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Goa tourism portal banks on Zico, IFFI to attract tourists to Goa

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, Sep 29 : A newly-launched tourism portal in Goa is banking on Brazilian football legend Zico to bring home the bucks as well as fans from soccer-crazy Kolkata and other Indian metros, where the 'Beautiful Game' has a large following.


Airlines doll out new years offers to flyers

Newc Delhi, Sep 29 : To lure more flyers this festive and upcoming New Year travel season domestic airlines Monday launched attractive fare schemes.


AirAsia to recommence Hyderabad-Kuala Lumpur flight

Hyderabad, Sep 29 : AirAsia, a leading low cost airline announced the recommencement of its international route from Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur with daily flights from Dec 8.


Mauritius Tourism ties up with Indian designer Charu Parashar

New Delhi, Sep 29 : With destination wedding becoming a popular trend in Indian market, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) has associated with wedding couturier Charu Parashar to promote the Island nation as the ideal location.


DTTDC to celebrate World Tourism Day Saturday

New Delhi, Sep 26 : DTTDC has planned musical performances, sight-seeing tours and welcoming tourists with sweets and garlands to celebrate the World Tourism Day Saturday, a statement said Friday.


Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus takes 57 passengers across LoC

Srinagar, Sep 26 : As many as 57 passengers belonging to Pakistan-administered-Kashmir travelled in the special Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus that resumed its run Friday after the recent floods in the Valley.


Airlines slash prices at start of festive season

New Delhi, Sep 25 : To lure passengers in the festive season, domestic airlines Thursday launched new sales offers.


Vistara's first aircraft lands in India

New Delhi, Sep 25 : Tata Son's full-service airline joint venture with Singapore Airlines - Vistara - Thursday took the delivery of its first Airbus A320-200 aircraft.


Heli-taxis for Himachal's Aadi Himani Chamunda shrine

Shimla, Sep 25 : Himachal Pradesh Thursday allowed a private operator to daily ply a heli-taxi to the ancient hilltop shrine of Aadi Himani Chamunda.


Alliance Air to restore flights to northeast

New Delhi, Sep 24 : Air India's subsidiary Alliance Air Wednesday said it will restart flights to destinations in northeast cities where it used to operate earlier.


Himachal all set to take tourists to apple orchards (Travel Feature)

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, Sep 24 : In a uniqe initiative to make tourism business more fruitful in Himachal Pradesh, the state tourism department is all set to take tourists to apple orchards, far from the maddening crowd.


Another memorial of colonial repression: Vietnam's 'Kala Paani' (Travel Feature)

By Vikas Datta, Hanoi, Sep 24 : Walking through its dark, depressing corridors and a glimpse of its dank dungeons may make you feel you have stepped into an Alexandre Dumas novel. A visit to the Hoa Lo Prison, later famous as the "Hanoi Hilton" in another war, is an educational experience about colonial repression as well as the resilience of the human spirit and its unquenchable desire for freedom.


AAI identifies 29 airports for starting of operations

New Delhi, Sept.23 : The Airports Authority of India (AAI) that participated in the 20th World Route Development Forum held at Chicago from 20th to 23rd September has identified 29 metro and non-metro airports for domestic and global airlines to start operations from there.


Jet to start four new flights to Abu Dhabi

Mumbai, Sep 23 : In a major expansion drive, Jet Airways Tuesday said it will enhance global connectivity by introducing four new daily direct flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond effective Nov 14, 2014.


SpiceJet launches booking tool, discount scheme for SME travellers

New Delhi, Sep 23 : To attract small and medium enterprise (SME) business travellers, budget carrier SpiceJet Tuesday launched a scheme which offers up to 10 percent discount.


Mumbai-Shirdi seaplane service launched

Mumbai, Sep 22 : Seaplane transport company Mehair Monday launched its services to second destination in Maharastra from Juhu to Mula dam which is a waterdrome located between the religious destinations of Meherabad, Shirdi and ShaniShinglapur.


Feeder bus service from Shivaji Stadium Metro station

New Delhi, Sep 22 : The Delhi Metro will start feeder bus service from the Shivaji Stadium Metro station from Tuesday, a statement said Monday.


Mountain bikers ride high on Himachal lofty peaks

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, Sep 21 : Himachal Pradesh is riding high on a popularity wave among mountain bikers - both Indians and foreigners. More and more of them are negotiating sharp bends on inhospitable off-road tracks of the lower Himalayas for their slice of glory.


Special bi-weekly train from Ahmedabad to Katra

Ahmedabad, Sep 20 : Beginning Oct 1, Western Railway will run a special train from here twice a week for pilgrims to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Saturday.


Tourism ministry's new mission: Documenting Indian recipes

New Delhi, Sep 19 : The tourism ministry Friday said it has ambitious plans to preserve India's rich culinary traditions.


Will complete Hyderabad metro as per schedule: Larsen & Toubro

Hyderabad, Sep 17 : Larsen & Toubro Wednesday said it is committed to completing the Hyderabad Metro rail project expeditiously as per schedule with all support from the Telangana government.


Indigo inks $2.6 bn leasing deal with Chinese bank

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Budget passenger carrier IndiGo has signed a $2.6 billion finance and leasing agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) under which the latter will finance more than 30 new aircraft, it was announced here Wednesday.


Air France to operate 42 percent flights on Thursday

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Air France Wednesday said it expects to operate 42 percent of its flights on Thursday given the fact that around 60 percent of its pilots are on strike.


IndiGo makes $2.6 bn aircraft finance deal with ICBC

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Budget passenger carrier IndiGo Wednesday entered into an agreement with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) for financing more than 30 new aircraft in its fleet for around $2.6 billion.


Not to invest in any domestic airline: Emirates

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Dubai-based Emirates Airline Wednesday said that it will not invest in any of the Indian domestic passenger carriers and that it will grow its operational organically in India.


Snag hits services on Delhi Metro's Blue Line

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Delhi Metro commuters faced a harrowing time again Wednesday when a technical snag affected services on a line, causing trains to run slow and halt for several minutes at many stations resulting in overcrowding.


SpiceJet starts promotional travel scheme at Rs.699

New Delhi, Sep 16 : Continuing with its promotional schemes, budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Tuesday launched 'early New Year sale' for next year with fares starting at Rs.699 one way (excluding taxes).


Domestic passenger traffic up 8.31 percent

New Delhi, Sep 16 : Domestic air passenger traffic increased by 8.31 percent in August to 56.97 lakh passengers - up from 52.60 lakh ferried in the corresponding month last year.


Jammu-Srinagar highway reopened

Srinagar, Sep 16 : The road network south of the Pir Panjal range has been restored in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir on all important routes, including the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway which opened Tuesday.


Sharjah to woo Indian tourists

Sharjah, Sep 14 : After a successful campaign in Europe, the UAE emirate Sharjah will launch an India Road Show Sep 15-22 to woo tourists.


Hyderabad-bound Malaysia Airlines flight forced to turn back

Kuala Lumpur, Sep 14 : A Malaysia Airlines flight which departed from Kuala Lumpur for Hyderabad in India late Saturday made an air turn-back due to an auto-pilot defect, the company said in a statement Sunday.


Road safety draft bill aims to save 200,000 lives

New Delhi, Sep 13 : With an abysmal road safety record in India that says one human life is lost in accidents every three minutes, the Narendra Modi government has proposed a new draft model bill that targets to save 200,000 lives in five years.


Special trains to clear festive season rush

Kolkata, Sep 12 : Special trains will be run to clear the festive season rush, authorities said.


Himachal roadways to start cashless travel

Shimla, Sep 11 : The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) would introduce pre-paid cards for journeys in buses from the New Year, Transport Minister G.S. Bali said here Thursday.


Delhi-Agra high speed train flagged off for second trial run

New Delhi, Sept.11 : The Indian Railways on Thursday conducted a second trial run of a semi-high speed train between New Delhi and Agra.


Lufthansa cancels 110 flights due to pilots' partial strike

Berlin, Sep 10 : German airline Lufthansa cancelled 110 European and domestic flights Wednesday due to a new round of partial strikes by its pilots based in Munich, affecting around 13,500 passengers, the airline said.


Ahmedabad, Surat to get direct flights to London, Dubai

Ahmedabad, Sep 10 : In a move sure to benefit the vast Indian diaspora, Ahmedabad will soon have direct air connectivity with London and Surat with Dubai, official sources said Wednesday.


Air India declares free passage for tourists stranded in Srinagar

New Delhi, Sep.10 : As Jammu and Kashmir remains under flood water, Air India has decided to provide free service to tourists trapped in the area.


Foreign tourist arrivals rise 16.9 percent in August

New Delhi, Sep 9 : There has been a 16.9 percent rise in foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in August 2014 over the corresponding period last year, the tourism ministry said Tuesday.


Shirdi, Meherabad to be connected by seaplanes

Mumbai, Sep 9 : Pilgrim destinations in Maharashtra like Shirdi, Shani Shingnapur and Meherabad will be connected by a seaplane service from Sep 19, an official said Tuesday.


AirAsia India launches Jaipur, Chandigarh flights

Bangalore, Sep 5 : New budget carrier AirAsia India Friday launched its services to Jaipur and Chandigarh from Bangalore.


India world's cheapest country to fly: Report

Sydney, Sep 5 : India tops the list of the the cheapest countries in the world in which to fly, a leading Australian daily reported Friday.


Travelling makes people happier than shopping

Washington, Sep 03 : A new study has revealed that spending money on experiential purchases, which allows people to gather experiences like travel tickets, makes them happier than buying material goods.


Charminar most searched historical site on Google

Hyderabad, Sep 3 : Charminar - the symbol of Hyderabad - is the most searched historical site in the city on Google, the world's biggest search engine.


Jet Airways to operate flights to Vietnam via Bangkok

Mumbai, Sep 3 : Jet Airways Wednesday announced the addition of two daily flights to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region from its primary hubs in Delhi and Mumbai during its winter schedule with an all inclusive economy fare of Rs.37,506 to Rs.35,500.


Delhi Metro services affected after OHE wire breaks down

New Delhi, Sep 02 : Metro Services of Line 3/4 (Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali) were affected today for about an hour when a portion of the OHE (Over Head Electricity) wire broke down between Janakpuri West and Uttam Nagar East station of the line going towards Dwarka.


Spicejet offers Rs.499 one-way fares

New Delhi, Sep 1 : Budget carrier SpiceJet Monday launched another promotional scheme by offering discounted one-way fares for domestic destinations at Rs.499, including fuel surcharge but excluding applicable statutory taxes and fees.


Russian-Ukraine conflict won't hit India tourism: Minister

Panaji, Aug 31 : The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine may not have much effect on tourists coming from those countries, union Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik said here Sunday.


Goa's biggest Catholic feast in tourism ministry calendar

Panaji, Aug 31 : The Exposition of Spanish saint St. Francis Xavier, Goa's grandest religious event for this year, will feature in the central tourism ministry's calendar of events, central Minister for Tourism and Culture Shripad Naik said Sunday.


Turkish Cargo launches freighter service on Hyderabad-Istanbul route

Hyderabad, Aug 28 : Turkish Cargo has commenced its operations between Istanbul and Hyderabad with the first cargo flight landing at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here Thursday.


Indian airports need to be further developed

New Delhi, Aug 28 : The Airports Council International (ACI) Thursday said India last year witnessed passenger traffic growth of 6.2 percent and the Indian airports sector needs to be prepared to handle increased passenger numbers and more cargo in the coming years.


Kerala Tourism inks MoU with GoAir

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 28 : The Kerala Tourism Thursday inked an MoU with budget air-carrier GoAir, which has agreed to offer exclusive discounted fares to tourists visiting the state.


South Africa safe for visitors, says its airline

Bangalore, Aug 28 : South Africa is safe for all visitors planning to fly into the country, as the risk of being affected by the dreaded Ebola diseases is low, an official of its state-run airline said here Wednesday.


Air Mauritius may increase frequency from Chennai, Bangalore

Chennai, Aug 27 : With the growing number of Indians visiting Mauritius, the island nation's airline Air Mauritius plans to increase its flight frequency out of Chennai and Bangalore, a senior official said Wednesday.


Domestic passenger traffic up 7.19 percent

New Delhi, Aug 26 : Domestic air passenger traffic increased by 7.19 percent in July to 52.16 lakh passengers - up from 48.66 lakh ferried in the corresponding month last year.


Abu Dhabi to attract more Indian tourists

Abu Dhabi, Aug 26 : With Indian visitors emerging as the largest number of international hotel guests in the United Arab Emirates over the past year, Abu Dhabi's tourism industry has launched a five-city road show in India aimed at keeping the destination foremost in the minds of Indians travelling abroad.


'Tourism development shouldn't exploit environment'

New Delhi, Aug 26 : The government Tuesday urged all stakeholders in the tourism industry to ensure that tourism development shouldn't come at the cost of "over-exploiting" natural resources for short-term gains.


SpiceJet offers new passenger scheme

New Delhi, Aug 25 : To lure more passengers in the upcoming festive season, budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Monday launched its new sales scheme starting at Rs.1,888 (all inclusive).


Tourism ministry simplifies hotel classification procedure

New Delhi, Aug 22 : The government Friday said hotel classification and reclassification procedure has been simplified to reduce red-tapism and accelerate the process of giving clearances and licences to hotels.


Resolution to improve tourism sector adopted

New Delhi, Aug 21 : Creating a safe environment for tourists and focusing on cleanliness were two of the many areas that states and union territories Thursday agreed to work upon at a conference here Thursday.


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