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India sees drop in arrivals of foreign tourists

The number of tourists visiting India since last October has been falling due to economic slowdown, reported the semi-official Press Trust of India news agency on Tuesday.

The news agency quoted a government official as saying that the Mumbai terror attacks have further reduced the number of tourist arrivals in December and January.

Tourism Minister Ambika Soni said 5.08 million tourists visited India in the year 2007, which was a record growth of 14.56 percent over the previous year.

However, foreign tourist arrivals were 521,990, 12.5 percent down from the same month of the previous year, while January saw a 17.6 percent fall to 487,262. Continue Reading

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Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel will reopen next week

Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel will reopen before Christmas after being stormed last month by Islamist militants according to its owners last Saturday.

The modern Tower wing of the iconic, red-domed waterfront complex would be back in business on the evening of December 21, Indian Hotels Co Ltd, part of the Tata Group conglomerate, said.

“We dedicate our reopening to the city of Mumbai as affirmation of the values of courage, resilience and dignity,” Raymond Bickson, the firm’s managing director and chief executive, said in a statement.

“To reopen the Taj with such speed but with no loss of attention to details, shows our resolve to commemorate all the innocent and brave people who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks,” he said.

“In their honour, the Taj will shine again in all its brilliance,” he said. Continue Reading

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India terrorist attacks leave Eighty dead

In a series of attacks aimed at Western tourists, terrorists attacked India’s financial capital late Wednesday, killing at least 80 people with automatic weapons and grenades and rounding up foreigners as hostages.

India dispatched army troops to India’s largest city in an attempt to rescue at least 40 visitors, including tourists held captive at two luxury hotels in south Bombay.

A previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attacks, the Press Trust of India reported. Terrorism experts in the United States said the extent and sophistication of the attacks pointed to an al Qaeda-affiliated group.

According to CNN Indian victims include financier, journalist, actor’s sister, police

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India’s Bird Academy launches Globally-Accredited Courses for Travel and Tourism Industry

Bird Group, one of India’s largest diversified groups in the aviation, travel and information technology arena, has launched specialized aviation and hospitality courses at the Bird Academy. The courses offered by the academy are accredited by global bodies thus ensuring high standards of education at par with world-renowned training institutions.

The academy has also entered into collaboration with Miranda House (Delhi University) to impart training in CRS, Air Fares, Ticketing and Tour Operations to the students of the Certificate Course in Travel & Tourism which is also UGC approved.

The courses are conducted by trainers at the state-of-the-art facility at Manesar and Connaught Place. All courses are accredited and the affiliations include IATA (International Air Transport Association), UFTAA (United Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations), FIATA (Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Continue Reading

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Bird Academy introduces courses for travel & tourism

Bird Group, one of India’s largest diversified groups in the aviation, travel and information technology arena, today announced the launch of specialized aviation and hospitality courses at the Bird Academy. The courses offered by the academy are accredited by global bodies thus ensuring high standards of education at par with world-renowned training institutions. The academy has also entered into collaboration with Miranda House (Delhi University) to impart training in CRS, Air Fares, Ticketing and Tour Operations to the students of the Certificate Course in Travel & Tourism which is also UGC approved.

The courses are conducted by proficient trainers at the state-of-the-art facility at Manesar and Connaught Place. All courses are accredited and the affiliations include IATA (International Air Transport Association), UFTAA (United Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations), FIATA (Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Continue Reading

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Kerala Tourism Host Second International Conference on Responsible Tourism

Kerala declaration on Responsible Tourism adopted at the Incredible India Second International Conference on Responsible Tourism and fifteen papers presented at the conference are now available on internet.

The conference on Responsible Tourism, inaugurated by Mr. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Minister for Tourism, Government of Kerala and presided over by Mr. Shailabhadra Banerjee, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, was attended by 503 delegates from 29 countries.

Kerala declaration was developed through a participatory process that was moderated by Dr. Venu V., Co-chair of the conference and Secretary, Kerala Tourism.

At the concluding session of the conference academicians, representatives from Government agencies, NGOs, media and the travel and tourism industry from Kerala, India and international arena participated. The delegates shared their expertise and experience to take forward the agenda of Responsible Tourism and Sustainable Tourism development across the world. Continue Reading

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India’s Jet Airways takes delivery of Airbus A330-200

Indian based international airline Jet Airways has taken delivery of its latest Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The aircraft forms part of an order for 15 Airbus A330-200 aircraft placed between 2005 and 2007. An initial order for 10 aircraft was signed in October 2005 and this was increased to 15 in December 2007. The delivered A330-200 is the airline’s seventh aircraft directly received from Airbus. The first aircraft was delivered in April 2007.

Jet Airways is deploying the aircraft on new far Eastern routes to serve Hong Kong and to expand services to Europe and the Middle East. The aircraft will be configured in two classes with a total of 220 seats.

The customised aircraft is configured with 30 seats in Première arranged in a ‘Herringbone configuration’ with fully lie flat electronic seats with lumbar support and massage systems. Continue Reading

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Medical tourism flourishes in India

India is set to earn 1.87 billion U.S. dollars a year in foreign exchange from medical tourism by 2012, according to a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

With easy visa facilities to overseas patients coupled with best emerging medical infrastructure facilities, India’s medical tourism can become a lead foreign exchange earner and the earnings will grow from the existing 800 million annually to 1.87 billion U. S. dollars a year by 2012, Assocham President Venugopal N. Dhoot said.

The study on Prospects of Medical Tourism for Higher Forex Earning was done under the supervision of the health committee of Assocham, headed by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital chairman B.K. Rao.

“The primary reasons as to why medical tourism would flourish in India include much lower medical treatment costs for various ailments, such as bone narrow transparent, bye-pass surgery, knee surgery and liver transplant as compared to western countries,” Dhoot said in a statement Monday. Continue Reading

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