Travel Sector

Queensland Government appoints business leaders to QR National Board

QR-NationalThe Queensland government announced today that it has appointed many senior business leaders to the QR National board. The Government said that as many as nine members were being named to the board to prepare QR National for its ASX listing. Shell Chairman Russell Caplan and former Australia Post chief Graeme John are the big names who are joining the board of the section of Queensland Rail to be privatized this year.

Spain Records 3.2% Growth In Tourist Arrivals In March

Spain Records 3.2% Growth In Tourist Arrivals In MarchThe industry ministry announced that the arrival of worldwide holidaymakers in Spain climbed up 3.2% in March 2010 to 3.5 million, the largest monthly increase since May 2008.

The data showed an improvement with regard to facts provided in recent months by the ministry's Tourism Studies Institute.

During Feb this year, tourist arrivals declined by 1.5%.

The review published on Thursday also mentioned that during the last year, tourist arrivals fell down 8.7%.

Eurostar recovers after snow fiasco

EurostarThe rail link of the country Eurostar has reported to back in track. It has managed to recover from the major snow debacle in the month of January and has produced some impressive sales figure.

The massive snowfall had affected the high-speed rail link hugely and the firm has produced very low sales in the first quarter of the year. Now the travelers are returning to avail the rail service and sales of Eurostar tickets have gained momentum.

Travel agents can’t charge you commission anymore

Travel agents Travel agents cannot charge a transaction fee from customers, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.

From December 2008, private airlines had stopped paying commission to agents and had demanded that customers pay agents the amount.

On Friday the DGCA said that allowing this would make fliers vulnerable to unscrupulous travel agents who can demand exorbitant amounts as transaction fees.

The authority said travel agents and airlines should mutually decide the amount of the commission. The DGCA has set up a team to monitor airlines’ adherence to the directive.

Increase In Number Of Indians Holidaying In Australia’s Victoria Region

Increase In Number Of Indians Holidaying In Australia’s Victoria RegionThere has been a 26% growth in Indians vacationing in Australia's Victoria state during the last year as against the corresponding period in 2008.

The data has been disclosed by a survey, which comes in the backdrop of a series of attacks on Indian pupils in Australia.

State Tourism Minister Tim Holding stated that more Indian residents than ever were vacationing in Victoria.

Tourism in Singapore Shows Signs of Improvement

Singapore-TourismWith the coming of 2010, Singapore's tourism seems to have been given a boost once again. During the year, the country is expecting to host 11.5 million to 12.5 million visitors and bag about S$17.5 Billion to S$18.5 Billion in tourism receipts. The figures have been shared by the Singapore Tourism Board and have been a result of the significant rise in tourist numbers recorded during the initial months of the year.

Toll shares fall after a disappointing H1

Toll-LogoToll Holdings Ltd released its first half results today and the share fell down by nearly 18% in today's trading as the company posted a decrease of 32% in its net profit for the first six months of the fiscal.

According to market analysts, Toll had experienced one of the toughest trading environments for the logistics sector in many years. The share prices fell down to the six month low. Toll shares closed at A$7.10 on Thursday after falling as low as A$7.00.

Singapore opens its first casino

Singapore has opened its first ever casino on the auspicious eve of the Chinese lunar year in a bid to diversify its economy. Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of Resorts World Sentosa and its developer, Malaysia's Genting Group said, "We are confident to meet our goal of 13 million visitors (per year)."

The move would turn the city-state into a playground for the rich Asian gamblers that would in turn push its economic growth. Initially selected guests would be allowed in the casino which is a part of S$6.59 billion resort located on Sentosa Island in the southern coast of Singapore.

Hotels feel the burn as Singapore tourism drops by 4.3 per cent

According to the city-state's tourism board, Singapore saw a fall in Tourist arrivals by 4.3 per cent in 2009 to 9.7 million. Hotels were hit hard as visitors stayed away due to the economic

recession and the H1N1 flu outbreak. A strong rebound in the last quarter allowed for a "very credible" performance over the whole year, tourism board chief executive Aw Kah Peng said.

For the month of December, visitor arrivals reached a record 971,000.

However, the board said that tourism receipts over the year were estimated at 12.4 billion Singapore dollars (8.7 billion US dollars), 19 per cent less from a year earlier.

Government plans to Launch National helpline For Tourists

India Tourism

“India will soon launch a helpline for tourists to know more about various destinations and to seek help if they are in distress”, said Minister of State for Tourism Kumari Selja, at an International Buddhist Heritage Conference in Nalanda in Bihar organized with an aim to promote Buddhist circuit in India.

More than 110 eminent monks and scholars, academicians and tour operators are participating in the conference which has delegates from 18 countries. The conference aims to let people experience Buddhism in the land of origin.

Travelport to float itself, raise $1.78 bn

TravelportLooking at the overall investment sentiment getting better, the online travel company, Travelport is planning to float itself on the London exchange. As a result, it expects to rise close to $1.78 billion.

Travelport includes operations like hotel and airline booking under the banner of Galileo. The total value of the company is close to $3.05 to $3.45 billion. This is higher than the earlier calculated value of $3 billion. However, experts believe that the company is overvalued.

Mumbai mono rail undergoes test runs

Chief-Minister-of-Maharashtra-Ashok-ChavanOn Tuesday, the monorail planned for the city of Mumbai underwent trial run on its upcoming network. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) chose the 61st Republic day for the train run in the city.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ashok Chavan, flagged off the rail from Wadala station of the network. The test run was for 108-metre on the Republic Day.

Air Travelers across UK Hurt by Big Freeze

Air Travelers across UK Hurt by Big FreezeThe disturbance and disruption which was caused by Britain's big freeze has ended up costing airport operator BAA 150,000 travelers during December.

BAA, which is the owner of 6 major UK airports including Heathrow and Stansted, has bitterly blamed the unusually cold weather and falling apart of the Scottish airline FlyGlobespan for a decline in passenger numbers last month. 2009 had anyways been a tough year for the group, with the recession pulling back the while airline sector.

Another Airline for U.A.E. skies

Another Airline for U.A.E. skiesGulf's skies are set to be busier as a new Abu Dhabi-based low-cost airline has been planned which would be the third budget airline of Emirates. The move is aimed to tap the huge potential of the low cost segment of the market in tandem with the growth of Gulf's premium airlines.

David J Bentley, Joint Managing Director of Big Pond Aviation added, "The Middle East is still playing 'catch up' with the rest of the world as far as LCCs (Low Cost Carriers) go."

MakeMyTrip Joins Hands With Atom Technologies

MakeMyTrip Joins Hands With Atom TechnologiesWith the intention to provide Travel Booking & ticketing over cell phones, Atom technologies, a major supplier of m-Commerce solutions, has signed up a partnership deal with MakeMyTrip, India's top online travel company.

Atom's mobile application will now facilitate users to hunt, book, pay and even receive their tickets on their cellular phones without paying any extra cost.

Explore Jim Corbett's life and times

 Jim Corbett's The state government will launch an adventure tourism package next week to give the visitors an experience of the life and times of the legendary hunter Jim Corbett.

Corbett Heritage Tourism Package is a move by the tourism department’s initiative to promote eco-tourism in Uttarakhand, State Tourism Minister Madan Kaushik told Hindustan Times on Sunday.

It would become a regular feature on the tourism package offered by the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam for tourists visiting Nainital, the minister said in a conversation over phone from Haridwar.

Malaysia’s tourism minister told not all Indians speak English

Malaysia’s tourism minister told not all Indians speak EnglishKuala Lumpur, Oct. 29 : Malaysia’s Tourism Ministry has been urged to install Tamil signboards and announcements at airports in order to cater to non-English speaking Indians.

The Star quoted Malaysian Indian Congress Youth secretary R. Sivaraj, as saying that the government should ensure hassle-free guidance for Tamil-speaking tourists.

Sivaraj expressed surprise over how could the Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen presume that most Indian tourists were proficient in English.

Crossing the danger marks

KTDCWhen Jalakanyaka, the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) boat that capsized in Mullaperiyar lake in Thekkady on September 30, was tugged on shore, rescue workers were shocked. They found lifejackets, mandatory for such cruises, dumped in the engine room, most of them still not taken out of their packets.

An embarrassed KTDC chairman Cherian Philip admitted: “Many lives would have been saved (had the life jackets been used).”

Theme for a dream holiday

Travel Travel enthusiasts in India are venturing beyond the obvious to indulge in specialised, theme-based, holidays. To cater to this growing demand, there’re vacations based around fashion weeks, world sporting events, spa therapies and more on offer.

P Srinivas, senior vice president (special interest tours), SOTC says, “We’ve seen a marked shift in sports tourism since 2003.” He adds that travellers have the option of picking from holidays based on cricket world cups, the Olympics, Wimbledon as well as F1 Grand Prix. Even niche sports like soccer have begun to get a huge response.

Railways to cut Tatkal charges from October

Indian RailwaysRailways, on Monday announced a decrease in tatkal charges for respective classes. The new charges will come into effect from October 1. According to the new system, the charges will be on actual distance of the journey, as against the current system of end to end.

The new tatkal charges will be imposed at the rate of 10% of basic fare for second class passengers and 30% of basic fare for all other passengers.

According to the revised charges, second class passengers will have to give between Rs 10 to Rs 15. Likewise, passengers booking a berth in sleeper class will have to pay between Rs 75 to Rs 150.



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