Freebies galore for Indian tourists to foreign locales…

Just don’t ignore them…Summer Vacations are here!

Planning to cool your heals in some exotic foreign locale? Now it will offer more on your plate!

Book US trip, get cruise fee! This news item in today’s Times of India (May 12) could not escape my attention with my Sunday
morning cup of tea!

Esplanade in Singapore

I became more curious and this is what I read:

1. Spend on a 16-day trip to the US and get a seven day Alaska cruise free

2. A four city Europe tour for just Rs. 85,000

3. 50% discount on South East Asian destinations like Thailand & Singapore

4. Take your child free

5. Upgarde to a five star hotel

Travel trends of Indian travellers:

1. Burgeoning population of 12 million Indians travelling overseas last year, Indian are lapping up the offers this year

2. 15-18% growth in Indians travelling overseas this year

3. A significant percentage of these travellers say 30% are from non metros.

Indian tourists are largely in search of place where they could visit exotic destinations and reasonable pricing, icing on the cake would be freebie!

So what are you thinking? Pack your bags for Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok, US, Europe…whereever!

Delightful! Today’s Traveller – Star Power from GICPL

Chanced upon the copy of latest edition of Today’s Traveller – Star Power – 2012 edition brought out by Gill India Concepts Pvt. Ltd.

This Coffee Table book deconstructs the Star Power of Luminaries from many segments, it will not be wrong to say that it beautifully landscapes the lives of Super Achievers from various walks of life be it Fashion, Travel, Enterprises, Ministers, Bollywood besides marvellously covering splendid hotels and tourist destinations.

The contents are sharply categorised as: Steller Achienvers, Torchbearer of Excellence, Icons of change,Worldscapes, Jewels of India which makes the reading so much easier. Stories on the lives of Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Ritu Beri, Kumar Mangalam, Ekta Kapoor, Shekhar Kapur in particular are very inspiring.  Story on Ramesh Sippy and Yash Chopra needs special mention with Ramesh Sippy spelling out on how Bollywood has contributed towards travel and tourism – nationally, internationally. A section dedicated on which film was shot at which locale was worth a read.

Must read for connoisseurs of lifestyle, travel and hospitality
Must read for connoisseurs of lifestyle, travel and hospitality

A section on Madhya Pradesh and Dubai will certainly motivate readers to plan out next vacation there.

Worth reading and implementing opening by Ms Kamal Gill, ” I believe, with a few rare exceptions, stars are not born…they are made. Sometimes by forces around them, but more often by their sheer passion to succeeed. The sparkle is awesome as their creation. Like diamonds they are formed by influences that can pressure, coerce and even oppress. But the wonder of it all – the greater the pressure, the more the shine.”

Last not but the least:  Minister of Tourism, Mr Subodh Kant Sahai mentions: Importance of cleanliness and hygience will give a new meaning to all efforts directed towards spread of travel and tourism.

India a land of culture and heritage, tourist destinations, pilgrimages takes big beating on account of cleanliness and hygiene and that becomes a big dampener to make India ” THE tourist destination of the world”

Hope and wish from this coffee table delight right people take message from the Tourism Minister, but moreso, it has to be in our system to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in our tourist destination like we do in our personal surroundings.

No wonder I came to know about the amount of activity in the segment, besides what makes Super Achievers, Super Achievers.

Kudos! Design element, sleek production values and crisp content.

Place of pride on my Coffee Table!

If any of you have read it – please feel free to share your views.

Jab hum Pattaya mein…

It is every girl’s dream to honey moon in exotic locales of Thailand, and on this wishlist Pattaya tops the chart. It was the case with me too! Alas the dream came true on my 15th anniversary with 14 year old daughter in tow. As goes the saying…better late than never!

After lot of effort, our Bangkok trip materialised…the shopping destination of the world. Known for its raw charm, reclining Buddha, temples, thai food and floating market etc. Bangkok had everything the mother daughter duo loved. The trip was planned by me right from concept to commissioning implying right from finalising the dates, budgeting the trip, selecting the flight to booking of hotels and needless to mention minute to minute program for sightseeing, shopping, dining etc. But trip to Pattaya was no where on my mind, probably my dream had faded into oblivion.

So how did it happen? On 5th day in Bangkok and in and out of shopping and sightseeing we thought of adventure, rest and our favourite sea beaches and sea food. We just hired the taxi and left for Pattaya.  Needless to say journey was fabulous , a mix of green and hilly landscape all through the journey…I could n’t wait for Pattaya and finally we were there…

My long cherished destination!

More update on how was Pattaya like …watch this space later!

Travel Route>>>Travel Agents on Strike

Not only retailers across Maharashtra are up in arms against LBT, there are over
3,000 travel agents across the country kept their businesses shut on May 8 protesting alleged opaque airfare practices by airlines, and also demanded restoration of agency commission, travel agents body TAAI claimed.

“The bandh was a big success as some 3,500 travel agents from across the country, including Mumbai and Delhi voluntarily did not work today in support of our demands,” Travel Agents Association of India President Iqbal Mulla said.

Mulla said that along with 3,000 TAAI members, some of the outbound tour operators also kept their shutters down to show solidarity with the industry, which is facing is rough weather due to the economic conditions.

Stating that the travel agents fight for “rightful commission” and bringing transparency in the fares will continue, Mulla said, “Now we have to prepare our next phase of action plan.” He, however, did not specify as to what would be the next step.

Alleging that air fare practices of airlines are opaque, the TAAI demanded that the airlines should bring transparency in airfares and also wanted the government to regulate airline fares in the interest of the consumers. Besides, the association has also demanded restoration of agency commission, which is currently paid only to Air India and Jet Airways along with a few overseas carrier.

The travel agents’ body has also opposed the government’s move to unbundle air services and allowing airlines to charges for different services such as preferential seating, meals, snacks, drinks (except drinking water) and baggage. All these services should be included in the ticket price, TAAI argues.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had, in 2011, barred airlines from charging extras for preferential seating, prompting low-fare carrier IndiGo and others to include this in a “special services” category.

Source: moneycontrol.com

Last Summers in Baroda, last winters in Thailand

All of a sudden we planned an outing to Baroda Gujarat as it happens to be our favourite city.

It is very historical, very royal, cheap & good food, fun shopping all was there to go for except for the heat.

It was terribly hot still it did not stop us from exploring the place – Baroda. We started with University closed to the station

which looked like a historical monument alongside there was this Baroda Museaum in the lust green huge park with Zoo and toy

train etc. Baroda Museum was awesomest experience. Gandhiji’s Ashes, rare sculptures, rarest of the rare painting…real treasure trove of

history. Museum is very well maintained and staff was also very cordial. We spent the whole day in the Museum…

Pl wait for more updates here.

 

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