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December 4 (TravelAndy): The cash-strapped Jet Airways on Monday announced it would stop free meals for most of its domestic economy passengers from January. The passengers, however, will be able to buy meals.
The cash-strapped airline has not been able to pay salaries to many of its employees since August. On Sunday, it had to cancel at least 14 flights after several pilots reportedly called in sick to protest against pending salaries.
“With effect from 7th January 2019, the airline will remodel and refresh its current set of in-flight offerings with an exciting range of ready-to-eat menu options comprising both food and beverage selections. These have been developed to offer guests greater choice and variety, suitably tempered to the palette of the fast-evolving traveler. Guests can choose from a wide selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals and snacks on select flights. The availability of meals will continue to be governed by factors such as time and duration of the flight,” a statement issued by the airline said. Continue reading Cash-strapped Jet Airways cuts down on free meals
June 2 (TravelAndy): India’s tourism minister K. J. Alphons recently launched the government’s guidelines on adventure tourism.
These guidelines on Safety and Quality Norms for Adventure Tourism in India have been formulated along with the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) in an effort to make adventure sports safer.
Releasing the guidelines, the Tourism Minister said India has immense potential for adventure tourism ranging from the Himalayas to the coastal regions. Shri. K. J. Alphons said that these guidelines are a beginning to building adventure tourism in India and extended whole support to all stakeholders for developing this niche sector so as to tap the whole potential offered. The Minister also added that for India to be a well sought after destination, the facilities and support staff should be developed to global standards. Continue reading India launches adventure tourism guidelines
October 20 (TravelAndy): Perth’s Swan River Seaplanes has expanded its operations to launch several new itineraries which commence this month in Australia.
Following a trial period of Margaret River day tours in early 2017, the company now offers three and four-day Margaret River Retreat packages.
Day trips to Rottnest Island, and the Pinnacles are two new offerings. Guests on the Rottnest Island tour will discover the island’s many beaches and bays, with time to capture a Quokka selfie, while guests on the Pinnacles – Taste of WA tour will be guided through the Pinnacles desert, have a crayfish lunch at the Lobster Shack, and meet koalas and kangaroos at Yanchep National Park. Continue reading New itineraries of Swan River Seaplanes
October 17(TravelAndy): Shillong, in north east India, is ready to host India’s 2nd International Cherry Blossom festival from November 8 to 11, 2017.
The beautiful Khashi Hills in Shillong, Meghalaya will welcome visitors with its pink grandeur, which is expected to attract several domestic and international tourists.
The festival will conduct “ community events such as guided night walks, live music gigs, a beauty pageant, and stalls showcasing the cuisine, wine, arts and craft of the region. Travellers can join night walks under illuminated cherry blossoms, led by volunteers at Ward’s Lake between 5-8 p.m.. Alongside, there will be a rock concert, traditional folk music, unplugged western music and dance performances from all over North East India, choir performances, bicycle rallies, storytelling sessions of local and world folktales, and a Japan Higher Education Fair . Visitors can even bring their golf set along to participate in the Golf Cup. All events are free and open to all,’ said the official website of cherry blossom festival. Continue reading Cherry blossom fest in Shillong
October 12 (TravelAndy): India-based Vistara airlines has announced an offer with all-inclusive one way fares starting from INR1149.
Booking under this scheme ends tomorrow, October 13 at midnight (23:59), for travel period of October 26, 2017 to March 24, 2018.
Tickets should be purchased at a minimum of 15 days prior to the travel period, said the airline. Continue reading Vistara offers tickets from INR1149
October 10 (TravelAndy): Jet Airways will introduce three new international services to its global network this winter, besides reinforcing six existing routes with additional flights.
The carrier will introduce its first non-stop service between New Delhi and Riyadh. It will also deploy additional flights on the Mumbai-Riyadh, Mumbai-Kuwait, Delhi-Doha and Delhi-Dammam sectors.
Effective October 29, 2017, new non-stop flights will commence connecting Bengaluru and Chennai to the airline’s gateways in Amsterdam and Paris as part of the carrier’s strategy to connect more cities, especially in South India to destinations in Europe and North America. Continue reading Jet to start three new flights
October 4 (TravelAndy): Peru has released permits to trek Peru’s Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2018. This is four months earlier than usual, said reports.
The authorities will release 500 passes per day, of which 200 will be for tourists and the other 300 reserved for cooks, porters and guides.
“Machu Picchu is one of Peru’s most important tourist sites, attracting millions of visitors every year. The growing popularity of the archaeological site has resulted in Peru’s official tourism body implementing a number of measures such as the early release of Inca Trail permits in order to improve visitor experience of this national treasure.” said Collin Stewart, chairman, Latin American Tourism Authority. Continue reading Peru releases permits for 2018 Inca Trail trek
October 3 (TravelAndy): United Airline issued a travel waiver for flights travelling to and from Las Vegas, following the major shooting attack that happened at Las Vegas on October 2, 2017.
The waiver, applicable up to October 6, allows passengers to reschedule their flights booked to or from Las Vegas between October 2 and October 13, without any extra charge or change fee.
“Rescheduled travel must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued,” said the airline. Continue reading United Airlines travel waiver for Las Vegas
September (TravelAndy): If anything stirs the heart and soul, it’s a walk through a woodland in Scotland: as the leaves turn rich red, gold and warm orange, as the crisp air moves in, before settling in front of a crackling fire for a comforting hot chocolate or wee dram.
Visitors to Scotland this autumn can follow in the footsteps of poets William Wordsworth and Robert Burns who felt inspired by the rich tapestry of autumn: from enchanted Perthshire forests, to the fairy glens of the Highlands, to the coastal trail of Aberdeenshire, among many other places to visit.
Autumn in Scotland is a truly magical time. Continue reading Check out Scotland’s beautiful autumn colours
September 9 (TravelAndy): A UK-wide tourism campaign is launching to inspire young people from Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take a holiday at home.
Statistics show that 16-to-34 year olds took almost 1.4 million fewer holidays at home last year compared to a decade ago.
VisitEngland’s £2.5 million ‘Join the World – Discover the UK’ digital and social media campaign, launching on Monday 11 September, is targeting this ‘lost generation’ using overseas social media influencers and travellers to showcase to their peers the amazing moments and experiences that can only be had on a holiday at home in the UK. Continue reading UK campaign targets domestic tourists
September 2 (TravelAndy): From the Iron Age to the Roman Empire, from Vikings to Jacobites, from epic battles to great escapes, September will be a month of historic proportions with a jam packed calendar of events celebrating Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Borders Heritage Festival will kick-start the September celebrations with their opening weekend set to acknowledge the region’s spectacular heritage through light, music, storytelling, theatre and performance. Lighting the Borders (1-3 Sep) will use a variety of lighting at a range of historical sites including Neidpath Castle, Duns Law, Riddell Tower and Hume Castle, to form a chain of light across the landscape at dusk each evening.
The opening weekend will continue with Mary Queens of Scots Festival (2 & 3 Sep) set to take place in Kinross. The event will commemorate Mary’s life as Kinross poignantly marks the 450 year relationship with the Castle on Loch Leven Island where she was held captive and where she spent some of her most troubled years, and the end of her reign in 1567.The programme will include living history encampments, music, food and drink as well as children’s entertainment. Continue reading Join Scotland’s Year of History celebrations
September 1 (TravelAndy): The 2017 National Ballooning Championships will ‘kick-off’ with a Community Festival in the Town of Northam tomorrow, incorporating a spectacular Balloon Night Glow and science demonstration workshops, including model balloons.
The National Ballooning Championships will be based at the Northam Airfield and consist of a number of competitive hot air balloon tasks, including five days of early morning and late afternoon competitive flights, providing the stunning spectacle of 25 to 30 colourful balloons taking to the air. Continue reading Fly high at Australia’s ballooning championships