Hotel and Tourism Newsletter - October 10 to 14, 2016

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | October 14, 2016 18:24 IST

This week saw TripAdvisor announce the cheapest time to book hotels when travelling abroad. IIFL presents a weekly snapshot of all the major happenings in the hotel & tourism industry, nationally and internationally.

Domestic News
35,000 hotels participate in Goibibo’s Reserve at Rs.0 feature
India’s largest hotels aggregator, Goibibo has released “Reserve At Rs.0 and pay later” feature on its Android applications. The feature enables travelers to reserve and book rooms without making any upfront payment. There are two variants to the feature. In case of 23,000 participating hotels, customers can reserve a room at Rs.0 and then make the payment right before checking-in. In case of 12,000 participating hotels, travelers can pay at the hotel while physically checking-in. In both the scenarios there is zero cancellation charges. This is the largest participation from hotels on any Indian OTA for driving frictionless hotel bookings.  Read More
Over 8.22 lakh international tourist to visit India in October: ixigo
According to travel meta search engine ixigo, over 8.22 lakh international tourists are expected to visit India in October this year. The number is 30 percent higher in comparison to last month. Usually, August to march is considered as on-season for tourism and travel sector. With beginning of festive season, traction of both international and domestic travelers on flights is rising. Ixigo says that, as Navratri, Durga Puja, Dusshera and Diwali are falling in the same month, domestic flight tourists for October month is expected to be around 96.6 lakhs by end of October this year. Read More
TripAdvisor announces cheapest time to book hotels when travelling abroad
TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, announced its “Best Time to Book” Holiday report, revealing the least expensive times to book hotels in popular global destinations for the December and New Year’s Eve holidays, based on TripAdvisor hotel booking and meta click data. Read More
FCM Travel Solutions India acquires business interests of Travel Tours Group
Leading travel brand FCM Travel Solutions, the Indian arm of the Australia–headquartered Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), one of the world’s largest travel companies, announced an agreement to acquire the business interests of South India’s premier travel company, the Rs. 750 crore Travel Tours Group (TTG), in a cash and stock deal. Led by Shravan Gupta, TTG is a four decade old company offering a gamut of travel services including leisure, corporate travel, MICE, Visa, inbound, wholesale and FOREX. Read More



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