May 12 (TravelAndy): Hovelstay, a new accommodation booking website, which is increasingly being referred to as the rebel alternative to Airbnb, is offering sleeping options that backpackers and shoestring travellers will find helpful.
The website has three sections – Survivor Hovels, Good Enough and Clean & Comfortable. Continue reading New cheap sleep site turns heads
May 11 (TravelAndy): India-based digital payment service provider Mobikwik recently announced its partnership with four leading Indian travel portals — MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Yatra and Goibibo.
People using these sites will be able to book make payments for flights, train, bus and hired cars taxi and hotel bookings from their Mobikwik wallets, instead of using credit cards, debit cards and net banking accounts, the company claimed.
MobiKwik expects to facilitate travel and hotel bookings worth Rs 200 crore over the next one year, reports said.
Paytm, another mobile wallet company, recently started a similar partnership with Indian Railways.
May 11 (TravelAndy): A panel set up by Indian Railways will take up the issue of how to make train travel across the country easier for people with disabilities, said reports.
The chairman of the the committee, industrialist Ratan Tata, reportedly assured National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People that he would take it up at the first meeting of Kaya Kalp, which is the name of the panel.
Kaya Kalp has been created to help better the services of India’s state-owned railways. It’s first meeting will be held on Tuesday in New Delhi.
This is positive development at a time when most European cities are built with people on wheelchairs in mind. There is always an elevator near a flight of stairs or escalator. Even trains and buses are build in such a way so that temporary ramps can be used by such people to get on or off.
May 9 (TravelAndy): Air Asia is offering an inaugural discount to passengers flying from Vizag to Kuala Lumpur.
The airline flagged off its first direct flight to Malayasian capital from the Indian port city on Friday. Air Asia had announced the new route in March.
Flyers can now buy all-inclusive fares from Rs 3,399 for this route till May 17, applicable for travel from May 10 to September 30.
This fare is available on airasia.com, along with the Air Asia iPhone and android apps.
“We are excited to launch the seventh direct flight out of India to Kuala Lumpur from Visakhapatnam,” Spencer Lee, head of commercial for Malaysia-headquartered AirAsia Berhad, reportedly said.
Apart from Vizag, Air Asia now has direct flights to Kuala Lumpur from Kolkata, Chennai, Trichy, Bengaluru, Kochi and Hyderabad.
May 9 (TravelAndy): Iceland has always been incredibly beautiful, but the number of tourists heading to this country has increased many fold since the phenomenon called Game of Thrones made its presence felt on TV. Parts of the series have been shot in Iceland.
Travel service providers, of course, have been cashing in on the increased flow of tourists.
The latest development in this sector concerns British Airways, which has announced that it will be introducing three flights a week to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik from October 25. It will also start a twice-a-week flight to Salzburg in Austria, from December 5. Continue reading British Airways to fly to Reykjavik, Salzburg
May 8 (TravelAndy): The demand for air travel around the world in March rose by 7.4 per cent as compared to the corresponding period in 2014, said International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents the airline industry world-wide.
During this period, domestic air travel increased by 8 per cent worldwide riding on a 22 per cent growth in China, followed by 18 per cent in India.
While China’s growth is attributed to the Lunar New Year celebrations, India’s figures are a reflection of the way local carriers are driving the market, apart from a strengthening economy.
“March traffic continues the trend of healthy demand for travel. We may, however, see a softening of demand in the second quarter,” IATA CEO Tony Tyler said.
May 6 (TravelAndy): Over 6,50,000 students and staff of 20 public universities in Malaysia will shortly be able to travel more economically as part of an Air Asia program.
The airline recently signed a memorandum of agreement with 20 public higher learning institutions, providing access to its Waran Perjalanan Udara Awam service, which was previously limited to civil servants only.
This program allows passengers benefits such as flexible flight booking and flight change, complimentary baggage allotment up to 40kg, in-flight meals, seat selection with waived service counter fees.
With AirAsia’s wide domestic network, the programme intends to ease “travel plans for students and staff of the public universities” Aireen Omar, Air Asia’s chief executive officer was quoted as saying. He said the travellers will also be covered by Tune Insurance AirAsia Travel Protection plan.
May 6 (TravelAndy): An US-based travel company is offering professional photographers as part of its tours so that the tourists do not have to worry about not clicking enough pictures of themselves and explore the places they are visiting better.
All trip groups are accompanied by a photographer who will “deliver 20+ compelling images every morning that you can immediately share with your social media”, says El Camino Travel in its website.
This, the firm says, lets the tourists spend their time exploring the new place and not worry about not taking enough pictures.
At present, the company offers trips to Columbia and Nicargua.
May 4 (TravelAndy): Online travel booking will climb to as much as 36 per cent of the total travel bookings made in the Middle East by 2017, suggests a research conducted by Travelport, a travel commerce platform.
Offline sales will not lag behind and will grow from USD54 billion in 2014 to USD63 billion in 2017, it adds.
“This research on the future of the Middle East travel industry coincides with the theme of this year’s Arabian Travel Market, which is technological innovation. The Middle East travel industry is buoyant and poised for growth,” Rabih Saab, the platform’s president and managing director for Africa, Middle East and South Asia, reportedly said. Continue reading Middle East: Online bookings set to soar
May 2 (TravelAndy): Low-cost airline Jetstar has been consistently attracting more passengers, reports quoting Qantas said.
Jetstar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas, Australia’s flag carrier airline.
Till March, Jetstar’s domestic passengers went up by 5.3 per cent and Jetstar International’s by 2.4 per cent. During the same time, Qantas domestic services witnessed a decline of passenger boarding by 1.2 per cent; Qantas International by 0.9 per cent.
“The service levels that are being provided by the likes of Jetstar are not low cost,” News.com.au quoted Neil Hansford, an aviation expert, as saying.
May 1 (TravelAndy): India-based budget airline SpiceJet has extended the sale of it’s INR999 discounted tickets till May 3 and added one lakh more seats to the 1.5 lakh already on offer.
The company has also brought more travel days under this offer. Passengers flying from June 22 to October 15 can now benefit from the offer, the airline said.
The sale with fares starting from INR999 is available for all direct and connecting domestic flights of the airline for passengers without check-in luggage.
Spicejet allows 7kg of cabin luggage per person, apart from a standard size laptop bag or women’s purse. Continue reading SpiceJet extends sale, adds seats
April 30 (TravelAndy): Authorities have cleared and closed the waters in south Maui after a 65-year-old woman was found dead off the shore, said reports.
The woman had wounds on her torso implying she was attacked by a shark. But, other than that, there was no other evidence or witness.
“The victim reportedly was snorkelling with two other friends and at some point separated from the others,” the fire department reportedly said. “She was alone when she was found.”
Waters from Big Beach to La Perouse Bay in south Maui have been closed.