Travel Agencies

A travel agency is a retail business that sells travel related products and services to customers on behalf of suppliers such as airlines, car rentals, cruise lines, hotels, railways, sightseeing tours and package holidays that combine several products.  In addition to dealing with ordinary tourists most travel agencies have a separate department devoted to making travel arrangements for business travelers and some travel agencies specialize in commercial and business travel only. There are also travel agencies that serve as general sales agents for foreign travel companies, allowing them to have offices in countries other than where their headquarters are located.

Tourism ministry planning seven religious circuits across India

“The Union Ministry of Tourism is planning to develop seven religious tourism circuits across the country. “India is home to a number of religions and there is huge scope in terms of boosting tourism to religious places,Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Ministry of Tourism, India,  said while speaking to the press today in New Delhi. The ministry will identify Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Sufi and Sarva Dharma places, according to a report by cathnewsindia.com.

The ministry has taken up the matter with industry stakeholders and some Sufi exponents. It has identified 35 destinations for Phase I and will cover another 89 in Phase II. The minister said his ministry is preparing a detailed project report to identify religious destinations. The aim of the project, he added, is to facilitate a packaged tour-like experience for people who visit religious places. “We have already engaged consultants to work on these circuits and hope to engage state governments in the project,” he added.”

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Tourism ministry planning seven religious circuits across India

All leisure group back in black but wary of market conditions

Chairman Roger Allard noted a growing trend towards late bookings for 2012 and said: “We are currently encountering many challenges as a result of geo-political events, difficult market conditions, inflation and the situation in the eurozone, together with the tragic events seen recently in Giglio, Italy. “Nevertheless, the fact that we have reported a reasonable performance against a backdrop of unprecedented natural disasters and geo-political events pays testament to the strength of our brands and the dedication of our loyal staff.“While we remain cautious on the overall economic outlook, we have taken some prudent action to ensure that we are best placed to continue to provide the best service possible to our customers and value to shareholders alike.”

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All leisure group back in black but wary of market conditions