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SuperStar Libra to triple homeports from September: Star Cruises


Star Cruises has announced SuperStar Libra’s latest deployment from September 3, 2017, onwards with triple homeports in Kuala Lumpur via Port Klang and Penang in Malaysia, as well as in Phuket, Thailand, with two cruises per week, including the 3-nights Kuala Lumpur (via Port Klang)/Phuket/Penang cruise or the four-nights Kuala Lumpur (via Port Klang)/Langkawi/Phuket/Penang cruise. With the introduction of Star Cruises’ multiple homeports and fly-cruise options, guests in Southeast Asia as well as the region will now have easy access to take a cruise with SuperStar Libra from any of these three well-connected key cities, especially Kuala Lumpur, which is now a major aviation hub in Asia. Ang Moo Lim, President,Star Cruises, says, “Star Cruises is optimistic this will grow our source markets in Southeast Asia, allowing guests more access to multiple homeports and concurrently developing and stimulating the growth of the cruise tourism sector across borders through fly-cruise options.” With Penang previously as the only homeport for SuperStar Libra in Malaysia, domestic travellers nationwide and international passengers can now celebrate with more options to either embark from the historically rich culture city of Penang or the modern bustling city of Kuala Lumpur via its new main homeport in Port Klang, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur remains one the key gateway to Malaysia and also the Southeast Asian region with an expected targeted inbound tourism of over 30 million in 2017. In Thailand, Phuket is also a renowned destination for many international tourists and Star Cruises is now opening up options for travellers from the island, both domestic and from the fly-cruise travel to hop a cruise with SuperStar Libra. During SuperStar Libra’s triple homeport deployment in Malaysia and Thailand, guests of …

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Alibaba Group and Marriott International enter into a joint venture


Alibaba Group and Marriott International have announced the establishment of a joint venture to redefine the travel experience for the hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers travelling abroad and domestically every year. Drawing on resources from both Marriott and Alibaba, the joint venture will manage Marriott’s storefront on Fliggy, Alibaba’s travel service platform. It will also market directly to Alibaba’s customer base, provide a link between Marriott’s loyalty programmes and Alibaba’s loyalty programme, and support Marriott hotels globally with content, programmes and promotions customised for the Chinese traveller. This new venture is designed to satisfy consumers’ expectations for seamless, integrated, personalised, and convenient travel solutions that connect travellers directly to Marriott’s portfolio of international hotel brands. The travel industry is an important growth opportunity as China’s travellers are expected to take an estimated 700 million trips over the next five years. Marriott’s owners and franchisees globally will benefit from the joint venture by capturing a greater share of this growing Chinese travel market and lower distribution costs associated with the joint venture. “We are proud to join forces with Marriott International – combining our large-scale consumer base, leading-edge technology and consumer insights with their unparalleled hospitality expertise,” said Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group. “Together, we are elevating and redefining the travel experience for Chinese consumers to be more seamless and personalized as they embark on adventures to discover the world.” Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, said, “By forming this partnership, we are pairing our hospitality expertise with Alibaba’s digital travel platform, retail expertise and digital payment platform, Alipay, and driving membership to our loyalty programs. With the growing number of Chinese consumers exploring …

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HeliTaxi service from city to Bengaluru airport soon


Bengaluru will become the first city in the country to have a helicopter shuttle service by November 2017. The Heli Taxi services will become operational between the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and Electronics City. Ministry of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, who announced the launch, said that the service will ensure quick seamless transfers to and from the airport at a cost similar to a luxury taxi fare. The fare of luxury taxis, which ply on this route (KIA and Electronics City), is between Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,000. Thumby Aviation Private Ltd has been roped in to offer the shuttle services. To begin with, the services will be from KIA to Electronics City and subsequently will be extended to White Field and HAL airport. The services are expected to begin in about three months as Thumby Aviation is in the process of seeking regulatory approvals. Thumby Aviation has two Bell 412 helicopters that can ferry 13 passengers and Bell 407 choppers that can carry five passengers.   Source: IANS

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Hyderabad Airport introduces India’s first express security check facility

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GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad, has announced that under the umbrella of GHIAL’s signature programme ‘Passenger is Prime’, and in collaboration with CISF, it has become the first airport in India to provide pre-embarkation security check right at the terminal’s entry gate. This will serve as ‘Express Security Check’ facility for domestic passengers travelling without any check-in baggage. Hyderabad Airport has earmarked a dedicated space at terminal entry point of departure level for the new ‘Express Security Check’ facility. The domestic passengers, after printing their boarding pass from the newly installed ‘self-service kiosks’ located conveniently at the departures forecourt area outside the terminal building, can now enter the Express Security Check lane without getting into the check-in area and head straight towards the boarding area. Currently, Hyderabad Airport handles more than 18,000 domestic departure passengers on daily basis, of which close to 40 per cent travel without any checked-in baggage, and carry at most only hand baggage. Passengers, particularly frequent flyers such as Government officials, business and corporate travellers will immensely benefit from the Express Security Check facility, as this will save their precious time before boarding the aircraft. The new process will also benefit the airlines by reducing the queues at the check-in counters and improving their on-time performance (OTP). Further, the facility will also help in reducing the anxiety levels of passengers travelling through a busy airport. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Director General OP Singh said, “The CISF reinvents and upgrades itself continuously. That is our forte which injects the edge in our operations. We are committed to provide security of a very high order and simultaneously are …

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Singapore Airlines launches campaign with Shangri-La

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In celebration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) 50th founding anniversary, global travel brands Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Singapore Airlines have partnered to launch a regional travel campaign called ‘ASEAN Is More – First Stop Singapore’. The campaign will showcase Southeast Asia’s diverse destinations with specially curated leisure travel offers, which can be reserved from  August 1 to October 31, for stays until December 31, 2017. Families can find exclusive flight offers to exciting destinations and hotel deals for any Shangri-La hotel or resort in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand; Hotel Jen properties in Singapore and Malaysia; as well as Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The ASEAN Is More Family Fun offer includes: Accommodations for two adults and two children aged 11 years old and below Daily breakfast buffet Complimentary extra bed or sofa bed for one child Complimentary daily dinner buffet for two adults and two children aged 11 years old and below with free-flow soft drinks, juices, beer and house wine at selected hotels. Complimentary wireless Internet access To turn up the notch on fun, travellers can take part in the ASEAN 50 Holiday Memory Match game, which will run from August 1 to October 31.  Game participants score points by correctly matching all the cards in the shortest time and the accumulated scores will be displayed on a leader board on the game’s microsite. The top 10 fastest contestants will each win a four-day and three-night stay at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore that includes a SGD200 dining credit at NAMI Restaurant and Bar. Winners of the ASEAN 50 Holiday Memory Match game will be notified through email. At the end of the game, participants are …

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Dream Cruises unveils first all-inclusive services for palace suites

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Dream Cruises has unveiled a new luxury experience for guests  for its prestigious Dream Palace Suite and Garden Penthouses on board Genting Dream and its soon-to-arrive twin sister ship World Dream.  Dream Palace has 142 suites and private VIP facilities including a swimming pool, spa, gym and dining venues. “Since the launch of Genting Dream, guest feedback on our Dream Palace experience has been overwhelming. This has inspired us to create an all-inclusive luxury offering, which upgrades our guest experience to a new level and makes our Dream Palace proposition across our fleet even more exceptional in the market,” said Thatcher Brown, President, Dream Cruises. Guests can enjoy the new Dream Palace experience on Genting Dream from September 1 and on World Dream when it arrives in Asia in November. Dream Palace has truly become even more regal with these benefits: Complimentary set menu meals in all Dream Palace outlets Complimentary set meal credit in five speciality restaurants – each night will feature choice of a unique speciality restaurant experience Complimentary premium beverage package to be enjoyed in all bars and lounges Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water in room Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the cruise Complimentary city shuttle transfers, exclusive for Dream Palace guests Complimentary al fresco seafood barbeque dinner hosted on the Dream Palace private pool deck area during the last sea day of all five night cruises, exclusive for Dream Palace guests Priority at booking at the Vintage Room private food and wine chef’s table

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Ark Travels hosts annual party for trade on SuperStar Gemini

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Ark Travels, the Preferred Sales Agent for Star Cruises in India, is conducting its annual party titled ‘Big Bang Nautical Fiesta’ from August 13-16, 2017 and this time its onboard SuperStar Gemini. The three-night itinerary include Singapore-Penang-Langkawi-Singapore. Anju Tandon, Director at Ark Travels, says, “This is to say thank you for our agent partners for selling us throughout the year. Our target is to take 350-400 agents from across India that will include small regions like Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and surrounding areas, cities in Gujarat not just Ahmedabad and Surat but also Rajkot. The aim this time is not only to take the ones who are already selling us but also those who have given just one or two bookings so that we can encourage them as well as show them the product.” Moreover, Ark has been chartering cruises with entertainment onboard since last year. This includes additional entertainment apart from what the ship already offers. “We take a team of event organisers who do a lot of pool games and conduct aqua zumba, war of the DJs on the deck at night, Bollywood nights that feature well-known singers like Parleen Gill, etc. Since it’s a charter sailing, these perks are available for everyone onboard because they have all booked through Ark Travels. We will continue to focus on selling charter cruises next year as well,” Tandon adds. With respect to the forthcoming travel season, Ark Travels will be focusing on other Star Cruises brands as well like SuperStar Libra (ex-Penang) and SuperStar Virgo (ex-Nansha) till March 2017.

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The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat to open its doors for business travellers from Oct 1


The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat, perceived as a retreat for business and leisure travellers, will be unveiled on October 1, 2017. Located in dynamic Kolkata near the International Convention Centre and airport, the hotel will have 158 rooms. With abstract artwork harmonising with the ivory colour palette, the Deluxe Rooms invite you to relax in contemporary style. Ample natural light fills the space through double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows framing spectacular views of the pool, Eco Park Lake, or the Kolkata skyline. If achieving productivity is a priority, the spacious writing desk with ergonomic chair and multi-jack connectivity helps you stay focused.

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Global Panorama Showcase reaches to Kochi


The Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) is underway in Kochi. After successful shows in Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Kolkata, GPS Kochi saw a conglomeration of 750+ registrations on the first day. Buyers from cities like Salem, Coimbatore, Thrissur, Trivandrum, Calicut and nearby cities will be attending the three day event. The first day witnessed knowledge presentations by Interglobe Technology Quotient, FXkart, Genting Hong Kong, cyber security session by Prevoyance Cyber Forensic, Trawelltag Cover-More, Sahibji Group of Companies, Zanzibar Tourism and the much waited GST session by team GMJ & Co followed by presentations from Infozeal and Cleartax. The next two days will notice more buyers for one-on-one B2B meetings.

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‘God’s own country’ to greet ATOAI Convention from Sept 18-21


Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) will host its 13th annual convention at Backwater Ripples Resort in Kumarakom, Kerala, from September 18-21, 2017. The theme of the convention-Emerging Pathways will focus on making India as the adventure capital of the world. The convention will provide a platform for key stakeholders of the industry including representatives of the government, tourism boards and other players, to deliberate upon adventure tourism policy, capacity creation, responsible tourism and marketing of this segment.

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