India Tourism Update
20 April 2016

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Germany Records 692,613 Overnights From India

Destination Germany has emerged as one of the most favoured European destinations for Indian travellers, with 692,613 visitor overnights from India in the year 2015 making for a 6.6% growth over the year 2014. Owing to this steady growth, The German National Tourist Office, India forecasts a 8-10% growth for the year 2016.

‘On Demand Mobile Visa’ Service For UK

In partnership with UK Visas and Immigration, VFS Global announces the launch of the ‘On Demand Mobile Visa’ service for UK visa applicants in India. Through this service, applicants located anywhere in India and applying for visas to the UK, can complete the entire visa application procedure and enrol biometric data within the comfort of their homes or offices.

Indian Railways, First Semi-high Speed Train Launched

The train, which runs between Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Station and Agra, was flagged off on 5 April 2016. The Gatimaan Express will run six days a week (every day except Friday), departing Delhi at 0810 and arriving in Agra at 0950. The return journey will leave Agra at 1750 and arrive back in Delhi at 1930. Tickets are priced at INR750 (approx. US$11.30) for the coach class and INR1,500 for executive class.

Kerala Tourism's Mobile App 'Expressions' 

This Android app offers micro videos of Kerala art forms to substitute smileys. These are presented via the various classical art forms of Kerala like Mohini Attam, Kootiattam, Ottan Thullal, Chakiar Koothu, Seethankan Thullal, Kathakali.  The name of the art form and the artist can be viewed at the end of the video.  There is a provision for sharing these videos with social media apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. For free download, visit PlayStore
 

MTDC Offers Discounts At Resorts

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has announced special discounts for students, senior citizens, disabled people with over 40% handicap and defence and government personnel for their resorts and properties. "MTDC is offering a 20% discount to students in the age group of 6-16 years. The special discount will be applicable on tours organised by educational institutes in Maharashtra, and can be availed from Monday to Friday. A group of four students will be accommodated in a room at the MTDC resorts," according to a statement released by the MTDC.
 

STB, MasterCard Team Up For 'Fulfil A Promise' 

MasterCard and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) recently announced a new campaign to entice Indian travellers. The initiative was launched through a new digital campaign, #FulfilAPromise, featuring Indian actors Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. With this collaboration, MasterCard and STB will target Indian travellers to promote Singapore as a preferred travel destination this holiday season.

 
Statistics

Asia & Latin America: Great Potential For Growth
The significant socio-economic development of two world regions bordering the Pacific Ocean, Asia and Latin America, offer opportunities in areas of trade, investment and tourism. Sustained economic growth and rising income levels, have brought a substantial increase in the tourism activity within both regions, both inbound and outbound. Destinations in Asia and Pacific-bordering Latin America combined now account for some 28% of total international arrivals worldwide.

GDP Growth Projections, 2014 – 2050
According to PwC report ‘The World in 2050’, the model projections of average annual real GDP growth rates for major economies highlight a likely moderation in growth rates after 2020. However, the moderation will be to a lesser degree for India in comparison with China.
 
Events
08.07.16
TTF Kolkata
A travel trade show in India that offers the opportunity to network with the travel trade in major cities.
15.07.16
TTF Hyderabad
A travel trade show in India that offers the opportunity to network with the travel trade in major cities.
29.07.16
India International Travel Mart, Chennai
Exhibition that showcases of travel, tourism, hospitality, leisure and other related industries
19.08.16
SATTE Mumbai West
This is the platform for buyers and suppliers of the western region to interact with travel trade from across South Asia in the business capital of the country.
 
 
 


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