Thursday, August 22, 2013

Germany India Pool road show

22 08 2013
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GNTO India Pool showcases Destination Germany in New Delhi

New Delhi 22 August 2013 : The Germany India Pool road show, which is part of the sales activity week 2013 was showcased at New Delhi, the workshop received an excellent response from the travel trade in the city, further aiding in interactions with the trade on the Best Selling Practices for Destination Germany.

Mr. Romit Theophilus, Director Sales & Marketing, The German National Tourist Office, India, said “India Pool since its establishment in 2008 has grown stronger each year with new members joining in. Over the years, this initiative has resulted in a greater awareness of destination Germany’s attractions besides providing regular updates to the travel trade & media. This has been made possible due to the pooling in of resources & enthusiastic campaigning by the partners. Two new members joined us in 2013 namely Lufthansa and Baden – Baden taking our total number of partners to 18.”

Germany continues to enjoy its strong image as an ideal leisure and MICE destination amongst the Indian travelers and has retained its position as the top visited European destination by Indians second only to the UK. For the period January-May, 2013, Germany has witnessed 2,31,927 visitor overnights.

The road shows scheduled this year in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi, aims at facilitating interactions on latest updates, highlights and attractions for the Indian travelers between India Pool members and the Travel trade. Partners that were part of the roadshow in August 2013 included Saxony Tourism, The association of Magic Cities, Baden-Baden, Alpha Travel Consultants and Cologne Tourism, Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn.

  The GNTO India Pool comprises of the following partners:
Incoming DMC: Alpha Travel Consultants GmbH Berlin
State Tourism Boards: Bavaria Tourism, Saxony Tourism , Black Forest Highlands
Cities: Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, Mannheim, Dusseldorf, Baden-Baden and association of Magic Cities
Airports: Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport
Transport Partner- Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa
Hotel Partner- Maritim Hotel

  About The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) India Pool
The GNTO India Pool was created in 2008 to enhance the image of Destination Germany as a preferred leisure destination among the Indian traveler. A cooperation which started with 14 partners in 2008, the GNTO India Pool currently holds 17 partners each contributing an equal sum to be invested in the Indian Market.

Global News

22 08 2013

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Czech President Zeman to dissolve parliament on August 28

Czech President Milos Zeman will formally dissolve the lower house of parliament on August 28, Reuters quoted his spokeswoman as saying on Thursday. The deputies voted to disband the chamber earlier this week. The president must now call an early election within 60 days, and Zeman is expected to call the vote for October 25 and 26.

Miranda’s lawyers apply for interim injunction over seized data

David Miranda’s lawyers have applied for injunction to stop UK government and police copying data seized at Heathrow. Lawyers for partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald were to present the case for injunction at high court on Thursday. They had applied for an interim injunction to prevent the police or the government using, copying or sharing any of the data they may have taken from his laptop, phone and other electronic equipment they seized at Heathrow, The Guardian said. The defense says the Metropolitan police misused Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and had no powers to detain a transit passenger who had not formally entered the UK or Northern Ireland.

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Thai court hands Iranian life sentence over botched Bangkok bombing

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