Indian Airlines Prep for Summer Surge with 24,275 Weekly Flights

Indian Airlines Prep for Summer Surge with 24,275 Weekly Flights

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on March 25, 2024

As summer approaches, Indian airlines are gearing up for an increase in flight operations, with a total of 24,275 weekly domestic flights set to take off starting March 31. This marks a nearly 6 percent rise compared to the previous year, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

During the summer schedule, which runs from March 31 to October 26, airlines will operate from 125 airports across the country. Notably, this includes the introduction of new airports such as Azamgarh, Aligarh, and Chitrakoot.

Leading carriers like IndiGo, Air India, and Vistara are set to expand their operations, while SpiceJet plans a slight reduction in departures. Additionally, international connections will extend to 37 countries from 27 domestic airports, reflecting a 5.1 percent rise in weekly international flights.

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Despite ongoing challenges in the aviation sector, including supply chain disruptions and engine issues, airlines remain optimistic about meeting the growing demand for air travel. Akasa Air's forthcoming international operations are anticipated to further enhance connectivity, subject to regulatory approvals.

With the increase in flight frequencies and expansion of airport networks, travelers can expect improved accessibility and convenience during the upcoming summer season. As the aviation industry adapts to evolving market dynamics, the focus remains on ensuring a seamless travel experience for passengers across the country.


Trip.com's Global 3.3 Sale Hits Record High in Asia and Europe

Trip.com's Global 3.3 Sale Hits Record High in Asia and Europe

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 1, 2024

In the world of online shopping, double-date promotions like Black Friday and Double 11 have become hotspots for bargain hunters globally. Following this trend, Trip.com's March 3.3 sale has carved its own niche, especially in the travel sector, capturing significant attention across Asia and Europe. This year's campaign not only continued the momentum but also set new records in terms of gross merchandise value (GMV) and mobile app downloads.

With over 700 million impressions and a considerable year-over-year traffic increase, the 3.3 mega sale showcased its growing popularity and the public's eagerness for travel deals. Markets across the APAC region and Europe saw robust sales, with Japan standing out for its exceptional performance.

One of the most notable achievements of this year's event was the surge in Trip.com app downloads. The app secured the top spot in the free travel app rankings on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in several key markets, including Hong Kong SAR, South Korea, and Singapore.

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Schubert Lou, COO of Trip.com, expressed immense pride in the success of the 3.3 Mega Sale, stating, "We are confident that our double-date promotions will continue to attract global customers who seek to travel in style and comfort with the best possible deals." He also highlighted the all-in-one app's growing popularity as evidence of Trip.com's commitment to providing unbeatable deals on flights, hotels, and attractions worldwide.

The 3.3 sale is part of Trip.com's broader strategy to engage customers through double-date promotions, including future dates like 7.7, 9.9, and 11.11. These events offer exclusive discounts and special offers, allowing consumers to enjoy unique travel experiences at reduced prices.

Trip.com, a leading international one-stop travel service provider, offers an extensive network of over 1.2 million hotels and flights from more than 510 airlines, covering 3,400 airports in 220 countries and regions. With its world-class multilingual customer service, Trip.com continues to "create the best travel experience" for millions of customers worldwide.

As Trip.com forges ahead in the ever-evolving e-commerce landscape, the success of its double-date promotions signals more exciting deals for travellers in the future.


Bhutan Launches Druk Neykor for Spiritual Journeys

Bhutan Launches Druk Neykor for Spiritual Journeys

By Nishang Narayan

Published on March 29, 2024

The Department of Tourism in Bhutan has unveiled a new initiative called the Druk Neykor programme, designed to enrich the travel experience by guiding visitors through 108 sacred sites and monuments across the enchanting Himalayan kingdom. Aimed at travellers looking to dive deep into Bhutan’s spiritual essence and cultural heritage, the programme promises an immersive exploration unlike any other.

Starting in the capital city, Thimphu, the Druk Neykor programme features tours to 16 standout sites, such as the revered Wangditse Lhakhang, Tshelung Ney, and Talangkha Drugyel Goenpa. These sites are not just about spirituality; they also offer a chance to enjoy Bhutan’s stunning natural landscapes, whether you’re reaching them by road or through scenic hikes. Plus, with a range of accommodations from hotels to campsites, comfort is guaranteed for every traveller.

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What sets Druk Neykor apart is its innovative passport system. As you visit each site, you collect stamps in your Druk Neykor passport, each one telling a story of Bhutan’s spiritual journey and cultural immersion. This tangible record of your travels is not only a personal memento but also a gateway to learning more about each site through QR codes that offer detailed histories and stories.

The programme is accessible through authorised Bhutanese Tour Operators, but adventurous souls can also explore these sites independently. From the iconic Tiger's Nest monastery perched on a cliff to the serene Dochula Pass, each stamp collected is a step deeper into Bhutan’s spiritual heart.

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Dorji Dhradhul, Director General of the Department of Tourism-Bhutan, captures the essence of the initiative: “Druk Neykor merges Bhutan’s spiritual legacy with its natural beauty, offering a profound journey of discovery. We welcome travellers from all corners of the globe to join in this spiritual adventure, helping to celebrate and preserve the unique culture and pilgrimage traditions of Bhutan.”

Whether you’re a soul searcher, a culture enthusiast, or simply in love with the idea of a journey filled with meaning, the Druk Neykor programme invites you to experience Bhutan in a way that’s both deeply personal and universally connecting.


Singapore Aims for 1.5 Million Indian Tourists with Visa Relaxations

Singapore Aims for 1.5 Million Indian Tourists with Visa Relaxations

By Travel Tales

Published on March 24, 2024

Singapore is setting the stage for a significant influx of Indian tourists in 2024 by relaxing visa rules and expanding its hospitality offerings. With the aim of attracting over 1.5 million visitors from India, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is focused on making travel easier and more appealing for Indian nationals.

The move comes as a response to the recovery of tourist numbers from India, which hit 1.1 million in 2023 after a dip during the pandemic. In 2019, before COVID-19 restrictions took effect, Singapore welcomed 1.4 million Indian visitors. STB's efforts to streamline visa processes are part of a broader strategy to tap into India's "huge tourism potential."

To accommodate the expected increase in visitors, Singapore is enhancing its hospitality infrastructure. Approximately 9,000 new hotel rooms are being added to the existing 72,000, anticipating the need for ample accommodation for both tourists and business travellers. The initiative is supported by the introduction of new flight carriers between India and Singapore, aiming to return to pre-pandemic levels of connectivity.

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In addition to focusing on tourism, Singapore is eyeing the burgeoning business travel segment from India. With both countries experiencing growth in trade and sectors such as pharma, BioMed, IT, and FinTech thriving, STB sees significant opportunities for increasing bilateral trade through large-scale exhibitions and conferences.

Singapore's efforts to simplify visa procedures and enhance its travel and hospitality sectors are part of a broader vision to solidify its position as a leading destination for Indian tourists and business travellers alike. As the island state prepares to host the inaugural APAC edition of the National Retail Federation (NRF) Retail Big Show, it's clear that Singapore is not just a tourist hotspot but also a hub for international business and retail innovation.

With these strategic moves, Singapore is well on its way to achieving its target of 1.5 million Indian tourists in 2024, offering a promising outlook for the future of travel and trade between the two nations.

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