Manas Dwivedi

VisitBritain urges trade to sign up for its virtual cricket league today!

With the India v/s England third Test Match series starting from February 24, the last date to enter the VisitBritain Cricket Carnival tournament is today. Vishal Bhatia, Country Manager – India, VisitBritain, therefore urges the travel trade to sign up today and stand to win prizes every week. “Form your ‘Dream Teams’ on the ‘Dream11’ app and participate in the tournament now!”

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TSI launches new travel portal for promoting domestic tourism

Travel Spirit International (TSI) has launched a new travel portal, www.TravelSpell.com which is solely focussed on promoting domestic tourism, by providing the local Indian tourist with a wide array of carefully crafted experiential journeys across the Indian subcontinent. The platform is powered by TSI and has already partnered with esteemed brands like Taj Hotels, Oberoi Group, ITC, and Rare India.

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Amendments in constitution, inclusive participation of regional chapters needed: Lally Mathews

Sharing his goals, if elected as the President of IATO, Lally Mathews, representing Team for Change said IATO should have representation from different regions & states in the decision making the process of the EC. “If elected, the priority would be to amend the constitution for inclusive participation of regional chapters. We need to empower regions and make them part of the decision-making process,” he said.

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TOFTigers completes four of 10 knowledge sessions on wildlife tourism, sustainable operations

The TOFTigers Travel Knowledge Series has completed 4 of its 10 enthralling sessions on travel skills, new wildlife destinations and sustainable operations. Leading experts including wildlife biologist, Wildlife Conservation Trust, wildlife Safari promoters, wildlife travel company and hoteliers shared their expertise on tourism, sustainability, marketing and lodging best practice to help others. Watch their talks on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ1vx0BUd27PWLj5plXwaSw

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IHG debuts Staybridge Suites® in India

IHG Hotels and Resorts has announced the debut of its extended-stay brand, Staybridge Suites® in India with the signing of Staybridge Suites Bengaluru Thanisandra. Signed as a management agreement in partnership with NR Greenwood Construction, the hotel is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2023. Staybridge Suites is IHG’s upscale extended-stay hotel brand which offers amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen in suites, a dedicated outdoor space, daily complimentary hot breakfast with signature items and an evening social event three nights a week.  

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It is wrong to say that IATO is Delhi centric: Rajiv Mehra

Reiterating that IATO has always been and will always remain a national apex body of the industry, Rajiv Mehra, contesting for the IATO President from the Team Moving Forward in the upcoming IATO Elections on 6th March said that it’s wrong to say that IATO is a Delhi-centric association. “For some years now, we have had chairmen of our chapters across the country who have been very active. Plus, there are Regional Chapter Chairmen in all regions. All are equally involved and doing their job wonderfully. When the notice for elections goes out, every member is entitled equally to volunteer, to participate, to nominate themselves, No one has ever stopped anyone from any part of the country from being part of the election process. So it is very wrong to say IATO is Delhi centric. We very pan India in everything we do,” he said. “Change for the sake of change is very easy and also very dangerous. I and my team are very experienced and committed to serving IATO members. My team has individuals who over the years have made very good relationships and understanding with various Government bodies be it the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce, Finance, Civil Aviation. Besides this, we also enjoy very good relations with bodies like FICCI, CII, PHD etc. We have the full understanding of issues being faced by all of us and we promise to deliver. I am confident of this,” he further said. Sharing more inputs, Mehra said, “We have already shared the highlights of our efforts and achievements by email to the entire active membership. You can gauge our capabilities from the glimpses of our document. Equally, you can assess our …

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VisitBritain invites trade to participate in its virtual Cricket League

The VisitBritain Cricket Carnival that is currently running on the ‘Dream11’ mobile app until March 28, 2021, will inspire trade partners in India to form their ‘Dream Teams’ and participate in the tournament. Vishal Bhatia, Country Manager – India for VisitBritain, says, “It will also feature weekly cricket-themed contests and trivia on Britain as a holiday destination with prizes to be won every week! We believe sports tourism will continue to play a huge role in driving tourism to Britain.”

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