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  • Amazon launches online travel service 5 days ago

    New York: The site that sells everything from toilet paper to toys can now send you on a romantic getaway. Amazon is expanding its travel service online, dubbed Amazon Destinations, the latest effort by the e-commerce site to bolster its service offerings. The travel service offers deals on hotels and getaways in...
  • The 'first-ever' suitcase with retractable wheels that don't get damaged during travel April 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Even as suitcases with wheels at their base offer easy movement around places, with time they do wear out and are often prone to breakage. Providing a solution to this, luggage manufacturer Heys has introduced the first set of retractable wheels on its new Stealth suitcase that keeps...
  • Uber's popularity surges; business travellers avoiding taxis April 8, 2015

    New York: Business travellers are bypassing the taxi queue with greater frequency, choosing instead ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies. A new report by expense management system provider Certify shows that 47 per cent of the ground transportation rides by its users in March were through Uber. That's more than tripled from...
  • With a new app, hotel booking service RoomsTonite now offers 24x7 assistance March 30, 2015

    Bengaluru: Last-minute hotel booking mobile application RoomsTonite has unveiled a 24x7 assistance service to help travellers with enquiries and meet their needs at pre-stay, during stay and post-stay. "Our new service 'RoomsTonite Assist' application has been designed to help our customers have a hassle-free travel anytime day or night," RoomsTonite chief...
  • 53 per cent Indians to increase travel budget in 2015: Survey March 23, 2015

    Mumbai: A large number of Indians have travel plans for this year, with a majority of them indicating that they may increase their spending, says a survey. "More than half (53 per cent) the Indians will increase their travel budget in 2015. Of those planning to increase their travel spend, 52...
  • Uttar Pradesh: National Tourism University proposed at Noida March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Sunday said that a proposal for establishing a National Tourism University at Noida is under process. Addressing an event on the occasion of the second convocation of the Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM) at Noida, Sharma also said that a...
  • 5 life lessons that you learn, while travelling in DTC buses March 12, 2015

    The Delhi Transport Corporation is an important part of your life when you are a resident of the Delhi NCR region, and travelling in DTC buses is, simply, character-building stuff. They teach you more about life, than your parents, school or Deepak Chopra will ever manage to.Back in 2009, when...
  • Union budget: Air travel becomes costly, Air India to get Rs 2500 crore February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: First and business class air travellers would find flying costlier from the next fiscal with an almost 2 per cent hike in service tax rate proposed in the general budget, which also earmarked Rs 2,500 crore for ailing Air India in 2015-16. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday...
  • Union Budget 2015: Visa on arrival now for 150 countries February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: India will provide visa on arrival (VoA) to visitors from 150 countries -- a sharp rise from the 43 countries now, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Saturday. "Last year VoA was issued to 43 countries. As tourism in the country has increased, I propose to increase the countries...
  • Railway Budget 2015: HC tells Railways to reconsider commuters' security policy February 26, 2015

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Railways to reconsider its policy on providing security to commuters in long-distance trains while hearing a petition filed by a young woman who lost her leg after being was pushed out of a moving train as she was chasing a thief...
  • Rail Budget 2015: Have single window clearance for infra cos, says BMR February 25, 2015

    Revival of investor confidence is key to put economy back on a growth trajectory. The National Manufacturing Policy ("NMP") and the 'Make in India' campaign (along with the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme) is expected to position India as the 'business partner' for creating a 'world class manufacturing hub'. While manufacturing...
  • Rail Budget 2015: Suresh Prabhu to unveil plans for raising resources February 25, 2015

    New Delhi: With Railway finances under terrible strain, all eyes will be focused on whether Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will hike the fares and freight rates in the Rail Budget on Thursday which may contain proposals for 'Make in India' initiatives besides enhancing safety and security. Minister of State for Railway...
  • Railways needs Rs 2 lakh crore to complete projects, getting private money is not easy February 25, 2015

    (KH Muniyappa is a seven time MP (Lok Sabha) from Kolar in Karnataka. Between 2004 and 2014, he was minister of state Railways, Transport and Minister of State (Independent charge) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) New Delhi: The health of the Indian Railways in not in good shape. The Railways is...
  • Himachal has high hopes from Rail Budget: CM Virbhadra Singh February 24, 2015

    Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday expressed hope that the railway budget would not only meet the aspirations of the state but also of other hilly areas which he claimed have not got their due in expansion of rail network in the past. "I hope Himachal will find...
  • Rail stocks plunge up to 13 per cent on profit-booking February 24, 2015

    Mumbai: Rail stocks on Tuesday fell up to 13 per cent on heavy profit booking ahead of the Railway Budget for 2015-16 on Thursday. Shares of Kalindee Rail Nirman (Engineers) Ltd plunged 12.62 per cent, Titagarh Wagons slumped 9.99 per cent and Texmaco Rail & Engineering tanked 9.21 per cent...
  • Rail Budget: Six ministers in six years, will Suresh Prabhu compensate for wasted years and opportunities? February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian Railways may have failed to achieve growth and speed up work in the last 6 years, but it has achieved one thing. India has seen six Railways ministers in the last six years. The relative stability at the Ministry of Railways came under serious threat after...
  • Rail Budget likely to have a slew of green initiatives February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Use of solar energy in a big way, launching of waste-to-energy project and proliferation of CNG in train operations are some of the green initiatives likely to be announced in the Rail Budget this time. Besides an elaborate exercise of water conservation including setting up of water recycling plants...
  • Railway Budget 2015: White Paper to be presented in Parliament February 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to present a White Paper in Parliament on finances and projects in the ailing national transporter. "The White Paper on Railways will mainly look at issues such as dynamic revenue earning model, freight and fare rationalisation, and capacity augmentation," said a senior...
  • Less than 100 trains likely to get green signal in Rail Budget February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: With Railways reeling under a financial crunch, the number of new trains to be announced in the Rail Budget is unlikely to be more than 100, much less than what is the normal practice every year. Rail Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, who is considered to be pro-reform, is unlikely...
  • Union Budget 2015: Center may relax LTC norms to boost tourism February 20, 2015

    New Delhi: In order to give boost to the tourism sector, the Budget for 2015-16 is likely to expand the scope of LTA and LTC by including hotel and other expenses besides travel for the purpose of tax benefit. The Ministry, sources said, it is also considering a proposal to allow...
  • Pakistan repatriates 173 Indian prisoners February 17, 2015

    Attari: In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan government on Monday repatriated 172 Indian fishermen and one civil prisoner after the beating Retreat Ceremony followed by Flag lowering ceremony held at Indo-Pak international border. All the fishermen crossed over to India on the basis of 'Emergency Travel Certificate' issued by the Islamabad-based...
  • SpiceJet's new owners plan to cut fleet, shrink network: Sources January 16, 2015

    Singapore: The prospective owners of low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd plan to cut the airline's fleet, shrink its network and return to a "plain vanilla" business model to achieve profitability, two people close to the investors said. Their plans include culling the 15 Bombardier Q400 regional aircraft from the airline's fleet and...
  • SpiceJet says did not receive any credit from oil companies January 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Beleaguered airline SpiceJet said it has received no credit from oil companies, even as it scotched speculation about having failed to submit any revival plan. "... there was no revival plan due for submission today," SpiceJet's Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor said late in a statement. The airline also said...
  • Australia warns its citizens of 'high terror threat' in India January 7, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia has revised its travel advisory for India asking its citizens to exercise high degree of caution while travelling to the country, citing high threat of terrorist activities. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) updated its advice on Tuesday warning the Australians travelling to India that terrorists...
  • Mercury dip, fog in north India affect travel business December 22, 2014

    Cold wave has intensified in North India with the National capital recording its coldest day of the season on Sunday at a minimum of 4.8 degrees Celsius. Monday too remained cold with minimum temperature hovering around 5.7 degrees Celsius. ...
  • GoAir offers discount on fares, lowest at Rs 1,469 December 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The Wadia Group-promoted budget carrier GoAir on Sunday said it has put 1.7 million seats up for sale, offering fares as low as Rs 1,469 for travel next year with a five-day booking period starting on Sunday, to stimulate demand during the lean period. The special offer is available...
  • New York: East Coast storm hampers Thanksgiving travel November 28, 2014

    New York: A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for US travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico brought rain to...
  • British Airways to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to two women for discomfort during journey in 2007 November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: British Airways has been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to two women for discomfort and inconvenience caused to them in their journey to the US in 2007. The South West Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, presided by SK Sarvaria, asked the...
  • British Airways, Lufthansa to offer special fare, products to Indian travelers November 20, 2014

    New Delhi: British Airways and Lufthansa are among several international carriers coming up with special fares and products to target the high-end Indian air traveler. British Airways (BA) came out with a limited period 20 per cent discount for its business class flights to North America, while Lufthansa announced introduction of...