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.
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.
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.