Tourism to the US faces Squeeze!

I recently received a mail from my brother-in-law Atul, settled in California asking that have we applied for our US Visa. I was quite surprised given the current circumstances in the US regarding VISA ban which is big extensively covered by India rather world media. I asked my husband, is the time right to apply of the US Visa? To this he replied probably not stating so many factors.

The time is really does not seem to be ripe rather risky feel so many tourists across the world.  As reported by Reuters, the US travel sector is bracing for a year in which strong dollar and uncertainty over President Donald Trump’s travel ban could deter visitors, Industry representatives said at the World’s Biggest Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin.

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Trump recently signed a revised executive order banning citizens from Six Muslim Majority nations from travelling to the US. Those countries account for a tiny percentage of the US Visitors, but there is growing concern that the order could hurt the image of the US and scare the tourists away.

The dollar has gained more than 5 per cent against Euro over the past six months, making it more expensive for travelers to visit the US. New York City was expecting foreign tourist numbers to remain unchanged at 12.7 million but has cut its forecast for 2017 by 300,000. The City has spent $3 million on a marketing campaign with the Slogan “Welcoming the World”.

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Las Vegas, another major tourist destination, hopes business with trade conventions and a wide price range for accommodation will keep growth robust, says Heidi Hayes, Director of Communications for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

A Survey by the Global Business Travel Association indicated business travel, an important source of income for hotels and airlines, could suffer due to the ban. Some 37 percent of the US business travel professionals said they expect a reduction in their company’s travel because of Trump’s revised executive order, while 17 per cent of European travel professionals said their Company has cancelled business travel to the US.

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Dubai based Emirates airline said that at the fair its booking rate for flights to and from the US took a 35 percent hit overnight after the first travel ban and had not yet recovered.

Still I see a huge opportunity here, and my plans of visiting the US are afloat!

Triveni’s Mrignayni, for Classy BRIDE!

Circa 2017- Looks like, one big year for weddings!

Triveni brings out the classic wedding Saree collection – Mrignayni to for the beautiful and classy brides. If you don’t want that over the top bridal look on your big day, then you can opt for Triveni’s Mrignayni. Intricately designed in Red & Gold, styling done with Gold & Kundan Jewellery and subtle make – up, will certainly enhance your look as classy bride. The saree in question here is gorgeous shade of red beautifully crafted with golden zari work. It is completing the retro look for trendy dulhan.

You can certainly cast a spell with the elegant red and gold classic bridal combination this wedding season. The saree is in georgette fabric with heavy embroidery and detailing done with crystals. The motifs are inspired from traditional Indian paisley and buta designs. You can ind your favorite in the collection! Golden borders complete the frame of the saree which comes with complimenting blouse piece.

The collection matches for the bling of bridal jewelery pieces. This summer, a decorative hair – bun offers comfort and promises elegance. Team up with the glorious kundan-haars and matha- patti.

Guide your steps with confidence – a majestic bride is up the aisle!

Mrignayni, strike it with red & gold!! You can order one from http://www.triveniethincs.com

MALINDO AIR EARLY BIRD GETS THE DEAL PROMO

Malindo Air, CAPA 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Airline is delighted to announce that the airline will be offering exclusive fares to Business and Economy Class travellers during the Malindo Air Early Bird Gets the Deal, to fully enjoy a premium service. The promotional fares are available from 27 Feb until 5 March 2017, and is valid for all purchases made online, over the counter at all Malindo Air ticketing offices and through travel agencies. Travel validity is from 1 April 2017 until 30 November 2017.

 Destinations

Economy Class Fare

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Business Class Fare


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KLIA or Subang Airport to Langkawi; Penang; Johor Bahru; Kuching; AlorSetar; Kota Kinabalu; Terengganu, Kota Bharu and more. Starting from RM39 Starting from

 RM159

KLIA to Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Chiang Mai, Jakarta, Bandung, Bangkok and more

 

Starting from RM99 Starting from

 RM259

KLIA to Hong Kong, Colombo, Kochi, Tiruchirappalli and more Starting from RM199 Starting from

RM499

KLIA to Taipei, Perth, Guangzhou and more Starting from RM299 Starting from

 RM699

The attractive fares are available for Malaysian domestic flights and flights to Singapore, Australia, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

CEO of Malindo Air, Chandran Rama Muthy, said “The Early Bird Gets the Deal is our biggest sale yet for 2017 with over 1,000,000 seats up for grabs. As this sale offers super value deals on both domestic and international routes, we are very optimistic that it will be a great success. We are certain our guests will be very excited over the affordable fares that come with our premium service of extra legroom, on board meals, in-flight entertainment and 30kg baggage allowance.”

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Malindo Air is a Malaysian airline with main hubs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the convenient KL downtown city airport SubangSkypark in Selangor, Malaysia. The airline took to the skies in March 2013 with domestic flights and has since grown to operate routes to all major airports in Malaysia and across the continents of Asia, Australia and Middle East. The fleet itself has grown exponentially to 18 ATR72-600 and 29 Boeing 737NG as of February 2017.

Today, the airline operates over 800 flights weekly across a continuously growing network of about 42 routes in the region. More recently, the airline won CAPA’s 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year, Airline of the Year (Passenger)at the KLIA Awards 2014 and Top Performing Airline 2015 by Travelport.

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For bookings and enquiries, visit malindoair.com, write in to Customer CareCentre at customer_care@malindoair.com or call +603-7841 5388 from 8am to 10pm daily.

 

 

Triveni at World HRD Congress in Mumbai

The mid week of February saw Triveni’s presence at the world HRD Congress held in Mumbai. Speaking on the event, Dr. R.L Bhatia, founder – World CSR Day & World Sustainability Project Director – World HRD Congress notes, “In 25 years so much has changed in HR – the function itself has evolved itself into a new being and now that unless it is built in the fabric of business, it will not make a difference. The platform is to make work and working lives better by sharing the vision, the agility and the strength to make a real difference to the HR community; business and the economy.”

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Triveni has constantly worked to improve revival of ethnic clothing – by making fashionable ethnic wear affordable to all. Present as a supporter for the weeklong event, which ran through various fields like Global Youth Marketing Forum and Consumer Insight Forum – focused to understand the direction of new idea flow  and how the consumers reacted to those. The event spanned through categories such as Real Estate Awards and Corporate Excellence Awards. Two major high light of the event were the World Health and Wellness Congress and HRD Congress – conference and leadership awards where leading HR team and leaders were acknowledged and awarded.

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Leading Cosmetologist Mrs. Shahnaaz Hussain at Triveni Stall

The second last day of the event was dedicated to recognizing the talented Women in corporate and organizations – Women Leadership Congress and Awards. The event ended with a significant outlining, Corporate Social Responsibility – something not about ‘giving back to the society’ but, an effort to take care of everything that keeps us moving ahead.

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Triveni Stall

Triveni has been, over the last few years, taken many initiatives to put Indian ethnic wear globally, in a sustainable bootstrapped business way. This has led to very active campus engagements (e.g. global U-Design contest, internships, live projects and case study challenges. Also, one of the major activities Triveni undertakes is Dare2Drape challenge wherein women globally experiment with & share different saree drapes).

Triveni’s latest collection showcased at the event was well appreciated by Shehnaaz Husain, CEO of Shehnaaz Herbals Inc., prominent entrepreneur, best known for herbal cosmetics in India. The counter saw visitors from abroad, inquisitive about sarees and ethnic wear in queue to pick one of their choice as they were delighted over the surface work and design details of the fabric.

Noted theatre artist and Ad Film maker Alyque Padamsee and veteran actor Ashish Vidyarthi were spotted at the event too. Looking at the fabulous response received at the brand counter at the event, Triveni proposes corporates, companies and organizations to celebrate ‘Ethnic Day’ at their work places and office premises.

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Talking about Triveni as one of the supporters at the event, Mr. Arvind Saraf, Director, Triveni notes “It is indeed good to be present on a stage where Global Leaders Meet and discuss their experiences in handling the ever changing work force, methodologies and environment. Triveni, has successfully

maintained its quality standards and brand presence amongst the customer groups and leveraging on the organic growth – the only way survival and growth is possible in the cut-throat race of price slashing and volume deliverables.

The idea is to celebrate vibrancy of ethnic wear at work place. More information about the same can be found out on http://www.officiallyethnic.org.

 

 

 

Do you believe Demonetization had negative impact on travel industry?

Figures speak for themselves.

The world’s largest democracy (India) sent the maximum number of visitors to the Emirate state for the second consecutive year in 2016 and accounted for more than one-fifth of the growth in tourist arrivals in Dubai.

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Dubai is the largest overseas travel destination for Indians. In 2016, a total of 1.8 million Indians visited Dubai either for business or leisure. In fact, 12 out of every hundred overseas visitors that Dubai had last year was an Indian. Further, the number of Indians who visited Dubai surged by 12 per cent last year, on a high base of 1.6 million in 2015.

About 20 million Indians travelled overseas for business or leisure in 2015 to substantiate his argument that we are a tax non-compliant society. The numbers for 2016 are not known but trends show that there should’ve been a double-digit jump.

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On an average, every Indian spends more than three nights in Dubai and visitors include those opting for high-end luxurious hotels to three-star accommodations. People splurge on restaurants and shopping. He said that one out of every five visitors to Dubai comes for business, as trade ties continue to grow between India and the UAE.

Well, Dubai is not the only country benefiting from the rising number of Indian overseas travellers. In 2016, Singapore reported an eight per cent surge in travellers from India, which also overtook Australia to become the fourth largest source market for arrivals. A total of 1.09 million Indians visited Singapore in 2016 and constituted close to seven per cent of total international visitors. According to the Singapore Tourism Board, growth from India is helped by rising numbers in tier-I and tier-II cities.

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More countries welcome over a million Indians every year. Thailand, a popular budget tourist destination celebrated the arrival of a million Indian tourists (1.06 million) in 2015 and attracted 12 per cent more Indian visitors in 2016. A total of 1.19 million Indians visited Thailand last year.

Other countries are keen to grow the number of visitors from India to a million. Malaysia, which received 0.72 million visitors from India in 2015, hopes to welcome as many as a million visitors. “This year, we hope to achieve high targets from India, as much as one million arrivals,” says Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.  A number of other destinations are seeing a double-digit growth in Indian visitors as well, though on a smaller base. These include countries such as Australia, South Africa and Kenya, among others.

Source: Business Standard

Maldives: If you love everything about SEA!

I have been thinking of writing about Maldives from quite some time and have been planning to visit from quite many years. But the thought process concretised after reading the column by renowned columnist Vir Sanghvi in today’s Brunch by HT which was on Maldives. Needless to mention, it is an unparalleled piece on Maldives and explored on luxurious side of it. Mr. Sanghvi is lucky to visit Maldives at least once a year whereas I aim to visit once in a lifetime. Now that I am on that track to concretise my dream of exploring my favourite sea destination of the world, I would love to share that with my readers.

Indeed, if Sea fascinates you, there is no place like Maldives. Most of the hotels and resorts on this Island nation are either in the midst of the sea or are facing the sea. So you have the privilege of admiring and experience the sea wherever you are. Maldives comprises of   more than 99 % of the sea and less than 1 % of the land. The 99 % of the sea is home to one of the most diverse marine treasures of the world. Less than 1 % of the land is a masterpiece in natural landscaping.

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The Maldives, located on top of a vast underwater mountain range have around 1190 islands and sandbanks. The pearl string like islands covers a land area of no less than 298 km2.  All the islands are encircled by a lagoon blessed with crystal clear water. These islands are protected by a reef structure, housing one of the most exclusive and spectacular underwater life.

The Maldives comprises of 26 natural atolls consisting of dual island chains. Incidentally the Maldivian language has the distinct pleasure of contributing to the English word “atoll”, which was derived from the Maldivian word “atholhu”.

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There are channels of various sizes between the atolls used for navigation. For efficient administrative functioning, the 26 natural atolls are categorised into 20 administrative divisions. Particularly the island nation is located in a strategic area with access to major international sea routes in the Indian Ocean.

Maldivians are esteemed around the World for their hospitality and affability towards their guests. Maldivians share a similar cultural heritage, history, ancestry, homeland, language and religion. These common factors are the reason for the unity and harmony prevailing in the alluring islands.

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Maldivian ancestral roots can be traced back to Sinhala’s of Sri Lanka, Marathi’s and Guajarati’s of India, Arabs, Malays and Northern African dispositions. Accordingly, Maldivians emerged from a mixed race, which has enriched the culture and history of the country.

Traditionally whenever guests visit a local island, the islanders will welcome them by serving a fresh coconut drink. This tradition has continued to this day and do not be surprised if your resort offers a beautifully decorated coconut drink when you reach your destination!

The customs and social behavior of the Maldivians have been greatly influenced by the Indians, Sri Lankans, Arabs and North Africans who visited the Maldives while traversing through the trading routes of the central Indian Ocean. The Maldivian culture is rich and vibrant due to the infusion of various other cultural elements.

Though Maldives was culturally influenced by other traditions, Maldivians have built and preserved an exclusive cultural identity.

Male’ is the capital city of the Maldives and the seat of the executive, legislature and judicial branches of the government of the Maldives. Male’ is also the financial and commercial capital of the country. Accordingly major government offices, banks and businesses are based on Male’.

Male’ city is one of the most densely populated cities of the world.

Republic of the Maldives is a sovereign archipelagic nation positioned in the Indian Ocean. Notably the South Asian Island nation has no counterpart in the entire world in terms of its unique geography and topography.

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