Category — Tourism & Hospitality

Hilton Poised for Major Expansion in India

With 15 operating hotels in India currently, McLean Virginia-based Hilton is planning to add 18 more across India by 2021 as it considers the country to be one of its key growth drivers.

In an interview with the Economic Times, Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide said that with a population of 1.3 billion, a rising middle class, and a growing economy, India represents “a huge opportunity for Hilton and the hospitality industry as a whole” and that the hotel market in India is “hugely underserved from a branded perspective and that’s where the opportunity lies.”
Hilton Expansion in India Group

Hilton Expansion in India Group

 Nassetta went on to explain that Hilton had a presence in 11 key cities of India across five of the company’s brands: the flagship Hilton brand as well as Conrad, Doubletree, Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn. “The energy here is incredible and we we have major expansion plans for India from both a domestic and outbound perspective, and look forward to eventually introducing more of our brands in the country,” he added.

May 2, 2017   No Comments

Visitors from India are Top 7 Spenders in America

D.C.-based Brand USA, a destination marketing organization, says that according to travel data for 2015 (which is the latest), India stood at 11th place in terms of source market for tourists to the U.S. and ranked 7th in terms of spend.

The Economic Times reports that of the 77 million  international visitors U.S. had in 2015,  1.1 million  were from India who collectively spent $12 billion. “In 2015, visitors from India on an average spent $10,700 — almost four times more than $2,600 by those from the U.K.,” said Chris Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA.

Torch of Statue of Liberty

2015 saw 17% rise in visitors from India to the U.S. and an 8% increase in spend by them; Indians also tend to stay longer with the average traveler spending 35 days there on a trip the same year.

“The U.S. Department of Commerce projects that Indian visitors will rise  by 9-10% over the next five years. India is one of our most important source markets in terms of economic impact. We see India as a major contributor to tourism,” Thompson added.



April 14, 2017   No Comments

Bell Delivers its 407GXP Helicopter in India

Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., delivered the first Bell 407GXP in India to Premair, an air charter management company, and a New Delhi-based unit of Afimac Associates Pvt. Ltd.

The aircraft is outfitted for corporate and VIP transport. “We are pleased with the prompt customer support from Bell Helicopter in getting us our Bell 407GXP,” said wing commander H.S. Waraich, director of operations at Premair.  “We often fly at high altitudes in the Himalayas, so having the Bell 407GXP with its smooth, quiet performance is the perfect fit for our helicopter charters for tourists and business travelers. We also take great pride being the first in India to operate the aircraft.”

Bell 407GXP Helicopter

The Bell 407GXP has an additional 50 lbs of payload capability, coupled with the new M250 Rolls-Royce engine that improves performance and fuel efficiency, reports ASDNews.

November 16, 2016   No Comments

Fly to Taj Mahal from Overseas

The Times of India reports that India’s biggest tourist destination, Agra, will start getting direct international flights from February 2017. Taj City’s Kheria Airport will commence upgrading after a high-level government meeting on Tuesday. 50 acres land will be required to upgrade the airstrips and terminals, and this will be acquired by the state government for extension of the runway and construction of apron, terminal building and allies facilities to handle domestic as well as international flights.

Taj Mahal




September 6, 2016   No Comments

India Will Be Enrolled in U.S. Global Entry Program

An MoU  for the development of an International Expedited Traveler Initiative (also known as the Global Entry Program) was signed in Washington D.C. by the Ambassador of India to the United States and the Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. This program will allow for expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers from India upon arrival in the United States.  All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and an in-person interview before enrollment, after which members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports. The procedures for India’s entry into the Global Entry Program are expected to be completed in the coming months.

Global Entry Signpost

Currently, the Global Entry Program is available at more than 40 US airports and 12 pre-clearance locations. More than 1.8 million people are enrolled in Global Entry and approximately 50,000 new applications for the program are filed every month.



June 6, 2016   No Comments