Issue: Sep- Oct 2017
FROM THE DESK OF SANDIP HOR, CHAIRMAN, AITTC
Sandip Hor

To inspire further growth of bilateral travel, almost all attendees at the Round Table Confe-rence on Opportunities & Challenges for Bilateral Travel held in August, recommended initi-tives to increase destination knowledge and make the market aware of products beyond the traditional offerings. [..]
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Indian Visitor Arrival to Australia
As per recently released Tourism Australia Fact Sheet • There were 24,200 visitors from India during the month of June 2017, a 12 per cent in-crease over June 2016. • Total arrivals for the year ended (YE) June 2017 were 277,100, an increase of 14.6 per cent relative to the same period the previous year. . [..]
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New Record - Spending by international tourists visiting Australia exceeding $40 billion for the first time
International visitors spent a record $40.6 billion in the year to June 2017, an increase of seven per cent on the previous year. This stellar result was revealed in the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) released today. The record spending is being driven by record numbers of international tourists who are staying longer and spending more while visiting Australia. [..]
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Tourism Australia Youth Campaign
Delivering its first bulletin from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tourism Australia has launched on 6 October a dedicated, tongue-in-cheek news channel serving up good news sto-ries from across Australia as part of a new $5 million youth campaign. Curated by youth for youth, Aussie News Today will share stories from across Australia, broadcasting[..]
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Bollywood Actor Parineeti Chopra in Down Under as ‘Friend of Australia’
The vivacious Bollywood actress recently was on a magical trip to experience why there’s truly nothing like Australia. Tourism Australia has appointed the stunning Bollywood actress – Parineeti Chopra as the first Indian woman ambassador to be a part of the ‘Friend of Australia’ (FOA) advocacy panel. The Friend of Australia recognition was presented to Parineeti by Australian Consul General, HE Tony Huber, for her contribution to promote Australia [..]
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Australia’s Cruise Industry soars past $5Billion
A record amount of ships making a record number of visits to ports around Australia has seen the value of the cruise industry surge past $5 billion for the first time, but sluggish growth for New South Wales spells crunch time for the nation’s gateway port, Sydney. A new report commissioned by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) [..]
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Luxperience- more than a travel trade show
LUXPERIENCE is the Southern Hemisphere's only luxury business event that connects the innovative experiential tourism authorities in the premium travel market. It was launched in 2012 as an annual three and a half day luxury travel business exchange event with the aim to provide delegates inspirational ideas and create long term meaningful connections. [..]
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Confluence – Festival of India in Australia
The second edition of Confluence which showcase India’s cultural diversity through multiple artistic episodes from dance, puppetry and theatre to music, cinema and more is currently being held across seven Australian cities – Brisbane, Bundaberg, Canberra, Melbourne, Pert , Sydney and Townville. The festival once again is binding India and Australia in a colourful and collaborative tapestry of the arts [..]
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Mantra board unanimously recommends AccorHotels scheme of arrangement
Mantra Group Limited has just announced it has entered into a binding agreement with Ac-corHotels, AITTC’s Corporate Sponsor, which will see the French hospitality giant acquire all of the shares of Mantra at a price of $3.96 per share. A Scheme Implementation Agreement has been signed to give effect to the transaction, which represents an implied market capitalisation for Mantra Group of $1.182 billion. [..]
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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour Opens
The much-anticipated Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour opened its doors in early October mak-ing it the first new-build, international luxury hotel to open in Sydney's CBD in more than 15 years. Centrally located opposite the International Convention Centre, the $500M Sofitel Syd-ney Darling Harbour will play a major role in the ongoing revitalisation of the vibrant Darling Harbour precinct. [..]
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Accor Hotels in India
Europe's biggest hotel chain and one of the world’s largest hotel, Accor Hotels, groups has been on an aggressive acquisition spree over the past one year with the $2.8 billion buyout of luxury brands like Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel, and acquisition of private rental companies like Travel Keys, Square break and One fine stay [..]
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AITTC Member Far Horizon Wins National Tourism Award
Our member in India , Far Horizon Tours has been awarded the 'Best Adventure Tour Opera-tor- Inbound' award at the National Tourism Awards. The award was handed over by the hon-ourable President of India himself- Shri Ram Nath Kovind.
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Pink City Jaipur and Adelaide signs MoU on smart cities initiatives
Jaipur Development Authority and the City of Adelaide on 9 October 2017 signed an MOU on cooperation in the field of smart city initiatives. The MoU was signed at Adelaide by Mr. Vaibhav Galriya, Jaipur Development Commissioner and Mr. Mark Goldstone, CEO of Ade-laide City Council in the presence of Hon. Zoe Bettison, MP, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Social Housing, [..]
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India in Top 20
Influential travel guide company, Rough Guides, has cast the vote for top 20 countries in the world to its readers, and the results are in with India ranked 13.And with over 60,000 subscrib-ers to the “tell it like it is” travel companion company, this ain’t no vote to be scoffed at. Scot-land is at the top with Vietnam rank 20th [..]
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Indian Aviation Ministry Initiative
The aviation ministry is linking the databases of airlines and airports with passenger IDs such as Aadhaar and passport numbers a recent Times of India report reads. Upon its completion, passengers will require bio-metrics to prove their identity, as opposed to the prevailing practice of producing ID cards [..]
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MakeMyTrip teams up with Travelport to expand content
India’s largest online travel agency, MakeMyTrip, has signed a major new agreement with Travelport.Under the terms of the deal with InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ), Travel-port’s Indian distributor, MakeMyTrip will be able to access Travelport’s GDS content, in-cluding approximately 400 airlines and ancillary services. These include India’s largest low-cost carrier, IndiGo [..]
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AITTC New Member Profiles
Katrina Hall is Public Relations & Social Media Manager at MultiConnexions, Australia’s leading multicultural marketing and advertising agency. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Katrina previously lived and worked in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing and Dubai. Currently based in Sydney, Katrina is passionate about experiencing the world, she has travelled to more than 50 countries. She has led PR [..]
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PEOPLE FOCUS:
1. Thushara Liyanarachchi, Director Global Sales - Australia and New Zealand, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris
A well-known name in the industry Sri Lankan born Thushara, after completng Bachelor of Business from University of Newcastle and a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking & Finance from Macquarie University, joined the world famous Taj Group of hotels in Sri Lanka in 1999 as Assistant Sales Manager to look after the Travel Trade for Sri Lanka & Maldives [..]
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2. Sanjay Basu, Chairman, Far Horizon Tours Pvt Ltd & Adventure Resorts and Cruises Pvt Ltd, New Delhi India
After completing Bachelor of Economics in Delhi, Sanjay started a career in tourism in 1982, first with a complete emphasis into adventure tourism and then further into cultural and leisure tourism. Have managed three companies in my career span, from a start-up stage to a turn-around stage and finally leading them into being strong profit centers. [..]
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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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