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Thomas Cook India signs MoU with Wildlife Reserves Singapore


Thomas Cook (India) has entered into a three-year strategic agreement with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) — an organisation that manages Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo – making it the first Indian travel company to sign an MoU with WRS. The MoU was signed between Mahesh Iyer, Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Cook (India) and Mike Barclay, Group Chief Executive Officer, Mandai Park Holdings (the parent company of WRS) in Mumbai. Iyer, Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Cook (India) said, “We are bullish on the larger trend towards experiential holidays. Singapore as a destination has been constantly reinventing itself with its new, unified brand identity ‘Passion made Possible’-that showcases the fundamentals of the nation – its cultural diversity, rich food heritage and the mindset of its people shaped by unique circumstances and promises to reshape the Singapore experience across the B2C and B2B space. Our partnership with Wildlife Reserves, Singapore also marks the start of a strong commitment to protect biodiversity in Singapore and Southeast Asia through partnerships with like-minded partners, organisations and institutions.

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Radisson Jodhpur launches with 30,000 sqft MICE space


Radisson Jodhpur opened its doors to the magnificent city of Jodhpur with 96 rooms. The hotel is the first Radisson to open in the city. Spread over around 70,000 square feet, the hotel boasts over 30,000 square feet of total meeting space comprising three banquet halls. It also features a state-of-the-art fitness centre with modern equipment and a spa service with two treatment rooms. The banquet facilities at the hotel also feature a party lawn spread over an area of approximately 14,000 square feet for organising stylish parties. “The hotel’s architectural grandeur combined with the brand’s service ethos will enthrall guests travelling to the city. We appreciate the commitment that Madhav Heritage has made in this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Positioned to be a preferred hotel in the upscale segment and the first choice among leisure and business travellers, the hotel is situated two kilometers from the airport and four kilometers from the railway station. It is situated within a radius of five kilometers from international tourist attractions like Ummaid Palace, Birkha Bawri Step Well, Merangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar and Mandore Garden.

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MSC’s 2020 world cruise includes stop in Mumbai


MSC Cruises has announced the opening of sales of its second world cruise, setting sail in 2020. The 2020 MSC World Cruise has a new itinerary that includes exotic and aspirational destinations with 43 destinations and 23 countries on board MSC Magnifica. This includes a halt in Mumbai as well. Other destinations include Ushuaia in Argentina, Rapa Nui in Easter Island, Darwin in Australia, Valparaiso in Chile, and Salalah in Oman. Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer, MSC Cruises, says, “Following on from the highly successful launch of our first MSC World Cruise last year due to set to sail in January 2019, we are now delighted to open sales for a new world cruise for 2020 developed to offer guests experiences and destinations that they will never forget. In addition, the experience onboard MSC Magnifica – one of the jewels of our fleet – has been designed to reflect the cultures and cuisines of the countries that the ship visits, giving guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a true around the world voyage of discovery both on board and on shore.” Guests embarking from Civitavecchia/Rome, Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona on 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th January 2020 respectively will cross five continents on a three-month voyage of discovery to some of the world’s most talked-about destinations. To maximise exploration opportunities, eight destinations include an overnight stay in port, giving guests up to two days to experience local attractions, cuisine and atmosphere.

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Radisson Mumbai Goregaon opened with 11 banquet halls


Radisson Mumbai Goregaon has commenced operations in Goregaon suburb of Mumbai. “We are pleased to announce the opening of Radisson Mumbai Goregaon as this hotel marks an important addition to the Radisson brand family in a key gateway city,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “We are committed to offer a differentiated experience at Radisson Mumbai Goregaon and epitomize the business tradition of our city,” said Hussein Balwa, Managing Director, Balwa Group. Radisson Mumbai Goregaon features 98 contemporary rooms with modern amenities. Radisson Mumbai Goregaon boasts 11 banquet halls for meetings and events. The hotel is an ideal destination for weddings, social and corporate events with banquet facilities that can accommodate up to 500 guests with a rooftop pool terrace that offers an option for casual get-togethers before or after a main event. For more intimate space, the hotel offers a convenient boardroom. Facilities include Wi-Fi, data projectors and other state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. Business room guests are also provided access to an onsite business center with latest technology.

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Radisson Blu’s ‘The Art Of Weddings’ exclusively for Indian market


Radisson Blu has introduced an exclusive campaign focused on weddings specifically for the Indian market. Known as ‘The Art of Weddings’, building on the brand’s global ‘Something Blu, A Wedding of a Kind’ concept, the initiative will run across all of India’s 34 Radisson Blu hotels. ‘The Art of Weddings’ will roll out in the form of a two-day lavish experiential ‘Wedding Fair’ at Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar on August 25 and 26 and Radisson Blu Hotel Indore on September 2 and 3. Special privileges such as food and beverage discounts and a bonus of 25,000 Club CarlsonSM Gold Points, will be extended to all wedding bookings made at Radisson Blu hotels across India during the campaign period. Partnering with the campaign are couture designer Payal Singhal who will present ‘The Azure Collection’, an exclusive line designed for Radisson Blu; renowned celebrity chef from Radisson Blu, Rakesh Sethi; Ramit Batra, acclaimed destination wedding photographer and storyteller; Puneet Gupta and his fashionable, bespoke wedding invitation designs; Jewels D’Allure that will bring together personalised, high-end jewellery and Eclairs Cakes; a specialist in designer wedding cakes. Leading make-up artist Kangana Kochhar will also participate in the New Delhi Fair. Sandy Russell, Vice President, Commercial Operations, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said, “The ‘Art of Weddings’ taps on the huge potential of the wedding market in India and is unique in its targeting, delivery and reach. The campaign is designed to create personalised wedding experiences and we are confident that the campaign will resonate strongly with consumers in the country.” Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, SouthAsia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said, “We are excited to launch The Art of Weddings …

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Exceptional meetings and events space at Radisson Noida

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Park Plaza Noida has re-launched as Radisson Noida, a brand synonymous with outstanding service and comfort. It will be the first Radisson hotel to be inaugurated in Delhi-NCR. Spread over 42,000 sq ft, Radisson Noida features 88 contemporary rooms with modern amenities. Business Class, a new room category, has been introduced for corporate travellers who can enjoy complimentary drinks in the lounge bar and more such benefits. Radisson Noida boasts of over 4,360 sq ft of flexible meetings and events space that can be split into four separate ballrooms for smaller events or combined into one large space for functions. “I am delighted to welcome this hotel to the Radisson brand family. Delhi-NCR is a key market for us and Noida remains a promising destination due to its thriving corporate suburb. We appreciate the investment that our strategic partner, Bestech Group, has made in upgrading this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

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Gulf Air joins hands with VFS Global to provide visa for Bahrain


Gulf Air has partnered with VFS Global to facilitate visa issuance for passengers flying to the Kingdom of Bahrain. The online visa facility will launch this summer on gulfair.com. Signing the agreement with VFS Global, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Ahmed Janahi, said, “Soon, Gulf Air passengers will be able to easily obtain short term visit visas to Bahrain via our website gulfair.com – allowing them to come to Bahrain and experience all that our Kingdom has to offer in terms of tourism, business opportunities and more.” Zubin Karkaria, Chief Executive Officer, VFS Global Group, says, “We believe the online e-visa platform will make visa application much more convenient for Gulf Air customers, providing them with greater speed and transparency in the process, thereby enhancing their overall experience.” Vinay Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global, added, “Applying for an eVisa through our dedicated online platform, designed exclusively for Gulf Air passengers, will transform the visa application experience for passengers, offering more customer-centric services. Quicker turnaround times, 24X7 accessibility, and online tracking, amongst other advantages, will make applying for a visa to Bahrain easier than ever before.”

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ATPI extends its branches with GTS in Saudi Arabia


The ATPI Group has announced its expansion plan, to enhance its global portfolio, with GTS (Global Travel Solutions) in Saudi Arabia. The new partnership follows the appointment of new network partners in countries including Turkey, Poland, Chile, the Balkans and Sweden. Graham Ramsey, Chief Executive Officer, the ATPI Group, says, “Increasing our profile across the Middle East has been a key objective for us as business travel continues to grow in the region, particularly in the oil and gas industry.” Shailendra Phillips, General Manager, GTS, said, “GTS has expert knowledge on travel management in the Middle East and we are glad to be able to bring this to ATPI’s clients.”

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Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru opens with meeting facilities


Carlson Rezidor announced the opening of its new hotel, Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru, featuring 167 guest rooms and suites with modern amenities. It has over 1,250 square meters of flexible room configurations with its six meeting spaces and two boardrooms, capable of accommodating large wedding receptions or intimate team meetings complemented with state-of-the-art presentation and audio-visual tools. Other facilities available at the hotel include the Business Class Lounge, business centre, swimming pool, spa and fully-equipped fitness centre. Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said, “The opening of Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru is a testament of our footprint in the region and a reflection of the unique brand identity that we bring to the city.” The hotel is located 45 minutes away from the Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) and 10 minutes from the city railway station.

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Vistara’s daily direct service to Amritsar now


Vistara inaugurated its daily direct service to Amritsar from Delhi, making it the fifth destination in northern India on its network. Vistara will commence operations between Amritsar and Mumbai with daily direct flights, starting March 8, 2017, which would make it the only full service airline to connect the two cities. Prakash Singh Badal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab, said, “Introduction of the new flights from Amritsar to Delhi by Vistara will definitely help not only the people of the state, but all countrymen who travel within the country and overseas. It will truly help Punjab harness its industrial, tourism, religious as well as business growth potential.” Phee Teik Yeoh, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “The launch of service to Amritsar is in line with our focus on customers, who have long desired to ‘fly the new feeling’ to the city, and it is also well aligned with our evolving international plans, as millions of NRIs travel to and from Amritsar every year. We’re confident that our customers will be equally delighted to fly these new routes with

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