Sustainability in Focus: Agoda's Training Workshop with Goa Tourism

Sustainability in Focus: Agoda's Training Workshop with Goa Tourism

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Published on December 3, 2023

Agoda, a leading digital travel platform, has partnered with the Government of Goa and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to foster sustainable tourism practices in India. This collaboration led to a two-day hotel sustainability training workshop, held on November 28-29, 2023, at Park Regis, Goa. The initiative represents a significant step towards promoting responsible tourism in one of India's most popular destinations.

The workshop, designed for local hoteliers, featured a series of sessions led by prominent industry experts. These sessions aimed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to improve their sustainability practices. Throughout the training, hoteliers were exposed to best-in-class sustainability practices and real-life hotel case studies.

Using the GSTC Industry Criteria for hotels as a guide, attendees assessed their current performance and set practical sustainability goals for the short, medium, and long term. Krishna Rathi, Agoda’s country director for India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives, expressed pride in the partnership. He emphasised the importance of embracing sustainability in the hospitality industry, stating, “With the right knowledge and tools, we aim to accelerate this evolution.”

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Suneel Anchipaka, Director of Tourism in Goa, highlighted the government's commitment to sustainable tourism. He encouraged hotel professionals to take advantage of the opportunity to learn about and incorporate sustainable practices in their operations.

The Goa edition of the GSTC/Agoda program witnessed participation from over forty industry professionals, including general managers and senior executives from prominent hotel groups like Accor, Kenilworth Resort & Spa, Park Regis Goa, and Radisson Goa Candolim. The initiative has previously been conducted in Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand, with over two hundred hoteliers participating.

This partnership aligns with the Goa Roadmap and 'Travel for LiFE,' contributing to a collective vision for a more sustainable future in tourism. As the industry evolves, initiatives like this play a crucial role in building a responsible and resilient tourism sector in Goa.


Summer Escapes with Royal Stays and Nature Getaways: Unique Luxury Destinations

Summer Escapes with Royal Stays and Nature Getaways: Unique Luxury Destinations

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 30, 2024

Dreaming of a summer escape that goes beyond the typical? Consider indulging in extraordinary experiences at these luxurious havens. Whether it's immersing yourself in the grandeur of historical estates, reconnecting with nature amidst stunning landscapes, or uncovering hidden urban gems, these destinations promise a summer escape like no other.

Aurika Coorg: Nestled among expansive coffee plantations, Aurika Coorg is a nature lover's paradise offering breathtaking views and rich coffee experiences. It's the perfect setting for nature getaways, coffee enthusiasts, pet owners, and those planning destination weddings or relaxing staycations.

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TreeHouse Chail Villas, Himachal Pradesh: Situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet within the Shivalik Mountains, TreeHouse Chail Villas offers stunning panoramic views and a charming escape in the hills. Wake up to the beauty of the valley or the starlit skies over Shimla, and enjoy activities like Valley Crossing and visits to Chail Sanctuary.

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Aurika Udaipur: Located amidst the majestic Aravalli Hills, Aurika Udaipur transports you to a regal era. With its impeccable service and architectural splendors, this destination is ideal for hosting grand weddings, corporate offsites, or those seeking a luxurious palace experience.

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Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur: Experience the life of royalty at the Royal Heritage Haveli in Jaipur. Built in the 18th century, this heritage property features traditional décor, serene courtyards, and exquisite service, perfect for those seeking an authentic glimpse into Rajasthan's regal past.

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Aurika Mumbai Skycity: Located in the heart of Mumbai, Aurika Mumbai Skycity blends the city's historic charm with modern luxury. Ideal for business travelers or hosting MICE events, the hotel's mid-century modern design celebrates Mumbai’s rich cultural history.

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This summer, choose from these diverse luxury destinations to create memories that last a lifetime.


Dive into the Ultimate Marine Adventure at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Dive into the Ultimate Marine Adventure at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 26, 2024

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for guests to participate in the largest manta ray assembly on the planet. This spectacular event, hosted in collaboration with the Maldives Manta Conservation Programme, occurs annually from May to November in the plankton-rich waters of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

During the 2023 season, the conservation team recorded an astonishing 6,691 manta ray sightings, highlighting the area’s global significance as a manta ray hotspot. The nearby Hanifaru Bay alone accounted for 82% of these encounters, solidifying its reputation as a premier destination for marine enthusiasts.

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This year, guests of Landaa Giraavaru can look forward to even more immersive experiences. The resort’s "Manta-on-Call" service ensures that guests don’t miss this underwater ballet, with alerts that send them directly to the action via speedboat. For those desiring a more educational encounter, the resort offers a Trainee Manta Biologist program, perfect for young marine biologists in the making.

In addition to the manta rays, guests might also spot whale sharks, the ocean’s gentle giants, making their experience in the Maldives truly unforgettable. To enhance guest engagement and education, the resort’s Marine Discovery Centre includes a life-size Hologram Room, where visitors can interact with digital representations of local manta rays.

With meticulously planned dates known as "Manta Hot Dates," the resort maximizes the chances of encountering these majestic creatures. These dates are carefully predicted to align with peak manta activities, ensuring that guests have the best opportunity to witness and interact with the rays.

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Visit Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru to be part of the greatest marine show on Earth. For bookings and more information, visit Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, email reservations.mal@fourseasons.com, or call (960) 66 00 888.

About Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru:

Located in the heart of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru combines luxury with unique ecological adventures. The resort is committed to conservation efforts and offers guests unparalleled experiences in one of the most spectacular settings in the world.


IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 25, 2024

Get ready to experience travel like never before as IndiGo, India's premier airline, announces its exciting new venture – Business Class services! Amidst the dynamic growth of India's economy, IndiGo is stepping up to redefine premium travel with tailor-made offerings, enhancing the journey for passengers across the nation's busiest routes.

With a fleet of over 360 aircraft and around 2,000 daily flights, IndiGo has been a cornerstone of India's aviation landscape for nearly 18 years. Now, the airline is set to revolutionize business travel with its innovative approach to service.

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"In a groundbreaking move to redefine business travel in India, IndiGo announces the plan to launch a tailor-made business product for India’s busiest and business routes," says Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo. "As India gears up to become the third largest economy in the world, it's our privilege to provide the New India even more options to choose from as they travel business."

The new Business Class service will offer a desired option for many passengers, catering to their evolving aspirations. Set to be operational before the end of the year, the service will be available on the busiest routes of the nation, providing a seamless blend of comfort and convenience for travelers.

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Detailed information about the product offering, launch date, and routes will be unveiled in August, coinciding with IndiGo’s 18th anniversary. This milestone marks a significant step in the airline's evolution, reflecting its commitment to innovation and excellence in service.

As IndiGo continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of passengers, the introduction of Business Class is another testament to its dedication to providing exceptional travel experiences. Stay tuned for more updates as IndiGo transforms the way we fly, one journey at a time.

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