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BEVERLY HILLS: CITY OF WELLTH – A CITYWIDE INITIATIVE HIGHLIGHTING THE LUXURY DESTINATION’S WORLD-CLASS HEALTH AND WELLNESS OFFERINGS LAUNCHES TODAY

BEVERLY HILLS: CITY OF WELLTH – A CITYWIDE INITIATIVE HIGHLIGHTING THE LUXURY DESTINATION’S WORLD-CLASS HEALTH AND WELLNESS OFFERINGS LAUNCHES TODAY

(BEVERLY HILLS; MAY , 2017) – Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau announces today the launch of Beverly Hills: City of WELLTH, bringing together leading experts for a season of wellness and mindfulness activities. Playing on the words “wealth” and health and wellness, Beverly Hills has chosen “WELLTH” as the theme for the campaign.

First identified in a book of the same name written by mindbodygreen founder Jason Wachob, WELLTH defines a move away from a drive for money and possessions to a less materialistic and more valuable life currency that encompasses wellness and is exemplified by health, purpose and happiness.

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Iconic Supermodel Christie Brinkley, a vegetarian since the age 14 and committed to an organic lifestyle, expresses her appreciation of the initiative stating “I’m thrilled to be involved with the launch of the City of WELLTH. A healthy, holistic lifestyle has been intrinsic to my long career in the fashion and beauty industry. A balanced approach to diet, exercise and mindfulness is the key to happiness and life long vitality. Wellness is lamorous!”“The shifting status quo of how success is now perceived in terms of health and wellbeing, rather than through material and financial wealth, means the desire for WELLTH is now a key factor in people’s choice of travel destination. Beverly Hills: City of WELLTH exemplifies the destination’s continual innovation to create inviting options for visitors, and places wellbeing at the forefront of its world-class accommodation, dining, and spa and offerings,” comments Julie Wagner, CEO of Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau.

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 The city will be showcasing a range of activities inspired by the pillars of WELLTH: Move, Eat, Restore, Gratitude and Explore.

To mark the launch today, Jason Wachob leads a forum highlighting the WELLTH concept and what makes Beverly Hills the City of WELLTH. Experts in each pillar are joining Jason at Alo Yoga in Beverly Hills to discuss their own areas of expertise, the interplay between each pillar and how Beverly Hills contributes to the wellbeing of its visitors. These include Caley Alyssa (MOVE), Matthey Kenney (EAT), Dana Claudat (RESTORE), James Duigan (GRATITUDE), and Charlie Knowles (EXPLORE).

Hotels across the city are getting involved with unique WELLTH packages room and spa packages. These include: The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, Montage Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, SIXTY Beverly Hills, Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills and Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (full details below.) Terms and conditions apply, visit lovebeverlyhills.com/wellth for details and booking contact for all packages.

Wellthy meals are also available at a number of participating restaurants in Beverly Hills, showcasing specials that fall under one or more criteria: locally sourced, plant-based, vegan, paleo or utilizing meat that is grass-fed or hormone-free. Restaurants and cafes are listed below and can also be found at love beverly hills.com/wellth.

Travelers will also be able to find out their 902*IQ through a fun, engaging and insightful quiz, hosted at love beverly hills.com/quiz. Participants will be able to check their current wellthy lifestyle score and learn how to improve it through various Move, Eat, Restore, show Gratitude and Explore experiences in Beverly Hills. This score can also be shared on social media with the hashtag #BHWellth.

Wellness is an ongoing focus in Beverly Hills, with Mindful in May events across the city, including a community celebration with Dr. Deepak Chopra. The best-selling author of more than 85 books, will be leading a guided meditation session outside on City Hall grounds on May 12. Wagner continues, “Beverly Hills has everything for the individual looking for a destination with wellbeing at its heart. WELLTH is not a trend in Beverly Hills, it’s a lifestyle”.

Parveen Travels and RedBus Exclusive Women Bus Launch Images & News

Parveen Travels and RedBus Exclusive Women Bus Launch Images & News

பெண்களுக்கு பாதுகாப்பான பயணத்தை தரும் ‘பர்வின் டிராவல்ஸ்’!

பர்வின் டிராவல்ஸ் தென்னிந்தியாவில் மக்களால் விரும்பப்படுகிற ஒரு டிராவல்ஸ் நிறுவனம். இப்பொழுது ஒரு படி மேலும் முன்னேறி பெண்களின் பாதுகாப்புக்கும் மற்றும் சலுகைக்கும் ஏற்றவாறு புதிய வாகனத்தை பயன்பாட்டிற்கு அறிமுகப்படுத்தி இருக்கிறது.

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பெண்களின் தேவையை புரிந்து கொண்டு வடிவமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ள இந்த வாகனம், பண்டிகை காலம் மற்றும் திருவிழா காலங்களில் பெண்கள் சுலபமாக பயன்படுத்துவதற்கு உதவியாக இருக்கும். இதை முதலில் மதுரை மாநகரில் தொடங்கி, பின்னர் அனைத்து முக்கிய வழித்தடங்களுக்கும் இயக்க உள்ளது

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  • பெண்களுக்கு மரியாதை அளிப்பதின் முக்கியத்துவம் கருதி இந்த சிறப்பு பேருந்து இயக்கபடுகிறது..
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விரிவான ஆராய்ச்சிக்கு பிறகு, பர்வின் டிராவல்ஸ் நிறுவனம் பெண்களுக்கு,பாதுகாப்பான பயணத்தை நடைமுறைப்படுத்தப்பட வேண்டும் என்பதை கருத்தில் கொண்டு இத்திட்டத்தை வகுத்துள்ளார்கள்.

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  • பெண்களுக்கான இருக்கையில் முன்னுரிமை .
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From children’s museums to aquariums, to the wildlife offerings – there is plenty to explore in many of the cities across the USA.

From children’s museums to aquariums, to the wildlife offerings – there is plenty to explore in many of the cities across the USA.

Top five attractions for a Family Holiday this Summer!

 From children’s museums to aquariums, to the wildlife offerings – there is plenty to explore in many of the cities across the USA. Add a wow-factor to your vacation, and experience exciting journeys with your families with a holiday in the United States!

Mile High City – Denver, Colorado:

A visit to this young, active city at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains for a memorable family vacation is a must! Good weather, interesting places to explore, host of outdoorsy options, art, culture, and attractions await you.

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Amusement Parks

The Mile High City is filled with thrills – from gravity-defying roller coasters to challenging climbing walls to wet ‘n’ wild waterslides, you’re guaranteed to get your adrenaline fix in Denver. If you are a diehard roller coaster fan then you

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must visit the Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park – which amongst other rides features the world’s highest free fall swing. The Water World Park is a great way to beat the heat while riding some serious waterslides. You can also check out the Lakeside Amusement Park – this family owned theme park is a long-standing Denver institution and features a number of classic wooden rail coasters.

Outdoor Adventures

To experience Denver’s legendary fresh air, take advantage of the city’s outdoorsy options. If you’ve got a skateboarder in the family, head straight to the Denver SkatePark in LoDo. This expansive area, to which admission is free – is one of the most renowned skate parks in the country – and is filled with bowls for all levels of skating skill. Denver is a two-wheel paradise – with 85 miles of bike trails and 300 days of sunshine. Explore the city using Denver B-cycle, the city’s pioneering bike sharing program. Another great way to spend the day outdoors is to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park. It features the Trail Ridge Road – the highest continuous highway in the world crossing the Continental Divide at over two miles above sea level. One of the only places in America where you can see lion prides and groups of other carnivores living in natural habitats – The Wild Animal Sanctuary, where more than 300 large carnivores roam free – is a must visit for nature lovers! The best view of Denver is from up above! You’ve never really seen the Rocky Mountains until you’ve seen them from a hot air balloon. Enjoy spectacular views of the majestic Mountains as you float high above the Front Range.

Performing Arts

The worldÕs only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution, the National Constitution Center puts into historical context the most famous four pages ever written through multimedia exhibitions, sculpture, film, artifacts and interactive displays. In SignersÕ Hall, visitors walk among the life-sized statues of the 39 signers of theConstitutionÑand they can choose to sign their own John Hancock or to dissent…..Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

Visit the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and experience the timeless thrill of seeing a musical, a ballet or a concert performed live.

Sports

Denver is a professional sports paradise – whether its basketball, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, or rugby – Denver’s got it all. You can catch some of the world’s best athletes in action as for most teams the season runs all through summer.

Denver Shopping

Denver is the shopping capital of the Rocky Mountain West. For one-of-a-kind stores with distinctive fashion and exclusive offerings – head to the oh-so-chic Larimer Square. The young fashionistas will love the one-of-a-kind boutiques. Definitely a good spot for mother-daughter retail bonding! Your Denver shopping spree will be incomplete without a visit to the downtown Cherry Creek Shopping District. The combination of Cherry Creek North and Cherry Creek Shopping Center is more of a shopping experience. Cherry Creek North features the region’s largest collection of independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas, and adjacent to it is the Cherry Creek Shopping Center with no less than 160 brand-name stores!

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A visit to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a must! From stunning prehistoric fossils to an exploration of outer space, it never fails to astound and amaze people of all ages, with realistic visions of the past, present and future.

Another must-do is one of the most popular zoos in America, the Denver Zoo – it has over 3500 different species with most of living outside of cages, so you can observe them in their natural habitat.

Texas’s big City – Houston

Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas and the fourth largest in the country, and has endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike! Plan a visit and treat your family to the city’s fun-filled, action-packed adventures that are as entertaining as they are educational.

Cultural attractions

For every tourist visiting Houston, there is something special – NASA’s Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of the most famous aerospace institution in the world and still responsible for large missions. No matter how old you are, you’ll be fascinated by all there is to see here: replicas of spaceships, the training center for astronauts, and the chance to touch a moon rock billions of years old and so much more. You must take the Level 9 Tour because it is the most complete. To experience the more rustic side of Houston, and explore the authentic cowboy traditions of the region, a visit to the George Ranch Historical Park is a must. If you can include the authentic 1930s-era, Texas-style meals held on Saturdays into your plan.

Fun activities

Children’s Museum of Houston, one of the top children’s museums in the USA is an intriguing area that covers everything from pets to superheroes. Hermann Park, located minutes from downtown Houston, is a cultural and recreational hub and has a bountiful assortment of entertainment: a golf course, an outdoor theater, a jogging track, a beautiful rose garden, picnic spaces, a butterfly exhibit, and even a museum. The Houston Zoo, one of the best maintained in the country – is set in a lush landscape right in the middle of Hermann Park and is home to over 3100 exotic animals. Another fun thing to do is visit the SplashTown – Houston’s largest and most diverse water park, featuring 40-acres and more than two million gallons of summer fun.

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Two places you absolutely must visit are the Houston Premium Outlets and the Houston Galleria. Texas is one of the only states in the country where international shoppers are reimbursed for the taxes on every purchase!

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Buffalo Bayou has become a destination for outdoor recreation near downtown Houston. Buffalo Bayou Boat Cruises are a great way to spend the afternoon with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along the bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even the occasional alligator sunning on the bayou’s banks.

Urban Adventures and Fun Attractions – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta has a rich history, and a progressive streak. It has the world’s busiest airport – which means it’s easy to get here no matter where you are coming from! Visit Atlanta to experience the Southern hospitality – expect to be greeted by a smile!

Top Downtown Attractions

A visit to the Centennial Olympic Park, revitalized for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and now a symbol of a diverse and thriving metropolis, is packed with history, architecture, quirky trivia and original music. Fountain of Rings, designed after the famous Olympic rings, displays a dancing water show harmonized with pop music, lights and sound effects.

Experience the attraction and mystery of the famous formula at the World of Coca-Cola Museum and taste all the flavors of Coca-Cola soft drinks from all over the world! A tour of the most iconic brand is a must-see for all ages!

Don’t miss the CNN headquarters, where you can take a fascinating tour of the studios to see the daily workings of a global news organization. You’ll get to ride a huge escalator inside the building! It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen!

The Georgia Aquarium, which opened in 2005, is undeniably spectacular. This is the largest aquarium in the world with interactive areas that are perfect for anyone fascinated by these diverse displays of sea life.

Zoo Atlanta is another great attraction for those who love getting close to nature. Situated in Grant Park, it features more than 1,500 animals and offers up-close encounters with giant pandas, giraffes and African elephants. While at the Zoo you can enjoy interactive wildlife shows and rides.

To beat the summer heat you can head to Six Flags White Water Park or feel the adrenaline rush on the roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia near Atlanta.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is a must visit if you wish to learn all about the amazing Civil Rights Leader. Also check out the Atlanta History Centre, where you can learn all about Atlanta’s role in major American events, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement

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The Buckhead neighbourhood is the jewel of the city. Known as the “Beverly Hills of the East Coast,” you will find gracious homes, elegant hotels and some of the best restaurants in this charming, upscale area. Also visit the elegant Swan House mansion in Buckhead, known for its beautiful gardens and interiors – it is one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks of Atlanta.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The birthplace of the USA is not only bubbling with historic attractions and exhibits – it is also a great place to have fun and play. With a wide array of family-friendly attractions, Philadelphia offers loads of family fun!

Attractions for Children

The Philadelphia Zoo, set amongst a charming 42-acre Victorian garden, is one of the best laid-out and most animal-packed zoos in the country. It is the first zoo charted in the United States. A new trail experience called Zoo360 – a campus-wide network of see-through mesh trails affords more opportunities for animals to roam around and above zoo grounds – is also a first, both at America’s zoos and in the world.

Please Touch Museum is the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia. The mission of the museum is to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play. This award-winning children’s museum is fun-filled, totally hands-on, and so delightful that adults are entertained, too. Each nook and cranny has a different theme — from the fantastic to the practical.

Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street. Bring the entire family to whirl on rides, splash down slides and hug everyone’s favorite furry friends. A trip to this park is a must before they grow up!

Adventure Aquarium is just a few minutes from Philadelphia downtown and is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, and the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos.

Beautiful Outdoors

Explore the outdoors by visiting the Fairmount Park – One of the world’s largest city park systems. With more than 9,200 acres of rolling hills, gentle trails, relaxing waterfront and shaded woodlands – you can spend the day taking a stroll, heading out for an afternoon of softball, organized frisbee or pier-side fishing, or just settling in for a family picnic.

Independence National Historical Park, Known as the birthplace of American democracy, this park welcomes more than 3.5 million visitors every year with many of these visitors lining up to see what is the park’s most visited and most famous attraction, the Liberty Bell.

A walk around Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia’s most popular town square will  take you to the picturesque, tree-lined streets surrounding the park where you will find charming townhomes, luxurious spas, amazing eateries, jewelry stores and the highest of high-end fashion boutiques.

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For all those who love chocolate, it’s worth taking a trip to Hershey – the Chocolate Capital of the USA. Here you can sample the famous confectionary as well as enjoy rides at Hersheypark. Families can enjoy go-karting, bumper boats and mini-golf at this fun entertainment centre.

You cannot leave Philadelphia without indulging in east coast’s premier shopping destination the King of Prussia Mall or browsing the high-end shops of Rittenhouse Row.

Up close with the big beasts amid the beauty of the Black Hills – Custer State Park, South Dakota

If your idea of a perfect family vacation is getting close to untamed creatures in their element – you can do so amid the craggy scenery of South Dakota! This holiday will give you a chance to experience the wild in the real form!

Few truly wild places remain in the USA – Custer State Park is one of them. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the park is home to a variety of wildlife and magnificent scenery spanning 71,000 acres! You can find your adventure in hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or rock climbing along the trails! During the summer season, trout fishing is perhaps one of the most popular recreational activities in Custer State Park. Get set for an old-fashioned hayride that takes you on a scenic drive on Custer State Park’s beautiful backroads to a mountain meadow canyon for a chuck wagon feast.

Named a Top 10 US Safari by MSN, 2015, the Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour will take you off-road! Trek through Custer State Park in an open-air jeep in search of pronghorns, elk and the noble buffalo. Learn historical and educational facts about the park and wildlife as you go.

Rockin R Trail Rides will allow you to experience the spirit of the Old West with a guided horseback ride in the beautiful Black Hills National Forest

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FLY the Black Hills – A must-do is this amazing one-of-a-kind adventure in the most beautiful place in the world – fly in a hot air balloon! Soar above the mountains and valleys as you take part in the magic of ballooning.

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Incredible U.S. Spots to Stop and See the Stars Images & News

Incredible U.S. Spots to Stop and See the Stars Images & News
 
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Incredible U.S. Spots to Stop and See the Stars

In absolute darkness, gazing up at the brilliance of the universe can be a humbling, enlightening experience. Yet the volume and intensity of most major cities’ lights make worthwhile stargazing difficult, if not nearly impossible. Here are five U.S. locales, from a tropical island to the arctic wilds, where dark skies and vast star fields await your inner astronomer.

  • Mauna Kea, Hawaii

On the Big Island, as the island of Hawaii is known in the Pacific Ocean state of Hawaii, the 4,207-meter summit of dormant volcano Mauna Kea is virtually free of light pollution and crowned with one of the planet’s premier observatories. It’s also the only place in the U.S. you can see the entire Southern Cross constellation. Your destination will be the Maunakea Visitor Information Station at the volcano’s 2,800-meter level. This facility offers a nightly Star Gazing Program that includes peering through public telescopes.

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

At this desert archaeological park, located 243 kilometers by car from Albuquerque, New Mexico, you’ll marvel at brilliant constellations, planets and galaxies amid pure darkness, as the site’s Ancestral Puebloan people did 1,000 years ago. Many of the Chaco civilization’s stone buildings were constructed to align with solar and lunar cycles, giving today’s impressive ruins an astronomical tie to the prehistoric past. Evening Night Sky Programs include a peek through the small Chaco Observatory’s 635-millimeter telescope.

  • Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska

The park’s wild, isolated location, 386 kilometers north of Anchorage, Alaska, makes it a fine stargazing spot. But it’s Denali‘s high latitude that earns it a well-deserved reputation as a stellar place to view the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. The colorful phenomenon — curtains of green, red, blue and violet light waving across the night sky — occurs when solar winds mingle with Earth’s magnetic fields and atmosphere to put on a dazzling spectacle. Plan your visit between September and April, when darkness abounds and auroral activity is more frequent, and make sure to pack warm layers.

  • Death Valley National Park, California

Famed for its fantastic geology and extreme heat, Death Valley also boasts some of the country’s darkest skies courtesy of a remote desert location near the border of Western states California and Nevada. About 193 kilometers from the casino lights of Las Vegas, you’ll find an expansive horizon and a sky typically clear of clouds. Travelers can lodge at one of the park’s two small tourist developments, Furnace Creek or Stovepipe Wells, but should drive to dark spots like the Badwater Basin or Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes for the best stargazing. From October through April, join a park ranger-guided Moon & Star Program.

  • Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania

A mere 293 kilometers from the big-city lights of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, exceptional darkness and a dome of stars envelop this wooded wilderness perched at an elevation of 700 meters. A clearing among the park’s namesake cherry trees, the Astronomy Observation Field attracts telescope-toting star watchers from all over the Eastern U.S. Registration and a fee are necessary to access the field, but the Night Sky Viewing Area, opposite from the field, requires neither. In optimum viewing conditions, the Milky Way galaxy shines so bright as to cast your shadow on the ground. Meteor showers, such as the Perseids in August, and the park’s popular events draw large crowds.

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Tourism Australia embarks on an integrated marketing campaign

Tourism Australia embarks on an integrated marketing campaign

14 February 2017:Further leveraging theirrecent successful campaign showcasing Australia’s incredible aquatic and coastal experiences, Tourism Australia has commenced a fresh phase of it’s marketing initiatives across the television, digital and print platforms. At the helm of the campaign is a television commercial (TVC) featuring a glorious montage of stunning locales, scenic coastline and incredible tourism experiences Down Under.

The TVC showcases the pristine Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island, Great Ocean Road, Sydney Harbour Bridgeand much more with its enchanting visuals highlighting the beauty and natural landscape of Australia. The commercialwill be rolled out across 30 television channels including English entertainment, infotainment, lifestyle, news and select Hindi General Entertainment channels. Tourism Australia will also capitalise on the upcoming India – Australia cricket test series through various media initiatives.

In addition to television, high impact advertisements will be featured in the print space in collaboration with key distribution partners, including SOTC, Mercury Travels, TUI, Flightshop, D Pauls, Kulin Kumar Holidays, among others. Another major focus of the tactical, offer-driven campaign will be on digital, consisting of regular display ads and content, with aspirational destination imagery and creative renditions, all inviting travel enthusiasts to book a holiday to Australia at unbeatable prices.

Mr. Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager – India & Gulf, Tourism Australia said,-;

Our latest campaign showcasing Australia’s aquatic and coastal scenery has truly captured the attention of theIndian traveller, and reaffirmed our research indications that international visitors enjoy our aquatic or coastal environments in some way – from snorkeling to simply going to the beach. In our upcoming marketing activities, we will leverage uniquely Australian experiences to entice more travellers to choose Australia as their next holiday destination.” 

For year ended (YE) December 2016, Australia welcomed 259,900 Indian visitors, recording a growth of 11 per cent over the previous year, making India the 9th largest inbound market for Australia. For YE September 2016, Indian visitors contributed over A$ 1.15 billion to the Australian economy; an increase of 7 per cent over the previous year. Indians spent over 14 million visitor nights in Australia for YE September 2016; an increase of 7 per cent over the same period the previous year.

With the campaign featuring travel packages starting at Rs. 129,000, a high proportion of Indian travellers are expected to be Australia bound for the year-end holiday season. For great deals, visit www.australia.com/offers

About Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia is the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting Australia to the world as a destination for business and leisure travel.Tourism Australia’s purpose is to increase the economic benefits to Australia of tourism, supporting the industry’s Tourism 2020 strategy, which aims to grow the overnight annual expenditure generated by tourism to over A$ 115 billion by 2020. 

The organisation is active in around 30 key markets, where it aims to grow demand for the destination’s tourism experiences by promoting the unique attributes which will entice people to visit.

Tourism Australia’s activities include advertising, public relations and media programs, trade shows and programs for the tourism industry, consumer promotions, online communications and consumer research.

 For more information visit www.tourism.australia.com | www.facebook.com/seeaustralia 

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Madhu Pai – Marketing and PR Manager, Tourism Australia

+91-22-66280202mpai@tourism.australia.com

Switzel Fernandes-Avian Media-switzel@avian-media.com

Best Regards-Srinija-Srinija Grandhi I Junior Account Executive I Avian Media

The San Francisco Travel Association reports that tourism in the city and county had another record-breaking year in 2016.

The San Francisco Travel Association reports that tourism in the city and county had another record-breaking year in 2016.

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San Francisco Travel Reports Record-Breaking Tourism in 2016

“This is the seventh consecutive year of record-breaking growth for San Francisco’s tourism industry. The 25.1 million visitors and $9.96 billion in spending create jobs and support services for people throughout the city and the entire Bay Area,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel. “We continue to see steady growth, especially in the area of visitor spending.”

Of the 25.1 million people who visited the city last year, 10.4 million were overnight visitors and 14.7 million visited for the day, with both figures increasing by 2.3 percent. Overnight visitors spent $7.77 billion (86.8 percent of all visitor spending), up 3.4 percent over the previous year. Day visitors spent $1.18 billion (13.2 percent of visitor spending), up 3.5 percent from 2015. Total direct spending by visitors was $8.9 billion. Convention/meeting direct spending is estimated at $754 million.

Overnight visitors from the United States totaled 7.5 million (72 percent of all overnight visitors) and spent $2.9 billion (38 percent of all overnight guest spending). Domestic overnight visitor volume increased 2.5 percent and their spending increased 4.8 percent over 2016.

International overnight visitors totaled 2.94 million (18 percent of overnight visitors) and spent $4.78 billion (61.5 percent of all overnight spending). International visitor volume increased 1.7 percent and their spending increased 2.6 percent over 2016. The largest overseas markets were China (478,000 visitors), the United Kingdom (353,000 visitors) and Germany (273,000 visitors). The fastest growing overseas markets were China, South Korea and India with 47,170, 15,220 and 12,070 more visitors respectively.

More detailed data and forecasts for 2017 and 2018 will be released at the 2017 Marketing Conference on March 2 at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With more than 1,300 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country.

The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at One Front St., Suite 2900, San Francisco, CA 94111.

San Francisco Travel also operates Visitor Information Centers at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets and on the lower level of Macy’s Union Square. For more information, visit www.sftravel.com.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 39 international cities on 33 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 77 cities in the U.S. on 14 domestic airlines. SFO offers upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com. Follow SFO on www.twitter.com/flysfo and www.facebook.com/flysfo.

American Express® is the official Card partner of the San Francisco Travel Association.
Note to editors: Photos and press releases are available at www.sftravel.com.

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TTF 2017 series to get a robust start from Chennai

TTF 2017 series to get a robust start from Chennai

TTF 2017 series to get a robust start from Chennai

The first major travel mart post demonetisation to provide Unparalleled marketing opportunity for the travel trade

Chennai, January 6, 2017: Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam is playing host to Travel & Tourism Fair (TTF), India’s largest travel trade show network. The three-day TTF Chennai opened today, with over 120 national and international participants, who have set up colourful pavilions to woo the travellers from the city and from Tamil Nadu.

This year, the show has grown by 25% over last year, indicating that even post-demonetisation, the travel industry is anticipating good growth and positive trends.

Participants from six Countries and 20 Indian States & Union Territories have come to sell at TTF Chennai. These include state tourism boards, national tourist offices, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators and travel agents, online travel companies, railways, cruises and other travel marketers.

Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are the Partner States for the event whereas Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Telangana, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Jharkhand and Andaman & Nicobar are the Feature States.

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka providing convenient connections to its global route network of 94 destinations in 44 countries is participating in a big way at TTF Chennai as the Partner Airline. “With the most recent expansion into India, SriLankan Airlines now operates to 11 cities in India with a weekly frequency of 106 flights,” said S P Mohan, Manager for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

TTF Chennai is also having participation from Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Countries represented at Chennai include Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.First half of the show (i.e. from Friday to Saturday till 2 pm) is reserved for the travel trade, after which it is open for all (i.e. from Saturday afternoon till Sunday evening).

The TTF Series is supported by India Tourism, who is also participating in TTF Chennai as in the past.

Besides states and countries represented, other exhibitors include India B2B Solutions, Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd, Southern Travels Pvt Ltd, India Tourism Development Corporation, Tamara Coorg, Itzcash and many more.
To enhance and showcase their respective offerings, aside from attractive and elegant stalls, participating states and countries at TTF Chennai are presenting cultural events and marketing presentations to trade visitors and the media.

Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Limited (organiser of TTF and Publisher of Travel News Digest), commented, “TTF Chennai provides an important opportunity to be present in a hugely strategic market of South India. The trade show, now in its 28th year has resulted in creating a firm and strong network for the travel industry to explore the full potential and opportunities in domestic and outbound travel.”

Immediately after Chennai, TTF will take place in the subsequent weekend in Bengaluru (January 13-15).

TTF is supported by Incredible India, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) and SKAL.

Fairfest Media Limited, organiser of TTF & OTM shows, is a member of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI).

Travel News Digest is the official trade publication of TTF.

For more, please visit: www.ttfotm.com

Warm Regard’s-JKPR-Srinivasan

Yatra Online, Inc. completes transaction with Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation

Yatra Online, Inc. completes transaction with Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation

Yatra Online, Inc. one of India’s largest online travel companies, announced today that they have completed the transaction with Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation (TRTL), which will result in TRTL becoming a partially owned subsidiary of Yatra. The combined company’s stock is listing on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “YTRA” with effect from today

Yatra Online, Inc. completes transaction with Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation

Yatra to be listed on NASDAQ today 

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19th December, 2016: Yatra Online, Inc. one of India’s largest online travel companies, announced today that they have completed the transaction with Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation (TRTL), which will result in TRTL becoming a partially owned subsidiary of Yatra. The combined company’s stock is listing on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “YTRA” with effect from today.

As a part of this process, Yatra has raised more than $92.5 million of primary capital from global investors and the merged entity, Yatra Online Inc., will continue to be led by Yatra’s experienced management team under the leadership of Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dhruv Shringi. The Board of Directors of Yatra will comprise of five members from Yatra and one new member from TRTL.  Post this listing, Yatra becomes only the 3rd Indian Internet company to be listed on NASDAQ, and only the 4th Indian company overall, to do so.

On this momentous occasion, Dhruv Shringi said, “It’s a matter of great pride for us to be one of the few Indian companies to be listed on Nasdaq. Over the course of the past decade, Yatra has established itself as one of the leading brands and companies in the Indian Internet space. We are thankful to our shareholders, customers and patrons for supporting us and helping us achieve this milestone. The additional capital raised will be used by us to further accelerate our growth, invest in mobile technology, and expand our multi-channel distribution network. With a well-established brand, a large loyal customer base and a strong balance sheet, we are a strong force to reckon with in the Indian travel market.”

Promod Haque, Senior Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners, said “Norwest has been associated with Yatra for over a decade and during that time we have seen the company grow from a two member startup to one of India’s leading internet companies– a household name synonymous with online travel, with over $900mil in gross bookings per annum and over 2,000 staff.

We are strong believers of the India consumption growth story and Yatra’s compelling business model. Coupled with a team laser focused on execution, we believe Yatra is well positioned for long-term growth.”

Nathan Leight, Chairman of Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation, said, “We are truly delighted to align our shareholders’ interests with Yatra’s accomplished team of management and distinguished venture and strategic investors.  Dhruv Shringi and his team founded and created a company that millions of customers trust and return to for a wide range of travel services and experiences.  We believe Yatra is uniquely positioned to benefit from the continued vibrant expansion of India, the world’s fastest growing major economy, and the rapid adoption of e-commerce and mobile technology by India’s flourishing consumer class.”

About Yatra Online:

Yatra is one of the fastest growing consumer travel platforms and the second largest online travel agency in India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Founded in 2006 by venture capital firms and experienced travel industry and technology executives, Yatra is a leading consolidator of travel products. Yatra investors comprise of Reliance Capital, IDG, Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Valiant, Network 18, Vertex Ventures, Macquarie, Intel Capital and RVCF. Yatra has India’s largest hotel network of 61,000 hotels. With more than four million customers, Yatra has emerged as the most trusted eCommerce travel brand in India, as ranked by The Economic Times. To further accelerate its growth, Yatra has entered into a strategic relationship with an affiliate of Reliance Industries Limited, one of India’s largest conglomerates, in which Yatra’s mobile app will be pre-installed on up to 35 million Reliance Jio LYF smartphones over the course of the next 36 months as Reliance launches one of India’s largest 4G mobile networks.

For further information on Yatra please contact:

Saumya Bhushan-Mobile: +91-9910353007-Email: Saumya@avian-media.com

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Best Regards-Srinija-Srinija Grandhi  Junior Account Executive   Avian Media

TripAdvisor Announces Attractions Trend Index Highlighting India’s Top 15 AutumnActivities

TripAdvisor Announces Attractions Trend Index Highlighting India’s Top 15 AutumnActivities

TripAdvisor Announces Attractions Trend Index Highlighting India’s Top 15 AutumnActivities

 National, December, 2016 –TripAdvisor,the travel planning and booking site,announced the results of itsAttractions Trend Index, revealing the top 15 attractions in India that have seen the greatest increase in traveller interest this autumn, based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor.1

“It is no secret that India is varied in attractions ranging from the historic to natural, as well as to manmade attractions that enthrall travellers. TripAdvisor’sAttractions Trend Indexreveals beautiful sites across the country that have captured the attention of travellers this autumn.said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.

“These attractions are perfect for Indians planning holidays around the country and who want to make the most of their trip by enjoying a variety of activities,” he added.

 Top Trending IndiaAttractions,Autumn2016

India Reason to Go and What to Book YoY Percent Change
1.       Athirappilly Waterfalls – Thrissur, Kerala

 

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, this site is a must visit for its serene ambience and majestic beauty. Travellers can experience the nature in full glory with aprivate day tour for INR 2,782 per person

 

507%
2.       The Saturday Night Market – Arpora, Goa Aone stop shop for shopaholics, this sprawling market comes into play every Saturday evening from 6pm into late night. It also houses cuisines from across the globe and hostslive music concerts.

 

166%
3.       Nathula Pass – Gangtok, Sikkim Offshoot of the ancient silk route, visiting Nathula Pass is a breathtaking experience. The pass connects India with Tibet and is also one of the four officially agreed Border Personnel Meeting points between the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army of China for regular interactions between the two armies. 159%
4.       Banasura Sagar Dam – Vythiri, Kerala Locatednorth west of Kalpetta, the backdrop of Banasura Hillsis the ideal picnic spot for travellers with its picturesque beauty. It is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia and is a popular spot for trekking and speed boating. 136%
5.       Lohagad Fort – Khandala, Maharashtra One of the many hill forts of Maharashtra, Lohgad fortis a popular historic structure andwas occupied by several dynasties at different periods of time.The place is surrounded by lush green grassland and offers panoramic views and perfect for first time trekkers. 135%
6.       Periyar Lake – Thekkady, Kerala This beautiful lake surrounded by Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is ideal for travellers to enjoy the great scenic charm and rich bio diversity. 115%
7.       Vagamon– Kottayam, Kerala Known as the green country, this hill station is a perfect escape for some relaxation and rejuvenation. With beautiful meadows and pine forest,travellers can enjoy the scenic drive and indulge in a cloud hugging experience.

 

115%
8.       Mattupetty Dam – Munnar, Kerala Situated in the famous hill town of Munnar, Mattupetty Dam is a popular picnic spot and is enveloped withacres of tea and spice plantation. Travellers can experience the green Paradise of Kerala through a private day trip bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 4542.

 

114%
9.       Kovalam Beach – Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Set on the edge of the southern coast of Kerala, Kovalam is a well-known beach town lined with swaying coconut trees, shimmering sand and tall lighthouses. Travellers can indulge themselves in herbal body toning massages, catamaran cruises, sunbathing and much more.

 

112%
10.   Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall) – Kalpetta, Kerala Also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Soochippara Falls locally means water flowing through a needle rock and offers scenic views of some of the best tea estates in Wayanad. Travellers can also enjoy a relaxing swimming session at the base of the cascade. 107%
11.   Cherai Beach– Kochi, Kerala Rightly called as “The Princess of the Arabian Sea”, this golden beach of Kerala is ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Travellers can occasionally spotdolphins here and it is famous for thick coconut groves.

 

104%
12.   Mughal Garden – New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi Mughal Garden is famous for 159 celebrated varieties of flowers, some of which are extinct and rare. Its design is inspired from the old Islamic architecture and the gardens are perfect destination for picnics.

 

95%
13.   Sahakari Spice Farm– Ponda, Goa The aroma of a variety of genuine spices will lure the tourists and rejuvenate their senses at this spice plantation. It is also popular for its magnificently designed places of worship.

 

94%
14.   Gandikota Fort – San

Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh

With a breath taking view of India’s own Grand Canyon, Gandikota Fort, built in 13th century is a magnificent complex with 2 temples, a mosque, a small village and jail complex. Travellers can enjoy beautiful sunset view and also visit the old temples of Lord Shiva located at the distance of 12 kilometers from here.

 

91%
15.   Chembra Peak – Kalpetta, Kerala A perfect blend of natural beauty with adventure sports, it is wonderful destination for trekking with a splendid heart shaped lake which is believed to have never dried up.

 

88%

 TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site*. Travellers can read millions of reviews and opinions and book their next trip at: https://www.tripadvisor.in/ 

Notes to editors:

The Attractions Trend Index rankings were determined based on the percent increase in search sessions on TripAdvisor desktop and mobile for IndianTravellers between 2015 and 2016 for the period of September 1- October 15. Attractions were required to have a minimum of 2,000sessions during the 2015 period and at least four out of five bubbles on TripAdvisor to qualify.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site**, enabling travelers to unleash the potential of every trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 390 million average monthly unique visitors*, and reached 435 million reviews and opinions covering 6.8 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 49 markets worldwide. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:

www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com,www.citymaps.com,www.cruisecritic.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com(including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl, www.besttables.comand www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.comwww.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.comwww.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, and www.virtualtourist.com.

 *Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2016

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, July 2016

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Best Regards-Srinija-Srinija Grandhi I Junior Account Executive I Avian Media

The German National Tourist Office, India News & Images

The German National Tourist Office, India News & Images

Annual Discover Germany Road Show spells yet another success story

Chennai 29 November, 2016 – The German National Tourist Office, India (GNTO) successfully concluded the 2nd of its 4 city roadshow in Chennai. The event witnessed great interest from the travel trade in the city and saw the participation of 8 German partners. The partners were thrilled to see the enthusiastic response from the travel fraternity in Chennai.

mr-romit-theophilus-director-german-national-tourist-office-india trade-interaction

The Roadshow which is an annual event, has been witnessing encouraging participation from the Indian trade over the years. The feedback received from the operators has helped the German Partners customize their products to better suit the Indian Travellers.

Mr. RomitTheophilus, Director Sales & Marketing, said “Germany has recorded over 5,00,432 overnights from India for the period of January-August 2016 a growth of 4.4% over the same period last year. To keep with the changing times and traveler trends The German National Tourist Office in India launched its India Facebook Page in February 2016 www.facebook.com/germanytourism. Social Media has a growing impact on Traveler choices and decisions especially with regards to destination choice. We look forward to the Germany tourism Page becoming a hub for discussions relating to travel to Germany, sharing of itineraries, exciting travel finds in the country and lots more.” said Theophilus.

The core Marketing Theme for GNTO in 2016 has been “Germany- Holidays in the Heart of Nature”, further reinforced in the organization’s promotions and communication. The objectives of this year’s core campaign has to strengthen Germany’s image as a travel destination for Natural and scenic holidays.

Speaking on the occasion, RomitTheophilus, Director for India at The German National Tourist Office, India said, “Germany is a magnificent destination with a plethora of Scenic and natural landscapes to choose from. From the Zugspitze in the German Alps in the South, the Wadden Sea and the Coastal cities in the North to the Bastei Rock formations in the East, Destination Germany has something for everyone. What’s more, all this is available at a phenomenal price, making Germany a very lucrative holiday destination.”

The roadshow which was flagged off in Mumbai, is travelling to Kolkata and New Delhi post Chennai. The Workshops helped facilitate interactions between German partners and the Indian travel trade on latest offers, highlights and attractions for the Indian travelers.

 The partners who participated in the roadshow:

 Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Schifffahrt AG, the City Tourism Board of Cologne, the State   

 Tourism Board of Saxony, Stuttgart & Southwest Germany, the City Tourism Board of 

Baden –Baden, Airberlin, Lufthansa German Airlines and Maritim Hotels. 

About the GNTO, India

The German National Tourist Office (GNTO), India is the official representative office of the German National Tourist Board. With its inception in 2006, the GNTO is based in New Delhi to   facilitate, strategize and implement the goals outlined by the German National Tourist Board to   enhance the positive image of Destination Germany.

 About the GNTB

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It works on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to represent Germany as a tourist destination and is funded by the Ministry in accordance with a decision taken by the German Bundestag. The GNTB develops and communicates strategies and products to promote Germany’s positive image abroad as a tourist destination and to encourage tourists to visit the country. It has 30 agencies around the world to support its activities. More information can be found in our online press centre at www.germany.travel/presse.

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