Carlson has expanded its Radisson Blu brand to Jammu, India. Known as the ‘City of Temples’, Jammu serves as the gateway to one of the most popular pilgrimages in India, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and several temples including the Raghunath and Ranbireshwar Temples that are situated around it.
Radisson Blu Jammu features 119 rooms and suites as well as flexible meeting spaces including a 25,000 sq. ft. Royal Ballroom that accommodates up to 2,000 guests with additional pre-function space and a lawn for pre-event cocktails. Dining options include BLU Pan, the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant that serves international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy local and regional specialties at Ambrosia, the specialty restaurant, and Madiza Bar, a venue to unwind and enjoy a drink. The hotel also features a Business Class Lounge, business centre, swimming pool, spa and fully equipped fitness centre.
Dubai International has welcomed Air India’s first Boeing 787 Dream liner to arrive from the city of Kochi, Kerala, with a traditional water salute. Air India is one of the seven airlines that connect Dubai to 19 destinations across India – DXB’s top destination country with 11.4 million passengers in 2016. On average there are 78 daily flights between DXB and India, or a weekly average of 546 flights.
The UNWTO has welcomed the Government of Belarus’ decision to launch a 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travelers from 80 countries. The measure is designed at attracting more visitors, particularly those on business trips. Visa-free is now available at Minsk National Airport and visa-free stay in Belarus for up to five days for the citizens of 80 states. Among those, there are 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, India, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA and Japan.
Ovation of the Seas is all set to arrive in Kochi, India for her maiden call. This is also Asia’s largest and the world’s most technologically advanced, like her Quantum Class sister ships. After spending two days in Kochi she will sail to Singapore, giving their guests a travel experience of South East Asia. Kochi is the first Asian port-of-call for Ovation of the Seas and the ship is carrying 4,091 international guests here, the largest number onboard a cruise ship to date calling at an Indian port.
The ship has 18 distinct restaurants and has accommodation which includes interior staterooms with “virtual balconies” featuring large digital screens displaying real-time views. Ovation spans 18 decks, encompasses 168,666 gross registered tons, carries 4,905 guests at total occupancy and features 2091 staterooms. Her grand size and first-at-sea experiences such as skydiving, the North Star observation capsule that rises to 92m above sea level, a FlowRider surf simulator, and the SeaPlex indoor space offering bumper cars and a circus school make Ovation one of the most exciting ships in the world.