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)