Norwegian Cruise Line takes delivery of Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, this month took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in Bremerhaven, Germany. This highly anticipated milestone begins a nearly month-long tour with preview events scheduled in Europe, New York and Miami, including the ship’s naming ceremony on Nov 21, 2019. In attendance were Norwegian Cruise … Read more

Tourism Turkey conducts FAM trip for leading Indian corporate houses

The Turkish Tourism Board in cooperation with Turkish Airlines and Accor Hotels recently hosted yet another successful MICE FAM for representatives of leading corporate houses from India. In the first week of November, Turkey hosted a MICE group comprising of representatives from six companies and two B2B publications who travelled to  Antalya & Istanbul to … Read more

Royal Caribbean Arabia expands ME headquarters

Royal Caribbean is expanding its Middle East headquarters in Dubai, to cater to the expanding regional cruise market and supporting over 50,000 outbound passengers from across the Middle East cruise market. On November 20, Safeen Tourism, the sole Middle East representative for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and its portfolio of cruise lines; Royal Caribbean International, … Read more

Morocco ranks 66 in latest Tourism Competitiveness index

In the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Morocco has landed 66th in the international ranking – proving once again the global edge and competitiveness of the country’s travel and tourism industry. Morocco, as per the WEF report, was also cited for significant improvements in its Business Environment … Read more

Thailand extends visa-on-arrival fee waiver until April 30, 2020

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to report that the Royal Thai Government has once again approved an extension of the visa-on-arrival fee waiver for citizens of 20 nations for another six months, from November 1, 2019 until April 30, 2020.   Thailand extends visa fee waiver scheme for tourists from 20 nations. … Read more

MasterChef showcases Queensland for the first time

For the first time in its 11-year history, MasterChef Australia contestants travelled to Queensland in a series of episodes airing on Star World India. The episodes featured the state’s local cuisine, restaurants and farm-to-table experiences in a week-long showcase that tantalised the tastebuds of Indian fans. Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that Queensland has a … Read more

Zhangjiajie Tourism forays into the India market

  Zhangjiajie Tourism Group, together with Tourism Representations, organises the debut roadshow in India. The two-city roadshow was hosted in New Delhi yesterday and would be in Mumbai, today, supervised by Vishal Yadav, Director of Tourism Representations that brought in around nine suppliers from China’s new destination to encourage the travel trade in rerouting Indian … Read more

Lithuania visa services now available in India through VFS Global

VFS Global has rolled out Lithuania visa services in New Delhi, India, to cater to travellers from India visiting the European country. H.E. Julius Pranevičius, Ambassador of Lithuania to India and Giedrius Kazakevičius, Director of the Consular Department of the Lithuania Ministry of Foreign Affairs formally inaugurated the new Lithuania Visa Application Centre in the … Read more

Africa the ‘second fastest growing tourism region in the world’

Travel and tourism remained one of the key growth drivers of Africa’s economy, contributing 8.5 per cent of the GDP in 2018; equivalent to $194.2 billion. According to the 2019 Jumia Hospitality Report for Africa, this growth record placed the continent as the second-fastest growing tourism region in the world, with a growth rate of … Read more