The Australian Tourism Minister Mr. Martin Ferguson has
called for direct air connectivity between India and Australia to boost
tourism. He stated this during his discussion with Union Tourism Minister Shri
K.Chiranjeevi. Both the Ministers also expressed their resolve to strengthen
bilateral tourism cooperation. Referring to the recent road shows organized by
India Tourism in Australia, Shri Chiranjeevi expressed the hope that such shows
will contribute to more tourist inflow from AusÂtralia. The Minister also
suggested creation of a joint Tourism forum where the Tour Operators,
Hoteliers, Airlines and other tourism stakeholders form both the counÂtries may
exchange the ideas for promotion and development of tourism between both the
countries. He also expressed the views that both the countries should explore
the possibilities of renewing the MoU on tourÂism cooperation which expired in
2008. The Minister also suggested easing of visa norms to boost tourism.
India and Australia are important tourÂism markets for each
other. Australia is one of top 10 tourist generating markets for InÂdia as far
as inbound tourism is concerned.
India tourism Office in Sydney looks after promotion and
marketing of India in Australia. Overall the marketing efÂforts have been
directed at re-enforcing the brand and creating year round traffic. India
Tourism office regularly undertake comprehensive promotion, developing partnership
with airlines, the travel inÂdustry, media, community groups and Government.
Ministry of Tourism in asÂsociation with Indian Association of Tour Operators
organized road shows in Sydney and Melbourne in October this year. The Ministry
of Tourism hosted the visit of tour operators, travel agents, opinion makers,
TV team, travel writers, etc. from Australia numbering 35 in 2011-12 and 16
till date during 2012-13 on familiarisation tour of India under its hospitality
The Government of India has decided to lift the restriction
of the two-month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals coming to India except in
the case of nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan,
Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origins and Stateless persons.
Mr. K. Chiranjeevi, Union Minister for Tourism has welcomed
the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs relating to the two month gap
between two visits of a foreign national to India on a Tourist Visa. The
Tourism Minister has said that this decision has addressed a long pending
demand of the travel industry and would facilitate tourists visiting the country.
The Ministry of Tourism has set a target of inÂcreasing the share of India in
world tourist arrivals from the current 0.6% to 1% by the end of the 12th plan
period and a relaxaÂtion in the visa regime would contribute to a large extent
in achieving this target.
The setting up of the
Southern Zonal Tourism Council (SZTC) comprising the States of Andhra Pradesh,
Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry was
announced by Mr. Chiranjeevi, Union Tourism Minister.
The Minister in his interaction with the office bearers of
World Travel & Tourism Council- India Initiative (WTTCII) welcomed the idea
that emanated from the WTTCII Bekal Retreat held in September this year. â€śThe
setting up of the Southern Zonal Tourism Council will help facilitate
development of Tourism and tourism products of Southern India in a holistic and
comprehensive manner. Development of Integrated Tourism Circuits among the
Southern states will be the way forward. The issues of competitive taxation of
tourism products, inter-state taxation, seamless tourist movement by
facilitating smooth facilitation at entry and exit points of the States will be
addressed by the council.â€ť Mr. Chiranjeevi said.
The Ministry will be writing to the Chief Secretaries of the
States, who would Chair the SZTC by rotation. Tourism Secretary and Finance
Secretary of the respective states will be permanent invitees to the SZTC. The
SZTC will also interact with the Stakeholder to understand the concerns and
issues facing the tourism industry. The SZTC will have a mandate to look at the
inter-State taxation on tourist vehicles, interstate permits, smooth
facilitation at the entry and exit points of the States, development of
requisite infrastructure to and at destinations.
Welcoming the move WTTCII in a statement said that this is
an excellent step in the direction of a coordinated and planned approach to
develop tourism in South India. This move will enhance the necessary
infrastructure, policy and other interventions needed to take Tourism to the
next level in this region.
For customers booking flights, value for money matters most
when it comes to choosing a particular airline. This was the answer given by 70
per cent of the CEO Management Panel of ITB Berlin, in a recent survey of
exhibitors and business partners carried out by the market research company
Trendscope and ITB Berlin. For 63 per cent of those polled the second most
important factors when choosing an airline were the departure airport and
choice of flight times. 37 per cent customers said they only booked flights
with a certain airline. For 24 per cent it was important that the airline
operated modern aircraft. Customer loyalty to home carriers played an
insignificant role. According to the survey nine per cent preferred to book
flights with â€śtheirâ€ť national airline. Only four cent were willing to forfeit
value for money.
Dr. Martin Buck, director of the Competence Center Travel
& Logistics at Messe Berlin opined that â€śWorldwide, airlines are competing
with each other in a hotly contested market. Customers reward airlines that
offer transparent services and good value for money with their loyalty because
they feel they are being treated well. If a national carrier is unable to
fulfil those demands then it loses its emotional bond with the customer.â€ť
The advantages of a frequent flyer programme were also among
the reasons for choosing a particular airline. According to the survey this
mattered to 42 per cent. 36 per cent were divided over whether frequent flyer
programmes were important, while 22 per cent said they did not influence their
booking choice. Asked which continents and regions operated the worldâ€™s best
airlines, the CEO Management Panel of ITB Berlin revealed a clear trend that
also reflects global market developments. Among those decision-makers polled,
the most popular airlines were from Asia including the Arab countries followed
by Europe. The least rated airlines were from North America, Australia, South
America and Africa.
The aviation industry in India is bleeding like anything.
The fate of King Fisher is still in the air and Paramount Airways already faded
out from the scene. National carrier is surviving only due to government
support. The other private carriers are trying their level best to survive.
Still overall situation is not at all favour for further investment. But recent
decision on FDI in aviations shows some light at the end of the tunnel. Etihad
and Air Asia are already confirmed their talk with Jet Airways and Videocon
group respectively to enter the Indian skies. Hope this year will bring more
happy and prosperous news to everyone. Have a Great 2013.
Another resort has come up to grace the pristine location of
Thekkady, Kerala. Spring Dale Hotels & Resorts, unveiled its premium brand
of Resort, Spring Dale Heritage. Located on the banks of the Periyar River,
just 12 kms from Thekkady â€“ Kumily. Spring Dale Heritage provides a complete
range of premium services and traditional ambience.
Dr. Thomas Rony, Director of Spring Dale Hotels &
Resorts said, â€śSpring Dale Heritage dr ...
Emirates is welcoming 2013 aboard by offering very
attractive fares for quick-acting customers. Whether your New Yearâ€™s resolution
is to spend more time with family and friends or visit a dream destination
Emiratesâ€™ Economy Class deals, currently available for early bookers, offer
something for everyone.
The special fares apply to more than 120 destinations across
the Emiratesâ€™ network when booked between 26th December 2012 and 10th January
2013 - for travel from 18th January to 10th June 2013.
â€śWith our excellent on board product and a long list of
exciting destinations - from Buenos Aires and San Francisco in the west to
Tokyo and Auckland in the east â€\" there are already many reasons to experience
Emirates,â€ť said Mr. Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, Vice President India & Nepal,
Emirates Airline â€śNow, we are injecting even more value into Economy Class
fares, while giving a warm welcome to 2013. We urge customers to move quickly
to secure seats at the best price,â€ť added Mr Ahmad.
With the opening of a resort hotel in the popular Indian
coastal state of Goa, SwissĂ´tel Hotels & Resorts will complement its global
portfolio with an additional deluxe hotel. First guests are anticipated to be
welcomed in the first quarter 2013.
The SwissĂ´tel Goa is located in the town of Calangute which
is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Goa, only 16 kms from
the capital city Panaji and within an hourâ€™s drive from Goaâ€™s international
airport. The 135 guestrooms and suites are designed and proportioned among
eight three level buildings, which are set within a tropical garden featuring
idyllic lily ponds and a courtyard pool area. Rooms vary in size between 31 m
and 72 m, depending on category, and feature modern design elements. An all-day
dining restaurant, pool bar, cafe, fitness centre, adult and childrenâ€™s pools,
childrenâ€™s club, as well as conference and banquet facilities will delight even
the most discerning guests. The hotel will also have an exclusive beach club for
its guests on Calangute beach. Designed by Malaysian Architects Chong Chee
Ching and Greg Dall, the elements in the lobby and throughout the resort are
accented by numerous works by the Indian artist Krishna Mehta are distributed
throughout the resort which present modern and colourful design highlights. The
most important night-life happenings and restaurants of North Goa are only a
few minutesâ€™ walk from SwissĂ´tel Goa
Experience the magic of the Big Five with Legacy on its
exclusive game drives with skilled game rangers, exquisite food and luxurious
accommodation at any of the Legacy Bush Lodges.Located in the North West
province of South Africa, Pilanesberg National Park is the fourth largest
national park in the country and a couple of hours drive from Johannesburg.
Pilanesberg National Park is all natural and offers a true safari experience..
Its laid-back vibe and natural surroundings makes it the perfect foil to Sun
City which is a mere 20-minute drive from Legacyâ€™s two prime properties that
are located at the entrance of Pilanesburg Bakabung Bush Lodge and Kwa
Maritine Bush Lodge; and about 40 minutes away from Tshukudu Bush Lodge that is
set in the heart of the national park.All the lodges can arrange for a shuttle
to take you to visit Sun City so you can stay with Legacy in the wild and
beautiful surroundings of Pilanesberg and experience South Africa at its
Just a two-hour drive from the commercial capital of South
Africa, Johannesburg and a 15-minute ride from Sun City, lies Bakabung a place
of breath-taking beauty and serenity. Built on the entrance of the malaria-free
Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung offers guests everything they need to get
in touch with the bush. Experience the Big Five as you go for guided bush
walks, game drives and trails, relish African flavours at the Boma and kids
here can participate in the Junior Rangers Programme for 6-12 years olds with
Capture the spirit of Africa at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge,
that is located on the slopes of an ancient volcano, which offers guests all
the amenities and convenience of a prime resort within the malaria-free
Pilanesberg National Park. Have a rejuvenating massage and treatments at the
open-to-the-air Kwa Maritane Spa that looks over the park area. Enjoy world
class amenities amidst the wilderness of Pilanesberg that is excellent for game
viewing, the Big Five can easily be spotted in the park area. A plus at Kwa
Maritane is the interesting game viewing hide that connects with the main lodge
via a tunnel..
Stay at the beautiful Bakubung or Kwa Maritane Game Lodges
and enjoy COMPLIMENTARY RETURN shuttle to Sun City plus COMPLIMENTARY entrance
into Sun City. Legacy Hotels and Resorts now offers an option of swapping the
second game drive for the complimentary transfers and entrance. Travellers can
now combine Big 5 safari experience with the buzzing bright lights of Sun City
without travelling 5 hours back and forth from Johannesburg.
Legacy offers the convenience of the shuttle that departs
from both the lodges on the hour and return on the half hour. The vehicle can
take 12 pax per transfer, plus a bigger bus that is permanently stationed at
both the lodges can be used in case of groups upto 30 pax.
High up on a hill surrounded by the mountains of the
Pilanesberg National Park overlooking a waterhole and savannah plain, lies
Tshukudu, one of Africaâ€™s most romantic and exclusive bush lodges. Your
experience begins when you climb the natural stone steps to the lodge and are
completely cocooned in your own private bliss at Tshukudu. Game walk by and
there is no fencing around the property so you are up, close and personal with
all the Big Five sightings. Each lodge is completely private and offers a romantic
sunken bath, an open plan lounge and bedroom with a lovely nook and window you
can look out of, or relax by your very own fireplace or on the balcony. For a
romantic getaway head to Tshukudu, nothing beats the combination of sipping a
sundowner while watching the animals at the waterhole. Itsâ€™ perfect for
honeymooners because of its privacy!
The Addo Elephant National Park lies in the Eastern Cape. It
is here where the eveningâ€™s silence is broken by the howl of the black-backed
Jackal and the Francolinsâ€™ call heralds each new dawn. With uninterrupted views
of the Karoo Plains and the Zuurberg Mountains, Kuzuko Lodge lies in a private
concession to the north of the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest
national park in South Africa in a malaria-free region
Nature is calling out to you to witness it at its best!
Barely a five hour drive from Bangalore Eka Resorts in SakleshÂpur, offers you
the opportunity to reconÂnect with the source of all things blessed and
wonderful Mother Nature. At Eka Resorts, immerse yourself in the rapture
around you. Where better to refresh the mind and cleanse your spirit than surÂrounded
by acres of newly grown spices cloves, pepper, and cardamom, and the cheerful
red berries of coffee ready to be picked. Sakleshpur Taluk accounts for around
one third of Indiaâ€™s cardamom production.
This resort offers the ultimate expeÂrience for those
wanting a taste of the plantation lifestyle, while surrounded by breathtaking
lush vegetation and the cozy self contained cottages, you will never have a
dull moment with innumerable activities to enjoy around the area.
Brush out the cobwebs, refresh your spirit, leave all your
cares behind. Eka reÂsorts offers a variety of outdoor activities that will
take you back to your childhood when your mind and body rejoiced in its
strength and vitality. Toss a ball, chase a stick, fly a kite, catch a fish,
dream by a glowing fireside at twilight. Billiards, Basketball, Football,
Badminton, Cricket, Indoor games, Library with a vast collecÂtion of over 1000
English and Kannada books, Kite Flying, Camp Fire, etc. are some of the
activities offered by the resort inside its property, while Trekking, Visit to
the nearby Water Falls, Visit to the nearby Picnic Spots, etc. are available
Sakleshpur is famous for the trekking opportunities it
offers. One of the most traversed routes is the railway track trek, which as
the name suggests, follows an unused railway track stretching from Sakleshpur
to Kukke Subrahmanya. The track features almost 109 bridges and 25 gushing
waterfalls and is an experience worth exploring. Besides trekking, there are
spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Bisle Gudda or Sunny
Mountain is a popular picnic spot as is Bisle Betta also know as Bisle View
Point. Avid photographers, nature lovers, trekkers and those with a simple love
of the out doors, there is something for everyone at Sakleshpur. So your stay
at Eka will never be wasted
This year, Royal Caribbean International nears the end of
its $300 million fleet wide revitalization program integrating the latest
innovations and highest guest-rated programs from the worldâ€™s largest and most
revolutionary cruise ships (The Oasis Class vessels). Recent enhancements on
the refreshed and rejuvenated ships will offer guests a greater variety of new
onboard dining and entertainment options, new staterooms, pervasive Wi-Fi,
Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, digital way-finding systems, interactive
flat-panel televisions in staterooms, i-pod docking stations and lots more.
Fur ther , di s cover f i r s t -at - sea experiences and
exciting amenities onboard various ships this year - ranging from a
40-foot-long surf simulator to a revolutionary ice rink or the 9 deck high zip
line; from state-of-the-art fitness centres to full sized sports courts; from
hit Broadway shows to the DreamWorks experience and much more. Whether youâ€™re
lounging by the pool, relaxing at the spa, indulging at the casino or enjoying
one of the many bars and lounges, the impeccable facilities and personalised
Gold Anchor Service will leave a lasting impression of destinations in 72
countries across 6 continents to choose from, TIRUN Travel Marketing, the exclusive
representative of Royal Caribbean International in the country, recently
interpreted the yearâ€™s offering for the Indian traveller. Charting this yearâ€™s
cruise calendar the company revealed some of the ideal itineraries for
individuals, couples, families, groups and MICE organisers in the country.
Over the next few months, Indian travellers can avail
exciting 7-Night Emirates sailings and an 11-Night cruise from Dubai to
Singapore via ports like Goa, Kochi, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. This is also an
excellent time to experience a 2 to 7-Night cruise aboard MS Legend of the Seas
capitalising on the limited period offer of a complimentary overnight stay in
Singapore. 2013 will not only witness the maiden deployment of MS Mariner of
the Seas to Asia Pacific but also the return of last yearâ€™s Indian favourite MS
Voyager of the Seas, providing more than a hundred 2 to 14-Night cruise
itineraries through March to December. Departing from ports like Singapore,
China, Japan and Australia to exotic destinations in South East Asia, Korea,
Hong Kong, Japan and further into the Australia and New Zealand region, these
voyager class vessels will be the largest ships in Asian waters and bring a
host of innovations that revolutionise cruising in the region.
The summe r br ings br i l l iant opportunities to explore
Europe as the most innovative ships in the region offer hundreds of exceptional
2 to 16-Night Northern Europe and Mediterranean itineraries. Some of the most
intriguing cruises in the region include the Western Mediterranean, Greek
Isles, Baltic States, Northern Lights and the Arctic. This is also a great time
to take a cruise-tour through Alaskaâ€™s thundering glaciers and wondrous inland
treasures. Furthermore, for the ultimate cruise experience, travel aboard the
worldâ€™s largest ships â€\" MS Oasis of the Seas and MS Allure of the Seas â€\"
sailing to exotic destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas all year round.
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