map or circuit. A budget of Rs 7 crore is expected to be spent on the event. The event will for the first time see a blogathon, which will be attended by international travel bloggers. Also, the event would …

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Maharashtra announces first-ever Mumbai Shopping Festival 2018

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Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, is launching the first edition of its annual property, the Mumbai Shopping Festival (MSF). India’s first of its kind citywide three-week festival will be celebrated from January 12-31, 2018, across the city of Mumbai. The festival will include immersive retail experiences clubbed with live performances across the city. In lieu of the recent notification by the Government of Maharashtra where shops and establishments can now stay open 24X7, the Ministry of Tourism and MTDC will set up Mumbai’s first ever Night Bazaar Flea Market which will go on till 4am on weekends only. To enhance visibility of the Mumbai Shopping Festival, MTDC has teamed up with various associations with various retail and commerce bodies including – MCHI – CREDAI, FICCI, FHRAI India, GJEPC India, NAREDCO, Retailers Association Of India (RAI), Indian Bullion & Jewellers Association and the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association (FRTWA). Shopping partners for the Mumbai Shopping Festival 2018 include major malls and retail chains in Mumbai.  Adding to the festivities, the Mumbai Shopping Festival will also showcase Mumbai’s first ever Food Truck Zones set up in different areas over the weekends. “Our aim is to establish this event on a global platform as one of the most sought after and visiting shopping and cultural festivals of the world. This is already one of the biggest initiatives by MTDC and we are determined to make it make it even bigger,” adds Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism & (EGS), Government of Maharashtra. Speaking on the creation of the Mumbai Shopping Festival, Vijay Waghmare, Managing Director, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, adds “ We are …

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Renaissance Ahmedabad, Tamarind Global celebrates soft opening of the hotel

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Renaissance along with Tamarind Global hosted an exclusive networking dinner in Ahmedabad for the travel fraternity to celebrate the soft opening of the hotel. The guests were welcomed by Vishvapreet Cheema, GM  and Louis D’Souza, Executive Director, Tamarind Global, followed by a presentation by  Anang Chaturvedi, Multi-Property Director of Sales & Marketing, Renaissance Ahmedabad and Four Points by Sheraton. Representatives from The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa, Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa and Fairfield by Marriott Jodhpur Hotel also showcased their properties to the guests. The evening continued with performances by a live band and an illusionist. A lucky draw was conducted where the winners received stays at these hotels as prizes. Guests also received a small gift from Tamarind Global as a token of goodwill for attending the dinner.  

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Yatra introduces self-booking corporate travel solution for SMEs

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Yatra.com has launched a self-booking platform for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) providing corporate customers with comprehensive and convenient travel solutions. Dhruv Shringi, Co-founder and CEO, Yatra.com says, “Yatra’s latest self-booking platform significantly reinforces our position in the large and growing corporate travel market in India. The platform will revolutionise the way business travellers search and book flights and hotels, ultimately saving both time and money in the process.” The newly launched, easy to use online platform includes a range of enhanced features which will empower the SMEs to automate their process to fulfill end-to-end travel business needs. SMEs shall get curated hotel options, best corporate deals and nil to economical cancellation and rescheduling charges. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) complaint system will allow the user to search through a range of flight and hotel options as per the company travel policy and follow the in-built trip approval process to seek their supervisor’s approval. They shall also have access to real time Management Information System (MIS) reports to enable them to monitor their travel expenses. Furthermore, the invoices will be instantly mailed to the registered email ID. There is also a 24×7 support helpline available for support required on visas, passports, and other offline requests. Using this platform, SMEs can manage their company and employee profiles, travel policy compliance, and approval workflow. “We believe that this technological advanced platform will empower SMEs to control their travel needs, while at the same time making it inherently easier for their employees to make bookings in an easy and convenient manner,” Shringi added.  

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Kerala Travel Mart to have three-day B2B meetings

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The 10th edition of the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), a biggest conglomeration of tourism stakeholders, will be held in Kochi from September 27-30, 2018. This was announced by the Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran. The event will have three days of B2B meetings scheduled as well. The previous edition of the mart had seen participation of total 638 domestic buyers from various parts of India and 238 international buyers from more than 57 countries. The three-day conclave has been organised by KTM Society in partnership with Kerala Tourism. Malabar Tourism promotion will be the main theme of this edition. “The 10th edition of KTM will be inaugurated coinciding the World Tourism Day (September 27) in Kochi. The inauguration will be followed by three-day business-to-business meetings,” the minister said.

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Clarks Inn debuts in Srinagar with 41-rooms for business and leisure travellers

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Clarks Inn Group of Hotels has had another addition to its growing portfolio with  the unveiling of Clarks Inn Srinagar. The property is strategically located at a stone-throw distance from the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Srinagar’s scenic Dal Lake and just about three kilometres from the Mughal Garden. Located in the city centre at Jawahar Nagar, Clarks Inn Srinagar boasts of 41 rooms across different categories to cater to the needs of discerning business as well as leisure travellers. N. Srivastava, President & Co-founder, Clarks Inn Group of Hotels, said, “Not only we promise to offer our guests one of the finest traditions of hospitality that is in line with the Kashmiri ethos of incredible warmth, but we would also like to leverage our network strength and resources to promote the state of Jammu & Kashmir beyond just our own business interest here.” With the latest addition, Clarks Inn now boasts of a portfolio of 80 hotel properties, including 43 in operation, spread across 17 states in India and one in Kathmandu, Nepal. The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant brand ‘The Bridge’ besides meeting rooms and halls that can cater to various corporate and social event.

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