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Nijhawan Group to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina Tourism in India

The South European nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has appointed Nijhawan Group as its India Representative for tourism promotion, with effect from January 1, 2018. “With Indian nationals looking for newer experiences and destinations, the demand for relatively new entrants like Bosnia and Herzegovina is only poised to grow. It is an exciting time for […]

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AAI to assist Haryana in creating aviation hub in Hisar

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Haryana for the development of civil aviation infrastructure in the state, especially for the creation of a world-class international aviation hub in Hisar. The MoU was jointly signed by Ashok Sangwan, Advisor, Civil Aviation, Government of Haryana and Anil […]

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Cruise tourists with Indian e-visa exempted from biometric enrolment

In order to promote cruise tourism in the country and make India an attractive cruise tourism destination, the Ministry of Home Affairs, on the request of Ministry of Shipping, has exempted cruise tourists arriving with e-visa from the requirement of biometric enrolment for a period of three years, until December 31, 2020. This will make […]

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UNWTO appoints Eliza Jean Reid as Special Ambassador for SDG

Eliza Jean Reid, the First Lady of Iceland has been nominated as the Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The appointment took place at the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman held in December. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, cited, “By becoming a Special Ambassador […]

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MakeMyTrip launches Made for You Holidays for domestic travel

MakeMyTrip Limited, an Online Travel Agent (OTA) announced the launch of 150-holiday experiences under its new product ‘Made for You Holidays’ targeting the booming domestic travel sector in India. Moving away from run-of-the-mill and homogenised experiences, Made for you Holidays packages are being rolled out under six themes for holiday-goers including Wildlife, Romantic, Friends & […]

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Amritsar Administration offers Heritage Street for film shoots

The Amritsar Administration announced that the location of Heritage Street, which leads to the holy shrine of Golden Temple, can be utilised for film shoots, free of cost. Film-makers will be offered all facilities with negligible formalities. Recently Yamla Pagla Deewana 3 was shot around the Heritage Street without any charges. However, the Shiromani Gurdwara […]

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Alphons assures support to PETA to ban elephant rides

Ingrid Newkirk, Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently called on K J Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism, Government of India, and submitted 63,000 digitally-signed appeals from tourists requesting a ban on elephant rides. The petition was a result of a viral video which showed that the elephant being used for […]

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Travellers’ expenditures in Hawaii increases to $1.3B

According to reports released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority(HTA), visitor spending in Hawaii increased by 4.5% in November to $1.29 billion while year-to-date spending rose 6.6% to $15.2 billion. George Szigeti, President and CEO, HTA, stated,” With December being historically a peak month for travel to Hawaii, the state’s tourism industry is poised to surpass […]

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South Africa recognised as Most Popular Shooting Destination of 2017

The International Film Business Awards in association with Indywood Film Market (IFM) honoured South Africa as the Most Popular Shooting Destination of 2017. “It is highly encouraging to know that South Africa’s scenic locales, in addition to the Indian traveller, have caught the fancy of India’s film industry as well. This one-of-its-kind award further validates […]

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Civil Aviation Ministry proposes including ATF under GST

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) is pitching for bringing Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. Currently, jet fuel or ATF is not under the GST ambit and the levy on it varies from state to state. “MoCA has requested Ministry of Finance to include ATF in the ambit […]

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