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Ctrip empowers MakeMyTrip in mobile, accommodations Raini Hamdi, reporting from GTA meeting, Bangkok, February 24, 2016
FLUSHED with funds from Ctrip International's US$180 million investment in it, MakeMyTrip (MMT) is surging ahead with the goal of being the dominant player in the mobile and accommodation space.

Moonstone Expeditions launches new adventure tours Sri Lanka, February 19, 2016
BRITISH adventure tour operator Moonstone Expeditions has unveiled a new range of trekking and cycling tours in Kerala, Rajasthan and Darjeeling, India.

UK to launch preferred agency scheme in India Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, February 18, 2016
UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) is looking to introduce a new preferred agency programme in India next month, aimed at easing the visa application process for travel agents and their clients.

Thomas Cook India offers Airbnb inventory Mumbai, February 18, 2016
CLIENTS of Thomas Cook India heading overseas can now choose from Airbnb's stock of apartments, rooms, castles, boats, manors, tree houses and private island accommodations.

Indian outbound to fall as rupee weakens Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, February 11, 2016
AGENTS in India are cautious about outbound travel demand as the national currency depreciated to 68 rupees against the US dollar from 61 rupees a year ago.

Free online marketplace for Indian agents goes live Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, February 5, 2016
LAST week, QuadLabs Technologies India launched, a free web platform which allows travel agents to manage bookings, resolve customer enquiries and connects agents directly with suppliers through a point-of-sale system. Products include hotels, flights, car rental, travel insurance and tours.

JNTO offices to debut in seven destinations Julian Ryall, Tokyo, February 3, 2016
THE Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) plans to open new promotional offices in seven new destinations before the end of fiscal 2016, namely in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Russia, Spain and Italy.

Indonesia campaigns for more India travellers Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, February 2, 2016
INDONESIA's tourism ministry has stepped up efforts to market Indonesia to travellers from India and improve flight connectivity between the two countries.

Goa to launch new travel booking portal Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, February 1, 2016
THE Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) will soon be launching a multi-lingual e-portal for travellers to book tourism products found within India. Travel agents will also be able to list their offerings on the site.

Indian agents welcome joint bank guarantee scheme Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, January 15, 2016
IATA's Passenger Agency Conference has approved the return of the joint bank guarantee (JBG) scheme for accredited Indian agencies, effective since January 1. The scheme was discontinued in 2013.