Archive July 2018

21 Jul 2018 Tourism

Malabar Tourism to promote Kerala Travel Mart in September 2018.

The promotion of Malabar Tourism will be the focal theme of the upcoming 10th edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), which will be a platform for extensive business-to-business meetings and chalking out measures to make the money-spinning tourism sector of the state a sustainable enterprise.

India’s largest tourism event, the four-day KTM will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on September 27 at 6:00 PM at Grand Hyatt, Bolgatty, Kochi, coinciding with World Tourism Day organised by KTM Society in partnership with Kerala Tourism, the event will conduct its business-to-business meetings at Samudrika and Sagara Convention Centre, Willingdon Island, Kochi, from September 28 to 30.

Announcing the details of the KTM 2018 at a press conference on Wednesday, Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said the opening of Kannur airport this year would give a boost to tourism in the Malabar region in north Kerala.

This is in continuation of the summit meeting between the Indian Prime Minister and the Russian Federation President last year to celebrate 2018 as the Year of Tourism in India and Russia.
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6 Jul 2018 Tourism

Roadshows to be held by Israel Ministry of Tourism in India

A campaign will be held by the Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) in India from July to August. The focus of this roadshows is to attract Indian tourists to Israel.

The schedule for the show is all set. The first show will be held in Nashik, Maharashtra on 19th July followed by Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 27th August. On 29th August the roadshow will be conducted in Kolkata, West Bengal. Finally, the campaign will end with a roadshow on 30th August in the capital, Delhi. 

Hassan Madah, Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism, India & Philippines, said, “The plan is to organize 11 roadshows in different cities of India by end of 2018 and successfully introduce and reinforce the varied tourism offerings of Israel.” 

In 2017, the record of Indians visiting Israel was 60,000 which is the highest till now. “Israel is becoming a popular destination among leisure and MICE travelers. Beautiful landscapes, historic attractions, availability of Indian food, increased flight connectivity, simplified visa process make Israel a great place for MICE and incentive travelers,” Madah told.

Seeing this, Air India has increased the number of weekly flights to Israel. Meanwhile, El Al Israel Airlines operates direct flights to Tel Aviv. Few more airlines have expressed an interest to start providing flights from Israel to India. 

Additionally, the visa fees have been reduced from Rs 1,700 to Rs. 1,100 so as to encourage Indians to visit Israel more often.

Source: The Statesman

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4 Jul 2018 Tourism

Abu Dhabi hotel notices growth after cut off in tourism fee

Abu Dhabi has seen an increase in the number of guests in the first five months of 2018. It is expected to grow further after reduction in tourist and municipal tax. It is said that the bookings have gone up by 5 percent comparatively from the last year. 

The boost was mostly due to visitors from China, India and the UK. undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, Saif Saeed Ghobash said, "We expect to see significant momentum across the tourism sector in the forthcoming months with Abu Dhabi summer season having begun in June, the opening of new leisure establishments and resorts such as Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island from July 25, and Jumeirah’s luxurious Saadiyat Island Resort in November."

From 1st July Abu Dhabi has decided to cut down the hospitality related fees. The cut includes lowering down of tourism fees from 6 percent to 3.5 percent while the municipality fees from 4 percent to 2 percent. Ghobash said, “This decision encourages investments across Abu Dhabi’s tourism and hospitality sector." He also mentioned, “It will also help us attract more visitors and increase occupancy rates, revenues and the average length of stay, and thus increase the tourism sector's contribution to the UAE’s GDP." 

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2 Jul 2018 Tourism

Kathleen Matthews appointed as WTTC Ambassador

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced Kathleen Matthews as the WTTC Ambassador. She is an award-winning journalist, global hotel company executive and tourism advocate.

The aim to choose Ms. Matthews was her strong leadership quality and great experience in Travel and Tourism industry. It is believed that Kathleen Matthews will expand the Council’s voice through her influence and collaborative work. 

WTTC President and CEO, Gloria Guevara said, ‘I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Matthews as WTTC Ambassador. Ms. Matthews, along with our other Ambassadors around the world, possesses deep sector knowledge of the Travel & Tourism industry, following strong career experience within the sector. Her proven record of success is representative of the mission and values of WTTC and we look forward to working together on behalf of Travel & Tourism.’

She also mentioned, “Travel & Tourism is a powerful engine for employment, economic development, and opportunity around the world,” said Matthews. “I am so motivated to be an advocate for how we continue to grow our industry responsibly to create new jobs in emerging and advanced markets and provide experiences for travelers to better understand cultures and why we must protect our planet.”

Source: eturbonews

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