Tourism Breaking News

Emirates and SpiceJet sign codeshare agreement

Emirates has signed a codeshare and interline agreement with SpiceJet to give travellers to and from India seamless access to a wider and a stronger route network. This is the first-ever codeshare agreement signed by SpiceJet. From early 2020, customers travelling to India can take advantage of many more flight options on routes common to both airlines – Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Cochin and Delhi. Emirates’ customers can conveniently book and connect seamlessly in Dubai on direct services to Amritsar, Calicut, Mangalore, Madurai, Jaipur and Pune – routes served by SpiceJet.  The codeshare agreement means travellers from across the globe can book a single ticket with attractive fares to any of Emirates’ nine points across India and connect onwards to 172 domestic routes that are part of SpiceJet’s network. SpiceJet’s domestic network includes popular destinations like Goa, Dehradun, Dharamshala, Jaisalmer, Jammu, Srinagar, Leh, Guwahati, Pondicherry, Port Blair, Shirdi, Tirupati, Udaipur and Varanasi. In this first phase of interline agreement customers can start booking flights from 25 November, for travel starting 15 December 2019. Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer said: “Emirates has historically shared a close and collaborative bond with India. In the last decade, we have flown more than 50 million customers on our Indian routes, which we now serve with 170 weekly services from Dubai. Our partnership will help us leverage SpiceJet’s extensive route network, so that our customers who are visiting friends and family can fly closer to their hometowns, while tourists can more easily access many of the incredible sights and sounds India has to offer. This will also have a significant and positive impact on businesses in both countries and globally. We look to strengthening our partnership …

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Air India saves Rs 300 crore in 2019 by being exclusive on Travelport

Air India has cut down its cost by Rs 300 crore in last one year by being exclusive on single GDS- Travelport, reveals Meenakshi Malik, Executive Director (Commercial), Air India. Speaking on the feasibility of the move, Malik says, “Exclusivity with one GDS system is absolutely feasible. We have seen a growth of 22 per cent without any problem and we have cut down the cost by around Rs. 300 crores this year. We have projected a saving of Rs. 3200 crores in 5 years. It’s already been one year and we are doing fine.”

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Lufthansa to strengthen ties with Vistara; to convert interline agreement to codeshare

Currently, Lufthansa Group has an interline agreement with Vistara, which allows a passenger to check-in his luggage at the first airport itself for the whole journey consisting of flights of both airlines. Asked if Lufthansa is planning to convert its interline agreement with Vistara to a codeshare agreement, a Lufthansa official said, “We are trying to strengthen it. We want to strengthen partnerships with other Indian airlines. So, Vistara is an obvious choice.”

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Travel M!CE Show to connect corporates & suppliers; to highlight industry issues

Travel M!CE Show, this year, has been scheduled for December 14 & 15 at the Trident Chennai. The show will also conduct over 1800 tailored meetings over two days and will also conduct panel discussion with the industry stalwarts about the issues that remain paramount to the industry. The panel discussion will also talk about the challenges and solutions to deal with what hampers the industry’s growth at the moment.

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India’s Buddhist Circuit to have Chinese language signs to attract tourists

MOT’s decision to put up signage in Chinese language at major destinations is part of a plan to attract 20 million foreign tourists by 2020. The sites which will be covered include Nalanda, Rajgir, Vaishali, Kesharia and Vikramshila in Patna circle, Sarnath, Chaukhandi and Kidhinagar under Sarnath circle, Sravasti and Kapilavastu in Lucknow circle and Sanchi, Bhashut and Satdhara under Bhopal circle. Source: PTI

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Heavy storm could disrupt travel in central USA during thanksgiving period

A sprawling storm in the central US could wreak travel havoc in the days before Thanksgiving.  Snow, rain and even thunderstorms are possible across the region. There is the potential for heavy snow and winterlike travel conditions with substantial delays to spread from eastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico to parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan as Thanksgiving travel surges. Blizzard conditions are also possible in the Upper Midwest as the storm strengthens. A blizzard means heavy snow with winds of at least 35 mph and less than 1/4 mile visibility. A separate storm could also bring coastal rain and mountain snow to the Pacific Northwest both on the Thanksgiving Day.

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Venice floods turn deadly, devastate tourist spots

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region has declared a state of emergency after a massive a 1.8-metre flood devastated the tourist hotspot and killed at least two people. An estimated 85 per cent of the city is underwater, sparking concerns over damage to ancient mosaics and artworks. Saint Mark’s Square was submerged by more than one metre of water, while the adjacent Saint Mark’s Basilica was flooded for only the sixth time in 1200 years – sparking fears for millions of dollars’ worth of artwork. The city’s Mayor has blamed climate change for the ‘dramatic situation’.

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Bushfires, heavy smog affect flights, airports in Sydney

Passengers travelling to and from northern New South Wales (NSW) and Sydney are being advised to check in with their airlines as smoke from bushfires threatens flights and airport operations. As rising wind stokes bushfires burning across the state, Qantas has been forced to cancel about 10 services between Sydney and the northern NSW towns of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. Flights along the east coast have been cancelled and airports are reporting low visibility from smoke as bushfires rage through northern NSW. Virgin Australia has cancelled its Alliance Airlines-operated flights from Sydney and Brisbane to the northern NSW town of Port Macquarie.

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Cambodia to ban elephant rides at Angkor Wat from 2020

Cambodia is banning elephant rides at Angkor Wat, the country’s most popular tourist attraction. For touring the temple complex, animals were used daily to transport visitors around the area, which welcomes more than 2.6 million tourists a year. In 2016, a female elephant named Sambo collapsed and died after ferrying tourists around Angkor during intense heat. Shortly thereafter, a petition collected over 185,000 signatures to ban elephant riding at Angkor. Apparently, the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor (APSARA) and the Region of Siem Reap took the public pressure and is now gradually transferring the remaining elephants out of Angkor by early 2020 in conjunction with the Elephant Management Association. In April 2019, Madrid banned wild-animal circuses, and just a few days ago, Paris also banned wild animals in circuses, effective in 2020. England is also banning the use of wild animals in circuses, starting in 2020.

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