Tourism Breaking News

Goldstone expands to Thailand with four hotels in different segments

Goldstone Hotels has expanded to Thailand with its four hotels catering to different segments. Sandeep Singh, Managing Director, Goldstone Hotels says, “Signing these four hotels abroad feels great as Thailand is a preferred tourist destination for many Indians and also with direct air link between New Delhi and Phuket, business to this destination will get a boost. We have expanded in Thailand to cater to every segment of visitors. We have ultra luxurious apartments called as Goldstone Luxury; Goldstone Comfort, caters to the budget segment and then we have Goldstone Express and Goldstone Stay.” These properties are spread across Phuket in Patong and Kathu.

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67% global organisations use corporate credit cards to pay for travel: ACTE

When it comes to paying for corporate travel expenses, majority of organisations (67 percent) continue to use corporate credit cards, with 60 percent saying they are very or extremely satisfied with them, reveals a global study conducted by Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), called ‘Evolving Payments in Corporate Travel’. 63% say it is their preferred payment method. While just 15 percent of organisations surveyed use virtual cards or single use accounts for business travel, another 28 percent plan to adopt them in the future.

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India ranks 28 in number of meetings and conferences: ICCA

As per the latest versions of International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) statistics, India ranks 28 in number of meetings and conferences held in a country in 2018. India has considerably improved its ranking, which was 31 in 2016 and 27 in 2017. It stands at seventh position in Asia-Pacific region. India is at par with Argentina, Mexico, Thailand, Singapore Smaller countries in Europe, South East Asia, and a few Central European countries in leading the 150+ (upto 200) meeting categories in a year.

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Average age of Indian cruise passenger is 37 years: CLIA

The average age of Indians going for a cruise vacation is 37 years, according Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). This age group basically includes millennials and those travelling with families. In 2018, 43,000 Indians in the age group of 30-39 took cruises, as compared to 32,000 Indians in the same age-group going for cruises in 2017, which translated into a year-on-year growth of 36% in 2018 over 2017.

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24% rise in inbound arrivals in 46 Asia-Pacific destinations between 2014-18: PATA

According to the Annual Travel Monitor 2019 Final Edition (ATM) released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), over the five years between 2014 and 2018, the 46 Asia Pacific destinations covered in the report have collectively seen their International Visitor Arrivals (IVAs) increase by almost 24%, adding more than 136 million additional arrivals to the collective foreign inbound count in the process.

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IRCTC launches Buddhist Circuit train; major sites in India & Nepal to be covered

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launches its first Buddhist Circuit train today, which will take tourists to all the major Buddhist sites in India and Nepal. The destinations that will be covered by the train include Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, Bodhgaya in Bihar where Buddha got enlightenment, Sarnath in Varanasi where Buddha gave his first sermon to his five disciples, and then Kushinagar in Nepal where Buddha attained nirvana. According to a statement by IRCTC, “The significance of these destinations can be seen in the Mahaparinirvana sutra, wherein the Lord Buddha tells his followers that they can attain merit and a noble rebirth by going on pilgrimages to these places.”

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Israeli carrier Arkia Airlines launches Tel Aviv-Goa route

Israeli carrier Arkia Airlines has expanded its network in India with the launch of its flight service to Goa from Tel Aviv. The full-service carrier Arkia has deployed 220-seater Airbus 321 neo plane to service the new route, which will have one flight per week. Goa is the second Indian destination for the West Asian airline after Kochi. “We announce the commencement of one more international flight today from Goa international airport connecting Tel Aviv and Goa,” Airports Authority of India recently commented.

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Kerala Travel Mart 2020 to be held from September 24-27 in Kochi

The 11th edition of the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) will be held from September 24-27 in Kochi, announced Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran. He said KTM 2020 will aim at exploring new markets for Champions Boat League (CBL), adventure tourism and MICE along with finding excellent global buyers. “KTM 2020 will be a four-day event starting on September 24, with two days packed with sessions involving international buyers, MICE operators and corporate houses. The remaining two days will be for those involved in domestic tourism,” The biennial conclave, being organised by the KTM Society with support from the Kerala Government’s Department of Tourism, will see increased number of quality buyers from countries that have the potential to boost the state’s travel industry. Further, KTM 2020 aims to go a step ahead in buyer selection, stall allocation and buyer-seller appointment. The venue will be Sagara and Samudrika convention centres of Cochin Port Trust in Willingdon Island.

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ICPB elects its Board Members, Amaresh Tiwari is new Vice Chairman

The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) has elected its new team for the upcoming term at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association held in New Delhi. Amaresh Tiwari, Director, A T & Seasons Vacations Travel has been elected unopposed as the Vice Chairman. Earlier, the position was held by Chander Mansharamani, Alpcord Network Travel & Conference Management. Girish Kwatra, CEO, Meetings & More, who was earlier the Hon. Treasurer, has been elected as the new Hony. Secretary. Whereas, Anuj Wadhwa, CEO, Plan It! Meeting and Conferences India has been elected as the new Hony. Treasurer. He was earlier the Member in the Governing Board. Other elected members in board includes, Abinash Manghani, Area Manager & Head Travel Industry Sales, ITC Hotels, Shampa Dhali, Area Director, National Sales India, Marriot International, Sudeep Sarkar, CEO, India Exposition Mart, Mausam Bhattacharya, Director of Sales and Marketing, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, Madan Kak, CEO, Minar Travels, Director, Amit Saroj, Attitude Events, Lalitha Rai, Partner, ‎Marundeshwara Enterprises, Neeraj Dhawan, Director, Falcon Exhibitions, Riyaz UC, MD Spiceland Holidays, Ripudaman Singh Chauhan, GM, Translink Express India and Avinash Browne, Director, Sun Business Machines.

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