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TIRUN Travel Marketing, the exclusive India Representative for Royal Caribbean Cruises continues its association with the Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport Group to offer attractive incentives to cruisers. This year, guests who book a Royal Caribbean cruise onboard the largest ship in South East Asia, Mariner of the Seas, get free passes to Singapore’s Sentosa Island.

Cruisers will have access to five of the island’s most superlative attractions including the Trick Eye Museum, the Segway Fun Ride, one 4D Adventure Land Show of their choice, the Cable Car “Sky Network” and a Wings of Time show.

Ratna Chadha, Chief Executive, TIRUN Travel Marketing said, “We have been partnering with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Changi Airport Group for the last 3 years. The results have been great as guests find great value in the added incentives we are able to bundle along with their cruise. Like every year, we aim to generate significant excitement around the association through radio and digital promotions. The goal is to enable travellers to extract maximum benefit when they cruise with Royal Caribbean International from Singapore.”     

Yuemin Li-Misra, Area Director, India and Bangladesh, Singapore Tourism Board, said, “It’s a great time to be in Singapore right now, with the year-end celebrations just around the corner. We’ve seen a double digit growth in 1H of 2015 in cruise passengers from India to Singapore and have partnered Changi Airport Group and TIRUN Travel Marketing to promote cruising from Singapore to keep the momentum strong. To make the Singapore cruise journey a memorable one fornew and repeat cruisers, we have put together an attractive experience pass offering some of Singapore’s newest attractions such as the Trick Eye Museum, the Segway Fun Ride, a 4D Adventure Land show, the Cable Car “Sky Network” and Wings of Time show in Sentosa Singapore. There is so much more to discover and enjoy in the Lion City and we urge you to join in on the fun!”

Starwood has announced the opening of Le Méridien Nagpur in Central India. Owned by Classic Citi Investments Private Ltd, Le Méridien Nagpur marks the brand’s tenth hotel in the country.

“The opening of Le Méridien Nagpur marks a milestone moment for the brand, with ten hotels in India and a robust pipeline in the country,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. “Le Méridien is a brand that speaks to today’s creative and curious-minded travellers, and we look forward to welcoming our global guests and local residents to Le Méridien Nagpur.”

“We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts with our third property together,” said Rajesh Advani, Managing Director, Classic Citi Investments Private Ltd. “We believe Le Méridien Nagpur will elevate the hospitality landscape of the city and enable guests to experience the rich culture of this destination through our distinct lens and compelling programming.”

Following an extensive renovation, each of the hotel’s 133 modern guestrooms and suites has been artfully designed with classic Indian motifs.

Airbus has inaugurated a BizLab in Bengaluru, India, its third after Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany, as part of its strategy to establish a global network of aerospace business accelerators. In parallel, Airbus has opened a first round of applications for start-ups seeking support in the region. A screening committee, which includes Airbus’s Chief Innovation Officer, Yann Barbaux, and the Head of the Airbus BizLabs, Bruno Gutierres, will select the most promising ideas.

Airbus BizLab in India will be co-located with NUMA, France’s biggest business accelerator and one of the most active in Europe. Both will create strong synergies between their accelerators, from start-up selection to specific events to benefit from their respective ecosystem (mentors, experts, investors).

Bruno Gutierres, Head, Airbus BizLab said, “Airbus has always been at the forefront of innovation to create more value for our customers. With the Airbus BizLab Bengaluru we are broadening our horizons and we aim to accelerate the rise of an Indian aeronautical entrepreneurship.”

Dr. Kiran Rao, EVP Strategy and Marketing, Airbus said, “India is a strategic market for Airbus and we are committed to increasing our footprint in the country. Setting up Airbus Bizlab Bengaluru, reinforces this commitment by further enhancing India’s aerospace entrepreneurial eco-system.”

Airbus launched its first global aerospace business accelerator in Toulouse in March 2015 as part of its innovation strategy to bring together start-ups and Airbus “intrapreneurs” (internal entrepreneurs) to work and speed up the transformation of their innovative ideas into valuable businesses. A second BizLab accelerator was opened in Hamburg, Germany, in September 2015. The aim is to accelerate the pace at which it can commercialise innovative ideas drawn from within Airbus and outside, including from customers and other external partners.

Early-stage projects are offered wide-ranging support, in the form of a six-month “acceleration programme”. Through these programmes, Airbus BizLab gives access to a large number of coaches, experts and mentors in various domains: technology, legal, finance, marketing and communication; easing prototyping and access to market.

Bespoke Hotels has launched its new international business arm, Bespoke Hotels International. At the same time the global aggregator of boutique hotels has signed a partnership with Peppermint Hotels in India. Boasting in excess of 70 properties across the country, the Peppermint collection becomes the first partner for Bespoke Hotels International and its managing director, Nick Turner.

Arjun Baljee, Director, Peppermint Hospitality said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Bespoke at a time when both our businesses are growing in stature and ambition. I look forward to working closely with Nick Turner and the Bespoke team, as well as infusing our portfolio with a dash of British charm. This will help us create the world’s first global aggregator of boutique hotels across geographies under one brand.”

Launched earlier this year to fulfil a growth in interest from international markets looking for a high quality and competent British operator, Bespoke Hotels International has been tasked with expanding the Bespoke portfolio of management contracts, franchise locations and marketing agreements overseas, with the group seeking to build on its position as the UK’s largest independent hotel operator.

In yet another accolade for its efforts in environment initiatives, National Carrier Air India has become the first airline in India to get the IATA Environmental Assessment Certificate (IEnvA). The certificate was presented to Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and Managing Director, by Amitabh Khosla, Country Director, IATA in Delhi. Also present were Harpreet A De Singh, Head, Flight Safety of Air India and Vishal Dehia, Regional Manager, IATA.

Receiving the certificate, Lohani said the IATA certification is proof of Air India's commitment to environmental leadership in the aviation industry in India. The airline is committed to follow through the IEnvA process and embark on the process of certification for Stage 2 as well.

The certificate has been awarded for adopting IATA international standards and best practices to save the environment and also, in documenting the environment policy, processes and procedures. Air India has met the requirements of an IEnvA Airline for Stage 1 of the certification process. The scope of the IEnvA covers the areas of Flight Operations and Corporate Activities.

Star Alliance has redesigned its website to offer more modern look and user friendly experience across both desktop and mobile devices. Upgrades to its iPad and Android apps to improve usability and add new features will also be available shortly, as part of a wider initiative to meet the needs of today`s travellers for information at their fingertips. The new website has adopted a bold visual design throughout as well as mobile-friendly navigational principles that allow it to be accessed easily on any size of screen.

Justin Erbacci, Vice President for Customer Experience and Information Technology, Star Alliance said, “We have responded to the fact that more and more customers want to have the latest information at their fingertips, wherever they are. The new site allows us to bring more tailored information to Alliance customers, so extending and complementing the information offered by each of our member airline’s own web presence.”

The website is a one-stop shop for access to information about the whole of the Star Alliance network, the benefits offered to its frequent flyers, and about Star Alliance products for both leisure and business travel. In many cases, the site offers links to a member airline website for deeper research.

Selecting ‘flight search’ allows the visitor to scan the schedules of all 28 member airlines, serving over 1,300 airports worldwide, to find connections that best meet their travel needs. Once the right connection has been identified, a link is offered to the relevant airline website for booking. The home page also offers a link to ‘flight status’ – offering up to the minute information on the status of over 18,500 daily flights worldwide.

Treebo Hotels, a tech-enabled budget hotel brand based in Bengaluru, has announced the launch of Treebo Alpha, an exclusive offering designed to cater to the needs of corporate travellers. The offering comes with benefits like free office pickup and drop, personal 4G dongles, complimentary laundry service, and free evening snack among others.

Commenting on the launch, Sidharth Gupta, co-founder, Treebo said, “The demand for Alpha has come directly from our corporate partners. We conducted a survey with our 200 strong institutional client base to understand how their needs differed from the leisure traveller. They have already been using the base Treebo offering with clean rooms, assured essentials and prompt service extensively. But given their hectic work-travel schedules and long periods of staying away from home, they also have some specialised requirements to help them stay efficient and comfortable at the same time. Alpha has been designed keeping these requirements in mind.”

“What’s interesting is that clients are willing to pay a little extra for these additional benefits. Alpha has therefore been priced at a premium. This is consistent with Treebo’s approach of offering a high quality experience to all types of travellers rather than only using discounts to target them,” Gupta added.

The company is currently clocking 900 room nights every day with 75 per cent occupancy across hotels. With the launch of Treebo Alpha, it is looking to further grow its share in the business travel segment, which comprises about 40 per cent of the budget travel and hospitality space.

Destination Canada branded 200 radio cabs as a part of its marketing development strategy. Rupert Peters, Regional Managing Director, Destination Canada inaugurated the campaign on 24th November 2015 at Canada House, New Delhi. He was accompanied by Brian Parrott, Minister (Commercial), High Commission of Canada, New Delhi.

Rupert joined Destination Canada in May 2008 and is based in their London office. His core responsibility includes overseeing marketing and operations across the primary markets of the UK, France, Germany, Australia and India. During his visit to India, he will be meeting key travel trade partners in New Delhi and Mumbai.

Destination Canada, India has recorded an increase of 19.3 per cent Indian tourist arrivals in the year 2014 with a positive growth in each month. In 2015 until September, Destination Canada has already recorded a double digit growth.

Amadeus has announced the launch of its Amadeus Next start-up initiative at the Echelon Thailand 2015 conference, the gateway to Asia’s burgeoning tech start-up community. Amadeus Next leverages Amadeus’ technology, expertise, reach and funding, to evolve new and original ideas in travel, empowering travel start-ups in Asia Pacific to shape the future of travel. It also serves as a driving force to build an ecosystem of likeminded partners and organisations that are excited about travel technology, and looking to challenge the status quo. To date, there are six travel technology start-ups on board, including Klook, Orahi and Triposo and TopDocs, a platform for medical tourists to book a seamless medical travel experience.

Simon Akeroyd, Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development said, “Amadeus Next is not a short-term project or a one-off investment, it’s a long-term partnership and commitment to create a collaborative travel tech startup community in Asia Pacific. To truly shape the future of travel, we need to work together, across the industry, and with travel players big and small, to create a collaborative ecosystem with the traveller at the centre. ”

Cassandra Italia, CEO and Founder, TopDocs said, “Amadeus is at the forefront of the travel technology industry and a major player in the travel start-up scene in this region. So partnering with ‘Amadeus Next’ was a no brainer. For our success and to go grow quickly we need access to leading travel technology, expert advisory from a global network with funding opportunities which Amadeus is providing.”

Additionally, JungleVentures, CyberAgent Ventures Techsauce and Hubba, Thailand's start-up leader in terms of co-working spaces, technology events, technology media and startup education, have joined Amadeus Next.

Amartit Charoenphan, Founder and CEO, Hubba said, “It takes a leader to see changes and own the future rather than being reactive to technological disruption, and that is exactly what Amadeus does. We believe that big corporations have a lot to offer to start-ups, but Amadeus Next goes one step further. They truly work and think like a start-up and what they’re doing will be pivotal to the industry and to start-ups in the travel technology space.”

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its updated passenger growth forecast, projecting that passenger numbers are expected to reach 7 billion by 2034 with a 3.8 per cent average annual growth in demand (2014 baseline year). That is more than double the 3.3 billion who flew in 2014 and exactly twice as many as the 3.5 billion expected in 2015.

Previously, IATA forecast 7.4 billion passengers in 2034 based on a 4.1 per cent average annual growth rate. The revised result reflects negative developments in the global economy that are expected to dampen demand for air transport, especially slower economic growth projections for China.

The five fastest-increasing markets in terms of additional passengers per year over the forecast period will be China (758 million new passengers for a total of 1.196 billion), the US (523 million new passengers for a total of 1.156 billion), India (275 million new passengers for a total of 378 million), Indonesia (132 million new passengers for a total of 219 million) and Brazil (104 million new passengers for a total of 202 million).

According to IATA, seven of the ten fastest-growing markets in percentage terms will be in Africa. The top ten will be: Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Serbia, Tanzania, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Each of these markets is expected to grow by 7-8% each year on average over the next 20 years, doubling in size each decade.

In terms of routes, Asian, South American and African destinations will see the fastest growth, reflecting economic and demographic growth in those markets. Indonesia-East Timor will be the fastest growing route, at 13.9%, followed by India-Hong Kong (10.4%), Within Honduras (10.3%), Within Pakistan (9.9%) and UAE-Ethiopia (9.5%)

“The demand for air transport continues to grow. There is much work to be done to prepare for the 7 billion passengers expected to take the skies in 2034,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

“Economic and political events over the last year have impacted some of the fundamentals for growth. As a result, we expect some 400 million fewer people to be traveling in 2034 than we did at this time last year. Air transport is a critical part of the global economy. And policy-makers should take note of its sensitivity. The economic impact of 400 million fewer travelers is significant. Each is a lost opportunity to explore, create social and cultural value, and generate economic and employment opportunities. It is important that we don’t create additional headwinds with excessive taxation, onerous regulation or infrastructure deficiencies,” said Tyler.

Divergence among the BRIC Nations

A sizable gulf has opened up between the performance of air passenger markets in the BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China). China and India are growing fast, with annual growth this year-to-date of 12.5% and 16.5% respectively. India has bounced back from a subdued 2014, and is seeing a strong increase in domestic frequencies. Although China’s growth rate has moderated, it is still on course to add an additional 230 million passenger journeys between 2014 and 2019. This is more than double the other three BRIC nations put together. Brazil and Russia, by contrast, are struggling. Falling oil and other commodity prices are partly to blame. Economic sanctions have also affected the Russian economy. It is notable that airlines in Brazil pay some of the highest fuel charges in the world; bringing the country’s fuel policy in line with global standards would certainly be a boost for air transport.

Exciting prospects for Iran and Cuba

The prospects for more open travel between the rest of the world and Cuba and Iran offer exciting possibilities for business, tourism and development as diplomatic relations warm up. Of the two markets, Iran offers the greater potential. Although Cuba is the largest Caribbean country by population, passenger growth would be from a low base of 5 million passengers today to around 13 million by 2034, in the best-case scenario. Iran, by contrast, already has a market of 12 million passengers, mostly domestic flyers. If strong GDP growth is accompanied with a full normalization of international relations and the end to sanctions, the total size of the Iran market could be 43.6 million passengers by 2034.

“There is a great deal of scope for economic development in Cuba and Iran, and air transport can play an enormous role in that. Relative to their economic development, the people of Iran and Cuba fly less than the global average. In Iran, full integration in the global economy could mean a difference in passenger growth of around 13 million extra travelers a year,” said Tyler.

Trends in the 10 largest air passenger markets

China is expected to overtake the United States as the world’s largest passenger market (defined by traffic to, from and within) by 2029. In 2034 China will account for some 1.19 billion passengers, 758 million more than 2014 with an average annual growth rate of 5.2 per cent. Traffic to, from and within the US is expected to grow at an average annual growth rate of 3.1 per cent that will see 1.16 billion passengers by 2034 (523 million more than 2014). India will displace the United Kingdom as the third-largest market in 2026, with Indonesia rising to number 5 in the world. Japan, Spain, Germany and France fall relative to their competitors, Italy falls out of the top 10, while Brazil moves from 10th place to 7th.

 

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