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13 Aug 2018 Tourism

Sri Lanka Soon Introduce Visa-Free Entry for Indian Tourist

Tourism Minister of Sri Lanka, John Amaratunga, recently stated that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a move to boost tourism is looking out for possibilities of offering visa-free entry to tourists from tourist-friendly countries.
For the said task, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister has even appointed a task force that will be working on the ground level. As this effort is all to boost tourism into boosting tourism in further regions with Liberation Tigers of Tamil and emerges it as one of the top destinations in Asia.
While India topped the list by registering a record number of arrivals in Sri Lanka at 206337, Chinese tourists followed at 136294.
All tourists to Sri Lanka must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) cards before their arrival.
Source: TimesofIndia
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10 Aug 2018 Tourism

World Tourism Day Focuses Change and Digital Transformation

World Tourism Day (WTD) 2018 will shed light on how digital technology is transforming travel and tourism industry. By providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, celebrating this World Tourism Day, in Budapest, Hungary (27 September 2018).
The importance of digital technologies in the tourism industry. explains, advances including big data, artificial intelligence, and digital platforms, on the map of sustainable development. “We must better understand the growing economic, societal and environmental impacts of technology and innovation in tourism if our sector is to sustain continuous and inclusive growth in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations,” states the WTD website.
Source:unwto

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8 Aug 2018 Tourism

Indian Airlines Seek $50-bn Funding to Buy Planes for the Next 10 Years.

Indian Airlines, which have placed large aircraft purchase orders, the carriers will require an estimated $50 billion of financing to support projected deliveries until 2027 a report said.

With a total of 1,055 aircraft on order, as many as 100 planes consisting of wide-body, narrow-body and regional ones are to be delivered to Indian carriers each year for the next five years, said the report by Sydney-based aviation think-tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA Stating that the unexpected recovery in Indian aviation since 2014 has changed the dynamics of the market and the demand for aircraft, the CAPA said, 

"Positive market conditions have led Indian carriers to place bets on expansion on an unprecedented scale, with as many as 723 aircraft ordered since 2014 and more orders expected."

Its an unexpected recovery in Indian aviation since 2014. Represents, good growth of 8-10 percent per annum in recent years creating many career opportunity in the Airlines industry. 
source: economictimes

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6 Aug 2018 Tourism

New Kannur Airport to Open up Tourism Growth in South India

The airport will serve as a gateway for tourism development since Kodagu is closer to Kannur than Mangaluru and Bengaluru, and thus enhances air connectivity, which could boost tourism.

“Tourists who want to visit Mysuru and Madikeri may choose to travel via Kannur airport instead of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport since the Kannur airport is near to this area.

BS Prashanth, president of Mysuru Travels Association (MTA), says-
"Tourists who want to visit Mysuru and Madikeri may choose to travel via Kannur airport instead of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport since the Kannur airport is near to this area. Traveling from Bengaluru airport to Mysuru is very difficult because of bumper to bumper traffic. Hence, people will opt for the Kodagu route where the road is also good"

Kodagu locals feel the new airport is expected to help export of commercial crops grown in Kodagu district and will also cater to non-resident Indians from Kodagu with efficient and cost-effective travel.
Source: deccanherald

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1 Aug 2018 Tourism

7 Lucrative Travel Jobs that Pay Over $100,000 a Year

Do you want to travel the world but are you stuck in a 9-to-5 Job with two weeks of holidays? There are jobs for which you can wander on your employer's penny that pay more than $ 100,000 per year.

1. Travel Advertiser (VP or higher)
Average salary: $ 116,000
A publicist establishes and maintains positive relations with the media, placing his clients in different media, from television to magazines. A travel blogger works for a hotel (or hotel chain), a cruise line, an airline or an advertising agency that represents travel clients.
The longer you stay with an advertising agency, the more you can do. The average salary for a high-level vice president is around $ 116,000 a year, according to the Payscale.com job website.

2. Luxury travel advisor
Average salary: $ 100,000
Before the Internet, travel agents (as they used to be known) could do as little as booking a plane ticket. Now, travel consultants not only prepare for your trip, but also provide a high level of service and advice, and manage your vacation time.
Travel consultants are always on the road, especially those who specialise in luxury travel, where customers with large budgets want consultants to know the product through first-hand experiences.
The salary of a travel agent is approximately $ 36,654 per year, with an extra $ 6,000 for bonuses and commissions.

3. Hotel manager
Average salary: $ 105,000
The hotel manager ensures that everything about the hotel works without problems. They manage all aspects of the property, including operations, staffing and customer satisfaction, and are mostly responsible for operational efficiency and profitability.
While the average salary for a hotel manager is approximately $ 105,000, those who work in a large, high-end hotel, especially in large metropolitan cities, can earn close to $ 200,000 a year. The Glassdoor employment website shows a manager position at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, a five-star hotel chain, with an average salary of $ 114,000 from $ 95,000 to $ 129,000.

4. Sales Director
Average salary: $ 108,737
A hotel sales manager is responsible for developing businesses through direct sales, marketing, direct mail and tours through the hotel, it also boosts sales revenue, which may be reserving large-scale events and conventions at the hotel. The minimum salary of a director of sales in a hotel is $ 88,116, with the additional compensation in cash (including bonus or commission) of $ 20,621 per year, which amounts to $ 108,737.
If you manage commercial sales for an entire region, such as all hotels of the hotel company in a city or region (that is, all Marriott hotels in New England), you can expect a higher salary of $ 117,440 per year with additional compensation of $ 56,729.

5. The pilot of the airline
Average salary: $ 137,330
If you have ever dreamed of being the pilot of a plane, know that you have a high salary: more than $ 100,000 per year (up to $ 208,000 per year for major airlines). The average annual salary is $ 137,330, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

6. Creative or art director
Average salary: $ 133,000
The average annual salary for a creative director in the US. It is $ 133,839, but it can reach $ 200,000 at the higher end for those who have more experience and get jobs in large companies.
Directors working on trips, such as a hotel chain, for example, get the advantage of travelling through their work, travelling to new hotel openings to determine the general vision, working with designers, artists, editors and marketing specialists

Source:CNBC

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