India’s ministry of tourism has welcomed the appointment of C Gangadhar as assistant director at the India Tourism Office in London. Assistant director Gangadhar will accede to the role previously filled by R Sunani, who had established a strong working relationship with the UK and Ireland travel and tourism trade.
Chris Dix, chief operating officer, Europe & Americas at VFS Global, here talks to Breaking Travel News about how new ways of applying for a visa are making travel between India and the UK more convenient than ever as the two countries establish ever closer ties.
Travelling to Maldives from Delhi has become even easier. Mega Maldives Airlines has announced its non-stop flights to Male from New Delhi which will start from November 15th, 2016. The brand new Boeing 737 Aircraft, has two seating configuration of 150 Economy and 12 Business class seats.
Korean Air is launching nonstop service between Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport and Incheon International Airport beginning December 2016. Delhi will be the second destination for Korean Air following Mumbai in India. The inaugural flight will take place on December 1st, with service aboard an Airbus A330-200 aircraft capable of seating 218.
Figures shared today by India Tourism Office London reveal that British travellers have embraced the India e-Tourist Visa since it launched a year ago, accounting for nearly a quarter of all e-visas issued worldwide. British travellers applied for some 197,788 out of the 881,817 e-Tourist Visas last year. Nearly 900,000 e-visas have been issued in the last year and, on the scheme’s first anniversary, the UK represents the strongest market globally.
World Travel Market London 2016 has announced India Tourism as its Premier Partner as it looks to promote the diverse tourism product the country offers. The Indian government has in the last 18 months invested more than $300 million on developing its tourism infrastructure around the country as it aims for more than 13 million visitors a year by 2020.
POP, the new low-cost, long-haul airline in the making, plans to operate non-stop flights from the UK to Amritsar and Ahmedabad in India. Currently flights between the UK and India are predominantly between London Heathrow and just two main destinations, Mumbai and Delhi, and three supporting ones, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
In the early hours of this morning, in celebration of International Day of Yoga 2016, India Tourism and The High Commission of India invited yoga enthusiasts to take part in a series of sunrise yoga sessions on the 69th and 72nd floors of The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building. With views stretching across Britain’s capital, adults and children participated in a range of yoga classes led by some of the UK’s most influential instructors.
India Tourism has appointed travel PR and destination specialists McCluskey International as its UK representation office with a brief to implement the destination’s public relation’s strategy in the respective market for a period of two years from December 2015. McCluskey International has been briefed to start work on the account with immediate effect, beginning with a general announcement of the win to both trade and consumer press.
British Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First class cabin, will start flying to Delhi from October 25th. The 787-9, the first of which is due to arrive with British Airways in September, is 20ft longer that its 787-8 predecessor, so as well as offering World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World, there’s also room for a new First class cabin – a first for the airline’s 787 fleet.
Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Agra in one of the leading tourist destinations in India, renowned for its many Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal. With this launch, Hilton Worldwide has a presence across the Golden Triangle, the most popular tourist circuit in the country, with hotels in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Swiss-Belhotel International has appointed Global Destinations as its sales representative for the booming India outbound market. As the leading hospitality management chain in the region the brand is seeking to attract visitors from the sub-continent to its range of hotels and resorts.