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SATTE 2016, to be held from January 29-31, 2016, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi is all set to see a greater participation from the cross section of the global travel and tourism industry. Dubbed as one of the biggest travel and tourism exhibition in Asia, the 23rd edition of SATTE is witnessing increased participation from the regular participants. In fact, some of the previous exhibitors have doubled their stall size for SATTE 2016 compared to SATTE 2015.

Exhibitors who have increased their stall space includes Changi Airport (including Singapore Tourism Board), Tourism Boards of Malaysia, Egypt and Turkey, private players such as Address Hotels, Oyo Rooms, TravelBoutiqueOnline and Joher Tourism, Indian State Tourism Boards from Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar. Interestingly, SATTE 2016 is also expecting participation of new players such as Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Ukraine, Georgia, Chile, Czech Republic, Peru, Finland, Norway and Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman &Nicobar and Telangana. Moreover, many Foreign Tourism Boards, State Tourism Boards, Hotels, cruiselines, theme parks and resorts are also in discussion to have their increased participation at SATTE 2016.

Previous years’ exhibitors like Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand and many more have already confirmed their participation. International players who continue to show keen interest and support SATTE include Abu Dhabi, Bhutan, Brand USA,  Indonesia, Jordan, Macau, Israel, The Maldives, Sweden, Japan, Mauritius, Oman, Fiji, Spain, Thailand  and many more. These Boards are of the opinion that that the abundance of quality business growth opportunities draws the NTOs to SATTE every year, and they are looking forward to an incredibly productive time at SATTE this year as well.

Apart from NTO’S and State Tourism Boards, travel & hospitality companies, DMC’s, OTA’s and tourism products including Aman Travels, ATS Travel, Aitken Spence Hotel Managements, Apple Holidays, Asian Trails, Bonton Holidays, Cruise Club Vacation, Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa, DPauls Travel & Tours, Discovery Holidays, Danata, Destination Asia, Dubai Parks & Resorts (1st time particpant), European Voyages, Frasers Hospitality, Fore Representations & Travels, Holiday Charme India, Hotel Expetz, Holiday Triangle, iWeen Software, InterGlobe Technology Quotient, Iceland & Greenland Travel, Kehar Travel Services, Luxury Travel, Leonia Holistic Destination, Mazda Travel, Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts, Minor Hotel Group, Moguls Online, Nord Sud Travel, Niche India, Orchid Holiday, ONYX Hospitality, Oravel Stays, Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, Poppys Hotel, Rezlive.com, Royal Arabian Tours, RoomsXML, Ramee Guestline Hotel, Rayna Group, Sharaf Travels, Sangam Group of Hotels, Somatheeram Ayurveda Group, Stayzilla, Twenty FourxSeven Holidays, The Ultimate travelling camp, Tiger Routes, Topline Products, Vacationwallahs Travels, Venetian Cotai, Zostel Hospitality and ZAP Booking amongst others have already confirmed their participation.

TAAI’s endeavour to promote tourism and encourage youth to enhance their skills from grass root levels has seen a change after TAAI Tourism Council Chairman, Jay Bhatia initiated and signed a MOU with HR college in Mumbai, last year.

Working the way forward, TAAI’s Karnataka Chapter has signed a MoU with Garden City College of Management in Bangalore.  Chairman of TAAI Karnataka Chapter, M.S Raghavan signed the MOU on behalf of TAAI on 20th  October 2015 for a period of 3 years.

GCC offers undergraduate and post graduate courses and is affiliated to the Bangalore University. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Tourism, History & Journalism, a three years degree course and Masters in Tourism Administration, a two years Master's degree course, are being conducted by the Department of Tourism at the Garden City College.

 TAAI will enhance and cultivate on the job value to the students and create an industry and academia platform for nurturing new talent.

Garden City college shall also seek TAAI assistance is organising speakers from the industry for guest lectures to the students, sourcing live projects for students and many more activities. TAAI members shall also place the students as interns during the duration of the course.

"Students will get an opportunity to  witness specialist presentations and attend industry related seminars/programs organised by TAAI or its partners"  stated Raghavan. TAAI is already in the process of tying up with various colleges and universities and taking up educational initiatives in India as well as with Global Institutes. The initiative is being  hugely  welcomed by students  as  they have a good platform to pursue their interest in the Travel, Tourism and  Hospitality sectors  and  enter the industry as professionals.

Amadeus has announced the launch of a cutting-edge Travel Intelligence solution for airlines, Amadeus Schedule Recovery, which minimises disruptions to operations caused by external events such as bad weather or air traffic control congestion. Amadeus Schedule Recovery serves as a recommendation engine, using data analytics to help quickly and efficiently identify the most critical issues, and act upon them.

This solution helps airlines make rapid choices such as whether to delay or cancel flights, swap aircraft, or reassign landing slots. Schedule Recovery reduces manual effort and improves the quality of decisions while closely controlling the strain on the airline operating costs and minimising the overall impact on passengers.

The launch customer of the solution, Qantas Airways – Australia’s largest carrier – has been using Schedule Recovery to improve operational efficiencies when dealing with disruptions.

“At Qantas, we take the impact of disruptions on our customers very seriously. The Amadeus solution helps reduce the number of and length of delays, whether due to excessive traffic, operational delays, or weather conditions, leading to an overall improved experience for travellers,” said Paul Fraser, Head of Operations at Qantas. “Amadeus has developed a product that improves our efficiency and speed to ensure any delays to our services are minimised.”

Schedule Recovery supports any airline where the size and organisational complexity of its operations, and the need to act quickly, makes it difficult for manual decision-making to take in the full operational and customer picture. It does not require an airline to use any other Amadeus solution, and can be integrated with any passenger service system.

The solution is divided into three modules: Airport Resource Tracker, Schedule Manager and Schedule Optimiser.   Pascal Clement, Head of Travel Intelligence, Amadeus, said, “In today’s business, providing an excellent customer experience is essential to maintaining loyalty. One of the biggest pain points for travellers has been how airlines manage disruptions. Schedule Recovery has been designed to help airlines make quicker and more informed decisions about how to handle disruptions, regardless of their cause.” He added: “From a business perspective, operations control decisions are often difficult to measure and are kept in silos. Schedule Recovery drives a more integrated view of operations and ensures airlines can assess all aspects of the costs associated with any operations control decisions.”

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the results of a study of air travelers showing that passengers would welcome the richer travel shopping experience that will be enabled by the New Distribution Capability (NDC).

Study participants were shown examples of how the NDC standard can be used to support an improved experience when shopping for air travel online. This includes providing consumers with more information about airline product and service options, showing product images and enabling comparison shopping among airlines. According to the highlights of the findings, more than 75 per cent  of air travelers said the NDC-based display would make it easier to compare flights and prices and understand the true cost of their flight, compared to how they shop and book travel online today. Also, more than 70 per cent of business fliers and 65 per cent of leisure travelers would be more likely to purchase optional airline services if presented with information about the services in an NDC-based display. Meanwhile, 63 percent of business travelers and 69 per cent of leisure travelers would find it helpful to receive timely promotional offers via text message.

"When presented with the opportunity, air travelers welcome the comprehensive shopping information and graphic visual displays that the NDC Standard enables. A substantial majority also look forward to the opportunity to be recognized and to receive personalized offers," said Aleks Popovich, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Financial and Distribution Services.

The survey also revealed the following travel trends: (a)    88% of business passengers and four of five leisure passengers own a smartphone. Seventy percent of business passengers own tablets, as do 60% of leisure passengers and business passengers are younger than leisure travelers, suggesting a "passing of the torch" from older generations of business passengers

NDC is a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard that is intended to enhance communications between airlines and travel agents.

 

HolidayIQ  recently released HolidayIQ Insights: Festival Tourism - International holidays preference grows by 30 per cent which reveals top ten International destinations including Singapore, Dubai, Maldives, Bhutan, Thailand, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Bali, Malaysia and Australia may beat domestic holiday this Diwali long weekend holiday.

 Hari Nair, Founder and CEO, HolidayIQ states, “Indian Travellers are holidaying like never before and Festival Tourism has taken off in India. Every possible occasion is now a reason to travel. Generally, a holiday is planned 30 days in advance, however on HolidayIQ we see people starting holiday research for the festive season very early, as early as 90 days before the trip to capture the best value for money and hotel availability in sought after destinations. Till a couple of years ago festival celebrations were limited to family homes, today the entire families travel together for the celebration. This year another trend is of course the popularity of mobile apps and extent of research. There is close to 300% increase in people reading reviews before making a hotel booking and over 75% research is done via mobile devices.”

Travelers from India reported a spending of an average of INR 82,000 in 2014. Looking at 2015 spend, this number increased to INR 1,00,000. Trip planning was initially done 77 days in advance in 2014 while number increased to 90 days in 2015. The total trip length was 10 days in 2014 and has increased by 14 days in 2015, the study added.

Meanwhile, the top 10 domestic destinations include - Andaman & Nicobar, Kerala, Manali, Goa, Shimla, Kashmir, Gangtok, Sikkim, Darjeeling and Himachal Pradesh.


Tourism Ireland has launched a digital campaign in India to promote the locations of Northern Ireland where the hit TV series Game of Thrones has been filmed.

The 4-week social media campaign which targets Indian fans of the award-winning series will run across Facebook and Twitter and shows the fictional world of Westeros bleeding into the real world. The campaign uses image content for fans to share, to celebrate the show and its filming locations in Northern Ireland.

The competition, which is being run in partnership with HBO, will invite fans of Game of Thrones to answer three questions on the show and the filming locations in Northern Ireland. The prizes for the campaign will include a 4 Days Game of Thrones inspired holiday to Northern Ireland as well as exclusive Game of Thrones merchandise. The competition is being hosted on www.ireland.com/en-in and is scheduled to run until 15th November 2015.

Beena Menon, India Representative, Tourism Ireland said, “Fans of the Game of Thrones series from across India are now familiar with locations such as Dark Hedges in Country Antrim and Cairncastle. Our goal through this campaign is to reach out to the fan base of the series in India and showcase the stunning locations in Northern Ireland and encourage Indian travellers to experience the beauty of Northern Ireland as well as the local cuisine, restaurants and hospitality of the warm and friendly Irish people.”

Bird Mobility is all set to raise the bar in Green Personal Transportation with addition of new products to its portfolio of personal mobility devices. The company will now get into the small electric vehicle segment and will be exclusive distributors of the Gocycle, Ninebot products, Bird Board Drifter scooter, Acton’s M scooter, Rocket skate and Blink (power skate board) in addition to the Segway Personal Transporter (PT).

With an international perspective and based on global market, Bird Mobility has focused on leading the innovation and technology reform of the smart transportation products in India. Today, Bird Mobility products address the concerns of urban congestion and pollution and have successfully become the first personal smart transportation for families.

“The growing concerns over traffic, rising pollution levels as well as increasing health awareness amongst people has resulted in a growing demand for personal mobility devices in India. At Bird Mobility we focus on offering innovative solutions by bringing in best global brands that are known for developing safe, unique products thus redefining personal transportation for consumers and businesses in India”, shared Rony Abraham, Business Head – Bird Mobility

The company will introduce the Gocycle, an automotive designed, lightweight electric bicycle and Bird Board, an electric self-balancing skateboard. Additionally, they will also add to the small electric vehicle (SeV) segment with the Segway Personal Transporters GEN II Special Edition Models, Ninebot E and Ninebot One that are smaller versions of Bird Segway Personal Transporter (PT). The products will be made available to customers across India via a robust network of authorized resellers and dealers appointed by Bird Mobility.

To facilitate travel throughout the Schengen area and help issue long-term visas more easily, France, in line with all the countries of the Schengen area, will issue biometric visas to Indian citizens with effect from 2 November 2015. In this context, the French Embassy in India will offer a large number of 3- or 5-year circulation visas to frequent visitors of France.

This new system has been introduced to protect and help visa applicants. It will help enhance the confidentiality and security of their individual data and reduce risks of fraud and identity theft. By creating secure identification of people, the transition to biometrics will facilitate travel throughout the Schengen Area and help issue long-term visas more easily.

Meanwhile, eight new VFS centres have been opened across India, bringing up their number to a total of 14 to ensure the best possible proximity to the applicants.

All visa applicants will now be asked to come in person at any listed VFS centre of their choice to register their biometric data; children under the age of 12 years are exempted from this procedure. The recorded biometric data will be stored for a period of 59 months (almost 5 years), obviating the need for applicants to come in person again for renewing their visa. Furthermore, the biometric data recorded by France will be valid during this period for all Schengen Area countries (similarly, the data recorded by any Schengen Area country will be valid for France during a period of 59 months).

India will thus enter a system already being used by Schengen States almost globally, while other countries, such as the UK and the US, have long been implementing biometrics in India.

The transition to biometrics will not impact the visa issuance period and visa fees, which, for India, is a maximum of 48 hours in keeping with the commitment of the French authorities.

Oyo Rooms has joined hands with the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC). With this partnership, the company hopes to extend its expertise in sales and operations to the tourism department of Telangana and market the hotels listed with the TSTDC.

Commenting on the valued partnership, Anuj Tejpal, Chief Business Development Officer of Oyo Rooms, said, “This is a great opportunity for us as it will enable us to bring our expertise of standardization of rooms to a large number of government-run properties. We will be running end-to-end operations and will be generating demand for these properties. Moreover, with this partnership we will gain access to some of Telangana’s best hotels and help promote tourism in the state. The tech savvy and innovative approach from the TSTDC officials is very motivating for young companies like Oyo.”

The Corporation has joined hands with Oyo to increase the occupancy levels at their Haritha properties. The move is also aimed at increasing the accessibility of their hotels as Oyo provides easy bookings through their user-friendly app. The Oyo app, which has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times, will host details of the listed hotels. This will enable the travelers to easily discover and book these hotels in a matter of just five seconds.

Under this bilateral partnership, Oyo Rooms will also audit the properties and will provide valuable customer feedback to the department. A pan-India campaign to promote tourism in Telangana will also be done as a part of this partnership.

According due importance to the India market, British Airways has deployed its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight on London - New Delhi route. The brand new aircraft, with a four-class configuration, landed Delhi on Monday. The 216-seat aircraft offers eight first class cabins along with 42 Business Class, 39 Premium Economy and 127 Economy seats.

Introducing the new aircraft to the media in Delhi, Moran Birger, Regional Commercial Manager-South Asia, British Airways and Robert Williams, Head of APAC, British Airways said that the deployment of the first 787-9 aircraft on Delhi route is the testament of BA’s commitment to the India market and 90-year heritage of flying into India. B787-9’s are greener and faster, and its first class offerings are marked with luxury and opulence, they said. “Delhi is a hub and there is a lot of premium demand in this market,” said Birger.

The new 787s are the centrepiece of BA's £5 billion investment programme to benefit customers. A total of 42 Dreamliners will join BA and this aircraft will become the mainstay of the airline's fleet. BA's B787-9 Dreamliner is 20 feet longer than its 787-8 predecessor and has four classes with an addition of a new first cabin.

To celebrate occasion, the British High Commissioner’s residence hosted the arrival of the maiden flight to the city from London-Heathrow. Guests were treated with a unique bar designed in the shape of an aircraft giving a true British Airways welcome.

Speaking on this momentous occasion, Williams said, “Today marks a very special day for us at British Airways as we bring our state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to New Delhi complete with a brand new First cabin. We invite our customers from New Delhi to experience our luxurious new Dreamliner series whilst enjoying British Airways’ award-winning on board services.

 

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