Govt releases new map of India showing UTs of J&K and Ladakh

On the recommendation of Parliament, the President effectively dismantled Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and supervision of Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, the former state of Jammu & Kashmir has been reorganized as … Read more

Accor to debut Pullman in Egypt after landmark resort deal

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, is set to raise its first Pullman flag in Egypt after signing an agreement to take over, manage and fully renovate a beachside resort in one of Sharm El Sheikh’s most desirable tourism destinations.   The group has partnered with Allied Arab Investment & Development Company to operate Naama … Read more

Almost two thirds of Middle Eastern adults would pay $101 – $500 extra for ‘personalised’ travel experience: Sabre

New online research by Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading global travel technology provider, has revealed that 59 per cent of Middle Eastern adults would pay between $101 – $500 on extras that personalise their travel journeys. The report also provided insight into the pain points, trends and opportunities for the Middle Eastern travel industry. … Read more

SalamAir launches direct service to Colombo

Oman-based SalamAir has announced direct flight service from Muscat to Colombo, one of the most vibrant cities of Sri Lanka, in a move that enhances the airline’s subcontinent profile. The Colombo route is the airline’s seventh destination in the subcontinent, which includes Dhaka, Kathmandu, Karachi, Multan, Sialkot and Chattogram (Chittagong). The Muscat-Colombo direct route marks … Read more

Tourism & leisure industry deals in September 2019 total $8.96bn globally

Total tourism & leisure industry deals for September 2019 worth $8.96bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database. The value marked an increase of 58.9% over the previous month and a rise of 15.04% when compared with the last 12-month average of $7.79bn. In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a drop … Read more

Vietjet inks deal with Airbus for 20 latest-generation A321XLR aircraft

New age-carrier Vietjet and aircraft manufacturer Airbus signed a contract for 20 brand-new A321XLR aircraft on October 31 in Toulouse (France). The first aircraft will be delivered in 2023, making Vietjet one of the first carriers in the world to operate Airbus’ newest “extra-long-range” version. With a range of up to 8,700km, the innovative model … Read more

IndiGo becomes a member of IATA

In-line with the vision to expand its international presence, IndiGo recently joined IATA as a member. The announcement followed soon after the airline’s recent expansion into Vietnam, Myanmar, China and Saudi Arabia. IndiGo is currently an IOSA registered airline and IATA Clearing House member. IATA is the global trade association for the airline industry, representing … 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

Marriott International debuts JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

JW Marriott, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the opening of JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa on Vagaru Island, Shaviyani atoll in the Maldives. The opening marks the debut of Marriott International’s iconic JW Marriott brand in this paradisiacal island destination, with the brand-new resort located just 55 minutes via seaplane from the … Read more

JNTO signs MOC with Emirates to increase visitors from the Middle East

To further increase tourism demand from the Middle East to Japan, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with Emirates on October 30th, 2019 to jointly promote Japan as a destination of choice for travellers from the Middle East seeking authentic, unique and luxurious experiences. The multi-faceted promotional campaign will … Read more