Breaking Travel News talks to Shri Vinod Zutshi, government secretary, ministry of tourism, India, at World Travel Market 2016. As the partner destination for the event, India is seeking to put itself firmly on the tourism map.
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Etihad Airways is expanding its scheduled services between Abu Dhabi and India as strategic partner Jet Airways unveiled new routes and additional frequencies to further strengthen their partnership. From early 2017, the two airlines will expand their services between the United Arab Emirates and India by adding 28 weekly flights and three further Indian cities.
The Ascott has secured a contract with Sandhya Hotels to manage three new serviced residences in India, the world’s third largest economy. Two properties are in the major technology cities of Hyderabad and Bangalore and a third serviced residence is in Sri City, less than an hour’s drive from Chennai.
ITB Berlin has revealed it will launch a co-branded travel trade show in India. Named Bharat International Tourism Bazaar, it will be first pure outbound show for the Indian market and will be held in New Delhi from October 3rd- 6th, 2016. It is an alliance that focuses on the power of the Indian traveller, and the show will be organised by Cross Section Media, the country’s first mover in business-to-business travel marts, and itself launched over twenty years ago.
The Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation has organised a series of trade road shows in Lucknow, Chandigarh, Pune and Hyderabad, India keeping in line with its Visit Maldives 2016 year activities. These road shows are also a part of the overall strategy of MMPRC specifically for the India market in the year 2016.
Airbus is establishing a world-class pilot and maintenance training centre in the National Capital Region of Delhi, to support the county’s need for new Airbus pilots. According to Airbus’ latest global market forecast, India requires over 1,600 passenger and freighter aircraft in the next 20 years to 2034, with an accompanying demand for new pilots and maintenance engineers.
India’s preference for Airbus aircraft was further consolidated in 2015 with 250 new firm orders, lifting market share of orders and the in-service fleet to over 70 per cent. Today some 56 per cent of India’s in service fleet are Airbus aircraft operated by most leading Indian carriers. This includes India’s first A320neo, the first to be delivered in the Asia region.
Two British tourists were killed and others were injured after a train derailed in northern India on Saturday.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will has opened the highly anticipated St. Regis Mumbai. In partnership with Pallazzio Hotels & Leisure, the hotel marks the entry of the St. Regis brand in India and south Asia. With this debut, the luxury brand has tripled its global footprint in the past decade to 35 hotels in the most coveted destinations around the world.
Oman Air has launched a brand-new service between the Omani capital of Muscat and Goa, India. The new service, which was announced in January 2015 and started earlier, offers four flights per week. Goa is Oman Air’s eleventh destination in India, and the service meets strong demand from leisure travellers drawn by Goa’s famed natural beauty.