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IndiGo is further enhancing its customer experience with the launch of 14 new flights on its network. The carrier has introduced three new routes and will operate its first flight between Chennai - Raipur, Hyderabad - Gorakhpur and Kolkata – Gorakhpur. The airline will also add flights on its existing routes connecting, Chennai - Trivandrum, Bengaluru - Mangalore, Bengaluru - Udaipur and Bengaluru - Chennai.  All new services will commence from April 2019.

William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, said, “We are very excited to add 14 new flights to our network along with along with 3 new routes connecting Chennai, Raipur and Gorakhpur. IndiGo has completed 12 years of successful operations in the India market as a low cost carrier, and adding new flights to its network will further augment the connectivity that we aspire to provide to our customers. It is our constant endeavour to provide our customers on-time, courteous and hassle-free service, and an affordable flying experience always.”

The 8th Indian Golf and Turf Expo (IGE) 2019 is scheduled to be held at New Delhi’s Thyagraj stadium on April 26-27, 2019.

Speaking at the formal launch of the event, Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, said, “The Ministry of Tourism of the Government of India has long identified Golf as a potential tourism booster and has taken several measures including developing more public courses to grow and promote the sport in the country. In a welcome addition, this year’s IGE has also involved turf experts and professionals in a big way. This is so important to ensure that the best of infrastructure is available in the country, not only to boost the prospects of Golf, but also other sports like Football, Cricket, Polo and others where quality turf plays a critical role in boosting the standards of the athletes game. I thank all partners in making IGE a success over the years and look forward to the 2019 edition.”

The Expo will be attended by Peter Walton, President & Chief Executive, IAGTO - The Global Golf Tourism Organisation; Bruce MacPhee, Senior Agronomist, and Mike Orloff, Managing Director, Golf Industry Central, amongst others.

Rishi Narain, former Asian Games Gold medalist also stated that “The Golf Industry Association has set a target to generate revenue of INR 100 crs in next five years through Golf tourism”

IGE 2019 will see around 50 domestic and international exhibitors display their products along with conferences by eminent speakers, golf simulators to hone golf skills, putting and snag golf competitions, networking lunches, evening cocktails and gala dinner. About 37 Golf clubs from all over the country have also confirmed their participation.

India has over 240 golf courses in the country and about 150,000 individuals play the game across age groups. Over the past five plus years, India has attracted over Rs 5000 crores of investment.

RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Destinations family of brands, has announced its affiliation with the Tathastu Resort, Nagpur.  Located just 90 km from Nagpur, Tathastu is situated in the buffer of the Pench Tiger Reserve

On the affiliation, Sabina Chopra, Managing Director, RCI India shared ‘’ We are very excited about this new affiliation as we believe this property will attract many domestic and international members who want to enjoy the Indian wildlife experience. We look forward to working closely with them to continue to build new and innovative programs that will provide increased flexibility, benefits and opportunities for their owners and our members.’’

On behalf of Tathastu, Gaurav Agarwala observed ‘’ It was an easy decision to partner with RCI as it brings with it a great business opportunity. Our ‘dare-to-be-different’ approach & multiple activity options, combined with personalized services will surely provide memorable holiday experiences to all member guests. With this alliance, we believe Tathastu Resort is positioned for growth in the coming years and to serve many more customers both domestic and inbound. Thank you RCI for finding us out!”

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) will be organizing its 8th India Heritage Tourism Conclave with the theme 'Sustainable Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites' on March 27, 2019 at WelcomHotel The Savoy, Mussoorie.

In a press statement issued on the occasion of Curtain Raiser held for the Conclave, Sr. Vice President, PHDCCI, D K Aggarwal said, “The Chamber is taking the legacy forward of hosting its India Heritage Tourism Conclave which first commenced in 2011. Through this Conclave, PHDCCI aims at illustrating how World Heritage Sites can be integrated into broader regional and destination-level tourism management processes, creating a strong platform to exchange best practices, discuss challenges and opportunities in the Heritage Tourism sector.”

Radha Bhatia, Chairperson- Tourism Committee along with Rajan Sehgal and Kishore Kaya, Co-Chairmen- Tourism Committee briefed the media and the travel trade fraternity about the objective and highlights of 8th India Heritage Tourism Conclave.

The Conclave will address all aspects of heritage, be it wellness, religion, cuisine, crafts, music and key tourism management issues, such as coordination between heritage management and tourism organizations, extending benefits to local communities, reducing tourism congestion and environmental impacts.

A Heritage Walk will also be organized on 28th March 2019 for all the stakeholders to enjoy the heritage of Mussoorie not only as past, but as a living tradition.

Sarovar has rebranded its hotel in Dehradun. Seyfert Sarovar Portico is now rebranded as Seyfert Sarovar Premiere, Dehradun.

Commenting on the development, Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said “The decision of rebranding the hotel reflects company’s continues efforts to push for higher standard while driving business growth for the company. The rebranding will bring fresh perspective to the hotel, sturdier base and will offer services at affordable prices for business and leisure traveller alike”.

flydubai inaugurated its new service from Dubai to Tashkent becoming the first carrier based in the UAE to offer direct flights to Uzbekistan.  The inaugural flight departed on 11 March from Terminal 3, Dubai International (DXB) and was welcomed on arrival at Tashkent International Airport (TAS). The route to Tashkent will operate five times a week from Terminal 3 at Dubai International and will become a daily service from 31 May 2019. 

Commenting on the occasion, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “Uzbekistan is an important trade partner for the UAE and the start of flights to Tashkent represents a significant milestone in helping to strengthen commercial ties between us.  We are pleased to be the first UAE carrier to launch direct flights between Dubai and Tashkent, opening up another underserved market in Central Asia and supporting Dubai’s vision of creating flows of travel and trade.”

flydubai has been flying to Central Asia since 2010 and the region has become an important trade partner with increasing demand for travel and tourism.  Total overnight visitors from Uzbekistan to Dubai in 2018 increased by 6.3% compared to 2017.  In addition, Uzbekistan has already established itself as the fourth largest source market for visitors to Dubai from the region.

Emirates will codeshare on this route and for bookings under the codeshare Emirates passengers will receive complimentary meals and the Emirates checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai in Business and Economy class.  The partnership between flydubai and Emirates announced in 2017 has expanded to meet increasing demand as passengers realise the benefits, such as access to an expanded global network, the convenience of travelling on a single ticket with seamless point to point baggage handling, the alignment of the frequent flyer programme and a smooth transfer during transit in Dubai.

In order to modernize its long-haul fleet, Lufthansa Group has decided to purchase 20 Boeing 787-9 and 20 additional Airbus A350-900 planes. These planes will primarily be replacing four-engine aircraft. The new planes will be delivered between late 2022 and 2027.

The order has a list-price investment volume of 12 billion USD. As is usual with such orders, Lufthansa Group has negotiated a significant price reduction. The parties have agreed not to disclose the actual purchase price.

“By replacing four-engine planes with new models, we are laying a sustainable foundation for our future in the long run. In addition to the cost-effectiveness of the A350 and B787, the significantly lower CO2 emissions of this new generation of long-haul aircraft was also a decisive factor in our investment decision. Our re-sponsibility for the environment is becoming more and more important as a criterion for our decisions,” says Carsten Spohr, CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Group.

The decision regarding which airline will deploy the aircraft at which hub will be made at a later date.

The arilines of the Lufthansa Group currently operate a long-haul fleet of 199 aircraft (as of December 2018), including twelve state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Beginning in 2020, Lufthansa will be introducing the new Boeing 777-9.

 

For the fourth time in a row, Singapore welcomed more than one million Indian travelers in 2018, reinforcing it as one of the most preferred destinations for Indian outbound travel. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced that India retained its third position, after China and Indonesia, as a Visitors Arrival (VA) source market for Singapore, having first gaining that spot in 2017. It recorded the second highest growth at 13%, after USA (14%).

While key metro cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai continue to contribute the highest number of visitors to Singapore - 498,000 travelers in 2018, a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 8%, STB’s efforts to engage other key metros and secondary cities resulted in them providing good growth in visitorship. These cities, including Hyderabad, Kolkata Pune, Amritsar, Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam contributed 253,000 travelers in 2018, a YOY growth of 12%.

Singapore received 160,000 cruise holiday makers from India in 2018, a 27% YOY increase, making India remain as the top cruise travel source market for Singapore. Up till third quarter 2018, Singapore had welcomed two million BTMICE global visitors, a 14% YOY increase. From India, Singapore continued to draw a high number of meetings & incentive (M&I) travel groups in 2018, including from prominent corporates like Amway India and Voltas.

The year 2018 was an eventful year for STB in the Indian market. It promoted the destination brand “Passion Made Possible” vigorously and presented Singapore’s diverse offerings to audiences across India - families, early & established careers, cruise travellers, meetings and incentive groups and travellers from Tier 2 & 3 cities. It embarked on several creative consumer engagement initiatives like the first-ever English music video collaboration by an international tourism agency in India with Vh1, marketing partnerships with high consumer-touch brands Paytm and Ola and a music promotional association with Maestro Ilaiyaraaja targeting the South India market. The STB also undertook intensive travel trade outreach efforts across 21 cities to connect with travel intermediaries promoting Singapore holidays.

Speaking to media in Chennai and Bangalore, as part of STB’s first trade engagement programme in South India for 2019, GB Srithar, Regional Director SAMEA (South Asia, Middle East and Africa), STB said, “We are grateful to all our partners who promoted Singapore actively in 2018, making us welcome a record 1.44 million visitors from India. With Singapore’s diverse sightseeing and attraction offerings, array of exciting events and year-round festivals and celebrations catering to the different passion points of travelers, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from India to experience Singapore in 2019.”

 

For the fourth time in a row, Singapore welcomed more than one million Indian travellers in 2018, reinforcing it as one of the most preferred destinations for Indian outbound travel. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced that India retained its third position, after China and Indonesia, as a Visitors Arrival (VA) source market for Singapore, having first gaining that spot in 2017. It recorded the second highest growth at 13 per cent, after USA (14 per cent).

While key metro cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai continue to contribute the highest number of visitors to Singapore - 498,000 travellers in 2018, a year-on-year (YOY) increase of eight per cent, STB’s efforts to engage other key metros and secondary cities resulted in them providing good growth in visitorship. These cities, including Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Amritsar, Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam contributed 253,000 travellers in 2018, a YOY growth of 12 per cent.

Singapore received 160,000 cruise holiday makers from India in 2018, a 27 per cent YOY increase, making India remain as the top cruise travel source market for Singapore. Up till third quarter 2018, Singapore had welcomed two million BTMICE global visitors, a 14 per cent YOY increase. From India, Singapore continued to draw a high number of meetings & incentive (M&I) travel groups in 2018, including from prominent corporates like Amway India and Voltas.

The year 2018 was an eventful year for STB in the Indian market. It promoted the destination brand “Passion Made Possible” vigorously and presented Singapore’s diverse offerings to audiences across India - families, early & established careers, cruise travellers, meetings and incentive groups and travellers from Tier 2 & 3 cities. It embarked on several creative consumer engagement initiatives like the first-ever English music video collaboration by an international tourism agency in India with Vh1, marketing partnerships with high consumer-touch brands Paytm and Ola and a music promotional association with Maestro Ilaiyaraaja targeting the South India market. The STB also undertook intensive travel trade outreach efforts across 21 cities to connect with travel intermediaries promoting Singapore holidays.

GB Srithar, Regional Director SAMEA (South Asia, Middle East and Africa), STB said, “We are grateful to all our partners who promoted Singapore actively in 2018, making us welcome a record 1.44 million visitors from India. With Singapore’s diverse sightseeing and attraction offerings, array of exciting events and year-round festivals and celebrations catering to the different passion points of travellers, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from India to experience Singapore in 2019.”

Visitors will have many reasons to visit and revisit Singapore in 2019. The city will celebrate the much-anticipated opening of Jewel Changi Airport on April 17th. The 10-storey complex will be home to more than 280 shops and food and beverage (F&B) outlets. A five-storey garden with more than 2,000 trees and 100,000 shrubs, with two walking trails and a 40m-high Rain Vortex - the world's tallest indoor waterfall will delight visitors. One of Singapore’s finest attractions, the Singapore Cable Car celebrates 45 years of providing scenic views with the debut of ‘Miraculous’, an original multi-sensorial video-mapping show on the Angsana tree at hilltop restaurant Arbora at Faber Peak Singapore. There will also be a line-up of exciting activities, events, F&B promotions at Singapore’s only hilltop destination.

Marriott International announces the launch of Courtyard by Marriott Siliguri, the 17th ‘Courtyard by Marriott’ branded property to open in South Asia and the first in the East of India outside of Kolkata. Comprising 130 spacious rooms, the Courtyard by Marriott Siliguri offers 4000 sq feet of indoor and outdoor space.

“The opening of the first Courtyard by Marriott in the East of India marks a great milestone for Marriott International”, said Gaurav Singh, General Manager, JW Marriott Kolkata & Cluster General Manager, Bangladesh “It was a matter of time before the Marriott Brand came to Siliguri, the Gateway to the North East of India. Marriott is globally renowned for its intuitive service and commitment to providing guests with truly enriching experiences. We believe this property will create a new atmosphere and be an integral part of this city’s growth story.”

“Opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Siliguri is the symbol of our commitment to beautiful Bengal. After the opening of JW Marriott Kolkata in 2016, it took us just two years to develop this property in Siliguri. I dedicate this new venture to the spirit of entrepreneurship of Siliguri and the entire North East India,” said Sanjay Jhunjhunwala, CEO, Mani Group.

On the occasion of this launch Rohit Bajpai, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Siliguri said, “We are looking forward to catering to discerning guests from the entire North Bengal, Sikkim, the North Eastern states and our neighbours Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.”

 

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