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Indian hospitality industry wishes a single GST rate of 18%

After the declaration of GST rates with diverse tax slabs across hotel room rates, the Indian hospitality industry is hoping that the government will review a single slab of 18 per cent to create a level playing field, besides providing …

  • Indonesia expects tourist arrivals from China to increase to 2.1 million

    Published on : Monday, February 1, 2016

    Indonesia expects that the number of foreign tourist arrivals from China will register a marked increase as it has offered special historical destinations, boosted supportive policy and stepped up promotion, a senior tourism official said in Jakarta.   During an …

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  • India’s first under water restaurant at Ahmedabad

    Published on : Monday, February 1, 2016

    A new experience for the food lovers! India got its first underwater restaurant in Ahmedabad- The Real Poseidon and has a dining area which has been created 20 feet below ground level.     Dine amidst the rushing angelfishes through …

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  • Singapore bookings on the increase

    Published on : Saturday, January 30, 2016

    GTA, part of the Kuoni Group, saw a record number of bookings into destination Singapore last year. Year-on-year sales grew 22% led by strong performance in key source markets include Indonesia, Australia, UK, UAE, South Korea, China, India and Japan. …

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  • MasterCard reveals Bangkok takes lead over Asia Pacific destinations

    Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016

    Bangkok has increased its lead over the pack as the region’s most popular destination, with international overnight visitors breaking the 20 million mark for the first time, according to the results of the inaugural MasterCard Asia Pacific Destinations Index released …

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  • Changi Airport Group welcomes non-stop flights to San Francisco

    Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016

    Changi Airport Group (CAG) today welcomed the announcement by United Airlines of its plan to launch non-stop passenger services between Singapore (SIN) and San Francisco (SFO)[1] in June this year.   The inaugural SFO-SIN flight will take off on 1 …

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  • Hong Kong Airlines signs codeshare agreement with Air Astana

    Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016

    Hong Kong Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with Air Astana. Under the agreement, Hong Kong Airlines customers can now travel with Air Astana to Almaty in Kazakhstan, while Air Astana customers get the opportunity to book tickets of both airlines to reach …

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  • Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok celebrates 140 years of history

    Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016

    The legendary Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok kicked off its 140th anniversary celebration in style on 27 January 2016 with a gala event presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand. The heads of the famed hotel’s majority owning …

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  • Indian road trippers venture on 12 day adventure trip to Myanmar and Thailand

    Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016

    Twenty of India’s most devoted road trippers has embarked on a 12-day long adventure through north India, Myanmar and Thailand.   Setting out from Manipur, convoy-style in 5 four-wheel-drives, these travel enthusiasts will roar through Myanmar on the India-Myanmar Friendship …

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  • Experience adventurous spirit of Sri Lanka during Wild Elephant Trail

    Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Experience Sri Lanka with an adventurous spirit during the second edition of the Wild Elephant Trail to be held from 4th March to 11th March 2016.   The Wild Elephant Trail is an ultra running event covering about 210 km …

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  • Qatar Airways to launch longest flight from Doha to New Zealand

    Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Qatar Airways is planning on the world’s longest journey, a  direct flight from  Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand, which is said to cover a 181/2 hours of long flight set on a  new route.   The plans were revealed …

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  • MHG announces Oaks Neemrana its first property in India

    Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Minor Hotel Group (MHG), a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 136 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has announced the first …

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  • Emirates announces fifth daily service to Colombo

    Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to Sri Lanka by introducing an additional daily service between Dubai and Colombo. Effective 1st August 2016, the airline will operate five daily flights between Dubai and Colombo every day except Wednesdays when it will …

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  • HKTB gives serious consideration to increasing visitor arrival numbers

    Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

    According to the latest statistics, the total, mainland and non-mainland visitor arrivals last year decreased by 2.5 per cent, 2.9 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively as compared with those of the year before, and the decrease in the …

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  • PATA markets homeporting concept for unexplored destinations like Guam

    Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), at the request of the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and the Micronesia Cruise Association (MCA), has assembled a PATA Task Force to recommend a public policy case and financially viable business model for the homeporting of a cruise …

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  • Hotels revamp uniform to suit millennial’s style

    Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

    93% of millennials say they want a job where they can be themselves at work, and that includes dressing in a way that makes them comfortable and stylish. More hotels are revamping staff uniforms strictly to cater to young, millennial …

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  • Indonesia tourism holds sales mission event in India for 2016

    Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

    The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia (MoT) continues to aggressively promote “Wonderful Indonesia” in the Indian market which is considered as one of potential markets for Indonesian tourism. Later this month MoT will hold a sales mission event entitled Sales …

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  • Cambodia releases white paper for capitalizing on growth of Chinese tourists

    Published on : Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    With the aim of drawing and catering to roughly 2 million Chinese tourists per year by 2020, Cambodia’s Tourism Ministry has released a white paper for capitalizing on the rapid growth in Chinese inbound tourism, a local newspaper reported on …

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  • Hello Kitty themed train to brighten dull winter journeys around Tokyo

    Published on : Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    Train travel in winter can often be uninspiring, with delayed trains due to extreme weather conditions, misty, rain-spattered windows and cold waits on the platform.     For travellers journeying in and around Tokyo or Saitama, however, Seibu Railway Company …

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  • Dien Bien Phu Battlefield Viet Nam has 45 relic sites for tourism interest

    Published on : Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    Twenty-three relic sites have been added to the Dien Bien Phu Battlefield Relics Complex in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien, lifting the total number of constituent sites in the complex to 45. In 1961, Dien Bien was one …

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  • Mauritius, Seychelles to develop unique tourism destination

    Published on : Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    Mauritius and Seychelles have decided develop a unique tourism destination among the islands in the region which differs from other islands across the world. The two countries will further collaborate to consolidate the tourism industry.   This was discussed during …

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