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Bahrain Tourist Visa Service

  Left : Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Air; Right : Vinay Malhotra, COO, Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has today in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest visa service provider, launched a Bahrain Tourist Visa Service available via exclusively for the airline’s passengers flying across its global network to Bahrain.

Travellers with return Gulf Air tickets can now conveniently apply for a visa to the Kingdom of Bahrain online via or by visiting their local Gulf Air sales office with the necessary documents no more than 30 days prior to travel to fill in the relevant forms and submit their application. The visa service takes a minimum of four working days to process and is done in coordination with the relevant ministries and government entities.

ITDC Invites State Tourisms
  Ravneet Kaur, Chairperson & Managing Director, ITDC

The Management of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the public sector undertaking under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism invited State Tourism Corporations/Departments from Pan India for a Round Table to find possible solutions to develop tourism for respective states leading to overall growth of Indian Tourism Industry at The Ashok.

The Session was presided over by Ms Ravneet Kaur, IAS, Chairperson & Managing Director, ITDC in presence of Mr. Piyush Tiwari, Director Commercial & Marketing, ITDC; and other respective heads of the divisions. Mr. Shivdular Singh Dhillon, IAS, CEO, Punjab Heritage Tourism Promotion Board and Mr. Suman Thapa, SCS, CEO, Sikkim Tourism Development Board were among the senior delegates that attended the meeting. Other State Tourism Corporations/Departments present in the meeting were from states of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Tripura.

Vits Park Maple at Amritsar

Vitizen Hotels has launched VITS Park Maple Amritsar, the group’s first hotel in the city. The hotel is strategically located near Amritsar Junction Railway Station, adding to the convenience of both business and leisure tourists visiting the holy city. The sacred Golden temple, Durgiana Temple and other popular attractions including Gobindgarh Fort, Jallainwala Bagh Memorial and Wagah Border are just a few kilometers away the hotel.

Announcing the launch, Vikram Kamat, Managing Director, Vitizen Hotels says “Amritsar offers immense tourism potential for both leisure and business travelers alike. We are delighted to launch our first property in Punjab in the sacred city of Amritsar that would enable us tap the growing potential of tourist inflow. VITS Park Maple will exceed expectations of our guests with gracious hospitality and exceptional services. We are extremely upbeat on the exponential growth prospects in the region”.

G. S. Khurana, Managing Director, VITS Park Maple says, “We are extremely pleased to the launch the VITS hotel brand in Amritsar. We wish to welcome our esteemed guests with our refined elegance, finest services and contemporary amenities thereby setting new benchmark in hospitality services. VITS Park Maple brings fresh flavor to the city’s hospitality landscape that will make every guest’s stay a pleasurable experience”.

VITS Park Maple offers 40 well furnished Deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms that seamlessly fit into the traveler’s scheme of things. The rooms are embellished with soft tones, classy settings and soothing color palettes. Sophisticated, elegant and spacious the rooms are fully equipped with king size beds, LED television, WI-FI internet connectivity, tea/ coffee maker and electronic safety lockers. It offers stunning array of facilities that include well equipped conference room, travel desk, coffee shop, multi-cuisine restaurant-‘Backbencherz’, an open air terrace restaurant- ‘Breeze’ and large banquet hall that can accommodate 150 guests.

Norwegian Cruise Line Introduces the
All-New Cruise Norwegian App


Norwegian Cruise Line announced today the introduction of the next generation of its booked guest mobile application, the Cruise Norwegian app. Designed to be the ideal travel companion from time of booking to day of disembarkation, the new Cruise Norwegian app features a multitude of functions that help provide a stress-free vacation experience, helping guests make the most of their time on and off the ship as well as stay connected with their friends and family both on board and back home.

“Whether they’re 60 days from their sail date or in the middle of their cruise, the Cruise Norwegian app brings seamless anytime-access to a myriad of onboard offerings, services and activities right into the palms of our guests’ hands,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “Once on board, the Cruise Norwegian app will allow guests to continue customizing their ideal cruise experience and view or manage their existing account information, allowing them to maximize their time and spend it on the things they enjoy the most.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Introduces the
All-New Cruise Norwegian App


  Ramesh Ramanathan, Managing Director, Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited

Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited unveiled its new, contemporary brand in keeping with its new service philosophy of delivering Experiences & Discoveries. Riding on this, Sterling has charted a road map to become “The leading holiday brand in India”.

Sterling is creating curated experiences in the areas of local cuisine, art, culture, history, nature, adventure etc. both within and outside the resort, for its customers. From night safaris and nature walks to authentic culinary experiences and culture trails, Sterling is seeking to offer its guests many different ways to have memorable experiences and discoveries. The company is initiating a complete marketing and brand plan for the new Sterling.

The new brand identity reflects this essence and proposition. The design is youthful, vibrant, and contemporary. “Sterling” is written in a free flowing handwritten font and is supported by a dynamic “Swirl” mnemonic that reminds one of the pinwheel. The Swirl represents movement and dynamism and gives the identity a sense of motion. Purple as the key logo colour, is quite unique, and connotes the brand promise of “discoveries and experiences”.

New Office Bearers of OTOAI
  From Left : Mahendra Vakharia, President, OTOAI; Chitra Bhatia, Secretary General, OTOAI & other executive committee members

Mahendra Vakharia has been elected
President of OTOAI Chitra Bhatia as
secretary General at recent meeting.
Himanshu Patil : Vice President-OTOAI
Chitra Bhatia : General Secretary-OTOAI
Gurdeep Singh Gujral : Joint Secretary-OTOAI
Sidharth Khanna : Treasurer-OTOAI

The new team is committed to make OTOAI bigger, better, stronger and an effective Association of impeccable integrity!

Dalmia Bharat Functional Art With Craft
Béton Collection 2018
  Puneet Dalmia, Managing Director, Dalmia Bharat Group

Dalmia Cement, the company that has always been known for its innovation, is back with second season of ‘Craft Béton’ launched at Serendipity Art Festival 2017 today. Craft Béton exhibits designer cement creations for homes and has revolutionized perception for cement since launch of its first collection in April earlier this year.

Four internationally-acclaimed designers crafted and displayed over 48 high-end luxury products - ranging from lifestyle, jewelry to home accents and even furniture. The Craft Béton Collection 2018 features designs by Iti Tyagi (India), Somesh Singh (India), Cynthia Mijres Rodrigue`s (Mexico), Alan Saga (Mexico) and Miroslaw Baca (Poland) who have set new benchmarks by exploring the natural advantages of cement. The products include a dash of new texture, colors, density and tenacity of the world’s greenest cement.

Goa And Italy Top of Gastronomic Holidays

  Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor, India

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site* from reviews to bookings, today announced the second edition of its annual 2017 India Gastronomy Survey at a ceremony held to celebrate the winners of Travellers’ Choice® awards for the best fine dining restaurants1in India. The survey2 was conducted with an aim to uncover key habits and preferences of Indians with respect to dinning out, and how much food influences holiday planning.

“India is a gastronomical paradise with its wide array of cuisines and it is said that there is no better way to experience Indian culture than throughfood. The findings from the 2017 India Gastronomic Survey underscore the importance of food on holiday and that Indians are only set to become even more thoughtful about the foodie experiences they have whether they are travelling domestically or overseas,”said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.


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