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Jabal Akhdar in Oman for a
Rose-Inspired Experience

  The Lovers-Ritual; Omani man checking rose petals in Jebel Akhdar Oman

The season of roses has begun in Jabal Akhdar, also known as the green mountain in Oman, where buds are blooming into flowers. Every year, from the end of March until mid-May, the rugged mountain landscape of Jabal Akhdar oozes sweet perfume and transforms into a spectacular shade of dusty pink Damask roses that covers the mountain range.

There has been a significant increase in arrival of tourists during this period. According to the 2017 statistics, during March, April and May, there were 34,559 tourists who visited Jabal Akhdar. With 233,012 visitors by the end of 2017, there was a qualitative leap of 43.4 per cent over 162,499 during 2016. The surge in occupancy since the beginning of March till mid-April this year was between 80 per cent and 100 per cent and during the past two weeks it ranged between 90 per cent and 100 per cent.

ITDC Signs MOU with Suraas Impex
  Ravneet Kaur, CMD, ITDC poses for photo after signing of the MoU

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) Ltd, the public sector undertaking under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism, signed a MOU with Hyderabad based Suraas Impex for developing a mega tourism destination project at Bairav Lanka in Kakinada, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh for an estimated cost of Rs 550 crores in the initial phase-I. This project is the first of its kind for the State- owned ITDC with any private player.

During the MoU signing ceremony, dignitaries who were present included Ravneet Kaur, IAS, Chairperson and Managing Director (C&MD), ITDC; Piyush Tiwari, Director (Commercial & Marketing), ITDC and Ravi Pandit, General Manager, Ashok Consultancy & Engineering Services (ACES), ITDC among other eminent officers from Suraas Impex.

UPS Opens an Integrated Logistics Facility

Located at Ahmedabad, the facility is easily accessible for walk-in retail customers. UPS will provide integrated services for small package, supply chain solutions and contract logistics for faster and more efficient access to international markets. UPS also offers SMEs in Ahmedabad same day clearance to the United States.

The new facility is part of UPS’s investment strategy into its global integrated network, which moves 3% of the world gross domestic product (GDP) across 220 countries and territories daily. With over a century of experience, UPS continues to invest in capacity and technologies to build the smart global logistics network which services increasing international trade demands. Ahmedabad is the latest part of this constantly evolving network.


Indians Want to Travel Sustainably
  The majestic Niagara Falls

To celebrate Earth Day on 22 April,, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has released the findings from its latest global ‘Sustainable Travel Report’ which states that awareness of eco-friendly accommodation options is growing, with Indian travellers seeking to book more greener stays than ever. The research highlights that 97% of Indian travellers want to travel sustainably in 2018 with 88% of them willing to pay an extra premium to ensure the same. The study also reveals that while 73% of current Indian travellers always or often opt for sustainable travel, around 32% are willing to pay atleast 15% more to ensure as low an impact on the environment as possible.

According to Vikas Bhola, Head for the Indian Sub-Continent,, “Sustainable travel is a subjective term that has different connotations for different people. As Indian travellers increasingly look to explore and experience the world in a sustainable way, we continue to look at ways that can help make it even easier for them to do that, whether by highlighting eco-friendly properties or enabling people to filter their search results on This research reaffirms that sustainable travel is within reach for all of us, which is encouraging as we together strive to make a positive impact for a more sustainable future.”

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