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Hahn Air expands network with 14 new partner airlines in 2022

Hahn Air added 14 new carriers to its leading network of more than 350 airlines throughout 2022. With Hahn Air’s solutions, the partners can sell their flights in 190 markets, including markets outside of their route network, where they are not available with their own distribution set-up. When the partners sign an interline agreement with Hahn Air, travel agents can book their flights in the GDSs and issue them on the insolvency-safe Hahn Air HR-169 ticket, even in markets where the airlines are not participating in the local payment system (e.g. BSP or ARC). With the products H1-Air and X1-Air, partner airlines with no or limited GDS presence benefit from being available in all major GDSs under the H1 or X1 code and can be ticketed with Hahn Air as the validating carrier. The five new interline partners are Fly Pelican from Australia, ITA Airways from Italy, Jordan Aviation from Jordan, Safarilink from Kenya, and Transair from Senegal. Nine partners opted to outsource GDS sales to Hahn Air, therefore Nauru Airlines from Australia and Nepal Airlines (on behalf of President Travel & Tours) are now available in GDSs under the H1 code while Animawings from Romania, As Salaam Air from Tanzania, Cabo Verde Airlines from Cabo Verde, EZ Air from Curacao, Fuji Dream Airlines from Japan and Jambojet from Kenya can be found in major GDSs under the X1 code. And finally, one carrier, World2Fly from Spain, came on board as a dual partner opting to combine an interline agreement with the X1-Air solution. “Our indirect distribution solutions are the right fit for airlines with any business model and with any distribution set-up”, says Alexander Proschka, Executive Vice President Commercial …

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ITA Airways signs agreement with Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ITA Airways has signed an important agreement with the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IICCI) to ensure the connectivity to over 750 companies and IICCI membersbased in India. Through this agreement, the Italian flagship carrier will offer preferred fares for employees of those enterprises flying with ITA Airways between India and Italy, thus meeting the corporate travel needs of IICCI member companies. The partnership further strengthens ITA Airways‘ commitment to the integration and development of relations between the two Countries, which was enhanced with the opening of the New Delhi – Rome Fiumicino route on 4 December. The direct flight is operated three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday,and Sunday departing from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 3:50 am and arriving in Rome Fiumicino at 8:10 am. The return flight is departing every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:10 pm from Rome Fiumicino with arrival in New Delhi the following day at 2:00 am local time. Trade and investment between India and Italy are growing significantly. The direct connection from New Delhi to Rome and the partnership with the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will ensure a strategic contribution to the promotion of economic relations and cooperation between the two Countries. In addition, thanks to the flight from New Delhi to Rome, passengers from India will be able to reach not only Italy but all of Europe, the Mediterranean, South and North America, thanks to the convenient connections offered by ITA Airways’ Rome Fiumicino hub.

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Squeeky the Squirrel – Mascot from Away Bali Legian Camakila

Away Bali Legian Camakila has just released a very cute animal as the mascot. Squirrel is chosen by this hotel to become their mascot, as every guest sometimes can find some squirrel running from tree to tree. The squirrel is a symbol of smart, agile, tough, and never giving up as we hope that intelligent, agile, tough and unyielding souls will grow in facing all situations together. Away Bali Legian Camakila Mascot’s name is Squeeky. He has an Instagram account that you can find at @squeekythesquirrel. This name was chosen based on a contest that has been carried out by management for all staff in Away Bali Legian Camakila. Bella Ayu Virdani as Assistant Marketing Communication Away Bali Legian Camakila said that “I have received 22 name lists during this contest and it will be chosen 1 that is very suitable for our mascot”. So we got 1 name to complete the mascot, namely “Squeeky the Squirrel”. Squeeky comes with traditional Balinese cloth combined with the colors from the Away brand itself. Balinese cloth with Kamben, Tridatu bracelet, and udeng which are commonly worn by Hindu’s in Bali especially man during some Balinese events or during the working day every Thursday. This characteristic made Squeeky for its different characteristics and still carries Balinese culture as an introduction to all guests both domestic and foreign guests. Squeeky will always appear every day at breakfast, during activities and at big events at Away Bali Legian Camakila. For all guests who want to meet Squeeky every day, get ready at breakfast to meet and take pictures with Squeeky. Are you interested in meeting Squeeky? With unique costumes and the agility of real squirrels, …

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Spiritual tourism leads travel recovery; Varanasi, Tirupati, Puri, Amritsar and Haridwar are India’s top pilgrimage destinations

The travel recovery in India is driven by religious fervour, reveals the latest edition of OYO Cultural Travel 2022 Roundup Report. The report highlights that Varanasi is the top religious destination for bookers across India followed by Tirupati, Puri, Amritsar and Haridwar. Alongside these cities, Shirdi, Rishikesh, Mathura, Mahabaleshwar and Madurai are the other strong spiritual tourism destinations in India, witnessing maximum growth in bookers over the past year. Varanasi is one of the top pilgrim cities for both Hindus and Buddhists which explains its popularity among the religious tourist destinations across India. With rising interest in community experiences across India, a lot of travellers are now looking forward to exploring rich cultural destinations, lesser-known locations, royal palaces and spiritual or wellness destinations. Post the festive holiday season this year, Global hospitality technology platform, OYO reveals interesting insights on spiritual and pilgrimage travel across India. As per OYO’s booking data insights, August, received the maximum demand for pilgrimage destinations. As per OYO’s booking data analyzed between August to October 2022, Varanasi emerged as the top destination with the maximum number of bookings across spiritual destinations in India. Interestingly, the city observed maximum footfall on the 13th of August due to the festive holiday season in India. While Varanasi scored on the maximum bookings and high growth, the maximum increase in bookings have been observed across Shirdi, Tirupati and Puri at 483%, 233% and 117% respectively. Amritsar and Haridwar also witnessed strong growth. Alongside these cities, Mathura, Mahabaleshwar and Madurai are emerging spiritual tourism destinations in India, witnessing maximum growth over the past year. Top 10 spiritual tourism destinations in India Growth in 2022 VS 2021 Varanasi 56% Tirupati 233% Puri …

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Oman: Amalgamation of Tradition and Modernity

The Sultanate of Oman is a land of breathtaking natural beauty that is linked together with a myriad of mythology and historical events. Oman is the ideal destination for anyone looking for an authentic Arabian experience since it is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. The Sultanate has embraced modernity and progress, while preserving the fundamental elements of its culture and tradition. Oman is the only country in the world whose primary natural resources are rocks from the Earth’s mantle and oceanic crust. Oman’s heritage and history of seafaring, trading, and discovery are ingrained in its culture. Omanis are hospitable to foreign visitors, which is seen in the lavish hospitality shown to them. Oman is home of one of the world’s biggest underground caverns, the Majlis Al Jinn. Located in the center of Mount Hajar on the northern plateau of Salma, is quite enormous. It is 340 meters long, 128 meters broad, and more than 120 meters high. The Al Hajar Mountains, also known as The Stone Mountains, are one of Oman’s most breathtaking areas, while Jabal Al Akhdar, also called Green Mountain, is a climb away at 2,000 meters above sea level and overlooks a magnificent gorge, surrounded by The Hajar Mountains. Muttrah Souk is the oldest marketplaces in Oman. It is a center of the country’s trading past for goods coming from the Middle East, Europe, China, and other countries for centuries as they went via the port of Muscat. It remains as bustling as ever, selling traditional fabrics, apparel, jewellery, incense, pipes, pottery, handicrafts, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Dhofar, Ẓufār in Arabic, enjoys extraordinary climatic conditions, which effects the southwest coast and hilly terrain. …

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‘Encalm’ Lounge commences at IGI Airport Terminal 3

One of the advantages of reaching early at airports is being able to spend some quality time at the lounges. The havens of luxury, equipped with gourmet food, wellness and spa, make airport lounges worth acquiring. From helping customers reduce travel anxiety to making their spending time at the airport more pleasant, airport lounges have become a blessing in disguise for travellers. Encalm Hospitality Private Limited, which is already established as a pioneer in creating delightful airport experiences, has introduced a new lounge at IGI Airport Terminal 3 to provide seamless travel experiences and elite lounging facilities.   Encalm Lounge at International Terminal 3— a culmination of the best of aviation & hospitality Founded in 2021, the hospitality and meet-and-greet service provider is redefining and developing new benchmarks of airport hospitality. Encalm has already established a level of excellence with its existing lounge at Terminal 1 Departure and with the launch of the new lounge at Terminal 3 the brand is scaling newer heights. Located at Mezzanine Level, Terminal 3, International Departures, IGI Airport in New Delhi, the magnificent Encalm lounge is spread over 12,238 sq. ft of floor space with a seating capacity of 245. From uninterrupted WiFi and gourmet and international cuisines to beautiful aesthetics and comfort, Encalm is for travellers who prefer the best of hospitality. Retaining the world-class service commitment, which has now become identical to ‘Encalm’, the brand is focused on delivering memorable lounge services, wherein the bar & dining area gives fulfilling and wonderful airport experiences to travellers in India.   Talking about how Encalm is working towards providing the utmost comfort to travellers, the company’s CEO, Mr Vikas Sharma said, “Encalm aims to deliver …

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Indian destination weddings in Bali just got bigger

Bali, the stunning Indonesian island, attracts millions of global travellers every year, particularly Indians! That’s because not only is it affordable, it also shares several cultural similarities with India, making it the perfect destination for Indian weddings. To cater to this very special customer base, AYANA Estate, a 90-hectare integrated luxury resorts in Jimbaran, Bali, and home to four luxury hotels, AYANA Villas Bali, AYANA Segara Bali, AYANA Resort Bali and RIMBA by AYANA Bali, has announced alluring customised wedding at some of its magnificent and dreamlike wedding venues. Guided and inspired by Tri Hita Karana, a Balinese philosophy for life that evokes harmonious living with inner-being, other human beings and nature, AYANA Estate offers ideal venues to solemnize the union of a lifetime. With AYANA’s legendary five-star service and personalisation, it allows guests to create a romantic wedding celebration that is truly exclusive for the guests and their loved ones, while offering a Bali wedding experience of a lifetime. The estate comes with 15 lavish and breath-taking venues, with indoor and outdoor options, that looks straight out of a fairy tale. For an intimate wedding, look no further than the iconic Rock Bar. Within eleven years of opening, Rock Bar has blossomed into a legend in its own right. Situated at the edge of paradise, within meters of the Indian Ocean’s sapphire waters, Rock Bar offers Bali’s foremost al fresco wedding reception destination. For a truly unique wedding reception experience surrounded by shimmering seas, AYANA’s exclusive KISIK Pier is the only private pier in Bali available for hotel wedding receptions. Other venues boast sizeable area for a glorious Indian wedding with hundreds of guests. The AYANA Villas spread across …

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Turkiye Tourism recently hosted a familiarisation tour for Bollywood Production Houses

A strong contingent of top Bollywood Production Houses such as A strong contingent of top Bollywood Production Houses such as, Raju Hirani Films , Red Chillies , Lyca ,Reliance Entertainment and CEO of Producers Guild of India  amongst others, were recently hosted in Turkiye for a familiarisation tour. The trip spanning 2nd to 7th December witnessed the crème de la crème of Bollywood. Turkiye and Bollywood have had a long-standing strong relationship, and their collaborations have always been fruitful. Prior to the pandemic, major blockbusters such as Race 2, Dil Dhadakne Do, and Ek Tha Tiger were shot in Turkiye, showcasing the country’s picturesque beauty and enthralling magnificence. After the pandemic, once the travel restrictions were uplifted, Indian superstars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif visited Turkiye to finish filming on their upcoming movie in 2023, Tiger 3. The title track of the film was shot in the breathtaking sceneries of Istanbul and Cappadocia, with even Turkish actors being a part of the film for an action sequence. Despite the pandemic, Indian Production Companies have consistently shown significant interest in filming movies in Turkiye. This familiarisation tour allowed Production Houses to explore Turkiye’s renowned and famous cities. During their five-day trip, representatives of these production houses explored Antalya and Istanbul from a film location perspective. The visitors were given a chance to interact and conduct one-on-one meetings with the local line producers to get better clarity on the filmmaking process in Turkiye. A key highlight of this FAM was the discussion of these Bollywood representatives with the Turkish General Directorate of Cinema about the incentives available to the Production Companies, in case they plan to shoot their upcoming projects in Turkiye. …

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Akasa Air operates its maiden flight from Visakhapatnam, the tenth destination on its network

Akasa Air, India’s youngest airline, today inaugurated its maiden flight from Visakhapatnam, its tenth city, marking the airline’s foray into the state of Andhra Pradesh. Akasa Air will offer double daily flights on the Visakhapatnam-Bengaluru route; the second frequency with the added benefit of an early morning option will start from December 12, 2022. This launch to Visakhapatnam, a city playing a key role in India’s aviation growth story, further reiterates Akasa Air’s commitment towards enhancing regional connectivity and strengthening important transportation links in our country. The airline’s operations from Visakhapatnam will cater to the increased demand for travel from the city while offering its signature warm and reliable service to passengers on the most affordable fares. Earlier in December, Akasa Air announced the addition of Lucknow as the eleventh destination on its network, with flights connecting the city with Bengaluru and Mumbai, scheduled to commence from December 25, 2022. Since its launch in August this year, Akasa Air has been progressively scaling up its operations and by December end expects to cross over 500 weekly f lights on a total of sixteen routes across 11 cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Agartala, Pune, Visakhapatnam and Lucknow. It will continue to grow its network to establish a strong pan-India presence focusing on the metro to tier 2 & 3 route connectivity, using a fleet expansion plan that adds one new aircraft every 15 days. Akasa Air’s fleet size will be 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023 and over the next four years, the airline will add 54 additional aircraft, taking its total fleet size to 72 aircraft. Bookings for flights on Akasa Air are available …

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