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CM Declares 2017 as “Visit Maharashtra” Year!

The government entered into a formal tie-up with the app-based cab aggregator recently to promote tourism in the state and boost “Mumbai Darshan”.

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Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal, Valsa Nair Singh, principal secretary, tourism and culture, and Pranay Jivrajka, founding partner, Ola, signed the MoU. Ganesh Shirsekar

 

Now, book an Ola cab and avail “special” treatment at the Siddhivinayak temple.

 

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The government entered into a formal tie-up with the app-based cab aggregator Wednesday to promote tourism in the state and boost “Mumbai Darshan”. State Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal said: “Mumbai Darshan started with a bus, which is doing alright as more marketing needs to be done and now, we have a cab aggregator (Ola) on your palm … the tourism department will plan your experience.”

He added that from now, a tourist who wants to go to Siddhivinayak temple would get a special offer. “The tourist will be in the special list or special row. It would be the same in case of the museum and the zoo, which we can leverage for Ola,” Rawal said.

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The deal is not only expected to boost tourism but also produce “skilled” drivers who will double up “as guides” for passengers, he said. The minister added there would be “no discrimination among those selected as guides for the city”.

“The first batch of tourist guides has been sanctioned, 100 in Mumbai and 400 in Maharashtra,” Rawal claimed. He said more integrated tourist plans were in the pipeline for Mumbai and Maharashtra.

CM Devendra Fadnavis has declared 2017 as ‘Visit Maharashtra’ year and according to officials, this is the first MoU signed by the MTDC this year. Ola launched a special category in its interface called ‘Mumbai Darshan’. Each customisable package has a 10-hour or 100-km ride to Mumbai’s hotspots. The tours start at Rs 1,799.

Ola operates in nine cities in Maharashtra, and there are plans to introduce such tours there too. “There will be tie-ups with various destinations … take an Ola to an MTDC resort or Elephanta caves and avail of discounts … it is a win-win situation. In these taxis, special reading material will be available for travelers to read. For instance, where to eat good Maharashtrian food in the city,” said Valsa Nair Singh, principal secretary, tourism and culture.

 

Delhi – Goa round trip may cost Rs. 25,000

In the midst of a steady rise in air traffic demand, the Indian Navy wants the number of civilian flights allowed at the Goa Airport to be halved. The navy has sighted the requirement of airspace and facility for military exercise for drastically reducing the number of flights. The Goa international airport, the only airport in the state, is a naval facility where state owned AAI operates a civil enclave offering a few flying slots to airlines. Carriers such as IndiGo and Spice Jet have taken the matter to nodal aviation Ministry. They have argued that this forced reduction would render their capacity unutilized besides triggering a hike in airfare to this popular tourist destination. The airlines claimed that Delhi – Goa round-trip could double to 25,000 in case flight frequency is reduced.

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Goa is one of the few international airports that have witnessed high double digit growth in the past few years. As per the latest data compiled by Airports Authority of India (AAI), the Goa Airport saw 33.54 lakh passengers flying to and fro from Goa in the first eight months of FY 17 registered a growth of 27.9 per cent.  Most of the airlines, including Vistara and Air Asia India, have mounted flights to Goa, which is famous for its beaches. It receives nearly 30 Lakh visitors every year out of which 3.42 lakh are foreign tourists.

Source: FC

Sim Card for foreign tourists!

Ready to call Sim Card will be pre-loaded with Maps, tourism booklets

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The Home Ministry’s New Year Gift to its foreign tourists from 161 countries will be pre-loaded sim cards at 12 major airports of India after Home Minister formally launches it this weekend.

The ready to call sim cards will be available to foreign tourists arriving at airports in Panjim, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Lucknow, Delhi and Varanasi to begin with. The move is aimed at projecting India as a global tourist destination among foreign travellers as well as addressing the security concerns by equipping the tourists with mobile phones to make calls in case of any distress. The initiative has been planned in association with BSNL this weekend by distributing free pre loaded Sim Cards to foreign tourists arriving in India on e – Visa. The Sim Card will be given to the tourists at the immigration itself. This has been rolled out in phased manner with pilot in Delhi and few select cities next week,

Indeed great move for foreign tourists in India.

Source: ET

Bollywood Park, Dubai opens its doors tomorrow!

Come November 17, Circa 2016 and Dubai will open its doors to the first theme park in the world dedicated to all things Bollywood!

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The park is generously packed with action, adventure, romance, comedy, music, dance, flavour and emotion, in true blue Bollywood style.

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A celebration of Mumbai’s legendary film industry in five zones inspired by Bollywood blockbusters, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, stage performances and flamboyant cinematic rides in an experience unlike any other.

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For the first time ever, you will live, learn and experience the kaleidoscopic world of Mumbai’s famous film industry, in the world’s first Bollywood themed park covering 1.7million square feet.

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Bollywood Parks Dubai is the first park of its kind in the world. In five fascinating zones, you can experience different environments inspired by the greatest Bollywood blockbusters.

If you are planning a trip to Dubai, add this must visit attraction in your travel plans particularly if you are a Bollywood buff.

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Be prepared to be greeted by a vibrant display of cafés and live entertainment at the Bollywood theme park Dubai, all before the party starts at the Rock On!! Restaurant.

The Bollywood parks feature an array of cinema-centric rides and attractions based on movies starring some of the biggest names in Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, and Farhan Akhtar.

At Mumbai Chowk, you can stroll the streets of Mumbai with its famous food, shopping and party spirit. To add some thrill; join the mafia boss Don on a chase through the streets of Dubai

At Rustic Ravine, you can explore the spirit of rural India comes to life in a picturesque setting. Be part of never-ending adventures as played out in Dabangg, Lagaan and Sholay.

At Royal Plaza, you can experience visual splendour like never before at Rajmahal Theatre, the home of the region’s first Broadway-style Bollywood musical.

Here at Bollywood Film Studios featuring Hall of Heroes.  

If you want to learn how to create a blockbuster like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and meet your favourite Bollywood superheroes, such as Krrish and RA.One at the exciting Bollywood theme park, this is the place to be in.

This iconic landmark is the heart and soul of Bollywood Parks Dubai. With several shows per week, this world-class venue will play host to the region’s first Broadway-style Bollywood musical.

Don’t miss the chugging train, an ever-present image in Bollywood films, in this show, performers atop our train rooftop stage will dance to a range of popular songs that have romanticized the Indian train. The shows also celebrate the Taporis, the small time street hustlers of Mumbai, with their unique vocabulary and a cadence of speech that makes for great comedy and characterization.

Can you afford to miss the destination when in Dubai?

 

Glenfiddich and NDTV Good Times launch ‘The MAVERICKS’

Glenfiddich partners with NDTV Good Times for a short series: ‘The MAVERICKS’. Hosted by the elegant & eloquent Rahul Khanna, this three-part series will begin on 3rd September 2016 at 10 pm on NDTV Good Times, with subsequent episodes being aired on 10th and 17th September. The series brings to life the story of the maverick whisky makers of the Dufftown, from the Scottish Highlands. Whisky-making is the essence of Dufftown, and the world’s most award-winning single malt Scotch whisky comes from this little vibrant area.

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Rahul Khanna at the Glenfiddich and NDTV Good Times Launch Mavericks Short Series Show

A maverick in himself Rahul Khanna takes us through the story of legends who have introduced single malt whisky to the world. Set in quaint and picturesque Dufftown, the series begins from the ‘Valley of the Deer’, on the banks of the River Fiddich, where the founder William Grant nurtured a dream to make the ‘best dram in the valley’. This is where Glenfiddich got its name from.

Rahul takes the viewers through the journey of the William Grant and Gordon family into making Glenfiddich as the finest whisky the world has ever known. This traces the innovation and the pioneering outlook which this successful family run business embodies along with its’ contemporary global orientation that salutes the true maverick spirit the world over. The show was unveiled over an exclusive gathering at The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi.

Rahul Khanna, Bollywood actor said that “The humble origin of Glenfiddich is certainly awe inspiring for me since nobody would have ever thought that a small and quaint setting such as Dufftown would become an important part of the global whisky map. Additionally, this experience has left me richer not only in knowledge and appreciation for Glenfiddich, but also in spirit as it was a privilege to be a part of this exciting series. Whisky fans will certainly love to watch this carefully written story of the Mavericks of Dufftown”

Shweta Jain, Head of Marketing at William Grant & Sons said, “Glenfiddich has always been at the forefront of innovation; recognized as both the world’s most awarded single malt and the brand that challenged the norm by taking single malt beyond Scotland’s borders to create the category as it is known today. With this extraordinary series “The Mavericks” on NDTV Good Times, Glenfiddich brings to fore the amazing story of evolution of Malts and the various fascinating details that go into making the most valued spirit in the world & very much so in India”

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 Glenfiddich is a single malt Whisky owned and produced by William Grant & Sons Distillers Limited. An independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and still controlled by the fifth generation of the family. The Company distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts and one of the world’s best loved blended Scotches, Grant’s®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® and, most recently, Tullamore Dew Irish Whisky. Click on www.williamgrant.com for more information on the Company and its brands.

 

 

 

 

New GoHawaii App Offers Travel, Safety Advice for Enjoying the Hawaiian Islands

Fun and vital travel information about the Hawaiian Islands is now a lot easier to find for visitors always on the go with the launch of the new GoHawaii mobile app.

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Created by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), tourism agency for the State of Hawaii, the GoHawaii app is a one-stop mobile reference guide for travelers wanting fast, accurate and trustworthy information while exploring all that Hawaii offers.

Randy Baldemor, HTA chief operating officer, noted the travel destination app is the first one produced by the State of Hawaii. “The GoHawaii app is a fun way to learn about Hawaii while having travel and safety information that people need to know about and have access to at all times.”

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The GoHawaii app offers valuable travel tips for each of the six major Hawaiian Islands: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Island of Hawaii. App users will discover useful information to help them enjoy Hawaii’s wide variety of sites, activities, special events and cultural festivals statewide. A listing of essential Hawaii websites and phone numbers is also provided to direct travelers to other reliable sources for information and assistance.

Helping visitors experience Hawaii safely is a significant aspect of the GoHawaii app, which contains important advice for ocean activities, hiking and weather conditions on each island. “Visitors are outdoors all the time in Hawaii. This app helps keep them safe while they enjoy the beauty of our Islands,” said Baldemor.

A special app feature is the “Locomoji” – Hawaii-inspired emojis that can be shared with family and friends. Locomojis include images of an ukulele, aloha shirt, erupting volcano, shave ice, and Spam musubi, among many others.

The GoHawaii app is free and may be downloaded in the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes Store. It is offered in English, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Searider Productions, a career development program in arts and communication at Waianae High School on Oahu, created a video about the new app. To see the video, click here.

Source: PR Newswire

travel-knots welcomes Mohd. Hafiz Hashim as New Director, Tourism Malaysia

Welcome! Tourism Malaysia’s New Director

Mohd Hafiz Hashim recently took over as Director, Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai with effect from April, 2016.

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Malaysia is expected to attract 1 million Indian tourists this year and Mr Hafiz’s main responsibilities include developing the Western India market targeting especially the Tier2 and Tier 3 towns to reach these numbers. Mr Hafiz is also planning to promote niche products like Mohdself-drive, luxury travel, eco-tourism, sports tourism, business travel etc. to reach out to special interest segments of the Indian traveller.

In his earlier roles, Mr Hafiz has served Tourism Malaysia offices in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

For more media releases, media info and media features on Malaysia’s tourism industry, kindly visit the Media Centre of Tourism Malaysia’s website at http://www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my/

MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2015, Malaysia registered 25.7 million tourist arrivals and RM69.1 billion in receipts, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner.

Through the Tourism NKEA (National Key Economic Area), collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, other Government agencies and the private sector have been enhanced to help secure Malaysia’s position as a leading tourist destination and achieve the country’s target of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020.    

The targets set under the Tourism NKEA will be achieved through the implementation of twelve Entry Point Projects (EPPs) clustered under five themes: Affordable Luxury; Nature Adventure; Family Fun; Events, Entertainment, Spa and Sports; and Business Tourism.  

Paytm to foray into travel marketplace

Firm modeling its travel vertical on Alibaba run – Alitrip

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Paytm, India’s largest mobile phone wallet provider is set to make inroads into the travel space. It is planning to build the country’s largest travel marketplace and provide all types of travel and tourism solutions, including cab rides, bus train and air tickets; hotel bookings, visa facilitation, foreign exchange and international mobile cards. The company is modeling its travel vertical on Alibaba – run Alitrip, which provides travel services on its portal. For international travel packages, Paytm might get into a tie-up with Alitrip. For now Paytm’s services would be incorporated into its present portal on web and mobile application and will not be a standalone travel business like Alitrip.

According to Abhishek Ranjan, Vice President, Paytm: We are looking to build the largest marketplace for travel in India…a person planning a holiday will not have to look anywhere else for any travel needs.

The One97 Communications – run company is first online e-commerce major, which has got into this segment. Till now this space has been dominated by Online travel companies such as MakeMyTrip, Yatra and travel and tour operators like Thomas Cook and Kuoni India. To build its travel market place, the firm is getting into tie-ups with big and small travel agents, transporters, hotels & ancillary service providers such as adventure sports company owners. The company is also working tie-ups with major players including IndiGo for air tickets and global distribution system major Amadeus, which enables automated transactions between third parties and travel agencies to provide travel related services.

Information Courtesy: Business Standard

Your Travel Forecast 2016, by Sanjay B Jumani in DNA

 

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http://epaper.dnaindia.com/epapermain.aspx?pgNo=14&edcode=820009&eddate=2016-01-10

For clear reading of your travel forecast click link above.

This article caught my fancy and I thought of sharing with my readers. Whatever is your sun sign, forecast has some exciting travel adventures lined up for you.

Don’t miss reading, don’t miss traveling!

Source: DNA