Tourism Breaking News

Now fly direct to Addis Ababa from Bengaluru on Ethiopian Airlines

In a recent announcement, Ethiopian Airlines has revealed it will be flying four times a week on Addis Ababa-Bengaluru route, making the tech hub its third destination in India after Mumbai and New Delhi to have direct connectivity. The flight will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday on Boeing 737-800 and the flight duration will be of 6 hours and 30 minutes. The flight will take off at 23:00 hours (GMT+3) and will land at Bengaluru airport at 8 am local time.

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Ark Travels completes 21-city roadshow in India

Ark Travels has successfully completed a 21-city roadshow in India. The roadshows planned and executed in association with Genting Cruise Lines and Dream Cruises was to educate travel trade about the services, new offers, value-add-ons and benefits of cruising. Events were organised in major metro cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai (seven events including Thane and New Mumbai) and Chennai, along with tier two cities such as Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Lucknow and Mangalore. The company primarily in business of selling international cruise vacations to Indian travellers, is also the first to touch base with travel agents by hosting cruise specific roadshows in cities like Dehradun, Agra, Pondicherry, Coimbatore and Madurai. To further reward its travel partners, Ark Travels organised a familiarisation trip onboard Dream Cruises’ newest cruise ship – Explorer Dream. To add on to their experience, agents were hosted in Singapore and were taken to Hong Kong on a Jetstar chartered flight by Genting Cruise Lines to board the cruise. In total, 64 travel agents were hosted from across India for the inaugural five-night-sailing itinerary on Explorer Dream giving agents opportunity to explore destinations like Hong Kong – Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore.

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Goa to be developed as an adventure hub: GTDC

To make Goa the number one adventure hub in the country, Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is offering several adventure sports such as river rafting, scuba diving, parasailing, paragliding, and hot air ballooning. Nikhil Desai, MD, GTDC, shares, “We have introduced India’s second highest bungee jumping facility at Mayem Lake and have tied up with reputed private operators to ensure safety.” A full-fledged family theme park is also in the offing here. Desai also adds, “In addition, we are introducing several new tourism facilities like an underwater submarine, giant wheels, and bike tourism circuits that would allow tourists to hire bikes and go to nearby places like Hampi. A hanging restaurant, which would go up to 100 metres in the sky, is also in the offing, and would allow people to get a great view of Goa while enjoying their food.”

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India should promote ‘Festival Tourism’: PM Modi

India has a lot of potential for festival tourism, said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his montly radio programme Mann ki Baat. Modi also said that India presented immense possibilities for festival tourism as it is called ‘land of festival’. He added, “We must try to popularise our festivals such as Holi, Diwali, Onam, Pongal and Bihu and invite people from other states and countries too to join the festivities.”

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AAI appoints Arvind Singh as its new Chairman

Senior IAS officer Arvind Singh has been appointed as the chairman of Airports Authority of India and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu will head the National Highways Authority of India as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre. Singh is at present working in his cadre-state Maharashtra. He has been appointed as the chief of AAI in the rank and pay of additional secretary, an order issued by the personnel ministry said.

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India ranks 6 in Asia in number of cruises passengers in 2018: CLIA

India, with 221,000 cruise passengers and a growth of 28.1%in 2018 as compared to 2017, is ranked at sixth position in Asia, when it comes to number of cruise passengers, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). China topped the list with 2,357,000 passengers, despite a decline of 1.6% from 2017. It was followed by Taiwan with 391,000 passengers (+4.7%) and Singapore with 373,000 passengers (+39.9%). Japan ranked 4th with 266,000 passengers (+4.5%)  and Hong Kong ranked 5th with 250,000 (+8.6%).

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USA made most flight bookings to India for Diwali: Travelport

The countries that have seen the most flight bookings to India for the period around Diwali are the United States (32,828), the United Kingdom (22,663) and the United Arab Emirates (20,688) until October 14, 2019, according to an analysis conducted by Travelport. This data is derived from Travelport’s interpretation of relevant MIDT data. It reflects bookings made as of 14 October 2019 through GDS only, a channel primarily used by travel agents, for flights to India (the destination) between 24 and 30 October 2019. Additional bookings will have been made directly with airlines, which may or may not also have a GDS presence. On a volume basis, the Americas saw the most travellers flying into India (49,157; or 32% of total bookings made in the top 10 countries), followed closely by the Middle East (44,831; 29%). Europe (30,354; 19%) and the Asia Pacific (29,093; 19%) rounded out the list.

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4% growth in foreign arrivals in September 2019 vis-à-vis last year

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in September 2019 were 7,50,514 as compared to 7,19,845 in September 2018, registering a growth of 4.3%, according to statistics revealed by Ministry of Tourism (MOT). The FTAs during the period January- September 2019 were 76,33,454 as compared to 74,63,664 in January- September 2018 registering a growth of 2.3%. The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India during September, 2019 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (27.86%) followed by United States (10.50%), UK (6.64%), Sri Lanka (4.18%), China (4.13%), Australia (3.45%), Malaysia (3.39%), Japan (2.65), Germany (2.34%), Canada (2.30%), Singapore (1.94%), France (1.84%), Nepal (1.81%), Korea (Rep.) (1.38%) and Afghanistan (1.29%).

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More than 1 million Chinese tourists to visit India by 2025: COTRI

India is expected to receive as many as 1.07 million Chinese travellers by 2025, owing to the year-on-year increase in arrivals, according to a report by China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI). The growth rate for India will outperform the total Chinese outbound growth rate with a cumulative increase of 280 per cent between 2018 and 2015. In 2020, the total arrival numbers would reach more than 410,000 and touch the 500,000 mark in 2021. Year 2023 is expected to see further increase in arrivals, touching 730,000, while in 2025, in keeping with the trend, India is expected to receive as many as 1.07 million Chinese tourists.

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Travel MiCE Show scheduled for December to conduct 1800+ one-on-one meetings

Travel MiCE Show, this year, has been scheduled for December 14 & 15 at the Trident Chennai. The show is a platform to meet over 65 buyers from across the country. The show will entail pan-India corporate meetings on day 1 and interactions and meetings with MiCE specialists on Day 2.  The show will also conduct over 1800 meetings over two days.

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