India Unsafe! 4 countries issue travel advisory
UK, US, Australia and Switzerland issued travel advisory to its citizens against visiting India after the recent incident of a British woman jumping out of a hotel room window in Agra fearing sexual assault, according to reports.
Hugo Swire, Minister of State for Foreign and Common Wealth Office, UK reportedly said that the revision of travel advisory for British tourists visiting India reflected "fact on the ground".
"India has to deal with such incidents so that no misconception goes that it is unfriendly to tourists and nobody wants that to happen as it might affect tourism", Swire reported.
There are reports that Australia too has updated its travel advisory to its citizens visiting India.
Revival of tourism drives the global hotel industry: Research
Brightening prospects are in store for the global hotel industry as optimistic projections for revenue per available room (RevPAR) and occupancy rates are set to rise in 2013. Moreover, new trends are changing the hotel landscape as both buyers and suppliers are showing heightened interest in sustainable procurement practices, green initiatives, and an overall commitment to reducing their environmental impact. Meanwhile, health and wellness tourism is giving the industry a new edge and driving business growth across the global hotel industry.
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Based on an extensive survey drawn from Timetric's exclusive panel of respondents from leading hotel industry companies, "Global Hotel Industry Survey 2013: Emerging Trends in Technology, Sustainability, Health and Wellness Tourism" provides a definitive analysis of emerging trends in the global hotel industry and explores how key industry dynamics and trends are set to change in 2013. Read more…
Concur clients in India now have access to Low Cost Carrier Content
Concur, a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, announced the availability of low cost carrier content and non-GDS hotel content for its corporate clients in India. Not only will Concur clients have full access to the content of carriers like Indigo, Spicejet and GoAir but will also have access to non-GDS hotel content of over 8,000Indian hotels.
The announcement comes at a crucial time as more and more Indian companies are looking to shift employee travel bookings to a corporate online booking tool – like Concur Travel – in order to drive greater policy compliance and more efficiency throughout their travel program. Concur corporate clients can now enjoy:
Greater control and application of corporate travel policies
Greater efficiencies by enabling employees to be self-sufficient and most importantly
Cohesive integration of Concur’s online booking technology with Concur’s Travel Request authorization module enabling seamless process and further improving efficiency. Read more…
Speciality Restaurants in talks to acquire American brand: reports
Speciality Restaurants is in talks to acquire an American regional brand for its foray in quick service restaurants (QSR), according to reports.
Reports stated that the deal is likely to be inked in the next couple of months.
The company is sitting on a cash surplus of around Rs 1.50bn, says report.
The Oberoi, New Delhi awarded Best 5 Star Deluxe Hotel in India
The Oberoi, New Delhi is the best five star deluxe hotel in India. In recognition of its significant contribution to tourism in the country and unremitting commitment to excellence, the luxury hotel has been awarded the prestigious National Tourism Award in the Best Five Star Deluxe category.
Instituted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the National Tourism Awards are the most coveted awards in the Travel and Tourism industry in India and are presented annually, in various categories, acknowledging exceptional performance and contribution to promoting India as a tourist destination.
This recognition by Ministry of Tourism comes after The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur was awarded with the National Tourism Award in 2010 – 2011. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, got the National Tourism Award in its respective category for three consecutive years earlier i.e. 2004 – 2005; 2005 – 2006; 2006 – 2007. Read more…
The Park Hotels unveils its all new look
The Park Hotels, pioneers of luxury boutique hotels in India, introduces a refreshed brand experience with a new visual identity and promise.
The new logo is in homage to The Park being the place to be and to be seen and focuses on THE. It is also a tip of the hat to The Park’s position as the original “The Park Hotel” in India. Furthermore, the identity’s simple but singular black and white rendition helps brings the colors and richness of The Park’s environment to the fore, and helps differentiate it from its competitors.
At the announcement, Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd., says, “The Park Hotels is where unusual experiences are possible. We are known for creativity and innovation that is ingrained in our collective DNA. As we continue to grow, we realised the need to communicate boldly the strength of our brand. The fresh design language strongly reflects contemporary India and our ethos. It is strikingly bold and captures our personality perfectly.” Read more…
Gang rape on Swiss woman: Union Tourism Minister issues statement
Union Tourism Minister, K. Chiranjeevi, expressed his anguish over the incident of gang rape on Swiss national woman in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh. He condemned the heinous crime on foreign tourist, who came to India along with her husband on a cycling trip.
As soon as the incident came into light through media reports, the Union Minister for Tourism made a phone call to Sivaraj Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and inquired about the incident. The Chief Minister, apprised him about the steps taken by the government to book the culprits. Chiranjeevi urged him to take necessary steps to nab all the culprits in connection with the case and do justice to the victim. He has also spoken to DGP of Madhya Pradesh in this regard. He expressed his deep appreciation for the headway made by the MP Police in the gang rape case by arresting 5 persons so far. Read more…
Accor opens two hotels in Bangkok
Accor, the largest international hotel operator in Asia-Pacific and Thailand announces the opening of the Group’s latest Bangkok properties: Mercure Bangkok Siam and ibis Bangkok Siam, two newly-built hotels situated within the same building in the heart of the Thai capital. Patrick Basset, Senior Vice President of Accor Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines said, “With the opening of our combined Mercure and ibis property in the Siam area, we are delighted to introduce Mercure Bangkok Siam as the seventh midscale Mercure hotel in Thailand and ibis Bangkok Siam is the ninth economy ibis hotel in the country. These two hotels are located in the central Siam area, providing guests with convenient access to all that Bangkok has to offer.” Read more…
Ezeego1.com launched a campaign with TNZ and Auckland Airport
Ezeego1.com, the online travel portal has launched a campaign with Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and Auckland Airport. (AIAL). The campaign brings to light New Zealand's abundant experiences, coupled with breathtaking landscapes for Indian families to escape the summer heat. Whether its adventure activities, stunning locales, beautiful picturesque lakes, rugged mountain ranges, awe-inspiring volcanic peaks, intriguing geothermal activity, or its delectable cuisine, New Zealand is an ideal destination to break free from theevery day routine and enjoy a fun filled vacation with your entire family.
With the support of AIAL, the campaign also features Auckland (North Island), to be the first entry point into New Zealand. The campaign highlights the varied family experiences and activities in New Zealand and here is just a glimpse: A visit to the famous Waitomo Glow worm Caves just to see the millions of glow worms on the cavern roof, will leave your entire family spell bound. Kids are bound to love the Agrodome Sheep Show in Rotorua that feature sheep shearing, sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and lamb feeding opportunities. If adventure is what excites your family, be sure to go bungy jumping or sky diving. Read more…
AVIAREPS expands its network in the Asia Pacific region
AVIAREPS, the leading global airline and tourism management company, continues its steady expansion into South East Asia. The current AVIAREPS network in the Asia Pacific region covers Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the UAE. Now, the renowned representation group is set up to also offer representation services in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The decision to set up organizations in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta is a part of the group’s global expansion policy, bringing the number of AVIAREPS worldwide to 46 in 38 countries.
With the European luxury retail outlet chain Chic Outlet Shopping, AVIAREPS has already won its first international account in the South East Asian markets supported by a strong team of Account Directors based in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. All three have a proven track record in the industry working for leading international brands such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels, Lufthansa, and Etihad Airways before joining AVIAREPS. Read more…
“The Resort” comes up with a new Divine Honeymoon Package
A honeymoon is the ideal holiday of a lifetime! It’s a time to make merry, time of celebration, but most importantly – a time away from the whirlwind of your wedding prep! The choice of accommodation is imperative while selecting that ultimate destination and keeping this in mind Mumbai’s leading luxury ‘get-away’ destination ‘The Resort’ at Malad has on offer the ‘Divine Honeymoon Package’ for the newly weds!
The Resort has considered all the needs of honeymooners while designing the honeymoon package and addresses all nuances for the couple enabling them to enjoy the greatest get-away of their lives, helping create a relaxing ambience and a hassle-free holiday for them.
The package includes a suite/sea facing deluxe room decorated with flowers & balloons, a break-the-ice welcome drink (Non-alcoholic) on arrival, buffet breakfast and buffet lunch at the Baywatch, the 24 hours coffee shop, a bottle of sparkling wine and a heart-shaped chocolate cake in the room with compliments from the hotel on the special night, a dinner coupon for the couple on departure as well as a 30% discount voucher on the published tariff for their next visit.
‘The Resort’ ensures a memorable experience and provides top facilities and amenities like the complimentary use of the swimming pool, cardio weight room, steam room and Jacuzzi at Bodyscape - The Health spa for complete rejuvenation. Read more…