Issue: Jan - Feb 2018
FROM THE DESK OF SANDIP HOR, CHAIRMAN, AITTC
Sandip Hor

I hope the New Year has started well for everyone. Looking back into 2017, I see many success stories in the Australia-India tourism circuit from growth in visitor numbers on both fronts to new tour operators in both countries including Australia and India in their respective outbound portfolios. Most remarkable in the scenario has been the increase in [..]
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Indian Visitor Arrival to Australia
There were 27800 visitor arrivals from India during November 2017, an increase of 16.8 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year. This brings us to 298000 Indian visitor arrivals for year ending November 2017, an increase of 15.0 % per cent relative to the previous year. [..]
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Tourism driving Sydney’s accommodation boom
Sydney’s accommodation boom is set to continue in 2018 with sky high confidence in the NSW visitor economy and increasing occupancy rates attracting new hotel investment. NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said hotel occupancy rates in Sydney have increased to 88.2 per cent according to the latest figures from STR Global for the September Quarter 2017 [..]
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Queensland dominates in business tourism growth
Queensland raked in a record $15.7 billion from overnight travel in the last year with growth in the business tourism sector set to see that number grow in the future. QLD Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said Domestic Visitor Survey data released today showed domestic overnight visitor expenditure had grown 5.6 per cent in the year to September 2017. [..]
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Northern Territory named top 2018 Holiday by New York Times
The Territory's Top End was named at Number 12 on the annual list, which is is one of the most esteemed and referenced travel guides in the United States. The New York Times compiles the hot list of 52 global destinations to inspire travellers for the coming year, with destinations ranging from both well-known and off the beaten track [..]
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Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games will be held in the Australian city of Gold Coast in April 4-15 this year. The Gold Coast 2018 Qeems Baton Relay (QBR) was launched on the Commonwealth Day of March 13 last year at the historic forecourt at Buckingham Palace in London with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II [..]
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Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) 2018
Tourism Australia’s yearly flagship event, ATE will be held in Adelaide at the redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre from April 15-19, 2018.More than 2,500 tourism delegates from around the globe are expected to attend this year’s event injecting an estimated $10 million into the South Australian economy. [..]
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Banyan Tours & Travels Managing Director visits down under
Recently Shonali Datta, Managing Director of Banyan Tours & Travels, was in east-coast Australia for travel industry road shows and meetings with interested parties to gain greater visibility and bookings within the Australian market for high end special interest/niche groups and FIT's seeking extraordinary experiences which touch the soul. [..]
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Trip Advisor named Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur as India’s best hotel
An esteemed property of the elite Taj Group of Hotels, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur Ra-jasthan has been named the Best Hotel in India by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor in their coveted annual Travellers’ Choice Awards. The magnificent heritage hotel, which also serves as the residence of the erstwhile Royal Family, was voted number 2 [..]
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Madhya Pradesh Tourism launches campaign for Australians
Madhya Pradesh Tourism is launching a campaign to educate the travel trade, consumer and media about what it has to offer Australians. They have appointed Five Star PR, a well known public relations agency well experienced with India to represent them in Australia They will be will be working hard in consultation [..]
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India mulls tax cuts
India plans to cut taxes on travel and tourism as part of the Government’s 2018 budget. The country will also give more incentives to the tourism sector to help boost economic growth, according to Reuters. Tax reductions would come in the form of a cut on hotel levies. [..]
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Air India to be split into 4 companies
As reported in DH News Service,the stake sale in Air India could be done by splitting the flag carrier into four separate companies, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has said. The disinvestment process of the debt-ridden airline is expected to be completed by 2018-end, Sinha said. The core airline business comprising Air India
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Incredible India Digital Calendar & Wall & Desk Calendar
In line with India Government’s Digital India initiative, Minister of State for Tourism (Inde-pendent Charge) and Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology, Shri K.J. Alphons launched the “Incredible India Digital Calendar-2018” here today. He also released the Incredible India Wall & Desk Calendar for 2018 [..]
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Outbound travel from India expected to peak at 40 million by 2020
Recently Deep Kalra, the founder of MakeMyTrip.com suggested the emerging entrepreneurs to be prudent with the capital invested in their venture and the imperative need of the Indian companies to do well to meet the onslaught of the foreign multinationals.He said India was sitting on the cusp of a travel revolution, attributing it to social media.
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Former Tata business executive moves into hospitality
After completing his MBA from Southern Cross University in Australia, Ayushman Anand worked in the telecom industry with UK Telecom and Tata for around seven years. However his passion for the hospitality industry brought him back to Australia in 2012. He opened Cinnamon, an Indian gourmet nest in Launceston to give [..]
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For information please contact
Sandip Hor – sandip.hor@aittc.net.au
Newsletter Designer: ash@idatabits.com.au
DISCLAIMER: News items has been sourced from various media releases






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