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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.

Jet Airways: Third quarter profitable after seven consecutive quarters of losses

Jet Airways: Third quarter profitable after seven consecutive quarters of losses

The partnership with Etihad Airways must have made it possible for Jet Airways to have this impressive turn-around.

Vintage car rally becoming a tourist draw in India

Vintage car rally becoming a tourist draw in India

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - The 5th 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally on February 21 and 22 has attracted a record number of over 225 entries, including many from abroad, like Malaysia, the UK, Sri ...

India sees immense potential for aviation growth

India sees immense potential for aviation growth

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

In a recent statement made by Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group and Member, CII National Committee on Civil Aviation, on India’s Union Budget for 2015-16, Mr.

Kolkata airport to introduce night bus service for passengers

Kolkata airport to introduce night bus service for passengers

KOLKATA, India - The NSCBI Airport Kolkata is going to introduce hourly night service of Volvo bus from for the passengers at night and early morning, officials said.

Uzbekistan clinches its first ever International TO DO Award

Responsible Tourism Award Uzbekistan clinches its first ever International TO DO Award

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Uzbekistan has won its first ever International TO DO! award that goes to responsible tourism organizations every year.

India: Unprecedented growth in luxury categories

India: Unprecedented growth in luxury categories

NEW DELHI, India - The Indian luxury market is estimated to be worth USD18 billion by 2017 from the current level of USD14 billion with unprecedented growth in luxury categories including fashion, ...

OTM-Kuoni Knowledge Series set for 2015

OTM-Kuoni Knowledge Series set for 2015

MUMBAI, INDIA - OTM-Kuoni Knowledge Series 2015 is devoted to mastering the challenges and opportunities within the travel industry.

OTM to honor Top 100 Travel Producers in Mumbai

OTM to honor Top 100 Travel Producers in Mumbai

MUMBAI, India - The annual OTM Top 100 Travel Producers Award is instituted by OTM - India’s leading travel trade show.

OTM – the biggest ever travel trade show in India

OTM – the biggest ever travel trade show in India

MUMBAI, India - OTM 2015, scheduled from February 4-6, 2015, at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre is the biggest ever travel trade show in the country.

The newest in aviation: Economy Sleeper Class

The newest in aviation: Economy Sleeper Class

Air Astana, the award-winning flag carrier of Kazakhstan, is introducing an Economy Sleeper Class product on Boeing 757 services from Astana to London and Frankfurt from February 3, 2015, with ...

India state showcases culture and heritage at Crafts Mela

Tourists and locals enjoy crafts event India state showcases culture and heritage at Crafts Mela

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

SURAJKUND, India (eTN) - The 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela began today as Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the mela to mark the beginning of the 15-day ...

Air India to cut salary of any employee who causes delay in flights

Air India to cut salary of any employee who causes delay in flights

NEW DELHI, India - Exasperated by Air India's unending flight delays and very poor on time performance (OTP), the government has passed an unprecedented order to deduct payment of any employee who ...

Hyatt announces opening of Hyatt Place Pune/Hinjewadi

Hyatt announces opening of Hyatt Place Pune/Hinjewadi

CHICAGO, IL - Hyatt Hotels Corporation and GHV Hotel (India) Pvt Ltd today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Pune/Hinjewadi, which is strategically located at the entrance to the fast-growing ...

Visa Application Centre Vietnam opens in Kolkatta, India

Visa Application Centre Vietnam opens in Kolkatta, India

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS), has announced the opening of the Vietnam Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Kolkatta today.

Brand USA makes strong showing at SATTE in India

South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange Brand USA makes strong showing at SATTE in India

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - The United States expects to see a healthy growth in tourist arrivals from India. Brand USA has a strong presence at the ongoing SATTE travel show in New Delhi, India.

Indian performing arts festival popular with European tourists

Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2015 starts February 1 with theme “Breaking Borders” Indian performing arts festival popular with European tourists

NEW DELHI, India - The annual theatre festival of Indian National School of Drama will begin on February 1 and will conclude on February 18 with the theme “Breaking Borders.” This festival ...

Uzbekistan hotel portal launched to help small accommodation providers

Uzbekistan hotel portal launched to help small accommodation providers

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – A “Hotels in Uzbekistan” portal has been launched to provide facilities to small and medium accommodation providers to showcase their hotel rooms.

Delving into the nuances of Indian cuisine

Culinary event delights locals and tourists alike Delving into the nuances of Indian cuisine

NEW DELHI, India – The first of the six culinary conclaves, “Rivaayat - The Indian Culinary Conclave” was held at The Oberoi, Gurgaon.

Goa Tourism records 30 percent rise in tourist arrivals for 2014

Goa Tourism records 30 percent rise in tourist arrivals for 2014

There is a huge shot in the arm for Goa Tourism as tourist arrival figures for the year 2014 (January-December) shows an overall 30 percent increase in comparison with the corresponding year ...

India hears all about the Seychelles

Seychelles Tourism minister in India India hears all about the Seychelles

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, was in India as the Chief Guest for the 34th International Congress of the NRIs and delivered a keynote address at the ...

Attack on a hotel to protest Obama's visit and the growth on tourism to India

Attack on a hotel to protest Obama's visit and the growth on tourism to India

Protesting the arrival of US President Barack Obama in India and the development of increased tourism to the country, a hotel owned by a government undertaking in North Kerala’s Wayanad ...

New tourism executive at Le Passage to India

New tourism executive at Le Passage to India

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

In an interesting development expected by the India tourism industry for some time, Mario Habig has been appointed CEO of Inbound Business of Le Passage to India, one of the most reputed, ...

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