Private carrier Jet Airways has lowered its business class base fares for both domestic and international travel by 20 per cent, while the economy class travel has also become cheaper by 30 per cent under a discounted sale scheme. The special six-day celebratory fare sale, which commences from midnight today, is to mark Indias 70th Independence Day, Jet Airways said in a release. The sale, starting August 11, offers 30 per cent discount on economy class base fares and 20 per cent on premiere (business) class fares, it said. Another full service carrier, Vistara, announced earlier this week heavily discounted all-inclusive fares, starting as low as Rs 799 for economy class and Rs 2,099 for premium economy under its "48 hours only" Freedom to Fly sale offer. Tickets purchased as part of the sale for domestic flights will be valid for travel from September 5 while for the international flights the promotional tickets will be valid from September 15, Jet Airways said. The discount in base fares is applicable on both one-way and return tickets, Jet Airways said, adding customers can book tickets for 44 domestic destinations and 20 international destinations.
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Tata-Singapore Airline (SIA) run full service carrier Air Vistara on Monday announced discounted all-inclusive fares starting as low as Rs 799 for economy class travel and Rs 2,099 for premium economy under a limited period scheme. The 48 hours only 'Freedom to Fly' sale offers customers all-inclusive fares starting at Rs 799 for economy class and Rs 2,099 for premium economy, Vistara said in a release today. The booking of tickets under the sale offer will be open from midnight today to 2359 hours of August 9 for a travel period between August 23 this year and April 19 next year, it said. The latest discounted sale offer provides an opportunity to the passengers to plan their travel in advance to some of the popular domestic holiday destinations like Goa, Port Blair, Leh (Ladakh), Jammu, Srinagar, Kochi, Guwahati, Amritsar and Bhubaneswar, it said. The airline also offers such fares to metro cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, the release said. The lowest fare under this sale is available on the Srinagar-Jammu route, while tickets for other routes are also available at highly discounted fares, Vistara said in the release.
The American air safety regulator on Friday stopped an Air India aircraft to take off as scheduled from Chicago for India due to missing tag numbers from several seat belts. The surprise check by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found a large number of belts on seats of the Delhi-bound Boeing-777 (VT-ALK) without the mandatory tags bearing their technical standard order (TSO) number. Though not a safety issue, FAA did not allow the plane — which was booked to capacity — to take off.
Air India had another B-777 parked in nearby New York's John F Kennedy Airport. The airline took out some seat belts from this plane (VT-ALJ) and flew them to Chicago on a Delta flight. Once there, these belts were installed on the seats of the AI plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. This 342-seater plane then took off for Delhi after a delay of more than eight hours on Friday after its schedule take-off time of 1.30 pm.As many as 44 passenger seats and 12 flight attendant seats had to be declared unserviceable for this journey due to their missing TSO tags. Clearly, AI is not happy.
An airline spokesman said: "The seat belts were perfectly fine. Only some had tags worn out. This is an instance of impractical or irrelevant stipulations being imposed on Air India by FAA. However, we would take necessary action to ensure such things don't recur. A lot of new seat belts have been ordered."A senior AI official said that FAA is subjecting the Maharaja's aircraft to stringent checks at all the stations it flies to — New York JFK and Newark, Chicago, Washington and San Francisco. "The checks have intensified in the recent past. While technically FAA was correct in pointing out the missing TSO tags, we told them that new seat belts have been ordered and the old ones will be replaced very soon. Still the aircraft was not allowed to take off till we got some belts from another of our aircraft in New York," said the official.
The Aadhaar number is not mandatory for booking rail tickets, the Centre told the Rajya Sabha today. In a written reply in the Upper House of Parliament, Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said as of now, his ministry had no plans to make the 12-digit unique identification number compulsory for booking rail tickets."At present, there is no proposal to make the Aadhaar number compulsory for booking tickets for rail journey. However, with effect from January 1, 2017, the requirement of Aadhaar verification for getting concessional railway tickets for senior citizens has been introduced on a voluntary basis," he said. The minister's statement comes on a day the home ministry made the Aadhaar number mandatory for registration of death with effect from October 1, 2017. Over the last few months, the Aadhaar number has been made mandatory for a range of services and schemes -- for bank accounts, to file taxes, for tuberculosis patients to avail treatment under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), to avail the benefits under the Maternity Benefit Programme and Integrated Child Protection Scheme and other schemes for farmers, labourers, students etc.
Remember the time when a tourist wanted to book a hotel and approached a Dubai Police station? Well another tourist story has occurred in Dubai, this time in Dubai Municipality. A French man and his wife who were tourists in the city entered Al Kifaf Centre near Zabeel Park belieiving it to be a mall. It does say Centre out front which is the common name for several malls in the UAE (hint: City Centres). The couple were looking to have lunch after spending time around Zabeel Park and with Dubai Municipality's building looking every bit of fancy - it's hard not to think it is a shopping mall. The duo, however, was left surprised when officials inside the building kindly told them that it was a Municipality office and not a mall. DM's caption on Instagram attributed the misconception with their '7-star service in terms of cleanliness and high quality standards.' This harkens back to an event last month where a tourist mistook Al Muraqqabat Police Station for a hotel. He wanted to book two rooms for a month when a cop has politely told him: "Sorry sir, this is not a hotel; this is a police station," to the surprise of the man.
The number of Indians visiting Dubai has hit a new high with the Emirate saying that "India continued to top the list of traffic generators". Indian visitors to Dubai for the first time crossed the 10-lakh mark in the last six months (January June), up 21% over the same period last year. "A record total of 80.6 lakh international overnight tourists arrived in Dubai during the first six months of 2017, reflecting a 10.6% increase over the same period last year," says a statement by Dubai Tourism. "Almost all of Dubai's top 20 inbound visitor source markets saw positive or near stable year-on-year performances in first half of 2017, with five of the top 10 delivering standout double-digit growth. India continued to top the list of traffic generators.... Saudi Arabia and the UK retained their spots as the second and third largest feeder markets respectively," it added.
Dubai Tourism DG Helal Saeed Almarri said: "We are extremely pleased that Dubai has sustained the momentum of growth we achieved in the first quarter to deliver a strong double-digit performance through H1 2017... our goal now is to ensure that the city builds on this positive trajectory through not just the remainder of 2017 but also further, to get us closer to our Tourism Vision 2020 target of 2 crore annual tourist arrivals."
It's good time to book flight tickets, if you have plans to travel in the next few months, as low-cost carrier IndiGo is offering tickets starting from Rs 1,111. IndiGo is offering the tickets at discounted rates to mark the airline's 11th anniversary. Buyers can book the tickets between August 2 and August 6 to avail the offer. And, the travel date should be between August 21 to March 24, next year. The offer is valid only on select non-stop flights. Metros - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata - and smaller cities - Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Pune, Ahmedabad - where the IndiGo flights ply are covered in the list. IndiGo's scheme is also valid for some of its international destinations such as Sharjah, Singapore, Muscat, Dubai, Doha. Travellers can avail the discounts and book the tickets on IndiGo's all booking channels. However, the discount will be subject to availability. There's a separate offer for fliers who pay for their tickets through MobiKwik. Under this Offer, the customer may be eligible for "SuperCash" of 11% upto INR 600 on bookings made on www.goindigo.inor IndiGo Mobile App with MobiKwik. IndiGo lists the below terms and conditions on its website for the offer:
- This offer is valid only on select non-stop flights from Agartala, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bangkok, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Doha, Dubai, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Muscat, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Sharjah, Singapore, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam.
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Women flying solo in a Vistara plane are allotted only window or aisle seats and not the middle ones and every day around 100 female passengers are availing this facility. The facility, #VistaraWomanFlyer which was launched in March, also allows a woman passenger select their preferred seat at the time of booking a flight as well as during web check-in.The specially designed scheme for solo women travellers. It also helps them in getting the baggage and transport assistance on arrival. A top official of the full-service carrier said that these women-centric moves were offered following feedback gathered from passengers. "We observed the preferences of solo women travellers on our flights, and noticed that they often sought assistance on ground upon arrival at their destinations, mostly either regarding their baggage or to reconfirm the safest and most reliable options for airport transfers. "As part of this optional service, solo women travellers are not assigned middle seats, again based on feedback and intuitive thoughtfulness," said Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, Vistara, Sanjiv Kapoor . In order to avail help with baggage or with transport, passengers need to approach Vistara staff at baggage claim area holding a #VistaraWomanFlyer placard, he said, adding that they will also be extended help with booking a taxi and escorted up to the vehicle.
On an average 70-100 women passengers travelling alone have availed of the service, #VistaraWomanFlyer, every day and a total of 8,000 have signed up for it since the launch of the scheme in March, the airline said.
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It is no wonder that Kerala contributes a major portion of the entire nation's tourism revenue. It has lots of attractions for tourists who visit here all through the year. Hill stations, waterfalls, backwaters, parks, zoos, temples, historical places etc are all found in Kerala blended with the scenic beauty of the place. The Nature God has really been abundant in his offerings to Kerala. The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) is a public sector undertaking that conducts and regulates the tourism activities in the Indian state of Kerala. Headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram it has offices across all the districts of Kerala. The agency also operates hotels, resorts, and tourist rest houses in key locations in the state. With the catch phrase of the corporation being "Official hosts to God's own country." Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has succeeded immensely in developing tourism as the primary industry of Kerala. The KTDC brand is now established and under this brand is operating a chain of hotels, rest houses and holiday resorts in tourist hotspots that can meet the needs of the domestic as well international travelers of all categories. With sprawling properties, combining modern and traditional architecture in breathtaking exotic islands, luxuriant game reserves, mist-laden hills, palm-fringed beaches and tranquil backwaters; each property under the KTDC Hotels and Resorts is a destination by itself. From premium to budget, the KTDC units are designed to function as icons of Kerala heritage. Besides, it extends the warmth and excitement of the traditional hospitality of Kerala. Resorts run by KTDC reflect the unique ambience of their location. With a wide range of services to choose from, guests would not have a dull moment throughout their stay. The main attraction of KTDC services is sharing the essence of traditional lifestyle such as Ayurveda and Panchakarma. And for those who want to travel with KTDC, tour packages offer plenty of choices to make. KTDC is providing services across all districts of kerala. The success and popularity can be related to the growth of tourism in Kerala. The major tourist destinations of Kerala where KTDC host the guest as god are mentioned below. Alappuzha Alappuzha is known as the "Venice of The East". Tourists have a heavenly experience staying at the houseboats here and visiting these backwaters in traditional boats. A single visit to this place can cure one, of all mental tension and stress. Nehru Trophy Boat race venue -Punnamada, Alappuzha beach, Alappuzha canals, Alappuzha backwaters and Houseboat cruises are the main attractions of Alappuzha. KTDC Motel Araam, Alappuzha (Alappuzha - Ernakulam NH 47) Conveniently located in the heart of Alappuzha town, this motel is easily accessible from the National Highway and is about 70 km from Ernakulam and on the way to Thiruvananthapuram in the south. With vast area for vehicle parking, visitors to this motel can avail of the accommodation options available at the nearby KTDC Tamarind Easy hotel. Located on the Punaloor - Thenmala road, this motel provides a refreshing journey break; especially to those visiting Thenmala Eco-tourism, Palaruvi and Courtalam waterfalls. Good parking places and clean environment are added attractions of this motel. Thanneermukkom Thanneermukkom is the name of the barrier constructed to prevent tidal action and intrusion of salt water into the Kuttanad lowlands across Vembanad Lake, between Thanneermukkom and Vechur. KTDC’s "Suvasam" is located at Thanneermukkom. The water in this part of the lake is the cleanest. KTDC Suvasam is easily accessible from Kochi and Alappuzha (1 hour) and is located very close to Kumarakom. KTDC Suvasam overlooking the Vembanad Lake has 37 rooms, each with a garden in front and a view of the lake. A perfect gateway from the stress and hustle of urban life and window to take glimpse of the calm rural life, KTDC Suvasam brings with freshness and greenery of Pathiramanal Island, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Local village life & coir factory, Sprawling greenery at Vaikom temple, Arthungal Church & Marari beach are the main attractions of this place. Kumarakom Kumarakom offers one of the most unforgettable experiences for travelers. Houseboats, picturesque villages, secluded coves, lagoons and the rich flora and fauna of the mangrove ecosystem in the famed Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary make it a truly distinct destination. Ayurveda therapies, swimming pool restaurant, beer parlour, boating, backwater tours, sightseeing trips, Car hire and much more are offered by KTDC in Kumarokom. Kovalam Kovalam - a destination for all times located in Thiruvananthapuram popularly known as Trivandrum, the capital City of Kerala. Kovalam comprises three stunningly beautiful palm-fringed coves. The breathtaking lighthouse, the swaying palms, the rocky cliffs and the unspoilt beaches are just some of the features that make Kovalam an integral part of the Kerala experience. KTDC’S Samudra - the beach garden hotel The name of this beach resort itself means "the ocean" and it is an ideal place to enjoy the fullness of the beauty of Kovalam, the enchanting beach destination. Set in inspiring environs, every room of the hotel overlooks the sea and the sprawling lawn stretches upto the beach. In its very design, location and ambience, it captures the essence of the sun, the sand and the sea. Visitors can surf on the waves, taste some of the best seafood delicacies or simply let the calm of the deep blue overwhelm you. Day trips each to Kanyakumari, Ponmudi, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thenmala Eco-Tourism, Varkala beach are also offered. Website : http://www.samudrakovalam.com/index.php Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala, popularly known as Trivandrum. Heritage, culture and royalty go hand in hand in this city that is known for its temples, palaces, museums, galleries and art festivals. Close to Kovalam beach, Thiruvananthapuram is also the administrative centre of the State. Ponmudi, Padhmanabha Swami temple, Neyyar, Varkkala beach, Thenmala, Beemapally are the main attractions of Trivandrum. Mascot Hotel An exclusive heritage business hotel, Mascot was originally built to house the officers of the Royal British Army during the World War I. Today it offers travelers the perfect blend of heritage, luxury and business in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city. It is the only heritage business hotel in Trivandrum. It is also a hub for those who seek to explore the city, the surrounding towns and tourist attractions. Website: http://www.mascothotelthiruvananthapuram.com/index.php Athirapally Athirapally Waterfalls is located at the entrance of Sholayar ranges and the nearest major town is Chalakudy. This waterfall is one of the major picnic spots of Kerala. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirapally water falls is 80 feet high and located exactly in the forest area combined with the natural greenery. KTDC’s Motel Araam, Athirapally (Near Athirapally waterfalls, Thrissur) Close to the magnificent waterfalls of Kerala, this motel provides facilities to visit the nearby Athirapally waterfalls and Vazhachal cascades. Munnar Munnar is the Kashmir of South India. Munnar is one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala and in South India. Munnar is located on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district. We can witness the nature's beauty at its best over Munnar. Gorgeous Clouds at Munnar refreshes our mind and rejuvenate our soul. Eravikulam National Park and the Nilgiri Tahr is considered to be the icon of tourism in Munnar. The national park is also famous for its Neelakurinji population. The lovely Devikulam Lake; Kolukkumalai (the highest tea plantation in the country); the waterfalls like Lakkam, Attukal, Nyayamakad, Chinnakkal, Kuthumkal, Cheeyapara, Valara and Thoovanam; the 'cattle village' or Mattupetty etc makes Munnar the abode of nature. Tea County - host numero uno in Munnar Cosily nestled right in the middle of two hills is Tea County, the official host in Munnar. Here, every room offers mesmerizing views. Visitors can enjoy the mist rolling down in the warmth of luxuriously furnished rooms. And it is literally a honeymooner's paradise. Those who want to venture out may bicycle down mountain trails, paraglide over the valleys, go trekking, climb rocks, try to catch a rainbow trout or spend a day in a tea plantation. This is also an important location for ecotourism activities especially centered around Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Shola forests like Pampadum Shola National Park and the newly created Neelakurinji Sanctuary. There are opportunities to sight wild animals especially Nilgiri tahr (mountain goat), elephant, bison etc. Website : http://www.teacountymunnar.com/index.php Thekkady The eco-tourism paradise is the central point of the tourism zone of the Periyar Tiger Reserve which is one of the best-managed tiger reserves in India. This is the only tiger reserve where one can watch animals at close quarters from a boat. The normal sightings are elephant, bison, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar and a variety of birds. The tourists might see tiger, leopard, bear, wild dog etc while on trekking. The rich flora and fauna here is a treat for your senses. This is an ideal location for wildlife tourism and eco-tourism. The inviting lush greenery and the tranquil waters of the Periyar Lake would be a relaxing affair. KTDC’s Lake Palace KTDC’s Lake Palace former summer palace of the King of Travancore, is situated on an island in the middle of the Periyar Lake - 20 minutes by boat from the mainland. Located inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, this is where the British Viceroys and Governor-Generals used to take time off from the world to listen to the call of the wild. This lakeside jungle resort with 6 rooms and antique interiors within the Periyar Tiger Reserve is ideal for guests to watch elephant herds playing by the lakeside or take a trek across the jungle in the trail of the majestic tiger. Website : http://www.lakepalacethekkady.com/index.php Kochi Kochi, the gateway, prominent travel destination of Kerala, India, has always been an exotic location in a traveler's not-to-be-missed list. The sea, backwaters, monuments, heritage; Kochi has all that would keep a traveler engrossed. Just off the Kochi Marine Drive is the Bolgatty Island. It is an island of calm right in the midst of the bustling City of Kochi. Located in this fascinating island is the stunning property of KTDC - Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort. The other centre of attraction in this property is Kochi International Marina and Bolgatty Event Centre. Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort Amid this picturesque island of Bolgatty is the beautiful Bolgatty Palace, the exclusive mansion with four palatial rooms, provides the travelers with world class amenities and wonderful holidaying options. Originally built by Dutch traders in 1744 and it is the oldest of its kind that exists outside Holland. The resort combines leisure with business and it is, popularly known as the honeymooners' paradise. The resort is neatly tucked among giant umbrellas of refreshing green and is sure to give an exotic island experience in Bolgatty. Website : http://www.bolgattypalacekochi.com/ Bolgatty Event Centre Overlooking the backwater, Cochin seaport, Vallarpadam container terminal and the Arabian Sea is the Bolgatty Event Centre. The venue, with its greenery and romantic ambience, can be easily accessed from the heart of Kochi city. Website : http://bolgattyeventcentre.com/ Kochi International Marina Located on the eastern coast of Bolgatty Island is the "Kochi International Marina" - the first full-fledged marina of international standards in India. The marina provides berthing facility for 34 yachts and also offers services like water, electricity and sewage pump-outs etc. Marina House, built in the traditional Kerala architectural style, serves as a station for vessels to refuel and to replenish their stores. All these by the Official hosts to God's own country will definitely give an amusing experience to all the tourists. More Details : http://www.ktdc.com/