June 9 (TravelAndy): Avianca started four weekly direct flights from Boston to the airline’s hub in Bogota, Colombia, offering travelers 960 seats per week.This new service operates four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday on the Bogota – Boston route, and on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday on the Boston – Bogota route.“With this new addition to our route network, Avianca becomes the first and only airline to directly join Boston with Bogota and vice versa, connecting travelers coming from the State of Massachusetts to the main capitals in Latin America. Travelers from South America will be able to fly more easily to key destinations in New England”,said Hernan Rincon, president of Avianca.
June 3 (TravelAndy): India’s flagship carrier Air India will start nonstop flights between New Delhi and Denmark’s Copenhagen from September 16.
The flight will operate thrice a week on this route, said the airline on its official Facebook page. The flying time will be around eight hours.
“We aim to serve 37,500 passengers each way for the entire year. If we touch that figure then we will make it a daily service,” Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani said. Continue reading Air India to fly Delhi-Copenhagen direct from Sep 16
May 31 (Notintown.net): OYO, an Indian hospitality company, on Monday introduced its mid-market offering, OYO Townhouse, in Bengaluru.
With the first Townhouse in Karnataka, OYO will break new ground as a category innovator.
After its maiden Townhouse in the Garden City at Indira Nagar, OYO plans to expand Townhouse hotels at other popular locations in the city, including Koramangala, MG Road, Trinity Circle and Marathahalli.
Priced at INR 2500 and upwards, Townhouse provides a unique hospitality experience in the heart of popular neighbourhoods. Continue reading Oyo Townhouse debuts in Bengaluru
April 25 (Notintown.net): The Cotentin Peninsula – also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula – in the Normandy region of France, will soon see its many tourism boards undergo a major restructuring in the next few months.
By June this year, 11 local tourism boards will have merged into one big entity and renamed Cotentin Tourist office making it, arguably, one of the most powerful tourism boards in the country with an annual budget of EUR4 million.
Out of this budget, up to EUR1 million will be kept aside to promote Cotentin worldwide; of which India, Middle East and China will be important focus markets. Continue reading Normandy in France to promote tourism
April 14 (TravelAndy): Australian flagship carrier Qantas has switched on inflight Wi-Fi for customers travelling on board its internet-capable Boeing 737-800, offering fast, free connectivity on Australian domestic flights.
Following months of performance testing, Wi-Fi will now operate in beta mode on a single Boeing 737 aircraft, so customers can test it out for themselves on selected flights while Qantas continues to fine-tune the system.
Testing is expected to be complete by mid-year, and from there installation of the technology is expected to begin on Qantas’ domestic fleet of Airbus 330s and Boeing 737s. The roll-out across 80 aircraft will be completed at the end of 2018. Continue reading Qantas switches on free in-flight Wi-Fi
March 26 (TravelAndy): Emirates has announced to introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US.
Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight. The devices will be carefully packed into boxes, loaded into the aircraft hold, and returned to the customer at their US destination. There will not be any charge for this service.
Passengers on US-bound flights starting their journeys in Dubai are encouraged to pack their electronic devices into their check-in luggage in the first instance, to avoid delays. Continue reading Laptop, tablet handling for Emirates US flights
March 8 (TravelAndy): On the occasion of International Women’s Day today, the airline Vistara has launched a service called #VistaraWomanFlyer for women travellers.
As part of the new service, which the airline claims to be the first of its kind in the industry, Vistara will assign preferred seats to women and will also provide baggage and transport assistance on arrival for women travelling alone. Continue reading Vistara’s new service for solo women travellers
March 7 (TravelAndy): Jet Airways, India’s full-service premier international airline and Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, have announced a code-share partnership which offers guests travelling on both carriers convenient and seamless connectivity between India and Fiji via Singapore and Hong Kong. Apart from connectivity, this increases the scope of Jet’s popular frequent flier programme JetPrivilege.
The codeshare agreement, a first-of-its-kind between the airlines of the two countries, will address the growing demand for travel between India and Fiji.
Jet Airways will place its ‘9W’ code on Fiji Airways’ flights from Singapore and Hong Kong to Nadi, and Fiji Airways will place its ‘FJ’ code on Jet Airways’ services between Singapore and Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai as well as between Hong Kong and Mumbai & Delhi. All codeshare flights will allow through check-in to the final destination of any journey. Continue reading Jet Airways & Fiji Airways ink codeshare deal
Since Donald Trump took charge as US President, I found a lot of people around me speculating whether getting a US visa was going to become more difficult. I had been wanting to visit the United States for some time now and last month, I decided to go there in 2017. So, I went ahead and got myself a ten-year B1/B2 visa, which is for visits related to tourism and business in the United States.
The process was long and I would say a little complicated. But I took on one thing at a time and things worked out pretty smoothly in the end.
Read on to find out how to score a ten-year US tourist visa with an Indian passport. Continue reading How to score a ten-year US tourist visa
February 25 (TravelAndy): Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet will start direct flights between Delhi and Bangkok from April.
The airline now operates flights between the two capitals via Kolkata and Chennai.
Tickets are already on sale. Continue reading SpiceJet to fly Delhi-Bangkok direct
February 23 (TravelAndy): Jet Airways is giving members of its frequent fliers’ programme — JetPrivilege — the opportunity to win a ridiculous amount of bonus miles.
“We are excited to share The Billion Miles Festival, the biggest opportunity ever to earn guaranteed Bonus JPMiles,” the airline said.
“You can win a million JPMiles which is equal to 10 return trips between Mumbai and London or 100 return trips between Mumbai and Goa, simply using your JPMiles,” it added. (JPMiles for return trip between Mumbai & London and Mumbai & Goa considered based on travel in Economy) Continue reading Bonus miles raining for JetPrivilege members
There were two local guides in the water helping visitors cross a narrow and waist-deep part of the river. It had been raining and the current was very strong — practically impossible for anyone to cross the stretch without help, especially when you have bags with you. The four of us stood there and wished we had hired a guide at the entrance.
“I went there this morning with people from my hostel and it was great fun. Because of the rain over the past few days. parts of it were deep waist-deep and we had to swim through. It was so exciting,” she had said. Continue reading Hidden Canyon: Quite an adventure near Ubud, Bali