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  • New Jersey Train Mishap kills 3, Hurts 100

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    According to the U.S. media and a transit official, three people were killed and more than 100 were injured, some of them critically, when a New Jersey Transit train derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey, during …

  • Dutch investigators claim MH17 shot down by Russian missile

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    After two-years of inquiry a Dutch-led team of investigators concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in July of 2014 by a Russian-made missile fired from an area in Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian rebels.   All 298 people …

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  • Qatar Airways becomes the first to adopt real-time tracking

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Aireon and FlightAware has announced that Qatar Airways has  signed to become the first airline to use GlobalBeacon.   The agreement will provide Qatar Airways’ Integrated Operations Center with minute-by-minute global tracking of its flights.   Daniel Baker, CEO of …

  • Chinese outbound tourists to reach 600M in 5 years

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Within the following five years, it is expected that about 600 million Chinese tourists would travel abroad as revealed by a report published by the China National Tourism Administration or CNTA.   The CNTA declared that already within the initial …

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Global Travel News

  • Increased hotels and new destination offers by Germany

    Published on : Friday, September 30, 2016

    FTI is all set to increase its chain of hotels in the coming years. 10 more hotels are in the pipeline in the impending tourism year. Morocco will have two hotels followed by Canary, Rhodes Turkey and Egypt. As per …

  • BOC Aviation Delivers First Of Three New Airbus A321 Aircraft To Inter

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    BOC Aviation Limited (“BOC Aviation” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the delivery of the first of three Airbus A321CEO aircraft to Interjet of Mexico. The remaining two aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of …

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  • NTA going further with new website, brand, calendar

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    The National Tour Association launched a redesigned website yesterday, just in time for the association’s busy year ahead. In 2017 NTA will twice host Travel Exchange, the association’s signature event that attracts member tour operators, travel agents, suppliers and DMOs …

  • Punjab Tourism endorses Stayzilla for joint-promotion of homestays in

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) announced a strategic partnership with Stayzilla, India’s largest homestay aggregator to boost adoption of homestays and unlock maximum number of rooms during the peak tourist season in Punjab. After signing MoUs with Madhya …

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    EUROPE

  • Far-reaching restructuring of airberlin to deliver long-term growth

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    airberlin today unveiled a far-reaching restructuring of its business, which will see the company concentrate its core operations as a dedicated, focused network carrier serving higher-yielding markets, from its two key hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf, with a core fleet …

  • EU plans to give free train rides to 18-year-olds to travel the continent

    Published on : Saturday, September 24, 2016

    Growing economic and social turmoil in the entire continent of Europe has forced some of the politicians of EU to come up with an idea that can bring radical change in the mind of the youth of the continent. The idea …

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    AMERICA

  • ‘India is one of the most important source markets for us’

    Published on : Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Millions of people still yearn to visit the US to realise the so-called American dream. But that does not make the superpower’s job easy to get foreigners to fly there and contribute to their economy. Brand USA that markets the …

  • Brand USA loves Indian Tourists: U.S. Sales Mission in India a success

    Published on : Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    The United States is upbeat on the India market and is trying to see that the visitors see places and attractions beyond the gateway points.   Brand USA wants Indians to travel to the United States of America. The largest …

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    MIDDLE EAST

  • Dubai leads winners at World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony

    Published on : Friday, September 30, 2016

    Voters at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony have recognised Dubai as the Middle East’s Leading Destination during a glittering red-carpet ceremony at The St. Regis Dubai.   At the same time, the emirate took the title of …

  • Halal tourism in key focus of Dubai

    Published on : Friday, September 30, 2016

    Muslim travelers increased by 10% globally last year according to 2016 Global Muslim Travel Index and by 2020, the visitors are expected to reach 168m with revenue from Muslim travel segment to reach $200bn. UAE and Dubai looks forward to …

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    ASIA

  • Japan to launch biometric payments next month

    Published on : Friday, September 30, 2016

    Japanese authorities have finalised a launch date for trials of their biometric payments system. It will go live in certain areas starting October 1st.   The concept was first noticed this past spring with reports that the Japanese government, along …

  • Around 1100 tourists evacuated after Indonesian volcano eruption

    Published on : Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    Indonesian authorities had to evacuate around 1,100 tourists after a volcano erupted at one of the country’s most popular hiking destinations. The volcano, Mount Barujari on Lombok island, erupted on Tuesday, shooting ash 2,000m (6,500 ft) into the air.   …

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  • easyJet starts new flight from Bristol to Gran Canaria

    Published on : Friday, September 30, 2016

    Passengers from across the South West and Wales will be able to take advantage of Gran Canaria’s winter sun from a little as £26.99* per person. The route is ideal for families wanting to escape to warmer climes over the …

  • South African Airways Builds Capacity on the Mauritius Route, Introduc

    Published on : Friday, September 30, 2016

    South African Airways (SAA) has added capacity on its Mauritius route, with the introduction of a bigger aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 to this popular and growing destination.   Effective 1 October 2016, the airline will use an Airbus A330-200 aircraft …

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    CRUISE NEWS

  • Cruise itinerary changes prompted by tropical storm Matthew

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Tropical storm Matthew has forced at least one cruise liner to alter its route in the Caribbean Sea. This tropical storm is likely to turn into a hurricane by Friday.   The routes of the cruise ships of the Royal …

  • Ease of visa restrictions in China to boost cruise passengers

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    From 1st October onwards, the foreign travellers who would be visiting Shanghai on cruise ships would be eligible for visa-free stays in the country for a period of 15 days. This announcement has been made by the Shanghai General Station …

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    HOTEL NEWS

  • Indulge in the Local Culture at SpringHill Suites’ New “Art of Loc

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    SpringHill Suites by Marriott is excited to announce the launch of the brand-wide “Art of Local” series. The all-suite hotel brand is bringing the local community and their artistic expressions into hotels across North America to inspire guests to explore …

  • Choice Hotels Announces Expanded Parental Leave and Caretaking Benefit

    Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Choice Hotels International, announced today new parental leave and caretaking benefits, placing it in a leadership position in the lodging industry.   “At Choice, we know how difficult it can be to achieve work/life balance and we are committed to …

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    TOURISM NEWS

  • Halal tourism in key focus of Dubai

    Published on : Friday, September 30, 2016

    Muslim travelers increased by 10% globally last year according to 2016 Global Muslim Travel Index and by 2020, the visitors are expected to reach 168m with revenue from Muslim travel segment to reach $200bn. UAE and Dubai looks forward to …

  • Post coup Turkey witnesses 38% drop in foreign tourists

    Published on : Friday, September 30, 2016

    Ankara – With tourism battered by the failed July coup and security concerns after attacks, statistics showed Thursday that the number of foreigners visiting Turkey plummeted nearly 38 per cent in August.   The figures are the first to show …

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