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Thursday, 14 May, 2015, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

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MAHA WEEKEND celebration in Lavasa receives overwhelming response

Lavasa hosted this year’s Maharashtra Day celebrations from May 1-3, with extravagance, showcasing the rich heritage of the state. The event witnessed attendance of visitors from Pune, Mumbai, and other parts of the state. The celebrations took place at the lakeside promenade at Dasve town, featuring Maharashtra’s music, dance, street plays, cuisines, arts, display of historic Maratha weapons, etc.

Gujarat Tourism holds travel meet in Mumbai to promote state for this summer

To showcase the state as a must-visit for every tourist, Gujarat Tourism recently held an exclusive travel meet with leading tour operators of Mumbai. The tourism fraternity of the city were updated about what Gujarat has to offer to tourists this summer. A contingent of 40 top tour operators and hoteliers from Gujarat were in Mumbai for the travel meet.

Kuoni-SOTC announces franchisee outlets in India

Kuoni-SOTC has announced the launch of five franchisee outlets in Bengaluru – Malleshwaram, Model Town – Delhi, Netaji Subhash Place – Pitampura, Alipore – Kolkata, and Allahabad. Apart from the franchisees that were launched, Kuoni-SOTC opened its own branches in Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Guwahati in Assam, and Santacruz in Mumbai. Raipur will now become Kuoni-SOTC’s nodal office catering to the entire region of Chhattisgarh, while Guwahati will be the hub to drive business for the entire North-Eastern region.

Visit California organises FAM trip for Indian travel trade

Visit California recently organised a FAM trip for the Indian travel trade. Senior Product Managers from four major tour companies were part of the trip to experience Northern California from April 20-26. The objective of the FAM was to showcase regions in Northern California beyond the gateway city of San Francisco. During the trip, the Product Managers had the opportunity to explore varied experiences in San Francisco City-Marin County- Sonoma County-South Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.

Five Indian travel agents taken on a tour of Trinidad & Tobago

Tourism Trinidad & Tobago hosted five travel agents from India—Club7 Holidays, Kulin Kumar Holidays, Ottila International, Amazing Vacations, and Trail Blazer Tours India—on a seven-day tour of the country, with the aim of capitalising on India as a fast-growing, tourist-generating country, and to increase the number of Indian visitors to the twin-island destination. Huzan Fraser Motivala, India Representative, Tourism Trinidad & Tobago, also participated in the FAM trip.

Brand USA organises networking event for travel trade in Bengaluru

Brand USA India, in partnership with Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently organised a networking event - ‘Experience America’ in Bengaluru for top tour operators, travel agents, and airlines. The objective of the event was to engage and network with the Bengaluru travel trade market.

Vietnam Tourism conducts roadshow in Hyderabad and Chennai

The Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in association with Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), OM Tourism, Accor Hotels, and Thai Airways, recently organised the first-ever Vietnam Tourism Roadshow at the Novotel Convention Centre (near Hitech city) in Hyderabad, and also in Chennai, under the theme ‘Vietnam – Land of Heritages’. Fifteen leading Vietnamese DMCs and the travel and tourism companies from the country participated in the roadshows to meet the travel trade community in the two Indian cities. The delegation was led by H.E. Ha Van Sieu, Vice Chairman, VNAT.

Swiss Tourism and Cox & Kings rope in Chef Shipra Khanna on food trail

Swiss Tourism and Cox & Kings recently roped in Celebrity Chef and winner of MasterChef India - Season 2, Shipra Khanna for a sojourn called ‘The Grand Tour of Switzerland’. The self-drive tour was a gastronomic experience of the cuisines, culture, and traditions of Switzerland. Khanna conducted the cooking trail that celebrated cuisine along with the beauty of each region of Switzerland.

Taj Group throws opening party to launch Taj Dubai

Taj Dubai, their first luxury hotel in Downtown Dubai. The event was hosted by Rakesh Sarna, MD and CEO, Taj Group, and witnessed the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, as Guest of Honour; noted personalities from the travel industry; and the crème de la crème of the city. Located in the heart of the city, Taj Dubai is surrounded by the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and Business Bay.
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