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Malaysia Airlines (MH) and Japan Airlines (JAL) are expanding their codeshare operations following Malaysia Airlines' recent announcement to launch new direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo, Haneda, on 14 August 2022.

The codeshare will be expanded to Kuala Lumpur - Haneda route with the introduction of JAL codeshare on the flights operated by Malaysia Airlines. The twice-weekly service will be operated by A330-300 aircraft, equipped with 290 seats, comprising 27 seats in Business Class, 16 Economy with extra legroom, and 247 seats in Economy Class.

Captain Izham Ismail, Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines, said, "As a national carrier, this expansion signifies a strong relationship and cooperation between the oneworld alliance partners, catalytic to further economy growth, supporting business and trade between the two countries and facilitating the capacity recovery to pre-pandemic levels.

This new critical step in our Joint Business partnership with Japan Airlines will allow us to provide seamless connections to our customers, enhanced products and offerings while establishing KUL as a prominent hub in Southeast Asia region for travel into Malaysia and beyond.”

Yuji Akasaka, President, Japan Airlines, said, “We are pleased to strengthen our Joint Business partnership with Malaysia Airlines through this new codeshare operation. As one of the busiest airports in Asia, Haneda is not only conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo but is also a gateway to numerous domestic destinations in Japan and countries around the world. As we head towards a recovery in travel demand, we look forward to working closely with Malaysia Airlines to welcome our passengers with our highest standards in hospitality.”

Novotel Goa Candolim and Novotel Goa Resort and Spa has announced the appointment of Divyashree Borkar as its Manager - Learning and Development.

Divyashree was previously associated with Courtyard by Marriott, Pune and Country Inn and Suites by Radisson Goa Candolim. She has a better understanding of her role and will contribute to the better performance of the property. 

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts Luxury and Lifestyle Collection, has collaborated with British artist Claire Luxton to unveil a series of fully immersive experiences at InterContinental London Park Lane, InterContinental New York Barclay and InterContinental Dubai Festival City. Bookable now through to mid-July, the experiences celebrate the joy of worldliness and the beauty of global travel as told through a Claire Luxton lens.

The Claire Luxton Experience at InterContinental Dubai Festival City heroes a limited-edition suite which have been designed and curated by the artist and depict her interpretation of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.

Claire Luxton said: “I’m thrilled to partner with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts again, interpreting the brand’s story of worldliness. Global travel inspires my work, and I hope it shines through in every detail of the collaboration, from the foyer florals and the hotel team’s custom scarves to the drawn bath experience and the artworks themselves. Each flower and animal within my work for InterContinental reflects a hotel or resort from its past, present or future. In curating the design of these suites and experiences, I sought to explore the delicate equilibrium between humans and nature while celebrating the magic of wanderlust.”

This collaboration with Claire Luxton builds on the brand’s 75th Anniversary celebration. In December, Claire Luxton created an installation that was projected onto the façade of InterContinental London Park Lane. The artwork depicted the global journey of the pioneering luxury hotel brand – from motifs with a Blue and Yellow Macaw, representing the first InterContinental hotel in Belém, Brazil, to the Mediterranean Moluccella, spotlighting the brand’s growing portfolio in Italy with InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace poised to open later this year.

Tom Rowntree, Vice President Global Marketing for Luxury Brands at IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has delighted worldly travelers by bringing luxury experiences to every corner of the globe for more than 75 years. As we redefine our ethos of discovery and modern luxury, we’re excited to welcome visitors and locals alike with a fresh approach to the guest experience, starting with our collaboration with Claire Luxton. She’s tapped into her own global travels to inform and inspire her interpretation of the brand’s rich heritage and pioneering spirit. The result is a unique experience of discovery that captures the beauty and energy of InterContinental’s far-flung destinations.”

GO FIRST (formerly known as GoAir), is set to resume scheduled direct flights to and from Srinagar to Sharjah from end of June 2022. The airline has recently received the bilateral rights to operate five flights per week on the Srinagar-Sharjah-Srinagar route and the final approval is awaited.

The airline had started the Srinagar-Sharjah flight on October 23 last year connecting Jammu and Kashmir with the United Arab Emirates after 11 years. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had inaugurated the flight.

GO FIRST will also introduce five additional direct flights to and from Srinagar to Delhi and two additional flights between Leh and Delhi to cater to the additional demand from the impending Amarnath Yatra on June 30.

With the enhanced connectivity, these new flights will be offering travel options to the pilgrims. GO FIRST currently operates nine flights daily between Delhi and Srinagar and five flights daily between Delhi and Leh.

Kaushik Khona, Chief Executive Officer, GO FIRST, said: “GO FIRST is honoured to resume services between Srinagar and Sharjah. The service will improve international connectivity and cater to international travel. The Amarnath Yatra is commencing soon, and we will make every effort to ensure a hassle-free and delightful travel experience for the pilgrims. We further reaffirm our commitment to the region and will build on our promise of our consumers’ expectations”

(Edited by Gayatri Anand)

A meeting between Deputy CM Arunachal Pradesh Chowna Mein and top National Monumental Authority (NMa) officials led by Chairman Tarun Vijay took place to decide about strengthening Arunachal’s age old cultural connect with Gujarat through Rukmini and Bhagwan Krishna story.

Vijay said that it is planned that people from Gujarat visit Bhishmak Nagar and vice versa to increase cultural tourism between far eastern and far western corners of the nation. It is aimed at promoting idea of national unity and Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.  

NMA is aiming for monument preservation and organising  a Rukmini Krishna Yatra between Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat on a large scale and to promote it at the national level.

Arunachal Pradesh needs a very special attention for preservation of its cultural memory as the verbal history transferred from one generation to other is fast disappearing since village elders and Igus (traditional healers and priests) are dwindling in numbers.

NMA visited a number of indigenous archaeological sites and is preparing a detailed report to preserve tangible and intangible cultural heritage of this sensitive border state.

Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DONER, G. Kishan Reddy along with Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw flagged off the Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.

Speaking on the occasion, Reddy said that this is the first tourist train connecting India and Nepal. “Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train is starting its first Shri Ramayana Yatra for 18 days, the first trip of the train operating on the Ramayana Circuit will also cover the religious destination of Janakpur (in Nepal) for the first time in addition to other popular destinations such as Ayodhya, Nandigram, Sitamarhui, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Chitrakoot, Pancvati (Nasik), Hampi, Rameshwaram and Bhadrachalam,” Reddy added.

Reddy further said that the Ministry of Tourism in association with IRCTC and Ministry of Railways has also proposed Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains for Krishna Circuit, Buddhist Circuit and many other circuits. “Bharat Gaurav trains is an attempt to showcase the rich cultural, spiritual and historical heritage of the country to the people of India. The unique concept of Bharat Gaurav Trains, as envisaged by the Ministry of Railways, will be helpful in promoting mass tourism across the country and provide an opportunity to people from all parts of the country to explore the architectural, cultural and historical marvels of the country,” he added,

He also informed that the exterior of the coaches of the trains have been designed as a kaleidoscope of Bharat Gaurav or Pride of India, highlighting various facets of India such as monuments, dances, Yoga, folk art etc.

Vaishnaw said that this is a historical day for all of us. This is a gift from the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to its citizens, and a dream of Prime Minister has now been realized. Shri Ashwini further added that the main objective behind Bharat Gaurav train is to showcase the diverse culture and rich heritage of India.

Branded as Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains, IRCTC is operating these special comfort category tourist trains to promote theme-based tourism. The coaches of the train have recently undergone refurbishment and the amenities and services have been upgraded.

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, launched Tourism Awareness Programme (TAP) for taxi, cab, and coach drivers to offer behavioural & soft skill training. T

Sharing his thought about the initiative, G. Kamala Vardhana Rao, IAS, MD, ITDC said, “As we strengthen our focus towards redefining the tourism segment, it is vital to recognize the efforts and contributions of important segment such as Drivers of Tourists’ transport. With the initiation of the Tourism Awareness Program, necessary steps toward the growth and learning of this sector would be undertaken. Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management (AIH&TM); HRD Division of ITDC; is proud to be a part of this program.”

The Tourism Awareness Program being conducted by the Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management (AIH&TM), ITDC has been curated post identifying the necessity of Soft Skill training of taxi/coach Drivers as they are the first interface for the tourists who arrive at the Airports, Railway stations etc. The training programme has been designed very professionally and is flexible in nature, keeping in mind the daily wage/earning pattern of the Drivers. Spread across 16 hours, it focuses on imparting knowledge about behavioural & soft skills, personal hygiene and grooming, basic acquaintance of foreign languages, first –aid administering etc. enabling the drivers to service the tourists.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to extend incentives to expand the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) toward achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting in Doha.

To fulfill aviation’s net-zero commitment, current estimates are for SAF to account for 65% of aviation’s carbon mitigation in 2050, requiring an annual production capacity of 449 billion liters. Investments are in place to expand SAF’s annual production from the current 125 million liters to 5 billion by 2025 and to 30 billion liters by 2030 through effective government incentives.

“Governments don’t need to invent a playbook. Incentives to transition electricity production to renewable sources like solar or wind worked. As a result, clean energy solutions are now cheap and widely available. With similar incentives for SAF, we could see 30 billion liters available by 2030. Though still far from where we need to be, it would be a clear tipping point towards our net-zero ambition of ample SAF quantities at affordable prices,” Willie Walsh, Director General, IATA, said.

In 2021, irrespective of price (SAF is between two and four times the price of conventional jet fuel), airlines have purchased every drop of the 125 million liters of SAF that was available. Already more than 38 countries have SAF-specific policies that clear the way for the market to develop. Taking their cue from these policy measures, airlines have entered into $17 billion of forward-purchasing agreements for SAF.

Travelport and US-Bangla Airlines have reached a distribution agreement that will enable modern airline retailing and technology innovation that will support the airline’s aggressive growth plans.

Travelport is the first Global Distribution System (GDS) partner of US-Bangla Airlines, and as part of the agreement, will provide agency customers access to the airline’s content via Travelport+, Travelport’s next-generation travel retailing platform.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Mamun, Managing Director of US-Bangla Airlines comments: “We have been extremely impressed with the collaborative spirit and flexibility demonstrated by Travelport. They understand our business needs and have been working tirelessly to meet our tight implementation timeframes. We are confident Travelport+ will provide US-Bangla Airlines and agencies the highest quality air content retailing experience.”

Travelport agencies will benefit from seamless access to US-Bangla Airlines content, further enabling them to provide the most valuable, relevant offers for their travelers.  

Sue Carter, Head of Air Partners Asia Pacific at Travelport, says: “We are honored and excited to be the first GDS partner of US-Bangla Airlines and to be a part of the airline’s ambitious growth plans. This strategic partnership will provide both airlines and travelers with more attractive and customized offers, helping airlines to match traveler preferences with tailor-made bundles, while optimizing revenue with continuous dynamic pricing. As Travelport continues to establish ourselves as the industry leader in Asia Pacific, we look forward to delivering great value for US-Bangla Airlines travelers and the agency community.”

Espire Hospitality Group has signed an agreement with Ranjana Overseas Private Limited to introduce Country Inn Tarika Goa, Varca Beach. Located just 200 meters away from the Varca Beach, this resort featuring 48 keys will be launched in September this year.

Espire Hospitality Group currently has three resorts under its Country Inn Hotels & Resorts brand and this signing will strengthen the important mid-segment portfolio of the company. 

Commenting on this important signing, Akhil Arora, Chief Operating Officer, Espire Hospitality Group said: “We are thrilled to take the first step towards our expansion plan of having 20 resorts in our portfolio by 2023. Goa has latterly started attracting travellers throughout the year and is an extremely important market for us. We are already planning to add more resorts in Goa, in the near future.”

Girish Batra, Director, Ranjana Overseas Private Limited, added: “We have decided to work with the Espire Hospitality Group as we recognize them as a trusted partner for creating a success story. Our resort’s location is one of the key highlights that will attract the leisure travellers to spend a relaxing vacation in the serene settings.”



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