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The Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) has selected Ahmadabad as host city for its 7th Annual Convention from August 16-18, 2019, P P Khanna, President, ADTOI said during a monthly General House Meeting in New Delhi. Khanna is the Chairman of the Convention Committee and Anil Rajput and Sanjiv Saxena will be co-chairman of the convention.
“We have identified 3-4 venues for the Convention and waiting for their response. We will decide the venue in a week’s time,” Khanna said.
The Convention is expected to be attended by 400-450 delegates, Khanna informed.
In an attempt to welcome 2 million tourists by 2020, Nepal Tourism has recently launched the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ campaign in New Delhi. The campaign aims to position Nepal as one of the world's most unique experiential and lifetime value destination.
The launch event was well attended by the travel fraternity as well as senior functionaries of Nepal Tourism and Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India. Among the dignitaries gracing the event with their presence were Suraj Vaidya, National Convenor, Visit Nepal Year 2020; Deepak Raj Joshi, Chief Executive Officer, Nepal Tourism Board and Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India
The campaign will act as catalyst to achieving the government agenda to recognise and accelerate the development of the high potential of the tourism industry in the years to come even as the government creates ease at doing business for investors and stakeholders with incentives and subsidy provisions, supportive policies, political stability and sound governance. It is prioritising investment in infrastructure, promoting the industry's sustainability and ensuring systematic development of new and creative business models adapting to technology and how the world travels today.
Meanwhile, the Government of Nepal is fervently working towards infrastructural development in the country to support the ever-growing tourist arrivals. By 2020, it plans to operate two new international airports as well, one in Pokhara and another in Lumbini, and introduce the Airbus 330-200 to provide airline services to the growing number of tourists. The government also plans to operate Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for an additional three hours from the regular 18, to ensure continued availability of service to both incoming and outgoing tourists.
On the hospitality infrastructure front, Nepal is also set to add 4000 rooms in the four and five-star categories, in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara. A number of international hotel chains, including Hilton and Marriott, are expected to operate properties in Nepal in the coming years.
Nepal currently receives 200,000 Indian visitors who reach there by air in a year and aims to witness 25 per cent annual growth, Joshi said.
In 2018, Nepal received 1,173,072 international tourists excluding overland travellers. The lop arrivals were from India, China, Sri Lanka, USA and UK. Average length at stay is 12.6 days and per day expenditure amounts to $54. In 2018, share of FDI in tourism was 11.47% at As 23,855.50 million.
Dubai-based airline flydubai celebrated its inaugural service to Naples becoming the first national carrier for the United Arab Emirates to offer direct flights from Dubai. With up to five flights a week, Naples becomes flydubai’s second destination in Italy after it launched flights to Sicily’s Catania last year.
Onboard the flight was a senior delegation led by Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai and Thierry Aucoc, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commerical Operations, Europe, Russian Federation and Latin America, together with representatives from the regional media. On arrival in Naples, the delegation was met by Roberto Barbieri, CEO of Naples Airport and Margherita Chiaramonte, Business Aviation Development Director, Naples Airport.
Efendi said, “We are delighted to be flying to Naples, the second destination we have launched in Italy in a year. It is another example of flydubai’s decade long commitment towards opening up underserved markets and giving those in Italy more opportunities to benefit from direct flights to Dubai and beyond on our network. We look forward to the increased opportunities for trade and tourism that this new route will bring.”
Emirates will codeshare on this route and for bookings under the codeshare, Emirates passengers will receive complimentary meals and the Emirates checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai in Business and Economy class.
Aucoc said, “Through our codeshare partnership, Emirates’ customers from across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such as Australia, Japan and China, will now also be able to easily access Naples, while local travellers in the Naples region can connect seamlessly from their flydubai flight to Emirates flights at our Dubai hub to popular destinations such as Thailand, Australia, Egypt and China.”
Italy is an important centre for commerce, trade and industry and has become increasingly popular among travellers from across the region and the wider flydubai network. As one of the largest cities in Italy, Naples is home to a wealth of cultural attractions, great food and the beautiful Amalfi coastline. According to the Italian Government Tourist Board, UAE visitors to Italy were the highest spenders from the Middle East in 2017 with visitor numbers increasing by 21.97 per cent.
flydubai’s route network in Europe currently includes 27 points in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Macedonia (FYROM), Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Skal International India is organizing Skal International India – Recognition of Excellence Awards 2019 as part of Skal Asia Congress on June 28th, 2019 at Hotel Conrad, Bengaluru.
Skal International India is looking to award organizations doing sustainable work in the areas of: Women Empowerment, Girl Child Education, Clean India, Green India, Education and Skill Development and Heritage Site Management.
Ranjini Nambiar, National President, Skal International India said "Skal International India is pioneering a positive change in the way recognitions are awarded to organizations & people who have contributed in the world towards sustainable, socio economic causes, preservation of our national heritage and work towards gender neutrality. This would be an annual event and Skal International through its 14000 worldwide members, will ensure that the recipients of the ‘Recognition of Excellence Awards’ are applauded world over."
Carl Vaz, 1st Vice President & Convenor for Skal Internaitonal India Recognition of Excellence Awards said “Our industry enjoys several awards & citations that celebrate achievements of individuals and organizations in the fields of marketing, branding and service standards. At Skal India we felt there are still many unsung heroes that work tirelessly towards uplifting sections of marginalised society. Government, semi Government, NGOs and outstanding Corporates are a focus for the year 2019 nominations.”
Ashish Kumar, Managing Partner Agnitio Consulting LLP; “This event strives to showcase the role of Travel & Tourism as a responsible industry which supports the cause of national issues and fulfils its social responsibilities as an Industry. I do hope all Travel & Hospitality companies, large or small, work towards achieving these goals. ”
The revival of competition between Boeing and Airbus is expected to result in record delivery of the highly popular narrow-body platforms and a 9.4 per cent year-on-year growth in production, reports Frost & Sullivan.
Boeing and Airbus will produce more than 1,750 aircraft in 2019, up from 1,606 units in 2018, and propel the market towards $258.95 billion. Boeing will receive a boost once it finalises its deal for Embraer's airliner business in 2019 to counter Airbus's acquisition of Bombardier's C Series program; it will continue to develop its new mid-market aircraft (NMA) platform and position itself for growth in next-generation markets.
"Aircraft OEMs and suppliers will continue to focus on digitalisation of platforms for streamlining flight operations, planning and scheduling, sales and distribution, marketing, disruption management, and technical operations,” said Timothy Kuder, Research Analyst, Aerospace & Defense. "Top aerospace companies as well as entrants are investing in R&D centered on electrical propulsion, generation, distribution, storage, and conversion."
"Asia-Pacific will experience the highest growth in terms of aircraft deliveries and will sustain this position in the future. However, North America and Europe will continue to be the largest suppliers of aircraft," noted Kuder. "In terms of technologies, advanced composite materials, additive manufacturing, and electrification will disrupt the design and construction of platforms, while digitalisation of aviation has already evolved into a $1.5 billion business."
In a development that will offer convenience to travellers making international travel plans, Cleartrip has announced the launch of an innovative 2-dimensional (2-d) filter on its mobile application.
Travellers usually have a wide array of preferences like specific transit airport, a favourite airline, while seeking international flights. Two crucial factors that dominate their travel decisions are the flight duration and the ticket price. Since these two factors don’t always change linearly, the quest for the flight with the best balance of price vs. duration often entails a lot of back and forth.
Cleartrip’s 2-d filter is designed to enable international travellers to tackle the challenge and make a quick yet informed booking decision. Perched on top of the search results page, the 2-d filter serves as a perfect planning tool offering an overall picture of the trade-off between flight duration and fare, based on travellers’ specific preferences.
Once the respective travel points are entered, the 2-d filter immediately analyses the available flight options and presents carefully-curated flight buckets based on duration. The fare displayed alongside is the cheapest for the segmented duration.
Subramanya Sharma, Chief Product Officer, Cleartrip said, “Long-haul travellers have typically had to navigate through several options to find the best flight. The 2-d filter is the perfect tool to help travellers find the sweet-spot for their time vs. money dilemma. We are delighted with the reception and results that this feature has delivered so far, and expect it to become an integral part of the travel booking process on the Cleartrip platform in the near future.”
With the latest development, Cleartrip has further underlined its customer-centric approach and reiterated its promise of delivering superlative end-user experience through pioneering technology-pivoted solutions to travellers across the world
Airbnb Experiences has been expanded to include adventures. Airbnb Adventures is a new collection of multi-day experiences that take small groups to epic, off-the-beaten-path locations and immerse them in unique cultures and communities.
There are already over 200 adventures to choose from that are either entirely exclusive to Airbnb, or provided by small, local operators that are not typically found on any other major booking platform.
For example, you can now track lions on foot with Sabache Warriors in Kenya, hunt for UFOs with Nate in Arizona, enjoy a six day Galapagos Slow Food Safari, or, if you are brave / mad enough, camp on a cliff in Colorado.
Joe Zadeh, VP Experiences, Airbnb said, “Getting access to epic and transformational travel has never been easier than through Airbnb Adventures. Like Airbnb Experiences, people can escape their day-to-day and put their screens and devices away but now instead of just a few hours, they have the option to be fully immersed off-the-beaten- path, to push themselves out of their comfort zones and have experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
According to the ATTA, the international adventure travel market in 2017 was valued at over US$683 billion, up 21per cent from 2012.
IndiGo ventures on the Buddhist circuit with the launch of daily non-stop ATR flights between Kolkata, Gaya and Varanasi. Effective August 08, 2019, IndiGo will initiate flight operations on Kolkata - Gaya, Kolkata – Patna, Kolkata – Varanasi and Gaya - Varanasi routes along with additional frequency on Kolkata - Varanasi route. Bookings on these routes are open with immediate effect, with fares starting at INR 1499.
The new flights are designed to cater to business travellers as well as leisure travellers who would like to experience Buddhist history and spirituality. The flights will provide new and affordable flying options on these routes. Customers who would like to plan their travel can book tickets through our official website www.goindigo.in.
William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “As a part of our endeavour to enhance domestic connectivity, our ATR fleet helps us serve regional operations efficiently. We are delighted to have launched these flights on the Buddhist circuit, which not only provide more travel options to customers, but also enable people to come closer to Indian history and spirituality. These flights will also help attract new tourist arrivals from around South East Asia, where IndiGo is adding a number of new routes into Kolkata over the next few months, including services from Vietnam, Hong Kong and China.”
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is coming back in 2019 and will be taking place in the cultural city between August 8 -17, 2019. The Chief Guest of the annual celebration of the event is Indian actor and superstar, Shah Rukh Khan.
The festival in its 10 years has grown pillar to pillar and has gone from being a grassroots festival to a government supported one and an awardee of several global accolades, making it the biggest Indian Film Festival in the Southern Hemisphere. This year the festival is set to celebrate the central theme of ‘courage’, which is engraved in the inclusivity and diversity of the Indian film business.
Speaking on being appointed as the chief guest for the festival, Khan, said, “I’m honoured and delighted to accept the invitation from the Victorian government and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to open their festival as their chief guest. An industry of our magnitude and diversity deserves to be celebrated with great passion and fervour, which is what the festival embodies. I’m particularly pleased with the theme of the festival this year which is courage, an emotion that resonates with storytellers who really have the might to change the society and the world. I have had great memories of shooting for Chak De India in Melbourne and look forward to being back again, this time to celebrate Indian cinema”.
Announcing the news, Daniel Andrews, the Victorian Premier, said: "The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a much-loved event that celebrates the strong relationship between Victoria and India and our own vibrant Indian community. This event has grown significantly over the past decade and with the extraordinary Shah Rukh Khan here, this year's festival is shaping up to be the biggest and most exciting yet."
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: "A celebration of film, community and culture, the Indian Film Festival puts Melbourne in the spotlight and attracts more than 35,000 people each year. The Bollywood and Indian film industry is the biggest in the world and in addition to supporting this festival, we've announced a new Bollywood and Indian Cinema Attraction Fund to bring more film productions from India and the subcontinent to Victoria. Perhaps we'll even lure Shah back to our shores again!"
Concluding the thoughts, Director of the festival, Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “We are so elated with the news of Mr. Khan joining us to be our chief guest. He’s truly an icon of Indian cinema internationally, a person millions and millions follow and look upto. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has always strived to bring the best Indian cinema here in Melbourne and bridge a gap between the fans and the actors whom people love and admire. We are looking forward to hosting Mr. Khan in Melbourne.”
Club Med has announced the evolution of their Asia Pacific (APAC) organisation into two specialised Business Units – APAC Markets and APAC Resorts. As of 1 July 2019, the new APAC Regional Organisation includes Greater China, Japan, Korea, India, South East Asia and the Pacific. This reorganization allows Club Med to put the best teams closer to the guests and deliver better customer experience.
“Club Med is in a growth acceleration phase with the openings of three to five resorts per year,” said Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President of Club Med. “This significant moment in our development requires us to focus on our growth drivers – sales and marketing to drive brand preference amongst consumers, and to accelerate the opening of new resorts and strengthen the in-resort guest experience across APAC. With this new strategy, we are pleased to share our new roles for our Comité de Direction Générale (CDG)”
Based in Shanghai, Xavier Desaulles, CEO of APAC Markets business unit will lead the commercial teams across Greater China, Japan, Korea, South East Asia and Pacific markets. Having been CEO of the East and South Asia Pacific (ESAP) markets since 2016, Xavier has taken Club Med in ESAP to the next level, boosting the Brand’s growth and making Club Med a preferred hospitality vacation brand of choice among millennial families and active couples. Boasting an in-depth understanding of Asia emerging markets, Xavier was the Regional Managing Director for Southeast Asia, India and the Middle-East at the Rémy Cointreau Group prior to his position at Club Med.
Leading the Operations and Development of the resorts across APAC and also based in Shanghai, is Jean-Charles Fortoul, CEO of APAC Resorts. With over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jean-Charles has held senior leadership positions at Club Med since 2002, managing various markets across Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Previously he was the VP of Operations for East and South Asia & Pacific, & VP of Sales Emerging Countries of South East Asia managing nine holiday resorts and six Commercial Countries across Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam & Myanmar.
Gino Andreetta, who is currently the CEO of Greater China will move to Lyon, France as of September 2019 to lead the Europe, Africa and France (EAF) Resorts as CEO. Since 2015, Gino has successfully developed Club Med’s sales and operations in the region, including opening four new resorts in Greater China.
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