There’s something magical about destination weddings, especially when they involve an island resort and white sandy beaches in the heart of the Indian Ocean a shade of blue yet to be formalised! The Amari Raaya Maldives, part of the brand ‘Amari’ which is the centre-piece of ONYX Hospitality Group’s portfolio of brands established under one of Thailand’s largest conglomerates – the Italthai Group, provide all this and much more to make your wedding dreams come true! The Amari Raaya Maldives is hidden gem on a secluded, pristine island in the heart of the Indian Ocean that provide a unique experience for its guests. The five-star property provide 187 contemporary Beach and Ocean Villas, each with a private pool, and a myriad of indoor of outdoor spaces that can be magically transformed into beautiful venues for different wedding functions. The property reflects the warmth and energy of an evolving modern Asia offering unique textures and flavors that showcase architecture, design, art, cuisine and service with a touch of contemporary Thai-ness. Be it an intimate beach wedding, a full-on celebration at a modern Maldives resort, watch tower matrimonies with sweeping views, a traditional or contemporary ceremony, the wedding planners and the on-island caterers of the Amari Raaya Maldives are well-equipped to make all dreams come true for the couple. From room management to transport, concept, food, music and flowers, everything is taken care of allowing the couple and their families to fully immerse themselves in enjoying the fairytale wedding celebrations. Either before or after the wedding ceremonies, the couple and their families can embark on a traditional Dhoni boat adventure or head out to the Village – the island’s town centre to …Read More »
The new Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 implements new MICE VAT Exemption Scheme that replaces the MICE VAT Refund Scheme from October 1, 2023; to be eligible to apply under the scheme, the business meeting, conference, or wedding organized by planners in Mauritius should be attended by 50 or more visitors from abroad; and visitors must stay for a minimum three nights in a hotel in Mauritius. Mauritius has now become an even more attractive destination for event planners from India to host their business meetings, conferences or weddings! From October 1 onwards this year, Mauritius has exempted event planners from across the world from paying 15% VAT on their hotel room charges through their stay in the country for any of these events. The Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 has introduced the MICE VAT Exemption Scheme, which replaces the MICE VAT Refund Scheme. Under the new scheme, an event organiser may apply with the Economic Development Board for exemption of VAT in respect of accommodation costs incurred during an event held in Mauritius subject to these terms and conditions: the event (business meeting, conference, or wedding) should be attended by 50 or more visitors from abroad. visitors stay for a minimum of 3 nights in a hotel in Mauritius. Mr. Arvind Bundhun Director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority’s said, “With the implementation of this scheme, we hope Mauritius becomes the preferred destination for event planners across India to celebrate both their professional and personal milestones against the stunning Mauritian backdrop.” Event organisers are required to register the specific event at least four weeks before the date of the event. Post registration, they should submit the application for VAT exemption to the …Read More »
Christmas Holidays- the German Way : Gliding down the slopes all morning, with new stunning winter panoramas await Indian Travellers.
Some things about Christmas are the same everywhere: Enjoying the first snow, experiencing nature on winter walks, or writing a Christmas Wishlist. Indian visitors can explore candid Christmas markets all over Germany. A way to bring winter sports and nature in harmony together in Germany. Germany is committed to promoting sustainability by creating eco-friendly environments throughout its various celebratory activities. The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) India is excited about the highly anticipated Christmas markets in Germany to Indian travellers this winter. With a focus on sustainability and unique experiences, Germany provide a perfect destination for Indians seeking a memorable holiday season. Christmas markets are an integral part of German culture during the festive season. They provide a magical atmosphere, where visitors can explore beautifully decorated stalls, indulge in traditional food and beverages, and purchase unique handcrafted gifts in cities such as Berlin, Munich, Cologne, and Frankfurt, among others. This year Germany is quickening its journey towards sustainability and aims to implement sustainable practices as well as to promote locally sourced, organic goods. Visitors can also venture beyond the festive villages to experience a winter wonderland committed to eco-friendly enjoyment, featuring serene snow walks, spirited torchlight hikes, and the warmth of shared Christmas traditions. Romit Theophilus, Director, of the German National Tourist Office in India, highlighted the significance of Christmas markets in Germany and encouraged Indian travellers to visit during the winter season and beyond. He said, “Germany’s Christmas markets are a true representation of German tradition and culture. The festive atmosphere, the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread, and the beautifully lit streets create an unforgettable experience. We invite Indian travellers to explore these markets and immerse themselves in …Read More »
Vistara declare its 50th destination; Introduce direct flights between Mumbai and Doha starting 15 December 2023
Vistara, India’s finest full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, declare the addition of Doha (Qatar), its 50th destination, to its growing network. The airline will be operating direct, 4x weekly flights between Mumbai and Doha, starting from 15 December 2023 using its A321neo aircraft. Bookings for the flights are being progressively opened on all channels, including Vistara’s website, mobile app, and through travel agents. Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara said, “We are thrilled to introduce direct flights between Mumbai and Doha – the capital of Qatar and a burgeoning financial hub in the Middle East. Given the city’s growing economic significance, this move not only further solidifies our presence in the Gulf region but also enhances our network offering from our Mumbai hub. We hope that our customers will appreciate having the option of flying with India’s best airline on this route.” Vistara will accept all eligible customers meeting visa/entry requirements in both countries, as specified by the respective government bodies. Vistara strongly encourages its customers to fully understand these guidelines before making their bookings. Vistara is India’s highest-rated airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor, and it has been the winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards, besides being lauded for world-class cabin cleanliness and upholding high safety standards. The only Indian carrier to feature amongst World’s Top 20 Airlines, Vistara has been named ‘16th Best Airline’ globally, while also being recognized as the ‘Best Airline in India and South Asia’ for the third time in a row, ‘Best Airline Staff in India and South Asia’ for the fifth consecutive year, ‘Best Cabin Crew in India and South Asia’ for the third time in …Read More »
M/s SKI Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. a real estate & hotel development company in Delhi, today declare the signing of a franchise agreement with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts for a new hotel development under the midscale Ramada by Wyndham brand in Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand. The Jim Corbett National Park , situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand State, is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1939 as Hailey National Park. In 1956, it was renamed after Jim Corbett – the famous hunter turned conservationist and wildlife author. JCNP is one of the most renowned wildlife sanctuaries in India, popular for the Royal Bengal Tiger and every year about 70,000 – 100,000 international and domestic tourists visit the park. The park is very well connected to most major cities of India by road, rail and air. IGI Airport, Delhi is the nearest international airport and is about 260 KM away. Due to its closeness to Delhi National Capital Region (Delhi NCR), Jim Corbett is also very popular for corporate breaks, brainstorming and team building. The closest domestic airport is Pant Nagar Airport, which is 80 km away. JCNP, fits very well, as an extended leg, in the popular golden triangle tourist circuit comprising of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts currently have hotels in all three locations and a resort in JCNP will further enhance Wyndham’s product offering in North India. Expected to open in 2025, Ramada by Wyndham Jim Corbett Belpadao will have a modern design 66 contemporary rooms and a host of amenities including a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant & bar, health club, spa, swimming pool, meeting room and a business center. …Read More »
Vistara, India’s finest full-service carrier and a joint venture of the Tata group and Singapore Airlines, inaugurated daily, non-stop flights between Delhi and Bali. The inaugural flight, operated on Vistara’s A321LR aircraft, commenced from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi at 00:30 Hours (IST) on 01 December 2023 and arrived at Denpasar International Airport, Bali (DPS) at 11:05 Hours (WITA). Vistara’ s A321LR with three-class seating configuration is distinguished for its exceptional features including contemporary interiors, in-seat power/USB charging ports, state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system, live TV and onboard Wi-Fi to accentuate the overall in-flight experience for customers. Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “Bali is one of the most coveted holiday havens for travellers in India and we are excited to be the only airline currently to launch direct connectivity between Delhi and Bali. Given the close commercial and cultural ties that India and Indonesia share, Bali has also rapidly grown to be a key destination for corporate travel and MICE. We are excited to bring the Best Airline in India and South Asia to Bali and are confident that Vistara with its world-class product and services will be a much-preferred choice for customers travelling on this new route.” Mr. Faik Fahmi expressed PT Angkasa Pura I (AP1) President Director, enthusiasm and optimism regarding the opening of this route. “We welcome Vistara to Bali. After a long time, finally today Bali is connected directly with India via the inaugural flight operated by Vistara. This deserves to be recorded in the history books of AP1; this long-awaited flight route is officially operational today.” SCHEDULE OF FLIGHTS BETWEEN DELHI AND BALI EFFECTIVE 01 DECEMBER 2023 Sector Flight No. Days of …Read More »
Top sales event of the year promises huge savings for travelers. Expedia TAAP agents look to boost Black Friday sales with 30% or more off select hotels worldwide Expedia Group has declare its biggest Expedia TAAP sales event of the year, having negotiated at least 30% off thousands of hotels worldwide*. The Black Friday deals apply to bookings made during the 12-day sale between November 17-29, 2023, and are valid for travel through December 31, 2024. Expedia TAAP works with more than 100,000 travel agents globally, providing access to a wide-ranging inventory to travel agents, including more than three million properties, 220,000 activities, 120 car rental companies and 500 airlines. Travel agents also have access to a range of Expedia Group technology and tools, including a Virtual Agent that permits them to self-serve and find answers to common questions, quickly search for information or modify bookings. There’s also Live Agent Chat where knowledgeable agents are available to answer detailed questions and help with decision-making. This Black Friday event is the ideal chance for travel agents to drive bookings, promote early bird offers, and get ready for their best Black Friday yet. They can even take benefit of free eye-catching marketing assets designed to grab the customer’s attention.Read More »
Clarks Collection Somnath in order to cater to changing travellers’ demands, has designed a personalized package for the travellers. The property has witnessed an increase in spiritual travelers. In order to provide a holistic experience of Somnath, Clarks Collection has created a spiritual package, along with a local guide, and local transport, and the priests or their representatives will be present in all the temples to help the guests. At the same time, the hotel organizes shows of local artists for the guests, who narrate the story of Somanth and the different folklore associated with the place. They also try to conduct religious discourses from time to time on the property for spiritual travelers. This is a unique step taken by the property in that area. Somnath holds special significance to the Hindus because of the Somnath temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most important spiritual sites in the Hindu circuit. It is widely believed to be the first of the 12 jyotirlingas in the country, the temple witnesses an annual footfall of 80 to 90 lakh visitors. Clarks Collection Somnath is located within walking distance of the temple. Due to its significance, this is the first place incorporated in the itinerary. Second comes Shri Ram Temple, located 1 km from Somnath temple. It was built by Shree Somnath Trust in 2017 and is the newest addition to the array of religious places in and around Somnath. The temple is graceful and the sanctum has artistic idols of Lord Rama, Sita Devi, and Lord Lakshmana. The itinerary also includes a visit to Triveni Ghat, located near Somnath beach and one of the most important holy places, it is believed to be …Read More »
A Malay Odyssey: A Symphony of Malaysian Flavours Orchestrated by Chef Jais Bin Manan from DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru.
DoubleTree by Hilton Gurgaon, New Delhi-NCR is pleased to declare a Malaysian Food Festival – A Malay Odyssey which is an ode to Authentic Malaysian Flavours and Cuisine. The food festival will commence at Asia Alive-South East Asian Restaurant on 17th Nov and will conclude on 26th Nov 2023. Hilton’s Guest Chef from DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru – Chef Jais Bin Manan will be crafting an inspiring culinary trail celebrating Malaysia’s gastronomic wonders which food enthusiasts can sample over curated Set Meals for Lunch at 2000 + Taxes and elaborate buffet spread over Dinner at INR 2500 + Taxes. “A Malay Odyssey”, is more than just a feast for the palate; It’s a cultural journey that immerses gastronomes in the traditions and stories behind each dish. From the bustling street food stalls of Kuala Lumpur to the traditional delicacies of Malay Peninsula – The festival embraces the entire spectrum of Malaysian cuisine which is characterized by variety of herbs, spices and ingredients that make dishes flavourful, aromatic and colourful. The most popular food in Malaysia is often a combination of Sweet, Sour and Spicy and use of fresh Ingredients like coconut milk, Chilli, tamarind and lemongrass is also an essential aspect of country’s food culture. Prepare to be enchanted as Chef Jais Bin Manan will skilfully bring forth an exquisite mix of these flavours. Don’t miss the chance to taste its signature dishes like Nasi Lemak which is Malaysia’s National Dish, Ayam Rending Tok (Traditional Malaysian Chicken Curry), Tumisan Masak Hitam (Flavored Charred Lamb), Tumis Lemak Berladu (Sambal Spiced Yellow Curry) and Bubur Kacang Hijau (Traditional Coconut Pudding) amongst other delicacies. These culinary delights will not only satiate the …Read More »
Jagson Resorts Private Limited, a partnership firm based in Punjab, today declare opening of Ramada Encore by Wyndham in Amritsar in partnership with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the biggest hotel franchise in the world, with almost 9,100 locations in more than 95 countries. Located near the Airport, Ramada Encore by Wyndham Amritsar Airport Road, has 80 rooms, a lobby lounge, an all-day restaurant, bar, fitness center, rooftop swimming pool, meeting room and a banquet facility. The Golden Temple is about 6 kilometres away from the hotel, while the Amritsar Airport is only 5 km away. Mr. Ramesh Chopra director of M/s Jagson Resorts Private Limited. said, “It is our great pleasure to partner with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts under the trendy lifestyle Ramada Encore by Wyndham brand and become part of its rapidly expanding hotel portfolio in India and the state of Punjab. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is one of the fastest growing hotel chains a with a significant presence in major source markets for India. We look forward to a successful collaboration and a bright future ahead.” Mr. Nikhil Sharma, Market Manager Director Eurasia, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts said, “We are delighted to open our first Ramada Encore in Amritsar and our second hotel in the economic capital of Punjab. Amritsar attracts a significant number of tourists from around the world and is known for its rich culture and history. We remain focused on working to deliver value and exceptional customer experiences that are synonymous with the Ramada Encore by Wyndham brand.” Ramada Encore by Wyndham Amritsar Airport Road, M/S Jagson Resorts Private Limited has generated around 80 new jobs.Read More »