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The award winning newsletter from Creative Travel / July 2017
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Dear Industry Colleagues
Welcome to another edition of award winning 'Creatively Yours'.

Happy to say that the monsoons are doing well across most of India. It seems we will have a healthy rainy season, which is very important for our economy. Good rains mean a good year for the Indian economy.

July is halfway through our off season. We are launching some new program ideas this month that our partners will have access to. Also, we are bringing back our webinar series “Crafted by Creative” this month with our first webinar on Bhutan.

There is still an enormous amount of confusion on the newly introduced GST system. Hotels are more confused on what tax slabs to apply and as a consequence most of the industry has had to pause on pricing initiatives. The details in the fine print on the policy issued is so confusing and clarifications from the government are still awaited.

You shall see some new and exciting initiatives in the next season from Team Creative. New experiential inclusions, new circuits, new concepts... We take pride in our ability to make a trip to the Indian sub-continent something very different.

Read this and much more in this edition of Creatively Yours.

Best Regards,
Have a Creative Day!
Rajeev Kohli
Joint Managing Director
What People Say About Us
My client’s Wonderful trip to India

They were in India in April – they did a tailor made Golden Triangle trip, and then a week in Goa. They said the first week on this tour was absolutely outstanding – guides and drivers were amazing, really knowledgeable, really enthusiastic, and really helpful, with lots of good advice and information. Loved having cold bottled water available in the car as they ended up there during a heatwave. They’re actually still in email contact with one of their guides as they got on so well – I think that says a lot!

They also really loved the Tree of Life Hotel and Spa – said it was simply amazing and worth every penny.

They wish they’d spent longer on this part of their trip.

- Aaron Bekir, UK
Where You Can Find Us Next
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Unique Experiences
Weaving magic - Women weavers of Uttarakhand claim more than just the breadwinner status
Even the slightest drizzle is enough to make everyone’s mood drop instantly. It reminds the whole village of June 2013, when the hills of Uttarakhand were doused in rain with a cloud burst of unimaginable force. The water steamrolled entire villages and cut into hillsides, killing hundreds.
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Festival News
Raksha Bandhan (7th August 2017)
Raksha Bandhan, or simply Rakhi is a Hindu religious and secular festival, celebrated in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, notably India and Nepal. Raksha Bandhan means "bond of protection".
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News From The Jungle
Jungle Sutra
Assam’s Orang may replace Kaziranga as park with highest tiger density
Orang National Park, one of the smallest national parks in India is poised to emerge as the reserve with the highest tiger density with 35 tigers per 100 sq km.
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Pilot Survey Reveals Rich Biodiversity in Kinnaur, India
Kinnaur is a mountainous area immediately to the Southeast of Spiti, our focal landscape in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh
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Destination News
Ahmedabad becomes India’s first World Heritage City
Gujarat’s Ahmedabad has become India’s first World Heritage City after the Unesco’s World Heritage Committee included it in its list at a meeting at Krakow in Poland on Saturday.
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Goa is India’s most popular monsoon travel destination
Goa is the most popular choice for a monsoon getaway among Indian travellers, while they stick to Bali for an international short-haul trip, according to a survey.
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Concept plan ready for surfing destination in Mangaluru
The Dakshina Kannada district administration has submitted a concept plan to the Karnataka Tourism Department to develop Sasihithlu beach in Mangaluru as a surfing destination.
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Shillong to promote community tourism ‘in a big way’
The Government would go all out to encourage ‘community tourism’, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has said.
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This Indian city has been featured in list of top 15 cities of the world, it is neither Mumbai nor Delhi; name will surprise you
An Indian city is making the country proud at the global level. It has been named among 2017’s top urban destinations.
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Archaeological Survey of India Bans Selfie Sticks At 46 Site Museums
In a move that will not click with selfie enthusiasts, the Archaeological Survey of India, under a new policy, has banned the use of selfie sticks at its 46 site museums across the country.
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Hotel News
Alila Resorts Transforms a 230-Year-Old Fortress into a Stunning Resort
Throughout India, historic buildings have undergone painstaking renovations to transform into some of the world’s most beautiful hotels.
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In Mumbai, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel gets a trademark
India’s Trade Mark Registry has assigned an image trademark to Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace hotel.
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Aviation News
Centre clears proposal for Noida International Airport in Jewar
The government has cleared a proposal for setting up a greenfield airport in Jewar in Greater Noida, which is likely to be operational in the next five to six years.
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Air India to add LA, Houston in its list of US destinations
Air India plans to expand its base in the US by adding Los Angeles and Houston into its roster, a day after launching the state-carrier's first direct flight from Delhi to Washington DC.
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SriLankan Airlines to link Hyderabad, Colombo
Starting July 12, SriLankan Airlines will start its non-stop flight between the city of pearls -Hyderabad and the island country.
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