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Trip 360˚’s War on Plastic


Plastic is indeed the most toxic problem in the modern world that is set to have far-reaching effects on us and our nature. To preserve the environment and create awareness among people, Trip 360˚, the adventure specialist of India has launched its second sustainability campaign called – Drop the Bottle with an ambitious target of collecting 10,000 plastic bottles across the Mumbai-Thane region. The campaign will run until 27th September through the different franchisees and stores of Cox & Kings at 12 locations which are designated as dropping centres.

The process of plastic penetration in our eco-system has accelerated at an alarming rate. The non-biodegradable product stays in the environment for more than 700 years. Our oceans are not spared either from plastic pollution that has witnessed irreversible damages to many endangered species. Instances of turtles eating plastic by mistaking it to be a jellyfish and seabirds consuming plastic considering it to be fish eggs are evidently on the rise. As per a recent study, billions of people worldwide are drinking water contaminated by micro-plastic.

Kerala Tourism Launches Tourist Survey

To accelerate the growth of tourism in Kerala, the Department of Tourism has launched a three-year long Continuous Tourist Survey 2017-20 (CTS). The survey is conducted in collaboration with M/s Datamation Consultants, selected through a transparent tender process. The Government of India will provide financial assistance of Rs. 25 lakhs, for the survey.

During 2010-13, Kerala Tourism had conducted a similar Continuous Tourist Survey (CTS). One of the key findings of that survey was that a foreign tourist stays an average of 18 days in Kerala, while spending Rs. 81,000 on average. The Tourism Department is regularly collecting monthwise statistics of foreign as well as domestic tourists visiting Kerala, through the Statistical Investigators of Economics and Statistics Department in census method from all accommodation units
in the state.

In addition to this, the Continuous Tourist Survey (CTS 17-20) is conducted. This is a sample survey intended to study in depth the interest of tourists, their age and demographic details, reasons for visit and nature of tours undertaken. A mobile application will be used by the enumerators of M/s Datamation Consultants to collect various details. The survey will cover not only tourist destinations but also hotels, house boats, home stays, ayurveda centers, restaurants, tour operators etc.

ITDC Celebrates 51 Years
  Ravneet Kaur, Chairperson, MD, ITDC

On the occasion of completing 51 years of excellence in tourism, travel and hospitality industry, India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the public sector undertaking under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism has announced multiple offers including exclusive ‘Wheel-O-Fortune’ festival at The Ashok, commencing on 1st October to 15th October. The hospitality and tourism giant also unveiled flat 51% discount on rooms along with 15% on food and beverages from 1st to 7th October at ITDC’s flagship property The Ashok.

As per the festival, the visitor can spin the wheel at the cost of Rs. 499/- and try their luck!

The wheel has luring offers one ought not to miss this month!
Taking Pride in accomplishment of 51 years of Excellence, Mr. Rajiv Anand, General Manager, Corporate Marketing & Sales/Public Relations, ITDC said, “It’s a proud moment for all of us at ITDC as we complete 51yrs of successful journey in hospitality, Tourism and Travel Industry. It’s also double celebration for us as our flagship property The Ashok is also celebrating 61 yrs of its completion. We have just not outperformed but have created benchmarks in the industry.

The India Travel Summit 2017 – The New Age of Travel
  Amit Madhan, President & Group Head Information Technology & E-Business, Thomas Cook

Post the success of The India Travel Summit 2016, The Thomas Cook (India) Group hosted its second edition - ‘The India Travel Summit 2017 - The New Age of Travel’ at Le Meridien, New Delhi.

The India Travel Summit 2017 provided a unique platform for an interesting exchange of ideas benefiting the travel & tourism industry. The format centred around 4 panels of engaging dialogue on highly relevant topics - Easing visa processes by consular representatives, tourism boards discussing the new-age Indian traveller, technology partners and strategists debating on the future of the travel eco-system and senior policy makers deliberating on the Indian tourism story- Incredible
India 2.0.

La Perla Launches New SS18 Collection

Renowned international luxury fashion brand La Perla chose The Venetian Macao to launch its new SS18 collection at an exclusive dinner to mark the opening night of the inaugural Sands Macao Fashion Week. The event was held in The Venetian Macao’s glamorous Grand Colonnade and hotel lobby and attended by some of the biggest names in the worlds of fashion and entertainment.
The gala evening saw an opulent dinner party for around 200 VIPs, guests, media and key fashion commentators from around the world and featured a show with the new Spring/Summer 2018 collection from La Perla highlighting 70 ready-to-wear and haute couture looks. Celebrity models leading the runway included Natasha Poly and Liu Wen, while in the audience were renowned actress Fan Bing Bing together with actor and model Hu Bing as special guests of La Perla. Other guests included model You Tian Yi, actress Chen Shu, The Rap of China star BrAnT.B, Hong Kong celebrity couple actor and musician Palmerson Sinn Lap Man and singer and television presenter Paisley Wu Pui Wei, host of television show Asia’s Next Top Model Cindy Bishop and Hong Kong model and TV presenter Cara G.Thomas

Green Motion Celebrates


This is the 4th occasion that Green Motion United Kingdom have worked with Venture Marketing to exhibit at the BFA (British Franchise Association) approved show. The show was very successful with Green Motion UK receiving a record number of enquiries for the acquisition of its remaining airport and downtown franchise territories throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Green Motion in the United Kingdom are heavily focused on creating a trading standard that is well above that of its competitors, delivering as a regional franchisor the best possible range of services and support for its franchisees. One of the key elements for the success within the car rental industry is fluid and cost effective vehicle supply and Green Motion in the United Kingdom achieves this via its parent company, Local Car and Van Rental Limited (LCVR) - who owns the UK master franchise. LCVR, founded by Mr John Ryan, is a highly successful specialist vehicle supply company to the daily rental industry and prides itself on supplying the latest low emission vehicles at the best possible cost to the UK franchisees.

ITDC Celebrates Flagship ‘Paryatan Parv


India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) the public sector undertaking under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism, govt of India is participating in the new initiative ‘Paryatan Parv’ announced by Ministry of Tourism under the leadership of Shri Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism.
Through the adoption of this initiative, ITDC aims to influence the masses through cultural and tourism events, at its establishments and Hotel properties to promote India as a nation of varied cultures, languages, religions. The activities are being undertaken to highlight major schemes inspired by the spectrum of vision of Tourism Ministry.

India Tourism Development Corporation has launched ‘Down the Memory Lane’ Festival which engulfs the spirit of India and represents it through Food at its Flagship Hotel The Ashok. The festival is a scrumptious gastronomic experience created in the Kitchens of The Ashok by Chefs who live by conquering culinary challenges and making history.

La Perla Launches New SS18 Collection

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the public sector undertaking under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, conducted its 52nd Annual General Meeting at the Group’s flagship hotel property, The Ashok, New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Ms Ravneet Kaur, IAS, Chairperson & Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation.

The Board of Directors present at the meeting were Sh. Piyush Tiwari, Director (Commercial & Marketing), Shri Pradip Kumar Das, Director (Finance), Government Nominee Directors and the Independent Directors.

ITB Berlin Forwards Global Conservation

  Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer, Messe Berlin

ATCF members provide direct funding to support natural and cultural projects in worldwide destinations ITB Berlin is proud to announce their membership in the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF), an international nonprofit focused on funding on-the-ground conservation projects around the world. The ATCF provides members in the travel and outdoor industry an avenue to directly support projects that are critical to protecting the future of adventure travel.

“Adventure and outdoor organizations have an opportunity to come together as members of the ATCF to protect international travel destinations where we all love to explore, learn and play” says Soraya Shattuck, ATCF Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have ITB join as a member of the ATCF and demonstrate their commitment to the conservation of these unique environments, cultures and communities that travelers value.”

ITB Berlin Sustainability in Tourism
on the International Agenda


The United Nations has proclaimed 2017 the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’. Under the aegis of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the declared aim is to strengthen awareness for tourism activities that contribute to sustainable development. At the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show® In March 2017, ITB Berlin, which for many years has engaged in numerous projects campaigning for greater social justice, environmental protection and human rights, also focused the spotlight on raising awareness for sustainable tourism. In cooperation with the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the ITB Berlin Convention devoted an entire panel discussion to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Overall, relations between ITB Berlin and UNWTO are excellent, and there have been high-profile UNWTO events at ITB Berlin for many years. Among them was this year’s pre-launch of the 2nd UNWTO Global Report on LGBT Tourism, featuring an interview with ITB Berlin’s CSR officer Rika Jean-Francois.

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