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Travelport is celebrating the first anniversary of Travelport Rich Content and Branding, the industry leading solution that allows airlines to more effectively market and retail their offering to travel agencies around the world.

In the past year, over 120 network airlines and low cost carriers, representing more than 50 per cent of our total air segment volumes, have signed up to Rich Content and Branding including Lufthansa, SWISS, easyJet, Ryanair, Delta, United, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada, Air China and Kenya Airways. 90 airlines are now live in the system, ready for travel agencies to search, sell and book, with more airlines making their additional branded content available each week.

Travelport Rich Content and Branding enables airlines to fully display all of their fares, ancillaries and brand proposition, exactly as they would on their own websites, giving them the greatest control possible over how their products appear on travel agents’ screens.

Derek Sharp, Travelport’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Air Commerce, added: “Today marks a significant milestone for one of Travelport’s flagship products. With Rich Content and Branding, our airline customers are able to sell their products their way, in the intermediary channel, adding real value to their businesses. We have now achieved critical mass with the number of airlines who share our vision to offer travel agents and travellers visually-rich and interactive content and more and more airlines are signing up each week.”

Anil Parashar, President & CEO, InterGlobe Technology Quotient commented on this milestone – “We have achieved this landmark of Travelport Rich Content and Branding which completed its first anniversary.  Designed to empower selling and build an engaging brand experience for airlines, this solution has been truly appreciated by the airlines world over, due to its interactive and visually-rich content which is proving to be a very effective sales tool for travel agents.”

VisitBritain and Turkish Airlines announced a new global marketing partnership to attract more international visitors to Britain, with a focus across the airline’s five regional gateways which include Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, as well as London’s Heathrow and Gatwick.          

This new partnership will see VisitBritain and Turkish Airlines develop an international marketing campaign over the coming 12-months and will initially focus on Saudi Arabian, Indian and other Gulf markets. The campaign will inspire more visitors to see what makes Britain a GREAT destination, and explore all the nations and regions of Britain through the airline’s current gateways.

VisitBritain Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “We are very pleased to be the first national tourist body to develop a global partnership marketing campaign with Turkish Airlines. There are significant growth opportunities in the markets served by Turkish Airlines, including the emerging market of Saudi Arabia, using the airline’s global connectivity and rapidly expanding network. This partnership will also allow us to target our marketing to inspire more international visitors to come and explore all the nations and regions of Britain, so we can continue to create jobs and deliver our ambitious plans for growth.”

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Turkish Airlines and we are delighted to be teaming up with such an acknowledged and reputable brand as VisitBritain. The travel market in the UK continues to go from strength-to-strength and therefore we strongly believe this partnership will further enhance visitor numbers in the UK in the coming year. Turkish Airlines is always investing in the UK and, along with partnerships such as this, we hope to see big inroads being made in terms of visitor numbers,” Ahmet Olmustur, Chief Marketing Officer, Turkish Airlines said.

In India, VisitBritain’s partnership with Turkish Airlines will see the launch of a tactical digital campaign in early 2016. India is one of Britain’s most important emerging visitor markets, with almost 400,000 visits from India in 2014, a four per cent increase from the previous year. Turkish Airlines is also supporting VisitBritain’s ‘Bollywood is GREAT campaign’, focusing on promoting Britain’s culture and countryside.

As part of its wider digital and print campaign, VisitBritain is partnering with film studio, Dharma Productions, in promoting regional Britain destinations that were used as locations for the Bollywood movie ‘Shaandar’ including Yorkshire and Durham, to be released in Indian cinemas this Thursday 22 October. Turkish Airlines is the airline partner of the campaign where two Indian couples stand to win a pair of business class tickets to explore Britain.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) along with representatives from the Airports of Thailand, the Immigration Bureau, Thai Airways International and True Corporation hosted a special welcoming ceremony to the 24 millionth visitor, Sophie Czich from French Republic who arrived in the kingdom at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on October 28. This shows that the TAT’s projection of 28.8 million visitors for 2015 is coming closer to expectation.

Sugree Sithivanich, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications said, “We’ve just welcomed the 23 millionth visitor of this year, the lucky tourist from Hong Kong who flew into Chiang Mai on 15 October. Now, in less than two weeks, we have eagerly welcomed the 24 millionth visitor. So we strongly believe that during the last quarter of this year which usually is the peak tourist season in Thailand, we will be welcoming more numbers of luckiest visitors and our projection of 28.8 million international tourist arrivals will be met.”

Czich received the “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” certificate, on top of two economy-class return tickets from and to Thailand valid for one year, and a voucher for a five-night stay at luxury accommodation. In addition, True Corporation presented a mobile phone with a 4G sim-card and seven-day Internet usage. A luxury limousine was also provided to take her from Suvarnabhumi airport to the Thammachat pier ,Trat province by Airports of Thailand Public Co., Ltd.

The 24 millionth visitor said “ This is the first time for coming to Thailand alone, and I will stay in Thailand for 1 month visiting Ko Chang in Trat, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Pai in Mae Hong Son and return to Bangkok”.

The “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” welcoming events are part of the TAT’s “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign, which showcases Thailand’s most charming attractions: diversity of destinations, the spicy flavours of Thai food, the colour of Thai traditions, festivals and culture, and the friendliness of the Thai people. The “millionth tourist” welcoming activity has been such a success that it has now been extended to 31 December, 2015, to celebrate one of Thailand’s best ever years in terms of tourist arrivals.

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has posted a robust performance in half yearly results of the current financial year 2015-16. The total turnover in H1 ending September 2015 stood at Rs.205.88 cr as compared to Rs.218.33 cr in the corresponding H1 last year. The company registered Net Profit Before Tax (PBT) at Rs.4.28 cr as compared to Rs.2.61 cr in the corresponding H1 last year.

In H1, 2015-16 the momentum generated in the last financial year seem to have continued posting profit yet again. Also, the Ashok group of hotels has been in the forefront of innovative marketing initiatives ensuring consistency in sales and occupancy.

Meanwhile, ITDC has set up a Center of Excellence at Hotel Samrat, New Delhi. The Ashok Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management (AIH&TM) has formalised collaboration with National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) to offer a course in B.Sc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration (HHA) with its first batch already commenced.  The institute is responsible for imparting skills and professional training to the youth in the areas of hospitality and Hotel Administration.

It has implemented a Sound and Light show project at Shanti Stupa, Dhauli, Odisha. The theme of Kalinga War and conversion of King Ashoka from ‘Chandashoka’ to ‘Dharmashoka’ will be portrayed in three languages on all days of the week except Monday.

Ethiopian Airlines is set to expand its network to North America and Asia next year. The expansion is made possible by the delivery of Ethiopian’s first batch of 343-seat A350-900s along with additional 270-seat Boeing 787-8s, according to a report by Centre for Aviation (CAPA).

As per the plan, New York will be Ethiopian’s fourth destination in North America joining Toronto, Washington Dulles and Los Angeles as the new flights kick off in June 2016. The report added that Ethiopian is also looking at Chicago and Houston, which could be launched in 2017.

In Asia too, the airline is planning to launch services to Chengdu (China), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Jakarta (Indonesia) as well as Singapore. East Asia has been the main driver of Ethiopian’s rapid expansion in recent years – with two destinations added in 2015 for a total of nine – and will continue to be the Airline’s focus as it doubles its fleet over the next decade.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism of India and the Ministry of Trade Industry and Tourism of Colombia for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.

The main objectives of the Memorandum of Understanding are: to expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector, to exchange information and data related to tourism and to encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including hotels and tour operators amongst others.

Colombia is an emerging tourism source market for India. The Ministry of Tourism organized a Road Show in Bogota, Colombia in October 2014 which elicited good response from travel trade of both countries.

Similarly, India is a Potential source market for Colombia considering the huge outbound tourism market of India. The outbound tourist traffic from India during 2013 was 16.63 million. Considering the mutual benefits, signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of tourism would enable both countries to enter into a constructive dialogue for development and promotion of tourism in each other's country for the economic development of the two nations.

Both countries enjoy warm and cordial relations, which can be ascribed to considerable coincidence of views on global issues and close collaboration in various multilateral forums. A Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Tourism Cooperation would be one institutional mechanism to further bilateral relations between the two countries to further deepen India’s relationship in the field of tourism.

Dubai-based flydubai has announced the launch of its wheel and brake maintenance facility, dedicated to offering a full range of maintenance services for these components installed on Boeing 737 aircraft.

Located within Dubai International Airport over 365.21 square meters, the new flydubai facility is certified as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) from the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE.

Capitalising on its efficient workflows and modern equipment, the facility is managed by an experienced team and is capable of processing up to 10 units a day.

flydubai operates a single-model fleet of 50 Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation aircraft. Being one of the youngest fleets in the skies with an average age of 3.1 years, the airlines is capable of increasing its cost efficiency by bringing down the cost of maintenance and fuel consumption.

Philadelphia has become the first World Heritage City in the United States, formally receiving the designation through a vote taken by the XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru. This was announced jointly by Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Commerce Director, and the Global Philadelphia Association.

The designation comes as the result of a two-year campaign and is expected to enhance the City’s international stature and provide a new growth engine to drive tourism and commerce in the region.

“Today marks the start of a new and exciting chapter in the history of Philadelphia, which is proud to become the first World Heritage City in the United States,” said Nutter.  “As a World Heritage City, Philadelphia is being officially recognized on the global stage for its wealth of contributions to the world as the epicenter of American democracy and for its enduring commitment to preserving the unique historical and cultural assets in our diverse community.  As we celebrate this milestone, the next step is to focus on the future and how we can optimize this World Heritage City recognition to attract more people to visit, invest, work, study and live in Philadelphia.”

“Becoming a World Heritage City is a reflection of all that we have accomplished and a confirmation of the fact that the best is yet to come as Philadelphia continues to evolve and transform itself,” said Greenberger.

John F. Smith III, Chair of the Global Philadelphia Association, has worked with Mayor Nutter’s Administration on the joint initiative since 2013, said, “Philadelphia is adding another ‘first’ to its distinguished resume as the first World Heritage City in our nation.  This opens new doors of opportunity for Philadelphia while raising awareness of the City’s importance in today’s highly competitive global arena.”

“I am thrilled to welcome Philadelphia into the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Over the last two years, Philadelphia has made an excellent case and is very deserving of becoming the first U.S. City to become a full member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities,” said Denis Ricard, Secretary General of the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

Philadelphia has become the first World Heritage City in the United States, formally receiving the designation through a vote taken by the XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru. This was announced jointly by Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Commerce Director, and the Global Philadelphia Association.

The designation comes as the result of a two-year campaign and is expected to enhance the City’s international stature and provide a new growth engine to drive tourism and commerce in the region.

“Today marks the start of a new and exciting chapter in the history of Philadelphia, which is proud to become the first World Heritage City in the United States,” said Nutter.  “As a World Heritage City, Philadelphia is being officially recognized on the global stage for its wealth of contributions to the world as the epicenter of American democracy and for its enduring commitment to preserving the unique historical and cultural assets in our diverse community.  As we celebrate this milestone, the next step is to focus on the future and how we can optimize this World Heritage City recognition to attract more people to visit, invest, work, study and live in Philadelphia.”

“Becoming a World Heritage City is a reflection of all that we have accomplished and a confirmation of the fact that the best is yet to come as Philadelphia continues to evolve and transform itself,” said Greenberger.

John F. Smith III, Chair of the Global Philadelphia Association, has worked with Mayor Nutter’s Administration on the joint initiative since 2013, said, “Philadelphia is adding another ‘first’ to its distinguished resume as the first World Heritage City in our nation.  This opens new doors of opportunity for Philadelphia while raising awareness of the City’s importance in today’s highly competitive global arena.”

“I am thrilled to welcome Philadelphia into the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Over the last two years, Philadelphia has made an excellent case and is very deserving of becoming the first U.S. City to become a full member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities,” said Denis Ricard, Secretary General of the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

Kerala Tourism was conferred the inaugural Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO Challenge 2015 award for the top emerging destination in the world. Kerala Tourism Secretary G Kamala Vardhana Rao received the award.

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai was among those present at the award ceremony held on the opening day of the WTM, London. The award is in recognition of the pioneering Responsible Tourism undertaken in Thekkady by Kerala Tourism. Thekkady won the Top Emerging Destination award in the category for two-tier/three-tier cities while Albay in the Philippines received the award for regions/states/provinces.

Kerala Tourism had earlier won the National Tourism Award for 2015 for its innovative Responsible Tourism project in Thekkady. "The award has given us the opportunity to showcase the new tourism products and packages developed in Thekkady under the Responsible Tourism project to a global audience," said Shri Rao, who received the prize from PATA CEO Mario Hardy and TripAdvisor vice-president Martin Verdon-Roe.

“The Responsible Tourism Initiative of Kerala Tourism in Thekkady, implemented through Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS), has developed new tourism products and packages in partnership with the local community and tourism industry,” he added.

Under the PATA CEO Challenge 2015, global travel site TripAdvisor will work with Kerala Tourism to develop and create a 500,000-dollar digital marketing campaign to showcase Thekkady to a global audience. Kerala Tourism will also receive free stand space at the PATA Travel Mart 2016 in Jakarta during September 7-9 next year and invitation to the PATA Annual Summit in Guam, United States in May 2016.

Rajashree Ajith, Director, KITTS and Vice President of the Affiliate Members of United Nations World Tourism Organisation in Asia Pacific Region was also present during the award ceremony.


 

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