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Normandy in France to promote tourism

NormandyApril 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 →

Qantas switches on free in-flight Wi-Fi

rp_Logo-R1-square-bg-300x30011.jpgApril 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 →

Laptop, tablet handling for Emirates US flights

rp_The-Emirates-Boeing-777-300ER-2-300x200.jpgMarch 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 →

Vistara’s new service for solo women travellers

rp_Vistara-300x300.jpgMarch 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 →

Jet Airways & Fiji Airways ink codeshare deal

Logo R1 square bgMarch 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 →

How to score a ten-year US tourist visa

Logo R1 rectangle bgSince 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 →

Bonus miles raining for JetPrivilege members

rp_jet-300x2001-300x200-300x200-300x200.jpgFebruary 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 →

Hidden Canyon: Quite an adventure near Ubud, Bali

Way down to the canyon (it's actually a gorge)

Way down to Hidden Canyon (it’s actually a gorge)

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.

The previous evening, I had met Meri at 9 Angels in Ubud, Bali,  and it was she who told me about Hidden Canyon.

“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 →

AirAsia India starts flights to Srinagar

airasiaFebruary 19 (IBNS): The first AirAsia India flight touched down at Srinagar, capital of north India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, today.

The troubled mountainous state, which is a bone of contention between the nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan, attracts thousands of domestic and international tourists with his incredible beauty — because of which it has often been referred to as “heaven on earth”.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti waved the flag “as a landing signal” to the first AirAsia India flight today. Continue Reading →

Jet Airways introduces Jet Global Pass

Jet Airways aircraft at the Mumbai airport

Jet Airways aircraft at the Mumbai airport

February 18 (TravelAndy): Jet Airways has introduced a new pre-paid ‘Jet Global Pass’ that will allow its guests to travel on the airline’s its entire network of 66 domestic and international destinations.

The pre-paid Jet Global Pass – available as booklets with sets of four pre-paid coupons each, has been designed and made available for both Economy and Premiere travel at price points of INR 52,673 and INR 119,312 (excluding taxes) respectively, the airline said.

The one-fare Global Pass will be specially advantageous for guests who maintain flexible travel itineraries and for those whose itineraries are firmed up at the last minute, as it will insulate them against higher available bucket fares or peak fares which generally prevail closer to the date of travel. Continue Reading →

Vienna woos young Indian tourists

Picture by Archita Ray

Picture by Archita Ray

February 13 (NotinTown.net): The Austrian capital Vienna, known for its imperial history, beautiful gardens, and magnificent palaces, received a record number of travellers from India in 2016, contributing to 115,531 overnight stays, a 28 per cent increase from 2015.

Home to legendary composers like Mozart and Beethoven, this smart metropolis with an incredible musical heritage attracted a host of music lovers, families, honeymooners and conference attendees from India during the year, said the Vienna Tourist Board. Continue Reading →