Hotels and Tourism Newsletter – December 08 to 12, 2014

Did you know that 66.7% of Indian travellers would prefer to travel abroad and stay in a hotel and 75% would definitely plan a weekend getaway if they are unable to take a long vacation for Christmas this year?

Dec 12, 2014 02:12 IST India Infoline News Service

Top Story
Travel: the year that was, and predictions for 2015
Wego, the leading travel search site in the Asia Pacific and Middle East, shared the company’s top five most popular searches for 2014 (see infographic link below), as well as their regional market observations of travel trends during 2014, and key predictions for 2015. Malaysian travellers continue their love affair with their favourite holiday destinations throughout Asia, including Indonesia, Singapore and number one this year, Taipei...Read More

66.7% Indian travellers want to experience a traditional 'White Christmas”:
Did you know that 66.7% of Indian travellers would prefer to travel abroad and stay in a hotel and 75% would definitely plan a weekend getaway if they are unable to take a long vacation for Christmas this year? The way Diwali and Holi bring out the true spirit and color of India, around the world, Christmas is the best time to observe local traditions, rub shoulders with the locals and truly experience tradition. In line with this, Hotels.comconducted a global Christmas Survey in 28 countriesfrom over 8,700 respondentsand reveals some interesting facts about traveller’s preference this winter...Read More

Domestic News
Cleartrip becomes India's first Travel Portal to enable In-app changes
In today's world, it is expected to be able to pull out smartphones and do almost anything with them instantly. When there are things that can't be done with phones, there's frustration. At Cleartrip, we hate frustrating customers. And one of the most annoying things about air travel ismaking changes to flight bookings. Why should one have to wait to get to a laptop to change flights?...Read More

Railways Identify Projects for 100 Per Cent FDI
The Government of India has permitted 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in construction, operation and maintenance of:
Suburban corridors through Public Private Partnership (PPP).
High speed train projects.
Dedicated freight lines.
Rolling stock including trains sets and locomotive/coaches manufacturing and maintenance facilities...Read More

TripAdvisor appoints Heather Leisman as Vice President Industry Marketing
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, today announced the appointment of Heather Leisman in the role of vice president, industry marketing. In this role, Leisman will lead global marketing to the hospitality industry and will report to TripAdvisor for Business president, Marc Charron. She joins TripAdvisor from HotelTonight, bringing with her more than 19 years of experience in the travel industry...Read More

Foreign Tourist Arrivals grow by 7.1% during Jan-Nov 2014 over the corresponding period of 2013
The following are the important highlights regarding Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs)  and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism during the month of November 2014.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):
FTAs during the Month of November 2014 was 7.50 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.34 lakh during the month of November 2013 and 7.01 lakh in November 2012.
There has been a growth of 2.2% in FTAs in November 2014 over November 2013.
FTAs during the period January- November 2014 were 65.85 lakh with a growth of 7.1%, as compared to the FTAs of 61.46 lakh with a growth of 5.5% during January- November 2013 over the corresponding period of 2012...Read More

Marathon Mania at Vivanta by Taj – President!
With the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2015 just round the corner, Vivanta by Taj – President, Mumbai has introduced an enticing Marathon Special package for national participants. Popular with marathoners across the country for its proximity to the start and finish lines of both the full and half marathons, Vivanta by Taj – President makes for the perfect hotel of choice for the race weekend. Check in to the hotel on the eve of the marathon and enjoy inclusive amenities such as buffet breakfast at Trattoria, in-room fruit basket and 24-hour Wi-Fi...Read More

This year we will party like in Goa! New Years Eve in Idyllic Mahableshwar
Ring in this New Year in truly rocking Goan style at Evershine – A Keys Resort in Mahabaleshwar. The unique 3-day celebration starting 30th December 2014, will virtually transport you straight to the moonlit beaches of India’s party capital. The beautiful landscape of the resort, spread over 7 acres, provides the perfect backdrop against which the atmosphere of a Goan Carnival Night will be created. Small makeshift shacks dotting the property, serving unlimited drinks, will deliver the authentic Goan susegad experience...Read More

Get upto 40% discount on travel by booking via TripFactory in GOSF, India’s largest travel store, today has partnered with Google’s Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) 2014 to offer deep discount travel offers. The GOSF 2014 is an online platform organized by Google from December 10 to 12, 2014. The holiday packages are presented at attractive prices and offer as much as up to 40% discounts...Read More

Speciality Restaurants buys 51% stake in Love Sugar and Dough
Speciality Restaurants Ltd has announcedthat the Company had informed the stock exchange(s) on May 28, 2014 in relation to approval of the Board of the Company for acquisition of 51% stake in a bakery Company namely Love Sugar and Dough Private Limited (the "LSDPL") for Rs. 75 lacs by way of purchase of shares from the existing shareholders of LSDPL and execution of the share purchase and shareholders' agreement subject to receipt of statutory approval if any.
Further the Company has informed that, the Company has executed the share purchase and shareholders agreement with the existing shareholders of LSDPL in relation to the aforesaid acquisition.
International News
SriLankan Airlines starts operations to Kunming, China
Sri Lanka's national carrier and the oneworld member, SriLankan Airlines, now gives its passengers the opportunity to explore Kunming, when it added the fifth Chinese destination to its global route map on December 1, 2014.

Connecting from Colombo, SriLankan passengers can discover the best kept secrets of China's "City of Eternal Spring", which is also the capital and the largest city in Yunnan Province of South West China.   The city is home to several universities, museums, galleries and other important economic, cultural, and educational institutions, making it a popular destination among both leisure and business travellers...Read More

Avari Dubai Hotel rolls out its Shopper’s Package
It’s that time of the year that all the devout shopping enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in Jan 2015, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganza in the Middle East. To enjoy a stress free and exciting shopping experience, the Avari Dubai Hotel welcomes you for a comfortable stay with its Special Shopper’s Package designed for all you avid shoppers. This package is valid from 1st January 2015 to 1st February 2015...Read More

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