Asia Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (AMITE)

AMITEAsia Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange (AMITE) will host leading MICE buyers from long-haul markets on 1 July, 2015 at Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

AMITE is the Asian edition of the Global Meetings & Incentive Travel Exchange (GMITE) portfolio, the world’s leading MICE exchange program serving the industry for the last 10 years. AMITE is produced by Questex Hospitality + Travel in partnership with the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS).

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Travel Tours Group announces 3 new appointments

grouptravelTravel Tours Group has announced three new appointments for its various verticals, stated a release. C. Srinivasan has been appointed as Vice President Foreign Exchange; Ayappa Somaiah as Vice President of Splendour Holidays, and Umesh Rao as Vice President of Visa Professionals.

Prior to this appointment, Srinivasan was associated with Candid FOREX, Chennai as Vice President. In the past he has also been associated with organisations like India Cements – Chennai, Centrum Direct – Chennai, Prithvi Softech – Hyderabad, Pepsi Cola Marketing – Chennai.

Somaiah has spent over 25 years with SITA World Travel (India) and his last assignment was with Kuoni Travel (I) Pvt Ltd as General Manager – South India, heading Inbound Tours & MICE. His strengths include achieving operational targets, total quality control, product development, contracting, vendor management, managing PR with business partners and trade bodies and meeting of visiting foreign tour operators.

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Free Wi-Fi to be made available at Taj Mahal, Khajuraho

free-wifiAccording to a report by M Rajendran for Hindustan Times, with summer vacations round the corner, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has hastened the process of installing Wi-Fi at tourist spots. After Varanasi, now Taj Mahal and Khajuraho are set to get the free Internet service this week, possibly with additional services. The Union Tourism Ministry and BSNL are to collaborate on the project, the proposal for which is being discussed by the two parties, said a source in BSNL.

“We had demonstrated the benefits and success of Wi-Fi even in the most crowded places around Varanasi. Installing Wi-Fi services at the two spots will benefit tourists visiting this summer,” said Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL.

The Tourism Ministry plans to use this facility to provide information, and even interactive content, about the location.

The government is keen on tackling low Internet penetration in the country by introducing public Wi-Fi hotspots to enable users to surf the web, check e-mail, and bank online. About 25 such hotspots would be set up around tourist locations by June 2015.

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India extends VoA facility to Sri Lanka

india-sri-lankaThe Indian Government has decided to extend Visa-on-Arrival facility to Sri Lanka. In his address to the Sri Lankan Parliament today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “When we connect people, bonds between nations become stronger. That is why we have decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to Sri Lankan citizens.”

He added, “We will also increase connectivity between our countries. We will strengthen ties of culture and religion. Last month we announced reduction in fees for Sri Lankan nationals visiting National Museum in Delhi to see the Kapilavastu Relics. We will bring our shared Buddhist heritage closer to you through an exhibition. Together, we will develop our Buddhist and Ramayana Trails.” The Prime Minister later informed that Air India will soon launch direct flight between New Delhi and Colombo. Source:

Most Indians prefer low cost carrier over trains: Survey

low-cost-airlines-ticketMUMBAI: While travelling, most Indians consider flying in a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) to replace a train journey, highest in any Asia-Pacific country, according to a recent survey.

Indians are most willing to consider a LCC to replace a train journey, which is 67 per cent, an Expedia report on Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Index said.

The study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm, among 3,263 adults, aged 18 and above in India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan, who have flown in the past two years.


Solo travellers’ community Wetravelsolo debuts in India

solo travelWetravelsolo, a solo travellers’ community, has debuted in India. This is the country’s first such community, according to a release. Wetravelsolo focuses on combining online and real-time travelling. It has added social networking features on its site to help build real-time connections. Wetravelsolo aims to get like-minded individual travellers together, get them to interface with one another, and share their common passion of travelling.

Wetravelsolo is a start-up and has a team of ten people from different industries, but sharing the common interest of travel. They function as a social community, not a portal that works on packages. The company believes in ‘Trocialising’ – an unconventional way to socialise and enjoy vacations, the release states. The company focuses on merging online business with real-time travelling, leading to a personal connect with all their members.Wetravelsolo allows users to become a Trip Crafter where they can compose and plan their own trips, post about their encounters, and thereby create their own fan-following.

Users need to log on to, subscribe with a onetime membership fee valid for a lifetime. Once registered as a member, they can choose outings, make payment, and socialise with likeminded people. The company arranges a trip where they cover all experiences of the zone/area being visited. Members can chat on their outing groups too. The company also reviews the backgrounds of individuals before taking anyone on a voyage.


Routes Events witnessed a record year in 2014



2014 was another record year for Routes, part of UBM EMEA, with more delegates than ever before attending its World Routes and Regional Route Development Forums.

A record number of 6,116 delegates representing 144 countries attended the six events that Routes organised around the globe in 2014. These forums, which focus entirely on air service development, have become the must attend events of the annual calendar recognised for shaping the world’s future air networks.

Katie Bland, Director Routes for UBM Live commented: “The record attendance from airlines, airports and an increasing number of representatives from tourism authorities and other aviation stakeholders at our 2014 events highlights the importance of air service development and its economic impact on national and regional economies. With 27,300 face-to-face meetings taking place at our 2014 events, we offer the most efficient forum for everyone involved in negotiating and creating new air links.”

In total, 630 airlines and 1,500 airports were represented at the events, which took place in six countries in 2014. Five successful Routes Regional events took place during the year to foster air links within the world’s key regional aviation markets with the 7th Routes Americas in San Salvador, El Salvador, the 12th Routes Asia in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, the 9th Routes Europe in Marseille, France, the 9th Routes Africa in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and the first ever Routes Silk Road in Tbilisi, Georgia.