According to the findings of a study, Mumbai is the most expensive city in India at Rs13,017 per night for an individual tourist which includes an accommodation, pre-meal drink, dinner and taxi ride
Chennai: Mumbai continues to be the most expensive city in India closely followed by Delhi and Chennai in terms of night charges in hotels, according to a study conducted by TripIndex of leading online travel portal, TripAdvisor, reports PTI.
According to the findings, Mumbai is the most expensive city in India at Rs13,017 per night for an individual tourist which includes an accommodation, pre-meal drink, dinner and taxi ride, said TripAdvisor (India) country manager Nikhil Ganju.
According to him, the same fare at Delhi costs Rs12,978 while in Chennai it stood at Rs12,530.
With a difference of less than Rs160, cost of a night in Delhi compares to a night in Cape Town, while a night in Chennai and Kolkata works out as much as in Macau (China) and Warsaw (Poland), respectively, he told reporters.
The TripIndex helps travellers to decide on their preferred destination with a quick and useful reference, he said.
Observing that investments of $40 million is spent on online portals, he said only 16% of it was spent on travel websites.
“There is enough headroom for us (to make additional revenues). Through these initiatives, people will find it easier to decide on their destination...,” he said.
The findings also revealed that taxis fare in Chennai is the most expensive at Rs201 for a journey, while the same is Rs100 in Pune.
Besides, he said that South India leads as the most expensive region on average cost of Rs8,537.5 (per day) closely followed by West at Rs8,186.16, East Rs6,344.75 and Rs5,335.22 in the northern region, the study said.
Hotel room prices are also higher in South India at Rs6,567.63 followed by West at Rs6,109.67, East Rs4,774.2 and North at Rs4,169, the study said.
Consumers in the US can use the WesternUnion.com website to send money to family and friends in India using their bank accounts without incurring a transfer fee
Mumbai: Global payment service provider Western Union announced a money-saving option for people in the US who want to send money online to their relatives in India, reports PTI.
Consumers in the US can use the WesternUnion.com website to send money to family and friends in India using their bank accounts without incurring a transfer fee, Western Union said in a release issued here.
“Our consumers want convenience and WesternUnion.com helps deliver on this need, because people can do business with us anytime, day or night,” Western Union's senior vice president and general manager digital Khalid Fellahi said.
Western Union is offering a no transfer fee option for a limited period, as part of its promotional scheme.
Mamata Banerjee and Mulayam Singh Yadav are apparently coordinating their efforts to extract financial packages for West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh from the UPA
New Delhi: Ending days of suspense, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday made it clear that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was her first choice for Presidentship and Vice President Hamid Ansari was also in the reckoning, reports PTI.
Gandhi revealed her mind to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee who gave no commitment of her party's support, saying that she would convey her position after discussions with Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and her own party.
"We had detailed discussions.... Soniaji told me that she had held meetings with two-four allies and her first choice (for Presidentship) is Pranab Mukherjee and second choice is Hamid Ansari," Banerjee told reporters after her 30-minute meeting with Gandhi.
The West Bengal Chief Minister said she told Gandhi that "at the moment, I cannot say anything. We need to discuss with Mulayam Singh and my own party. Then only we can say something."
Banerjee, whose party is a crucial constituent of the UPA, later met Yadav for the second time since last evening.
The Trinamool chief and Yadav are apparently coordinating their efforts to extract financial packages for West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
However, prior to her meeting with the Congress chief, Banerjee insisted that her demand for a three-year moratorium on payment of interest on central loans was not linked to her party's support to the UPA nominee in the Presidential polls.
"No, no, no. Support (to UPA in Presidential polls) is not linked to financial package to the state. Both are two different things," she told reporters.
"Whenever I come to Delhi, these kind of rumours and gossips are planted by some quarters. These are plantations. Plantations not of trees but plantation of rumours," she said, adding "I condemn this circulation of rumours," the Trinamool Congress chief said.
Banerjee said West Bengal was in a precarious situation financially due to the policies pursued by the previous Left Front government and hence she had sought a moratorium on payment of interest for three years.
She said the demand for moratorium was a year-old and not linked to the Presidential polls.
"I have sought a moratorium on payment of interest (on Central loans) for three years and this debt burden is not my creation. Unless there is a moratorium, how will we run the government," she said.
"Whatever the state earns goes in repayment of interest.
It is a very precarious situation. Please don't link it with Presidential elections," Banerjee said.
Sources in Samajwadi Party said its leadership was inclined to support candidature of Mukherjee for the next President.
Yadav is understood to have told party MPs recently that he personally would prefer Mukherjee but a final decision could only be taken after Congress officially comes up with a name.