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Air Astana profit up in second quarter 2014

Air Astana profit up in second quarter 2014

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s principal airline, recorded an operating profit of $26.3 million and International Financial Standards Reporting (IFRS) net profit of $16.5 million for the 2nd quarter ...

Maharashtra tourism expected to get a boost

Maharashtra tourism expected to get a boost

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - In a major decision, the upmarket Deccan Odyssey luxury train of Maharashtra Tourism, India, is being outsourced to travel major Cox & Kings from October 2014.

Sri Lanka welcomes 1,000,000th tourist of 2014

Sri Lanka welcomes 1,000,000th tourist of 2014

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Achieving another remarkable milestone in the country's booming tourism industry, Sri Lanka Tourism welcomed the arrival of 1,000,000th tourist in year 2014 at the ...

Ascott to launch Somerset Residence in India

Ascott to launch Somerset Residence in India

CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has secured a contract to manage its first Somerset-branded serviced residence in Gurgaon.

Murder case registered against Pakistan Prime Minister

Political group also called for travel ban but PM already fled Murder case registered against Pakistan Prime Minister

LAHORE, Pakistan - The Lahore High Court upheld the decision of Session Court Lahore and ordered the registration of a murder case against Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and his brother ...

Air Astana relaunches air services from Almaty to Dubai

Air Astana relaunches air services from Almaty to Dubai

Air Astana, the Skytrax 4-star, award-winning national carrier of Kazakhstan, is scheduled to re-launch direct daily flights from Almaty to Dubai, the the largest city of the United Arab Emirates ...

World Tea & Coffee Expo  to be held at Mumbai, India

Launch Of new Exotic Hot Beverage Products at the Expo World Tea & Coffee Expo to be held at Mumbai, India

Being held at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, India, from September 11-13, 2014, the 2nd "World Tea & Coffee Expo"™ 2014, India's only trade show focused on the tea and coffee ...

Exploring parts of India that tourists do not see

A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes Exploring parts of India that tourists do not see

By Rita Payne, President, Commonwealth Journalists Association

Embarking on a new book about India must be daunting as so much has been written about this vast mosaic of a country; its teeming population; rich, vibrant history; and diversity of religions and ...

The most sacred pilgrimage takes tourists

The most sacred pilgrimage takes tourists

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - A record number of 910 pilgrims are undertaking the sacred Kailash Mansarovar trip this year in Tibet.

India plans live webcams in tourist locations

India plans live webcams in tourist locations

NEW DELHI, India - Persistent reports that India is unsafe for tourists, especially women, have prompted the government to put eyes on the ground.

Israel - India tourism relations concentrate on Goa and Jerusalem

Israel - India tourism relations concentrate on Goa and Jerusalem

The profile of tourists visiting India is changing. Both the governments (India and Israel) are trying to make efforts.

Nepal  Langtang National Park records more than a quarter of a million visitors

Nepal Langtang National Park records more than a quarter of a million visitors

260,000+ tourists visited the mountainous Rasuwa district of Nepal since the establishment of Langtang National Park in 1975.

India’s ministers push for increased role of tourism in the country

India’s ministers push for increased role of tourism in the country

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) – India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, has emphasized the role of tourism in creating jobs for the country.

IT&CM India Inaugural Association day openes to a full house

IT&CM India Inaugural Association day openes to a full house

IT&CM’s Inaugural Association day opened to a full house of delegates, whom were in attendance at the event’s first educational session.

Rape and tourism: Finance minister apologized

Rape and tourism: Finance minister apologized

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said he regretted the fact that his statement linking the decrease in tourism to the increase in rape cases had been misconstrued.

India's first Windows Phone travel search and planning app launched

India's first Windows Phone travel search and planning app launched

NEW DELHI, India - India's leading travel planning and search engine, ixigo.com, has launched its award-winning app on the Windows Phone Store.

The mysterious case of the rich jailed Indian man

The mysterious case of the rich jailed Indian man

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

The case of the company, Sahara India Pariwar, and its founder and chairman, Subrata Roy Sahara, is getting more interesting.

Trouble brewing again for Air India?

Trouble brewing again for Air India?

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

Trouble may be brewing again in Air India, with pilots and management making allegations and counter-allegations on safety and other issues.

Situation grave in Pakistan

Political parties march towards Red Zone in Islamabad Situation grave in Pakistan

By Agha Iqrar Haroon, Agha Iqrar Haroon, eTN Pakistan Correspondent

The situation has become grave in Pakistan as two political parties have virtually taken over the Red Zone where the Parliament House and the Diplomatic Enclave are present.

Pakistan protests spills into the Red Zone: Can embassies be secure?

Pakistan protests spills into the Red Zone: Can embassies be secure?

By Agha Iqrar Haroon, eTN Pakistan Correspondent

The situation in Islamabad, Pakistan has become grave as two political parties have virtually taken over the Red Zone where the Parliament House and the Diplomatic Enclave are present.

Cirrus Aircraft expands sales network to India

Cirrus Aircraft expands sales network to India

DULUTH, MN - Cirrus Aircraft today announced the expansion of its international sales network into India. Cirrus India joined the company's authorized sales network in July 2014.

Nepal tourism: Follow up from the tragic avalanche on Mount Everest

Nepal tourism: Follow up from the tragic avalanche on Mount Everest

This report was received by Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, Chairman of Asian trekking in Kathmandu, Nepal.

He says in his news update:

Crashed Iran passenger plane was not supposed to fly in the first place

Crashed Iran passenger plane was not supposed to fly in the first place

According to Iranian officials the Iran-140 airplane that crashed last week in Tehran, leaving over 40 passengers killed, was not permitted to fly at all.

Iran hit by 6.3 earthquake - no major damages or casualties reported

Second Iran earthquake (aftershock) recorded 3 hours later measured 6.0 Iran hit by 6.3 earthquake - no major damages or casualties reported

Iran's official news agency is reporting a 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit a sparsely populated mountainous area near the Iraqi border.

Modi: Clean and tidy environment will boost tourism

Modi: Clean and tidy environment will boost tourism

NEW DELHI, India - Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his maiden Independence Day speech has urged for all out national campaign to make cities, towns and villages of the country clean and tidy.

Tata Group eyes investment in Navi Mumbai International Airport

Tata Group eyes investment in Navi Mumbai International Airport

MUMBAI, India - The Tata Group, which holds stakes in two Indian carriers including a majority in the soon-to-be-launched Vistara, has asked the government to reconsider a rule that bars airlines ...

India seeks 12 percent annual tourism growth

India seeks 12 percent annual tourism growth

BANGALORE, India - Indian officials will be seeking a 12 percent annual growth in tourism, in a bid to reach targets set by the government.

Pilot asleep: Jet Airways sudden drop of altitude over busy Turkish airspace

Airline disaster about to happen on Indian based Jet Airways? Pilot asleep: Jet Airways sudden drop of altitude over busy Turkish airspace

By Anil Mathur, eTN India and wire input

After the closure of Ukraine, Syria and Iraq airspace for most commercial flights, Turkey had become one of the busiest international air transit zones.

Sri Lankan Village Nugu Gama carbon neutral

Sri Lankan Village Nugu Gama carbon neutral

LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe congratulates Nugu Gama, located within the grounds of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo, as Asia’s first CarbonNeutral venue.

Turning India into prime destination will be an uphill task

Turning India into prime destination will be an uphill task

NEW DELHI, India - An important element of the Narendra Modi philosophy of branding has to do with tourism.

India’s aviation scene is heating up

India’s aviation scene is heating up

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - The aviation scene in India is set to get more exciting from October this year, when the festive season starts and the new Tata-SIA joint venture airline, VISTARA, is expected to ...

Air Astana set for further growth

Air Astana set for further growth

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN – Air Astana has selected air transport communications and IT specialist, SITA, to provide messaging for operations, communications with partners and advanced datalink for air ...

India's medical tourism expected to reach $6 billion by 2018

India's medical tourism expected to reach $6 billion by 2018

NEW DELHI, India - India is one among the top five medical tourist spots in the world having hosted nearly 166,000 medical tourists from across the globe in 2012, said a PHD Chamber’s Medical ...

Indian aviation regulator: Pilots could end up losing their licences

Indian aviation regulator: Pilots could end up losing their licences

NEW DELHI, India - Airlines who default on their service condition agreements, like payment of salaries, with their employees could end up losing their valuable HR resources like pilots without ...

Andaman & Nicobar Islands promote leisure and beach tourism

Andaman & Nicobar Islands promote leisure and beach tourism

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - The beautiful and sensitive Andaman & Nicobar Islands (ANI) have tied up with the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) to promote leisure and beach tourism in the ...

New airline promises luxurious experience in the air

New airline promises luxurious experience in the air

DELHI, India - Kingfisher Airlines, with the tag line of ‘King of good times’ has nose-dived but there will be another and as-yet-unnamed airline that will unveil its brand identity on Monday ...

Coral-growing program an added attraction for snorkelers at Centara Grand Island Resort Maldives

Coral-growing program an added attraction for snorkelers at Centara Grand Island Resort Maldives

BANGKOK, Thailand - A house reef complete with a dedicated shipwreck is one of the outstanding features at Centara Grand Island Beach Resort & Spa Maldives, enjoyed by snorkelers, divers and ...

Goa tourism: 5 million visitors by 2016

Goa tourism: 5 million visitors by 2016

PANAJI, India - The number of tourists coming to Goa has increased during the past two years and the state tourism department is targeting 5 million tourists in Goa by 2016.

River ferry with 200 on board capsizes in Bangladesh

River ferry with 200 on board capsizes in Bangladesh

A river ferry with about 200 passengers on board has overturned Monday in Bangladesh, officials say.

India's Gujarat emerging as major medical tourism hub

India's Gujarat emerging as major medical tourism hub

NEW DELHI, India - While it is estimated that Indian medical tourism expected to touch $6 billion by 2018, in India the total share of medical tourist arriving is 2-3 per cent only with countries ...

After deadly Nepal landslide 20,000 people evacuated in Northern India

After deadly Nepal landslide 20,000 people evacuated in Northern India

A massive and deadly landslide in India now also caused the Bihar government in India to issue a flood alert in the northern districts of the state and to start evacuating thousands of people.

Sea View Beach tragedy: 24 bodies of tourists recovered so far, many still missing

Eid Holidays in Pakistan beach resort turns deadly for many Sea View Beach tragedy: 24 bodies of tourists recovered so far, many still missing

By Zain Abdeen for Dispatch News Desk and eTN Pakistan

Many local tourists, mostly young men from the Pakistani metropolis of Karachi head to Sea View Beach every Eid holiday.

Every year some of them never make it home.

Indonesia.travel will be off  to India

Indonesia.travel will be off to India

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - Indonesia is mounting a three-city roadshow in India from August 11 to 14, during which 18 stakeholders will network and interact with Indian agents and operators.

Passenger train crashes into a tour bus leaving 9 dead, 50 injured

Passenger train crashes into a tour bus leaving 9 dead, 50 injured

Early Friday morning a passenger train crash left 9 passengers dead, and 50 injured when crashing into a tour bus carrying guests for a bridal party.

Preparations underway for inaugural Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart

Preparations underway for inaugural Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - The inaugural edition of the Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart 2014 will be held in Bhopal, India, from October 17 to 19.

Simerjeet Singh headlines IBTM India forum in Chennai

Simerjeet Singh headlines IBTM India forum in Chennai

IBTM India, which is set to take place from 3 – 5 September 2014 at the 5-star ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai, India, will open the 2.5 days table-top event with the IBTM India Forum on 3 ...

Maldives no longer safe for Israeli tourists?

30 Israeli surfers evacuated Maldives no longer safe for Israeli tourists?

Tourism in paradise is under attack, as 34 tourists were threatened and evacuated by Maldives security authorities on the Maldives holiday island of Kaafu Thulusdhoo.

Air Astana received new Boeing 767

Air Astana received new Boeing 767

Air Astana's third Boeing 767-300ER arrived in Almaty yesterday and brings the average age of the fleet down to only 5.4 years; the youngest in Central Asia and one of the youngest in the ...

World Tourism Organization applauds Mongolia granting visa-free travel

World Tourism Organization applauds Mongolia granting visa-free travel

Facilitation of tourist travel is closely interlinked with tourism development and can contribute in a decisive manner to tourism’s beneficial effects, including economic growth and job ...

Hotels to see a major hike in bookings due to AxisRooms integration with GTA-Travel

Hotels to see a major hike in bookings due to AxisRooms integration with GTA-Travel

AxisRooms, leaders in online distribution solutions in India completed its integration with GTA’s system to furnish hotels with a better reach and ease of managing inventory availability and ...

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