Issue: Nov - Dec 2017
Sandip Hor

Following our recent AGM, I am happy and proud to lead AITTC for another two-year term. Since inception in 2012, the organization has made remarkable progress to establish itself as a contributing force in the Australia-India travel and tourism sector. As there are many oppor-tunities to do more, [..]
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Indian Visitor Arrival to Australia
There were 22,800 visitor arrivals from India during August, an increase of 13.4 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year. This brings us to 286200 Indian visitor arrivals for year ending August 2017, an increase of 15.3 % per cent relative to the previous year. [..]
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Tourism Boom in Tasmania & ACT
Tourism booms in Tasmania and the ACT have helped Australia reach a record 8 million in-ternational arrivals for the year ending September 2017. A new report by Tourism Research Australia (TRA) shows overseas visitation to the Apple Isle and the nation’s capital grew by 17% and 10% respectively, while spending rose a whopping 33% and 27% in each region [..]
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Sydney Attractions
Captain Cook Cruises has launched a new two-day version of its popular 24-hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Explorer pass. This versatile pass allows passengers to travel on any of Captain Cook’s 80 daily departures to 11 destinations around Sydney Harbour, and includes two new routes; to Barangaroo and the International Convention Centre Sydney in Darling Harbour. [..]
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India Outbound Market to Hit $45b
The outbound Indian tourism market is forecast to be valued at $45b by 2022, according to a report by Research and Markets. The main beneficiaries are likely to be neighbouring Asian markets due to an appetite for short-haul and low budget holidays from Indian tourists, whereas the favoured long-haul desti-nations include Australia, NZ & the US [..]
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Accor Revenue Up
ACCORHOTELS’ third quarter revenue was up 6.4% to €504m.The French hotelier recorded a 4.1% increase in Asia Pacific revenue to €111m, while South America saw a drop of 15.3% in revenue in 3Q17.The period saw the opening of 73 hotels and over 11,000 rooms. AccorHo-tels also signed a partnership with SNCF railways in the quarter for the development of the Orient Express. [..]
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50 years of Novotel at the AccorHotels Arena
Novotel enters in the Guinness Book of Records by organizing the world's largest pastry shop at the Accor Hotels Arena. For the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Novotel, a highly commit-ted brand to families, organized the largest pastry workshop in the world on Saturday, Decem-ber 9th, 2017 at the Accor Hotels Arena. From 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm, 496 participants, children and parents, came to take up this extraordinary [..]
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Be Touched by Tajness
Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris are happy to announce that as part of the refreshed brand architecture, Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg is now Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg and Vivanta by Taj - Bekal, Kerala is now Taj Bekal Resort & Spa, Kerala.This rebranding, based on the heart of their philosophy of Tajness, upholding timeless belief in honouring the local ethos that inspires the elite hotelier. [..]
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Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay (QBR)
The Commonwealth Games will be held in the Australian city of Gold Coast in April 4-15 next year. The Gold Coast 2018 QBR was launched on the Commonwealth Day of March 13 this year at the historic forecourt at Buckingham Palace in London with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placing her 'message to the Commonwealth and its athletes' into the distinctive loop-design Baton which then set off on its journey around the globe. [..]
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Climbing Uluru is Going to End
Located in the middle of nowhere in Central Australia in Northern Territory, Uluru is an icon of Australia. The planets largest single monolith is not only a natural wonder, but a site of utmost sacredness of the indigenous Anangu community who are its traditional owner. Climbing Uluru is now set to be a thing of the past after the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board decided unanimously to ban the activity. [..]
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Sunny Queensland on Indian TV
Tourism Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland have teamed up with one of India’s leading Kannada language TV series, Radha Ramana, to film 10 special episodes set in Australia. Attractions and locations in Qld includes Gold Coast and Brisbane.8.6 million viewers watch this episode of escape to this part of down under [..]
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It is with great sadness that we tribute industry stalwart Bernie Schulz who passed away early November. Bernie worked as a part of the AccorHotels family for 18 years as General Manager Inbound Sales – Eastern Hemisphere, and Director of International Sales for Sofitel Gold Coast. He had a distinguished career in the travel and tourism industry including with Austral-ian Airlines,
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1. John Ayoub,
Great Aussie Travel & Tours
48 Alfred Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061
Tel: + 61 2 9957 1777

2. Ms Yogam Devendran, AS Travel
Suite 603, Level 6,
74 Pitt Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 02 9267 3377
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