Private carrier Jet Airways and Tourism department of Kerala have jointly launched 'Jet2Kerala' at the Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai , in a bid to offer lucrative tourism packages to customers, visiting the state for the ongoing holidays season.
Travelers can avail these packages from department's website to enjoy stunning natural beauty, temples, forts and rich cultural heritage in the south Indian state.
Statistics for accommodation have witnessed a drop by 11% for the month of March, mostly affected by the late arrival of Easter this year.
For accommodation providers the depressed headline numbers from Statistics New Zealand are more bad news, but are unsurprising.
The statistics were low universally across the country and led by a 24 % decrease in paid guest nights in camping grounds for each accommodation type, typically strong performers during the Easter break.
It was today expressed by Tourism Holdings that 64 roles would be cut at its Hamilton based business CI Munro.
CI Munro is a division of Tourism Holdings Ltd and it builds and rents out motor homes and caravans. It reported loss of $3.2 million in the six months to December 31st.
Tourism Holdings chief executive Grant Webster said that the decision was based on the present global economic conditions and lack of demand for the company's products.
A decrease in visitors from developed markets has adversely hit tourism in Abu Dhabi, however the emirate is sticking to its target of 2.7 million visitors a year by 2012.
Dayne Lim Kok Chun, products development division director at the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority reported, “Abu Dhabi has had cutbacks from tourists in Europe and developed markets, but it’s not something that would cause major alarm bells to cause us to review our longer target of 2.7 million.”
The importance of the Middle East in reviving the global travel and tourism industry beset by a global economic turmoil is underscored by a stronger-than-expected exhibitor presence at the Arabian Travel Market, which opens today at the Dubai International Exhibition & Convention Centre.
It should be noted that Arabian Travel Market's potential is highlighted by the presence of 2,100 exhibitors, a line-up slightly smaller than the show's previous 2008 edition, to promote greater business development by means of enhanced business friendliness and knowledge sharing capabilities.
Max New York Life Insurance, one of the leading private insurer, has tied knot with SOTC, a division of Kuoni Travel India Private Limited and India's No. 1 holiday brand to offer financial planning sessions and insurance solutions to latter's customers.
As part of the exclusive personal financial planning session, SOTC customers will be assisted by Max New York Life's Financial Planning Manager who will offer customized need based life /health insurance solutions.
If you are presently finding traveling to railway station with family or friends a difficult task, then there is good news for you.
In a latest development, Indian railway has decided to offer taxis at the door steps of passengers by dialing call-centre number '139'.
Presently, the round-the-clock enquiry service 139, run by IRCTC offers services like information about PNR status, arrival/departure of trains, seat availability and fare and accommodation.
The Ministry of Tourism Secretary, Sujit Banerjee, announced on Monday that a boost to the tourism sector is on the cards, with the government having already approved 28 mega infrastructure projects - an apparent move towards granting "infrastructure" status to the sector.
Vienna - Overnight stays in the Austrian capital Vienna plunged 9.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2009, official data showed Friday.
The tourism industry plays a vital part in the Austrian economy, but has been severely hit by the global economic downturn.
In March, numbers fell by 15.1 per cent year-on-year, with 37 per cent less tourist stays from Italy and 28 per cent less from the United States, according to the latest figures from the Vienna Tourism Board.
Galileo, the leading Global Distribution System in India, had signed a preferred GDS agreement with Akbar Travel of India Pvt. Ltd., the firm which offers all travel related services under one umbrella, to distribute, manage and book travel management services for its customers in India.
This tie-up will enable Akbar travels to use Galileo as its preferred technology partner for booking and servicing all its customers.
Emphasizing that “Firming up a visa strategy is of utmost importance,” the industry body FICCI has said that in order to achieve the 10-million foreign tourists’ target prior to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Indian tourism sector needs to focus on an easy visa strategy, tourists’ security and infrastructural improvements.
New York - Carnival Corp, the world's largest cruise-line operator, Tuesday reported first-quarter profits after cutting costs and offering heavy discounts.
The Miami-based Carnival said its net income was 260 million dollars, up from 236 million dollars a year earlier. Sales dropped 9.1 per cent to 2.86 billion dollars in the three months ending February 28.
"Considering the economic climate, achieving higher quarterly net income is quite remarkable," Carnival CEO Micky Arison said in a statement.
Taipei - Taiwanese interpreter Clare Wang became the top contender for the dream job as caretaker of an unmanned island off the coast of Australia Thursday after the No 2 candidate was disqualified.
The Queensland tourism board removed Russian candidate Julia Yalovitsyna from the top-50 shortlist because she featured in an "inappropriate video." The judging panel was also probing claims that she worked as a porn star.
Karbala, Iraq - In a sign of improved security, a European tour group visited antiquities and monuments near the southern Iraqi city of Karbala, the city's tourism authority said on Tuesday.
The group, which included British, Russian and other European tourists, visited archaeological sites near Karbala, was the first of its kind to visit Karbala in "many long years," according to Karbala's tourism authority.
Berlin - African exhibitors at the world's largest travel fair are on the lookout for new income streams, as the consequences of the global financial crisis loom large for the continent.
Flags are flying at Berlin's ITB travel fair for South Africa, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Algeria and Uganda.
Experts predict that many of Africa's developing countries could be amongst the worst-hit, as funding and investment channeled to the continent dries up due to the global economic downturn.
Berlin - Italy's first ever state secretary for tourism emphasised the role of the travel industry to combat the deepening global recession during a visit Wednesday to the world's biggest travel fair (ITB) in Berlin.
Tourism Secretary Michela Vittoria Brambini said that, at times of economic hardship, "it is all the more important to encourage those branches of the economy that generate wealth and create possibilities in the short term," adding that Italy was well positioned to do so.
Berlin - The world's biggest travel fair (ITB) opens its door this week against the backdrop of a deepening global recession with officials reporting Tuesday a fall in the number of exhibitors attending the five-day event.
The world travel industry is gathering in Berlin amid signs of falling demand as both consumers and business cut back their travel plans in the face of the biggest downturn in the global economy since the Great Depression.
Now the sea lovers can cruise their way to their favorite destinations as the recession makes the cruise industry to come up with all kinds of cruise deals to attract the consumer. This includes attractive offers like discounted airfare, free tickets for kids, onboard credits, lower deposits and deals on cancellation insurance.