Author: Chirajit Nath

Ravneet Kaur takes over as the Chairperson and Managing Director of ITDC

Ravneet Kaur, Additional Secretary has been appointed as the Chairperson and Managing Director (C&MD) of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). She is an IAS officer of 1988 batch, Punjab cadre and was the Joint Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under Ministry of Commerce and Industry prior to this role. She has […]

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Odisha Tourism Minister interacts with the travel trade from North India

Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) recently organised its interactive luncheon meeting at Eros Hotel, New Delhi. The special guest for the meeting was Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of Tourism and Culture (IC), Government of Odisha. The 33rd Annual Convention of IATO will be held from September 7-10 at the Mayfair Hotel in Bhubaneswar in […]

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Indian Medical Tourism witnessed a prominent rise in medical visas

India issued more than 1.78 lakh medical visas in 2016, including for follow up treatment, as against 1.22 lakh in 2015, according to the data. The number of medical visas issued by India rose by 45% in 2016 from the year before, as per data presented by the Home Affairs Ministry. It is an indication […]

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Spain Tourism witnesses record-breaking first half of 2017

In the first half of 2017, Spain witnessed a massive rise in tourism with the country welcoming almost 36.3 million tourists, an 11.6% increase from 2016, according to the survey of the Tourist Movement on Borders (Frontur) released by the National Statistics Institute. The numbers are in line with the ‘Trips and Tourism Competitiveness Index […]

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Dubai receives over 8 million overnight visitors in the first half of 2017

During the first six months of 2017, Dubai welcomed a record total of 8.06 million international overnight tourists, a 10.6% increase over the same period last year. The figures, released by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, showed the foundational strength and sustained acceleration of the emirate’s tourism sector. The year-on-year performances revealed […]

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Oman introduces eVisa facility

Oman’s tourism department has introduced a new eVisa service to attract outbound travellers to the country. The first stage comprises non-sponsored tourist visas for people from 67 countries as well as GCC residents employed in 116 professions. “The Sultanate’s announcement of the eVisa system will ensure the continuous growth of Oman’s tourism sector in the […]

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Odisha targets 30% growth in foreign tourist arrivals

The Odisha government has set a target of 30% growth in foreign tourist arrivals at around one lakh travellers in the state this calendar year. In 2016, the state hosted 76,361 foreign tourists, most of them from Sri Lanka, Japan, some European and South Asian nations. “We are witnessing a steady growth in foreign tourist […]

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Air India begins direct flight service between New Delhi and Washington DC

The first direct Air India flight from Delhi to Washington DC recently landed at the Dulles International Airport, connecting both the Capitals. Upon its landing at the airport, the flight, AI 103, was accorded a water cannon salute and traditional gate-side prayer ceremony. Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Navtej Sarna; Air India Chairman and Managing […]

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Prince Hotels acquires StayWell Hospitality

Prince Hotels Inc, a consolidated subsidiary of Seibu Holdings Inc has acquired StayWell Hospitality Group (SWHG) along with the business operations of StayWell Group which operates and develops 30 hotels globally. Prince Hotels will establish the 100% fully owned Australian subsidiary StayWell Holdings Pty Ltd and this new company will acquire all shares of SWHG’s […]

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WTTC appoints Gloria Guevara Manzo as their new President & CEO

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recently announced the appointment of Gloria Guevara Manzo as their new President and CEO. Previously, she had served as Secretary Tourism for Mexico and CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012, Minister in the cabinet of President Calderón. Prior to that, she worked for global […]

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