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The Embassy of Greece in New Delhi wishes to bring to the knowledge of all those Indian friends who are interested in traveling to Greece for their vacations or for business that a temporary problem that had occurred regarding the processing of the Schengen Visa applications in its Consular Office, has been entirely resolved.

Consequently, it should be known that all applications are processed and answered timely and rapidly, i.e. in a period of less than 15 working days. Therefore, the Embassy of Greece in New Delhi invites everyone wishing to visit Greece for holidays or business to apply for his/her Schengen Visa.

 

Malaysia Airlines renews its partnership with SITA for a comprehensive upgrade that will link its global operations to its hub in Kuala Lumpur with fast, secure, and reliable network connectivity.

As part of the five-year agreement, Malaysia Airlines will leverage SITA Connect, specifically designed for the air transport industry, to meet the airline’s needs in and outside airports. SITA Connect will lower connectivity costs, improve the quality of service, enable ease of access to new features and applications, and facilitate their passengers' check-in process worldwide, benefiting from SITA's global presence at over 650 airports across 220 countries and territories.

SITA Connect will also provide network connectivity that allows team members to access central systems from anywhere, supporting the airline’s worldwide operation for employees working remotely. Security was a key factor in selecting SITA’s solution to support the airline’s critical operational systems.

Izham Ismail, Group CEO, Malaysia Airlines, said, "We're excited to ramp up our operational capabilities as the industry’s recovery takes hold, with the support of our trusted technology partner SITA. Boosting the connectivity, security, and agility of the backbone technologies that support Malaysia Airlines will ensure we are ready for the influx of passengers over the coming months and poised to deliver a seamless travel experience for all."

Sumesh Patel, APAC President at SITA, said, "SITA has a long history of collaboration with Malaysia Airlines. We're excited to renew the relationship once more by upgrading several services that will ultimately help deliver a smooth passenger process. Operational efficiency is under the microscope in the wake of the pandemic, and we're committed to helping the industry recover with smart solutions that are resilient, agile, and cost-effective."

 

Mr. Rajiv Mehra, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators announced that the 37th IATO Annual Convention, which was scheduled to be held in Bangalore from 15th to 18th September 2022 has been called off due to unavoidable circumstances arising out of the withdrawal of support by the Karnataka Tourism in spite of giving written confirmation for hosting the convention in Bangalore.

Mr. Mehra informed that all arrangements made for the convention in Bangalore have been cancelled due to this development which are beyond control. IATO had booked 400 rooms at Hotel Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn and the convention hall but had to release all bookings due to withdrawal of support from Karnataka Tourism in spite of announcing the same at the inaugural function of IATO 36th Annual Convention in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat and over 750 delegates.

This development is very unfortunate which IATO never expected from Depart of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka.  IATO is now exploring for an alternative city/state for having the convention which would probably scheduled in the month of December 2022.

 

Radisson Hotel Group announces the opening of Radisson Resort Goa Baga to strengthen its presence in India’s vibrant beach city of Goa. Located in the heart of North Goa, travelers and locals can relax in this newly opened resort that flows with relaxing natural spaces, thoughtful architecture, and details. Strategically situated just 800 meters from the famous Baga Beach and 39 kilometers from Dabolim Airport, Radisson Resort Goa Baga is ready to cater to leisure and business travelers.

On the occasion of the launch, Zubin Saxena, Managing Director & VP, Operations, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group, said, “Radisson Resort Goa Baga is a celebration of nature and culture. The strategic location of the hotel is one of its key USPs and supports the Group’s expansion strategy while strengthening our presence in key leisure markets. The hotel showcases our brand-defining standards in the leisure arena as it captures the essence of land and sea perfectly. The personality of each space is defined to complement its function and narrate a story of its own. We are excited to invite our guests to curate a brand-new Goa chapter with us.”

Vipul Mohan, General Manager, Radisson Resort Goa Baga said, “We are excited to welcome guests to Radisson Resort Goa Baga. Lively local architecture, modern amenities, and infrastructure, coupled with a taste of local culture, make the resort perfect for leisure and business travelers looking for immersive experiences and unmatched hospitality services. We remain committed to crafting safe and memorable customer journeys, enhanced by our distinguishing ‘Yes I Can!’ spirit.”

 

Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, Wego, and Creative Economy collaborates to revive tourism to Bali, with an aim to welcome over 900,000 tourists by end of Q3. Bali is all set to welcome tourists and has everything ranging from adventure, tranquil locations, waterfalls till nightclubs and treks.

Through Wego’s vast user base in MENA, Indonesia Tourism Board will be able to promote its destination and Bali specifically to drive more bookings. To revive tourism post covid, Indonesia has launched an exhibition with the theme "It's time for Bali" and is offering Visa on arrival to 72 countries. Also, the government is taking measures to achieve highest vaccination rates in Bali and maintaining the standards as per CHSE certifications.

Mamoun Hmedan, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director, Middle East, North Africa (MENA) & India of Wego, said, “We are expanding our partnerships to cover more destinations and offer our users more choice. Indonesia and particularly Bali is a hot spot for many travellers, especially from the MENA region. We look forward to working with the Indonesia Tourism Board to bring more travellers to the country.”

Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, Minister of Tourism & Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, said, “We've been synchronizing or aligning some of our future promotion plans since Bali is still the top of mind of tourists, with a new economic era through digital marketing, it is necessary to innovate in our patterns of promotion. There are several approaches to achieve the target of tourist number, namely by joint cooperation with our strategic partners in the market and organizing various international-class events in Indonesia. We agree with the approaches that become our programs such as sports tourism, MICE, and international events and tourism villages.”

Indonesia is also going to host the international G20 summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, in November 2022. The European Union and 19 countries will attend the G20 summit. The theme of this summit will be "Recover Together, Recover Stronger". The theme will focus on progressing ahead post the covid-19 world. The discussions will cover important topics like the economy, investment, agriculture, employment, health, taxes, monetary policies, etc.

 

Enterprising Travel Agents Association organized a familiarization trip to Gaj Retreat, Punjab from 3rd to 5th July 2022. The trip started from Delhi in a cozy Volvo ride where members had a great time traveling together. ETAA family got an overwhelming welcome from Mr. Dinesh Vir Singh, Founder of Gaj Retreat to begin with the 3 days and 2 nights trip.

Gaurav Arora, Joint Secretary, North India Region welcomed the members and Punit Bhasin, Vice Chairman, ETAA North India thanked the Gaj Retreat management for the amazing hospitality. Mr. Dinesh Vir Singh conducted an amazing knowledge session about the destination and the property which was a learning treat for all participants, followed by the Rewards and Recognition session by Saurabh Tuteja, General Secretary, North India and Dinesh Kumar, Treasurer.

Members were delighted to also participate in a spiritual journey to Anandpur Sahab and Naina Devi Temple. Praveen Ghai, Joint Secretary, and Deepika Khanna, Membership Head thanked the members for taking out their time to travel to this wonderful resort.

 

Flynas has announced the launch of its first direct flights between AlUla, the Saudi historical city located in the northwest of Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The flights will commence their operation starting from Thursday, 6th October 2022.

Flynas, the Saudi air carrier and the leading low-cost airline in the Middle East, will connect AlUla and Cairo via two weekly direct flights, scheduled on Saturdays and Thursdays, from AlUla International Airport to Cairo International Airport.

AlUla is now reviving and celebrating its history by welcoming visitors again. In support of the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2030 to transform AlUla into a world-preferred tourist destination, Flynas recently announced the resumption of its flights from AlUla to Riyadh, Dammam, and Dubai, with two weekly flights for each destination. Flynas connects now more than 70 domestic and international destinations through its fleet of more than 35 aircraft, and it has transported more than 60 million passengers since its establishment in 2007.

 

RezLive.com hosted ‘Networking & Cocktail Event’ on 20th June 2022 in Crowne Plaza, Muscat, followed by InterContinental Regency, Bahrain on 27th June 2022. The event was attended by all the leading local travel agents and tour operators and served with dinner and cocktail. 

The purpose of the event was to thank the local travel industry for its consistent support and to inform travel partners about the additional benefits of working with RezLive.com. Real business discussions, a flow of knowledge and information, and a few feedbacks and suggestions took place throughout the session.

Mr. Jaal Shah, Group Managing Director – Travel Designer Group, firstly expressed his gratitude to the local travel partners for the resounding support they have received from the respective local markets. He also stressed the significance of maintaining and bolstering the strong foundation they share with RezLive.com. He added, “We at RezLive.com, recognise the value of our travel partners and work tirelessly to provide them with cutting-edge services that will simplify their tasks.”

Mr. Zaheer Jeddy, Deputy Regional Manager, updated the travel partners with innovative offerings from RezLive.com and at the same time oriented them about an exclusive loyalty program i.e ‘rezREWARDS’, which was appraised by the local travel partners.

Emirates and Air Canada today announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement & establish a codeshare relationship later in 2022. This will offer enhanced consumer travel choices and experience for Air Canada customers to travel to the United Arab Emirates and to destinations beyond Dubai, and Emirates customers when traveling to Toronto or to key destinations across the Air Canada network.

Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline mentioned, “This is a significant partnership that will enable our customers access to even more destinations in Canada and the Americas, via our Toronto and US gateways. It also opens up many new route combinations for travelers across Emirates’ and Air Canada’s extensive networks in the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. We are pleased to partner with Air Canada, one of North America’s most established airlines and Canada’s flag carrier and we look forward to jointly progressing on various areas to provide even better customer flight choices and experiences.”

Michael Rousseau, President & Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada said, "As we continue pursuing our strategy of expanding our global reach in response to growing opportunities in VFR markets (Visit Friends and Relatives) that serve Canada’s large multicultural communities, we are very pleased to form a strategic partnership with Emirates, a highly respected flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates with a hub in the vibrant city of Dubai.”

“This strategic agreement will create network synergies, and Air Canada customers will have additional, convenient options when traveling between Canada and the United Arab Emirates as well as destinations beyond Dubai. We look forward to introducing Air Canada codeshare service on key Emirates flights, as well as adding the EK code on select Air Canada flights, and welcoming Emirates customers on our services later this year."

To further enhance the customer experience, the carriers will also establish reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and reciprocal lounge access for qualifying customers. Further details of the partnership and specific codeshare routes will be announced when finalized and will be subject to regulatory approvals and final documentation.

 

 

VFS Global appoints Sukanya Chakraborty as the Chief Communication Officer. Ms. Sukanya will bolster brand advocacy and reputation management through the 360-degree global communication mandate of the organization.

Sukanya joined VFS Global in 2018 as Head of Corporate Communications & CSR. In her 23+ years of experience, she worked on building B2B & B2C communication strategies, integrated campaigns focused on building an offline/online presence, and creating narratives to enhance the corporate reputation for global organizations.

 

 

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