Issue: March - April 2018
FROM THE DESK OF SANDIP HOR, CHAIRMAN, AITTC
Sandip Hor

I have just returned from Adelaide, attending the Australia Tourism Exchange (ATE) - Tour-ism’s Australia’s foremost event, branded this year as ‘ATE18’. It’s was held at the Conven-tion Centre in Adelaide between 15-19 April to showcase the tourism experiences that will drive future travel to Australia. Among 2200 travel delegates, [..]
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Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE2018)
Its Tourism’s Australia’s annual travel and tourism business-to-business event held at the Convention Centre in Adelaide between 15-19April to showcase the tourism experiences that will drive future travel to Australia. The event, organised by Tourism Australia in partnership with host-state partner, the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), [..]
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2017 - Record year for tourism in Australia
Travel & tourism in Australia contributed a record $197.5 billion to the economy in 2017, ac-cording to new research released recently by the World Travel and Tourism Council. The study was conducted in conjunction with Oxford Economics, and showed that travel and tourism’s contribution to global GDP outpaced the growth. [..]
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Indian Visitor Arrival to Australia
There were 28000 visitor arrivals from India during February 2018, an increase of 6.5 % rela-tive to the same period of the previous year. This brings us to 309400 Indian visitor arrivals for year ending February 2018, an increase of 14.9 % per cent relative to the previous year. In Dec inbound travellers from India showed the highest percentage rise (at 18.5%). [..]
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Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
The 12 day Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast ended on 15 April with a happy note – Aus-tralia ranking first and India coming third among 71 participating commonwealth nations. Ce-lebrity chef Saransh Goila who participated once in a food-related AITTC event enjoyed an early taste of the approaching Commonwealth Games while dining [..]
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Sydney top destination
Sydney has been crowned Australia’s top destination for the second year running, according to TripAdvisor’s 2018 Traveller’s Choice awards. Gold Coast climbed two spots on its performance last year to nab second place, and was fol-lowed by Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Perth. South Australia’s Adelaide was number seven, [..]
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Vivid Syd 2018
THE 2018 program for festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney, has been released. This year’s edition will feature a new precinct at Luna Park, with the amusement park to be fitted with a large-scale projection for the facade of Coney Island and the Ferris Wheel will be lit up. Vivid Sydney 2018 will see the return of Customs House while [..]
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ibis Styles Hobart Now Open in Tasmania's Capital
In 2017, Hobart welcomed its largest hotel under the internationally-renowned ibis Styles brand. With 296-rooms spanning 10 floors, ibis Styles Hobart brings much needed design-led affordable quality accommodation to Hobart. The $50million new-build hotel is located in a prime position on Macquarie Street within close proximity to major tourism attractions [..]
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Accor Hotels’ development: the Group is now present in 100 countries
Accor Hotels Group is consolidating its international presence and has reached the symbolic milestone of 100 countries. 50 years after opening the first Novotel in France, Accor Hotels has established itself as the leader in Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. In 2017, the Group’s portfolio included almost 4,300 hotels [..]
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Air India adds one more Delhi flight
Air India is bringing India closer. The Indian national airline recently launched another nonstop flight to New Delhi from Sydney. This will increase the frequency of the Sydney-New Delhi flight to five times a week. The new flight will operate on Saturdays, whereas the existing ones fly out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. [..]
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Mumbai & Delhi Airports Make India Proud
In a proud moment for India, two of the country’s famous airports have been ranked among the best in the world for their quality of services in a global passenger survey. Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has been ranked number one by the Airports Council International (ACI), [..]
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Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2018-2022
Of the 177 million additional foreign arrivals into Asia Pacific generated between 2017 and 2022, 72% will come from Asian origin markets, 10% from European markets and a little over nine percent will come from origin markets in the Americas. The strongest Asian market generators of additional visitor arrivals between 2017 and 2022 will be [..]
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Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India
The number of FTAs in January, 2018 was 1.66 million as compared to FTAs of 0.983 million in January, 2017, indicating a growth rate of over 8.4% compared to 16.4% in January, 2017 over January, 2016. The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during January 2018 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh [..]
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Richard Branson and India announce $55 billion Hyperloop project (Mumbai - Pune)
Richard Branson and the Indian State of Maharashtra recently announced their intent to build a Virgin Hyperloop between Pune and Mumbai. Mr Branson, the flamboyant founder of Virgin Group, said “It was an honour to have Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, alongside us as we signed a Framework Agree-ment for the project.”
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Hey Holidays debut
India’s Hey Holidays has added Australia as a new destination. Hey Holidays pitches itself as a “global player in the alternative stay online accommodations market”, with property options including holiday villas, beach houses, apartments, cottages and farm stays, where stays range from “$50 to $8,500 per night”. [..]
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India to be 3rd largest tourism economy in 10 years
The recently released WTTC report said India will add nearly 10 million jobs in the tourism sector by 2028. The WTTC, however, red flagged the sector’s concerns over the three-level implementation of GST in the hospitality sector. WTTC also called India the seventh largest travel and tourism economy in the world. India is expected to establish itself [..]
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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Andaman Island
The Taj Group's latest addition to their resort and spa collection is the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Andaman Island. The villas, built on stilts with thatched roofs, are inspired by the indigenous Jarawa tribe. The resort will be fully operational in May of this year and will offer [..]
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Kerala to be Rebranded as a ‘Land of Adventure’
The tourists of this era prefer more adventure and exploration of hills, waterfalls and forests. Taking this into consideration the State aims to rebrand itself as a ‘Land of Adventure’ in or-der to attract new gen tourists’’ said Mr. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Ker-ala. “Since the interest of travellers tilts towards adventure tourism, activity related tourism will help [..]
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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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