IATO – India must target tourism markets like Brazil & Africa

Targeting rapidly growing economies like Brazil and Africa, easier visa processes, investing in budget hotels and infrastructure can propel Indian tourism into an increasingly competitive marketplace, says President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO).  By Sinead McManus  The recently concluded 29th Annual Convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) held in…

October 11, 2013
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Whispering Palms – A Call To Ultimate Hospitality

From nearly being written off from the tourism industry to now making its way across states, Whispering Palms Beach Resort has cooked up the perfect success story You know how you sometimes feel you can never get away? With so much work to be done, the “tourist season” quivering on the edge and Calangute awaiting…

October 1, 2013
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Soul satisfaction at The Sofala 15°74

This perfect hideaway introduces guests to the true experience of Goa, buoyed by the influences of owner Suraj Morajkar’s charming disposition By Sinead McManus It was the thick of the season three years ago, after the rambunctious New Year crowd had filtered out leaving behind a sizeable number of good-natured tourists, when I received a…

September 7, 2013
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Indulge to Revitalise – Cidade de Goa

With high-tech equipment and experienced trainers and masseurs, the recently renovated Club Saúde at Cidade de Goa, Dona Paula, offers the perfect excuse to stay healthy. Cidade de Goa has been close to an institution in this tiny tourist state, with hordes of visitors enjoying the lavishness of the secluded beachfront property for the past…

August 17, 2013
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A fresh slice of Calangute

Bringing everything to the guest in one place with very hospitable staff and great ambience is something the Citrus Goa excels at By Sinead McManus  Living in Calangute means I pass by innumerable new ventures – cafes, hotels, joints and shops – almost every day. And sometimes the traffic in this bustling little village can…

June 1, 2013
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Relax Amid the Bustle

Swissotel Goa at Calangute offers sumptuous dining and tranquil accommodation at the core of the state’s hip party zone… By Sinead McManus Some are inclined to think that Goa’s popular northern belt has enough luxury hotels to go around. A new venture would certainly have to stick its head out to be noticed. With its…

May 14, 2013
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Sunset Surprises

Let the Sunset Deck at Vivanta by Taj – Holiday Village Goa amaze you with its resplendent view, exotic meals and warm service By Sinead McManus  It was a sultry evening. The rain that wet the streets a day earlier did nothing to dispel the humidity that hangs heavily in times like this – it’s…

May 11, 2013
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A Royal Tryst with Nature

A Royal Tryst with Nature  Once-in-a-lifetime sightings of regal tigers and other rich wildlife in the verdant surroundings of the Ranthambore National Park can only be matched by the luxurious splendor of Rajasthan’s Nahargarh Resort.. The dusty air wobbled above the simmering Rajasthani roads as the blistering sun turned Jaipur’s royal palaces almost mirage-like. Almost magically, the…

April 27, 2013
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Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort, New Delhi, India

A green oasis of calm in the bustling capital city, impeccable service that makes you feel like royalty… Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort is a real find. It’s hard to believe you’re at the heart of India. The spa: At the start of a stay guests receive a free consultation to help customise their experience…

April 9, 2013
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Living the ‘Grande’ Way – Nagoa Grande Resort

Nirvana Nest Buildcon Pvt Ltd promises to create ‘memories of a lifetime’ with its recent foray into the hospitality scene. Nagoa Grande Resort located in Nagoa offers a range of services from chic interiors to the Rejuvenate Spa, from  hosting facilities to  Kebab Street, its specialised Indian restaurant to be opened soon…   Adding to…

January 8, 2013
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