Tourism Summit 2016: Asia no more a cheaper alternative to Euro trips

1 Asian countries emerge as a major tourist attraction 2 South-East Asian countries now match European holidays 3 Asian countries ready to offer something new and exciting Far from the days of being a relatively cheap holiday destination, Asia is drawing in the big bucks with evolved travellers that are willing to spend for a taste of culture and new experiences.

The emergence of Asian countries as a major attraction was discussed in an eye-opening afternoon session with Vishal Sinha, chief operating officer of TUI Holidays, Naresh Rawal, vice-president of Star Cruises and Arzan Khambatta, head of India, representative office, Macao.

Prince William and Kate arrive at Mumbai hotel owned by Tata Group

GETTY William and Kate lay a wreath at the memorial to the hotel’s victims of the 2008 terrorist attacks William and Kate arrived in Mumbai on a scheduled overnight flight and headed straight for the Taj Palace Hotel, owned by the Tata Group, parent company of Tata Steel.

The royal couple, who are on a week-long tour of India and neighbouring Bhutan, are thought likely to raise the plight of 40,000 UK steel workers threatened by Tata Steel’s decision to pull out of Britain when they meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for lunch in New Delhi on Tuesday.

But they have no plans to meet Tata Steel executives in Mumbai, where the company has its headquarters