July 4 (TravelAndy): Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has inaugurated the kingdom’s its first private airport in the holy city of Medina to facilitate Hajj pilgrims from across the globe, said reports.
Approximately two million pilgrims visit the cities of Mecca and Medina every year for Hajj, which is scheduled to take place in September this year.
Earlier, the domestic airport of Medina was given the international status (now Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport) owing to the huge inflow of visitors to the city from across the world. Continue reading First private airport in Saudi Arabia opens
July 3 (TravelAndy): Barcelona’s newly-elected Leftist mayor has put a freeze on licensing new tourist accommodation in an effort to stop it from ending up “like Venice”, said reports.
The Spanish city that hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics is among Europe’s most visited places. It saw 7.5 million international visitors last year.
The authorities said they planned to study the existing accommodation facilities and its economic and social impact and start a public debate on developing a sustainable tourism plan by next year. Continue reading Barcelona: Freeze on tourist accommodation
Passengers without check-in luggage will save INR200 on one-way flights and up to INR1,000 on return flights.
The rules on cabin luggage remains the same – a bag weighing up to 7kg apart from a woman’s purse or a standard-sized laptop bag. Continue reading Travel light and save on SpiceJet
July 1 (TravelAndy): Low-cost airline AirAsia has announced direct flights between Bengaluru and Bangkok from September 1.
The airline will fly five times a week on this route with one way all-in fares starting from INR3,999.
The introductory fares are open till July 5 for a travel period of September 1 to August 31, 2016. Continue reading AirAsia announces Bengaluru-Bangkok flight
June 29 (TravelAndy): Asia Miles is offering bonus miles to its members travelling between India and Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair.
Members can earn double or triple the miles depending on their class of travel.
The two airlines fly to the Indian cities of Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. Continue reading Asia Miles rains bonus miles for members
June 28 (TravelAndy): The Indian government on Saturday rejected a proposal by budget airlines operating in the country to charge for checked-in baggage.
Passengers are now allowed to carry check-in luggage of up to 15kg for free.
“We have got the proposal from low-cost flights to charge for check-in baggage. We have rejected it and there will be no consideration at the Aviation Ministry level. We will not want to put this burden on passengers,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told PTI. Continue reading Baggage breather for budget fliers
June 28 (TravelAndy): Indian Railways has announced to open a single-window solution to all travel-related issues for customers, reports said.
This facility will come up at Connaught Place in New Delhi.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the Indian Railways subsidiary that handles the catering, tourism and online ticketing, said the facility would take care of all rail, land transport, air tour packages for both domestic and international travellers. Continue reading Indian Railways plans one-stop travel shop
June 27 (TravelAndy): The Kurukshetra administration has invited suggestions from experts and the general public on ways to promote tourism at this historically and mythologically significant place, said reports.
The battle in India’s most famous epic, Mahabharat, took place in Kurukshetra.
Though there is enough interest among tourists about this place, it has never experienced organised tourism. Continue reading Plan to promote tourism in Kurukshetra
June 26 (TravelAndy): India-based budget airline Air Pegasus is set to start flying between Bengaluru and Madurai from June 26, with one way all-inclusive fares starting from INR1,234.
The new airline will be the only one to fly on this route.
The Bengaluru-based airline will ferry in this route thrice a week – Monday, Friday and Saturday. Continue reading Air Pegasus connects Bengaluru to Madurai
June 25 (TravelAndy): Mandu, a tourist destination in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is set for a revamp in order to attract more tourists, reported The Times of India.
The project is a joint venture of Mandu Tourism Promotion Council and the Dhar district administration.
According to the report, the project aims to introduce adventure sports such as paragliding, parasailing, water tugging, banana rides, hiking, rappelling, rock climbing and a zipline across the valley of Kakdakho. Continue reading Mandu revamp plan to attract tourists
June 24 (TravelAndy): Budget carrier Air Asia has announced discounted all-inclusive one way fares on flights from Bengaluru to Kochi, Goa, Pune, Visakhapatanam, Jaipur, Chandigarh and New Delhi.
While fares to Kochi start from INR799, those to Goa, Pune and Visakhapatanam start from INR999.
Fares to Jaipur, Chandigarh and New Delhi start from INR1599, INR1799 and INR1999 respectively. Continue reading Air Asia offers cheap fares from Bengaluru
June 22 (TravelAndy): Mobile phone maker Micromax has invested in ixigo, a mobile travel search and marketplace.
According to reports, Micromax has picked up a significant minority stake.
“We look forward to working closely with them (ixigo) to build on-demand and one-click travel experiences for Micromax consumers,” reports quoted Rahul Sharma, co-founder, Micromax Informatics, as saying. Continue reading Micromax invests in travel app