Active Holiday Company launches tours to witness ‘Tour de France 2015’



Active Holida Company has launched specialised tours for Indian fans and cycling enthusiasts to witness the annual cycling adventure, ‘Tour de France’. This year’s race is the 102nd edition and is rated as one of the largest and popular sporting events in the world with a television audience of over 3.5 billion people, as per a release. During the race, which will be held from July 4-26, cyclists will cover close to 3,500 km of flat and mountainous, high-altitude finishes. The event attracts some of the world’s most talented cyclists who participate in 20-22 teams of nine members each.

Gauri Jayaram, Founder, Active Holiday Company, said, “Our Tour de France cycling tours offer a unique opportunity to witness world-class cyclists at the most iconic cycling race ever. We are extremely proud to be a company that leads through innovation and dares to get into a section of Outbound Tourism that is super-niche.”

Active Holiday Company is, for the first time, offering Indians specially designed packages that enables them to not only watch the cyclists in action, but also to ride on some of the race routes and be a part of the closing ceremony.
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India ranks 52nd in global travel & tourism competitiveness index

india travel latest newsIndia has moved up to 52nd place overall in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness in 2015, compared to 65th rank in 2013. The biennial report, ‘The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015: Growth through Shocks‘, released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), has been topped by Spain. It is followed by France, Germany, USA, Britain, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Japan and Canada in the top 10. “Travel & Tourism already accounts for 5 per cent of India’s employment and its huge potential for further growth is made visible by comparing the country’s 7 million international visitors to China’s 55 million,” the report says. India’s natural resources (17th) are vast and diverse and its cultural resources (10th) include a unique intangible heritage (8th), sports events and a large entertainment offer.

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Muthoot Group’s travel division rebranded as TravelJango

traveljangoBusiness conglomerate, Muthoot Group has announced the rebranding of their travel division to TravelJango. The travel inventory management division was formerly known as Muthoot Travelsmart. Aiming to be the largest network for travel services in India, TravelJango provides a host of travel services like air tickets, visa, travel package, travel insurance, hotel booking, and bus tickets. The services are available through the network of 4,300 branches across India and through, as per a release.

TravelJango is an IATA-approved travel agency with exclusive airline quota through tie-ups with major national and international airlines. The branch network of Muthoot Finance, which currently stands at over 4,400, is one of the biggest advantages of TravelJango, the release states. Customers can avail of travel services from any Muthoot Finance (the flagship company of Muthoot Group) branch and also get post-booking services like date change, cancellations or advisories from the branch or from the call centre.

Commenting on the rebranding, George M George, Executive Director, Muthoot Group, said, “The purpose of the rebranding is to offer the Indian traveller a reliable, responsive, and dependable travel partner. With changing lifestyles, more and more people are travelling today for both leisure and business. Further, there are more young travellers today than ever before. TravelJango is targeted at this new Indian traveller, who is looking for both value-for-money as well as giving customers a face-to-face experience with our TravelJango representatives working at all 4,400-plus branches across India.

TravelJango’s India-wide branch network offers travel services to customers in urban, semi-urban, and rural parts of India.


Pawan Hans to acquire two seaplanes, 20 choppers

pawan-hansNEW DELHI: State-run Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) plans to acquire two seaplanes and 20 helicopters in the current fiscal as part of its expansion plans, the company said today.

PHL, in which government holds 51 per cent stake and the rest are with the oil PSU, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has also said it is looking at setting up maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business as well under the ‘Make in India’ programme.

“PHL is preparing a business plan keeping in view the industry trends, future challenges and growth opportunities in the domestic aviation space including in helicopters, seaplanes, small fixed wing aircraft segment as well as development of heliports and MRO facilities under ‘Make in India’ initiatives,” Pawan Hans Limited said in a release.

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Go Holidays to launch online portal for corporate travellers’ hotel bookings

go_on_holidayGo Holidays, which specializes in corporate travel, is planning to officially launch an online system by next month, which will provide details about hotels across India, and also serve as a portal for B2B and corporate travellers to make reservations on their own. Elaborating on the same, Deepak More, CEO, Go Holidays, said that users will need a login ID and password to use the system. The reservations will be offered by Go Holidays through contracts with the hotels that will be listed, he informed, adding that 80-90 per cent of the work on the system is complete. Though the system will offer Indian hotels on a large scale, some international brands will be included progressively.

Go Holidays, which is located at Fort in Mumbai, started off with air ticketing and hotel booking services. Recently, they started offering tailor-made packages for B2B and corporate travellers, to both domestic and outbound destinations.

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New Tourism Policy 2015 to launch on May 15

Tourism-PolicyMinister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma has said that the new Tourism Policy, 2015 will be launched on May 15. He was addressing the participants at a workshop held on the formulation of National Tourism Policy 2015. The representatives from various organizations like Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), FICCI, NASSCOM, FAITH, Travel Agency Corporation of India, Indian Tourist Transporters Authority (ITTA), Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA), All India Resort Developers Association (AIRDA) and Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) were present among others at the meeting.

The Tourism Minister explained that potential of existing policy of 2002 has not been used fully and the new policy will use the framework of existing National Tourism Policy of 2002 to make it dynamic to meet the challenges that have emerged in today’s world including technological and global competitiveness. He appreciated the idea of a ‘single window portal system’ for making information available to tourists.

Secretary, Tourism, Dr. Lalit Panwar said that the new policy will contain a definite action plan with a clear-cut road map and timelines. On the issue of E-Ticketing Dr. Lalit Panwar, said that E-Ticketing was started on a pilot basis for Taj Mahal and Humayun Tomb and Government is in the process of E-Ticketing for top 25 monuments of India.

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eTravel World of ITB Berlin will showcase innovative travel industry apps and products



This year, more than 50 exhibitors from 19 countries will be gathering at the eTravel World of ITB Berlin, making it an event the eCommerce industry cannot afford to miss. From 4 to 7 March 2015 trade visitors can find out more about innovative products and apps for tour operators, the hospitality industry and destinations in Hall 6.1. A wide range of papers and workshops will offer information on the important changes taking place in the digital world.

This year, for the first time, the event will feature the ’toolsLounge’, a collaboration between ITB Berlin and the ‘tools’ Expo + Conference. Taking as their slogan “working web-based in tourism”, Schober Information Group Deutschland GmbH and United Planet GmbH will be among those showcasing web-based business solutions that target tourism market professionals and show how business processes can be successfully digitised and automated. The ’toolsLounge’ is already booked up.