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Monaco Government Tourist Bureau associated with Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015. The famous designer Narendra Kumar showcased his collection inspired by charismatic fashion character and style of Monaco.

The collection was titled as “Monaco Diaries” by the designer, whose clothing line was about destination wedding and the journey. The collection was inspired by Audrey Hepburn. Narendra Kumar has done perfect amalgamation of the old-world charm and yet kept it for the new-age Indians.

Rajeev Nangia, Director, Monaco Government Tourist Bureau said, "We are targeting the young and new-age Indians who have taste for the best. The Lakme Fashion Week gave us the perfect platform to showcase the destination through Narendra Kumar's designs. He has blended his collection with the Indian taste but has not compromised on elegance, glamour and opulence which Monaco is known for. We wanted to showcase Monaco to the discerning audience who are inclined towards travelling in style. The destination weddings have become a recent trend among Indians. Monaco has hosted few Indian Weddings in the past. And we want to reach out to the consumers who are looking for newer and luxurious destinations."

The fashion week was witnessed by various people from across the industry and by many renowned fashion designers and celebrities.So, it was a golden opportunity to bring the spotlight on Monaco through designer collection as the destination is synonymous with luxury and stupendous extravagance.

Speaking on this occasion, Narendra Kumar said, "Monaco encompasses heritage, luxury and elegance – it's an appropriate collaboration as these characteristics reflect in my own sensibilities interpreted through modern silhouettes combined with traditional craftsmanship and sharp tailoring."

The famous British model and former footballer, Stephen James walked the ramp.

Travel search site Wego reveals how one can travel the entire world by low-cost carrier. “While aviation has evolved in so many ways over past decades, nothing has had a greater impact on the industry than the evolution of the low-cost carrier,” said Dean Wicks, Chief Flights Officer for Wego.

The low-cost carrier model means that flying is no longer an unimaginable expense, and airfares can be as affordable, or even cheaper than, some methods of overland public transport.

“On some occasions, it’s cheaper to fly from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur for the weekend, than take a taxi across town,” added Wicks.

However Wicks believes that, as travellers, we still don’t take full advantage of the world’s growing network of low-cost airlines.

“It is now possible to do an around the world trip solely flying on low-cost carriers, which means big savings for travellers,” Wicks continued. “Wego’s global airline partnerships include the majority of the world’s budget airlines across numerous countries. You can fly from and around South America, the United States, Canada and onwards to Europe. You can then jet off to Africa and the Middle East before an Indian adventure, then head through Asia down to Australia, and finally across the Pacific back to the US, all by low-cost carrier.”

“It’s a backpacker’s dream come true, the opportunity to travel further cheaply, is now open to all. Yet some travellers may not be aware of local low-cost carrier brands in India or South America, which is why it’s important to be aware of the local budget alternatives available,” he said. “With a little forward planning you can save an enormous amount of money on flights and see more countries in one extended trip.”

Wicks says that many budget airlines ostensibly remain profitable through the sale of ancillary add-ons, such as food, entertainment, baggage allowance, seat selection and upgrades.

“Flights are tailored to your specific needs, which works for both the passenger and the airline. It’s far more satisfying to forego a few small luxuries and have the ability to explore more than one country you thought unachievable due to an expensive airfare,” he added.

Full service carriers are also acknowledging the benefit of ancillary business and applying their models to suit.

“Southwest Airlines in the US pioneered the budget airline model, reducing operating costs by flying more frequently, and with more seats. AirAsia operates with the lowest unit cost per available seat, and has done so extremely well having been voted the best low-cost airline seven years running at the World Airline Awards.”

Today, six out of ten of the world’s most awarded budget airlines hail from Asia, including India’s Indigo.

“Making your bookings as far in advance as possible equates to even more savings,” Wicks said. “Flights between major Asian hubs, for example, can be as low as US$35 if you’re clever with timing your searches. Low-cost airlines also discount their regular fares periodically and the bargains can be incredible.”

While low-cost carriers initially focussed on short-haul destinations, Wicks points out that it’s now possible to obtain budget airfares on many long-haul routes.

“Indonesia AirAsia X has just announced direct flights between Sydney and Bali, and AirAsia X has hinted at the possibilities of future flights from Australia to London and Hawaii. Scoot flies from Singapore to Australia, and Jetstar carries 8.5 per cent of all passengers travelling in and out of Australia to 17 international destinations in seven countries across Asia, North America and Oceania,” said Wicks.

“Another great example is Norwegian Air, who fly from Bangkok to Europe, connects Europe with the US, and has just announced flights between the US and the Caribbean, beginning this Christmas,” Wicks added. “In the UAE, FlyDubai now serves a total of 94 destinations and has expanded with flights to home countries of many guest workers including Amman, Beirut, Chittagong, Kathmandu and Muscat.”

“There are enormous savings to be had if you become more familiar with the budget airline network, both in the countries you’re visiting and their long-haul options,” Wicks concluded. “Today you can fly around the world and back again, for much less than you ever imagined.”

Tigerair announced its special fares starting from INR 11,999 inclusive of taxes as an inaugural fare on its new nonstop flights from Singapore to Lucknow beginning 3rd December 2015.

Operating three days a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday through Singapore, Tigerair’s new flight is the only scheduled nonstop service between Singapore and Lucknow. To celebrate the launch of this new route, Tigerair offers special introductory fares of INR 11,999* round-trip, available for purchase from 1st September 2015 to 13th September 2015, for travel between 3rd December 2015 to 31st March 2016.

"We're offering an unbeatable travel deal between Lucknow and Singapore, combining a great price with convenient departure and arrival times, our award-winning in-flight service”, said Teh Yik Chuan – Director – Sales and Marketing, Tigerair Singapore.  “We’re opening up this market to a whole new segment of travellers who might previously not have been experiencing direct connectivity to Singapore from Lucknow and nearby cities. We look forward to providing this important link between Lucknow and Singapore as well as connections to the many Southeast Asian countries we fly to.”

"We are confident we will be able to meet and exceed the expectations of our passengers in Lucknow with Tigerair’s brand of quality service," added Yik Chuan.

Tigerair currently operates a total of 41 weekly flights to Singapore from five Indian destinations.

IndiGo is enhancing its network in the domestic market with the launch of nine new flights connecting Bengaluru to Varanasi (via Kolkata), Varanasi to Mumbai, Ahmedabad to Pune, Delhi to Pune, Mumbai to Goa, Bengaluru to Kolkata and Delhi to Lucknow. Furthermore, the airline is also introducing its first flight on the Varanasi-Goa (via Mumbai), and Kolkata-Varanasi routes, effective September 01, 2015.

Commenting on the new flight schedule, Aditya Ghosh, President IndiGo said, “We are delighted to announce the take-off of IndiGo’s new between Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Goa, Lucknow, Pune and Varanasi. The increased flow of tourist and business traffic to and fro these cities gave us just the opportunity to allow passengers to experience the hassle-free and on-time performance that IndiGo is synonymous with. We are certain that these flights will be prove to be immensely popular and convenient to our passengers.”

With 647 daily flights connecting 38 destinations across the globe, these new flights will allow corporate and leisure travellers to experience the matchless on-time performance IndiGo is synonymous with, thus further consolidating IndiGo’s position as the fastest growing airline in India.

Starwood Hotels announced the opening of the highly anticipated St. Regis Mumbai. In partnership with Pallazzio Hotels & Leisure, the hotel marks the entry of the St. Regis brand in India and South Asia. With this debut, the luxury brand has tripled its global footprint in the past decade to 35 hotels in the most coveted destinations around the world.  

“The introduction of St. Regis to India marks a significant milestone for the brand’s expansion in South Asia, and Mumbai displays a robust demand for high-end hospitality from this increasingly affluent region,” says Dilip Puri, Managing Director India and Regional Vice President South Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “We are uniquely positioned to cater to the needs of a new generation of luxury travelers, offering an enriching experience informed by the brand's legacy.”

“We look forward to a long-term collaboration with Starwood Hotels & Resorts,” says Atul Ruia, Managing Director Phoenix Mills Ltd & Director Pallazzio Hotels & Leisure Ltd. “Through its unparalleled service The St. Regis Mumbai provides an uncompromising experience to its guests – the global business travelers, connoisseurs of the good life, and aficionados of art and culture.”

“Mumbai is emerging as a world-class travel destination, presenting the perfect setting for the St Regis brand,” added Amit Bhosale, Executive Director, ABIL Hospitality Pvt Ltd. & Director, Pallazzio Hotels & Leisure Ltd. “We feel that it’s a great opportunity to introduce the legendary brand’s bespoke services and programs to the well-heeled travelers of today and tomorrow.”

The hotel includes 386 well-appointed guest rooms including 27 suites and, for extended stays, the property’s 33 residential suites feature a spacious living room, fully equipped kitchen and the option of one or two bedrooms.

The Union Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Tourism (I/C) and Civil Aviation, Mahesh Sharma today launched a special cleaning campaign at the recently renovated historic Assi Ghat in Varanasi. Launching a cleaning drive at the excavated and restored historic Assi Ghat, the Union Minister inaugurated a world class Sulabh public toilet on the occasion. Dr. Mahesh Sharma while lauding the effort of Sulabh called upon other organizations to come forward to adopt and clean other ghats. He said a plan is being drafted to clean garbage by using boats as garbage disposal is a major problem in the historic city due to narrow lanes. Now boats will ferry garbage to dump at certain points.

Sharma said that a comprehensive plan for the all round development and beautification of the Ghats of Varanasi and cleaning of River Ganga is underway to fulfill the wishes of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. He announced introduction of a special project for restoration and beautification of the Ghats. the Minister said a plan has already been finalized to hold light and sound shows at Assi Ghat soon.

Qatar Airways is continuing its rapid growth and responding to increasing demand within Europe with a substantial increase in flight frequencies to Stockholm in Sweden, Copenhagen in Denmark and Brussels in Belgium.

From 1 December 2015, flights from Doha to Stockholm, Sweden, will expand from a 10-times weekly service to 13 flights per week, a capacity increase of 30 per cent on the route. The increase is seasonal and valid until 25 March 2016. A double-daily service will be operated every day except Wednesday by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, offering customers 254 seats across its Business and Economy Classes.  With the launch of these additional frequencies, customers from the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa in particular will benefit from improved connectivity to the Swedish capital via Qatar Airways' Doha hub.

Qatar Airways’ flight network to Scandinavia will be further enhanced with the expansion of flights to Copenhagen from 2 December 2015. The airline will increase frequencies from an 11-times weekly service to double daily flights, representing an increase of almost 30 per cent in additional seats to Copenhagen every week.  All flights will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and customers flying from the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa can look forward to even smoother connections via the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport.

On 4 December 2015, five years after the introduction of the route, flights from Doha to Brussels will also be increased from seven to eight times weekly representing a 14 per cent increase in capacity on this route and enhanced connectivity for both leisure and corporate customers, particularly from the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent.

Qatar Airways has announced an expansion of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner route network to India with the launch of services to and from Kolkata starting 1st December 2015.

The increase in demand for travel to and from the region and the airline’s steadfast commitment to the Indian market has resulted in the introduction of the Dreamliner on the daily flights between Doha and Kolkata bringing an additional capacity of more than 76 per cent compared to the A320 which is being operated on the route. Qatar Airways’ daily seat capacity to Kolkata has nearly doubled from 144 seats on the A320 to 254 seats on the 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Qatar Airways currently operates the 787 Dreamliner twice daily to capital city Delhi. “We are delighted to introduce Qatar Airways’ Dreamliner service to Kolkata, which will not only offer an increase in capacity to the route but will also redefine the in-flight experience of our passengers travelling to Doha and beyond,” said Qatar Airways Vice President Indian Subcontinent, Ihab Sorial.

Daily flights from Kolkata connect via Doha to popular business and leisure cities in Qatar Airways’ global network including Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Miami, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and more, with easy and seamless connections with an average transit time of around two hours at Doha’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport.

India remains a key market for Qatar Airways having an extensive route network offering 95 passenger flights non-stop each week from 12 gateway cities to Doha. Currently, Indian operations cover services from Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Trivandrum. The airline recently announced further expansion in India with plans to re-launch operations to Nagpur, its 13th Indian gateway, with daily flights from 1st December 2015.

Participating 7th times in USA’s India roadshow, Visit California is now established itself as a preferred tourist destination among India outbound travelers to US. Part of the Brand USA India Mission 2015, Visit California delegates travelled to Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi to engage in full day buyer-seller meetings as well as select networking and media events.

California travel and tourism partners included in the mission were Universal Studios Hollywood, San Francisco Travel Association & San Francisco International Airport, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism and Hornblower Cruises and Events.

According to a press release issued by the Sartha Global, India Rep for Visit California, more than 273, 000 visitors from India spent $527 million in 2014, accounting for 27.9 per cent market share of the total arrivals to the USA. These remarkable numbers demonstrate a 13.8 per cent growth in visitors over the previous year, and forecasts indicate an additional growth of 9.5 percent in 2015.

“India continues to be an important market for California, and we are delighted with the growth in visitors to our state,” said Caroline Beteta, President and CEO of Visit California.

“The Golden State offers unparalleled diversity of unique experiences for Indian visitors, and the India mission is a strong forum for us to build on our existing relationships and continue our collaboration with the Indian travel industry,” she further added.

The Online Training Program “California Expert,” introduced last year to educate frontline travel agency staff, has more than 1700 accomplished “California Experts” in India and has proven to be yet another remarkable success in the market. Other Visit California travel trade initiatives include the Dream Big California Contest for India travel trade partners. The fun, educational contest requires agents to complete the “California Expert” program, followed by participation in a California themed, interactive crossword puzzle. Visit California India will be awarding prizes to successful applicants for three months, and the grand prize will be a trip to California.

In 2015, Visit California launched a travel trade website, trade.visitcalifornia.in.

AccorHotels will open India’s first integrated hotel and resort property Novotel Imagica Khopolion on 16th September 2015. The hotel is located within close proximity to India’s premier theme parks of AdlabsImagica and Aquamagica. Owned by the Adlabs Group and managed by AccorHotels, the hotel is easily accessible via the Mumbai Pune Expressway.

”We are delighted to be associated with the Novotel brand in India, and are confident that the first theme park property under AccorHotels will prove to be the preferred choice for families and holiday makers.Guests can re-live their childhood memories and treat their children to numerous marquee characters around the hotel,” said Pooja Shetty-Deora of Adlabs Imagica.

In its opening phase, the hotel features 116 well-appointed rooms which overlook the park, pool and the lush Sahyadri hills. The hotel plans to add another 171 rooms and suites later this year comprising of a well-designed room for specially-abled guests. The hotel will have an inventory of 287 rooms by 2016 1st quarter. There are also 20 interconnected rooms on each floor catering to larger family groups

Novotel Imagica Khopoli features one of the largest meeting spaces in the Lonavla area with a pillar-less ballroom that can accommodate around 460 guests. The ballroom has a provision for breakout which can be used for smaller meetings. Its 1600 square meter landscaped trellised garden area andair-conditioned marquee is perfect for couples seeking to tie the knot in an open and romantic setting.

“The opening of Novotel ImagicaKhopoli strengthens our position in the Indian market in line with the brand’s growth strategy. The launch follows the growing trend of integrated hotels with theme parks, along with the brand’squality assurance and service standards. Novotel is the world’s most recognized midscale hotel brandunder AccorHotels for business and leisure travellers, with hotels located in the heart of major international cities, business districts and tourist destinations.” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President Operations, AccorHotels India.



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