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NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 For Bookings: Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd., Madhyalok Bhawan, Plot No.23 & 24, Sector 30/A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai Near Vashi Railway Station, Behind CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Pin Code - 400 703 Tel: 022- 2781 1093/ 2781 1485 Email: [email protected] Web: Tourist Helpline: 1800 233 7777 2

NEWS FLASH New Regional Director, Mr. Venkatesan Dhattareyan at IndiaTourism, Mumbai, Ministry of Tourism Govt. of India Mr. Venkatesan Dhattareyan from 1 American markets. He also coordinated and November, 2019 took over as new Regional organized international and domestic events Director, Western & Central region at designed to develop tourism and promote IndiaTourism Mumbai Office. Prior to taking Indian culture. As a core team member of the charge as Regional Director (West & Central Incredible India Campaign, he has worked in a India) he was the Deputy Director General number of locations in order to fulfill in the Ministry of Tourism Head Quarters in responsibilities. New Delhi handling matters relating to International Cooperation and Information Commenting on his joining he said, “The technology Initiatives. future of the tourism sector in India is positive. A more buoyant market, together He joined Ministry of Tourism, Government of with continued commitment by governments India joined the organization in 1991. He has to promote destinations and implement been engaged in Destination Marketing since measures will surely further assist in the 2004 with active role in the North and South development of the sector in the future.” Shifted to New Address Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Uttarakhand Tourism (GMVN) Development Corporation Ltd., Madhyalok Bhawan, Plot: 23 & 24, Uttarakhand Bhawan, Sector 30/A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Sector 30-A, Near Vashi Railway Near Vashi Railway Station, Station, Vashi, Navi Mumbai Behind CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Landmark Raghuleela Mall, Pin Code - 400 703 Pin Code - 400 703 Tel: 022- 2781 1093/ 2781 1485 M: 98693 41919 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] LISTING started for Online TRAVEL DIRECTORY Subscriber Login FREE Listing PRO Listing ADS Listing 1,000 0 5,000 10,000 For More Info Contact Shailendra @ 97690 58991 3 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

EVENTS A Sneak Preview - IT&CMA 2019 IT&CMA is at the forefront of the event. Editorial Assistant: Simple Vishwakarma fostering MICE growth opportunities for the Asia- States of America. Revamped 18th Sticky Awards Pacific and beyond. This year around 928 exhibitors from Buyers from 58 countries have An appreciation programme 354 exhibiting companies participated and 164 Media from 29 for top-performing delegates and organizations have Countries/Territories were present for has been reformatted to participated in the show. include new award titles such That include the as Stickiest Destination, international and local Stickiest Corporate Brands, destination like Australia, Stickiest Pavilion Design & Bangkok, Cambodia, Chiang Experience, Stickiest Thai Mai, China PR, Dubai, Hong Buyers, Stickiest Function & Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Influencers, and more as well Japan, Jeju, Khon Kaen, as a brand new voting format Kobe, Macau SAR, Malaysia, to enhance the segment's Myanmar, Nepal, Osaka, participation and Pattaya, Phuket, The Philippines, entertainment value. The new Qatar, Seoul, Singapore, South Korea, voting format involves Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab delegates nominating winners via the Emirates, United Kingdom, United event app on the first and second day of the show. TCEB spotlight 4Ms at 'ITCMA& CTW 2019' TCEB is moving fast to rock global MICE The number of MICE travellers from market, spotlighting the 4Ms at the meetings and incentives market is IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2019 with estimated at 762,000, which can generate the aim to attract more business meeting the revenue of 57,000 million baht. groups into Thailand across all segments. It is expected that the movement will TCEB President added, “the goal is to generate 57,000 million baht in 2020. enhance the nation's image and Thailand's Meanwhile, TCEB has joined hands with readiness to host international events, as MICE Cities and entrepreneur in 5 cities to well as to improve local MICE ecosystems activate MICE measures for the with the spirit of volunteering for five key environments, eyeing to cut down waste provinces to become sustainable MICE volume by 50% to soar as sustainable MICE cities; Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang cities. Mai and Khon Kaen, TCEB announced the collaboration in 4 dimensions. First, the Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, development of potentiality, knowledge, President, TCEB, said, “Hosting the alongside training and information IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2019, which is Asia Pacific's premiere annual MICE dissemination. Second, trade show that serves as a business arena for regional meetings and incentives the promotion of opportunities, TCEB will use this opportunity to highlight the marketing strategy venues and MICE designed for meetings and incentives in 2020 to the eyes of domestic and organisers. Third, the international MICE entrepreneurs who join the tradeshow.” provision of support for sustainable events and Main target of Meetings & Incentives (MI) market will remain TCEB's primary for MICE venues to earn markets, which include MICE travellers from the ASEAN+6 countries (China, India, sustainable standards. Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand) and the USA, having Europe as the Fourth, the monitoring secondary market. New market will be expanded to countries in the Eastern Europe. and evaluation of tangible sustainability In 2020, TCEB expects that the number of foreign MICE travellers entering into of MICE businesses. Thailand will reach 1,386,000, which can generate 105,600 million baht of revenue. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 4

EVENTS MALAYSIA TOURISM TRAVEL MART back in 2020 CEMS Conference & Exhibition (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd announced the launch of global stage but also facilitate more cohesive private-public sector efforts to deliver MALAYSIA TOURISM AND TRAVEL MART 2020 (MTTM 2020) that to be held from 25 more international and regional business tourism events into the country. We are very to 27 June 2020 at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in honoured indeed to be the strategic partner for such a notable event and as the host Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The show is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and venue for the first MTTM, we look forward to playing our part in ensuring a successful Culture Malaysia. event, one that will undoubtedly enhance Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre's growing reputation as a world-class The three-day trade exhibition is a platform for international and local inbound and destination for exhibitions and international conferences.” outbound travel operators and stakeholders to grab the opportunities in the international tourism and travel industry. The event will be open to trade visitors on Mr. Edward Liu, Group Managing Director for CEMS Conference & Exhibition Sdn Bhd the first two days and to the public on the third day of the show. said, “In 2018, there were 25.8 million arrivals to Malaysia from various parts of the world1. According to a news portal, an estimated 11.9 million international outbound Spread over a gross area of 8,000 square metres, the exhibition will host more than trips from Malaysia were recorded in 2016 and the number is forecast to grow by an 200 international exhibitors from over 45 countries and some 500 international and average of 3.5 per cent annually to 14.2 million trips by 2021. It ranked Malaysia sixth local hosted buyers and, is estimated to attract 4,000 trade visitors from the travel highest among emerging markets. Malaysia’s outbound market is increasingly diverse and tourism and related industries and 8,000 public visitors. and dynamic. The demands and expectations of travellers have also grown in sophistication over the years. MTTM 2020 will be curated and organised to provide Mr Gunther Beissel, CEO, MITEC said, “MITEC applauds the launch of Malaysia exhibitors with a powerful and robust platform to reach and interact with their target Tourism and Travel Mart 2020, given its large multiplier effect, its significant impact audience.” towards the celebration of Visit Malaysia 2020 and its contribution to the country’s tourism receipts. MTTM will not only enhance Malaysia’s competitiveness on the Singapore Tourism Board Thailand extends visa-on-arrival partners with Zomato fee waiver until 30 April 2020 The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has partnered with Zomato for Zomaland The Tourism Authority of Thailand Season 2, a multicity food and entertainment carnival which will be organised across (TAT) is delighted to report that the ten cities i.e. Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Royal Thai Government has once again Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Chennai. This association is an integral part of STB’s efforts approved an extension of the visa-on- to engage foodies in India. The Zomaland will see a designated “Singapore arrival fee waiver for citizens of 20 Experience Zone” by the STB where visitors will get to sample authentic Singapore nations for another six months, from 1 cuisine by Michelin-starred Liao Fan Hawker Chan* (formerly known as Liao Fan November 2019 until 30 April 2020. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodles) and Nasi and Mee, a popular Thailand extends visa fee waiver restaurant chain in India offering Singapore dishes. There will also be fun and scheme for tourists from 20 nations. interactive games and plenty of photo opportunities against iconic structures of Citizens of Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, attractions in Singapore and the Merli Mascot. China including Taiwan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mr. GB Srithar, Regional Director, STB said, “In line with our brand Passion Made Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan are Possible, we will highlight culinary offerings, appealing to the Foodie passion tribe. all exempt from the 2,000 baht visa-on-arrival fee for single-entry leisure travel in The zone will also have fun and engaging activities aimed at enticing attendees to Thailand for not more than 15 days. come and live up their travel passions in Singapore.” 5 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

DOMESTIC Assam Tourism Roadshow Ravine Trek and OTM, (a leading B2B Travel Show in Asia-Pacific) introduced Assam is one of the destinations blessed with such a mesmerizing beauty of nature ADVENTURE & EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL ZONE @ OTM 2020 scheduled to be held from which attracts all the group of people domestic or international. Tourism department, 3 to 5 February 2020 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, MUMBAI. Under this Govt. of Assam in association with IndiaTourism Mumbai, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. Zone 75 to 100 Adventure Companies will showcase their product. The participants of India organizes a three-city roadshow in India. The roadshow was held in the cities under ADVENTURE & EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL ZONE will be Adventure Activities, of Ahmedabad, Pune, and Mumbai to strengthen the relationship with the leading Theme Parks, Attractions and other Experiential Travel products. travel agents and tour operators to boost Domestic and International tourist arrivals. The show gives opportunity to interact with 10,000+ travel agents and tour operators The dignitaries present in the Assam Tourism Road Show in Mumbai were interested in sourcing adventure and experiential travel products for their tour Shri Chandan Brahma – Hon’ble Minister Tourism, Assam, Shri Jayanta Malla Baruah package / itinerary. – Chairman ATDC, Shri Navadeep Kalita – Vice-Chairman ATDC, Shri Bhaskar Phukan – Further Value Addition to participants of Adventure & Experiential Travel Zone - Managing Director, ATDC, Shri Deba Kr. Mishra – Director Tourism, Shrimati Cauvery B  Visibility in periodic e-campaign / newsletter focussed on Adventure & Experiential Sharma, Deputy Secretary Tourism and the other officials of Tourism Department,  Pre-Event and Post Event Campaign highlighting participating companies and a brief Govt of Assam. Shrimati Neela Lad – Regional Director India Tourism, Mumbai. write up about their offerings  Advertisement in Adventure and Experiential Travel Zone Guide Shri Chandan Bhrahma, said, “The Tourism Department aims to promote not only  Walkway Billboard at Strategic Location featuring participants during the show. Assam’s natural untouched beauty but also Assam’s rich and composite culture, tea, wildlife, and many more. We are hopeful to attract our travel enthusiasts to our state of To participate at ADVENTURE & EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL ZONE @ OTM 2020, you can Assam. This year we aim to attract over 15 lakh tourists to our annual river festival called contact Mr. Kamlesh Lalan (Ravine Trek) - 99670 09904 Dwijing Festival. In 2018-19, Assam witnessed 60,27,002 Indian visitor of domestic traveler and this year we are expecting to see significant growth in numbers.” The roadshow aimed to promote Assam as a destination throughout the year. The concept is a B2B platform which will bring tourism stakeholders on a platform where they would interact to explore opportunities of mutual trade. Tourism Board is set to launch new attractions, schemes and lucrative offers to attract more travelers. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 6

MANIPUR Nestled along the rolling green hills of the greenery all around, thus it is the birth Sirohi National Park Sanctuary, Moreh, and Tengnoupal. North East, Manipur is the “Jewelled place of many dense forests which are Land” of India overflowing with bountiful home to many animal species. Keibul Lam It is the smallest forest reserve in the Other attractions of Manipur with some beauty bestowed by the Mother Nature. Jao National Park 53km from Imphal, on country. Many streams and rivers unique features or thronged with Christened as the “Switzerland of the the fringes of Loktak Lake, is the last generate from the cracks and slopes of interesting activities are- East”, Manipur justifies its title with its natural habitat of the marsh-dwelling this national park. Mainly noted for its majestic blue green undulated terrains, brow-antlered deer called \"Sangai\". A green serene surroundings, this park is Andro scintillating waterfalls, tripling rivers and large number of migratory birds, like visited by tourist almost round the year. exotic flaura and fauna. Home to many waterfowl, are also attracted to this Park. Andro is an ancient village which is a hub tribal colourful communities, this place is Keibul Lamjao is the only floating national Khangkhui Cave of the tribal communities displaying their rich in graceful classical dance traditions, park in the world. art and culture. The Cultural Complex of intricate art forms, and sumptuous Built with Cretaceous limestone, this wild Andro displays the finest pottery works of cuisine. The unending chains of dense As the state is gifted with lush green cave is guided by locals for tourists. As an the north east. There is also a doll house forest in Manipur provide a huge cover for forests, lakes and varieties of flora and utter example of true formation of nature, the rare species of birds. fauna, so ample options of camping is this cave is visited by travelers who are Khwairamband Bazaar available there. Adventure lovers can enthusiast enough to deep inside the Most of the travelers fly to Imphal, the explore the forests and witness the animal rocks and witness different formations of As a true example of women capital city of Manipur, to explore this species and go for camping deep inside the limestones. empowerment, this market place has wondrous place of the North East. But if the woods. been reigning by women shopkeepers for you want to enjoy the road journey of Nillai Tea Estate the past centuries. Housed in a peristyle north east’s countryside with scenic green Manipur Zoological Garden building, this market place is run by 4000 landscapes all around then you can also The lush green tea cultivation all along the mothers. Travelers visiting Manipur, make drive in from Kohima (Nagaland) or With different species of plant life, the sloping hills are an amazing sight to gorge it compulsory to visit this huge market Silchar (Assam). Sanagai Zoological Garden is home to at. The Nillai Tea Estate is a green tea place selling every items starting from Brow-Antlered Deer. Here you can have growing garden and every details of the vegetables to garments. This market place Attractions in Manipur your eco tour while exploring the hopping tea production starting from plucking to is divided into two segments, one rare species of deer and the magical drying can be learnt from here. Imphal kingdom of the flora. The capital city of Manipur with scenic Manipur State Museum backdrop of plains and hills nestled at the centre of the pleasing Manipur valley is a This two-storey government museum serene place secluded from the jostling showcases the history of Manipur. Ideal life of the city. The dense forests and for the history buffs, this place houses sprawling grassalands makes this place a tribal costumes, royal clothing, historical heaven on earth. Exploring the attractions polo equipment and stuffed carnivores. or activities which Imphal boats are- Infront of the museum there is the Polo ground where Polo was said to be invented. Loktak lake and Sendra Island Other attractions of Imphal are Red Hill Other attractions of Ukhrul are Khayang segment selling fruits and vegetables and Peak, Shirui Kashung Peak, Kachouphung the other selling art works, potteries, Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake L o k p a c h i n g , Ka n g l a Fo r t , S e kta Lake, Shirui Kashung, Hundung Mangva woolen garments, traditional costumes in Northeast India, and is famous for the Archaelogical Living Museum, Jama Cave and Ango Ching. and several souvenirs of Manipur. Several phumdis floating over it. Loktak is also an Masjid, Shree Govindajee Temple, women selling heaves of dried fish are ideal destinations for trekking be it the Khonghampat Orchidarium and Matai Thoubal also seen which is one of the local beginners or the experienced trekkers. Garden. favourite of the North East. Thoubal is yet another picturesque This ancient lake plays an important role in Ukhrul destination in Manipur. Situated amidst Langthabal hills, the place is perfect for trekking and the economy of Manipur. It serves as a hiking. Lush greenery, beautiful rivers and This is a beautiful hill lying on the Indo- ilsgsniuveoeptnuhlpeirehlrcyaos.etuoiordTronhof,ofeuirnrtrwldhaigiaeknaetgrteuioarrirnsaelaaffaoisnslsrdVahoneaddrhrrmaayiondnenksnrdiopnowauhgprhuhcwomoeGwaldtiaveieosrerrf,denesubUCpnynkaehotrfnhrkéuudelgilinnrihsgegafrstweptorsiacehtttieuccnrhragfealsonllqlfasutUrueoakrlvenlhaindrlalguellyslvatasrrualeoleraurymnodsdu,sr.nehdTaailehlrmsdee, lakes make the place a perfect destination Burma Road. The hill having an old destination. Ideal for a nature lover, also known as “phumshongs”. Ukhrul is packed with attractive tourist for out1do7othr aCcetnivtituiersy. CTheurlcohcal people historical palace, tempLleusxuarnydSumitasny Keibul Lam Jao National Park spots. here enhance the greenery here by ceremonial houses surrounded by Pine planting banyan trees along roadsides and and Jack fruit trees gives a very lovely view As Manipur is swathed away with fruit bearing trees in the grounds of their of nearby plains. homes. Here are some top destinations in Thoubal. Singda You can have wonderful views of the This beautiful hill resort located at the Imphal and Thoubal Rivers, roam in the altitude of 920 meter is 16 km from People's Museum, buy some local Imphal. Singda lake located atop the hill is souvenirs in the Thoubal market, boat in a fine invitation to view for nature lover. the Louis Lake (season wise) and Waithou The hill resort overlooks the Manipur Lake, or visit the Khongjom War Memorial Valley, and presents a very fine natural or spend your time in the lap of nature in view of the valley. the vicinity of Ikop Lake. Khongampat Orchidarium Chandel 7 km from Imphal, the famous Chandel is the gateway to Myanmar. The orchidarium is must explored destination geographical significance, however, does for eco-tourists. The orchidarium is home not end there. The land is rich in flora and as well as breeding centre of 110 species fauna being home to a wide range of of orchids. species. Rare species of animals and plants are found here that attract tourists Some of the other tourist places of in great numbers. Here are some of the Manipur which also you can explore are tourist destinations in Chandel. You can Bishnupur, Senapati, Tamenglong and Churachandpur. visit Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife 7 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

INSIGHT 2020 Best Travel Destinations The Minto Hall Madhya Pradesh in Top 3 Best Value Destinations Internationally International Convention Centre Lonely Planet has unveiled its top 10 countries, cities, regions and best-value The heritage building of the city Bhopal, The Minto Hall is one of the latest edition of destinations for next year “Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2020” book released. the government owned Madhya Pradesh Tourism Hotels & Resorts. The building is all Madhya Pradesh being one of the most diverse tourist destinations has been honored set to host as the International Convention Center Bhopal. It has a glorious history, as Top 3rd'Best Value Destination' of the world. The state offers wildlife-spotting at a build in the 19th Century and is now restored to its original beauty & boasts of Seven lower cost than in Africa. It also boasts sites like Khajuraho's temples with fewer Conference halls. The main hall can be used as a multipurpose hall for State functions crowds than neighbouring Rajasthan. The state is blessed with rich wildlife including felicitations, banquets, conferences, etc. The hall, along with balconies and experiences, marvelous heritage, divine pilgrim spots, several architectural wonders galleries on the first floor, can host about 600 pax. and food to suit everybody's taste. With these many diverse aspects to explore in the Heart of Incredible India, the tourists here not just enjoy their holidays to the fullest The Minto Hall has a beautiful rooftop restaurant- 1909 The crown of Bhopal. The but also take back memorable experiences to narrate. restaurant is overlooking the lake and the ambiance gives you a royal feeling. It offers delicious delicacies along with a special set of facilities. These include telescope for Officials of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board quoted “It's a great matter of pride for us stargazing, an exhibition of photographs that display a historic extravagant and golden that Madhya Pradesh has ranked under Top 3 Best Value Destinations of the world, culture of Bhopal. Madhya Pradesh tourism has always appreciated the people's support and acknowledges their efforts in creating new milestones for the State and its offerings. The convention center also provides the We highly appreciate the contribution of tourism industry in various forms and always best quality audio-video system, 3 lifts, 15 try to set new International standards in the field of hospitality and services.” restrooms (Restrooms for specially-abled), lounge for VIP guests with dedicated entry & a ramp for accessing the building. The venue best to hold your Conferences, Product launches, Exhibitions, and any other customized conference requirement. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest hotel chains with 65+ strategically located properties in the state of Madhya Pradesh. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 8

Experience all shades of turquoise n blue LAKSHADWEEP Tour 2 KAVARATTI is the most developed island and UT’s capital, lies 360 km of the coast of Kerala. Kavaratti has warm sandy beaches the casts a magical spell on the tourists. With the variety of sea species like starfish, anemones, sea cucumbers, multi-hued fishes astounding corals. Apart from water sports, Kavaratti is famous for its mosques. KALPENI has shallow water ideal for water sports and snorkeling. It's a perfect blend of traditional culture and modern infrastructure amenities. Island is blessed with a wide variety of flora & fauna and aquatic life. The golden sandy beaches, crystal Discover the hidden gem LAKSHADWEEP, an island charms of hundred n thousand island of India. “Life is a beach” - The moment you enter to the radar of the Lakshadweep. The beautiful islands of Lakshadweep are well connected by Cochin (Kerala) by both airways and waterways. One can opt cruising to Kavaratii from Cochin and then the connected islands Kalpeni and Minicoy. The other option is flying to Agatti or Bangaram and you can be connected to the Islands - Amini, Andrott, Kadmat, Bitra, Kiltan and Chetlat. clear water of the Arabian Sea and the coral red of the Kalpeni Island enthrall and enchant the tourist with the natural beauty. MINICOY - The second largest and southernmost island in Lakshadweep also referred to by locals as Maliku Island. The Lighthouse of the island is one of the oldest and was constructed in 1885. It has a tuna canning factory, the roads in Minicoy wind past coconut groves and villages offering a fascinating insight into the local way of life. Do's and Don't - Confirm your reservation of the tour before leaving your station. Never litter the water or sand. Picking up corals are offense, swimming and sunbathing nude is prohibited. Drinking liquor is prohibited in all islands except in Bangaram. The intake of drugs is a punishable offense. Plucking tender coconuts yourself is dangerous since trees are privately owned and unauthorized plucking of coconut is theft. The islands are basically restricted areas but those who avail the packages by Tourism are exempted from entry restriction. At present 3 islands Kalpeni, Kavaratti and Minicoy have been opened for domestic tourists only and Kadmat, Agatti and Bangaram are open for international tourists also. Foreign Nationals, only with “Tourists Visa” are permitted to Lakshadweep Island. Tour 1 AGATTI has one of the most beautiful lagoons in Lakshadweep. It's a virtual gateway to the islands. Agatti has a direct flight from Cochin. Fishing is a primary occupation of the island's resident and there is a variety of seafood on offer. One can enjoy deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, sailing, skiing, and even kayaking. ANDROTT one of the largest islands with an area of 4.90 sq km is the nearest island to the mainland. Thick vegetation mainly coconut groves, add to the beauty of the islands. Coir and Copra are the main products of the island. BANGARAM offers utmost privacy unpolluted comfort with crystal clear waters, sparkling coral reef and blue lagoon. There are numerous adventures like scuba diving, beach games, swimming, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing. KADMAT best known for the huge lagoon located on the west side of the island. With an abundance of marine life, the island is the home for the water sports. The best attraction is long sandy beaches and a small sandbank for sunbath. Lakshadweep Samudram MV Kavaratti The Lakshadweep Tourism Board and Sports have Samudram Packages where one can experience the sailing on MV Kavaratti - A Five-day cruise to visit the islands of Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy. MV Kavaratti has 1st Class/ Diamond on Twin sharing bunker bed and 2nd Class/ Gold on Four sharing bunker bed. The ships has cafeteria, snack bars, doctor on call, entertainments and upper-deck promenade. Ship facilities include three galleys, halls, recreation place with a swimming pool and a helipad. The travellers can have a great time during the day where they can go angling, swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. 9 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

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V-DISPL AY Places To Hangout On New Year’s Eve We Indians just need a reason to Mt. Abu, Udaipur and the list goes on. geared up for parties with cocktails, International, Hotel Bon Sejour, Le celebrate and enjoy life. New Year’s dinners and live events dazzled with Dupleix, Malson Perumal, palais de Eve is one of the largest global Goa Bollywood celebrities. There are many mahe, The Promenade, The Richmond, celebrations as it marks the last day of clubs around the city, who are full of Accord Pudicherry, Atithi, Ginger, Hotel the Gregorian calendar. Nowadays, Goa is the city to rock-on the nightlife Glam and lights which are generally Dei orient,Hotel Mass, Le Royal park, India is one of the popular destinations and its cassino. Over here you can visited by the VVIP and Page 3 people. Ocean Spray, The Sun Way, Villa Bayoud, in World to celebrate the New Year. loosen yourself and enjoy the electic Mid Scale, Devis Grand, Hotel Sun Park, Hotels and Resorts are booked a month mix of night life filled with music, booze The Best among them are; Tryst, Mother Sea View Residency, Pride, Red before and all the party passes are sold and fun. Sea-Food and the local liquor Trilogy, Aer, Blue Frog, Prive, Hype Carpet Residence, The Mercure Hotel, etc. out. New Year Eve especially in Metro adds fun to the celebration. One can enjoy etc., where the top Dj’s burn the Music. cities is worth enjoying with Live Beach side party at Vagator and Anjuna One can also visit with family and Delhi concerts by Bollywood veterans and headed for the spectacular ambience. friends at Essel World, Water the known singers, DJ’s rock out the Apart from Indians, you can find many Kingdom, Adlabs Imagica. There are In Delhi New Year Eve has its own Pubs and Night Life. Let’s check out foreigners around the globe visit here to many other super liked destinations for charm in areas like Gurgaon, Noida, the cities of India which don’t sleeps celebrate the eve. Dona Paula Beach, celebrating New Year Night nearby Connought Place, Faridabad etc. Delhi on 31 night ~ Goa, Mumbai, Agonda Beach, Calangute Beach, Miramar Mumbai which are Alibag, Matheran, as a pubbing capital is ever set for New Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Beach, Palolem Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Lavasa, Mahabaleshwar, Pune... here Year eve. Celebrites host special night McleodGanj, Puducherry, Delhi, Beach Baga and Chapora Beach are some you can celebrate your new year with concerts for this special day. Hotels like Bangalore, Kolkatta, Ooty, Manali, beachestowelcomethenewyear. family and friends. Special packages and The Lalit, The Park Hotel, JW Marriot, Gulmarg, Amritsar, Udaipur, events are organized for the celebration ITC Grand Bharat, The Claridges, Striker Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Munnar, Mumbai of New Year Eve in all the Hotels. Pub & Kitchen, Shiro, Hotel Samrat, The Coorg, Shillong , Manali, Mussorie, Blue Bar etc have special Nights for New Mumbai is the city which never Puducherry Year Eve arranged. Packages are made sleeps, so the New Year’s Eve is the consisting Dine & Wine. We can also find night affair. Many 5-Star Hotels are The most popular destination we can youth hanging out at India Gate. say for New Year Eve. There are many House destinations Lounges and Beach All eyes set on the Clock to strike 12.00. Parties in Puducherry on 31st Dec. The Around the city we can see fancy fire New Year Parties are mainly organized crackers lit up and people welcoming near the Beach side hotels as it is the first the new year. preference of the tourist. Here are the few hotels who are ready for the bash - Safari Plus wishes HAPPY NEW YEAR Mango Hill Sea gulls, Big Beach, Dune to all our readers. May the new year Eco Beach Hotel, Kailash Beach Resort, bring joy, prosperity in your life and Le Pondy, Nalla Eco Beach Resort, St may all your dreams come to reality James Court , The Ashok Beach Resort, and all your efforts turns into great The Wind flower, Hotel Annamalai achievements! NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 12


The Man Behind the Sea Eagle One can feel the passion behind the creation The Man Behind the Sea Eagle - Captain Nitin Dhond is a Q3) How well does the ship abide by International Merchant Navy Captain. He has a vast experience of 41 maritime law and the security? years at Sea with 25 years of Command experience that included Oil tankers, Very Large Gas carries and passenger's We are controlled by ISPS code (The International Ship vessels. On the other hand, Tourism and Sustainability takes and Port Facility Security Code) and our staff is fully a special place in his heart. Captain Nitin has conceptualized trained. The security process is the same as we follow at and created the products keeping that in mind be it “Angriya the airport. Concerning international maritime law, Cruise” (Angriya Sea Eagle Limited); or Resorts showcasing every country has its regulatory bodies and we have to the countryside of Maharashtra called “Wildernest Nature act accordingly. And at regular intervals, we survey, Resort” and “Swapnagandha”. One can feel the passion inspected and certify our staff. behind the creations and keeping Nature in Mind, you too will feel a part of it. Q4) How do you see the future for cruise liners in India? Safari Plus INTALK with CAPTAIN NITIN DONDH, India has a gigantic coastline and the way the cruise Managing Director, Angriya Sea Eagle Ltd. industry is progressing we see a huge potential. To boost domestic tourism we can implement the domestic Q1) What was the driving force, which drove you to the carriers and connect them with short trips like Mumbai Cruise business? And how are you implementing your 4 to Goa; Mumbai- Diu; Mumbai – Gujarat; Goa – decades of experience on Sea? Mangalore – Cochin and to forgot the east coasts of India to have that potential. This will be altogether a different I belong to Goa and in 1971, four ships were plying experience that will connect many beautiful places between Mumbai and Goa Route they were - Konkan Shakti, Konkan Sevak, Rohini, around the Indian coastline. Sarita. These vessels on arrival use to blow the horn and the whole city use to come alive. The locals use to gather either to receive their relatives and friends or bid Adeus. Last year we completed 175 voyages taking 50,000 passengers many on-board were And to my first voyage on that ship (during my training period) I had a wonderful first-time travelers. Many International Cruise liners have marked India on their route experience, as the passengers rejoicing all night onboard. Later these ships were map and they very well understand the potential market. Mumbai is soon coming with deployed on the government services and PCB Forces. And on the other hand, many the International Cruise Terminal wherein it can be the hub of many cruises connects Indians had no idea about what seafarers face and at the same time how they enjoy west to east. The cruise industry is also a catalyst for employment generation. And the and overcome the difficulties. 80% crews on Angriya are Indian and locals (Konkani). Some of our Hospitality crew is directly taken from catering colleges. They are taken after an STCW (Standard of We wanted to re-establish this route and also give the first-hand experience of the sea Training, Certification & Watchkeeping) course which is mandatory. voyage and marine life. So, unlike the other cruise ships, we did it differently like the open decks overlooking the sky, Titanic point, Infinity pool. The infinity pool which is In conversation with Mrs. Leena Prabhu Kamat, Executive Chairman, Angriya Sea the first time of this size at the stern, you can experience the sight and sound of the Eagle Ltd. Elaborating further about trade relations and eco-sustainability. water left behind in the wake of the ship. Our bars and restaurant are also based on Marine theme Ancora, Coral Reef, Sea Breeze, Sorro Di, Sea Horse, and Goaf. Q1) How are you working towards the travel trades? Q2) Share the experience of transforming old vessels to the commercial and We have an online platform of booking and for trade, we affordable cruise ship? have separate login IDs wherein they can directly access and the TAC are already determined which is directly payable to them. So they need to just approach for the It is a capital intensive industry from the whole capex to build up a commercial cruise identification and log in. ship, and our bank interests are also high. Keeping all this mind we tried to do everything in-house like major modification we did in Goa and interiors were Q2) How does Angriya Cruise intend to reduce its carbon footprint in the sea? executed in Mumbai. One should understand that the pricing depends on the capitalization and operational cost where the fuel charges play a major role in price Eco-consciousness is a big deal globally. We took the initiative at a very primary stage. binding. We are putting efforts to improvise the activities onboard at the price we We have used non-toxic paint on the bottom of the ship which is called Intersleek, that offer, by giving them maximum experience in minimum time. doesn’t hold barnacles and easy to clean and leaves no toxic carbons in the sea. STP plant (Sewage Treatment Plant) is installed on the ship to manage the waste on-going. We use special paper bottles for water exclusively packaged for Angriya. The heat that is generated by the engines is also used to provide hot water in rooms. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

SSnhaopt The Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) 2019 was inaugurated by Shri Manhohar Ajgaonkar, Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister / Ministry for Tourism along with Goa Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director - Mr. Nikhil Dessai, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Secretary for Tourism and Mr. Rajesh Kale, Dy. Director for Tourism. During the event Hon'ble Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant assured the support to investors in the tourism sector and further endorsing the move to develop Goa as a Medical Tourism Destination. The Mart aimed to increase the overall size of the tourism sector in Goa. The gather international professionals looking further Goa as an ideal destination and get a first-hand exposure to various tourism products of the destination helping adding more days to the itineraries. GITM 2019 Familiarization Tours (FAM Tours) were organized for over 100 buyers to explore and experience Goa's beauty and various other facets including adventure tourism activities. International media from 25 different media houses and around 36 domestic travel trade media, besides local media covered the event. The event has been a grand success for several of the Goan stake-holders and presented a unique opportunity to showcase some of the best hospitality products to travel agents and tour operators from around the world. This event will help create a networking eco-system to focus on developing business opportunities with the travel-trade from India and abroad. The GITM concluded on a grand note with a prize distribution function winners of which are as follows: Best Boutique Stall awarded to The Postcard Hotel, Best Conceptualised Stall awarded to Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, Best Decorated Stall awarded to Bambolim Beach Resort, Best Eco Friendly Stall awarded to Concord Exotic Voyages, and Best Display Stall awarded to The Zuri White Sands Goa Resorts & Casino. The entire event was managed by Alica Purple Advertising Pvt. Ltd who were selected by the Tourism Department. Sphere Travelmedia and Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd., was the 'Strategic Partner'. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

HOSPITALITY Sands Resorts Macao Zone by The Park signs tap holds in India Market its first resort in Dimapur Sands Resorts Macao had a series of roadshow in 19 cities of Asia to introduce the Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd’s Zone by The Park has signed its newest property – resorts’ latest offerings to the travel industry, meeting organizers and media Zone by The Park Dimapur, Nagaland. The newest addition by Zone by The Park is partners. The “Make Your Mark” theme represents how Sands Resorts Macao is strategically located 6km away from the Dimapur Airport to ensure hassle-free constantly looking for ways to innovate and create opportunities while leaving a commute option for business as well as leisure travellers. lasting positive impression of its latest hotel, entertainment, dining, retail and Mr. Vikas Ahluwalia, General Manager and National Head, Zone by The Park Hotels meeting offerings. A six-month roadshow series is an annual event that incorporates said, “We are extremely excited to sign Zone by The Park Dimapur which is the popular gala dinners, VIP lunches and product seminars in cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Xiamen, Tianjin, Changsha, Chongqing, Nanning, commercial capital of Nagaland, Dimapur, in the North-Eastern part of the country. It is Seoul, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Singapore, Delhi, and Mumbai. the only city to have an airport in Nagaland and a land of historical tourist attraction. We look forward to our association with Naithu Group, which will rightly strengthen Stephanie Tanpure, Vice President of Sales, Sands China Ltd. said, “As an our presence in the North-Eastern part of the country.” organization that seeks to innovate and reinvent, we consider it essential to invest Mr. Kechangulie Rio, Owner Naithu Group said, “We are very happy to be associating in face-to-face meetings that bring our business partners around the world up to with Zone by The Park for the management and operations of our resort. Our new date on developments at our integrated resorts. We are grateful for the strong and resort in association with Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd is situated at a prime successful partnerships we enjoy with our trade partners. Our shared vision has location with a serene view and state-of-the-art infrastructure.” made Sands Resorts Macao Asia’s ultimate destination while contributing to Macao Zone by The Park, Dimapur will have 71 rooms including one Presidential Villa and two becoming a regional hub of tourism, MICE, and entertainment.” Independent Villas. With unique design element, the hotel offers an all-day dining and signature 24x7 restaurant of Zone-Bazaar, Z Bar- a lively casual lounge offering a wide 2019 is shaping up to be an outstanding year for Sands Resorts Macao, with work selection of refreshing beverages and an authentic Naga restaurant. The hotel will also ongoing on The Londoner Macao integrated resort, which will incorporate four have banquet halls, conference and meeting rooms, swimming pool, 24X7 concierge world-class hotel brands: the new The Londoner Hotel (previously Holiday Inn services, spa and gymnasium. Cocooned with amenities, guests can also enjoy the Macao Cotai Central), alongside enhanced existing properties Conrad Macao, recreational activities like the salon and the pool room. Cotai Central, Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 16

HOSPITALITY VITS Kamat Group soon to Introduce the Purple Bed for Millennial In an exclusive interview with Safari Plus, Mr. Vikram Kamat, Founder Chairman of VITS launch luxurious the VITS Kamat Group shared his expansion plans and talked about the current Gazebo Resort in Pattaya scenarios of hospitality industry. The VITS Kamats Group has recently launched VITS Gazebo Resort in the picturesque Q. How does VITS differentiate itself from the other players in the Hospitality island of Pattaya, Thailand’s most popular Indian tourist destination. The iconic VITS Industry along with the International brands present in the Indian market? Kamats Group has expanded its portfolio in the Global hospitality market. A. We need to understand that there is a huge Mr. Vikram Kamat, said, “We are delighted to extend the VITS luxury experience in demand for the domestic brand where they Thailand. The resort will showcase the best of Indian hospitality with its unique roots can understand the consumers, much better in the cultural mores of this country which have few parallels. With this launch, we than the foreign brands. Many a brand has want to tap and capitalize on the ever-growing international inflow of tourists in one of taken up the requirements of the Indian the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The VITS Gazebo Resort offers Traveller but many foreign brands still haven’t plush features specially designed for Indian travelers.” been able to understand. Today, we are number one in banquets, food, and beverages Resort has luxurious rooms, elegantly furnished with modern decor and equipped in India. And that’s something that the Indian with all necessary facilities. In-house restaurant near Pattaya beach serves delicious consumers are very conscious of and are dishes from the local cuisine and whips up lip-smacking delicacies. The wellness center focussed while selecting a hotel for stay. and spa provides a range of treatments and therapies. Other amenities include banquets and conference halls for the seamless event. Q. With the recent efforts by the government - GST rate cut in the Hotel segment? What is your take on it? A. I think it’s fantastic; it will boost Tourism in the domestic market. The lower tax rates will affect the overall pricing and make it more competitive. If you see every country are wooing Indian travelers and the Domestic segment was on the high competition with the neighbouring countries (price-wise). Now we can monetize our destination, our culture, our history and market them in a planned way to retained and flourish again. And it will be a win-win situation for all. Q. Coming on to expansion plans, what are your road-map? A. VITS Kamats Group, are the known brands for Food & Beverages. On the hotel front, we have our presence in both national and international markets. We are in plans to add on 4 to 5 hotels under the lease and the managed properties. Also focusing on stand-alone restaurants will scale-up at a similar growth pace. We are happy to announce our new brand ‘Purple Beds’. It is on the bed and breakfast module, for budget travelers. And Purple Beds aims to provide a comfortable room, a comfortable breakfast and an overall comfortable stay in a comfortable budget. We are targeting millennials and budget travelers. 17 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

Bihar Raising to Sustain the glory Bihar's antiquity is evident from its name, which is derived from ancient word Gaya – Final Salvation point; A Hindu pilgrimage hub and a transit point for Buddhist “VIHARA” – monastery. It is indeed a land of monasteries. Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, pilgrimage centres in India. It is believed that it was here under the tree that Buddha Muslim and Sikh shrines abound in this ancient land where India's first major empires attained enlightenment. The glory of Gaya was extended so much so that even Hiuen rose and fell; where the ruins of the worlds' earliest university slumbers in the void of Tsang could not resist mentioning it in his travelogues. time. The passage of Ganga, flowing wide and deep enrich the plains of Bihar before distributing in Bengal's deltoid zone. Nalanda – Ruins of World's first university for higher education; The oldest university of India. Buddha is said to have delivered lectures near the mango grove in Nalanda. Among all Indian states, Bihar is the one most intimately linked to Buddha's life, resulting in a trail of pilgrimages which have come to be known as the Buddhist circuit. Rajgir – peek into the Kingdom of Magadh; the World Peace Pagoda, Vishwa Shanti Stupa The Buddhist trail begins at the capital city, Patna, where a noteworthy museum proudly stand at the historic city of Rajgir. The Griddhakuta Peak is also a must visit place contains a collection of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures as well as a terracotta urn said in Rajgir. It is called a Vulture Peak due to its shape and frequent visit of vultures. to contain the ashes of Lord Buddha. Munger - one of the oldest cities of Bihar, Munger was once the capital of Mir Kasim Bihar has been attracting domestic and foreign tourists from the ancient times. The before it fell into the hands of British. The history of Munger dates back to Aryans. travelogues of the Chinese travelers Huen Tsang and Fa-Hien describe historical splendor of Bihar which offers much to tourists irrespective of their age and class. Vaishali – Site for last sermon delivered by Lord Buddha and also birth place of 24th Tirthankar of Jains; It is said Mahavira was born and brought up in 6th century BCE in Prime destinations of Bihar tourism: Kundalagram, Vaishali Bodhgaya – Buddha's Enlightenment sites; Thai Monastery, a typical architecture Vikramsila – Center of Tantric Buddhism and famous for its university; Vikramshila style of Thailand is must see in Bodhgaya. It was established in 1957 with the help of was established by King Dharampala. Thailand’s government and Indian Buddhist monks. Kesariya – Venue where the Buddha delivered his famous Kalama Sutta to the Kalama people. Kesaria Stupa is reckoned to be the tallest and largest Buddha Stupa in India. Pawapuri – Lord Mahavir's Nirvana site; An important Jain pilgrimage, Jalmandir is very famous here. A white marble temple was constructed and it has remained an important Jain pilgrimage in Bihar. Rajnagar - Rajnagar near Madhubani is popularly known for the ruins of Navlakha Palace. This palace was built by Maharaja Rameshwar Singh. The ruins still speak the royalty of its marvel architectural brilliance. Sitamarhi - The mythological story says that Sitamarhi is the birthplace of Sita. The temple complex is build some 100 years ago and there is a pond nearby called the Janki Kund. This form is valid till 31 December, 2019 Address - 405, 4th Floor, Wing - C, Shreepati Aradhna, Bhuleshwar Road, Mumbai - 400002, INDIA E- [email protected] NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 18

TRAVEL TRADE Israel Tourism Roadshow In Mumbai From the historical city of Jerusalem to the magnificent beaches to cities to explore the countryside, with my own experience, it the three seas Israel has consistently proven itself to be the gem of is more beautiful.” the Middle East. Standing third in Asia the top source market for Israel India has maintained a decent momentum of its outflow in Q. What are your market strategies in promoting Israel in terms of its travellers to this holy land. In regards to this Israel, India? tourism is pushing boundaries and enhancing the comfort level for incoming the Indian travellers that taking some constructive step. A. Except for Digital campaign we have an offline advertisement, as well as marketing agreement with the To convince the travellers to consider Israel as a leisure destination, agencies. We are planning a FAM tour for travel agents, Israel Ministry of Tourism conducted the roadshow in Delhi and journalist and decision-makers to Israel. We plan to Mumbai. Projecting the country like Middle East’s newest business advertise the package of agencies on our website. We are destination to promote MICE segment. They also announced that actively participating in conferences and travel events. We they are in talks with some airlines for the direct connectivity even host the conferences. between India and Israel. Q. What are your ground plans for promoting a local In an exclusive interview to Safari Plus, Mr Sammy Yahia Director of festival of Israel in India? Tourism for India and Philippines, briefed about the country’s further plan to increase the engagement of Indian Travellers to A. We have a Pride Day Parade that is something that we their land, “We have received the positive response from the India way promote in India and all over the world. We do inform Market and are majorly focusing on leisure business of MICE. We are in discussion the Indian readers about the festival via social media where with the corporate groups and travel business owners. We are also focusing on the we do post on a festival that happens and we send the pilgrims for the main cities like Jerusalem. And convincing people to go beyond the newsletters and press releases to all segment so that they are well aware that this cultural activity is happening in the country. But for now we are promoting all Israel the north side, the west side, the east side and the south side in global. A Family Day-out - 'Vienna Family Day’ Together in Happiness is what the 'Vienna Family Day' meant, a event organised by the Vienna Tourist Board in Mumbai Vienna Tourist Board organized the 'Vienna Family destination Vienna has to offer a holiday that lasts the Day' to cherish the bonding and the relationships with beautiful memories so, come to relish the time together family, the event was fun-filled with games and with your family. activities on 3rd November 2019, at Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai. Speaking of the occasion Ms. Isabella Rauter representing Vienna Tourist Board said, “Vienna has The idea of the family day was to bring family members lots to offer for all ages from toddlers to teenagers. To together and taking time out from their busy days to name some activities that a family can enjoy together acknowledge what they mean to each other. The are Giant Ferry Wheel, Prater Amusement Park, activities involved parents with their kids be it coloring Museums, Art Workshops and Vienna Zoo where Panda the mask, playing music instruments, decorating the and Polar Bear are great attractions for kids. One can photo frame with Austria's Sarwoski Crystal World, and also relax and breathe fresh air as the city is 50% green magic show. Kids had a fun time and this is what the covered.” 19 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019


AVIATION IndiGo Airline connects Air India’s Ghumo India Delhi - Riyadh Family Fare Avail 25% Discount IndiGo Airline commenced its first operation between Delhi and Riyadh on 12th Air India has launched a new product to promote Heritage Sites and prominent tourist October 2019. The inaugural direct flight on Delhi-Riyadh route, makes Riyadh destinations in India, where families travelling together will get 25% discount on the IndiGo's 2nd destination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. published ticket fare (Economy class and taxes extra as applicable). A minimum family of three and maximum of six members (comprising of Spouse, Children and Head of Mr. William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “These routes will not family) on domestic return travel. The family must travel together for the entire only enhance mobility but also be a significant step towards promoting trade, tourism journey. The offer is not applicable on one way travel. And the scheme is valid on Air and social cohesion between the two nations. IndiGo will continue to expand its India operated flights only. Validity: Sale and Travel From 01st September 2019 till network in middle-east to meet the requirements of both business and leisure. These 31st March’ 2020; Minimum Stay: Two Days; Identification:Family Identification: new flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travelers who are constantly Proof of family identification is required to be checked at the time of ticketing. (For on the lookout for new and affordable flying options.” Example: Passport, any other Government issued document indicating the family members name, Aadhar Card etc.) Individual Photo Identification may also be verified at the time of Check-in. Air India connects Mumbai with Amritsar and London Stansed Airport GoAir announces Air India connects Mumbai with Amritsar and London Stansed Airport . Hon'ble Union Malé winter schedule Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Shri Som Prakash as a Chief Guest and Air India’s CMD Mr. Ashwani Lohani were present for the inaugural flight to Stansed Airport. The flight on its first-leg AI685 from Mumbai to Amritsar which will proceed to Stansted. The aircraft Boeing 787 was painted with \"EK ONKAAR (ੴ )\" on its tail wing, this was in humble tribute to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Shri #GuruNanakDev Ji. for as low as Rs 9,999 return fares all inclusive GoAir, announced the winter schedule for Malé, Maldives. Effective 1st December Vistara Airline added 2 new 2019, GoAir will operate direct flights to Malé five days a week from Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru. Bookings are now open for travel, effective 1st December 2019 flight to Patna - Khajuraho to 31st January 2019, and is timed ahead of the upcoming holiday and wedding season in India. For the winter schedule, GoAir is offering return fares as low as Rs Vistara Airline announced the addition of Patna (Bihar) and Khajuraho (Madhya 9,999 all inclusive. Flight tickets can be booked Pradesh) to its fast-growing network, further strengthening its presence in the domestic market. It will operate daily direct flights between Delhi and Patna from 3rd The Maldivian capital known for its scenic white sandy beaches, azure sea waters and November 2019, marking its entry in the state of Bihar. The airline will also fly daily exotic, colorful coral reefs is a popular tourist destination. Malé is the throbbing, between Varanasi and Khajuraho from 5th November 2019 with convenient mercantile heart of Maldives. Yet its laid-back lifestyle on scenic beaches with fresh connections to Delhi and Mumbai. produce from the island is a hot favorite for honeymooners as well as families looking for a relaxing get-away destination. Ahead of the upcoming holiday season the new Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Strategy Officer, Vistara, said, “Patna continues to record flights connecting Malé to Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru will aid travelers to double-digit growth in domestic passenger traffic, while Khajuraho’s popularity grows enjoy all that this beautiful tropical island has to offer. among tourists from around the world. Opportunities in both the cities make a strong business case for Vistara’s presence, and we are excited to add them to our network. Vistara’s expansion to these cities will certainly help us to widen our customer base that prefers a fine flying experience on their leisure or business travels.” 21 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

Travel Heels EVENTS A Glity Night of Travel Heels in Ahmedabad On 31st August 2019, Travel Heels and Safari Plus celebrated the mark of 600+ members in group within 3 months of inception. It was a girly affair wherein 40 Travel Heels members from Gujarat Region and associates of Safari Plus meet for a networking dinner which aimed to connect and know a little more about each other. The venue gave a bollywood theme at Jalpaan Restaurant in Ahmedabad. Travel Heels is a global group for the women in travel community who havethesamepassion“ToExploretheWorld”. Safari Plus “Navratri Night 2019” Travel Heels and Safari Plus is association with Arihant Holidays and Naidu Club Navaratri brought a glittering Navratri Night on 1st October 2019. The event was in one of the happening garba of the town at Korakendra Ground, Borivali, Mumbai. The event was for the Travel Trade and their family to rejoice the bonding with fellow trade partners and dance with family and friends. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 22

Mauritius as a champagne, or private candle-lit dinners Mauritius as a experiment with recipes from Chinese, on the beach. There are endless options Family Destination Indian or Muslim cuisines as they are with MICE Destination in Mauritius for the romantically tempting Creole or European dishes. inclined. Couples can go dolphin and The island’s safe beaches and gentle Mauritius is a place with an easy availability Mauritius serves as a perfect MICE whale watching, have lunch or dinner on seas make the destination a great place of Indian vegetarian food as well. destination. Besides its natural a private island, cruise on a private for a family holiday. Activities include a splendour, the island has all the key catamaran or yatch, hire an underwater fantastic zoological day out – tigers, Mauritius as a facilities required for organising sub-scooter or chill out at a couple's spa monkeys, giant tortoises and 140 Luxury Destination successful meetings, conferences and and Jacuzzi. The newly-weds will species of birds. Take a unique ‘walk with events. The island offers a wide choice of definitely enjoy the fantastic climate and the lions’, try your hand in a fishing Mauritius is an award-winning spa accommodation, with a strong a plethora of outdoor activities along competition, whale and dolphin destination and regularly tops the polls emphasis on luxury properties and a with the serenity and beauty of the watching or enjoy the thrill of a mini of the best spa experiences in the world. wide range of reputed international Island. Mauritius has been awarded the quad-bike tour. The recently introduced While the island itself is a tranquil idyll, luxury hotel brands and boutique hotels. Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon new zip-line course is an addition to the the spa experience takes people to a new Mauritius has the infrastructure and Destination at the World Travel Awards burgeoning collection of child-friendly level of peace and relaxation. The superstructure to cater to MICE groups 2013. activities. tropical surroundings complement the all year round. It has an advantage over fact that some of the leading other MICE destinations in the Indian Mauritius as a There are lots and lots of thrilling practitioners and experts in the spa and Ocean as it has the region’s largest and Wedding destination and exhilarating activities in Mauritius wellbeing industry are based in most modern convention centre: the for you at every turn like kite-surfing, Mauritius. And this expertise translates Swami Vivekananda Conference Centre Gorgeous white sand beaches, deep-sea fishing, trekking, ATV rides, into high standards and innovative in Pailles. This centre provides all the cobalt blue lagoons, rugged volcanic paragliding, scuba diving, sky diving, techniques and treatments throughout facilities needed for large international highlands and unique bio diversity make riding cruiser the island's spa facilities. Visitors can conferences – which can accommodate the island of Mauritius an ideal bikes, helicopter choose from a range of Asian Ayurvedic up to 5,000 people at any one time. destination wedding spot for the couple and seaplane massages, ocean-inspired treatments or Many Mauritian hotels also offer looking to tie the knot in a far off and trips. Last, but not ancient African and Creole remedies least, is to enticing location. experience a Situated in the Indian unique and Ocean, Mauritius’ spectacular way natural beauty, conferencin combined of diving – without made from local herbs and flowers. g facilities with its ever getting wet – Clients leave feeling rejuvenated with a and can distinctive on-board a real better understanding of their own health cater to upto cultural diversity and luxurious hotel goals and nutritional requirements. 800 people accommodations create a truly wedding submarine! at a time. experience. Mauritius boasts over 150 Mauritius is also positioning itself as The Island miles of pristine beaches, the third Mauritius is the ideal destination for a prime golf destination, as it has eight boasts a largest coral reef in the world, and a family trip because parents as well as 18-hole golf courses and five 9-hole golf wide variety several uninhabited islands that serve as children do not have to sacrifice quality courses. Golfers who choose to visit of recreational activities that can be natural preserves for the areas rare time for convenience here. Most hotels Mauritius for their sporting holiday are specifically geared around MICE groups species of flora and fauna. A Mauritius provide a kid’s club where children can set to enjoy much more than golf alone. – ranging from golf on lush green wedding is perfect for the couple looking pop in and out throughout the day. Teen They will experience, at first hand, the courses with the spectacularly turquoise to create a memorable occasion that will clubs are becoming increasingly Mauritian people’s innate hospitality, sea as backdrop, to adventure sports live on long after the ceremony is over. available, enabling slightly older kids of friendliness and commitment to quality such as quad-biking, trekking, mountain Most hotels offer extensive wedding and the same age group to hang out of service. They will have the opportunity biking, zip-lining, catamaran cruises and honeymoon packages and have their together, learn new skills such as water- to stay in excellent hotels, each offering a exploring the ocean belly in a specially own experienced wedding coordinator skiing, or join in team-games or enjoy wide range of additional services, designed submarine. Groups can take up who will organise every last detail making sand castles on the beach. including wonderful spas and world- activities like walking with the Lions or according to your wishes. MTPA gives class cuisine. visit the Casela Park or enjoy swimming incentives to groups of over 100 people Shopping experiences in with dolphins or marvel at the sight of travelling to Mauritius for events and Mauritius are astounding: ranging Do not miss sailing in a Catamaran the mighty whales. staying for a minimum of two nights. from shopping in a relaxed atmosphere while watching a spectacular sunset. These are in the form of cash-back and in shopping centers, doing duty-free Treat yourself and your loved ones with a Mauritius as a various other facilities including free shopping or shopping in craft markets or 3 hour evening cruise along the clear Honeymoon destination excess baggage, special immigration even buying artisanal objects from waters of the Mauritius. Watch the counters at the airport, security for VIPs hawkers on the beach or streets. ocean all around you and feast on a To mark a unique beginning to your etc. Mauritian luxurious fine dining dinner. wedded life in a special place, your Mauritian cuisine is, like its This will be a memorable night on board honeymoon destination should be population, colourful and crossbred. a unique luxurious motor-boat yacht. Mauritius. More than 100 hotels and Once tasted, you cannot do without it. resorts on the island provide a range of Mauritians are just as happy to packages catering to guest who are just married. In addition to discounts on 23 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 room rent, they throw in a host of romantic value add-ons such as free spa or beauty treatments, fruit baskets,

INTERNATIONAL V.R. COSTA BRAVA hosts networking evening in Mumbai V.R. Costa Brava, is a DMC specialized in the Costa Brava region of Spain hosted their maiden networking event for the travel trade fraternity in Mumbai. The idea was to introduce the company’s offerings and highlight its USPs among key tour operators, up-market leisure agents and media personnel with an aim to enhance commercial ties with the industry. Ms. Namrata Malu, CEO, V.R. Costa Brava, said, “We commenced with a plan to establish a high quality wine-making company and purchased a vineyard in the Costa Brava region of Spain. However, the glorious beauty of the place steered us to go beyond wine production and launch a destination management enterprise thereby creating V.R. Costa Brava, with a vision to provide immersive local and bespoke experiences that have a highly personalized approach for the discerning travellers in India. Our expertise is vast to include organizing weddings and events, itineraries for MICE groups along with offering accommodation and luxury concierge services not just in Costa Brava but also Barcelona. From staying in a castle, sipping on wines on a hot air balloon, road trips in rare vintage cars, Michelin Star dining to skydiving with stunning views of mountain tops and pristine beaches, our vacations personify luxury and exclusivity”. Costa Brava is the coastal area which runs all the way from just above the City of Barcelona to the French border. It’s characterized by charming towns and villages, rugged rocky coastlines, mountainous peaks and is home to some of the country’s best beaches, bays and inlets. Known for its gastronomy, Costa Brava has an impressive concentration of world-renowned restaurants and chefs who either have roots or have begun their careers in Catalonia. The region is a food lover’s paradise from fancy haute-cuisine restaurants, family-run eateries and market-style meals made of fresh produce sourced locally. Alternatively, travellers looking for undiscovered wine regions make their way to Emporda in Costa Brava. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 24

INTERNATIONAL MADAGASCAR An Adventurous Island Destination in Indian Ocean Madagascar is one of those rare destinations with the art of conjuring up your with Madagascar’s capital town Antananarivo from June 2020. dream of getting away to discover unknown places and cultures. The natural heritage of Madagascar is incredibly rich with 80% of its wildlife sanctuaries and national Mr. Rabaritsialonina Jaona, Overseas Sales Manager of Air Madagascar said, “We are parks. 70% of all plants on the island aren’t found anywhere else on earth, and one in excited to announce that by June 2020 Air Madagascar will connect both countries twenty of all living species in the world live in Madagascar and nowhere else. with the direct flight between Mumbai and Antananarivo the capital city of Madagascar. The direct flight will be of 6 hours journey bringing in Island Country more Madagascar Tourism Board in collaboration with Air Madagascar had their first closer to the travelers heart.” sales mission in India with its four-city roadshow covering New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore. In an exclusive interview to Safari Plus, President and Madagascar, an Island country offering a wealth of unique bio-diversity fosters the Chairman of Madagascar Tourism Board Office, Mr. Narijao Boda, highlighted the development of outstanding plant and wildlife that includes 43 National Parks, 294 destination’s unique offerings. bird species, 6 endemic baobab species, around one hundred lemur species and over 1000 species of orchids. There are abundances of adventure activities one can enjoy in Mr. Narijao Boda, said, “We are happy to enter the India market as both the countries Madagascar, to name few are - bird watching, trekking, hiking, scuba diving, sport have cultural connect and it will be easy to understand the requirement of this fishing, kite surfing, sailing, whale watching, motorbike, Quad, and Mountain bike travellers. We very well understand the strong outbound of India and look forward to trekking. work closely with the local partners. We are in plans for the familiarization trip to Madagascar for the selected travel trades and media. The segments we want to welcome are honeymooner and nature enthusiast to explore Madagascar.” At present there is no direct connectivity but Air Madagascar came with the good news. The airline announced the Direct flights connecting India’s commercial capital Belgium Promotes Tourism Products to Indians Wallonia Belgium organised four city tourism roadshow in India Visit Brussels organized a Brussels Tourism Mission in India Tourism Wallonia, Belgium Tourism and Consulate General of Belgium jointly organized a Brussels Tourism Mission in India interacting with over 200 organises a Wallonia Tourism Road Show in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. trade and media partners in Mumbai and Delhi. The mission was led by Pieter Callebaut, Business Development Leisure,, and Ellona Pereira, Account Promoting the Southern Belgium region - Wallonia, Mr. Pierre-Emmanuel Director, – India with a clear mandate of ensuring that the travel trade Brusselmans, Consulate General of the Kingdom of Belgium said, “Wallonia covers should experience the rich hospitality that not just this European Capital has to offer the part of Belgium situated south of Brussels and Flanders; a region of rolling hills, but Belgium as a whole destination. green valleys, lush green forests, rivers and lakes, charming villages and country towns. A destination that combines nature, blue skies and culture, chocolate Mr. Pieter Callebaut, Business Development Leisure, said, “Brussels is workshops and beer tasting.” growing to become an important “go-to” destination in all the European itineraries. In the year 2018, 28, 756 Indians visited Brussels and there was a growth of 22 percent in Tourist Destination Durbuy - In South of Belgium is a medieval city with 1001 arrivals from India as compared to year 2017. Also in the same period, a significant rise wonders to discover. Nestled at the entrance of the Ardenne's forest, it is crossed by of 30 percent in the number of nights spent in Brussels by Indians has been observed”. the river Ourthe, highly delighted for canoeing. Radhadesh, Durbuy (Hindu Center), the Sweet Corn Labyrinth, the Megalithic sites and museum, art exhibitions, music Atomium - A Heritage attraction of Brussels. The Atomium is a landmark building in festivals and season markets offer a full list of activities to enjoy for anyone. Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo (Expo 58). It is located on the Heysel Plateau where the exhibition took place which is now Euro Space Center a theme park where you come to dream about space. Experience a transformed into museum. The nine spheres represent an iron crystal magnified 165 real astronaut training! A fun and educational adventure from 1 to 5 days (full board), billion times. They represent the faith one had in the power of science and moreover in for young people aged 6 to 18 years old. Concept is unique in Europe and has taken nuclear power. over 35 nationalities into space every year since 1991! Mini Europe - A miniature park located in Bruparck close to Atomium. One can have a Han-sur-Lesse, a small village in the Belgian Ardennes, boasts two of the country’s main whistle-stop tour around Europe in a few short hours. It has reproduced of attractions: the famous Caves of Han. Wild Animal Reserve, which was inaugurated in monuments in the European Union on daily, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly, 80 cities andz 1970, plays host to the main animal species in our regions. The Caves of Han have 3 stars 350 buildings are represented. Mini-Europe received 350,000 visitors per year. . in the famous Michelin Guidebook and are a must in a Belgian tour. Ardenne Incoming a dynamic and multilingual team of travel company will tailor make your itinerary according to your brief and remove all the organisational gremlins for you. TOURISM AUSTRALIA’s ‘Experience the game and beyond’ Tourism Australia’s ‘Experience the game and beyond’ cricket. While we have been witnessing impressive growth in campaign fouuses at passionate Indian cricket fans offering terms of visitors and spend from India, the upcoming T20 them a combined experience of world-class cricket and an World Cup provides us with a massive opportunity to take unparalleled holiday experience. The core idea of the this to the next level. We look forward to welcoming our campaign is to draw synergies between India’s most loved guests from India for an unforgettable cricket experience at sport and signature Australian experience that define the our iconic stadiums and also giving them a flavor of our truly legendary ‘Australian way of Life’, which includes food and distinct way of life. As part of our plan to make this one of the drinks, nature and wildlife, and aquatic and coastal largest sporting spectacles in the world, a range of offerings experiences. and packages are being introduced for travelers from India in The campaign that features voice overs from Harsha Bhogle; partnership with the ICC, Official Ticketing Agents ad our Key Indian singer Shibani Dandekar; and Australian former Distribution Partners.” cricketer Brett Lee. ICC has appointed five Official Ticketing Agents and two Sub- agents, including Bharat Army, Gainwell Sports, Fanatic Sports, Sports Konnect, Mr. Brent Anderson, Regional General Manager, South and South East Asia, Tourism Cutting Edge, PickYourTail, and Medallin Sports to sell cricket packages in India. Australia said, “Australia and India have a strong bond through their shared love for 25 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

INTERNATIONAL Thailand’s National Parks designated as ASEAN Heritage Parks The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that two of Thailand’s National Parks have been designated as ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs).The two protected areas in Thailand; namely Hat Chao Mai National Park - Mu Ko Libong Non-hunting Area; and Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, respectively as the 45th and 46th ASEAN Heritage Parks this year. They joined four of Thailand’s national park designated in the previous years as ASEAN Heritage Parks, which are Khao Yai National Park (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Tarutao National Park, Mu Ko Surin Mu Ko Similan-Ao Phang-nga National Parks Complex, and Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex. The Hat Chao Mai National Park The Park is located in the Andaman Sea in Sikao and Kantang districts, Trang province. It consists of sea pines, mangroves, seagrass, isles, and a white sandy beach stretching along the coast for more than 20 kilometers. Mu Ko Libong Non- Hunting Area Is not only a significant habitat for the Dugong but also one of the best places for bird lovers who want to spot a variety of shorebirds in the South of Thailand. They include rare species of winter migrant birds such as Crab-plovers. Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park Is located in the Gulf of Thailand; Mu Ko Ang Thong is an archipelago of 42 limestone islands with cliffs. The combination of its beauty; such as the clear water, white sandy beaches as well as the biological diversity both on land and in the sea make the National Park one of the magnificent tourist attractions in the Gulf of Thailand. Chancharas Cliff offers outstanding scenery of numerous islands and islets within the archipelago of Mu Ko Ang Thong. The ASEAN Heritage Parks are defined as “protected areas of high conservation importance that together, preserve a complete spectrum of ecosystems representative of the ASEAN region”. The objective of this recognition is to create greater awareness, pride, appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of the ASEAN heritage through the establishment and support of the local network in the reserved regions, and to establish collaboration between the member countries in preserving the nature. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019 26

Thainess Discover Thailand in Thai Style We have often talked of Thailand as a destination for shopping or an upcoming business hub, a well- Thai handicrafts. The dwellers are sometimes also known wedding destination and a lot more. But this treated to a typical Thai meal. The inhabitants time we will see Thailand from a very different enjoy most when you participate with them in the perspective and suss the best out of the culture in cooking activities. Staying in a typical Thai village country. Most travel enthusiast will only visit a along with the interpreter will help you delve destination, keeping in mind the cultural dynamics. deeper into the culture. Sometimes you will even There are very few who will want to part take in the stumble upon Buddhists monks who will have cultural activities and experience the same. interesting discourses to offer. You may even chance upon the opportunity of offering the Homestay is a relatively new concept, it is not a monks alms. You can even enjoy discovering preferred option among travellers, but is mangroves, kayaking, fishing and cooking. seemingly worthwhile all the same. Just as the name suggests homestay is when the tourist Some celebrated homestay options resides in the inner spaces of a typical Thai family. They learn how to imbibe the culture while they As mentioned earlier, it is advisable to put up in a stay with the family, by immersing themselves in government-sanctioned homestay. the wealth of activities planned for the tourist by the family. The activities centre on the tourists If you are interested in riding the bicycle, and interest. It could be anything ranging from cooking discover the country using the cycle, them don't to trekking, bicycling, snorkelling, scuba diving, forget to get in touch with 'Memories of Asia'. The golf, weaving, learning Muray Thai or traditional tours are organized for both the young and the old. Thai boxing, relaxing in a hot spring, learing or The members encourage you to immerse yourself indulging in Thai massage, participating in in the Thai culture. The group should comprise of agricultural activities, and the list is endless. The not more than six people at a time. If you want to tourist authorities are promoting homestay with indulge in golf, spa, meditation, rock climbing, gusto, it is certain to pick up in the years to follow. rappelling, cave exploration, kayaking and Hence we urge traveller to enjoy the same before it canoeing, then do get in touch with Safaire Co. Ltd. looses its novel charm. And, if you want a kiss of The company has been operating in the culture then Thailand is the place to be. Kanchanburi area since the last eight years, and is a trusted group that plans memorable homestays Activities while staying in a Homestay for your family. The people of Thailand are warm and friendly, and Try Inn Viaggi Thailandia on Kho Mak Island for the tourist authorities do promote homestay in the and beach based activities. Perhaps you can region. The government officially sanctions indulge in scuba diving as well. homestays to foster added security and comfort for the tourists. Opting for a Homestay in the Kickboxing –Thai Style region will not only broaden your horizon as a tourist in the region but also doesn't really burn a Kickboxing has a very long history in Thailand. hole in your pocket. They turn out much cheaper Muay Thai Boxing is a martial art form that is the and more comfortable than a stay in the most national sport of Thailand. The rules of the sport luxurious hotel. The homestay's are comfortable; have altered considerably over a period of time. depending on the price they offer some facilities The sport is globally recognized, and people from like a large room, free internet access, washing the world over come along and mater the same. machines, computers, and a lot more. The facilities Infact there are many renowned schools that teach ensure that you are connected with your near and the art form. The Rompo Gym in Bangkok and dear ones at all times. The prices start from Island Muay Thai are some of the better- anything ranging to about $15 USD onwards. knownMuay Thai Schools in Thailand. The Rompo Gym in Bangkok is a perfect place to learn the art Keeping in mind the diversity of the geographic form. The facilities are basic. However if you even conditions of Thailand the guests can opt to stay in want to comprehend the rituals that go behind the a variety of locations. This could vary from the art form then the Island Muay Thai is a better seaside to the riverside, an island village or even place. The island gives the player a three sixty atop a hill. The country certainly comes alive with degree perspective on the sport. numerous nature parks, and guests can indulge in a number of activities in these areas. The tenants Homestay with Thai Elephants design activities for the guests depending on the region they are situated in and also cater to the One very interesting homestay option that we interest of the guest. For instance, those who opt stumbled upon is at the Thailand Elelphant for living by the river they can indulge in activities Conservation Center. An interesting place for like fishing. Cooking and savouring typical Thai animal loves. They can learn the basics of riding an food is the favourite pastime of all the women elephant, controlling one, and even mounting and wanderers visiting this region. Andaman dismounting on one. There are twelve safe and Discoveries gives travellers the best insighton gentle elephants especially reserved for the 12 homestay in Thailand. They also offer their guests guests who are to be a part of this homestay various locations. programme. The programmes are interestingly designed for those who want to stay just for a day While this is one homestay activity, there are other to those who want to stay till about two nights and activities that can give insights on weaving of silk three days. The course entails provisions of all and cotton fabric. Tourists are taken in factories meals to the guests residing, bottled water, a Thai and are taught how to weave their own cloth, denim mahout clothing and a certificate at the end alongside the Thai artisans. Batik is another art of the course. form, a lot of tourists indulge in and enjoy as well. Depending upon your interest and your mood you A homestay in Thailand is certainly an enriching can even involve yourself in the making of typical experience. We certainly urge all our readers to participate in the same. School students also cherish these activities. Children benefit, as they discipline themselves, and learn how to adhere and respect global norms. 27 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2019

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