Trade News

March 1, 2019

Helicopter service between Shimla and Chandigarh takes off under UDAN-II

The one-way fare between Shimla and Chandigarh is for Rs 2,880. The flight would take off from Chandigarh at 10 am, and would reach Shimla at 10:30 am. The flight would then fly back to Chandigarh by 10:55 am.

Under central government’s UDAN-II scheme, which aims to provide regional connectivity in the country, helicopter service between Shimla and Chandigarh was launched on Thursday by Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu. The helicopter service is scheduled to operate from Jubbarhatti airport, which is 22-kms from Shimla.

A “non-scheduled” helicopter service facilitated by the Himachal Pradesh government was operational between Shimla and Chandigarh since June, last year. However, with the launch of UDAN-II (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, a dedicated helicopter will be provided by the helicopter service provider Pawan Hans will.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the flight under UDAN-II would take off from Chandigarh at 10 am, and would reach Shimla at 10:30 am. The flight would then fly back to Chandigarh by 10:55 am. The one-way fare between Shimla and Chandigarh is for Rs 2,880.

The service would currently operate for three days a week. However, after a fortnight the service would be available for six days a week, the chief minister added.

Prabhu, who launched the scheme through video conferencing from New Delhi, said that other than facilitating better air connectivity to public, UDAN-II would help in providing faster connectivity to the people in times of health-related and other emergencies.

The scheme would also boost tourism in the state by providing air connectivity to the state, which would be availed by domestic and foreign tourists, Prabhu added.

UDAN-I, which provided air connectivity between New Delhi and Shimla, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April, 2017.

A senior official from the Civil Aviation department said that helicopter services between Shimla and Kullu and Shimla and Dharamshala will also begin within a month.

Source: The Indian Express


February 15, 2019

PM Narendra Modi to flag off India’s first semi-high speed train ‘Vande Bharat Express’ today.

The first locomotive-less train in the country is being seen as a successor to the 30-year-old premier Shatabdi Express train.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off India’s first engineless train Vande Bharat Express, earlier known as Train 18, today from the New Delhi railway station.

The Indian Railways recently named the indigenously manufactured Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express in an acknowledgement of its made-in-India status. The semi-high speed train is set to run between New Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 kilometre per hour stopping at Kanpur and Allahabad enroute.

Officials have said the gleaming train comes fitted with amenities at par with the best in the world. It would have onboard WiFi, GPS-based passenger information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points and a climate control system that adjusts the temperature according to occupancy and weather.

Vande Bharat Express


November 6, 2018

Tourism minister KJ Alphons inaugurated the Tourist Facilitation and Information Counter at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi.

The ministry of tourism has set-up this counter with an objective to provide 24×7 information to both domestic and international visitors arriving into IGI Airport, New Delhi. This counter will be manned by 2 staff members and a supervisor to answer the queries of the tourists and also guide them with information.

The counter will also be connected to the 24×7 helpline- 1363 of the ministry of tourism through which the non-English speaking tourists will be able to speak directly with the foreign language agents and get guidance in French, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Arabic.

This counter is located outside the arrival area in the international side of IGI Airport, New Delhi. The ministry of tourism is opening such facilitation counters in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Gaya and Varanasi initially.

Source: Economic Times


28 September, 2018

India is third most powerful travel and tourism nation: WTTC

India is ranked as the world’s third most powerful country for travel and tourism, according to World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) new T&T Power and Performance Report. China, USA and India take the top three spots in the new Power Ranking which ranks the performance of 185 countries combining growth over the past seven years in tourism’s contribution to GDP, international visitor spend, domestic tourism spend and capital investment.

Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, WTTC commented, “World Tourism Day is the global celebration of a sector that contributes 10.4 per cent of the world’s GDP and generates 313 million jobs. WTTC’s new report outlines power and performance rankings which showcase countries that have been most successful in growing their tourism sectors across the board.”



25 April, 2018

Air Italy to start flights to Mumbai from October 2018

As its first route to India, Air Italy is set to begin operations to Mumbai from October 31, 2018. The new service will operate between Mumbai and Milan with an Airbus A330-200, offering 24 flatbed seats in Business Class and 228 seats in Economy Class. This will be the Italy-based airlines’ fourth new international destination to be served from its Milan Malpensa hub. Air Italy will offer five weekly flights between Milan Malpensa and Mumbai and will be the only non-stop flight between Italy and Mumbai. The Milan Malpensa (MXP) flight to Mumbai (BOM) IG 927 will depart at 14:20 hrs and arrives at 02:50 hrs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Mumbai (BOM) to Milan Malpensa flight (MXP) IG 928 will depart at 04:50 hrs and arrive at 09:20 hrs on the same days.


2 April, 2018

New Branch Office Shimla

The company continues to expand its network. With the opening of the new branch office in Shimla, the Company underlines the strategic importance of Shimla as a popular hill station where local representation is essential.

The new office is located at a prime location in Shimla near the city centre. Sita’s presence in Shimla will ensure that clients are serviced by a specialized team and will also help the company to stay connected with our local hotel partners.

With the addition of the Shimla office, Sita has increased its number of offices to 20 across India and Nepal. The Sita difference can be seen in everything we offer, a strong region -wide infrastructure, expert ground operations, best guide panel to deliver authentic, highly creative destination experience and the ability to obtain preferred rates and conditions while continuously educating suppliers on clients’ needs, quality controls to ensure delivery as promised.




India’s fastest train Gatimaan Express gets route extension, to cover Delhi to Gwalior in less than 4 hours

India`s fastest train Gatimaan Express, running between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Agra Cantt stations, will on Monday extend its services to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.

In the first phase the extension has been made up to Gwalior and will further extend up to Jhansi from April 1.

The train will run six days a week except on Friday.

Gatimaan Express, which was flagged off in April 2016, runs at the maximum speed of 160 kmph. However, the stretch after Agra cant will allow Gatimaan Express to ply at a speed of 130 kmph.

Gatimaan Express, covers 200 km distance between Delhi and Agra in 100 minutes. But with the cap in speed beyond Agra, the train will now cover 306 kilometres (between Delhi and Gwalior) in 3 hours 15 minutes.

Equipped with a 5,500 HP electric locomotive, two Executive AC Chair Cars and eight AC Chair Car coaches, the train has a high—power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS—based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches. The passenger amenities have been enhanced by providing better catering service, improved coach interiors with wide windows, bio—toilets besides free multimedia services enabling passengers to view movies, news and cartoons during their journey. Hotspot devices have been installed at coaches to enable passengers to access multimedia services free of cost directly on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.



14 February, 2018

Launch of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans opened its doors on 14 February 2018. Set in relatively undiscovered Havelock Islands, the resort is located on the crescent shaped Radhanagar Beach, reputed to be one of the best beaches in Asia. The hotel has been enveloped in the island habitat with focus on sustainability to create minimal footprint on the natural ecosystem. Fringed by a strip of mangrove, the resort on Havelock is a homage to the secluded Andaman and Nicobar archipelago and its magical medley of rainforests, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, unspoilt beaches and ancient tribal cultures. Designed to showcase and nurture the island’s natural resources, the Havelock island resort is dotted with 72 modern luxury villas on stilts – including a resplendent two storied Presidential Duplex Villa. The modish, 1580 sq. ft. plus residences in sustainable plantation timber, inspired by the ancient Jarawas, imitating the hut thatching of the tribe. The property is located 69 km from Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar International Airport.


23 January, 2018

Annual foreign tourist arrivals cross 10-million mark for 1st time

For the first time, annual foreign tourist arrivals in the country have crossed the 10- million mark in 2017, Tourism Minister K J Alphons said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a function organised by the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) in Noida, the minister said that the sector saw a growth of 15.6 per cent in 2017 over 2016. Tourism in India alone earned $27.7 billion (approximately Rs 1,80,379 crore) in 2017 and contributed 6.88 per cent in the country’s GDP, he said. The sector also contributes 12.36 per cent in terms of total employment.

Source: Times of India


20 January, 2018

Inbound at BW Businessworld MICE Conclave & Awards 2018


The Company received the Best MICE Agency – Inbound at BW Businessworld MICE Conclave & Awards 2018, Powered by BW Hotelier from K.J. Alphons, Minister of State ( IC) for Tourism.


13 October, 2017

Explore Brochure Presentation

Mr. Dipak Deva, MD, Sita India was delighted to present our Explore brochure to K.J. Alphons, Minister of State ( IC) for Tourism, who appreciated the brochure.


13 October, 2017

Spice Jet Introduces Additional Flights

  • Spice Jet has introduced additional frequencies on Jaipur – Udaipur – Jaipur, effective 13 October, 2017.
  • The airline is also introducing daily direct services between Delhi – Jodhpur – Delhi starting 29 October, 2017.
  • Spice Jet will also operate daily direct services between Jaipur – Varanasi – Jaipur starting 29 October, 2017.

Below is the flight schedule for all three sectors.

  • Flight

  • Departure

  • Arrival

  • Delhi – Jodhpur
  • 13:05 hrs
  • 14:20 hrs
  • Jodhpur – Delhi
  • 14:40 hrs
  • 15:55 hrs
  • Jaipur – Varanasi
  • 06:25 hrs
  • 08:15 hrs
  • Varanasi – Jaipur
  • 08:35 hrs
  • 10:35 hrs
  • Jaipur – Udaipur
  • 18:35 hrs
  • 19:45 hrs
  • Udaipur – Jaipur
  • 20:05 hrs
  • 20:55 hrs

28 September, 2017

The Company Awarded Best Travel Agency India at 28th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2017

TTG Travel Awards honours the best of the best in the Asia-Pacific travel trade annually. This prestigious travel industry event marks a time for the industry to recognise the exemplary organisations that raise the bar of excellence.

This year at the 28th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2017 the Company received the Best Travel Agency India Award. The Company was voted as the Best Travel Agency – India by the readers of TTG Asia, TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice, TTG-BTmice China, TTGassociations and TTG Asia Luxury this year.

The award was received by Mr. Dipak Deva, Managing Director at a function held in Bangkok on September 28, 2017.

“It is a week of awards for us and I am delighted that Company is being acknowledged at an Asia Pacific platform with the TTG Travel Awards. Our focused marketing initiatives, unique and creative products and a team that is aligned behind an overall objective to retain our position as the No.1 DMC in India is the reason for this recognition,” said Dipak Deva, Managing Director.


27 September, 2017

The Company Receives Honorary Category- Hall of Fame in the National Tourism Awards 2015/2016

Winner of National Tourism Award for the 26th time

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel and tourism industry every year.

For the last 25 years the Company has received the National Tourism Award in various categories;
Outstanding Performance as Inbound Tour Operator, Responsible Tourism Initiative, Best MICE
Operator and Felicitation for Contribution to the Growth of Inbound Tourism.

This year the company was conferred with an honorary award for Best Inbound Tour Operator, paying tribute to an elite group of National Tourism Award winners who have impressively won the same award at least 3 consecutive times, in the same category.

The awards were given away on 27 September, 2017 by the Ministry of Tourism at a function held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. On the occasion of World Tourism Day 2017, The Hon’ble President of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind launched the Incredible India 2.0 Campaign in addition to the new India Tourism website at the event.

Thank you for your contribution in helping us win the prestigious National Tourism Award this year.


25 September, 2017

New Office Location Goa


12 September, 2017

Explore Brochure Launch

Mr. Dipak Deva, MD Sita was delighted to present the first copy of our new brochure, Explore to Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO Niti Aayog.

To order your copy click here