Articles tagged “india”

United Airlines Suspends Flights to New Delhi Because of Toxic Smog

United Airlines Suspends Flights to New Delhi Because of Toxic Smog

Divya Patil, Bloomberg

The air quality in New Delhi isn't acceptable for United employees, passengers or Indians. United doesn't want any part of this and smartly suspended its flights until the smog lifts.

2 weeks ago

MakeMyTrip Takes Steps to Escape Becoming a Price-War Casualty

MakeMyTrip Takes Steps to Escape Becoming a Price-War Casualty

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The online travel market in India is ripe with opportunity. But competition is brutal. In response, MakeMyTrip has recently debuted loyalty programs and technological upgrades to entice well-heeled customers to choose it over the discounters.

3 weeks ago

SpiceJet Is Buying Seaplanes to Reach Indian Areas That Other Airlines Can’t

SpiceJet Is Buying Seaplanes to Reach Indian Areas That Other Airlines Can’t

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

Most of India’s 450 airstrips are too decrepit for big planes. So SpiceJet's likely plan to buy 100 amphibious planes to reach otherwise hard-to-serve areas sounds like a puddle-jump worth taking.

3 weeks ago

Taj Mahal Downgraded as Tourism Attraction by India’s Hindu Nationalist Leaders

Taj Mahal Downgraded as Tourism Attraction by India’s Hindu Nationalist Leaders

Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press

India’s radical religious leaders have been doing their best to make the country inhospitable to anyone who doesn’t share their beliefs, and they are extending this approach to tourists as well now.

1 month ago

India Flights Affected as Heavy Rains Bring Financial Capital to a Standstill

India Flights Affected as Heavy Rains Bring Financial Capital to a Standstill

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

The heaviest rainfall Mumbai has seen since 2005 has disrupted flights and trains for the second time in a month. Travel companies need better tech for coping with ever-increasing weather disruptions.

2 months ago

High-Speed Rail in India Finds Momentum as Japan Sells It Shinkansen Tech

High-Speed Rail in India Finds Momentum as Japan Sells It Shinkansen Tech

Anurag Kotoky and Kiyotaka Matsuda, Bloomberg

Updating a rail system is a painful and expensive process, but India will enjoy serious benefits down the line from using Japan's gold standard of rail tech. The Northeastern U.S. could take a cue here.

2 months ago

India Hotel Brand Oyo Rooms Attracts a $10 Million Strategic Investment From China Lodging Group

India Hotel Brand Oyo Rooms Attracts a $10 Million Strategic Investment From China Lodging Group

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The 23-year-old CEO of loss-generating hotel aggregator Oyo Rooms has a business vision that has attracted total funding of $446 million to date. What could go wrong? Well...

2 months ago

India Upscale Resorts See Liquor Ban Eased

India Upscale Resorts See Liquor Ban Eased

Upmanyu Trivedi, P R Sanjai, and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

India has lifted a liquor sales ban on hotels near highways. Many travelers may raise their glasses to toast the news. Yet the country, like many others, still needs to crack down on drunk driving.

3 months ago

MakeMyTrip Puts a Brave Face on Booking.com Encroachment

MakeMyTrip Puts a Brave Face on Booking.com Encroachment

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In India, market leader MakeMyTrip is betting on a multi-pronged strategy to defend itself against the intrusion of Booking.com on its turf. Execution matters. But so does the patience of MakeMyTrip's key backer, Ctrip.

3 months ago

India’s Luxury Sector Poised for Exponential Growth

India’s Luxury Sector Poised for Exponential Growth

Samantha Shankman, Skift

India is ready for a jump in luxury travel, but it will need to catch up in terms of the accommodations and services that it can offer while also being conscious that local residents, not just multinationals, benefit from this growth.

5 months ago

Lufthansa Thinks Starting an Indian Airline Is a Bad Idea

Lufthansa Thinks Starting an Indian Airline Is a Bad Idea

P R Sanjai and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

Although Qatar Airways plans on entering India with a domestic carrier, and many other carriers have acquired stakes in domestic Indian carriers, Lufthansa thinks fuel prices are too costly to make a similar move.

7 months ago

Travel Startup Founder’s Jailing Prompts Backlash from India’s Tech Leaders

Travel Startup Founder’s Jailing Prompts Backlash from India’s Tech Leaders

Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

Stayzilla, a short-term rental marketplace, closed last month. A company has had the CEO jailed, claiming the man is liable for an unpaid bill. If intimidation is overriding bankruptcy law, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has a “Startup India” drive, should speak out.

8 months ago