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AlUla air connectivity rises to new heights with 3 new routes from Gulf Air, Royal Jordanian and Saudia

In a significant development for AlUla’s travel landscape, three major airlines Gulf Air, Royal Jordanian, and Saudia have announced new flight options, providing enhanced connectivity and accessibility to the luxury boutique heritage destination. Unlocking access for travellers seeking a unique blend of history, culture, and adventure, Gulf Air, the national carrier for the Kingdom of Bahrain, is expanding its footprint in Saudi Arabia with direct flights to AlUla. Starting 3rd February, Gulf Air will operate twice-weekly flights between Bahrain and AlUla. These seasonal flights will continue till 6th March and resume from 10th to 27th April. Royal Jordanian Airlines is set to launch direct flights between Amman to AlUla, with the inaugural flight scheduled for 16th February. Operating twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, this service will be available until 22nd December. Saudia has made AlUla even more accessible to Europe, with the relaunch of its seasonal flights from Paris. The first seasonal flight took off on 28th January, and the service will continue until 28th April. Flights will operate once a week, every Sunday, offering a convenient and direct link between the enchanting city of Paris and the historical wonders of the Saudi destination. Rami AlMoallim, Vice President of Destination Management and Marketing at the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) said: “The introduction of new flight options connecting AlUla to Bahrain, Amman, and Paris comes as we experience a period of exciting growth and witness demand from global travellers wanting to visit this historic location. These new flight routes not only enhance the connectivity but also opening a gateway for travellers worldwide to experience the captivating charm of AlUla. We believe these new routes will play a pivotal …

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India market to double in 5 years, domestic tourism to continue its growth, says PATA CEO

The Indian market Is likely to double in the next five years, said Noor Ahmed Hamid, CEO of PATA, while speaking at a PATA India event in New Delhi. He said, “However, it will not reach the size of China and will remain the third-largest in the world. India is growing on the domestic front with its population propelling business of tourism in India.”

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South Asia, including India, will be a powerhouse of tourism in next 5 years: PATA Research Head

According to Prof. Haiyan Song, Research Head at PATA, and Dean of Hospitality and Tourism at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, South Asia, including India, is going to be a powerhouse of tourism in the next 4-5 years. “Tourism will fully recover to per-pandemic level in 2024 and exceed pre-pandemic level in 2026 by 58.5% and 20.5% in mild and medium scenarios, respectively. The Union Budget 2023 will improve tourism infrastructures to accommodate potential demand surge, and possibly launch Incredible India! 3.0,” he said.

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We see India’s outbound tourism market bounce back stronger compared to rest of the world: Neliswa

Highlighting India’s potential, Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head – ME, India and Southeast Asia, South African Tourism, says that post Covid, she is seeing India’s outbound tourism market bounce back much stronger compared to rest of the world. “Given the immense potential that lies in the Indian market, it continues to remain among our top three focus markets for 2024 and holds a position of strategic importance,” she said.

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Nexa Travel & Incentive appoints Global Destinations as their India representative

Nexa Travel and Incentive, a DMC of Turkey with more than 15 years of experience in the travel and events business, has appointed Global Destinations as their representative in India. This partnership aims to strengthen Nexa’s presence in the Indian market. This collaboration enhances their presence and services in the Indian market. Global Destination is a distinguished name in the travel and hospitality representation sector, carrying a wealth of experience and expertise in promoting international travel destinations. Nexa Travel and Incentive is one of Turkey’s DMC & MICE company that provides tailored products based on the client’s requirements and budget. Nexa specializes in a range of services: Meeting & Incentives Destination Wedding Management Innovative & Creative Turkey Packages & Tours Corporate Travel Medical Travel Beneficial Land Services Figen Albayrak, Managing Director, Nexa Travel and Incentive states, “We are thrilled to partner with Global Destinations as our representative in India. Their extensive experience, market knowledge, and commitment to excellence align perfectly with Nexa’s values and vision. We are confident that they will be instrumental in steering Nexa Travel and Incentives within the travel trade fraternity pan-India; making travel to Turkey more accessible, enjoyable, and memorable. Together, we look forward to delivering innovative solutions and exceptional service to travelers to Turkey.” “We are honored to represent Nexa Travel and Incentives,” commented Mr. Pranav Kapadia, Founder and Director, at Global Destinations. “Nexa’s reputation for quality and product innovation precedes them, and we are excited to introduce them to our Indian travel agents. This partnership marks the beginning of a fruitful collaboration that will benefit travel companies across the country.’

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New York City Tourism + Conventions wraps up successful sales mission in India

New York City Tourism + Conventions led a delegation of six tourism partners along with Turkish Airlines (they were the part during the Mumbai events) and has concluded its annual sales mission in India, held from January 29th to February 3rd in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Delhi. Throughout the mission, New York City Tourism + Conventions and the partners participated in a series of events, appointments, and meetings, aimed at re-engaging the travel trade across the market. The initiative successfully strengthened ties with the Indian travel industry, positioning New York City as a premier travel destination. As part of this mission, representatives the NYC Tourism delegation engaged with key stakeholders and travel agencies in three feeder cities – including Ahmedabad (first time post pandemic) – across India and showcased the diverse offerings that New York City has for Indian travelers. “We were pleased to be back in India, a rapidly growing feeder market for New York City tourism, for our annual sales mission, said Makiko Matsuda Healy, Senior Vice President, Tourism Market Development for New York City Tourism + Conventions. “Recently, we introduced the Travel Trade Academy program, thoughtfully enriched with Hindi subtitles to ensure that the Indian travel trade can fully engage with the five-borough destination. By incorporating Hindi subtitles, we aim to empower the trade to adeptly respond to evolving consumer demands, providing a diverse and personalized array of NYC experiences that resonate with the preferences of the Indian audience.” New York City Tourism + Conventions partners participating in the mission include: Empire State Building, Trump International Hotel & Tower NY, Hudson Yards, Millennium Hotels, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, and Madame Tussauds. In Mumbai New York City Tourism + …

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BTFL Travel appointed by Indonesia DMC Travel Hanger as India representative

BTFL Travel, a Mumbai-based representation company, has been appointed by Indonesia DMC – Travel Hanger as their India representative to handle the B2B market pan India. Travel Hangar Bali is a premier destination management company that specializes in curating tailored journeys for clients. From the pristine beaches of Bali to the cultural richness of Yogyakarta and beyond, its experts ensure seamless logistics, authentic encounters, and personalised itineraries.

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Investments to surge in India’s tertiary cities, hospitality & tourism sectors prime for growth

Naveen Kundu, Managing Director, EbixCash Travel, said, “Investments will pour into India, as the focus is rapidly shifting to 100-150 cities, towns, and districts of India. This is where growth will come from, primarily driven by funds that will invest in real estate, hotel projects, convention centers among others.”

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GB Srithar joins VFS Global as Head of Tourism Services

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions appoints GB Srithar as the Head of Tourism Services effective 01 February 2024. Srithar joins VFS Global from Singapore Tourism Board (STB), where he spent over 27 years in a career that spanned multiple functions, including Human Resources, Organizational Development, and International Marketing. He notably served as the Area Director for South India & Sri Lanka and was instrumental in leading the International Marketing and Brand Campaigns teams at STB’s headquarters. His last role as the Regional Director saw him responsible for STB’s regional marketing, tourism development, and trade partnership work across India, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Srithar will support our Client Governments by offering specialised services in Travel, Trade, and Tourism Services. This support will add value and enable these governments to achieve their strategic goals of boosting tourism and trade in their respective countries. According to Zubin Karkaria, Founder and CEO, VFS Global, “GB Srithar is a valuable addition to our team, bringing a wealth of experience, knowledge, and a proven track record. His expertise positions him to lead our efforts with our Client Governments to promote travel, trade, and tourism from key source markets.” GB Srithar, Head, Tourism Services, speaking about his new role said, “I am very pleased to join VFS Global – a very prestigious brand and global leader in its field. VFS Global gives me an incredible opportunity to leverage my experience on a global scale working with our Client Governments to promote and add value to Travel, Trade and Tourism Services in both established and emerging markets.’’ This appointment is very much in line with …

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Business Events Sydney announces new event funding for travel agents & meeting planners in India

In a bid to boost number of incentives coming from India, Business Events Sydney has announced new funding available for travel agents and meeting planners in India. Kristian Nicholls, Executive GM, Client Engagement, BESydney, shared that applications to the Sydney Meetings Fund (SMF) are open for a limited time and can be used to cover/offset an event’s on-the-ground expenses in Sydney. This funding is designed for 100–250-person group and is accessible through BESydney’s website.

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