Tourism Breaking News

Mayfair to open India’s first boutique tea resort in Siliguri in 2020

Mayfair Hotels & Resorts will open ‘Mayfair Tea Resort Siliguri’ in 2020.  Pradipta Mohapatra, Assistant Vice President (Sales & Marketing), Mayfair Hotels & Resorts, said, “In 2020, Mayfair will be establishing India’s first boutique tea resort in Siliguri, which is expected to be operations by mid-2020. Situated amidst thousands of acres of aromatic tea gardens, the property is being exquisitely designed and exclusively developed to take tea tourism in India to new heights. Going ahead, in 2021, our group will also establish a 252-Key five-star deluxe property in Kolkata, the work for which is expeditiously underway.”

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Genting Dream to start sailing out of Singapore from 27th March

Starting 27th March 2020, Genting Dream Cruise will again start sailing from Singapore. The ship had announced voluntary suspension of Genting Dream’s operations from Singapore from February 23 amidst rising travel concerns after coronavirus outbreak. Genting Dream features all the comforts of authentic Asian hospitality, combined with the finest experiences from around the world.

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Existing Indian visas and e-visa for nationals of France, Germany and Spain suspended

Extending visa restrictions on three more countries, the government has asked people to refrain from travelling to France, Germany and Spain apart from Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and China. Issuing additional travel advisory in view of the COVID-19, the Health Ministry advised them to avoid non-essential travel abroad. Regular visas including e-Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travel history to these countries on or after February 1 and who have not yet entered India also stands suspended. The advisory further said that all incoming international passengers returning to India should self-monitor their health and follow required Dos and Dont’s. Besides, all passengers having travel history to China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Iran, Malaysia, France, Spain and Germany are advised to undergo self-imposed quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival. With regard to restrictions on visa, besides the already issued instructions, all regular visas which have been granted to nationals of France, Germany and Spain on or before 11th of this month and were these foreigners have not yet entered India, stands suspended.

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Switzerland Tourism to host webinar on Jungfrau Railways today at 3 pm

Switzerland Tourism invites members of India’s travel trade to participate in its exclusive webinar on Jungfrau Bahn – Railways to the Sky. This webinar will take place today at 3:00 pm and will highlight popular activities and excursions in Switzerland accessible by the Jungfrau Railways – Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, Grindelwald-First – Top of Adventure and Harder Kulm – Top of Interlaken. Participants get the opportunity to learn about the various products as well as get the latest news and updates from Jungfrau Railways. Travel partners who attend all the webinars also stand a chance of winning a trip to Switzerland. For more information, please contact Jaspreet Kaur on 9650196532 or jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com.

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LOT Polish offers free ‘change of date’ for travel from March 6 to Dec 31, 2020

LOT Polish Airlines starting from March 6 introduces a free of charge option to postpone and change the date of travel for Passengers who have purchased LO tickets in individual tariffs only. A passenger with a LO (080-) ticket purchased on/before March 31, 2020, valid for journeys from March 6, 2020 to April 24, 2020, regardless of their destination, has the option of changing the travel date at no extra cost until December 31, 2020, provided that the same route and booking class are maintained. 1. REBOOKING A free change of the travel date can take place provided that the same route and booking class as used in the original ticket are kept. If the Passenger chooses a date and flight on which the original booking class is not available, Passenger needs to pay the fare difference. Change fees are waived. The rules apply equally to all types of PLL LOT individual fares. All changes must be handled on a voluntary basis. Whenever a change of itinerary is done in accordance with the above, it is necessary to add the OSI element in the following format: OSI LO WAIVER2020 In case of ticket reissue it is mandatory to add FE WAIVER2020 in the endorsement restriction box of the e-ticket. 2. REFUND In the event that the Passenger does not want to take advantage of the option of changing the date of travel free of charge, any refund of the ticket may only be made in accordance with the applicable fare conditions used in the original ticket. 3. ROUTING CHANGE Change of route is not allowed. Standard fare rules apply.

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ATM postponed; new dates from June 28 to July 1, 2020

Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced that it has postponed Arabian Travel Market (ATM) to 28th June – 1st July 2020, at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, U.A.E. Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 epidemic around the world, after consultation with all their stakeholders, the venue management, supporting associations, and in alignment with the advice from the UAE public health authorities regarding travel to and from impacted countries, they have taken the decision to postpone the event which was due to take place on 19 – 22 April 2020 in Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Whilst the UAE is following the strictest medical and hygiene protocols in line with international standards, they have made this decision in the best interest of the industry to enable them to organise an event which provides effective participation and experience for all. Arabian Travel Market (ATM), is the leading global event for the Middle East inbound and outbound travel industry for the last 27 years.

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Travel trade join hands to fight tax #savetravelindustry

A fraction of the travel fraternity has come together to create awareness about the implementation of tax collection at source (TCS) on outbound travel as proposed in the financial bill 2020 being implemented from 1st April. Upset that this proposal will have a negative impact on the agents, the additional tax will be passed on to the clients, thus making packages sold by travel companies in India more expensive. An OTA registered outside India, foreign hotels or tour operators do not levy this tax. Indian travellers will consequently seek to book directly with foreign offices. The industry players are voicing their concern over different social media platforms while industry associations are making representations to the concerned government departments.

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TUI offers benefits worth Rs 4,000 for Maldives

Travel agents can get upto Rs 2000 as commission and Rs 2000 as credits in their TUI B2B portal on a minimum sale of Rs 10,000. Login to TUI travel.in, or email to b2bholiday@tui.in or call 1800111884. The offer is valid for the first 100 customers, terms and conditions apply. TUI offers Maldives for Rs 47,599 per person on twin sharing basis. Al if you register with TUI, you are assured Rs 5000, credits and also a chance to win free ALEXA.

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HICSA postponed; to be held from July 22-23, 2020

In its 16th year now, HICSA has become indisputably known as the premier hospitality event in the South Asian Region. It is now scheduled for 22nd and 23rd July 2020 at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai. Notable speakers confirmed or invited to HICSA 2020 include Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, Christopher J Nasseta, President and CEO, Hilton, Dimitris Manikis, President and MD – EMEA, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Federico J González, President and CEO, Radisson Hospitality AB, Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and CEO, IHCL, Radha Arora, President, Rosewood Hotel Group and Marc Steinmeyer, Founder, Tauzia hotels, to name a few.

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Switzerland Tourism to host webinar on Jungfrau Railways on March 12, 2020

Switzerland Tourism invites members of India’s travel trade to participate in its exclusive webinar on Jungfrau Bahn – Railways to the Sky. The webinar will highlight popular activities and excursions in Switzerland made accessible by the Jungfrau Railways. For more information, please contact Jaspreet Kaur on 9650196532 or jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com.

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