Hotels and Tourism Newsletter - December 01 to 05, 2014

The hospitality sector, which is going through one of its worst ever economic downswings, is hoping for a reversal of trends with the formation of the new Government in Maharashtra.

Dec 05, 2014 12:12 IST India Infoline News Service

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New government in Maharashtra brings hope to the beleaguered hospitality industry
The hospitality sector, which is going through one of its worst ever economic downswings, is hoping for a reversal of trends with the formation of the new Government in Maharashtra. It is expecting the introduction of rational policies and stronger infrastructure creation that will go on to boost the tourism and hospitality industry in the State. "As soon as the Government settles in, we will be meeting the Chief Minister and the Tourism Minister with vision for the hospitality industry. In the last twenty-five years every successive Government has regularly raised taxes, introduced new taxes and increased procedural requirements. In return, the industry has suffered... Read More

Sterling Holidays joins the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign
Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited, India's leading Leisure Hospitality and Vacation Ownership company, has launched a nationwide initiative to contribute to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign to clean India. Sterling's commitment to clean India encompasses the company's Head Office, entire network of 21 resorts, and 12 sales offices across India. To date, over 750 Sterling guests at the company's resorts and employees have taken up the cause of a Clean India by undertaking to clean up public spaces in and around the company's resorts and offices...Read More

Domestic News
Visit California continues its outreach program in India
As part of the Brand USA 'Discover America' Educational Seminars, Visit California participated in training travel agents in the tier 3 Indian city of Ludhiana this November 2014. This was Visit California's first engagement initiative in the city. An impressive 50 travel agents from the Punjab city were present in the seminar that provided them an ideal platform to find information on the Golden State of California...Read More

Bird Group launches Above Ground Level Lounges at KIAL in Bangalore
The Bird Group broke new ground by announcing their foray into airport lounges under the brand name "Above Ground Level". The first two lounges are situated in the international and domestic terminals of Kempegowda International Airport (KIAL), Bangalore. The launch of Above Ground Level Lounges places the Bird Group amongst the few Indian companies to venture into airport lounges in India...Read More

Harley-Davidson India and Taj Group announce strategic brand alliance
Harley-Davidson India and Taj Group today announced a strategic brand alliance to offer a host of benefits to the Harley Owners Group members in India. H.O.G. members can now enjoy special privileges at over 60 hotels by the Taj Group which includes Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Vivanta by Taj and The Gateway Hotels and Resorts. The alliance furthers Harley-Davidson India's constant endeavor to enhance the ownership experience for H.O.G. members through various brand initiatives... Read More

Tripadvisor announces winners of its Travellers' Choice awards
Tripadvisor the world's largest travel site, announced the winners of its Travellers' Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise. The awards highlight 52 spots around the world that have seen the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from the TripAdvisor community, year-over-year. This year two Indian destinations have made it to the coveted list, Leh (Rank # 7) and Rishikesh (Rank #10) as opposed to just one last year. In addition to Asia and world, Travellers' Choice Destinations on the Rise lists were also unveiled for the U.S, Europe, South America, and the South Pacific...Read More

International News
Tourism New Zealand partners with Centrum Group
Tourism New Zealand recently co-hosted two corporate evenings with the Centrum Group in Bangalore and Mumbai highlighting New Zealand as a Business Events destination. Centrum Group is one of the agents appointed under the Business Events Tourism Industry Partnership Programme launched by Tourism New Zealand and Immigration New Zealand to help streamline the visa process for corporates travelling to New Zealand for Business Events...Read More

Walking New Zealand's Te Araroa Trail
Te Araroa - 'The Long Pathway' - is the ultimate New Zealand hike. It begins at Cape Reinga, the very northern tip of New Zealand, and finishes in Bluff. It winds along beaches, across mountain ranges, through volcanic landscapes, over farmland and down rivers taking in some of this country's most spectacular landscapes. It also connects country settlements, townships and cities. A diverse range of hikers take on Te Araroa every year, and according to Te Araroa Trust Chief Executive Rob Wakelin, they all do it for very different reasons...Read More

FCm Travel Solutions in association with Tourism Office of Spain: Announces Barcelona as the next MICE destination
Leading global Travel Management Company, FCm Travel Solutions co-hosts a corporate evening in partnership with Tourism Office of Spain and Barcelona Tourism Convention Bureau at Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi to highlight Barcelona as the next best MICE destination. About 70 corporate travellers including the Ambassador of Spain His.Excellency Gustavo Manuel de Aristegui y San Roman, Spain and Barcelona Tourism Teams and FCm India Leadership Team attended the event...Read More

Abacus appoints Peter Li as GM for China
Abacus International, the Asia Pacific region's leading travel solutions provider, announced the appointment of online travel veteran Peter Li to a new role as General Manager for the company's expanding China operations. Reporting directly to Brett Henry, Vice President - Commercial, Li will build on the collaborative strategy that has established Abacusas China'scomplementary foreign Global Distribution System (GDS) used by a fast growing network of international travel agents...Read More

Grab Your Dream is back with 2nd season
After a very successful first season, Grab Your Dream contest is back with its second season to exhilarate all travel adventurers and give them an opportunity to win an adventure of a lifetime. Grab Your Dream, India's largest online hunt for adventurers, has been conceptualized by Cox & Kings Ltd, the leading holidays and education travel group with operations in 23 countries across continents and, one of India's leading online travel portals to kick start their venture with G Adventures, the largest small group adventure travel company in the world that offers socially and environmentally sensitive travel...Read More

Leading Asian OTA integrates with eRevMax for advanced XML connectivity
Hong Kong based, one of the fastest growing online travel agencies in Asia, has completed a two-way interface with eRevMax to offer automated channel management and reservation delivery to its growing base of customers. Accommodation providers using eRevMax distribution solutions including RateTiger and Connect LIVE platform will now be able to make real-time ARI (Availability, Rates & Inventory) updates and receive bookings generated on this channel through eRevMax solutions directly into their property management systems...Read More

Make your honeymoon memorable with
As wedding bells start chiming, all newly-weds get set to take off on their honeymoon.To help couples plan their ideal romantic getaway,, the leading online accommodation booking website, presents the Winter Sale where one can enjoy up to 40% off for hotels in some of the most popular honeymoon destinations. Book by 21st December, 2014 for stays from now till 15th January, 2015 and avail for exciting deals...Read More

Toronto bound MICE travellers in for a treat
For the forthcoming travel season, Toronto is giving MICE groups additional reasons to plan a trip to the city. Strengthening its infrastructure further, the city will introduce its visitors to exciting additions at existing attractions along with new hotels and restaurants to suit everyone's taste buds!
With the following additions, MICE groups will have plenty of new options to explore and revel in...Read More

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