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Thrissur to host a week tour for travel writers in January 2014


  • Athirappally Falls

In a bid to present Thrissur as a perfect tourist destination, the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) of Thrissur is planning to organise a week-long tour for travel writers in January 2014. Fifty travel writers from all over the world are expected to visit Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala. The tour will be held between January 8 and 14 and will coincide with the festival season of Kerala.

According to DTPC officials, the tour comprises trips to various Ecotourism spots ranging from the Athirappally-Vazhachal tourism circuit to the Kole wetlands and sites of historical significance like the Umbrella Stones in Kandanassery and the Shakthan Thampuran Palace.

V.K. Prabhakaran, Secretary of DTPC Thrissur said, “We have included family vacations and budget travel, which will facilitate first-hand reporting of the district’s tourism potential.” He also said that the DTPC is planning to organise percussion ensembles and performances of traditional art forms like Kathakali and Koodiyattam. “The attempt is to introduce tourists to all that there is to see and feel in Thrissur so that they will carry myriad pictures of the place all over the world,” said Prabhakran.

Madhubhan Resort and Spa to add ten new luxurious tents


  • Picture courtesy Madhubhan Resorts and Spa, Anand

Keeping in mind the inflow of tourists to the milk capital of Gujarat, Anand, Madhubhan Resort and Spa is planning to add ten new luxurious tents to its present five-star deluxe resort. The tented accommodation will be a miniature replica of actual village surroundings and will be known as Zamkudi Gom.

The tents will be huge in size and will feature two double beds, a sitting area, bathroom designed with three different areas—shower, washbasin, and toilet.

Manohar Gurung, General Manager, Madhubhan Resort & Spa, Anand  said, “We are not targeting one particular segment to promote this addition to our property. But we are keen to focus even on Non Resident Indians (NRI) Gujaratis, who come with their families and look for a deluxe accommodation near Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Besides positioning the resort as a theme wedding destination, we are promoting it as an ideal destination for holding small conferences and weekend getaways for family outings too. The resort also has an advantage of its strategic location, with its close proximity to the pilgrim place Dakhor and Champaner, which is a UNESCO site. We definitely have an edge over others in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and other nearby cities.”

Speaking further on developing the luxurious tents, Gurung said, “The plans for the completion of the rest of the tented accommodation are on, which includes a huge play or party area to accommodate up to hundred guests, besides a water body and a self-contained barbecue enclosure. These developments are on the anvil and will definitely provide an experience our guests are looking for.”

Air India planning to suspend free meals on short distance domestic flights

In a further attempt to cut cost, Air India, the national carrier of India is planning to stop free meals on its short-haul domestic flights. The airline is still considering on the issue and no decision has been arrived at till date.

Air India sources in New Delhi said, “Air India, which has already stopped serving hot meals on domestic flights of less than 90 minutes, could decide not to serve any food on its services which are less than one hour.”

Currently, passengers pay for having food on no-frill carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, while full service airlines Air India and Jet Airways provide complimentary meals on all flights.

Air India has already been serving cold meals like sandwiches and muffins on flights less than 90 minutes. However, passengers on long-haul domestic and all international flights are served both hot and cold meals and beverages.