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ixigo Wins Yet Another Marketing In...

We’re glad to share that our famous Travel Hacks campaign won the Marketing Innovation Award at the GMAW 2015 event this week and we’re super happy ...

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LTC Megadeal – Save ‘B...

ixigo’s #LTC cashback deal allows you to pay less and travel more across the world. What’s even more exciting is that ixigo is running special megad...

Diwali Dhamaka at ixigo!

  The festive season is upon us, and the ixigo family, as usual, began the celebrations with style! The day commenced with a traditional po...

Weekly Travel Updates (8th-12th Sep...

Here is a roundup of what has been happening on the world-wide travel scenario for the week of 8 to 12 September, 2014. Low-cost airports in five I...

ixigo Wins Yet Another Marketing Innovation Award

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We’re glad to share that our famous Travel Hacks campaign won the Marketing Innovation Award at the GMAW 2015 event this week and we’re super happy about it.

The Global Marketing & Advertising Week 2015 is an annual marketing summit attended by the best in the industry. The Marketing Innovation Awards are particularly given to campaigns which look at fresh ways to look at existing solutions, which impacts the end user with long term value. The jury judges the campaign based on measurable sufficient results. The jury consists of marketing heads from companies like PepsiCo, Taj Hotels, Burger King India, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts, Honda, UTI and more.

The Travel Hacks video, as evident from this case study, was an attempt to engage with our users by offering unique Travel Hacks in a nifty little video. Hovering at 7 million views since the launch, the video has been shared by 350,000 people till date.

A big thank you to the jury at GMAW 2015 and to our user community. We’re working on a lot more exciting stuff which we will be sharing soon.


LTC Megadeal – Save ‘Big’ from 4th to 12th December.

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ixigo’s #LTC cashback deal allows you to pay less and travel more across the world. What’s even more exciting is that ixigo is running special megadeals within the LTC campaign where you can end up getting fabulous cashback of up to Rs 10,000 on hotel bookings!

Book hotels through ixigo on expedia.com and get cashback of up to Rs 10,000.

ixigo’s cashback process is absolutely easy and stress free. There are three simple steps.

  1. Book flights or hotels through ixigo on expedia.com and send your booking confirmation email to us.

  2. Once your details are validated, ixigo will send you a link for your NEFT details.

  3. As soon as you complete your trip, the cashback is transferred to your bank account.

So, what are you waiting for? Hurry and book your tickets now.

For more details, check out: http://www.ixigo.com/ltc

#LTC  Megadeal*

*Limited period offer. Valid for all hotels booked on expedia.com through ixigo between 4th December 2014 – 12th December 2014

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** The booking amount is the total transaction amount and not per person per night.

Diwali Dhamaka at ixigo!


The festive season is upon us, and the ixigo family, as usual, began the celebrations with style!

The day commenced with a traditional pooja to seek blessings of the gods.


Lakshmi-Ganesh Aarti (by Etti Bali)


Tilak ceremony (by Etti Bali)

The office was decked up with lights, garlands and colorful rangoli, with everyone joining in on the preparations and celebrations.

Making the Rangoli (by Etti Bali)

A special lunch was arranged at the office, with lots of desi goodies like pakodas, jalebi, pav bhaaji, chillas and more.

Pav Bhaji (by rovingl)


To add to the festive spirit, all ixigems were asked to dress-up in traditional attires. Special awards were distributed to the best dressed ixigems.

Deck the Halls! (by Etti Bali)

Best-dressed ixigem! (by Etti Bali)

The evening was reserved for fireworks where everyone lit up the night sky with festive lights!

Sky Shots (by Nigel Howe)


A general sense of revelry and celebration was in the air as all the ixigems welcomed the festival of lights with lots of cheers and goodwill.

Weekly Travel Updates (8th-12th September)

Here is a roundup of what has been happening on the world-wide travel scenario for the week of 8 to 12 September, 2014.
Low-cost airports in five Indian states

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has proposed a no-frills model for the development of five new airports in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa and Karnataka. A budget of approximately INR 500 million has been allocated for this project.

Made in India: Ayurveda tours!

Kallada Travel House, in an effort to tap the potential of wellness tourism in Kerala, is going to launch “AyurYatra” by the end of this month. These concept tours will include specialized itineraries for visits to wellness centres, resorts and spas, along with short sightseeing tours as per the client’s requirement.

Ayurveda spa treatment (Photo courtesy www.adamshomestaycochin.com)


Trouble continues for Malaysian Airlines

A Hyderabad-bound Malaysian Airline flight, a Boeing 737-800, was forced to turn back to Kuala Lumpur shortly after take-off following a glitch in the aeroplane’s auto-pilot system. This is the third incident to mar Malaysian Airline’s reputation, after the twin losses of flights MH-370 and MH-17 earlier in the year.

Indo-China joint bids for bullet trains

In the wake of the development of high-speed rail network in the country, TATA industries is in talks with an unnamed Chinese company to bid for five new bullet train projects. Talks are also on for the development of high-speed rail links between India and China, via Myanmar.

India boosts Maldives tourism

Maldives tourism witnessed a growth of 13.9% in its international tourist traffic in July 2014. A major contributor to this boost was the Indian tourist traffic, which accounted for 38% of the total numbers. With this, India became the second largest source market for the Maldives, after China.

Addu Atoll, Maldives (Photo courtesy www.101holidays.co.uk)


Weekly Travel Updates (1st-5th September)

Here is a roundup of what has been happening on the world-wide travel scenario for the week of 1st to 5th September, 2014.

78th India International Travel Mart

The hugely successful travel and tourism exhibition held in Gurgaon between 5th to 7th of September had more than 150 participants and registered a footfall of over 15,000 people. This can be attributed to the fact that the Indian overseas holiday sector is expected to grow in 2015, with an estimated 18 million Indian people travelling abroad.

Bullet Train Project on the Right Track

India and Japan are cooperating on Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, with the high speed rail corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. INR 100 crore has been allocated for the preparatory work of the project, which will be utilized for skill development and studies on the proposed diamond quadrilateral project.


Bullet train in Japan (by kalleboo)


Free Overseas ATM Withdrawals: Thomas Cook

In a new partnership with the Allpoint Network, Thomas Cook India’s multi-currency Borderless Prepaid Card holders can now access 55,000 ATMs across the world. This move will ensure transactions without any surcharge, resulting in substantial savings for Indian travellers.

ATM transaction (by TaxCredits.net)

Global Hike in Hotel Room Prices

The first half of 2014 saw an increase of 4 per cent in the average hotel room prices, as compared to the same period in 2013. The global hotel price index (HPI) now stands at 115 points, registering the highest rate of increase since 2012. Economic recovery, global sporting events and currency fluctuations have been the major contributing factors for this growth.

Mapping Tourism Growth in South Asia

South Asia has seen the highest average growth of 7.2 per cent in tourist arrivals between 2005 and 2012. In 2013, 15.2 million foreign tourists visited the region, registering a 5.3 per cent growth over 2012. The Indian government has been highlighting the need for regional consolidation and travel exchanges among the countries of the region.

Weekly Travel Updates

Here’s an overview of all the latest news in the travel and tourism sector for the week (18 to 22 August, 2014)

Another feather in the cap of ITC Hotel

ITC Hotel is planning to open its first 5-star premium property on 1st October, 2014. Named as ITC Grand Bharat, the hotel is about a 40 minutes’ drive from New Delhi. Talking about the facilities, the hotel will have 100 suites with private pools and alfresco terraces. Other amenities at the hotel include a lavish golf course, a luxurious royal spa and a world of dining options.

Room View at ITC (from official website of ITC Hotel)

Spicejet launches the first international flight from Kolkata

Spicejet has resumed its flights to Bangkok from a new destination, Kolkata. There would be daily flights from the city and the services on this route would start from 25th September, 2014. Earlier, the airline used to have flights from cities like Pune and Bengaluru and this would be the first international flight from Kolkata.

Taj to open a new luxurious property in Downtown Dubai

Taj Group is planning to launch a new chain in UAE, which would be known as Taj Dubai. The luxurious hotel is situated in the famous Burj Khalifa area. The property will have 296 guestrooms, exclusive rooms, 7 F&B outlets which will offer a world of cuisines, kids’ programme for young guests, fitness centre and Jiva Spa. The launch is being seen as an important step in expansion plans of the Taj Group. The hotel is expected to be functional in 4th quarter of 2014.

Accolades for ixigo

ixigo, the travel search company, has been recognized as one of the 50 hottest brands in Delhi NCR at the  Paul Writer Brand Summit – Futurist Marketing Conclave 2014. The list includes the likes of BMW, Jabong and Harley Davidson. The company also won a bronze for the Best use of #hashtags from first chapter of Socialathon 2014. The event was organised by Digital Market Asia, Singapore and Exchange4media group.

IRCTC announces special trains for Ganpati Festival 2014

A number of special trains will be operating to clear the rush during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Konkan Railways has announced Shatabdi Premium Special trains (reserved and double decker) to run between Karmali and Mumbai CST station. The trains will continue running till the 11th of September, 2014. 18 more reserved special trains will run along the Ratnagiri -  LTT route. Unreserved special trains will run along the LTT – Ratnagiri, Mumbai – Kolhapur and Dadar – Sawatwadi Road corridors. 2 additional trains will be operating on the Jammu Tawi – Nanded route. Additional details are available on the IRCTC official website.

Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai (by AroundTheGlobe)



‘Vistara’ – A Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons joint venture airline to take flight in October

The Tata Sons Group and Singapore Airlines have tied-up together to launch an airline carrier brand called “Vistara”. The carrier is headquartered in Delhi and is to operate as a fully serviced airline. It is slated to begin operations this October. The airline models that will be operating for this joint venture are to be well stocked on board with the latest technology.

Vistara is set to begin operations this October


The airline expects its first airline–Airbus A320-200 to be delivered in September and 5 more to add to its growing fleet by the end of this year. The numbers are expected to escalate to 20 aircrafts over the next 5 years. The airline alliance venture is expected to boost India’s aviation industry by leaps and bounds.


Foreseeing that the airline shall commence operations in October, the uniforms of the cabin crew and other airline staff have been unveiled. “Vistara” is a Sanskrit word which translates to “limitless expanse”. It is symbolic of the vast expanse of the skies and the logo is inspired by “yantra”, a mathematical symbol for the expansive universe.


The CEO of Vistara, Phee Teik Yeoh


The objective of the airline can be summed up in the agenda that was laid forth by the CEO, Phee Teik Yeoh–to provide a full service airline with personalized services. The route network will be finalized based on the clear aim to connect major Indian cities. The airline will operate in 5 cities initially and will connect Delhi with major Indian cities. The airline hopes to cover 11 cities through 87 weekly flights within the subsequent year.

 - Images from the official Facebook page of Vistara.


Weekly Travel Updates (04–08 August 2014)

If you’re a travel fanatic you will surely want to know what’s happening in the world of travel and stay updated. So here’s a glimpse of what happened in the travel scene during the past week (04-08 August).

Royal Jordanian Airlines pull out of India

Royal Jordanian Airlines has confirmed that it will suspend all services in India towards the second half of 2014, as part of its restructuring plan. Currently flying on two routes, the Mumbai route will cease operating from 10 September 2014 and the Delhi service will be suspended from 31 October 2014.

Royal Jordanian Airlines (by Arpingstone)


The world’s highest rail track reaches Everest gateway

China recently inaugurates a stretch of track connecting the Tibetan cities of Lhasa and Shigatse, bringing the railway track closer to the Mt. Everest. The track is an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet line–and is named the “closest stretch of railway to the sky” after it first carried passengers above 5,000 meters in 2006.

Qinghai-Tibet line (by Jan Reurink)


Marriott Rewards join hands with Etihad Airways for loyalty scheme

By joining hands with Etihad Airways’ loyalty programme, Etihad Guest, customers can now redeem their Marriott Rewards Points for Etihad Guest Miles, as well as choosing to earn Etihad Guest Miles for all stays at Marriott properties worldwide. The partnership is a great way for travellers to enjoy immediate awards when booking a hotel stay or flight resulting in a free vacation.

Etihad Airways (by Sergey Kustov)


China soon to be the world’s top business travel market

China is among the world’s hottest markets for business travellers, and spending in the country could surpass the US as soon as 2015. Business travel spending in China hit USD 225 billion in 2013. That’s second only to the US. The pace of business travel growth in China is remarkable. Since 2000, spending has expanded by about 16 % each year on average, compared to 1 % in the US.

Tourists in China (by Daniel Case)


Swiss Airlines wins in business category at the World Travel Awards

At the 2014 World Travel Awards, Swiss was selected as winner of Europe’s Leading Airline –Business Class accolade for the fourth consecutive time. The award is voted for by travel and tourism industry experts from all over the globe. Swiss has now claimed top spot in this category six times since 2005.

Swiss Airlines (by Mark Tang)

Weekly Travel Updates

Here’s an overview of all the latest news in the travel and tourism sector in the past week (30 June to 4 July 2014).

India to work on measures to boost international arrivals

India’s Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, announced recently that several factors have been observed that could boost the tourism growth of the country. Although there is a marked 5.9% growth in the tourism industry since 2013, he also revealed some important observations that are still deterrents in the path of its further growth.

These factors include–more accessible air travel, a further developed tourism infrastructure among others. He also cited a number of measures that are being worked upon to boost the tourism sector. These include work on cleanliness and hygiene in tourism sites, development of the emerging low-cost aviation concept, expansion of the visa-on-arrival project, etc.

Air India ties up with Travelport Display Solution


Air India


Air India has recently tied up with Travelport Display Solution.Travelport provides a graphic display programme that presents how ancillaries and fares of the particular airline are displayed to travel agents. This is also part of Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding Technology. Air India is the 50th airline to sign up for this service.

India to better measures of safety for women travellers

New measures have been launched to facilitate state governments to provide a safe environment for foreign women travellers visiting the country. These include – Tourist Facility and Security Organisations (TFSO) – for the states of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

There is another measure–Code of Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism, which underlines guidelines for tour operators highlighting the significance of a tourists’ safety and security. These measures have been taken up as part of a larger goal to curb the fall in the percentage of foreign travellers in the country owing to a number of attacks against women travellers to the country in the past.

India to help Nepal realise its tourism potential



On his latest visit to Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ensured complete infrastructural support for Nepal. He cited the friendly relations that the countries have shared since a long time being the reason. He said that the Spiritual and Adventure Holiday segment to Nepal could be worked upon to further enhance Nepal’s visibility as a tourist hotspot. Besides this, he also suggested a HIT formula to go about further infrastructural developments. The HIT formula includes–H – Highways, I – Information highways, T – Transways.





Weekly Travel Updates (20th to 27th July)

Here is a roundup of what has been happening on the world-wide travel scenario for the week of 20 to 27 July 2014.

Ancient fort in Kashmir now open to the public

Adding yet another gem to its sparkling crown, Kashmir has opened a 16th century Mughal fort, Hari Parbat, to the public. The said fort sits upon the city of Srinagar and served as an Army base camp till now. This fort will now be included in all the Old City tours as well as the Wild Frontiers’ tours of Kashmir.

Fort seen from Dal Lake (by NawlinWiki)

Thailand extends its tourism roadshow to Jaipur and Bhubaneshwar

In a bid to attract more Indian tourists to Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) initiated a nationwide series of promotional events in the national capital on 21 July, followed by similar events in Jaipur and Bhubaneshwar. The tour is believed to include India’s other fastest growing cities in the coming days. Indian travel agents will get a deeper insight on the Thai travel trade in B2B sessions and presentations pertaining to Thai tourism products.

Emirates flies its first Airbus A380 in India

On 21 July, Emirates A380 took off from the Dubai International Airport and landed at the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, marking the beginning of the Emirates’s Airbus services in India. The double decker jet offers 14 first class suites and 76 business class seats on the upper deck and 399 economy class seats on the main deck. Passengers can choose from a newly customized Indian menu.

Emirates Airbus 380 (by Quentin Douchet)

Starwood Hotel Group marks another territory in Bangalore

With the official launch of the Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru Whitefield, Starwood Hotels and Resorts is making good on its promise of expanding its business in India. This marks the second Starwood opening in Bangalore after Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park. Their latest addition offers 102 rooms and suites with a rooftop pool, fitness centre, business centre, restaurant and bar. Breakfast, coffee, bottled water and Wi-Fi will be complimentary for all the guests.

Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru Whitefield (from official website)