Author: Ritam Maity


7th UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit to focus on better policy making

The seventh UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit will focus on how governments can better align their tourism and aviation policies for the benefit of both. Tourism ministers and industry leaders attending the November 5 Summit – How to Bridge the Gap between Tourism and Aviation Policies – will discuss new ways of ensuring greater joined-up thinking when […]

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IBTM India set to deliver table-top format event

  IBTM India is set to take place at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai from 12-14 September, 2013. The table-top event is a proven model across Reed Travel Exhibitions’ events. Limited to 100 international and Indian suppliers of product and services to the MICE industry, it is designed through pre-arranged meetings to place international and […]

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JetBlue Airways unveils lie-flat seats

JetBlue Airways has announced that it is adding lie-flat seats to its Airbus A321 transcontinental flights. Sources: CNN

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Maldives to unveil new tourism master plan on World Tourism Day

The Maldives government has announced its intention to unveil the country’s fourth official tourism master plan on September 27 to coincide with this year’s World Tourism Day. The five year scope of the plan is expected to emphasise strengthening tourism infrastructure across the country, while also outlining specific types of development. Existing aims outlined under […]

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Lost baggage, a traveller’s nightmare

Nearly 23 million checked bags are lost every year. The question is: How do we tackle this problem? Source: ABC News

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Tourism Australia to conduct third India Mission in Goa

Tourism Australia will conduct its third annual India Travel Mission from August 25-28 in Goa to showcase the country’s offerings as a tourist destination. It will see the highest number of participation – some 100 by-invitation-only buyers as well as about 50 suppliers. Nishant Kashikar, Manager (India), Tourism Australia, said, “This year, we are expanding […]

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Direct flight helps St Lucia gain advantage over Grand Cayman

Airlines are kingmakers as well as heartbreakers when it comes to tourism, and Grand Cayman is feeling the heat of loss of direct flights from Philadelphia, Dallas and Atlanta. Despite having a much smaller room count, St Lucia welcomed 6.6% more American visitors between January and April this year compared to 2012, overtaking Grand Cayman. […]

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Alabama’s Huntsville is America’s most expensive airport

  According to a recent U.S. Department of Transportation report, Huntsville in the state of Alabama is America’s most expensive airport, with fares averaging at about $543 per passenger. The report found that Huntsville’s airfares are about $164 higher than the national average. The ranking lists Huntsville as more expensive than airports in Cincinnati, Houston, Washington […]

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Budget luggage delivery service in Europe

  Budget airline passengers are getting accustomed to regular hikes in the cost of checked-in luggage. But the Luggage Delivery Company, a new door-to-door budget luggage delivery service, claims to offer travelers an alternative to the high fees they face on their European outing. Its service will “bring the glamour back to travelling within Europe” […]

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Facebook and Google to speak at WTM 2013

The WTM Travel Perspective programme, sponsored by Global Distribution System Sabre and part of the content to support the new The Travel Tech Show at WTM, starts with a keynote session from Facebook Head of Travel Lee McCabe. The session – entitled Facebook and Targeting: Finding the People that Matter to You – will explore […]

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