Travelio raises USD 18 million in a Series B funding round !!

Travelio, an Indonesia-based start-up that aims to disrupt the real estate sector, has raised USD 18 million in a Series B funding round co-led by Temasek subsidiary Pavilion Capital and China’s Gobi Partners. Travelio connects property owners and developers and tenants looking for accommodations in a slightly longer term. What differentiates it from the likes... Continue Reading →

Seaside Collection acquires Finolhu in Maldives !!

Luxury hotel chain, Seaside Hotels, which now operates as Seaside Collection, has acquired Finolhu, a luxury island resort in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Modern and fun, Finolhu is the hotel chain’s eleventh boutique property and it’s first in the Maldives. Gregor Gerlach, CEO and managing partner of Seaside Collection said: “Whilst the long stretches... Continue Reading →

Ride Tesla or Mercedes cars with Didi Chuxing’s Japan premium service !!

China’s Didi Chuxing will trial a premium ride-hailing service in Japan offering luxurious vehicles like Tesla, Lexus and Mercedes Benz vehicles. A representative confirmed that the ride-hailing firm will roll out a “DiDi Premium” trial later this month in some areas in Tokyo in a move to diversify its operations in Japan. It will use... Continue Reading →

Live like a ‘Maharaja’: City Palace of Jaipur now on Airbnb !!

Jaipur’s Royal Family becomes Airbnb’s first ‘Royal Hosts’ as their family home, the City Palace of Jaipur, becomes available on the home-sharing platform. From 23 November 2019, the Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will become accessible to outside guests and will be available to book for the first time ever on Airbnb. His Highness Maharaja... Continue Reading →

ATM 2020: Indian visitors to GCC to increase 81% by 2024 !!

The number of Indian tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase by 81% from 5.4 million in 2018 to 9.8 million in 2024, growing at CAGR of 10%, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020. As destinations throughout the Middle East prepare to showcase their latest offering at ATM 2020,... Continue Reading →

New initiative to promote Karnataka on e-bikes !!

B: Live, an eco-tourism start-up which has pioneered the concept of electric vehicle (EV) tourism in India has launched its services in Karnataka. It offers immersive experiential tours on smart e-bikes, providing a clean mode of transport to the tourists and locals. The start-up works closely with the tourism ministry of India to promote eco-tourism in... Continue Reading →

Royal Caribbean CEO: Caribbean cruise business to grow by 50% in 2030 !!

US-based cruise operator Royal Caribbean has predicted that its Caribbean cruise tourism business will grow by 50% in 2030, with an overall economic benefit of cruise reaching USD 6 billion. In a recent Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) outlook forum, the cruise line’s president and CEO Michael Bayley said there’s great demand for innovative experiences, which the cruise... Continue Reading →

Dream Cruises sails beyond Asia with luxury ship Explorer Dream !!

With a goal of becoming ‘Asia’s Global Cruise Line’, Dream Cruises has sailed beyond Asia, bringing passengers aboard Explorer Dream to White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney, Australia.  “Dream Cruises is excited to begin a new chapter as we chart new waters beyond Asia to homeport in Australia starting this year for the very first time, creating... Continue Reading →

Norwegian Cruise Line invests USD100m to revitalise “most storied ships”

Norwegian Cruise Line has provided further detail about Norwegian Spirit’s upcoming renovation as part of The Norwegian Edge programme. According to the cruise company, its ship Norwegian Spirit will enter dry dock in Marseille, France on 2 January 2020 for an over USD 100 million revitalisation. As part of the nearly 40-day renovation, the ship... Continue Reading →

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