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Air Astana: New Service to Paris

Air Astana: New Service to Paris

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s Skytrax award winning carrier, launched a new three times a week service from Astana to Paris on 29th March 2015.

The perfect fit for families –  Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

The perfect fit for families – Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Centara’s highly-regarded Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is now offering families an extremely attractive holiday package, which during the promotional period allows families with ...

KITF 2015 in Republic of Kazakhstan

KITF 2015 in Republic of Kazakhstan

Around 500 companies will exhibit this year from over 40 countries, including the tourism boards of Andalucia (Spain) and Frankfurt (Germany), who will be exhibiting for the first time.

Sri Lanka Tourism enters the $40 bn cruiseline business

Sri Lanka Tourism enters the $40 bn cruiseline business

Sri Lanka Tourism is partnering top blue-chip companies to enter the lucrative 40 billion dollar cruise line business that is estimated to carry 22.3 million passengers, with the market growing at ...

Uzbekistan reveals the beauty of Fam Tours

Uzbekistan reveals the beauty of Fam Tours

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan – Uzbekistan Familiarization Tours (Fam Tours) for Nuvroz were successfully conducted by from March 17 to March 23, reports the Dispatch News Desk.

India Tourism Minister wants best from cuisine industry

India Tourism Minister wants best from cuisine industry

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) – India Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma has stressed the need to pay greater attention to food safety issues to get the best out of the growing cuisine and food industry, which has ...

New Federation of Hospitality and Tourism of Rajasthan in charge of promoting tourism

New Federation of Hospitality and Tourism of Rajasthan in charge of promoting tourism

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

Rajasthan, one of the major destinations for tourists visiting India, has a new body to overlook tourism promotion.

High taxes make India one of the costliest tourist destinations in the world

High taxes make India one of the costliest tourist destinations in the world

NEW DELHI, India - Boosting tourism may be high on the agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, but the higher tax regime has made India one of the costliest destinations in the ...

22 dead in train derailment

22 dead in train derailment

At least 22 are dead in a train derailment near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.

Happy Navruz: A festival of colors and foods

Happy Navruz: A festival of colors and foods

By Agha Iqrar Haroon

Navruz celebrations have started all over Central Asia, and cities are decorated, giving a feel of a bride entering into a new phase of her life.

Sri Lanka launches new product: Ramanya Trail

Sri Lanka launches new product: Ramanya Trail

Post the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the different agreement signed with His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena, the energetic Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau ...

Protecting against the swine flu in India

Travel to India Protecting against the swine flu in India

By Elisabeth Lang, reporting from India

DELHI, Uttar Pradesh, India - The outbreak of the swine flu and its victims in India were already a big issue on TV news and in newspapers last month.

Swine flu scans delay flights for hours at New Delhi airport

Swine flu scans delay flights for hours at New Delhi airport

NEW DELHI, India - If you thought only MPs and other VVIPs delay flights, it's time to meet the medics of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.

India tourism: A one-night stand?

India tourism: A one-night stand?

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

India’s Tourism Minister, Mahesh Sharma, has proposed that the country go in for SMART goals, rather than plan big projects, which may not be implemented in a designated time frame.

Two churches bombed during Sunday prayer service

Two churches bombed during Sunday prayer service

By Agha Iqrar Haroon, eTN Pakistan Correspondent

At least 15 persons, including a child and two policemen, were killed, while more than 70 others sustained injuries in blasts near 2 churches in the Youhanabad area of Lahore, Pakistan, on ...

New network to support Sri Lankan tourism

New network to support Sri Lankan tourism

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The Small and Medium Enterprises Network of Tourism Sri Lanka (SMENTS) has been established to connect and showcase stakeholders at regional, intra-regional, and international ...

Colombo Fashion Week 2015

Colombo Fashion Week 2015

Overall tourism arrivals spiked up by 16.7% to 165,541 arrivals in February 2015 with India growing by 14.1% and China by a staggering 165%.

2015: The year of elections in Central Asia and what it means for tourism

2015: The year of elections in Central Asia and what it means for tourism

By Agha Iqrar Haroon

The year 2015 can be considered as the year of elections in Central Asia as Tajikistan has already gone through peaceful parliamentary elections, Uzbekistan is ready to elect a new President on ...

New Sri Lanka tourism chief, new spirits - launches new business model

New Sri Lanka tourism chief, new spirits - launches new business model

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Chief, Dr.

German government supports the new Sri Lanka vision on tourism

German government supports the new Sri Lanka vision on tourism

One of the key invites at the reception of the inaugural day reception hosted by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau together with the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Germany was a delegation ...

Sustainability is a way of life for Sri Lanka

ITB: Sri Lanka Minister for Tourism and Sports Navin Dissanayake Sustainability is a way of life for Sri Lanka

On the invitation of the institute for cultural diplomacy in Berlin the Minister for Tourism and Sports, Navin Dissanayake, mentioned that ceylon tea or the apparel industry of Sri Lanka, which ...

India expanding tourist offerings in Goa

India expanding tourist offerings in Goa

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - Goa, a popular tourist destination in west India, was once ruled by the Portuguese.

Professional crumple of The International Ecotourism Society: Inevitable?

Professional crumple of The International Ecotourism Society: Inevitable?

By Agha Iqrar Haroon

As differences between The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) sitting leadership and ecotourism practitioners were increasing, was the professional crumple of this organization ...

Sri Lanka Tourism and Tea Board in a Rs.1bn tie up

Sri Lanka Tourism and Tea Board in a Rs.1bn tie up

Sri Lanka Tourism promotions bureau(SLTPB) whose focus is to drive Sri Lanka as destination brand globally, has extended it's support to build ceylon tea in each of the 47 key travel and tourism ...

India ready to host Global Exhibition on Tourism

GET India India ready to host Global Exhibition on Tourism

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - India is getting ready to host the Global Exhibition on Tourism, GET India, from April 23 to 25, 2015, at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

A tale of two elephants

A tale of two elephants

By Srilal Miththapala, eTN Sri Lanka Correspondent

This is a sad story about two elephants who live at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (PEO) and the Ele-phant Transit Home (ETH) respectively.

India tourism industry disappointed in service tax increase

India tourism industry disappointed in service tax increase

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - Even though the India Finance Minister, Mr.

Russian consul: Goa's taxi drivers to blame for decline in Russian tourists

Russian consul: Goa's taxi drivers to blame for decline in Russian tourists

CALANGUTE, India - It's not the devalued ruble, but Goa's unruly taxi drivers who are to blame for the decline in Russian charter tourist arrivals, according to Russian consul in Goa, Vikram ...

Pakistan International Airline cancels flights to Bangladesh until March 10

Pakistan International Airline cancels flights to Bangladesh until March 10

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has canceled all of its schedule flights to Bangladesh until March 10 to protest the humiliation and harassment of its country manager in ...

UK travelers to woo Sri Lanka

UK travelers to woo Sri Lanka

With the view of developing new product segment for UK travelers, Sri Lanka Tourism took a strategic decision in partnership with the industry to showcase Sri Lanka as a premium travel destination ...

India's tourism industry reacts to railway budget

India's tourism industry reacts to railway budget

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - Reaction of the India’s tourism industry on the railway budget has swift in response to its announcement in Parliament on February 26, 2015.

Taking protective measures against swine flu in India

Taking protective measures against swine flu in India

LAHORE, Pakistan - The government of Punjab in Pakistan is taking protective measures after cases of the swine flu in India have been reported, said a press handout released by official ...

Pakistan’s national airline under huge debt

Pakistan’s national airline under huge debt

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is under the debt of over $288 million (Rs. 288 billion).

Visa-on-arrival scheme bringing cheer to Goa's bleak tourism season

Visa-on-arrival scheme bringing cheer to Goa's bleak tourism season

PANAJI, India - Ten days short of completing three months, the visa-on-arrival facility at Dabolim airport is bringing cheer to Goa's bleak tourism season, with 10,475 VoAs issued as on February ...

India-Sri Lanka Renewable Energy Growth Forum 2015 announced

India-Sri Lanka Renewable Energy Growth Forum 2015 announced

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - UBM India, host of the annual Renewable Energy India (REI) expositions in the country, announced its first ever India-Sri Lanka Renewable Energy Growth Forum, to showcase the ...

New executive named to lead Hyatt India’s operational growth

New executive named to lead Hyatt India’s operational growth

MUMBAI, India - Hyatt Hotels & Resorts today announced the appointment of a new Vice President of operations for India.

Air India will fail to meet its February revenue target

Air India will fail to meet its February revenue target

NEW DELHI, India - The finance department of Air India has asked its commercial department to carry out "necessary" changes in the national carrier's network after it became clear that the airline ...

Vistara to beam entertainment content directly on fliers' personal devices

Vistara to beam entertainment content directly on fliers' personal devices

GOA, India - In a first for Indian carriers, the Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines JV Vistara will soon start beaming in flight entertainment (IFE) content directly on the personal electronic devices ...

Turkey moves military into Syria

Turkey moves military into Syria

According to local eyewitness reports that are still unconfirmed, Turkey may be in the process of moving military vehicles into Syria in an attempt to guard the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, a sovereign ...

IRCTC to launch Buddhist circuit tourist train on March 14

IRCTC to launch Buddhist circuit tourist train on March 14

PATNA, India - Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will launch a Buddhist circuit tourist train from March 14 for pilgrims intending to visit Buddhist places in Bihar and ...

India tourism stakeholders work together on innovative project

India tourism stakeholders work together on innovative project

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - The College of Vocational Studies (CVS), University of Delhi, on February 16, organized a meeting of travel agents and operators and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to take ...

29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela culminates on promising note

29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela culminates on promising note

SURAJKUND, India - The 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2015 closed on a ceremonious note today.

India: Three dead, over 60 injured on Bangalore-Eknakulam train

India: Three dead, over 60 injured on Bangalore-Eknakulam train

Eight people have been killed and over 50 have been injured when 9 coaches of an express train bound for Ernakulam in Kerala from Bengaluru derailed near Hosur.

70-year-old Swiss tourist dies of swine flu in India

70-year-old Swiss tourist dies of swine flu in India

JODHPUR, India - A 70-year-old foreign tourist has died of swine flu in Jodhpur as the toll in Rajasthan has gone up to more than 120.

India executive speaks to hospitality & tourism students & scholars

India executive speaks to hospitality & tourism students & scholars

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

Rajindera Kumar, Director of Vivanta By Taj Ambassador, New Delhi, and former President of the Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Associations of India, as well as the North India Association, ...

SriLankan Airlines: At no point safety of aircraft and its passengers was compromised

SriLankan Airlines: At no point safety of aircraft and its passengers was compromised

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka’s National carrier, SriLankan airlines, today defended its safety record after allegations were raised that the airline had placed the lives of passengers at risk ...

SATTE charters growth path for Indian travel and tourism industry

SATTE charters growth path for Indian travel and tourism industry

SATTE’s 2015 edition successfully concluded in Delhi with over 650 participants from over 35 countries and 26 Indian States and more than 12 thousand visitors (42% increase over last year) over ...

Mumbai-Dubai busiest international city pair for travel to and from India

Mumbai-Dubai busiest international city pair for travel to and from India

NEW DELHI, India - The Mumbai-Dubai sector was the busiest international city pair for travel to and from India last year.

Minister: Majuli Island should be declared a spiritual tourist destination

Minister: Majuli Island should be declared a spiritual tourist destination

ASSAM, India - Union Minister for Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti today wanted the world's largest river island Majuli in Assam should be declared as a spiritual tourist destination soon and ...

Homestay program gives authentic Indian-Myanmar experience in a remote region

Unique Indian Tourism Experience opens in a remote part of the country Homestay program gives authentic Indian-Myanmar experience in a remote region

Places to visit in this remote part of India are the World War II cemetery in Jairampur, Indo-Myanmar border town Nampong, and Pangsau Pass.

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