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Welcome to another edition of "Creatively Yours", the newsletter from Creative Travel India  

Dear Industry Colleagues :

February was a quiet season for us in India. The season is wrapping up and now we are getting ready for summer. I do however want to highlight here a situation we have at Delhi's airport.

Update on Delhi Airport

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport is undergoing a major transformation to make it a world class airport by 2010 when Delhi hosts the Commonwealth games. The airport was privatized last year and the new operators are working around the clock to upgrade the existing terminals. There is a considerable amount of work going on and unfortunately that is disrupting operations, especially in the international departures terminal. Please advise your clients that check-in times are taking longer than normal as are the time taken to clear immigration and security. This will last for another few months. We are going to be taking all clients to the airport earlier than normal to compensate for these delays. We would encourage you to include a note of the airport renovation in your documentation to your clients. You can read more about the project at -

Going back to India and the summer. There is a lot of misconception out there why India cannot be visited in summer. Not all true. There is a lot one can do in summer and the best part is that we can leverage our volumes from the season into some great deals into the off season.

Some reasons to visit India in the Summer include -

  • The best value possible - you get to stay in some of the finest hotels in the world at prices that you would pay for a 4 star hotel in the winter.
  • For wildlife lovers, late April and May are the best times of year to see the famous Indian tiger. This elusive animal stays closer to the water during this time, and is more easily seen.  
  • It’s cooler than you think! Particularly in the desert regions of Rajasthan, the peak heat is between 11:30 am and 4:30 pm, when you could relax and enjoy the hotel. Sightseeing can be done in relative comfort in the early mornings and the evenings. The Indian summer is not hotter than many other destinations that you would consider in the summer months - Dubai, Spain, Miami, etc.  
  • Enjoy the monuments without the crowds - you have the luxury of visiting the monuments in the cities you visit, without having hundreds of tour buses present at the same time.  
  • Enjoy the hotels - with lower summer occupancies, you can enjoy the hotels to their fullest. Use the spa without having to book it in advance, step into the restaurants without a reservation, have the pool to yourself.....

If you would like to explore how we can help you make India a special destination to sell this summer, let us know. We have some amazing deals from our partners like the Taj group and Oberoi hotels and more.

We at Creative Travel and our specialist brands - "Signature Tours" , the luxury travel specialist and "Plan it!", the finest conference management team in India are proud to offer the best of India and her neighboring countries to the discerning traveler. With a 29 year award winning history behind us, we look forward to the opportunity of showing you what true destination management is all about.

To read more about us, you can download a copy of our company profile at -

We appreciate the support our partners all over the world have shown us. It is with your partnership that Creative is where it is today. For those of you with whom we have not had the pleasure of working with, all I can say is try us and see the Creative magic for yourself.

Through "Creatively Yours" we hope to keep you informed on the latest news in Team Creative and the destination. We hope you find this to be useful.

Have a Creative Day !

Rajeev Kohli

Director of Marketing
Creative Travel India


Established in 1977, Creative Travel has grown to be among India's leading Destination Management Companies covering all of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. This region is a special place for travelers and our vast experience in handling clients from all over the world allows us to create the most memorable programs for you.
In this Edition...
  • Creative News - Plan it ! handles Microbicides 2008.
  • Where you can find us next - ITB 2008, IMEX 2008.
  • Guest Comment of the Month - Find out what our clients have to say about us in this section.
  • Destination News - New Hyderabad airport is now ready for landing, Boat Show Sri Lanka 2008, Myanmar lures tourists with reopening of ancient palace.....all this and more Destination news. 
  • Hotel News - Taj Hotels unveils its new property, India's First Business Luxury Villa Hotel, Palms Hotel now open, The Dutch House wins top travel trade accolade.....all this and more update on hotels.
  • Aviation News - Update on airlines.....Air India links Delhi to MP and Rajasthan, Cathay Pacific returns to Colombo, India, Pakistan to increase flights, Lufthansa to launch Flights between Munich and Mumbai.......and more.
  • Recipe of the month - Butter Chicken.
  • Special Feature of the month - The Golden Chariot.


Creative News
Plan it! handles Microbicides 2008
Our conference team, Plan it ! meetings & Conferences just finished handling a very prestigious event. The biannual international Microbicides 2008 Conference was held at New Delhi from Sunday February 24th to Wednesday 27th, 2008. It is for the first time that the meeting would be held in the Asian region. The earlier meetings were held at Washington DC in 2000, Antwerp in 2002, London in 2004, and Cape Town in 2006. The Conference started with an Opening Ceremony on 24th February 2008 at which politicians, policy makers, high profile figures in HIV / AIDS and international media were present. This was a very important event in the international calendar on AIDS research. Creative Travel is privileged to have been selected as the official PCO to handle this event..


Where you can find us next...

To meet us at ITB, Berlin, click here and email us your details

To meet us at IMEX, Frankfurt, click here and email us your details


Guest Comment of the Month

We at Creative track guest feedback very carefully. Each evaluation form gives us an insight on our operations and allows us to constantly refine our service delivery process. Now and then we get a few letters that brighten up our days. These are some of them :

Friday, February 22, 2008

From - Alan Pountney

To - Krishan Dogra

Hi Krishan,

We're back home now, having had the most wonderful time in India and it gives me real pleasure to tell you what wonderful service we received from you and all your staff. I cannot tell you how glad I am that we took the decison to take your offer of the cars and drivers - people like ourselves (who had never been to India) simply can have no idea of the difficulties involved in getting around, catching trains, finding the way.......

The drivers were first rate - not only that but pleasant and informed company too. Our greetings please to Ashok and Harmish in particular, they really made our holiday and everything ran frankly like clockwork. Not only on time: but with charm as well. The guides also were fine - having a good knowledge of their particular specialities, expressed on each occassion in good English .

In short: we cannot praise your services and your company highly enough and really do look forward to coming again.

Lastly, please feel very free to use this e mail as a reference to any new clients if it is useful to you. Feel free also to give them our e mail address - we would be more than delighted to offer a strong reference.

With best wishes

Alan and Daniela Pountney


Destination News
New Hyderabad airport is now ready for landing
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, on the outskirts of Hyderabad recently received its first commercial test flights ahead of the start of commercial operations from March 16. The new international airport is about 25-30 km from Hyderabad, and will be formally inaugurated on March 14. Commercial operations will commence two days later. The first commercial airline to take off on midnight of March 15 is reported to be the German carrier Lufthansa. The new Hyderabad airport has been built by Hyderabad International Airport Limited (HIAL), a public-private joint venture between GMR Group (63 per cent), Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11 per cent) and the state government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India (AAI), which hold 13 per cent each. The 105,300 square meter terminal, with an initial capacity to handle 12 million passengers a year, is now ready. Eventually, the airport will be close to 900,000 square meters and will be able to handle 50 million passengers.

New Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli
The new Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli will put Bangalore city on the global destination and offer travelers facilities comparable with the best international airports. The airport will offer quality services and facilities, which will ensure the comfort and ease of travel for all concerned. The airport is scheduled to get operational from 30th March 2008. The airport is approximately 40 kms. from Bangalore.

Sri Lanka
Boat Show Sri Lanka 2008
Boat Show Sri Lanka 2008, the first ever boat show to be held in the country has promised to set sail for the horizons of an ever developing industry which will make history by opening up new frontiers in leisure boating, marine and industrial vessels. The unique and diversified exhibition will be held at the BMICH from June 8 to 10. It targets stakeholders from the leisure, marine, tourism, fishing, and other related industries. The Boat Show has received unmatched support from the state and the commercial sectors for potential investments.


Nepal to rename Everest Airport after Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay
Nepal's Cabinet has formally agreed to rename the only airport in the Mount Everest region Tenzing-Hillary after the first men to scale the world's highest peak more than five decades ago. The Cabinet decided that the airport would be named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who died last month aged 88, and his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay. Hillary and Tenzing, a Sherpa, reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Lukla airport, situated at 2,800 meters (9,200 feet), serves as the gateway for thousands of trekkers and mountaineers who visit Everest every year. The Sherpa community reveres Hillary, not just for his landmark climb but also for founding the Himalayan Trust, which has built 27 schools, two hospitals and 12 clinics around Mount Everest. Thousands of people, mainly Sherpas, have benefited from the trust's projects.


Myanmar lures tourists with reopening of ancient palace
In an attempt to entice tourists to the military-ruled country, Myanmar's Ministry of Culture has reopened the Thiri Zeya Bumi Bagan Golden Palace. The palace, whose reconstruction began several years ago, is one of the most impressive remnants of the ancient city of Bagan, which flourished as a Buddhist center from the 11th to the 13th centuries. The site spreads across 80 kilometers and encompasses over 2,000 ruins. Myanmar hopes that the reopening will inject a much-needed boost to the country's tourism, which took a heavy hit after the violence that erupted following last fall's pro-democracy rallies


Hotel News


Taj Hotels unveils its new property - The Gateway Hotel MG Road, Vijaywada
Vijayawada is the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh and is located on the banks of river Krishna, bounded by the Indrakeeladri hills on the west and the Budameru canal on the north. It is also known as the financial capital of Andhra Pradesh. As the tallest structure across Vijayawada and adjoining areas, The Gateway Hotel, Vijayawada features panoramic views of the hills and the Krishna River. Centrally located in the business district of the city, the hotel is only 25 minutes from the domestic airport and 15 minutes from the railway station. The hotel has 108 rooms and 12 suites done in an elegant & contemporary design. All rooms have Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, LCD TV, electronic safe, tea/coffee maker, minibar and DVD on request.

Fortune Select Exotica opens in Navi Mumbai
Situated in Vashi, one of the most developed nodes of the city, Fortune Select Exotica takes pride in its exclusively appointed rooms, offering modern best in class amenities with warm personalized service. All the 85 rooms at the hotel including 50 Standard Rooms, 19 Fortune Club Rooms, 8 Fortune Club Exotica Rooms and 8 Suites have been tastefully done up in contemporary style décor. The rooms are spacious and contemporary and are well equipped with a complete range of amenities including mini bar, LCD TV, electronic safe, wi-fi connectivity, tea / coffee making facilities and much more.

Diphlu River Lodge at Kaziranga National Park now open for business
Diphlu River Lodge, uniquely-located in prime position directly opposite the river and Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site, has now opened. Its 8 air-conditioned double rooms in cottages of bamboo and thatch on stilts provide accommodation in idyllic surroundings. Bamboo walkways over paddy fields lead to the bamboo and thatch cottages near the river and to the spacious machan, with air-conditioned sitting and dining areas, large verandah with high thatched ceiling and fireplace for chilly winter evenings. The spacious cottage interiors have been individually designed to make full use of local materials and artifacts and are charmingly furnished with comfortable beds and sofas. A further 4 cottages, differently designed with tented roofs under thatch, are also being constructed further along the river bank.

The Tea Meadows - colonial bungalows in Munnar are open for business
The colonial history of the tea plantations of Munnar is the motif that will embellish your stay at The Tea Meadows. Tea Meadows offers slices of colonial nostalgia and an intimate embrace with nature. The properties comprise bungalows and cottages situated on an undulating tapestry of tea. Here, the colonial history of these tea plantations meets the demands of contemporary hospitality standards. It is comfort from a bygone era, the interiors wrap you in the buxom comfort of stuffed sofas, lace curtains, of warm fireplaces on a cold night, and starched linen covered dining tables and waxed wooden floors that creak in the still of the night.

India's First Business Luxury Villa Hotel, Palms Hotel now open at the Royal Palms, Mumbai
Set amongst 240-acres of beautiful gardens of Royal Palms Estate, just about 7 kms from the Mumbai International airport, Palms Villa is an idyllic designed destination for those who want the best of all worlds. The villas at Palms Hotel are equipped with all the latest facilities to carry on business efficiently. There's Wi-Fi connectivity and a highly advanced business centre to ensure the smooth functioning of daily business activities. Plus, there are personalized offerings to pamper the guests. A butler is assigned to the guest round-the-clock who will take care of everything, from unpacking to arranging for their desired cuisine. Plus, every villa has a private swimming pool. And of course, there'll be all the other comforts one would expect from a unique place like Palms Hotel. Palms Hotel has 106 villas with different amenities and views. Some of the villas also have the gym and sauna facilities. In the midst of all the villas, there's a beautiful haven called The Lodge. It has an ultra-modern business centre, spa, pool and dining areas under its roof.

Lemon Tree Hotel opens in East Delhi Mall, Kaushambi
Located in Kaushambi on the top floors of the East Delhi Mall (EDM), Lemon Tree Hotel is in the heart of East Delhi’s commercial and residential area (close to NH 24). This bright and airy hotel is in close proximity to Noida, Ghaziabad, Sahibabad, Pragati Maidan and ITO. The hotel is 36 kms from the international airport, 34 kms from the domestic airport and 13 kms from the railway station. The hotel offers 55 rooms and suites with a large Banquet & Meeting Center (25,000 sq.ft.). Additionally, the hotel offers a business center, a multi-cuisine coffee shop - Citrus Café, a fitness center and swimming pool.
Four Seasons to debut in India
Four Seasons Hotels is launching its first property in Mumbai in March. The hotel is located in the emerging Worli district, central to everything in the city. Offering the city’s most luxurious accommodations, the Hotel’s 202 generously proportioned guest rooms and suites blend classical touches of India with contemporary high tech. Large windows overlook the Arabian Sea, the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, city panoramas and Mumbai’s skyline. Escape from the city's bustle and begin a journey to total relaxation and ultimate indulgence within the eight luxuriously appointed treatment rooms of the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai.

Sri Lanka
Hotel Sigiriya first Hotel in Sri Lanka to calculate Carbon Foot Print
Hotel Sigiriya situated in close proximity to the world heritage site ‘Sigiriya’ with a full frontal view of the historic rock from its swimming pool has been a popular location for both local and foreign guests since its inception 34 years ago. Placed in an eight acre garden of trees the hotel has adopted green practices for over ten years and was recently revamped. During the period of nearly two years taken for refurbishing, the hotel staff from accountants to chefs attended intensive training programmes on environment and best eco friendly conservation practices. A professional conservation biologist and environmental management consultant were engaged in programmes to familiarize the hotel staff on the flora and fauna of the area, and examined how they could make their methods of operation most environmentally friendly which has resulted in hotel Sigiriya leading the way in mitigating the effect of its carbon foot print and being the first hotel in Sri Lanka to calculate its carbon foot print.

The Dutch House wins top travel trade accolade
Destination Galle, continued to be a winner this season and ‘The Dutch House’ being listed under Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List for 2008 was an added fillip to the destination. The Hotel was also the choice of the Readers’ Award for ‘Preferred Hotels of the World’ 2007 a reward for excellence in style and service earned for the second year running.



Aviation News


Air India links Delhi to MP and Rajasthan
Air India has launched a new flight from Delhi to Jabalpur. The flight will operate four days a week via Gwalior on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with an all economy 48-seater turboprop ATR-42 aircraft. The flight CD 7817 will depart Delhi at 0810 hrs, reach Gwalior at 0910 hrs and leave for Jabalpur at 0930 hrs. It will arrive in Jabalpur at 1050 hrs. In the return direction, CD 7818 will leave Jabalpur at 1110 hrs and arrive in Gwalior at 1230 hrs. It will leave Gwalior at 1250 hrs and land in Delhi at 1350 hrs. The airline has offered an inaugural fare of Rs.3500 (one way all inclusive fare) for travel between Delhi and Jabalpur. Air India has also introduced new flights to Rajasthan to facilitate the travel of tourists and businessmen to and within the state. The airline has introduced six times a week services (except Sundays) with ATR-42 aircraft linking Delhi and Jaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur and Jaipur and Udaipur. The Jaipur centric flights will enhance connectivity to Jodhpur, Udaipur and Delhi.

Sri Lanka

Cathay Pacific returns to Colombo
Cathay Pacific is to resume its passenger services to and from Colombo with effect from 30 March 2008. The airline will operate a daily service using a Boeing 777-300 aircraft routed through either Bangkok or Singapore. Click here for the flight schedule....


India, Pakistan to increase flights
Aiming to facilitate people -to - people contact and bilateral business and trade activities, India and Pakistan decided to more than double the number of weekly flights between them and add a new destination for designated airlines in each other's territory. The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding to increase the number of flights from 12 to 28 per week for each side, at the end of two-day talks between their civil aviation officials, according to media report. They also agreed to add a new destination to the two destinations currently available to designated airlines in each other's territory. Chennai will be added for Pakistan's designated airlines and Islamabad for the designated airlines of India. This will facilitate direct air connectivity between the capitals of the two countries, said a joint statement issued at the end of the talks. The two sides agreed to designate three airlines each to operate the "agreed services on the specified routes". Currently, only one airline each operates between India and Pakistan. "Both sides expressed satisfaction that the new arrangement would further the objective of facilitating people-to-people contact, business and trade activities between the two countries," the statement said.

IndiGo launches flights to new Destinations from 29th February
Click here to read the flight schedule...

Yeti Airlines begin International Flights
Yeti Airlines International, a joint venture between Yeti Airlines and Air Arabia of United Arab Emirates, has started its international flights from January 22, 2008, under the brand of The flies two times a week to Sharajahan of United Arab Emirates and three times a week to Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia with Boeing 737-800 aircraft. is a low cost carrier that plans to operate low cost flights to different destinations in different Asian countries. Yeti Airlines International is the fourth international airline originating from Nepal.

International flights from Srinagar to start this year
Come summer, and people of Jammu and Kashmir will fly new heights. International flights to and from Srinagar airport will start operations from June. To start with, flights to and from the Gulf countries will start operations. This decision was taken at a meeting in New Delhi between Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Union Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel. The new terminal will handle 500 passengers against 200 at present. The terminal will have two aero bridges.

Maldives' airline to operate daily flights to India
Launching its first international operation, Maldives' national carrier 'Island Aviation Services' has started daily flights between the island nation's capital Male and Thiruvananthapuram from January 25. To start with the airline would be flying a 50-seater Dash8 aircraft for the 120-minute journey, starting from 13:30 Maldives time, and return to the island at 18:30 from here.
Click here for the flight schedule....

Jet Airways and American Airlines announce frequent flyer partnership programme
Jet Airways, India’s premier airline, and American Airlines are proud to announce a frequent flyer partnership programme, effective February 15, 2008. With this reciprocal accrual and redemption partnership, Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege, India’s largest frequent flyer programme, will now have 12 international airline partners on which its members can earn and redeem their JPMiles.

Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege ties up with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege, India’s largest frequent flyer programme, has tied up with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. JetPrivilege members can now earn JPMiles during their stay at the Group’s 18 select premier properties across Asia, Europe and America. With this new partnership the two celebrated brands will enable JetPrivilege members based in India and abroad to earn 500 JPMiles during their stay at any of the various participating hotels under this scheme.

Lufthansa to launch Flights between Munich and Mumbai
Lufthansa is to expand its services to India from 3 May, 2008. Lufthansa will be the only airline to connect the south German hub of Munich with Mumbai. The thrice-weekly flights from Munich, which will be operated with an Airbus A340-300, will supplement Lufthansa’s daily service from Frankfurt. In addition, the current service from Frankfurt to Kolkata (Calcutta) in Northeast India will also be boosted from three to five flights a week, starting on June 3, by adding a flight on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Click here for the flight schedule....

Cathay Pacific introduces 3 additional flights between Dubai and Mumbai
Cathay Pacific has introduced additional flights between Hong Kong and Dubai via Mumbai.
Click here for the flight schedule....

Thai bumps up Bengaluru and Chennai
THAI Airways International (THAI) will be increasing the frequency of its flights from Bangkok to Bengaluru and Chennai in India. From March 29 to September 30, THAI will increase the Bangkok-Bengaluru service from daily to 10 flights per week. The Bangkok-Chennai flight will increase from four flights weekly to daily.
Click here for the flight schedule....

Etihad wins four new Indian routes
Etihad Airways is to boost its network to India with the addition of four new cities, Chennai, Jaipur, Kolkata and Kozhikode. The decision follows successful bi-lateral talks between the governments of the UAE and India, aimed at further liberalising flying links between the two countries. The Abu Dhabi-based airline is now finalising when these services will launch.


Recipe of the month

Butter Chicken
This dish is among the best known Indian foods all over the world. Its gravy can be made as hot or mild as you like so it suits most palates.

Click here to read the recipe.....




Special Feature of the month


The Golden Chariot
The Golden Chariot train named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site, in Southern India will travel through timeless historical heritage sites, resplendent palaces, wildlife and golden beaches. Click here to read more....


Newsletters from the past:
February 2008, January 2008, November 2007, October 2007, August 2007, July 2007, June 2007, May 2007, March 2007, February 2007, January 2007, December 2006, November 2006, October 2006, September 2006, August 2006, June 2006, May 2006, April 2006, March 2006, February 2006, January 2006, November 2005, October 2005, September 2005.


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