Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
London (PTI): Leading NRI entrepreneur Rami Ranger has won the Asian Achievers Award for Community Service while the Woman of the Year Award was bagged by Kamel Hothi, Head of Asian Markets and Event of the Lloyds TSB bank.
According to the citation, Rami Ranger was chosen for the award for being successful in business, society and politics. He runs two of UK’s fastest growing companies and is a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Export. He works to make Asians more publicly and politically spirited.
Hothi has been a role model within the bank and the Asian Community, the citation said. A child of the partition of India and Pakistan, Kamel Hothi migrated to England with her family to build a better life. She worked hard to be recognised for her achievements with numerous awards, the citation said.
Other recipients of the 8th Asian Achievers Awards held at the Radison SAS Portman Hotel on Wednesday night were Ravi Sharma, Sunrise Radio anchor and commentator for achievements in media, art and culture and Yogesh Mehta, Managing Director of Amertrans Shipping. He was named the Business person of the year.
Nishma Gosrani, an ambassador on the Merrill Lynch was adored with ‘Professional of the year’ award. ‘The Young entrepreneur of the year’ award was bagged by Kuljinder Singh Bahia, Managing director of Southall Travel,.
Among the other awardees were Dak Patel, Maiyuran Ratneswaran, PC Mebs Ahmed and Reeta Chakrabarti, BBC political Correspondent
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Dear Southall Travel,
Just a short note to say many thanks for all your help with sorting out our flights to Bangkok, what with the situation in Bangkok we never thought we would get there.
You were extremely helpful and polite.
You are a credit to your company.
We hope to deal with you again for our next holidays.
Friday, November 28, 2008
In the last 3 days I have booked a number of flights with Southall Travel, thanks to the very professional service level from Sumesh.
On Monday, we received some very bad family news which resulted in Sumesh organising a flights to India for my wife within 1-2 hours of the flight leaving London. We were also running late and Sumesh constantly kept in touch to ensure that we managed to get checked in, in case we needed to ask him for further assistance.
Of course the price of the air tickets is a key decision factor, however, there are several web sites and smaller companies who can compete on price. But due to the professionalism of the people I have dealt with at Southall Travel and in particular, the great service from Sumesh in the last 3 days, I have to say that I will continue to direct my business via you and also recommend where ever I can.
Well done to your all for investing in the high levels of quality and customer service and you need to mark out Sumesh for an extra large bonus at Christmas! Jokes aside, we continue to have to deal with the very serious issues with our family in India and you have made the efforts a lot easier.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
In news that may be of interest to those looking for flights to India, Jet Airways has been named as the country's top airline for both economy and business class passengers at a recent awards ceremony.
According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, the carrier was presented with the awards during a "glittering" ceremony in Mumbai by Ambika Soni, India's minister of travel and culture.
In his acceptance speech at the CNBC-Awaaz Travel Awards 2008, Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways, stated that the airline is committed to excellent service standards.
"Despite our aggressive international expansion, we have continued to focus on the domestic market, with these awards standing testimony to the excellence of our in-flight product and service," he said.
Last month, Jet Airways was presented with awards for its high-quality service and in-flight experience at a ceremony held at London's British Museum. The airline has been serving the UK and Ireland for around two years.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Survey Reveals NZ as a favourite
Anyone looking for value-for-money holidays could consider booking flights to New Zealand. New Zealand emerged as a front runner after being awarded as the favourite long-haul destination. The award was based upon the voting done by the readers of The Guardian, guardian.co.uk and The Observer.
The country seems to have been able to successfully reclaim its position as a favourite destination amongst British Travellers.
It is to be noted that this win follows a phase of disturbingly low number of visitors from the UK. New Zealand won this award in 2006 but lost to Cambodia (1st), Vietnam (2nd) and Japan (3rd) in 2007.
The win reflected the effort New Zealand's tourism industry had put into providing a world-class experience to international visitors, said the country’s Tourism Minister Damien O'Connor.
Many international visitors do not have to apply for a tourist visa to holiday in New Zealand. British citizens can holiday in the country for up to 6 months on a New Zealand Visitor’s Permit.
Britain is currently New Zealand's second-largest tourist market, with almost 290,000 visitors from the UK travelling to the country in the year to August 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Southall Travel is offering 5 nights at the 5* Atlantis, The Palm hotel for £1119 Per Person.
Prices include accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast, return airport transfers in Dubai, return flight with Emirates from London Heathrow / Gatwick / Birmingham and all pre-payable taxes. Valid for departures November 9 - December 9 (Tue & Wed Flights).
All other days add £52.. Booking: 0844 600 6017 or www.southalltravel.co.uk
Friday, September 19, 2008
The UK – India sector handled approximately one million travellers up until 2004. However, due to the services agreement between the two countries suitable for both British Airways as well as Air India, the capacity was severely restricted. New carriers such a Jet Airways and Kingfisher have introduced more flights to India allowing for a controlled increase in the available capacity since 2005.
An approximately two-third of the total passenger traffic originating from the UK on-board the flights to India is accredited to two major metropolitan cities of Delhi and Mumbai. Heathrow is readily connected with flights to Mumbai and flights to Delhi with at least daily services of Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Jet Airways and Air India. Come December and the travellers flying from Heathrow would have non-stop flight to Hyderabad with British Airways, making it the first carrier to do so. The service would be available five times in a week. "Our investment in India is quite robust and it is here to stay," British Airways’ Area Commercial Manager, Amanda Amos, told reporters adding that, "the Indian market is important for us. It is the second largest market outside the US in terms of volume."
The UK Civil Aviation Authority disclosed in a passenger survey of Heathrow in 2006 that an estimated 45% of passengers to / from India were originating in the UK and 55% originated in India. Business traffic accounted for just 27% of total traffic out of which two-third originated in India.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Emirates Airline has said its service from Newcastle airport to Dubai is proving successful and popular.
The carrier introduced the route a year ago and reported that over 140,000 people have travelled on such flights so far, 20,000 more than the original prediction.
Some 25 per cent of these trips were found to have been undertaken for business purposes.
Vic Sheppard, vice president of Emirates in the UK and Ireland, said: "Given that it has been a challenging time for the entire airline industry, we are delighted to have received such strong support from the north-east travelling public."
Anyone travelling on flights to Dubai for business or pleasure may be interested to hear of the opening of a new resort in the city.
The Lost City of Atlantis, a 1,539-room complex, will open to the public officially on September 24th and the first guests have already splashed out on a luxury suite, including a gold-plated dining area.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I wish to express my sincere thanks for the excellent service provided by Southall Travel in connection with my flights to Australia. I shall have no hesitation in recommending your organization to anyone who might require similar services in the future.
Thanking you.Sincerely yours
Monday, September 1, 2008
New route offers flights to India
India may be interested to hear the latest news from Kingfisher Airlines, one of only six five-star carriers in the world.
Officials have announced that a connection is to be provided between Bangalore and London, making it the first time the airline has operated internationally.
The daily route will open as of September 3rd and passengers will travel in style on an Airbus A330-220.
Luxuries will include an in-flight entertainment system with 36 channels, mood lighting, webchat and email, as well as built-in charging points for laptops and mobile phones.
"I am delighted to announce the launch of Kingfisher's maiden international service between Bangalore and London's Heathrow airport. We will set new standards in international travel. I feel that the carefully selected routes that Kingfisher will offer great growth potential," said Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and chief executive of Kingfisher Airlines.
Kingfisher commenced operations domestically in India in 2005 and has since become the largest privately-owned airline in the country following a merger with Air Deccan.
The carrier is expected to launch more international flights shortly.