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Kashmir tourism gears up for 2015

Kashmir tourism gears up for 2015

SRINAGAR, India - After witnessing worst slump in the wake of floods, the Kashmir tourism industry is fast refurbishing for the upcoming season.

Indian carriers warned not to fleece stranded SpiceJet passengers

Indian carriers warned not to fleece stranded SpiceJet passengers

NEW DELHI, India - The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed all Indian carriers to accept passengers of SpiceJet's cancelled flights without charging exorbitant spot ...

Airline bail out: Good or bad? An aviation expert has his answer

Airline bail out: Good or bad? An aviation expert has his answer

The government should not bail out airlines. The Indian aviation industry recently went through another financial disaster with SpiceJet.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has new president

Jyotsna Suri takes over as President of FICCI Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has new president

By Anil Mathur, eTN India

Dr. Jyotsna Suri took over as the President of the Federation of
Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) at the conclusion of the Chamber’s 87th Annual General Meeting here ...

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives takes away the 2014 Travellers' Choice award for Top All-Inclusive Resort

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives takes away the 2014 Travellers' Choice award for Top All-Inclusive Resort

BANGKOK, Thailand - Centara Hotels & Resorts group is proud to announce its recent success at the Traveller's Choice Awards, where its Grand Island Resort & Spa was recognized as Top All ...

Delegates from 21 countries in international meet of ICMEI

Delegates from 21 countries in international meet of ICMEI

Delegates from 21 countries came together on International Human Rights Day, soliciting world peace and equal human rights.

Air India hosts first Star Alliance Chief Executive Board meeting in India

Air India hosts first Star Alliance Chief Executive Board meeting in India

NEW DELHI, India - Air India played host to the first ever Star Alliance Chief Executive Board Meeting (CEB) held in India.

Star Alliance members Chief Executive meeting in India

Star Alliance members Chief Executive meeting in India

Air India played host to the first ever Star Alliance Chief Executive Board Meeting (CEB) held in India.

World cries over massacre of children in Pakistan

World cries over massacre of children in Pakistan

By Matiullah Khan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The government of Pakistan is receiving condolence messages from all over the world over the massacre of over 130 children by the Pakistani Taliban at the Army Public ...

India moving forward with tourism partnerships

India moving forward with tourism partnerships

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - As part of its policy to increase collaborations, the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Guwahati-based Assam Down ...

Goa tourism welcomes Visa-on-Arrival scheme

Goa tourism welcomes Visa-on-Arrival scheme

GOA, India - The Goa airport at Dabolim has issued 357 Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) within ten days of the commencement of the facility by the Centre, offering a glimmer of hope to the sagging tourism in ...

Massacre of school children: From Beslan School Russia to Army Public School Peshawar

Massacre of school children: From Beslan School Russia to Army Public School Peshawar

By Agha Iqrar Haroon

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Killing over 125 school children, mostly sons and daughters of officials of the Pakistan Army, from the Peshawar cantonment area showed again how dangerous radicalism and ...

Hospitality attracts much interest in Delhi

Hospitality attracts much interest in Delhi

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

DELHI, India (eTN) - Over 60 experts and 350 delegates are expected to attend the prestigious 5th India International Hotel Travel & Tourism Research Conference 2015 being held in Delhi, ...

India draws 10 percent more tourists in 2014

India draws 10 percent more tourists in 2014

NEW DELHI, India - India appears to have overcome the issue of women's safety and dollarless growth to draw 10% more tourists than last year.

Air Astana inaugurates direct flights from Astana to Bangkok

Network of international services from Kazakhstan’s capital continues to grow Air Astana inaugurates direct flights from Astana to Bangkok

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, inaugurated a new direct flight from Astana to Bangkok today.

Maharashtra International Travel Mart

Maharashtra International Travel Mart

The state of Maharashtra and Mumbai city have over the years contributed towards being a large part of the India’s ever-growing tourism arrival figures, both to within India destinations and ...

New GM appointed at Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, India

New GM appointed at Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, India

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. announced the appointment of Mr. Raghu Menon as the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore.

600 tourists rescued in Himachal Pradesh

600 tourists rescued in Himachal Pradesh

SHIMLA, India - More than 600 tourists struck in the hills overlooking the tourist resort Manali in Himachal Pradesh due to snow have been rescued, an official said Sunday.

Kashmir tourism: Arrivals are dismal and hotel occupancies negligible

Kashmir tourism: Arrivals are dismal and hotel occupancies negligible

SRINAGAR, India - After the devastating floods in September, the ongoing Assembly elections have shattered the states tourism sector resulting in 2014 performing below the average levels as far as ...

Tourists in Nepal: Do not venture into remote areas of Himachal Pradesh

600 tourists rescued from Nepal snow situation Tourists in Nepal: Do not venture into remote areas of Himachal Pradesh

In Nepal, all but 18 out of 600 stranded tourists in the hills overlooking the tourist resort Manali in Himachal Pradesh were rescued on Saturday.

India scores with sports tourism

India scores with sports tourism

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - India is making great strides in the promotion of sports tourism, as part of its policy of boosting tourism arrivals.

Billionaires investors line up to buy their slice of the Maldives

Billionaires investors line up to buy their slice of the Maldives

The Maldives archipelago is one of the most idyllic destinations on the planet with around 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean surrounded by coral reefs abundant with sea life.

Official: Vistara completes test flights, ready to take off

Official: Vistara completes test flights, ready to take off

NEW DELHI, India - Tata Sons full-service carrier joint venture with Singapore Airlines - Vistara - has completed the mandatory test flights and is expecting the issuance of a flying licence or ...

Top tourism official: Sri Lanka boasts alluring environment for holidays

Top tourism official: Sri Lanka boasts alluring environment for holidays

A rendezvous with Sri Lanka — Ceylon to historians — is not all about serendipity.

Jet Airways drops aircraft transfer plan

Jet Airways drops aircraft transfer plan

NEW DELHI, India - Jet Airways is believed to have shelved a plan to transfer the airline's ATR turboprop aircraft fleet to the subsidiary JetLite for now, owing to the regulatory complexities and ...

Mumbai claims top tourist friendly destination spot

Mumbai claims top tourist friendly destination spot

BANGALORE, India - The results of the survey that sheds light on the travel preferences of Indian holiday goers were released today.

India to lift ban on satellite phones for adventure tourism

India to lift ban on satellite phones for adventure tourism

NEW DELHI, India - Tourism Ministry has finalised a scheme for procurement, registration and use of satellite phones by tour operators which has been concurred to by the Ministry of Home Affairs, ...

Iranians hack into airline systems worldwide?

Iranians hack into airline systems worldwide?

Airlines may be hacked by Iranian experts.

Kashmir tourism numbers decline sharply

Kashmir tourism numbers decline sharply

SRINAGAR, India - A joint delegation of Kashmir-based various tourism bodies Saturday raised various industry related issues with Chief Secretary Iqbal Khanday.

Advance airline ticket bargain sales - how airlines may pay today's bills

Indian SpiceJet in emergency operation mode Advance airline ticket bargain sales - how airlines may pay today's bills

With its cash drying up, distressed budget airline SpiceJet has been meeting a large part of its working capital needs through a route termed as "mortgaging the future" where it sells a huge ...

India announces long-awaited easing of border controls

India announces long-awaited easing of border controls

NEW DELHI, India ― Tourists travelling to India from 43 countries including the US will no longer have to queue at their local consulates to obtain visas after New Delhi announced yesterday a ...

Major travel and tourism brands set to embark on SATTE 2015 bandwagon

Major travel and tourism brands set to embark on SATTE 2015 bandwagon

SATTE 2015, the 22nd edition of South Asia's leading travel trade show hosted by UBM India, is expected to host over 650 exhibitors from around 50 countries, providing a platform to domestic and ...

India launches tourist visa on arrival

India launches tourist visa on arrival

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

India today launched the much-awaited tourist visa on arrival, enabled with electronic travel authorization, which is expected to ease travel formalities and has been a demand of the industry.

The travel fraternity works up an appetite for SATTE 2015

Top industry players view SATTE as the most anticipated travel and tourism event in South Asia The travel fraternity works up an appetite for SATTE 2015

After being bracketed as a vital sector by the new government in this year’s Union budget, the Indian tourism industry is looking forward to a positive year, giving the industry more than enough ...

Crackdown by the moral police on popular Teheran coffee shops

Crackdown by the moral police on popular Teheran coffee shops

Coffee shops had always been a favorite among young people, including visiting tourists in Teheran.

Business travel outlook for India significantly upgraded

Business travel outlook for India significantly upgraded

DELHI, India and MUMBAI, India - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, the voice of the global business travel industry, today announces the results of its second GBTA BTI ...

Airline launch postponed over permit delay

Airline launch postponed over permit delay

MUMBAI, India - Full-service carrier Vistara will now be able to start operations only next year due to a delay in grant of scheduled Air Operator Permit (AOP).

Cruise tourists get a taste of Kerala's 'dry day'

Cruise tourists get a taste of Kerala's 'dry day'

KOCHI, India - About 2,000 well-heeled tourists who arrived by a luxury liner from Europe on Sunday got a bitter taste of Kerala’s new liquor policy.

Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture Vistara on hold

Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture Vistara on hold

Tata-Singapore Airlines, which promoted full-service carrier Vistara in India, will now be able to start operations only next year due to a delay in the grant of a scheduled Indian Air Operator ...

Tourism to Azerbaijan becomes easier with e-visas

Tourism to Azerbaijan becomes easier with e-visas

Azerbaijan is joining countries around the world and is introducing e-visas to increase tourism and make the process of obtaining such a visa easier for visitors.

First India hotel employs face recognition technology

First India hotel employs face recognition technology

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - In a major technological development for the booming Indian hospitality industry, reflecting international cooperation as well, the Lemon Tree Premier up-scale hotel in the sensitive ...

eTN Ambassador conducts guest lecture on tourism

eTN Ambassador conducts guest lecture on tourism

By Srilal Miththpala, eTN Ambassador, Sri Lanka

Srilal Miththapala, eTN Ambassador in Sri Lanka, was recently at Plymouth University in the UK, where he conducted a guest lecture for undergraduates of the Business and Tourism program, and the ...

India state steps into the travel and tourism mart arena

India state steps into the travel and tourism mart arena

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

The first Uttar Pradesh Travel Mart will be held at the Indira Gandhi Pratisthan, Gomto Nagar, in Lucknow, the capital of the most populous and important State of India.

India's Uttarakhand plans specialized force to ensure tourist safety

India's Uttarakhand plans specialized force to ensure tourist safety

DEHRADUN, India - In the wake of the brutal murder of Delhi couple Avijit Paul, 24 and Moumita Das, 27, the Uttarakhand police are mulling over the idea of introducing a specialized force to ...

40 pilots quit, airline's future in doubt

40 pilots quit, airline's future in doubt

MUMBAI, India - Apprehending an uncertain future for the company, some 40-odd SpiceJet pilots including commanders have quit the airline during the past six months, say sources.

Iran swimming in gold?

Iran swimming in gold?

The gold ore reserves of the Zareh Shuran mine in Iran are estimated at 20 million tons.
Iranian TV reported that the opening ceremony was attended by First Vice President Ishaq ...

International Chefs Day in India celebrates food and tourism

International Chefs Day in India celebrates food and tourism

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - International Chefs Day will be celebrated by the Indian Culinary Forum in New Delhi at The Ashok Hotel on November 15.

India sees an uptick in 'Visa on Arrival' numbers

India sees an uptick in 'Visa on Arrival' numbers

NEW DELHI, India - Visa on arrival for tourists has seen an uptick of 41.5 percent at 2,705 VoAs in October 2014 compared with 1,911 VoAs during the same month last year, according to a statement ...

India’s Draft Civil Aviation Policy geared to face new demands

India’s Draft Civil Aviation Policy geared to face new demands

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

“It is a step towards making civil aviation a vibrant sector in our country, to rise to its full potential,” said India’s Civil Aviation Minister, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, while ...

Sri Lanka: 2014 tourist arrivals up 21.5 percent

Sri Lanka: 2014 tourist arrivals up 21.5 percent

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals had shown an increase of 13.6% to 121,576 in October 2014 with tourist arrivals being boosted from countries such as India, China and the United ...

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