Carlson breaks new ground with first Sri Lankan hotel

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has broken ground on its first ever property in Sri Lanka. The company held a ceremony recently to mark the start of construction work on the Park Inn by Radisson Colombo. The event was attended by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga, and Thorsten Kirschke, Carlson Rezidor’s president for Asia Pacific. Located on Galle Road, in the centre of the Sri Lankan capital, the new midscale hotel will offer 199 rooms, a swimming pool, fitness centre, F&B outlets and function space. It is expected…

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Trafalgar assures agents of 86% definite departures to Europe and Britain

Trafalgar is making it easier for agents to secure additional 2017 sales to the Europe and Britain. It has confirmed that an unprecedented 86% of departures are now definite for this year. From living la dolce vita with private dining after-hours at The Vatican, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and savouring the flavours of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the wealth of authentic, effortless and fun travel options available are unparalleled. Gavin Tollman, CEO, Trafalgar commented, “There is no doubt that Britain is back and Europe…

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Seychelles marks annual growth of 42% on Indian arrivals

Seychelles recorded 42% annual increase in tourist arrivals from India in 2016 compared to 2015. Around 11,000 tourists from India visited Seychelles in 2016 compared to around 8,000 in 2015 and as a result India broke into the list of top 10 source markets for the tourism board. This increase can be attributed to the India tourist office’s committed focus on promotion of the destination, interest and efforts from the hotels and DMCs to capture the Indian market, increased customer awareness due to Bollywood associations and innovative digital presence along…

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FCM Travel Solutions and KPMG release white paper on “Business Travel in India”

FCM Travel Solutions and KPMG today released industry first insights via a white paper titled “Business Travel in India” Emerging Trends & Opportunities. With business travel rapidly evolving, and travel gradually emerging as the second-largest area of controllable business spend for corporates, the paper delivers a comprehensive look at where and how business travellers in India are spending. The report also details business travel spending in top 15 countries across multiple sectors over a period of five years. India is all poised to lead this growth and accordingly by 2030…

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Exciting Things to do in Munnar

Munnar is a famous hill station in Kerala located at an elevation of 1700 meters above sea level. It is famous for its lush green landscapes and tea plantations and has pleasant climate all year round. Located in the Western Ghats, it also has numerous protected areas which houses many rare species of flora and fauna. Tourists can do some absolutely thrilling activities to absorb the overwhelming beauty of the Munnar region. Visit the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate: Located at an elevation of 7900 ft, it is one of the highest…

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Alt city guide to Birmingham

Creatively, Birmingham is elusive. Unlike many cities, it does not have an identifiable cultural DNA. It has never asserted itself as a centre of radical art or music. Local creatives offer various reasons why. Some take a quiet pride in that anonymity: “We didn’t shout as loud as people from Manchester, but that’s the nature of the city”, the techno producer Karl O’Connor, aka Regis, once told the Quietus. Over the years that modesty may have become a self-fulfilling prophecy, but, even geographically, Birmingham is not built for self-promotion. This…

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HeadOut partners with MetroButler to advertise events during holiday season

HeadOut, a leading mobile app for booking last-minute experiences, is teaming up with short term property manager and Airbnb concierge, MetroButler, to offer New York visitors deals on nearby attractions. Beginning December 6th, all guests staying at Airbnb properties managed by MetroButler will receive a package from HeadOut featuring exclusive offers to several iconic New York experiences including One World Observatory, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and Aladdin on Broadway. The promotion runs through December. With over 10,000 unique attractions, HeadOut is changing the way people experience a city by…

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In the heart of Madrid, El Campo de Cebada offers a space for all

At the crossroads in La Latina, the old-town barrio at the heart of Madrid, a scruffy blue-and-white painted fence of corrugated steel runs the curve of the corner. Peer through a porthole, and you’ll find yourself looking down into a wide, space of poured concrete and graffiti, scattered with tiered benches, a basketball hoop at either end. This is El Campo de la Cebada, a community space created por y para los vecinos – for and by the neighbours – when the local authority demolished the swimming pool. The money…

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Boeing Business Jets, GKN Aerospace introduce Skyview Panoramic Window

Boeing Business Jets announced it will work with GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business to develop, produce, offer and support the Skyview Panoramic Window, the largest window available on any passenger jet offered today. The window will be available as a feature on the BBJ, BBJ 2, and all three members of the BBJ MAX family – including the new BBJ MAX 7 – with scheduled entry-into-service in 2018. “We are thrilled to formally confirm our partnership with GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business for the development of this fantastic feature on the BBJ,…

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10 of the best winter city breaks in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Tobogganing in Zurich The best way to see Zurich is from the top of its own mini mountain, Uetliberg, from where you get a view of the whole city, the lake and the countryside with mountains in the distance. It’s particularly magical in winter when everything is dusted with snow and the toboggan run is open – two miles of downhill fun from Uetliberg to Triemli! You can hop on a direct train from Zurich main station to the mountaintop, which takes just 20 minutes and costs CHF8.60…

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