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Marine Mammal Safari

  Tourists enjoying while capturing the whale

Sea facing resort of Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon brings the best of trance music, sea-side adventure and eclectic comfort in the party capital of Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka. Engage in exhilarating activities offered by the property like diving, jet skiing, sea kayaking, scuba diving and an ultimate Marine Mammal Safari off Mirissa.

Sri Lanka is a treasure trove for whale watching; Mirissa being one of the leading hotspots among locals and foreign tourists that travel miles to witness this spectacle. Embark on a three-hour excursion from Mirissa Harbour with Cinnamon Nature Trails as they fulfill your quest of viewing the most amazing aquatic species like Spinner Dolphins, Blue Whales and Sperm whales among other marine mammals.

Revel in the sight of massive pods of friendly Spinner Dolphins swim by the boats as they play, dance and show off their acrobatic skills and flare. Spot the rare Blue Whale, the largest animal ever known to have lived on earth measuring upto a 100 feet long and weighing around 200 tons. If luck favours you, you can watch them exhale as they spray water 30 feet up into the air from their blowhole. Another sea marvel that you are likely to come across on the safari is the Sperm Whale, the largest toothed whale on the planet. They are deep divers who seldom take a break and rest at the surface. However, the sea specialists at Cinnamon Nature Trails hold years of knowledge in understanding the behavior and calls of these underwater giants to ensure visitors get a bucket list experience. Cinnamon Nature Trails is an award-winning wildlife adventure tourism division of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts that conducts these oceanic safaris for guests staying at Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon.

New Office Bearers of WTTCII, India

  Left : Rajeev Talwar, Chairman, WTTCII; Right: Ajay Singh, Vice Chairman, WTTCII, India

Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Spicejet has been unanimously appointed as the Vice Chairman of WTTCII.

Rajeev Talwar said: "WTTCII has three main asks from the Government- Firstly, Airline Turbine Fuel – ATF must be included under GST.

Secondly, the 28% on hotel rooms is hurting – GST should be pegged at 5% for Rooms of transaction values of INR 5000 and 12% for transaction values of INR 5001 to INR 15000 along with ITC. And thirdly a Tourism Board to handle the marketing of Incredible India. Today destination marketing has to be more deft, sharp, agile and cannot be strapped with bureaucratic procedures. A tourism board with inclusion of public and private stakeholders will make Brand India successful. We would also need avenues to open up new markets, take for instance China; we are 4-6 hours away from major Chinese cities. China's huge outbound of 130 million trips is every countries envy and a prime source market, yet we are unable to tap the Chinese outbound. We need to be connected to major source markets like ASEAN – Japan, South Korea and China if we need to increase our tourism numbers qualitatively and quantitatively."

Vitamin Stree's Latest Video is a Guide for Woman

Travelling that fun thing that keeps us motivated to get through rest of the year. So, it's no surprise that in the last few years, the number of Indians who want to travel, and travel solo has increased significantly, 75% according to media reports. Maybe it's the wanderlusting millennial generation's 'YOLO' attitude towards travel as essential experiences for self-discovery. Maybe it's the rise in Indian women's income levels and financial independence, and increased ownership of their lives. A lot has contributed to the modern Indian woman wanting to explore the world on her own.

But is the world ready for the Solo Indian Woman Traveller?

Well, we believe it is better to be ready for the world.


Tourism Malaysia Launches Fantastic Deals

  Tuan Syed Yahya Othman, Director, Package Development Division, Tourism Malaysia

The "Malaysia Fantastic Deals" package was launched to promote more value-for-money holiday packages to Malaysia for tourists from India. The campaign was officiated by Tuan Syed Yahya Syed Othman, Director of Package Development Division, Tourism Malaysia, and Manoj Mehta, Country manager, Malindo Air.

The initiative sees Tourism Malaysia in partnership with Malindo Air and several popular hotels and a restaurant in Malaysia to offer a total of five packages catered specifically to the India market. The packages can be purchased through selected Indian travel agents based in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta.

For these "Malaysia Fantastic Deals" campaign, Malindo Air, a premium Malaysia-based airline, operating to nine cities in India, is offering a 10% discount on air fares from Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta. Meanwhile, industry partners Sunway Hotel & Resorts, MeritusPelangi Beach Resort and Spa Langkawi, Lexis Hotel & Group and Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower have come hand in hand to offer irresistible deals on hotel stays, services, activities and food and beverages for destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Port Dickson, Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia.


Azerbaijan Tourism Board Opens Office in India

  Left : Sevinj Zeynalli, Director, International Market Management, Azerbaijan Tourism Board;
Right : Lubaina Sheerazi, COO, Blue Square Consultants

Blue Square Consultants has been appointed as the representative for Azerbaijan Tourism Board (ATB) in India. Blue Square Consultants will be responsible to build and develop strong relations with key tourism and hospitality entities and trade partners to grow and strengthen the tourism potential of the destination in the Indian market.

Confirming the appointment, Sevinj Zeynalli – International Market Management Director, Azerbaijan Tourism Board said, "India being an important outbound market, we're pleased to partner with a highly reputed organization like Blue Square Consultants that has a strong foothold across different cities in India. Owing to their successful track record, we are confident that their expertise will help us gain greater visibility and we look forward to welcoming more Indians on their holiday to Azerbaijan".


Madame Tussauds Joins Hands with National Rail Museum
  Anshul Jain General Manager and Director Merlin Entertainments India along with Mr Ranjenesh Sahai Secratory Railway Board with MoU

Madame Tussauds Delhi, has announced a collaboration with the National Rail Museum in Delhi in which both will offer amazing deals to their visitors. As part of launch, Madame Tussauds is offering 50% off on tickets to visitors who come to the attraction after visiting the Rail Museum. The internationally famous attraction also set up the figure of Bollywood superstar ShahRukh Khan at the Rail Museum as a special treat to visitors and to give them a preview of Madame Tussauds Delhi. Madame Tussauds, world's most famous wax attraction for families has completed one year of its presence in the country, and has planned several events to mark the occasion.

Speaking on the collaboration with the National Rail Museum, Anshul Jain, General Manager, and Director, Merlin Entertainments India Pvt. Ltd. said, "We are extremely honoured to associate with the historic National Rail Museum, aiming to offer vivid fun-filled family entertainment for Delhiites. As a brand, Madame Tussauds is committed to bring diverse entertainment options to everyone. With this collaboration we are aiming to offer an overwhelming experience to visitors!"

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