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GoAir to connect Bengaluru to Phuket and Male from December 9

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GoAir is set to further expand its international footmark with the launch of direct flights on the Bengaluru-Phuket and Bengaluru-Male routes effective December 9, 2018. The airline recently announced its direct services to Phuket and Male from Delhi and Mumbai. GoAir will operate three direct flight services per week between Bengaluru and Phuket at an attractive return fare starting from Rs 16,999 (all inclusive); two direct flight services per week between Bengaluru and Male at an attractive return fare starting from Rs 15,199 (all inclusive). The flight schedules are designed to provide flexibility of choice, passenger convenience, and customised travel options. GoAir also provides GoHoliday packages, whereby customers can choose from 3/4/5/7 holiday options to both Phuket and Male. The addition of this new connectivity will bolster GoAir’s offering between Bengaluru-Phuket and Bengaluru-Male. It will further strengthen the airline’s growing international network and significantly enhance connectivity for passengers. The sector has been introduced in response to the growing demand from leisure travellers from Bengaluru.

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ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa opens with 252 keys

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ITC Hotels has announced the opening of its 13th luxury hotel in India – ITC Grand Goa, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, formerly known as the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, on Arossim beach in Cansaulim, South Goa. Celebrating the spirit of Goa, this 252-key beachside resort comprises six signature dining options, indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet spaces, and Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. Speaking on the occasion, Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC, said, “With this resort, ITC Hotels has expanded its footprint in a globally sought-after leisure destination in Asia. The addition of ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa to our luxury hotel portfolio further reinforces ITC’s vision to consolidate its portfolio in key business and leisure destinations in the country.” Each of the 252 well-appointed rooms and suites feature private outdoor spaces in the form of a balcony or patio providing picturesque views of the Arabian Sea, lush landscaped gardens, lagoons, or the multi-level swimming pool. Underscoring ITC Hotels’ ethos of ‘Responsible Luxury’, ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa endeavours to showcase the culture and ethos of the destination through unique, enriching experiences reflected in bespoke services, indigenous cuisine and engagements that foster partnerships with local artisans and communities.

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Istanbul New Airport opens; aims to welcome 200 mn passengers annually

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Turkish Airlines welcomes a new era of Turkish aviation with the opening of Istanbul New Airport. The world’s largest international hub will be home to Turkey’s national flag carrier and establish Istanbul’s place as the centre of the globe for aviation and travel. Upon final completion, the airport will welcome 200 million passengers per year. Coinciding with the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the Istanbul New Airport was officially opened by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President, Republic of Turkey. Passengers on the first Turkish Airlines flights to the new airport that was specially operated for the opening ceremony received souvenir tickets. Following the official opening of the new airport on October 29, 2018, Turkish Airlines is operating a limited number of domestic and international routes from there, while all operations and existing flight schedules will run as usual from Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Additional flights will be operated from Istanbul New Airport to Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Azerbaijan (Baku), and TRNC (Ercan) until December 30. Pursuant to existing planning, on December 31, all operations will move from Istanbul Atatürk Airport, after which, all flights will operate from Istanbul New Airport. The mega project will be launched in four phases with the final phase set to be complete in 2028. The complex will boast of six runways, four terminals, and 233 aircraft parking positions, with a capacity to serve up to 200 million passengers a year with 500-plus check-in desks and 225,000 employees. Upon completion of the final phase, the largest international flight hub will incorporate offices, residences, hotels, a health centre, culture and art buildings, a shopping mall, designer outlets, an expo convention centre, and meeting and training …

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F1H2O Grand Prix to be held in Andhra Pradesh from November 16-18

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Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, is set to host the fifth round of F1H2O World Championship from November 16-18. Hosted by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority, the event is believed to position Amaravati on the world map. Mukesh Kumar Meena, Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, along with Marco Pietrini, Director of Logistics, F1H2O and Sandeep Mandava, CEO, India Xtreme Adventure Activities, organised a press conference in New Delhi, to share updates about the event. Speaking at the conference, Meena revealed, “The F1H2O World Championship is going to be held in India for the second time after 14 years. With a global event like this, Amaravati will be recognised world over. In fact, there will also be a Team Amaravati with two key race drivers from Sweden—Jonas Anderson and Erk Edwin, who have been participating in all the legs of the race. In Amaravati, the race will be held in River Krishna and all the logistics and arrangements will be of international standards.”

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Jet Airways launches fourth daily from Dubai to Delhi

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Jet Airways has launched a fourth daily service from Dubai to Delhi and has also rescheduled the flight to Mangalore from Dubai. The new schedule provides a more convenient night flight, arriving early in the morning in Mangalore. Shakir Kantawala, Vice President, Gulf, Middle East and Africa, Jet Airways, said, “The new service will further enhance the strong economic ties between the UAE and India and support the increase in demand for tourism for both the cities. The new flight timings are also of interest for business travellers, who now have the convenience of day return flights. We look forward to providing greater convenience and choice to our guests travelling to Delhi.”

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Golfers land in Antalya for Turkish Airlines Open 2018

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The sixth staging of the Turkish Airlines Open kicks off on Thursday 1 November at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, Antalya. A host of the world’s finest players will compete at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, which hosts the tournament for a third straight year. Turkish Airlines first introduced the tournament in 2013. The world-renowned event, which is the third last of the season, has become a crucial week in the European Tour calendar. On the occasion of this year’ tournament start, a press conference was held in Antalya with the participations of Republic of Turkey Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, British golfer Justin Rose, Turkish Airlines SVP Corporate Communication, Seda Kalyoncu, and Turkish Golf Federation (TGF) President Ahmet Ağaoğlu. Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is also known for his golf love, Çavuşoğlu said; “It is thanks to the events like the Turkish Airlines Open, golf in Turkey has been widely promoted, and it is more and more popular with our society, most particularly with many teenagers, playing now. Besides 75 players from all over the world, we have three bright young Turkish golfers playing in this year’ tournament. This tournament is one of the biggest events, not only in Turkey but all over the world. It has become a tradition in Turkey and that will continue. This would not be possible without the support of our partners. I would like to thank to our national pride Turkish Airlines and Turkish Golf Federation as well for successfully carrying out such a great organization in our country in years. And wish success to all golfers.” Turkey Golf Federation President Ahmet Ağaoğlu said, “The series that we’ve been …

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Derek Sharp appointed as the MD of CWT Meetings & Events

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has appointed Derek Sharp as Managing Director of CWT Meetings & Events. Effective 1 November 2018, Derek will be based in London, report to Kelly Kuhn, Chief Customer Officer of CWT and serve as a member of CWT’s Customer Organization Leadership Team. “Derek’s success in strategy, sales, P&L management and business development will bring an additional level of dynamism to our Meetings and Events business. In addition, his extensive experience in the global travel industry will provide a unique perspective on how to further grow this critical component of CWT’s worldwide portfolio,” said Kelly Kuhn. “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Derek to our team.” Immediately prior to his appointment, Derek was SVP and Managing Director of Travelport’s Air Commerce line of business focusing on airline and rail distribution as well as airline IT solutions. He has previously held senior management, strategy and consulting positions with HP Enterprise Services, EDS, UPS and Bain & Company. An American national who has lived in the Americas, Asia and Europe, Derek holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University

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EbixCash acquires Business Travels, appoints Praveen Chugh as COO of Via

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EbixCash has acquired assets of Business Travels and has appointed its owner Praveen Chugh as the Chief Operating Officer of Via agency sales. The company announced that it has decided to further invest in the growth of its B2B business under Chugh, who has immediately taken over as Chief Operating Officer of Via. As a part of the hiring, Chugh’s existing travel company Business Travels Private Limited assets was also acquired by Via. Chugh has been empowered by the company to recruit as many as one hundred domain specific travel sales executives, besides opening up new travel locations across the length and breadth of the country. Robin Raina, Chairman, President and CEO, Ebix, said, “We are excited to have  Praveen Chugh on our side. His vast experience, success record and contacts in the world travel industry provide us with an industry veteran who can lead Via B2B Sales to new heights. He has the ability and drive to grow our Via travel division business at high double-digit rates. We believe that the strength of our vast retail network, end-to-end enterprise travel technology and functionality, coupled with strong sales leadership, positions us to grow our travel business aggressively internationally.”  

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GoAir to connect 10 Indian cities to Phuket by 2019-end

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GoAir will make Phuket as its Thailand hub and fly to the beach island from eight more Indian cities by the end of next year. The carrier currently flies to Phuket and Male in Maldives from Mumbai and New Delhi as part of its overseas route network. It had commenced its international operations on October 11 with flight services to Phuket from New Delhi.          

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ADNEC launches first online interactive chatbot platform for MiCE venues in MENA

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Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced the launch of an online chatbot platform ‘Jawab,’ which has been designed and developed to effectively respond directly and automatically to enquiries from exhibitors, organisers and visitors on all event-related aspects, including the diverse range of services provided by ADNEC. With this launch, ADNEC becomes the first venue within the exhibitions and conferences sector in the MENA region to launch a customer interactive machine learning chatbot, and among the top companies globally to adopt this new technology, which contributes to facilitating and accelerating the process of providing information to public and private sector customers. Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO, ADNEC said, “It is our constant endeavor to integrate the latest technological advancements seamlessly into our products and service offerings, as part of our mission to foster a culture of innovation and excellence, which effectively contributes to enhancing our competitiveness and capabilities to emphasise Abu Dhabi’s position as the regional capital for business tourism.”

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