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Banyan Tree Samui introduces Portier smartphone at check-in


Banyan Tree Samui is now offering its guests a Portier smartphone along with the room keys at check in. The mobile phone allows the guests to make free and unrestricted international telephone calls and surf 4G Internet. It also offers its guests the access to a host of resort features including restaurant menus, daily activities, and tips for sightseeing around the island of Koh Samui. The Portier smartphone is user-friendly and delivers all of its features in English, Russian, Chinese, German or French. Banyan Tree Samui strongly feels that the innovation will offer its guests a great level of security and comfort. Remko Kroesen, General Manager, Banyan Tree Samui, said, “We always aim at enhancing the stay experiences of our guests with ultimate comfort and security.” Kroesen says the most popular feature of the smartphone at the resort is the “Villa Host” function. Each guest is assigned a Villa Host – a personal butler-cum-concierge – who will contact them ahead of arrival to take requests and lay the groundwork for their vacation. All the hotel information is downloaded onto the smartphone — menus for each of Banyan Tree Samui’s three restaurants; spa treatments; speedboat tours; daily kids’ club activities. It also features novel ideas such as a nature trail around the rolling 38-acre property, where guests can use their phones to identify some of the resident flora and fauna.

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Vistara to launch Delhi-Chennai direct service from March 1


Vistara will launch a daily direct service between Delhi and Chennai and is set to double its frequency between the two cities from March 1, offering convenient same-day return options in both directions. Besides, the airline will fly daily direct between Chennai and Port Blair from March 1, and will further expand its operations from the city from March 25 with daily direct flights between Chennai and Kochi and double daily flights between Chennai and Kolkata. Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, Vistara, said, “Many of our customers had been waiting for us to bring ‘the new feeling of flying’ to Chennai, and we’re pleased to finally inaugurate our service to the city. We may have been late in coming to Chennai, but our aggressive expansion plan from the city truly signals its importance to Vistara. The new Chennai service would offer additional connections through Delhi to many additional destinations including Srinagar, Jammu, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Varanasi, Bagdogra, and Guwahati.”

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TCEB promotes ‘Meet by Design’

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Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), with a mission to promote MICE industry in Thailand in partnership with Thai Airways International and Travel Clinic announced a new promotional campaign called ‘Meet by Design’ at an exclusive dinner, ‘Thailand MICE Corporate Networking’  at The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences on February 15, 2018. Nooch Homrossukhon – Director – Meetings and Incentive Department, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, stated, “We have formed a great partnership in the Indian market, and work very closely with our allied partner like Thai Airways international. We will associate with Travel Clinic for the first time. We work closely with boutique and chain hotels in Thailand who have a MICE facility to promote the destination altogether. From 2016 to 2017 there has been a huge growth in India MICE visitors,  of about 36 per cent. We will try to sustain the two-digit growth.” She said, “We are launching the new promotional campaign called Meet by Design – comprising three campaigns, Meet Now, Meet Smart and Meet Mega.  Meet Smart is in line with the government policy of driving Thailand 4.0. We are targeting the ten growth industries. If the corporates coming are from these ten targeted industries in a group of 100 they will get subsidies of upto 100,000 bath per group. If they have a corporate meeting for two full day meetings, three nights, they can book two months in advance, and stay in Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) certified as listed on website.” She added, “Competition is getting fiercer but our key strengths is our hospitality and our understanding of the needs and wants of the Indian travellers. We are flexible in adjusting to the market’s needs.” The …

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S. Korea to unveil new offerings for business events

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South Korea is set to introduce two new projects showcasing it as a suited destination for conferences and meetings at the Asia-Pacific Meetings and Incentives Expo (AIME) from February 20-21. “We invite all AIME attendees to visit the Korea Pavilion and join us as we unravel to the international community our ever-growing range of valuable programmes created to ensure outstanding meeting experiences in South Korea,” said Min Hong Min, KTO Executive Vice President for International Tourism. Earlier this year, South Korea did a soft launch of its MICE Ambassadors. Twelve outstanding individuals from various fields, such as healthcare and engineering, were selected to serve as front-runners in securing international business events to Korea and leverage their achievements and networks to raise the status of South Korea as a meetings destination. In addition, South Korea also rolled out its new MICE brand ‘Korea Unique Venues’ introducing twenty world-class meeting venues. These venues are a result of close collaborations with local convention bureaus and suppliers, where the South Korea MICE Bureau evaluated recommended sites and filtered them according to their characteristics, usability, and willingness to open the place for business events. According to the UIA Global Statistics, South Korea was the most sought destination for business events in 2016 with a total of 997 international meetings hosted.

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FTAs on eTV witness 58.5 % surge in Jan 2018


The number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in January 2018 was 10.66 lakh as compared to FTAs of 9.83 lakh in January 2017 and 8.45 lakh in January 2016. The growth rate in FTAs in January 2018 over January 2017 was 8.4 per cent, compared to 16.4 per cent in January 2017 over January 2016. During January 2018, a total of 2.40 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1.52 lakh during the month of January 2017 registering a growth of 58.5 per cent. The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during January 2018 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (16.36%) followed by USA (14.10%), UK (10.81%), Canada (4.63%), Russian Federation (4.49%), Australia (3.60%), France (2.76%), Germany (2.64%), Malaysia (2.63%), Sri Lanka (2.59%), China (2.27%), Japan (2.08%), Republic of Korea (1.93%), Afghanistan (1.86%) and Nepal (1.59%). The percentage share of top 15 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during  January, 2018 was as follows: UK (18.6%), USA (10.6%), Russian Fed (6.5%), France (5.4%), Canada (5.3%), China (4.8%), Australia (4.3%), Germany (4.0%), Korea (Rep.of) (3.9%), Oman (3.4%), Italy (2.4%), Thailand (1.9%), Israel (1.4%), Netherlands (1.4%), and South Africa (1.4%). The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during January 2018 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (28.03%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.47%), Haridaspur Land Check Post (7.63%), Chennai Airport (7.17%), Goa (6.19%), Bengaluru Airport (5.16%), Kolkata Airport (4.81%), Cochin Airport (3.77%), Ahmadabad Airport (3.01%), Hyderabad Airport (2.56%),Gede Rail Land Check Post (1.82%), Trivandrum Airport (1.56%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.25%), Ghojadanga Land Check Post (1.11%), Amritsar Airport (1.01%).

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Emaar Entertainment launches Virtual Reality Park in Dubai


Emaar Entertainment has announced a first-of-its-kind VR Park in Dubai due to open in the first half of 2018 at The Dubai Mall. Combining Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and experiential attractions, VR Park is designed to blur the lines between perception and reality through game changing experiences, spanning wholly immersive rides, educational journeys and interactive games. Focusing on the concept of ‘Shared Escapism’, many of the attractions offer a multi-player experience – allowing visitors to interact with one another and live the experience with family and friends.

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SriLankan to increase flights to Mumbai & Delhi


SriLankan Airlines will now increase its frequency to Delhi and Mumbai due to peak demand. The airline intends to further increase these frequencies to 13 flights per week to Delhi- Northern India and 14 flights a week to Mumbai-Western India this year. According to Chinthaka Weerasinghe, Country Manager, Srilankan Airlines, “With the new development ventures, we anticipate significant passenger numbers from our key contributors to inbound tourism traffic that includes India, China, Europe, Australia, and the Maldives. We have already introduced three new destinations in 2017 namely Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Coimbatore commenced operations with four frequencies a week.” The Delhi-Northern India and Mumbai-Western India flights were increased from seven to 11 frequencies in July 2017. India has been a vital partner in SriLankan Airlines’ route network from the early days since it is Sri Lanka’s number one source of inbound tourist traffic. Today, the airline directly operates to 14 Indian destinations with a total of 135 flights a week.

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Over 500 agents to participate in TAAI convention


In the run up to showcase Kashmir as an international tourist destination, a three-day Convention of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), in which over 500 leading travel agents will participate, will be held in Srinagar after a gap of 30 years. Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said that the 64th Convention of TAAI will be held in Srinagar from March 27 to March 30, 2018. Shah, while reviewing the arrangements for the Convention, urged the TAAI J&K Chapter members to make all the necessary arrangements for the smooth conduct of the event. TAAI –JK Chapter Chairman Zahoor Qari besides its office bearers and state members attended the meeting to chalk out the plans for Convention. The Director Tourism Kashmir said that more than 500 travel agents from across India have confirmed their participation for the Convention which will give major fillip to the tourism sector.

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Mexico aims for 200,000 Indian tourists by 2022


The Mexico Tourism Board plans to target over 200,000 Indian outbound visitors to visit Mexico by 2022. In 2017, Mexico received 64,900 Indian visitors by nationality, a 10 per cent increase compared to 2016 and 22,431 Indian visitors by country of residence, 9.5 per cent increase compared to 2016. Melba Pria, Ambassador of Mexico in India, said, “We are extremely delighted in targeting the outbound tourists from India by focusing on the vibrant, multi-faceted experiences that keep visitors coming back to Mexico and its hundreds of destinations.” Guillermo Eguiarte, Regional Director – Mexico Tourism Board, shared the campaign of ‘A world of its own’- it embodies Mexico to be the world that awakens the drive to explore, to imagine, to feel. He said, “Mexico’s sustained, fast growth is testament to the incredible quality and diversity in the tourism offering, both internationally and domestically. The Indian outbound tourist is expected to be around 50 million globally, and Mexico is targeting a 4 per cent market share of this.  

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flydubai unveils advanced Business Class in 737 MAX

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Dubai-based flydubai has recently unveiled its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8, the technologically-advanced Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The latest addition of the fleet is the Business Class which has been customised by flydubai, keeping in mind the needs of its business class passengers. The newly designed business class takes comfort to a whole new level to offer an exceptional travel experience. Some of its features are: Space and privacy – The first-of-its-kind ’Throne’ seat in the flydubai business class provides utmost privacy and space in the cabin while mid-air. High, curved Shell seat – The curved shell surrounds the seat and provides a sense of seclusion. Convertible seat – For a perfect snooze, the seat can quickly and easily be converted into a bed, 78 inches from top to toe. Spacious entertainment – Every MAX Business Class seat has a 15.6-inch 1080p HD built-in touchscreen for an immersive in-flight entertainment experience.

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