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Thomas Cook (India) Limited has signed a strategic agreement with Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) in a sustained endeavour to promote the Maldives by boosting visibility and visitations from the high potential India market.

This partnership between Thomas Cook India and MMPRC will deploy a multi-pronged strategy focussed on product development, knowledge-training and marketing. The marketing campaign will extend across a viable range of external media and owned properties, including print, digital and social media platforms, web messages, emailers, etc. to position the Maldives as a top-of-mind destination and accelerate demand from India’s families, couples/honeymooners, millennials, young professionals, MICE and B-leisure segments.

Thomas Cook’s product portfolio offers ready-to-book holidays and personalised options, specially curated - based on each customer’s unique preferences; and a handy build-your-own holiday tool. Aimed at targeting every size of wallet, the Company’s product range extends across budget/value tours, affordable luxury and premium holidays - designed for India’s HNI-UHNI segment with stays at exclusive uber-luxury resorts.

Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Limited said, “Maldives is a valuable and strategic partner for us at the Thomas Cook India Group and we are delighted to sustain our collaboration with Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). Our agreement has been timed perfectly to leverage India’s key booking season for the upcoming summer holiday season. Our multipronged approach is strategic and long term: with an unerring eye on knowledge/education of our frontline teams, strong product focus and attractive promotions to showcase Maldives.

We plan to maximise our powerful omnichannel network to benefit this partnership - offering customers the choice and convenience of selecting their preferred mode of contacting us: via our holiday app, virtual holiday store, website, call centre or extensive retail network pan India.

He added, “This valuable and sustained partnership would not have been possible without Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed, CEO & Managing Director of MMPRC and Ms. Fathimath Afra, Chief Marketing Officer and I want to specially thank them for their strong support.”

Speaking on the partnership with Thomas Cook, MMPRC’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mr Thoyyib Mohamed, highlighted that “India has been a top source market to the Maldives in the past couple of years, citing that the market played an imperative role in the recovery of the tourism sector post Covid.

Thoyyib further expressed confidence that “this campaign with Thomas Cook would further boost bookings and arrivals from India for the upcoming summer season and beyond.”

QuadLabs Technologies launches “Konnect.travel” which is the world’s most affordable and most powerful on-cloud Travel CRM & Mid-Back-Office.

Konnect.travel is an on-demand system for travel agents to manage their customer, bookings and financial ledgers. It’s a one-stop solution for all post sales management of bookings, business rules and automation of the business processes. Bookings from multiple sales channels can be managed at one place and processed till the final documentation & reconciliation with suppliers and customers.

Konnect.Travel has an inbuilt CRM (customer relationship management) for client management, inquiry management and supplier management. It offers booking management for managing booking queues, importing PNR, and all after-sales activities. It has a full-fledged financial system to automate accounting and reconciliations.

“The industry is on its way to bounce back after a pause for 2 years. Travel agents globally have understood the need of technology to manage their business and scale up with minimum cost. After serving some of the biggest OTAs & TMCs in the industry for past 15 years, we are very excited to launch Konnect.Travel at absolutely no cost to our SME customers. This will allow the agencies to have the best of technology to manage & simply their operations from one single system.” Gaurav Chiripal, CEO, QuadLabs, said.

Konnect.Travel & its features will be revealed during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) to be held in Dubai from 9th May onwards. Travel Agencies can visit www.Konnect.Travel and register themselves for a lifetime Free subscription. QuadLabs is inviting all travel agencies globally to be a part of the change and maximize the use of technology in their operations. 

QuadLabs Technologies headquartered in India is a premier travel technology company with a focus on delivering world-class technology products to the travel industry.

Lemon Tree Hotels announced its latest hotel signing – Lemon Tree Hotel, Kharar, near Chandigarh. This hotel, owned by Omni Pacific Colonisers Pvt. Ltd. is expected to open by November 2025, and shall be managed by Carnation Hotels Private Limited, a subsidiary and the management arm of Lemon Tree Hotels Limited.

Positioned in the urban region of Punjab, it is among the 4 blocks of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar district. Kharar is a fast-growing business and cultural hub in Punjab that has many tourist attractions to explore.

Located in the Mohali region, this property will feature 60 rooms, complemented by a multi-cuisine restaurant and a bar. It will also have a conference room, banquet facility, a spa and a fitness centre for recreation.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikramjit Singh, President, Lemon Tree Hotels, commented, “We are delighted to expand our reach in Punjab with our valued partner M/s Omni Pacific Colonisers Pvt. Ltd. This state holds immense business and tourism potential, and is a preferred destination for both business and leisure travellers. With our widespread reach, we feel that this hotel will add value to our customers.

Jazeera Airways registered a net profit of KD3.8 million for the first quarter (Q1) of 2022, compared to a net loss of KD5.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. Total revenue for the quarter reached KD35.7 million, up 339.2%, while operating profit stood at KD5.3 million, up 199.3%.

These record earnings were supported by close to sixfold increase in number of passengers with restrictions at Kuwait International Airport being eased and travel capacity gradually increased to levels near to the pre-pandemic period. Similarly, load factor reached 75.2%, an increase of 28.7%.

Commenting on the results, Jazeera Airways Chairman, Marwan Boodai said: “The gradual return of travel capacity at Kuwait International Airport since the second half of last year as well as the lifting of travel restrictions worldwide have shown that there is indeed a latent and strong appetite for travel. Jazeera has focused in the first quarter on expanding its services and capacity in preparation of the launch of new tourist and high demand destinations during the year, all supported with a strong financial position and a cautious strategy to mitigate the risks of recent geopolitical developments.”  

In comparison, during Q1 2019 before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jazeera had reported a net profit of KD1.5 million and flown 529.6 thousand passengers. Q1 2022 performance shows strong resilience in the commercial travel, as well as positive sentiment to the sector for 2022 and beyond.

Jazeera Airways achieved a new milestone as an “Approved Training Organization” certified by Kuwait’s Directorate for Civil Aviation, enabling the airline to conduct training programs for pilots and cabin crews from its headquarters in the State of Kuwait. The move enables the airline to expand its capabilities to train the required manpower for future growth.

The airline has also been certified to conduct performance of line maintenance on its aircraft; a certification that increases its operational efficiency significantly.

Jazeera Airways also continued to grow its network with the launch of a new service to the coastal city of Chattogram in Bangladesh. The service is the second for the airline to Bangladesh following the launch of Dhaka in October 2020, serving over 200,000 Bangladeshi nationals living in Kuwait and connecting to more passengers across the GCC region.

Jazeera has announced plans to launch new routes ahead of the summer season to cater to high tourist demand. The airline has confirmed the launch of routes to Vienna and Prague in June, in addition to other destinations that will be announced during the year.

More than two years since the beginning of the pandemic, Indian travellers are dreaming about their next international trip, new research shows.

International border restrictions have been gradually easing over recent months, inspiring many to start planning their next international getaway. New research undertaken by YouGov  and commissioned by Airbnb has found that almost three-quarters of Indians have plans to travel internationally in the foreseeable future and more than a third of those plan to do so in the next six months. More than 70 percent of Indians are excited about being able to travel internationally.

International travel corridors have long played a major role in bolstering the economic vitality of destinations throughout the globe, and Airbnb is committed to working together with governments across to help ensure it continues to do so.  Airbnb also remains focused on empowering our guest community to embrace the travel revolution, as many travellers look to make the most of their newfound flexibility and the blurring lines between travel and living.

Almost three-quarters of working Indians say they’d consider combining work and travel, underscoring the fundamental changes in how people are living and working since the pandemic.

Key findings from the research include:

Many Indians are excited about travelling internationally again and plan to do so more often

● More than 70 percent of Indians surveyed reported being excited about once again being able to travel internationally, with more than a third (37 percent) strongly agreeing with this.

Many Indian travellers are looking to make that next international trip a reality very soon

● A vast majority of Indians surveyed (75 percent) reported having plans to travel internationally in the foreseeable future.

● More than a third of those (34 percent) planning to travel internationally plan to do so in the next six months.

● The majority of respondents in India also expressed a desire to travel internationally as soon as they’re able to.

The Asia-Pacific region is front of mind for many Indian travellers

● Almost half of the Indians (48 percent) surveyed said they would consider visiting international destinations within the Asia-Pacific region when they’re able to.

● Australia, Thailand and Indonesia are the most searched for destinations in the Asia-Pacific region by Indians.

As the travel revolution continues to unfold, the way we think about international travel is also changing

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen major shifts in the way that people think about travel and living, with the lines between them continuing to blur. For many, that also appears to apply to international travel.

● In India, more than half of those surveyed (59 percent), said they were more open to travelling internationally during off-peak times of the year than they were before the pandemic.

● Moving forward, many people who are currently working are also open to the idea of combining work and travel while abroad. That was the case for almost three-quarters of Indian respondents.

Many Indian travellers believe that international travel remains an important means of expanding their horizons and connecting with other cultures

● That’s true for more than half of the Indian respondents (51 percent).

● Almost a third of Indians (32 percent) surveyed also noted that international travel plays an important role when it comes to connecting with their friends and family.

● A significant number of those respondents looking to travel internationally also expressed a desire to experience off-the-beaten-path destinations they hadn’t visited before. This included more than a quarter Indian respondents (27 percent).

Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager - Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, said: “As border restrictions gradually ease across many countries in the region, we’re seeing a lot of enthusiasm for cross-border travel. After being unable to travel abroad for so long, many people are excited to take that long-awaited overseas trip - something we’ve seen reflected in the searches on Airbnb, following a number of border reopening announcements. We’re committed to continuing to work collaboratively with governments and communities around the world to rebuild tourism and maximise the benefits of this travel revolution for our community of Hosts. We’re incredibly excited to welcome travellers’ to an Airbnb Home and make their much awaited international trip a memorable one. We continue to focus on innovation so guests can experience both well-travelled and new destinations in fresh ways.”

MobiKwik, one of the largest mobile wallets and the largest Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) FinTech company in India, has announced a collaboration with renowned partners in the travel, tourism and aviation industry for seamless and convenient payment experience for travelers.  

Users will be able to book travel via air, train, bus, road and their stay at hotels using MobiKwik wallet in just a few simple steps. In addition, users will be able to leverage the benefits of Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) service MobiKwik Zip and cashback offers.  

MobiKwik has partnered with renowned merchants such as Vistara, SpiceJet, and Indigo in airline, online travel aggregators such as ixigo, MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, EaseMyTrip, Yatra, AbhiBus, Zing Bus and car rental agencies such as Savaari, Drive U, Rapido, Blusmart, and Meru Cabs for a well-rounded experience to its users.  

Commenting on the announcement, Chandan Joshi, Co-founder, and CEO, Consumer Payments, MobiKwik, said, “Digital wallets have emerged as the preferred mode of payment for online transactions. Consumers today are looking for convenience, speed of execution coupled with value added benefits while making online purchases. At MobiKwik, we understand the consumers’ preferences and pain-points in their daily life payments - grocery, shopping, travel, insurance, etc. By collaborating with leading airlines and travel aggregators, we take one step closer on our mission of delivering seamless customer experience and becoming the Digital Bank for 500 million digitally savvy Indians.”  

Echoing similar sentiments, Nitin Gurha, VP Business & Partnerships, ixigo said, “The pandemic has changed payment preferences of consumers, especially for Gen Z and millennial travelers who prefer digital wallets and other fast payment methods while purchasing tickets. Together with our strategic partnership with MobiKwik, we are offering fast and convenient payment options, as well as enticing travel deals, and cashback offers to all our existing and new users. Our collaboration will help ixigoers get the best value for their time and money.”  


Using MobiKwik wallet, the customers who make travel-related reservations for upcoming summer vacations or long weekends will be able to enjoy a range of benefits. They can also earn cashback up to INR 125 on bus bookings, going up to INR 700 for domestic air travel and hotels. The discount and cashback are instantaneous and will allow users to save more and manage their travel budgets efficiently. The cash back offers are valid from 1st April 2022- 30th May 2022.

Keeping the growth trends in the domestic market in mind, Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka along with Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) shall organise multi-city roadshows from May 2022 to November 2022 to promote the tourism sector of the state. 

KSTDC has identified 19 cities across the country, which are the key source market for domestic arrivals. Guwahati, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Goa, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Chennai, Vijayawada, Hyderabad & Nagpur are the few select cities for hosting the roadshows. 

G. Jagadeesha, Managing Director, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation said “Karnataka with its diverse range of products is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive states for the travel-trade, both for leisure and business travel. Domestic Tourism being the backbone of the Tourism economy has a lot of potential which needs to be tapped. Post-pandemic, these Roadshow activities will be an excellent occasion for our stakeholders to renew contacts with the travel-trade across India.” 

The first leg of these B2B roadshow is being organized in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Lucknow on May 17th, May 21st, May 23rd and May 25th respectively.  This exclusive B2B Roadshow will have over 15 stakeholders from Karnataka interacting with more than 100 travel agent’s/tour operators of the respective cities. 

The main objective of Karnataka Tourism is to promote the State as a destination for Leisure, MICE, Adventure, Wildlife and Wedding Destination in the Indian market. KSTDC shall be the nodal agency to conduct the roadshows in various cities of India.


Espire Hospitality Group has decided to add a luxury boutique resort brand ‘ZANA’, to its portfolio. The name ‘ZANA’ suggests a rare ‘purple lily’ and aims to bring a bounty of freshness and exclusivity to the holiday experiences. The first outpost of the brand will be a 30 rooms lakeside resort on the unexplored Udai Sagar Lake, in the romantic city of Udaipur. 

‘ZANA Udaipur’ will be a unique resort with inspiring experiences and nourishing cuisine that will complement its stunning natural setting. The resort will exhibit the true confluence of old-world charm and highly personalized and distinctive ‘Victorian’ service concepts. It will be at a convenient distance from the airport and near key attractions of the city. 

Making this important announcement, Akhil Arora, Chief Operating Officer, Espire Hospitality Group, said: “Our domestic travel market is buoyant and therefore we are meaningfully expanding in India. We are all geared up for this significant launch of our novel brand ‘ZANA’ which will be positioned among a very few players in the Indian market offering intimate experiential luxury. At ZANA, every detail will be so characterful that it will transform an otherwise simple leisurely stay into a lifestyle experience." 

With the launch of ZANA, we aim to create destinations for couples, families and friends to connect and strengthen their bond. As our brand name represents a rare ‘purple lily’, our resorts will be desirable for those looking to escape from ordinary and discover the ‘new’, “Ankita Dawar, Head of Marketing & Communications, Espire Hospitality Group, added. 

Gujarat Hotels has reported total income of Rs. 0.92crores during the period ended March 31, 2022, as compared to Rs. 0.60 crores during the period ended December 31, 2021.

The company has posted net profit of Rs. 0.71 crores for the period ended March 31, 2022, as against net profit of Rs. 0.40 crores for the period ended December 31, 2021.

The company has reported total income of Rs.1.11 crores during the period ended March 31, 2021.

The company has reported total income of Rs.3.56 crores during the Financial Year ended March 31, 2022, as compared to Rs.3.05crores during the Financial Year ended March 31, 2021.

The company has posted net profit of Rs.2.71 crores for the Financial Year ended March 31, 2022, as against net profit of Rs.2.27 crores for the Financial Year ended March 31, 2021.

Thomas Cook (India) opened a Gold Circle Partner (franchise) outlet in the city centre of Ghaziabad to capitalise on the strong and growing potential of the city and region. Thomas Cook India's strong distribution and reach in Delhi-NCR, including Ghaziabad, now stands at 12 consumer access centres: 6 owned branches and 6 Gold Circle Partner (franchise) outlets.

In addition to serving Ghaziabad, the outlet will also serve as a hub for nearby business and residential areas of Indirapuram, Vaishali, Noida Extension, Surya Vihar, Karkardooma, Meerut and Hapur.

Thomas Cook's Gold Circle Partner outlet at Ghaziabad, offers consumers end-to-end travel solutions with an array of travel and travel related services, including International & Domestic Holidays (Group Tours, Personalised holidays, Cruises, etc.), Value Added Services like Travel Insurance; Visa Services, etc.

 Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head - Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Limited said, "Ghaziabad is a strongly emerging market for us at Thomas Cook India, and we have ear-marked this region as high potential for our Holidays business. We are hence delighted to announce the opening of our Gold Circle Partner franchise outlet at Hint Chowk's financial hub, a prime location for better customer accessibility. We intend to accelerate demand while supporting our customers across segments including families, couples, group of friends/young professionals, business travellers, local trade associations and more."

He added, "Our Gold Circle Partners, Ravi Sharma and Vikas Mishra bring over 10 years of travel and tourism expertise. Their extensive network will continue to strengthen Thomas Cook India's presence in this growing market. We extend a warm welcome to our Ghaziabad based customers. Our travel experts at our RDC Ghaziabad outlet will assist them plan their much-awaited holidays for 2022."



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