Melbourne has been named The World's Most Liveable City for the seventh consecutive year by the annual Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index.
The EIU’s Liveability Ranking assesses living conditions in 140 cities across the globe by assigning a rating across five broad categories, including: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.
Known as Australia's cultural, shopping, music and nightlife capital, and revered for its unique laneways and small bar culture, parks and gardens and creative communities- as of 2017, Melbourne has enjoyed the top spot in the list for seven years in a row.
Each year, Melbourne offers a world-class calendar of major events across the sport, entertainment, culture, industry and lifestyle sectors which add to the city's atmosphere, appeal and awesomeness.
This spring Melbourne is set to welcome a host of new events and festivals and welcome back some old favourites, the city also hosts Pop Up Globe, showcasing the works of William Shakespeare, and another fashion blockbuster comes to Victoria's NGV; The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture opens on August 26th.
India has welcomed 7.88 lakh foreign visitors in July 2017 compared to 7.34 lakh in July, 2016 and 6.28 lakh in July, 2015. The growth rate in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in July, 2017 over July, 2016 is 7.4 per cent compared to 16.8 per cent in July, 2016 over July, 2015, says a Ministry of Tourism release.
FTAs during the period January- July 2017 were 56.74 lakh with a growth of 15.7 per cent, as compared to the FTAs of 49.03 lakh with a growth of 9.6 per cent in January- July 2016 over January- July 2015.
The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during July 2017 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (20.12%) followed by USA (16.26%), UK (10.88%), France (3.01%), Malaysia (2.81%), Canada (2.66%), Sri Lanka (2.56%), China (2.32%), Oman (2.27%), Germany (2.21%), Australia (2.17%), Japan (2.10%), Nepal (1.84%), UAE (1.82%) and Singapore (1.69%).
The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during July 2017 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (25.95%) followed by Mumbai Airport (16.63%), Haridaspur Land Check Post (10.92%), Chennai Airport (9.09%), Bengaluru Airport (6.78%), Cochin Airport (5.39%), Hyderabad Airport (5.07%),Kolkata Airport (4.23%),Gede Rail Land Check Post (2.78%), Trivandrum Airport (1.81%), Ahmedabad Airport (1.72%), Ghojadanga Land Check Post (1.54%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.37%), Amritsar Airport (0.97%) and Calicut Airport (0.73%).
Foreign Tourist Arrivals on e-Tourist Visa:
During the month of July, 2017 total of 1.19 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 0.68 lakh during the month of July 2016 registering a growth of 73.3%.
During January-July 2017, a total of 8.36 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 5.40 lakh during January-July 2016, registering a growth of 54.7%.
The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh said that a North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre will be set up in Delhi soon. He was briefing the media here today. He said that this will be a new gift to the people of North East (NE) India. He said that this is in line with the priority being given to North East by the Union Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Singh informed that Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had allotted a land measuring 1.32 acre at Sector-13, Dwarka, New Delhi, at a cost of approx Rs. 6 crore, to North Eastern Council (NEC) for the purpose of construction of North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre.
The Centre will act as a cultural and convention/information hub of the North Eastern Region in Delh. The project is expected to be completed within 1-2 years and at a cost of approximately Rs. 50-55 crores, he added.
S. N. Pradhan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of DoNER said that the North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre will act as a hub for cultural and convention related activities of North East. He further said that it will be a vibrant national Centre for the international exposition of art and culture. He said that a series of events on North East India will be organized by the Ministry of DoNER later this year.
Pullman New Delhi Aerocity has announced the appointment of Deepak Verma, as the new Director of Sales. Deepak brings with him over a decade of experience in sales and marketing in leading hotel brands. At Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, he will be responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of sales and marketing.
InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ) has elevated Sandeep Dwivedi as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) to lead overall responsibility of ITQ’s growing operations including strategic business development and implementing growth strategies. He will focus on continuing to build a strong, customer-focused organization, while increasing efficiency across all aspects of operations. He will also have the responsibility of E-commerce/ Innovation, Products and Network & IT infrastructure, in addition to Relationship Management, Marketing, Distribution, Business Excellence, Business Planning & Strategy verticals. Prior to this, Sandeep was Chief Commercial Officer at ITQ.
Global TMC Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has announced Bindu Bhatia as the new Managing Director, Asia Pacific, effective 1 September. Bindu succeeds Kai Chan, who will be leaving the company on 31 August after making significant contributions during her five-year tenure. Bindu has been with the company for more than 20 years in a number of key roles, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Global Program Management, where she has looked after CWT’s biggest global clients. She has extensive leadership experience in strategic client management, operations, people management, and business development.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises today unveiled its new 2019-20 voyages season, comprising 118 new sailings, departing from March 2019 through June 2020 aboard four of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager, and Seven Seas Navigator.
“There is no better way to explore the world than with Regent Seven Seas Cruises,” said Jason Montague, President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “With these latest 2019-20 voyages, travelers have four years of fascinating itineraries from which to choose an unforgettable and in-depth luxurious experience. Whether it’s your first time with Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your fortieth, our exceptional staff and crew will make every guest feel instantly at home with our highly personalized signature service from the moment they step aboard.”
Travelers can choose among new, enriching and immersive itineraries that range from seven to 131 nights in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada & New England, Bermuda and the Caribbean, South America, Asia, and Australia and the South Pacific.
The new 2019-20 voyages collection will open for general booking on August 16, 2017.
Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has reported strong results for the first half of 2017, with 97 bids submitted to host business events being successfully awarded to the city. The events secured since January, including conferences, exhibitions, meetings and incentive trips, are poised to attract over 51,636 delegates from around the world, resulting in an expected economic impact of approximately AED 375 million.
Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Dubai has grown tremendously to become a leading destination for international business events. We recognise the significance of the business events industry, and acknowledge the various growth facets each event brings to the city. Not only do they accelerate our journey towards becoming a knowledge-sharing economy, but business events are also major contributors towards our goal of welcoming 20 million visitors each year by 2020.”
In the first six months, Dubai Business Events won a total of 97 pitches to host business events in the city, and is currently awaiting verdict on 97 more that have been submitted. Key wins include: Baby Care Annual Incentive (2018), World Conference on Desalination and Water Re-Use (2019), and Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (2022).
Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events, said: “We’ve had a stellar start to the year, and are well on our way to achieving our targets set for 2017. As we continue to work towards further strengthening Dubai’s reputation of being a premier host destination for business events, we have a steady pipeline of initiatives planned for the year ahead. We are also focusing on expanding our network and reach globally, enabling businesses, event buyers and planners to benefit from our expertise.”
Air India launched its first non-stop flight, the Dreamliner B-787, to Stockholm, Sweden, from Delhi on today. With an all-female crew on board, the cockpit was under the control of Capt. Nivedita Bhasin. “We are confident that Air India's first foray to Scandinavia would add new dimensions to trade, commerce and tourism between the two countries - India & Sweden,” Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Air India said.
The Dreamliner will fly thrice a week, every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and leave Delhi at 14.50 hours and reach Stockholm at 18.40. The return flight will leave Stockholm at 20:40 hours and reach Delhi at 07:20 hours next day.
With an increase of passenger volume between India and Sweden by 50 per cent in three years, the direct flight is likely to further bolster the growing relationship between India and Sweden. The flying time of passengers will be reduced by at least 2 hours.
Eminent Olympian and Bronze Medal Winner Gagan Narang and Ace Cricketer Harbhajan Singh were few lucky passenger who boarded AI first Direct flight to Stockholm, Sweden
The launch event, including lighting of lamp, cake and ribbon cutting ceremonies, was held at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi in the presence of Air India Chairman Ashwani Lohani and Chargé d'Affaires of Embassy of Sweden, Gautam Bhattacharyya.
Gautam Bhattacharyya, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Sweden said, “The direct connection will not only strengthen trade between India and Sweden but also create more business, tourism and educational opportunities."
Ewa Lagerqvist, CEO, Visit Sweden said, “There is a growing interest from India in Sweden as a tourist and business destination.
The launch of Sandal Suites, operated by Lemon Tree Hotels, marked the opening of Noida’s first upscale serviced suites. These serviced apartments, situated just off the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, are located within Assotech Business Cresterra.
Best suited for extended stays, Sandal Suites features 195 suites, extensive banqueting facilities, numerous dining options, and an array of recreational facilities, in a contemporary setting.
Rattan Keswani, Deputy Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels and Director, Carnation Hotels said, “This occasion marks a few ‘firsts’ for Lemon Tree Hotels – it is the first property Lemon Tree Hotels (through our management arm, Carnation Hotels) will be operating in Noida, and our first foray into the upscale serviced suites space. This is also our first partnership with Sandal Suites, one that we hope to see grow in strength in the coming years. The launch of Sandal Suites is in response to the growing demand for comfortable and convenient extended stay accommodation options for business and IT professionals in our vicinity. It is the only upscale accommodation available within an eight km catchment and is the perfect address for those looking for a “home away from home” – be it business travellers, project teams or relocating families.”
Each of the elegantly designed and furnished Studio, Standard and Deluxe suites, ranging from 225 sq. ft. to 515 sq. ft., feature an independent balcony, a separate living area, a well-appointed workstation, and a kitchenette featuring a tea/coffee maker, a microwave and a mini-bar. Deluxe Suites, designed with a focus on extended stays, include a separate dining area, a kitchen equipped with a hob and chimney and a large refrigerator, and washrooms with a separate bathtub and shower area. In addition to this, smoking, non-smoking and interconnecting suites are available in order to provide convenient accommodation solutions.
In keeping with the Lemon Tree Hotels inclusive policy, Sandal Suites also features a suite for the differently-abled, which has been specially designed for their convenience. In addition, an entire floor has been dedicated for women guests.
With a view to cater to MICE requirements of the business community in Noida, Sandal Suites features an array of spaces for business or board meetings, conferences or private events, large or small.
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