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Azerbaijan hit by strong earthquake

Azerbaijan hit by strong earthquake

A 5.4 earthquake hit 15km SSE of Oguz, Azerbaijan on Friday at 9.49 am (UTC/GMT +5 hours) local time

Sri Lanka Tourism enters China's growing religious tourism business

Sri Lanka Tourism enters China's growing religious tourism business

Good destination management includes development of new products while focusing on market development work on the strong foundation branding if a country wishes to attract the top-dollar potential ...

India welcomes new Tourism Secretary

India welcomes new Tourism Secretary

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - Vinod Zutshi has taken over as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism for the government of India. He succeeds Lalit Panwar who has retired.

Surprise ending as Taj Groups terminates 14-year management of Dubai hotel

Surprise ending as Taj Groups terminates 14-year management of Dubai hotel

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

In a surprise move, the famed Taj Group of the Tatas has ended its management pact with the 14-room Taj Palace hotel in Deira, Dubai.

Sri Lanka Tourism focus on a Indian niche market

Sri Lanka Tourism focus on a Indian niche market

Indian Administrative Service, the premier administrative civil service of the Government of India which has the option of selecting a global awareness program during one tenure, has been targeted ...

Air Astana launches innovative seat upgrade tool

Air Astana launches innovative seat upgrade tool

ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, has launched MyUpgrade; an innovative online tool that enables existing economy class customers to bid for an upgrade to ...

36 airports on red alert fearing militant attack

36 airports on red alert fearing militant attack

Fearing retaliation from militants, the government of Pakistan has placed the country’s 36 airports on red alert.

Carlson Rezidor accelerates expansion In India

Carlson Rezidor accelerates expansion In India

Carlson Rezidor is acceleratig expansion in India with three new deals in North, South and West India.

Deadly protests in Nepal

Deadly protests in Nepal

A curfew was imposed and policemen and soldiers were rushed to Tikapur, 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kathmandu in Nepal where deadly clashes happened Monday.

Sri Lanka Tourism, Tea board and Sri Lankan Airlines quest for Guinness Record

Sri Lanka Tourism, Tea board and Sri Lankan Airlines quest for Guinness Record

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - In the unique partnership between the key agencies that take Sri Lanka to the world- tourism, tea and Sri Lankan will spruce the current $61 billion dollar nation brand to ...

Germans spent $92 billion as tourists: Sri Lanka understands the importance

Germans spent $92 billion as tourists: Sri Lanka understands the importance

The latest UNWTO report reveals that Germany has elevate itself to be the most attractive source market globally, with its outbound travelers spending $92 billion dollars last year with a per ...

A tourism landmark for 2000 years, a UNESCO World Heritage site blown up by ISIS

Syria and the world agrees: The Pearl of the desert today destroyed by terrorists A tourism landmark for 2000 years, a UNESCO World Heritage site blown up by ISIS

The 82-year-old retired antiquities chief was tortured, beheaded, and took an important part of history and tourism to his death bed.

Astana - Dubai: Relaunch of air service

Astana - Dubai: Relaunch of air service

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s Skytrax award-winning flag carrier, will re-launch services between Astana and Dubai on August 25, 2015.

Airline crews, ground staff under scrutiny over gold smuggling

Airline crews, ground staff under scrutiny over gold smuggling

NEW DELHI, India - Due to the recent rise in cases of gold smuggling that involve airline crews and ground-handling staff, it has been decided to carry out extensive checks on staff when they are ...

India to expedite licensing process for foreign pilots

India to expedite licensing process for foreign pilots

NEW DELHI, India - The civil aviation ministry is working to reduce the time taken to issue licenses for foreign pilots to expedite hiring by Indian carriers facing a shortage of commanders.

AirAsia India and Vistara unlikely to get low-visibility operations approval

AirAsia India and Vistara unlikely to get low-visibility operations approval

NEW DELHI, India - Tata-SIA joint venture airline Vistara and budget carrier AirAsia India are unlikely to get aviation regulator DGCA's nod for CAT-IIIB operations in low visibility during foggy ...

Chinese tourist abducted by Taliban freed in Pakistan

Chinese tourist abducted by Taliban freed in Pakistan

A Chinese tourist who was abducted and held captive by Taliban militants in Pakistan has been freed, Pakistani officials say. The man was kidnapped over a year ago while cycling through the ...

Maldives: Travel on a budget

Maldives: Travel on a budget

The Maldives is well-known as an upmarket tourist destination. However, over the recent years, budget holiday options have become widespread.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Travel Mart announced

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Travel Mart announced

Madhya Pradesh Tourism announced the second edition of Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart - Central India’s biggest travel event in Bhopal from October 16-18, 2015.

First Deosai Plains Festival promoting “soft” tourism in Pakistan

First Deosai Plains Festival promoting “soft” tourism in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The first Deosai Plains Festival will start on August 28 to promote tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan.

$16.4 million "Monkey Kingdom" launched in Sri Lanka

$16.4 million "Monkey Kingdom" launched in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The epic $16.4 million Monkey Kingdom Directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair who also directed Bears and narrated by Tina Fey will debut it's launch today at Excel Cinema and ...

World's first fully solar-powered airport launched in India

World's first fully solar-powered airport launched in India

KOCHI, India - World's first ever fully solar-powered airport has been launched in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Holiday Activity Report 2015: 44% Indians prefer to travel off season

Holiday Activity Report 2015: 44% Indians prefer to travel off season

NEW DELHI, India - Expedia today released the Holiday Activity Report 2015, an analysis of travel behavior and preferences across multiple cities in India.

Travel and entertainment budgets for Indian corporates grew by 7 percent in Q2

Travel and entertainment budgets for Indian corporates grew by 7 percent in Q2

The travel and entertainment (T&E) budgets of Indian corporates are accelerating rapidly as they expand their export markets and international trade, according to new research from East and ...

Kazakhstan’s flag carrier named official airline of major international exhibition

Kazakhstan’s flag carrier named official airline of major international exhibition

ASTANA, Kazakhstan - JSC NC Astana EXPO-2017 has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, to become a partner in this major international exhibition and ...

Astana Expo 2017 has an official air carrier

Astana Expo 2017 has an official air carrier

JSC NC Astana EXPO-2017 has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, to become a partner in this major international exhibition and hold the exclusive ...

Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada killed in terrorist suicide blast

LeJ takes responsibility Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada killed in terrorist suicide blast

ATTOCK, Pakistan - The Punjab Home Minister Colonel (retired) Shuja Khanzada and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Hazro Shaukat Shah were killed along with 14 other persons in a suicide blast ...

Jet Airways: 188 percent improvement in performance

Jet Airways: 188 percent improvement in performance

Jet Airways Group today announced a Q1 profit and significantly improved performance for the quarter ending June 30, 2015 providing further evidence of the growing momentum of its three-year ...

Uzbekistan Airlines starts weighing passengers "to ensure flight safety"

Uzbekistan Airlines starts weighing passengers "to ensure flight safety"

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Plump passengers beware! The national airline of Uzbekistan says it has begun weighing those traveling along with their carry-on luggage.

Sri Lanka Tourism to make cruise segment a top 5 earner

Sri Lanka Tourism to make cruise segment a top 5 earner

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A giant step forward for the development of cruise tourism in Sri Lanka to be a 100,000 visitor arrivals source Sri Lanka tourism promotions bureau has invited Mr.

Etihad Airways CEO: Maharashtra, we are committed

Etihad Airways CEO: Maharashtra, we are committed

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, today met the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Hon.

Indian tourism welcomes e-Visa facility

Indian tourism welcomes e-Visa facility

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - From August 15, which just so happens to be Indian Independence Day, 36 more countries are being added to the e-Visa facility, making a total of 113 countries.

Accelya Kale Managing Director steps down

Accelya Kale Managing Director steps down

Accelya Kale Solutions Limited announced today that its current Managing Director will step down from his current role as part of a succession plan.

Sri Lanka makes inroad to Indian religious tourism market

Sri Lanka makes inroad to Indian religious tourism market

Sri Lanka Tourism focusing on niche markets into the number one source market for Sri Lanka- India, concluded a strong public-private partnered push on religious tourism at the biggest travel and ...

Hamed Karzai International Airport shootings kill 5 civilians

Hamed Karzai International Airport shootings kill 5 civilians

Five people were killed and more than 17 were wounded in a suicide attack at the entrance of Kabul Airport in Afghanistan on Monday.

Kashmir to turn heritage properties into profitable tourist attractions

Kashmir to turn heritage properties into profitable tourist attractions

SRINAGAR, India - Jammu and Kashmir is following footsteps of Rajasthan to turn heritage properties into profitable business through tourism.

UAE promotes cruise tourism in India

UAE promotes cruise tourism in India

NEW DELHI, India - To promote Cruise Tourism in India, the United Arab Emirate has launched "Cruise Tourism Roadshow India-2015" which was presided by UAE Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al ...

India’s Orange County Coorg  Resort is newest addition to eTN’s THE LIST

India’s Orange County Coorg Resort is newest addition to eTN’s THE LIST

Orange County Coorg Luxury Resort in India was nominated and is now added to THE LIST by eTurboNews. Sending in the nomination was Aftab H.

Child porn production in Pakistan for pedophiles in UK, USA, Germany

Child porn production in Pakistan for pedophiles in UK, USA, Germany

By Agha Iqrar Haroon, eTN Pakistan and Dispatch News Desk (DND)

Child porn, a political support network, and corrupt police working together to rape children, blackmail parents, and feed into a global network of pedophiles.

Pakistan cancels registration for NGOs it believes were harboring agents

No more Save The Children Pakistan cancels registration for NGOs it believes were harboring agents

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) on Friday finally canceled registrations for the US-based Save the Children organization and UK-based The British ...

India sends tourism message in a bottle

India sends tourism message in a bottle

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - A leading tourism destination management company in India, handling various important clients from all over the world, has introduced the concept of “Message in a Bottle,” to ...

Monsoon holiday travel up 47 percent in India

Monsoon holiday travel up 47 percent in India

BANGALORE, India - India's largest travel community and holidays recommendation engine has released a prediction report for monsoon holidays planned in India this year.

Maldives resort says yes to drinking the local water

Maldives resort says yes to drinking the local water

"Do drink the local water" is the advice given to guests staying at the all-suite Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives as it begins producing its own drinking water this August.

Industry gears up for SATTE Mumbai West 2015

UBM India’s travel & tourism trade show for Western India Industry gears up for SATTE Mumbai West 2015

MUMBAI, India - UBM India, organizer of South Asia’s leading travel trade show, SATTE, announced the launch of the 4th edition of SATTE Mumbai West, slated on August 18-19, 2015 at the World ...

THAI adjusts flights to Denpasar due to airport closure and volcano ash

THAI adjusts flights to Denpasar due to airport closure and volcano ash

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) adjusted flights due to temporary closure of Denpasar airport as a result of volcano ash.

Riders on horseback driving change through humanitarian programs in rural desert villages

Riders on horseback driving change through humanitarian programs in rural desert villages

Humanitarian-based, adventure travel company Relief Riders International continues to drive change and improve the lives of those living in remote, poverty-stricken communities in India.

Klook Travel partners with Asia Miles to offer amazing experiences to over 7.5 million members

Klook Travel partners with Asia Miles to offer amazing experiences to over 7.5 million members

By Asia Miles

Asia Miles and Klook, the groundbreaking online platform that provides travelers with a carefully chosen selection of activities across Asia, have announced a new partnership.

China Aircraft Leasing Group delivered third ECA financed A320 to Air India

China Aircraft Leasing Group delivered third ECA financed A320 to Air India

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited announced the third delivery of a new A320 aircraft to Air India Ltd.

Sri Lanka: Arrival numbers not important, but $250 tourists are

Sri Lanka: Arrival numbers not important, but $250 tourists are

“The travel and tourism industry is going through radical change, and unless we adjust, we will perish.

Qatar Airways celebrates its rapid Pakistan expansion at Ramada Hotel Multan

Qatar Airways celebrates its rapid Pakistan expansion at Ramada Hotel Multan

MULTAN, Pakistan – Qatar Airways hosted a signature event at the Ramada Hotel Multan, to celebrate its rapid expansion in Pakistan, with new flights launched to Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad on ...

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