Issue: May - June 2018
Sandip Hor

Highlight of the period was another Know India Better presentation by AITTC, designed to increase awareness about India as an exciting travel destination. Thanks to Eric Finlay from Adventure World and Thushara Liyanarachchi from Taj Hotels & Resorts for partnering with us to make this event most informative for the trade and media who at-tended the dinner function at Manjit’s at the Wharf in Sydney, [..]
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AITTC creating India awareness
Another showstopper when industry coverage for ‘Know India Better’ presentation held re-cently in Sydney at Manjit’s at the Wharf. Adventure World and Taj Hotels and Resorts were partners for this particular event – a regular initiative of AITTC designed to increase awareness about India as an exciting travel destination, [..]
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India Tourism Office Restructuring
It has been in the air for quite some time, but now official advice has been received that as a part of restructuring of India tourism overseas offices, India Tourism Sydney will be shifting its operations from Sydney to Singapore in third week of June, 2018. For all future promotional activities, advertisements, seminars, workshops etc contact shall be Kanchan K Kukreja, Assistant Director,India Tourism Singapore . [..]
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Tourism Sector allocation in Australia Federal Budget
The Turnbull Government is supporting the tourism sector with $45 million in grants through the Building Better Regions Fund to help move tourists beyond the major cities. These funds will support projects in regional areas and encourage more visits and expenditure in regional locations, creating more tourism jobs for Australians. The Cruise sector contributes $2.7 billion to the Australian economy [..]
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New Australian Consulate-General in Kolkata
The Australian government has recently announced to fund a new Consulate-General in Kolka-ta. The travel industry in eastern part of India are happy with this decision, the former capital city of India getting due importance after years of neglect. The opening of the Consulate-General in Kolkata will make the total number of Australia’s diplomatic posts in India to four, the others [..]
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Vivid Sydney
SVivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and now the largest event in Australia. For 23 days - from 25 May to 16 June 2018 – the event places a spotlight on Syd-ney and reinforces its position as the home of light, creativity, cutting edge music, engaging conversations and the exchange of new ideas. [..]
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Accor completes acquisition of Mantra
AccorHotels is now the proud owner of a number of iconic Australian hotels after completing the $1.2 billion acquisition of Mantra Group. The company announced completion of the acquisition, bringing the Mantra, Peppers, Break-Free, and Art Series brands under the Accor brand. The deal includes 138 of Mantra's hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Bali [..]
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Indian Visitor Arrival to Australia
There were 32900 visitor arrivals from India during March 2018, an increase of 34.3 % relative to the same period of the previous year. This brings us to 318100 Indian visitor arrivals for year ending March 2018, an increase of 17.8 % per cent relative to the previous year. As per current results, India still ranks at the 8th place on international arrivals with China. [..]
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Great Australian Airfare Sale
Tourism Australia, in partnership with eight airlines, have just unveiled the Great Australian Airfare Sale. The mega sale offered customers the chance to fly to Australia at an attractive, return economy-class airfares starting from just Rs. 24200 with Scoot Air-lines.! The offers are valid until June 21 2018, with validity for travel until 30 Jun 2019. The campaign heavily ad-vertised on digital, [..]
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Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India
The number of FTAs in April, 2018 was were 749477 as compared to 717899 in April 2017 registering a growth of 4.4%. FTAs during the period January-April 2018 were 3876021 as compared to 3498969 in January-April 2017 registering a growth of 10.8%. The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India during April 2018 among the top 15 source countries was highest [..]
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International Yoga Day
In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the Interna-tional Day of Yoga after Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s call for its adoption dur-ing his address to UN General Assembly in September that year. Since then 21 June is a big day in India when visitors from round the globe gather in Delhi to participate in the Interna-tional Yoga Day [..]
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India plots fee ban
THE Indian government has announced plans to allow travellers to cancel domestic flight tick-ets at no charge within 24 hours of booking, under a draft passenger charter which would also require carriers to provide full refunds in the event of delays of over four hours. The passenger-friendly initiatives unveiled by the country’s aviation ministry are still subject to feedback from stakeholders, [..]
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Another accolade for Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans
Occupying 46 acres on the famed Radhanagar Beach at Havelock Island, the recently launched Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Andamans is a luxurious gateway to a globally significant biodi-versity hotspot in the Bay of Bengal. Fringed by strip of mangroves and a river overlooking the beach, the resort is a homage to the secluded Andaman and Nicobar archipelago stretching for 700 kms from the southern tip of Burma towards the north of Sumatra; [..]
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Ibis brand focused on building business hotels in India.
Ibis Hotels offer smart technology and high-quality products at competitive price points along with brand proliferation. At a recent travel trade media report J.B. Singh, President & CEO, InterGlobe Hotels, a joint venture between InterGlobe Enterprises and Accor Asia Pacific (AAPC), established in 2004, to develop a network of 'ibis' hotels across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, feels that [..]”
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Guidelines for adventure tourism in India
The Indian ministry of tourism and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) has launched a set of guidelines on adventure tourism, governing activities such as mountain-eering, bungee jumping and scuba diving to ensure that they are conducted in a safe manner. KJ Alphons, minister of tourism, while releasing the guidelines, said: “Adventure tourism has grown rapidly over the past . [..]
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New AITTC Members
AOT Inbound
AOT Inbound was established in 1987 and is the largest inbound tour operator in Australia and New Zealand. A full service destination management company, AOT Inbound sells travel in 45 countries globally and has offices around the world. AOT Inbound is a business of Helloworld Travel Limited, a publically listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange (HLO). Within Helloworld Travel’s [..]
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Oman Air
The flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman flies from Muscat to eleven destinations in India (Goa, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur); Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan; Kathmandu in Nepal; and Colombo in Sri Lanka. The airline operates direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai [..]
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