Thomas Cook tries the ‘mini’ approach to keep costs low in Tier 3 cities

Thomas Cook, one of leading travel consultants, said it has launched an outlet in Rudrapur city in Uttarkhand under its new Mini format. The Rudrapur outlet has been designed optimising space and will be manned by a two member team, equipped with technology via mobile devices for seamless online connectivity to central systems thereby facilitating quick customer transactions, said the company. The ‘Mini’ chain of outlets from the company are small, technology assisted outlets to aggressively harness the growth potential emerging from India’s Tier III markets, added the company. Mahesh…

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Dr.Reddy’s introduces new packaging philosophy

Dr. Reddyś laboratories, an Indian multinational pharmaceutical company, said it is introducing new packaging style for its products. Starting with the India market, the new packaging will be rolled-out in phased manner over the next six months for it´s 25 brands. Dr. Reddy’s partnered with global design and innovation consulting firm IDEO, and applied ´Human-Centred Design’ approach to find solutions during the design phase of the project as the existing design was only to meet technical and regulatory requirements, with little to ensure patient convenience. ¨The team met a cross-section…

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Thomas Cook learning signs MOU with MP tourism department

Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning said it signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation to impart learning programmes in Madhya Pradesh. The project, named as ‘Explore Madhya Pradesh’, will impart learning via engaging modules to over 660 travel agents, covering 20 cities pan India in the next two months. On the occasion, Mr. Sharad Nautiyal, Gen Manager Training, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation said: “The government is taking efforts to harness Madhya Pradesh’s tourism potential, it is imperative to create an awareness programme on…

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Jet Airways opens priority check-in service to economy passengers

Jet Airways, an India based international airline, today opened up its ‘priority advantage’ fast check-in service for economy class passengers. The service was earlier available only to passengers travelling by higher classes. However, unlike JetPrivilege members, normal economy class traveller will have to pay extra for getting this service. The service allows guests to check-in at Priority Advantage counters to have their baggage tagged and delivered on arrival along with other tagged baggage with priority. The announcement comes a day after the airline said it was opening up pre-selection of seats…

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Indian Hotel says merger with Taj GVK “never ever touched upon”

Tata-owned Indian Hotels Co Ltd denied reports that it was in talks with Hyderabad-based GVK Reddy family to merge their joint venture Taj GVK with Indian Hotels. The company was reacting to a news item in CNBC TV18 news channel claiming that the GVK family was negotiating a swap ratio for merging the two companies. “We would like to clarify that the said news item is an absolutely unfounded one. There are no such plans. Such topic has never ever even been touched upon,” said a statement from the company….

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Cheap flights, sales on hotels key to Indian holiday plans

Be it buying goods and supplies or enrolling your kid into a school, bargain hunting is the most common thing that an Indian would usually do and now it has reached a new level. Indians are now considered as the world’s largest holiday bargain hunters, according to a new research report. Indian travellers want infinite ways for bargaining and paying for a travel ticket online, says the ‘Why Do They Pay That Way?’ report by Worldpay, a payments company. According to the survey conducted on 2,000 travellers in each of…

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Lupin’s potassium deficiency drug gets FDA approval

Lupin Ltd announced today that its US subsidiary, Gavis Pharmaceuticals LLC, has received final approval for its Potassium Chloride Extended-Release Capsules USP, 8 mEq (600 mg) and 10 mEq (750 mg) from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The capsule is for the treatment of patients with hypokalemia, or the deficiency of potassium in the bloodstream. It can also be used in patients with hypokalemic familial periodic paralysis and in patients who would be at a particular risk if hypokalemia were to develop with significant cardiac problems. Lupin’s…

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Left Front tries to tap anti-American sentiment with fat tax in Kerala

Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac defended the new tax imposed on Western food items in Kerala even as it became clear that move could be open to a challenge on the lines on which Maharashtra’s beef ban was overturned. The communists of Kerala — not the biggest fans of American culture — imposed the ban on select fast food items in their first budget after coming to power earlier this year. The items on which a punitive 14.5% tax has been levied are burgers, pizzas, doughnuts, sandwiches and pasta, even…

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Jet Airways offers 4-day Goa holiday pack at Rs 15,620

Jet Airways has announced special summer holiday packages starting at Rs 15,620 for 4 days and 3 nights in Goa. The packs go all the way up to Rs 1.04 lakh for a five-day package to Paris. The holiday packages include a Jet Airways return economy airfare (inclusive of all taxes), airport transfers, three star hotel accommodation with breakfast and sightseeing. “With this offer guests can experience life around the beaches of Goa, savour Goan and international cuisine at popular beach shacks, as well as participate in watersports like parasailing,”…

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Wonderla water park opens in Hyderabad with promotional offers

Wonderla Holidays opened its Hyderabad Park for public preview, offering tickets at Rs 650 under a promotional scheme. The actual opening will take place on April 20. “Wonderia is now open for preview so that we can gear up for the big opening day. Almost 40 rides and attractions are now available for public to enjoy,” the company said. The 650 rupee promotional price will include access to all the 40 operational attractions. Wonderla Hyderbad is located on ORR Exit 13, 10 minutes away from the Hyderabad Airport and is…

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Bombay High Court quashes sale of Park Hyatt Goa to ITC by IFCI

Blue Coast Hotels Ltd, the owner of the property of Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa said the Bombay High Court has quashed the recent auction of the hotel by IFCI. “By Order dated March 23, 2016 uploaded on April 4, 2016, the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay has quashed and set aside the Order of the DRAT and Order of the (DM – South Goa) and it has also cancelled the sale certificates issued to the Auction Purchaser by the Secured Lender in respect of Hotel Property “Park Hyatt…

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India becomes only country to have 1000 Domino’s Pizza outside the US

Domino’s Pizza, the most popular pizza chain in India, crossed the 1,000 restaurant milestone today with the opening of its outlet in Unity One Mall, Janakpuri, New Delhi. The total number of cities covered has gone up to 227, making it the biggest food chain in the country. According to Euro Monitor Consumer Food Service Report, 2015, Domino’s has a whopping 72% share of the pizza market in India. With the 1000th restaurant, India joins the USA — home country of Domino’s Pizza where the brand has been operating since…

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Oberoi Hotel group wins two new contracts from Qatar

Mumbai-based Oberoi Group has won contracts to manage two new luxury hotels in Qatar, the hotel and hospitality group said. The first is a 250-key luxury hotel being developed in the West Bay area of Doha and the second a 148-key luxury serviced apartment building located in Lusail, Doha. In the hotel business, properties are often owned by one company and managed by another. The group has its flagship hotel in Mumbai, situated at the Nariman Point business district. It also has a luxury hotel in Dubai, opened in 2013,…

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Domestic tourism industry registers 23.5% increase in monsoon season

Due to low tariffs rates and discounts offered by hotels, resorts and airlines, India’s domestic tourism has gone up by 23.5% during the monsoon season as compared to 18.5% last year, said industry association ASSOCHAM. The ASSOCHAM survey reveals that there has been a surge in travel by Indians within the country in the last three years during the monsoon season. The demand driven by the growing middle class and rising incomes and a discount by hotels, airlines and tour operators for the period, reveals the ASSOCHAM Survey. While releasing…

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Mahindra Holidays posts strong growth, new member addition up 50%

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited reported a 21% increase in its revenue to Rs. 231 Crores for the first quarter, while profit after tax rose 23% to Rs 25 Crores. Total number of new member additions increased 50% during the quarter compared to the same period last year. Total number of members were 186,000. “The efforts of the new team and the systems and processes put in place earlier, have begun yielding results,” said Arun Nanda, Chairman, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts. “This, along with our room inventory addition plan…

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Cox & Kings renews Galileo deal with InterGlobe

Travel services firm Cox & Kings Ltd said it has renewed its deal with InterGlobe Enterprises to continue to use the latter’s Galileo platform. “The agreement, taking immediate effect, enables Cox and Kings to continue to use Galileo Platform to distribute, manage and book travel management services for its customers,” it said. Galileo platform comprises services such as Smartpoint, Travelport Rooms and More and Universal API, and is extensively used by travel agents globally. Cox and Kings will also continue to use Travelport and their online solutions as well, it…

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Café Coffee Day offers freebies as part of ‘birthday celebrations’

Café Coffee Day (CCD), India’s biggest branded eatery by far, said it is offering freebies to customers till July 26th as part of its 19th birthday celebrations. The company, which is trying to conduct is IPO, said it will gift back an offer to each customer who bills at CCD which will be redeemable with their next visit to CCD. The offer will include exciting treats like ‘19 % off on a bill’, ‘a free Devils Own’, ‘a free Cappuccino’, ‘any beverage @ Rs 19’ Customers will receive their offer…

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Ginger Hotels opens 34th hotel in Tirupati

Ginger Hotels announced its 34th hotel in the pilgrimage city of Tirupati. “Situated in the heart of the Tirupati city, the hotel provides the guests an easy access to places of worship, key transport modes and basic amenities of the city,” Roots Corporation said. Ginger Hotels is one of India’s largest hotel chains, and caters to the middle segment, with room rates in the Rs 2,500-3,000 range per night. It is part of the Indian Hotels Company Ltd, which is in turn part of the Tata Group. The Ginger Hotel-…

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Hilton India offers 25% off for bookings before Sept 30

After airlines, its hotels that are offering discounts for advanced booking. Hilton Worldwide, which also owns the DoubleTree brand, is offering 25% at the 14 hotels in its India portfolio if bookings are made before Sept 30 this year. The period of stay must be on or before January 17, 2016. “This offer is ideal for guests planning business travel or their next vacation, as it is available at hotels and resorts located in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Trivandrum as well as Goa, Agra, Jaipur and Shillim –…

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Leela Kovalam selected best hotel for relaxation by Lonely Planet India

Lonely Planet India, the local arm of the prestigious travel guide company, has selected The Leela Kovalam situated in Kerala as the “Best Hotel for Relaxation” at its annual travel awards. The Raviz hotel has, in the past, won other awards from Lonely Planet India – Best Resort Hotel in 2012 followed by Best Hotel for Relaxation in 2013 and Best Indian Luxury Hotel Award in 2014. The hotel is India’s only cliff-top beach resort and has 183 rooms and suites over 60 acres The hotel is owned by the…

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