Thailand reopening may not happen this year

Thailand reopening may not happen this year. While many countries are rushing to reopen their borders to international tourists, one of the beloved destinations in Asia, Thailand, is not jumping the bandwagon. A prediction from a deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand claimed that the country may remain closed until the end of the year.

Although a global study suggests that four out of five (82%) Thais are confident that Thailand is well-prepared to reopen its tourism and leisure activities, deputy governor for international marketing at TAT, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, noted that there has been “no talk of a timeline issued for reopening the country to inbound or outbound leisure travel during weekly COVID-19 national meetings”.

He added that the government is “very, very cautious” in its approach to reopening its borders and said that he doesn’t expect the country to welcome tourists until 2021.

“I see no signal from the government that the country will open this year. That’s putting a lot of pressure on the tourism industry. The Christmas period, usually the high season, is in jeopardy and I’m looking horribly even to Chinese New Year in February, which is an iffy proposition at best now. Unfortunately, this is not a rosy picture,” he said.

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There was a talk about the creation of travel corridors with certain countries like Vietnam, but it bogged down after recent outbreaks and second wave of infection emerged. Moreover, the high numbers of infection in neighbouring countries like the Philippines and Indonesia make Thailand anxious.

As Thailand reopening may not happen this year meanwhile, the list of groups allowed back into Thailand, under strict health measures, has been expanded from diplomats and UN officials, to business people, investors who have an agreement with the government, film crews, some migrant workers, exhibition personnel and the holders of Thailand Elite visas.

However, while Thailand’s “wait-and-see” attitude may lead to a slow down on its economic recovery as the country is dependent on its tourism industry.

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Meghalaya to reboot tourism with niche tourism

Meghalaya to reboot tourism with niche tourism. Meghalaya Government is on the throes of reviving tourism industry from its present comatose state by adopting a revised strategy of “high value, low volume” as its new mantra. Simply put, it implies that the state would be eyeing the niche tourists among the 1.3 million who visited Meghalaya in the past year or so. The message is clear: try and attract the high-end tourists even though the budget tourists make for bulk of the stats.

Meghalaya Secretary for tourism D. Vijay Kumar, who is currently rewriting the script of a new model tourism doctrine, in an exclusive interview with The Shillong Times. Said that the policy formulation was in final stage. It is likely that Chief Minister Conrad Sangma would be unveiling it at his Independence Day address.

The challenge is to rediscover tourism industry after COVID pandemic lent it a body blow that not just paralysed the local economy but also concomitantly shattered the dreams of many a private entrepreneur. If the new doctrine is indeed adopted by the government, it would surely imply that the hundreds of private guest houses, road-side eateries and local handicraft shops might also have to rethink on their strategy for survival. For, these enterprises largely thrive on budget-tourists.

According to Kumar, between 2011 and 2019, the footfall of tourists doubled from 6.5 lakh to 13 lakh yearly. This upward graph may be somewhat flattering but the policy makers are going to seek out “high value” tourists who would be less in number but would spend more open handedly than not.
A key component of the new tourism package is to create a blue print for promoting prominent tourist destinations that would cater to the economic interest of the local people.

Elaborating, Kumar said as per records with Tourism Department, the tourists paid on an average a paltry Rs 20 for entering the various popular destinations for scenic beauty and recreation. This is ridiculously low by any standard. To make it more sustainable for the local entrepreneurs, the government is going to upscale the rates for entry into all the destinations.

As Meghalaya to reboot tourism with niche tourism, to take it forward, the department has constituted “Eco Tourism Committees” at each of the tourist destinations. They are being kept in the loop for fixing the fees and tying up operational details.
As part of the package, upscaling hospitality training of some 500 local individuals is underway. Already two batches have been successfully groomed as to how to take care of the tourists. Efforts are on to provide institutional finance to the entrepreneurs.

As the upend tourists prefer get away destinations involving minimum time and travelling, far less grueling journeys, the plan is afoot to bolster air traffic arrangement connecting the state capital. Besides, the existing daily flight connecting Kolkata, the government is in the process to introduce flights linking Delhi. If all goes well, two-way air service is going to be operational by October this year, Kumar disclosed. For the record, between April last year and January this year, there were 585 flights between Kolkata and Umroi ferrying some 25,000 passengers either way.

The Secretary is of the view that COVID may have had disastrous effect on tourism, but the pandemic has also enabled the government to rethink its strategy in order to make it sustainable for all concerned. One of the key strategies, Kumar informed, is to sell Meghalaya as a safe haven since the state has had relatively low COVID positive cases.

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Source: The Shilong Times


India grants relaxations for international travellers

India grants relaxations for international travellers. The Indian government has announced three important relaxations for international travellers including allowing OCI card holders from US, UK, Germany and France to visit India, according to an official notification issued by the civil aviation ministry on Friday.

India had earlier established air bubbles with the above four countries creating an air corridor for operation of limited flights between India and these countries. In the second important relaxation, the ministry has also given a nod to Indians holding any valid visa– including for tourism– issued by these four countries to travel to these destinations, provided there are no restrictions imposed on entry of Indian nationals holding a particular kind of visa, by authorities in these countries.

The government has put the onus of checking, if such restrictions specific to each country exist, on the airlines operating to these destinations.

India grants relaxations for international travellers flight airport airplane plane

“Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa of such countries may be permitted to travel to the country concerned provided there is no travel restriction for entry of Indian nationals in that country. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the country concerned with the particular visa category before issue of tickets/boarding pass to the Indian passenger,” the new order said.

The third relaxation allows foreigners in the above four countries to travel to India for business, medical and employment purposes.

The latest notification modifies the last guidelines issued on June 30 listing out conditions for international travel.

International flights were suspended in March earlier this year after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. Government later allowed Air India and other careers to evacuate Indian citizens stuck abroad under the Vande Bharat mission. The relaxations were later expanded to include more categories of passengers, including from countries with which India signed agreements for creation of air bubbles. Regular international travel has not resumed yet.

As India grants relaxations for international travellers. Earlier this month, the ministry of civil aviation extended restrictions on limited domestic flight operations and caps on air fares till November 24 in an order issued on July 24. Centre at present has allowed domestic flight operations to function at 45% of their total capacity.

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Mauritius is open now needs tourists

Mauritius is open now needs tourists. Mauritius was the first African country to get the coronavirus under control. Now its challenge is how to let the tourists that are its economic lifeblood back in.

The Indian Ocean island’s success in quelling the outbreak is unique in Africa and comes as the disease is spreading across the continent, with countries from Kenya to South Africa battling a surge in cases since movement restrictions were eased. Mauritius is one of the few places in the world that hasn’t had a locally transmitted infection in over three months. It recorded its last Covid-19 death on April 27 and has managed to keep the total number of confirmed cases to just 344.

But in a country that relies heavily on tourism, the government is under increasing pressure to reopen its airport and rescue an industry that employs almost a fifth of its workforce. It’s not without risk: The Bahamas saw infections jump after opening up to travellers in July.

Mauritius is open now, needs tourists

“We need an opening date so that the entire industry can work toward the target,” said Paul Jones, chief executive officer of The Lux Collective, which owns six high-end resorts and hotels in the country.

Strong measures

As Mauritius is open now needs tourists but the success of Mauritius, which has a population of 1.3 million, stems from the same factors that helped South Korea overcome its first outbreak: a strong central government, a well-funded health system and a containment strategy with widespread testing, contact tracing and quarantine measures. The government was among the first to require quarantine for travelers from China in January and one of few worldwide for front-line medical workers who’d been in contact with positive cases upon completion of their shifts.

“The government of Mauritius did a very good job,” said Laurent Musango, the World Health Organization’s country representative.

Mauritius closed its harbor and airport as soon as it confirmed the first three infections on March 18 and deployed police and the army to enforce a complete lockdown a week later. The government set clear guidelines as to what people were permitted to do — even restricting grocery shopping to specific days depending on people’s surnames once supermarkets were allowed to reopen.

The well-publicized deaths of both the first patient and the doctor who diagnosed him scared many into following precautionary measures, said Ramanand Jeeneea, a doctor and chief executive officer of Medicin.mu, an online platform that enables people to contact medical practitioners via WhatsApp.

Mauritius is open now, needs tourists

“People complained a lot, especially those who found themselves stranded abroad when the borders closed without advance notice,” Jeeneea said. “But once the government set up a high-level virus committee, we all saw the results of its focused efforts. Mauritius handled it better than the U.K., where different experts are shouting about how to do it.”

Under control

By May, the outbreak was under control. The country has had just 10 deaths and a handful of so-called imported cases added between May and July after returning Mauritian nationals tested positive upon arrival. More than 215,000 people have been tested, the most per capita in Africa.

As Mauritius is open now needs tourists but at the same time, the economy is likely to shrink by a record 13% this year. As tourism has collapsed and the national carrier, Air Mauritius, was placed under voluntary administration. Before the pandemic struck, as many as 1.4 million tourists per year descended on the country’s pristine beaches, accounting for 10% of gross domestic product.

Mauritius is open now, needs tourists

A monthly 600 million-rupee ($15.1 million) wage-assistance program has softened the blow for hospitality workers, but Mauritius can’t survive without tourists, and the government is holding daily consultations to decide when to reopen and to whom.

That decision is likely to be made once the airport has been fitted with a laboratory to test visitors upon arrival. Among the options under review are the classification of tourists according to the length of their stay. Travellers who come for a week could be restricted to staying inside their resort and those who stay more than a month may be subjected to quarantine.

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Himachal Pradesh promoting eco-tourism

Himachal Pradesh promoting eco-tourism. Himachal Pradesh Forest, Youth Services and Sports Minister Rakesh Pathania on Monday called for tapping the eco-tourism potential to provide pollution-free atmosphere to tourists.

After a meeting with senior officers of the Forest department. Pathania said Himachal Pradesh had a lot of potential for eco-tourism because of its green cover which needed to be tapped in an eco-friendly manner. “Tourists will be provided with pollution free atmosphere in eco-tourism sites where tents and other eco-friendly activities. Like use of solar i.e. green energy would be used,” he added.

He emphasised that the catchment area treatment activities should be done in such a manner that rain water could be retained for a longer time to increase the productivity of the land. “Small water check dams will be constructed in different schemes to check the soil erosion. Which is one of the major reasons for the degradation of the forests. Further, the farmers and local community will be encouraged in these activities. Which would also provide opportunities of employment,” Pathania said.

Himachal Pradesh promoting eco-tourism two man hiking on snow mountain

He further stated that necessary changes will be made in the policy for providing weapons to the field functionary of the Forest department. And emphasised that control rooms be established both at headquarter and field level to monitor various activities of the department.

He appreciated the works done by the wildlife wing. In controlling the population of monkeys by massive sterilisation efforts at different centers.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and head of Forest Force Ajay Kumar gave a presentation, regarding activities and schemes being implemented by the department.

As Himachal Pradesh promoting eco-tourism. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wild Life Dr Savita also gave the presentation about wildlife wing of the department. Additional Chief Secretary Forests, Sanjay Gupta and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.

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Ayodhya Has Blueprint Ready For Big Upgrade

Ayodhya Has Blueprint Ready For Big Upgrade, the groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed Ram temple at the Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya will take place today amid hopes of a better future following massive upgrade plans that involve a brand new airport and a glitzy railway station. The Uttar Pradesh government has announced a number of development and beautification projects in the temple town, with a budget of more than Rs 500 crore.
There are plans to promote Ayodhya as a big religious tourism destination. The government is expecting huge footfall by 2024, when the long-awaited Ram temple is complete.

The advance planning includes not only a new airport and railway station, but also an upgrade of the nearby highway and local tourist spots.

As of now, Ayodhya has an airstrip for the use of VIPs. But the government has announced that it will be converted into an airport. Not much has happened since the announcement made two years ago. The government is still in the process of land acquisition.

The national highway upgrade has a budget of Rs 250 crore. The water supply project will also get upgrade which has a budget of Rs 54 crore. Rs 7 crore has been earmark for the bus station and an equal amount for the police barracks.

Ayodhya Has Blueprint Ready For Big Upgrade

Rs 16 crore has been set aside for the modernisation of the Tulsi Smarak. The local Rajshri Dasrath Medical College will also be upgraded, for which 134 crore has been allotted. Despite dominating politics in north India for decades. Ayodhya had been a sleepy little town, where the young people demanded development.

“We have moved on from mandir-masjid,” students at the Saket College, Ayodhya’s most prestigious educational institution, had said ahead of the 2017 state elections.

“Where are the jobs, the factories,” they asked, claiming that the BJP’s development mantra has passed Ayodhya by.

According to government figures, between 2003 and 2012, the number of industrial units in Ayodhya-Faizabad area went up by just 50 — from 377 to 426.

In November 2018, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had announced grand plans for an airport and a medical college. There were plans to build a Ramayan circuit by the river Saryu that passes through the town.

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Sharjah Introduces ‘Sharjah Safe For Tourism’ Stamp

Sharjah Introduces ‘Sharjah Safe For Tourism’ Stamp. To assure tourists that Sharjah’s travel and tourism establishments are looking after their health and safety. The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has launched the ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism’ stamp. A mark of assurance given to all establishments in Sharjah which fully adhere to the public health protocols and guidelines. Which has been aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The stamp follows the measures set out by the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, the world’s first global safety and hygiene stamp for travel and tourism.

SCTDA, in collaboration with Sharjah Health Authority (SHA), has commenced inspecting various establishments in the emirate to ensure compliance with the required health and safety measures. This latest move is in line with Sharjah’s gradual easing of restrictions to reopen public and private facilities in the tourism sector. Such as hotels, restaurants, shops, malls, leisure and recreation destinations, including beaches, swimming pools, and golf courses, among others, enabling services are open while reassuring visitors of their safety during their visit.

Sharjah Introduces ‘Sharjah Safe For Tourism’ Stamp

Residents and tourists visiting the emirate can look for the ‘Safety Assured’ stamp. Displayed in the establishment prior to making a booking or upon entry. The stamp is a visual symbol which gives instant recognition of the establishment’s compliance to the precautionary measures have implemented by the government. Reassuring consumers of the safety of the location.

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, SCTDA, said, “Sharjah has always maintained the emirate as a safe destination for tourists and we continue to keep these standards high especially amidst global efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Our main priority is the health and safety of residents and visitors alike. Which led to the development of the ‘Safety Assured’ stamp, employing the protocols set by the World Travel and Tourism Council under their ‘Safe Travels’ stamp programme to assure tourists of a secure and relaxing experience at every stage of their journey and stay in Sharjah.”

He further added, “We have outlined the precautionary measures for all hotels to ensure their guests can enjoy the establishment’s facilities with full confidence. SCTDA continuously monitors premises to ensure compliance with precautionary measures. To make sure they are fully prepared to receive guests with the highest standards of hygiene and safety.”

Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, Chairman, Sharjah Health Authority (SHA), said, “Sharjah has always remained keen on applying the latest in international standards and best practices. Particularly in the field of health and safety to ensure that the emirate’s citizens, residents and visitors are well protected. In line with this, the Sharjah Health Authority is working in close partnership with the SCTDA to implement the required preventive measures ensuring public health and health security. We are confident that the ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism’ stamp will serve as an incentive and visible symbol of reassurance. We call on all establishments and individuals in the emirate to adhere to the comprehensive preventive and precautionary measures to help prevent and eliminate this pandemic.”

Sharjah Introduces ‘Sharjah Safe For Tourism’ Stamp

SCTDA will exclusively grant the stamp to organizations which comply with the international health protocols as well as local guidelines. The establishment may display the stamp on their websites, marketing collaterals and other platforms that are visible to the public. There are several guidelines have implemented. Including the use of thermal scanners and cameras at entrances and restaurants enforcing two-meter social distancing between tables.

As Sharjah Introduces ‘Sharjah Safe For Tourism’ Stamp has received the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from WTTC, which is testament to the city’s efforts to implement safety protocols in line with international standards. The ‘Safe Travels’ stamp is a self-assessment guideline and is not a certification. It is a mark of confirmation that the countries, destination authorities and companies that have achieved the stamp, have implemented, and will ensure ongoing compliance with the ‘Safe Travels’ protocols.

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Uttarakhand: Valley of Flowers is now open for tourists

Uttarakhand: Valley of Flowers is now open for tourists. The state government while announcing this stated that tourists from outside the state will also be allowed to visit the site.

The Valley of flowers, a UNESCO World, usually remains open for visitors from June to October. However, this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crises, the tourist hotspot was not accessible till this time. Referring to this, Joshimath SDM Anil Chanyal said that although tourists from outside the state will be allowed to visit the tourist hotspot, they will be required to upload their COVID-19 negative certificate 72 hours prior to their visit.

It has happened for the first time in its history that the valley did not open for tourists on its scheduled time due to COVID-19 threat. Forest minister Harak Singh Rawat at that time said that before taking a final call on protected forests, sanctuaries and reserves, they would first consult with wildlife experts and scientists.

Uttarakhand: Valley of Flowers is now open for tourists green mountain surrounded by body of water photo

Situated in the lap of western Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers usually remains open for tourists from June 1 to October 31, and remains covered in snow during other months. Reportedly, around 15000 visitors visited the sot last year, and now with its reopening. It is expected that it will give a boost to the state tourism.

As Uttarakhand: Valley of Flowers is now open for tourists Meanwhile, the forest officials have cleared all the internal routes of the valley for patrolling, as risk of poaching looms hers. Camera traps have also been installed by the forest department in the valley, which have captured images of musk deer this year indicating the rich biodiversity of the valley.

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Source: Times Travel


Cu Chi Tunnels & Museum Tour – Vietnam

Hello folk I am back with Cu Chi Tunnels & Museum Tour – Vietnam guide. Here i am going to tell you about the famous Cu Chi tunnels of Vietnam. So lets go and explore more about Cu Chi tunnels of Vietnam.

What to visit?
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Egg paintings museum
  • drink snake wine
  • Bag pack street
Cu Chi Tunnels

The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort.

Cu Chi Tunnels & Museum Tour - Vietnam
Cu Chi Tunnels

How to reach: If you are staying in Ho chi min city you have to take a private taxi to reach Cu Chi tunnels because its little away from the city. One can book bus tour or taxi tour according their budget. One can reach by public transport also but its very hard for first time traveller. So I will recommend a bus tour. Bus tour is easily available every where in the city and it is pocket friendly also.

I personally booked a private taxi tour, its little costly but comfortable. You can try if you have budget but bus tour is also comfortable with compact budget. Before reaching the cu Chi tunnels all tour services either bus or taxi take you to Egg paintings Museum. This is an art form of Vietnam to make painting with egg shells.

Egg Paintings Museum

The egg painting museum has nice collections of art pieces which is made by egg’s shells. But it is over price and can be very costly for normal travellers. So its up you if you want to buy some ancient Vietnam art then its fine, other wise you can have a look inside can click pics and can walk out, they don’t force to buy any stuff.

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Egg Paintings Museum

After the egg art museum tour takes to the Cu Chi tunnels. Many tours have ticket cost includes in the package but if your ticket is not included in your package you have to buy ticket to enter inside the Cu Chi tunnels and museums.

Cu Chi tunnels and museums.
Cu Chi Tunnels & Museum Tour - Vietnam

After buying the tickets one can enter inside the tunnels threw museum in the way. After seeing the museum you finally reach to tunnel’s forest.

Cu Chi Tunnels & Museum Tour - Vietnam

One can get inside the tunnels but till limited extend. Museum staff guides you very well and shows the way out if you are lost in the tunnels. It is huge forest full of tunnels every where.

Cu Chi Tunnels & Museum Tour - Vietnam
Cu Chi Tunnels

After enjoying the tunnels, which you with in one hour one can enjoy real shooting on the spot.

Cu Chi Tunnels & Museum Tour - Vietnam
Shooting Range

Cu Chi tunnels have real shooting range in the compound. One can enjoy many guns like AK-47, SLR and many on chargeable basis. This can be the wonderful movement for many, holding an AK-47 and firing it lively is not a common task for everyone. You can boast about it among your friends after your tour. It is a must try thing if you are visiting Cu Chi tunnels.

Cu Chi Tunnels & Museum Tour - Vietnam
Drink Snake Wine

Don’t forget to taste the Snake whine while you are in Cu Chi tunnels. Be ware of fake wine they sell fake one also. If you want to taste real snake wine it is better to ask your tour guide, He or she may lead you to an authentic shop of snake wine.

Backpacker Street

Phạm Ngũ Lão street is located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, Vietnam. It was named after Phạm Ngũ Lão, the national hero. The intersection of Phạm Ngũ Lão and Đề Thám streets are referred to as the backpacker district of Saigon. This area is frequented by Ho Chi Minh city locals and tourist who flock to the area markets to buy cheap clothes, DVDs, souvenirs, and war memorabilia.

The many bars and cafes in this district are conveniently located near Saigon’s city centre. In the Vietnamese language, this area is called “khu Tay ba lo”. The Phạm Ngũ Lão area is known for its affordable guest houses and mini-hotels as well as the availability of tourist agencies which primarily cater to budget tourists, similar to Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand. 

How to reach? Cu Chi Tunnels & Museum Tour – Vietnam

The best way to reach Vietnam from India is by taking a flight from Bangalore. The distance between India and Vietnam is roughly 3194 kilometres (1,985 miles) and your flight time is about 4 hours. With more than 300 flights a week connecting the two nations, you will find it most convenient to head over to Vietnam from Bangalore. However, you can also fly from other major cities, like Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad, Amritsar and Thiruvananthapuram. There are three international airports in Vietnam and you can choose your port of arrival depending on which part of the country interests you the most. You can fly in either to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi to the north, Tan Son Nhat International Airport at Ho Chi Minh City to the south or Da Nang International Airport at Da Nang in the centre.

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Odisha tourism promoting Road trips post COVID

Odisha tourism promoting Road trips post COVID. The tourism department is looking to better the tourism situation in Odisha post COVID-19, and so the road trip campaign is going to be a major breakthrough in this regard. As rail and air transport are severely affected because of Covid-19, Odisha tourism is planning to promote road trips in Odisha.

The campaign called Road Trip To and Through Odisha, will be promoted if the situation looks better by October this year. The tourism department is looking to better the tourism situation in Odisha post-COVID-19, and so the road trip campaign is going to be a major breakthrough in this regard.

As Odisha tourism promoting Road trips post COVID. According to the state tourism secretary Vishal Dev’s statement, bordering states such as West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh would be targeted. So, tourists from Ranchi, Kolkata, Raipur, Visakhapatnam, Bilaspur, Jamshedpur, and Bilaspur are going to be invited for road trips to Odisha. There`s also going to be some attractive packages for these travellers.

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40% Of Destinations Have Eased Travel Restrictions

40% Of Destinations Have Eased Travel Restrictions. The responsible restart of tourism is underway around the world as growing numbers of destinations ease COVID-19 related travel restrictions and adapt to the new reality. According to the latest analysis from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). 40 per cent of all destinations worldwide have now eased the restrictions. Which they have placed on international tourism in response to COVID-19.

The latest outlook of UNWTO, recorded on 19 July, is up from 22 per cent of destinations that had eased restrictions on travel by 15 June and the 3 per cent previously observed by 15 May. It confirms the trend of a slow but continuous adaptation and responsible restart of international tourism.

At the same time, however, of the 87 destinations that have now eased travel restrictions. Just four have completely lifted all restrictions, while 83 have eased them while keeping some measures such as the partial closure of borders in place. This latest edition of the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report in addition shows that 115 destinations (53 per cent of all destinations worldwide) continue to keep their borders completely closed for tourism.

Responsible restart is possible

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “The restart of tourism can be undertaken responsibly and in a way that safeguards public health while also supporting businesses and livelihoods. As destinations continue to ease restrictions on travel, international cooperation is of paramount importance. This way, global tourism can gain people’s trust and confidence, essential foundations as we work together to adapt to the new reality we now face.”

40% Of Destinations Have Eased Travel Restrictions photo of people boarding airliner

According to the UNWTO report, destinations with a higher dependency on tourism are more likely to be easing restrictions on travel. As of now the 87 destinations that have eased restrictions recently. 20 are Small Island Developing States (SIDS), many of which depend on tourism as a central pillar of employment, economic growth and development. The report also shows that around half (41) of all those destinations that have eased restrictions are in Europe. Confirming the leading role of the region for the responsible restart of tourism.

Many destinations still in long-term lockdown

Looking at the 115 destinations that continue to have their borders completely closed to international tourism, the report finds that a majority (88) have been completely closed their borders for international tourism for more than 12 weeks.

As 40% Of Destinations Have Eased Travel Restrictions. The cost related to the travel restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19 has historic dimensions. This week, UNWTO released the data on the impact of the pandemic on tourism, both in terms of lost tourist arrivals and lost revenues. The data shows that by already by the end of May, the pandemic had led to US$320 billion in lost revenues. Already three times the cost of the 2009 Global Economic Crisis.

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Nepal to reopen Everest to climbers Post COVID

Nepal to reopen Everest to climbers Post COVID, Nepal will reopen its Himalayan mountains including Mount Everest to climbers for the autumn season, officials said on Thursday, to boost the tourism-dependent economy despite rising coronavirus infections.

Home to eight of the world’s 14 tallest mountains, Nepal shut down climbing and trekking in March to stem the novel coronavirus, which has so far infected 19,547 people and caused 52 deaths in the country of 30 million.

“We have reopened mountaineering and will issue climbing permits for the autumn season,” tourism department official Mira Acharya said, adding that climbers must follow health protocols issued by the government. The autumn climbing season in Nepal runs from September to November.

While infections in many Western nations are falling, South Asian countries including Nepal are still witnessing a steady rise in the caseload. The absence of climbing in the popular April-May season caused Nepal millions of dollars in losses. Hundreds of foreign travellers and some 200,000 sherpas, guides and porters were hit.

Nepal to reopen Everest to climbers Post COVID photo of furry dog

Though the government now wants to reopen climbing, international flights are shut until mid-August and travel restrictions within Nepal remain, meaning climbers will still be kept away in the short term, expedition organisers said.

“Some climbers to smaller mountains may come but I have doubts about big ones,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, an expedition organiser in the capital Kathmandu.

As Nepal to reopen Everest to climbers Post COVID, on Thursday also allowed the reopening of hotels and restaurants with some restrictions. No conferences, seminars, gyms or casinos would be allowed, said Binayak Shah, vice president of the Hotel Association Nepal (HAN).”Now it is (about) which hotel is safe, not which offers better services,” Shah said.

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700 tourists visit Himachal Pradesh but banned

700 tourists visit Himachal Pradesh but banned, Ever since Himachal Pradesh reopened its borders for people from other Indian states last week, about 700 tourists have visited the state according to a revelation made by the state tourism authorities.
Devesh Kumar, Tourism and Civil Aviation Secretary, Himachal Pradesh, told the press that the SOPs were prepared by the department after going through those made by the tourism department of other states that have reopened their borders.

According to the latest reports, the officials are checking documents provided by tourists at border points of Himachal Pradesh. In addition, homestays and hotels are also re-examining tourist documents.

As per the present rules, tourists are required to make registration on covid19epass.hp.gov.in under the tourist section 48 hours before entering the state. They are also supposed to carry a COVID-19 test certificate not older than 72 hours while entering Himachal Pradesh. The tourists are also asked to confirm their booking with a valid tourism unit for at least five days. All tourists are also supposed to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.

700 tourists visit Himachal Pradesh but banned  photo of snow capped mountain

According to another news report published in an online daily, panchayats of Bir, Gunehar, Chogan and Kayor have raised objections against allowing entry to the tourists for Bir Billing. They argued that since COVID-19 pandemic is still not under control, it would be better if the government exercises restraint in allowing tourists within the Bir Billing borders.

One of the representatives from the local panchayat has reportedly stated in a letter to the SDM of Baijnath that the government’s decision to allow tourists for paragliding and hotel accommodation in Bir Billing without a prior health check-up poses a threat to the locals. In such a case, the local panchayats won’t permit tourists to enter their territory.

As 700 tourists visit Himachal Pradesh but banned, according to the reports, the locals are extremely wary of tourists coming from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Mumbai, Gujarat and West Bengal that are COVID-19 hotspots, and maximum tourists come from these states.

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Source: Times of India


UAE is most popular travel destination for 2021

UAE is most popular travel destination for 2021, If you’re planning any travel around the UAE next year, we suggest booking in advance as the country is expected to get an influx of tourists.

According to a survey conducted by global travel company Kuoni, UAE has topped the ‘world’s most searched destination for 2021’ in 11 countries. The firm looked at Google’s global data from 131 countries, with the spokesperson commenting that all of the seven emirates offer the perfect winter escape.

“Each of the seven emirates has its own characteristics, but they’re all an excellent destination for some winter sun,” Kuoni said.

“Dubai has a futuristic style with soaring skyscrapers, epic shopping malls and long stretches of beach, Fujairah has some incredible snorkelling spots and Ras Al Khaimah draws beach lovers to its beautiful coastline.”

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We couldn’t agree more. Other top destinations that made the list include Egypt, Canada and the USA.

The global pandemic has had a significant impact on UAE tourism this year. With travel for leisure only reinstated on July 7. However, many feel that the numerous unique activities on offer for will entice many more holidaymakers to visit next year.

As UAE has become the most popular travel destination for 2021 “The success of the tourism sector in the UAE has been a model for many countries to follow. The UAE tops the list of the most attractive countries on the world map for tourism, due to the great infrastructure, array of entertainment offerings and its unparalleled tourism attractions,” Mamoun Hmedan, managing director for Mena and India, Wego, told Khaleej Times.

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Source: Khaleej Times


Africa reopening for tourism – Full List of countries

Africa reopening for tourism – Full List of countries is here. many African nations are starting to reopen airports, remove curfews, and slowly resume international tourism. Most countries in Africa have been very strict on containing the spread of the virus, with most of them going into complete lockdowns earlier this year. That means nobody in and nobody out. Now that case numbers are relatively low across the continent, some nations have already reopened, with others making plans on how to reopen responsibly.

Below we have a list of every country in Africa, and what their current reopening status is: Not open for tourism, reopening soon, and now open. For the nations that have already reopened, we also include which countries are permitted to visit, plus any entry requirements.

1. Burkina Faso – Reopening Soon

Burkina Faso has made a statement about commercial flights resuming on August 1. Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice. It is unclear at this time if Visa issuing will also resume on August 1.

2. Cameroon – Reopening Soon

Cameroon has resumed a few commercial flights, though mostly for essential travel only. Land and sea borders are not yet open. They’ve started testing requirements to land in Cameroon airports for essential travelers, including a negative PCR test no older than 3 days.

3. Cape Verde – Reopening Soon

Cape Verde has reopened sea borders for essential travel by passenger ferries. International flights have not yet resumed but are planning to restart in early August.

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4. Chad – Reopening Soon

Chad will resume commercial flights starting on August 1. All international travellers have to surrender their passport, quarantine at home for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test on the 7th day. Passports will be returned upon presentation of the COVID-19 negative test receipt.

5. Democratic Republic of the Congo – Reopening Soon

The DRC plans to start reopening land borders and airports on August 15. After reopening, visitors into the DRC will require negative PCR tests, temperature checks, and the possibility of testing and/or quarantines upon arrival.

6. Djibouti – Reopening Soon

On July 17, Djibouti reopened the airport and restarted limited commercial flights. We are unsure if these flights are restricted to repatriation and/or essential travel only at this point, or if general tourism is now permitted.

All passengers entering Djibouti will receive a covid test upon arrival and will have to remain at the airport until results come through (approx 4 hours), at the cost of the passenger.

7. Egypt – Now Open

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Egypt started reopening borders for tourism to seaside resorts as of July 1.

Travelers will have to:

– Have a valid visa
– Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
– Fill out a health declaration card
– Show proof of travel health insurance
– Agree to have their temperature taken on arrival
– At this point travelers are expected to remain in high-tourist areas and are not permitted to travel independently inwards throughout the country.

8. Equatorial Guinea – Reopening Soon

Equatorial Guinea is currently in their domestic reopening phase, with domestic flights resuming as of June 15. Commercial flights are extremely limited at this point and are mostly used for repatriation and essential travel. All arriving passengers must present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival.

9. Ethiopia – Now Open

Ethiopia has now reopened the airport for international arrivals.

Passengers will need to bring a negative PCR test taken within 5 days of arrival. They have self-isolate at home for 14 days. Visitors are tested again upon arrival.

Passengers that do not bring the negative PCR test will have a mandatory quarantine at government designated hotels for 7 days at their own expense. At the end of 7 days, a PCR test will be given.

Africa reopening for tourism – Full List of countries

10.Ghana – Reopening Soon

Ghana has resumed domestic flights within the country. The current international travel ban is set to expire July 31. We are unsure at this time if the ban will be extended or removed.

11. Kenya – Now Open

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya will be reopening for international tourism on August 1st, 2020

Entry Requirements include bringing a negative PCR test, but the details of how long the traveler has to take the test before arrival has not yet been released.

12. Liberia – Now Open

Liberia has reopened for tourism as of July 1, but many restrictions are still in place. When they first opened they had a rule that if a passenger was coming from a nation with more than 200 active cases of the virus, they would be denied entry. Now, we believe that restriction has been removed and replaced with testing requirements.

Passengers arriving into Liberia will need to bring a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, undergo a temperature scan and health check, and could be tested again upon arrival. Anyone testing positive on arrival has to go under government quarantine for at least 14 days.

13. Mali – Reopening Soon

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Mali just reopened flights on July 25 and is planning on reopening land borders on July 31st. It is unclear at this time if flights are only for Mali nationals, or if tourists can also enter at this time.

Arrivals need to bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. If they do not, a test will be performed on arrival while the passenger will remain in quarantine until results are processed.

14. Morocco – Reopening Soon

The current state of emergency was extended until August 10th. The partial reopening of Morocco’s borders started July 14, first to allow Moroccan residents to return and foreign citizens to depart the country.

While general tourism has not yet resumed, the reopening date is expected to be announced soon.

15. Nigeria – Reopening Soon

Nigeria reopened their passport offices July 1 and resumed domestic flights on July 8. Restrictions on domestic travel continue to lift. While international flights are currently only available for nationals and residents, announcements will come soon on the resumption of tourism.

16. Rwanda – Now Open

Rwanda has officially reopened for tourism as of June 17, 2020

Entry Requirements:
Testing is must before arrival and again upon arrival. In order to gain entry into Rwanda as a tourist, you must take a PCR test in your own country within 72 hours of departure and have the negative results as proof. The negative test must be emailed to [email protected] before your departure and a copy of the results brought with you to show customs upon entry into Rwanda.

At the airport upon arrival, travellers have to go under the test again with the results available in around 8 hours.

17. Senegal – Now Open
Country has now reopened for tourism, with entry requirements explained below. Senegal has started international flights on July 15, even though land and sea borders are still closed. The state of emergency was lifted on June 30.

All arrivals into Senegal will require:

– A health declaration form
– A negative PCR test taken no longer than 7 days before departure
– Undergo medical screening and temperature scans upon arrival

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18. Seychelles – Now Open

As of June 1st the Seychelles have reopened to tourists from ‘low’ and ‘medium’ risk nations, with different entry requirements for each category.

19. Sierra Leone – Now Open

Sierra Leone reopened for tourism on July 22, 2020. Flights are starting to be rescheduled, but land borders remain closed.

Entry Requirements:

– Obtaining a travel authorization card from the government
– A negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure
– A health declaration card
– Pre-payment for testing on arrival
– A valid visa

20 Sudan – Reopening Soon

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Sudan just lifted bans on flights from Egypt, Turkey, and the UAE, but flights from other nations are still suspended until October 10.

21. Tanzania – Now Open

As of June 2020, Tanzania is now accepting tourists under normal and regular ‘pre-covid’ border rules. No mandatory quarantine period is currently in place, however temperature checks, mask wearing, and social distancing is in effect.

However, under normal tourism laws, your country might require a Visa to enter Tanzania. There are currently 68 countries that can enter Tanzania Visa-free, with the rest requiring a Visa or Visa on Arrival.

There is no mandatory 14-day isolation or quarantine period for travellers into Tanzania.

22. Tunisia – Now Open

Country is officially reopening its borders June 27, 2020 allowing tourists to enter based on a color-coded system based on risk assessment.

Tunisia has created a ‘Green’ and ‘Orange’ list for arrivals. ‘Green’ countries may enter with no testing or quarantines, while ‘Orange’ countries will need to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. (See the lists here)

23. Zambia – Reopening Soon

Zambia’s borders have reopened, with both domestic and international flights starting to resume, but tourist visa services remain suspended until further notice. Since a tourist visa is must to gain entry into Zambia, general tourism cannot resume until they restart visa services.

Anyone the currently has a valid visa may get entry, but will face both testing on arrival and 14-day quarantine.

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Turkey to resume flight operations from August

Turkey to resume flight operations from August, Turkey government has announced its plans to start flight operations to and from India starting August 1. In the announcement, Adil Karaismailoglu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey, said that Turkey will begin international flight operations for four countries, which are India, Russia, Kuwait and South Africa.

He also said that the government was also planning to start operations for other countries such as Iraq, Uzbekistan, Kenya, Egypt, Tunisia, Kyrgyzstan and Algeria too. But for now, they have decided to start with the four countries only.

Turkey to resume flight operations from August jet cloud landing aircraft

Given the pandemic situation, the international flight operations in Turkey were suspended. After remaining grounded for more than two months on July 11, the Turkish airlines partially resumed operations internationally. Now the country is looking for boosting the number for international flights for more than 40 countries in coming days.

Meanwhile, the country is already struggling after the dispute over Hagia Sophia, which is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country. Hagia Sophia, which used to be a church, then a museum, and has a very interesting history, was recently converted into a mosque by the Turkish government. The decision raised a lot of eyebrows across the globe.

Till 2019, the 1500-year-old Hagia Sophia museum was Turkey’s most visited tourist attraction. Given the current scenario, it is still unclear whether tourists from other faiths would be allowed inside the ancient building or not.

As Turkey to resume flight operations from August, On the other hand, Country has recorded 227K COVID-19 positive cases and 5630. However, as per health officials, the recovery rate in the country is much higher than the infection rates, which is a good news.

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Source: Times of India


Croatia opens its borders for tourism

As Croatia opens its borders for tourism has become the first European Union (EU) country to invite tourists. The announcement was made by the Croatian Ministry of Interior on Friday. Apparently, the EU had put a ban on American citizens from visiting in late June given the COVID-19 condition in the US. The union had said that it would reopen its borders for only 15 countries from July 1 and the US did not make it to the list.

The US embassy in Croatia has said that the country is now open to all foreign nationals, including US citizens, for business, tourism, or any personal reasons. But to enter Croatia, tourists will have to give relevant proof.

As Croatia opens its borders for tourism here are some important conditions to enter Croatia:

As per the Croatian Ministry of Interior’s website, tourists wishing to travel to Croatia, are required to bring a Coronavirus test stating negative in the report that has been taken within 48 hours of arrival. Without the negative test, visitors will be required to self isolate for 14 days.

On arrival at the airport, travellers will have to fill a travel registration form, wherein visitors will have to mention their reason for visiting the country.

Travellers will also have to provide proof of their accommodation bookings.

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Source: Times of India


SpiceJet is starting flight for Indians from Europe

SpiceJet is starting flight for Indians from Europe, SpiceJet will operate its first long-haul flight from Amsterdam on August 1 to repatriate Indians “waiting” to come from Europe, the airline said on Monday. Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, special international charter flights are permitted on a case to case basis by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

As SpiceJet is starting flight for Indians from Europe “SpiceJet will operate its first long-haul flight to bring back Indians waiting to come from Europe. 1st flight departs from Amsterdam on Aug 1. Limited seats available,” the airline said on Twitter. An industry source said the low-cost carrier has “wet-leased” an A330neo wide-body aircraft from a foreign company to operate these long-haul flights to and from Europe.
“The flight will leave from Schiphol airport at Amsterdam at 2.45 PM (local time) on August 1 and will land at Bengaluru at 3.30 AM (local time) on August 2. After disembarking Bengaluru’s passengers, the flight will then head to Hyderabad where it is scheduled to land at 5.35 AM on August 2,” a SpiceJet official said .

In a “wet leased” arrangement, the lessor provides the plane along with its cabin crew, cockpit crew and maintenance crew. A “dry lease” means the lessor will provide the plane only. Since a wide-body plane has a bigger fuel tank, it can operate long-haul flights. Till now, SpiceJet operated only narrow-body Boeing 737s and turboprop Q400 aircraft. India resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights from May 25 after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.

Indian airlines have been permitted to operate a maximum of 45 per cent of pre-COVID domestic flights. However, the occupancy rate has remained low domestically at around 50-60 per cent.

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Source: Financial Express


Mizoram is redefining its Tourism plans

Mizoram is redefining its Tourism plans and has come up with a strategic plan to restart the state’s revenue generation through the tourism sector. The state intends to implement a new policy and forward it to various departments of the government for detailed study and present in the next assembly session after ratification from the state cabinet.

“Though the government has an existing tourism policy, we are drafting a new one known as Mizoram Responsible Tourism Policy, 2020 to meet present requirements,” Tourism Minister Robert Romawia Royte told media persons.

He asserted that a reoriented tourism policy is necessary to get the green light from the Central government and other allies for funding. The new policy plans to access the up-market slot tourism, to boost local businesses and job providers, about the local culture, officials said.

As Mizoram is redefining its Tourism plans, they also speculated to ensure that tourism development happens in developing sites after having done a complete survey. A total of 1,61,677 tourists were said to have visited Mizoram in 2019, the officials informed.

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Jordan is opening post COVID 19 for low risk countries

Jordan will reopen its airports to commercial flights next month after a near five-month shutdown imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Jordan is opening post-COVID 19 for low-risk countries, an official said on Sunday.
The move comes as the country is trying to revive its economy. Which has been badly hit since the outbreak of the pandemic.

As Jordan is opening post-COVID 19 for low-risk countries, civil aviation commission chief Haitham Misto told state television that flights from 22 “low risk” countries will be allowed from August 5.

The countries listed by the health ministry include Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Thailand, he said. Travellers from those countries will not need to isolate for 14 days when they reach Jordan but must be tested for the virus before arriving, Misto said, adding that the list would be updated every two weeks. Transport minister Khaled Saif, however, said that those travellers must show proof of having spent two weeks in one of the countries on the list before arriving in Jordan.

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Anyone providing false information has to face fine 10,000 dinars ($14,000), he said.
The desert kingdom, which has recorded 1,154 cases of the virus including 11 deaths, imposed a tough curfew enforced with drones to curb the spread of Covid-19, before easing policies in early June. Airports were closed in mid-March and international flights suspended.

The curbs hit cash-strapped Jordan hard. Its economy relies heavily on international aid, tourism revenues and expatriate remittances. Before the coronavirus struck, Jordan hosted five million visitors a year. Tourism accounts for 14 per cent of the country’s GDP, employing about 100,000 people. Tourism earned Jordan around $5.3 billion last year.

Around a quarter of a million people, a year used to visit Jordan for medical treatment before the pandemic broke out, bringing in some $1.5 billion. The country was already in a precarious situation even before the new coronavirus, with unemployment at 19.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year.

Source: Times of India


Rannotsav will start from mid-November

Craving for a getaway in 2020? Rannotsav will start from mid-November Well, the state government will soon add some silver lining to the hopes of travellers! Gujarat’s signature tourism festival, Rannotsav, which is held every year from November to February, will be held this year too. At a time when the tourism industry has seen a drastic decline in bookings, the state government is all geared up to host the festival, revealed sources, from mid-November onwards till February-end.

“The government will soon make an official announcement about the festival which is expected to begin in mid-November and bookings will shortly open. The tent city is being readied to welcome tourists under a new normal and we are taking all precautions to ensure social distancing and utmost hygiene is maintained. We are also reorganizing the dining space, where more people congregate and spacing it out and have deployed additional buses which will only ferry tourists at half the capacity or less,” said Nikhil Aggarwal, partner of the event management company which organizes Rannotsav.

Rannotsav will start from mid-November, Runnotsav Gujrat

The annual festival attracted at least 50,000 tourists last season. Including people from Gujarat and other parts of India, NRIs who visit their home state during the winter months and even a few foreign nationals. The organizers have slashed package prices to woo tourists. “We have reduced the package price across categories by 20% to encourage more tourists to visit the festival. We have not reduced itinerary but have worked on ensuring social distancing and safety of tourists in the wake of the pandemic,” said Aggarwal.

Industry sources, however, said the footfall may take a hit by at least 30% in the wake of the pandemic and even a likely reduction in the number of international travellers. Tour operators, however, feel that the decision to hold the festival will help revive tourism in the state as if Rannotsav will start from mid-November.

Source: Times of India, P.C- Gujrat Tourism


Seychelles is reopening after COVID-19 for tourists

The East African paradise of Seychelles is reopening after COVID-19 for tourists. All its 115 islands, is going to reopen for tourism from August 1. If you have been dreaming of travelling to Seychelles and could not because of the lockdown, here is your chance. The Seychelles coronavirus situation in control right now, as no new cases of infection, or new deaths have been reported. In fact, the nation did not have any deaths related to Coronavirus.

Travelling to Seychelles may be on the cards, but not for all. There are certain rules to be followed when it comes to entering Seychelles. First and foremost, only travellers from countries that are at low, or medium risk will be permitted to fly in from August 1.

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As of now, the low risk countries are Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, China, Belgium, and Norway. On the other hand, medium risk countries include South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Italy, Greece, Canada, and Spain. Visitors from both these countries will need to provide a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. However, the ones with the low risk group can also opt for an antigen test, but the same does not apply for the medium risk group.

Once you have arrived in Seychelles, you cannot stay in more than two places of accommodation for the first seven days. Also, you are not permitted to book any private residences during your stay. You can only book hotels and resorts that have gotten the approval of the Public Health Authority.

Source: Times of India, P.C-CC BY-SA 4.0


With Ram temple Ayodhya becomes new tourism hub

As Ayodhya is set to be a major tourist destination with the magnificent Ram temple Ayodhya becomes new tourism hub, tour operators and travel agencies in the city are planning offices in Ayodhya and new packages to attract people.

A leading tour and travel company operating in Lucknow expanded its operations in Ayodhya on Friday. Besides organising heritage walks and tours in Lucknow, it will now be organising events to promote the rich culture and history of Ayodhya.

“Mokshdayani Walk’ and ‘Ram Vivah’ have been our most innovative tourism products on Ayodhya which were till now being operated and managed from Lucknow. But now with our own set up in Ayodhya, these will be operated locally which will bring down cost and make it more affordable,” managing director of the agency Prateek Hira said.

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“We will provide employment opportunities to locals and will come up with many more immersive travel experiences to showcase this deserving destination to the world,” he added. Hina Shiraz, a travel and tour operator in Lucknow, said she was planning to introduce a special UP itinerary of 5 days and 6 nights for inbound tourists and foreign tourists enthusiastic for visiting the temple town and Ram Mandir.
If you look at mass tourism across the country, spiritual and pilgrimage travel is the largest segment. In Ayodhya, while the market is expected to be skewed towards domestic travellers, there would be some inbound and foreign tourist potential as well,” she said.

As with Ram temple Ayodhya becomes a new tourism hub. “The development plan in Ayodhya is big. Once international airport, five-star hotels and resorts come up, the influx of tourists will automatically increase. We will introduce extensive units and packages of 2-3 days where tourists will be able to explore the town. Due to lack of hotels, we used to have tourists who liked to visit Ayodhya only for a day. They couldn’t stay in the night even if they wanted to. We expect the city to develop into a far bigger tourism destination with potential for spiritual, social events, luxury, MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) and travel,” said Rajiv Arora, another tour operator.

Source: Times of India, P.C CC BY-SA 4.0


STB community initiative for tourism in Southeast Asia

As STB community initiative for tourism in Southeast Asia. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has unveiled #TravelThrowback, a community effort aimed at uniting passionate travellers to promote the beauty of Southeast Asia. While travel restrictions may still be in place in many parts of the world, this social media initiative is intended to spark interest in Southeast Asia and encourage travellers to prioritise Southeast Asia as a region to explore once international travel resumes fully.

John Conceicao, executive director of Southeast Asia of the STB said: “Tourism has been one of the key economic sectors in Southeast Asia that has been hit the hardest in the last few months. When border restrictions are lifted, travellers are likely to make short-haul trips within Southeast Asia rather than plan long-haul holidays. We hope that the initiative can showcase the beauty of our region and inspire travellers to explore the hidden spots within Southeast Asia.”

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STB community initiative for tourism in Southeast Asia, STB will work with various local partners in each Southeast Asian country to welcome other national tourism organisations, tourism providers and travel stakeholders to be a part of this effort to inspire wanderlust for Southeast Asia.

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Source: Travel Daily Media


Dubai given safe tourism stamp amid pandemic

Dubai has given safe tourism stamp amid pandemic. Dubai has been awarded a global safety and hygiene stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council to show the UAE’s commitment to reopening its tourism sector as it recovers from the coronavirus outbreak.

The WTTC, a council that represents private-sector travel and tourism, created the Safe Travels stamp to allow tourists to identify destinations and businesses around the world. That have adopted global standardised health and hygiene protocols.

The stamp provides guidance to travel providers and travellers about the new approach to health, hygiene, deep cleansing and physical distancing, in the “new normal” of a post-COVID-19 world.

The protocols were devised following the experience of WTTC members dealing with Covid-19 and based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and control.

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The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has welcomed the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, which makes the safety and hygiene of travellers a top priority.

“As we reopen Dubai’s doors to tourism and welcome our international visitors back to the city, our foremost priority is their well-being, achieved through stringent hygiene and safety protocols that have been deployed across all tourist touchpoints,” Helal Saeed Almarri, director-general, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) said.

“The WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp endorses Dubai’s strong global co-operation in combating the pandemic with comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety.

“We trust that our efforts not only provide an optimised experience for our visitors but also secure their health and that of their families. Further cementing the confidence that our guests have had thus far in Dubai, and encouraging people from every corner of the world to visit one of the safest cities in the world this summer.”

The UAE has been praised for its coronavirus response. A survey by the Deep Knowledge Group, a consortium of technology companies and non-profit organisations, last month ranked the Emirates as 11th on the list in its responses to the pandemic.

Costa Rica, Indonesia, Rwanda, Tobago and Tanzania are also among the latest recipients of the health and safety stamp.

The growing list of endorsements has come from many major holiday and city destinations around the world, such as Sharjah as well Malaga in Spain, which joins the growing list of Spanish destinations including Alicante and Benidorm.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and chief executive, said: “Our Safe Travels stamp is proving a great success and we are delighted to see even more popular countries and destinations adapt our global health and hygiene protocols.

“The success of the WTTC Safe Travels stamp shows its importance not only to countries and destinations but also crucially to travellers and the 330 million people around the world who work in and depend on the travel and tourism sector.

As Dubai has given safe tourism stamp amid pandemic, “The stamp is a critical step in re-establishing consumer confidence in travel and tourism and ensuring travellers can rest easy knowing that enhanced standards of hygiene. Which are in place and they can once again experience ‘safe travels’.”

Source: The National


Uttarakhand allows Char Dham Yatra after COVID-19

Uttarakhand allows Char Dham Yatra after COVID-19. The Uttarakhand government on Friday permitted devotees from other states to participate in the Char Dham Yatra, which includes four destinations namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The announcement was made by Ravinath Raman, the chief executive officer of Char Dham Devasthanam Board.

Only Uttarakhand residents were earlier allowed to take part in yatra this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. Even they had to follow certain guidelines like obtaining an e-pass to undertake the yatra. Arrangements regarding online bookings for puja/path/aarti/bhog were made for those pilgrims, who hail from other states.

Now, the state government has permitted people belonging to other states to undertake the yatra. However, there is a condition. The devotees will have to carry a negative RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) result, the test of which has to be taken 72 hours before entering the state.

Uttarakhand govt allows Char Dham Yatra after COVID-19 Badrinath

Those devotees who have completed their quarantine period after reaching Uttarakhand can also take part in the holy yatra.

It will be mandatory to register themselves on the website of Char Dham Devasthanam Board. They shall also upload their ID as well as COVID-19 negative report as part of their registration process.

As Uttarakhand allows Char Dham Yatra after COVID-19 Pilgrims can download e-permit from the portal on their mobile phones but they shall carry the photo ID, address proof and COVID-19 negative report for validation purpose.

Source: Times Now P.C CC BY 3.0


Bali is Reopening again after COVID-19

Indonesia’s resort island of Bali Reopening again after COVID-19 for travellers. Bali now allowing local people and stranded foreign tourists to resume public activities before foreign arrivals resume in September.

Normally bustling beaches and streets on the idyllic Southeast Asian island emptied in early April except for special patrols to ensure health protocols to contain the coronavirus were observed.

Authorities restricted public activities, closed the airport and shuttered all shops, bars, sit-down restaurants, public swimming pools and many other places on the island. Which home to more than 4 million people.

The local government began lifting the limits Thursday. But tourists will face stringent rules in hotels, restaurants and on beaches, Bali Gov. I Wayan Koster said.

Koster told a news conference ahead of the reopening the island will gradually reopen shuttered places to locals and the foreigners stranded there during the outbreak. The island will open to Indonesians from other parts of the country on July 31 and new foreign arrivals on September 11.

Bali is Reopening again after COVID-19 door in between statues

The government established guidelines for reopening tourist spots and may close certain areas again if infections spike, he said. “The pandemic has hit tourism sector so badly while there is no certainty when it will end,” Koster said.

“We have to revive economic activity to prevent Bali from new social problems due to increasing economic pressures.” Tourism is the main source of income for the island that is mainly Hindu in the mostly Muslim archipelago nation.

The famed white-sand beaches and popular shopping areas on the “island of the gods” were deserted almost two decades ago when visitors were scared off by terrorism. The dark cloud of the suicide bombings that killed 202 mostly foreign tourists in 2002 lingered for years, but the island has worked to overcome that image.

The total number of stranded tourists in Bali is not known, but more than 169,000 travellers came to Bali in March before the island closed its doors. According to government data. The data showed that some 2,500 travellers had extended their visas to avoid penalties for overstaying them before Indonesia’s government granted all tourists automatic extensions in late March.

The Bali administration data showed the occupancy rate at Bali’s starred hotels plunged to 2.07% in May from 62.5% in December before the outbreak hit. It is down from 51.56% in May last year.

As Bali is Reopening again after COVID-19 has recorded more than 1,900 cases of COVID-19, including 25 deaths. Indonesia has confirmed more than 68,000 cases and 3,359 fatalities, the most in Southeast Asia.

Source: Hindustan Times


Abu Dhabi welcoming tourists after COVID-19

Abu Dhabi welcoming tourists after COVID-19. The Emirates is progressively bracing itself to open up to international travel post the Department of Culture and Tourism- Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) acknowledged the flag of progress within the tourism industry. Hotel occupancy rates in Abu Dhabi have risen impressively and are expected to rise further with the launch of a number of initiatives within the emirate aimed at expanding the sector.

The UAE government has been admired globally for its response in combatting the pandemic whilst ardently handling its social and economic brunt.

DCT Abu Dhabi has been intently working with industry partners and stakeholders to propose numerous initiatives in order to assist hotels and cultural attractions in renewing.

The Go Safe certification programme is amongst the many incredible initiatives embraced to lift the consumer confidence and the tourism sector within Abu Dhabi. The unique programme aims to encourage global standards of safety and cleanliness at all tourism destinations. Which includes malls, restaurants, museums, public beaches, theme parks and other attractions.

Abu Dhabi welcoming tourists after COVID-19 photo of cityscape at night

Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi said “Abu Dhabi has long been known for its unparalleled hospitality and diverse range of offerings. The progress we have seen since the start of this month was achieved by simply leveraging our offerings and the existing high standard of hospitality. Which help us speed up the enlivenment of our sector and elevate further from that point.” He further enunciated “The support we have received from government authorities has also been a key driver in the progress of the tourism sector. Their handling of the current situation has been beyond exceptional, providing us with a sense of optimism for the future of our destination and sector.”

Hotels in Abu Dhabi have started opening after adhering to guidelines set out earlier this month. Following an extensive period of sterilization.

As Abu Dhabi welcoming tourists after COVID-19 and is delicately gearing up towards opening its borders to visitors. The government has also extended its share of support to the tourism industry through the gamut of schemes. Including rental rebates for restaurants, tourism and entertainment facilities. And a suspension of tourism and municipality fees for sector players for 2020.

Source: BW Hotelier


Switzerland opens again for tourists but not for Indians

Switzerland opens again for tourists but not for Indians. With the panic surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic starting to subside in Europe. Switzerland has opened its doors for global tourism, but not for India, an official said here on Thursday.

From July 20, in tune with European Union guidelines, Switzerland lifted restrictions for travellers from 21 countries, besides the European nations, though India — currently ranking third on the world Corona dashboard — has been excluded.

However, travellers from certain regions will be quarantined for 10 days after entering Switzerland. One of the few nations in the world which have managed to control the impact of the pandemic.

“We have not finalised any date for India yet. As for the isolation, the travellers will have to go into self-paid quarantine,” said a spokesperson for Switzerland Tourism in Mumbai.

As Switzerland opens again for tourists but not for Indians, the country’s tourism board has initiated a ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign with tourism establishments joining to create a ‘Clean & Safe Label.’ Indicating they are committed to complying with the protection plans, said Switzerland Tourism India Deputy Director Ritu Sharma.

Switzerland opens again for tourists but not for Indians Swiss mountains

She said a total of six industry-specific labels are available for hotels, restaurants, navigation companies, cable cars, public transportation and meeting facilities.

Earlier on June 15, Switzerland had opened itself for travellers from the Schengen zone and others. And it now includes a total of nearly four-dozen big and small countries around the world. With plans to further open up gradually.

These include Schengen Zone: Austria, Hungary, Norway, Belgium, Iceland, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Finland, Lithuania, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Germany, Malta, Greece, the Netherlands.

The other countries are United Kingdom, Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Canada, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Tunisia, Thailand, Uruguay and The Vatican.

With a population of around 8.50 million — roughly equivalent to the number of daily commuters in Mumbai suburban trains — Switzerland has notched 34,000 Covid-19 cases, including 1,972 fatalities, as per the Worldometer dashboard.

Switzerland Tourism, a federal public corporation formed in 1994, opened its first branch in India in Mumbai (1977) followed by Delhi (2000), and has operations in 28 countries. (IANS)

Source: India New England News


Andhra Pradesh is opening Again for tourists

Andhra Pradesh is opening Again for tourists. The state government is all set to open all tourist spots in Andhra Pradesh for visitors from August 1 onward. Making the announcement on Tuesday, AP tourism minister Muttamsetti Srinivas Rao said that they would be taking all necessary precautions as mandated by the central government while allowing tourists to the state again after COVID-19.

After conducting a review meeting with the officials, Rao said that the tourism department had faced around Rs 60 crore in losses during the lockdown period.

“Around Rs, 10 crores per month was being lost every month during the entire COVID pandemic,” Rao said addressing the media. Justifying the move to allow tourists, Rao pointed to the neighbouring state of Telangana which is already allowing visitors. The minister announced that the state would soon have a five-star and a seven-star hotel under private-public partnership (PPP) mode. Officials are currently doing all the necessary repair works across various tourist destinations before August 1. On the other hand, the minister also disclosed that a new district would be created in Visakhapatnam, which would be named after the revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Seetarama Raju.

Andhra Pradesh is opening Again for tourists beach road

As Andhra Pradesh is opening Again for tourists, Rao also justified the move of decentralizing the capital and shifting the executive to Vizag stating that it would aid in all-round development. He also alleged that TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu was working for the benefit of only a certain section of the state. “We are running the administration without discrimination and corruption; Jagan wants to set up three capitals with the intention of preventing re-establishment movements after ten years,” Rao added.

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Source: Times of India


Delhi Airport revises guidelines for international flyers

Delhi Airport revises guidelines and has issued a new set of guidelines for passengers arriving via international flights. In a move to step up precautions in India’s busiest airport, anyone arriving via international flights will now have to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine at their own cost, which will be followed by one-week of home quarantine.

Here are the revised guidelines that have been issued by Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport:

1. As per the government mandate, anyone arriving by international flight at Delhi Airport will have to sign an undertaking in which they will have to accept this obligation, i.e., seven days of paid quarantine, which will be signed by the individual, or a family member, and retained by the overseas mission/embassy before the booking is confirmed. This will be followed by 7 days of home quarantine.

2. Those planning to stay in the Delhi-NCR region will have to undergo the mandatory health screening, which will include primary screening by Airport Health Officials (APHO).

3. Passengers will also be required to undergo a secondary screening at the Delhi Government post, after which they will be allowed to proceed to the approved quarantine location.

Delhi Airport revises guidelines for international flyers woman sitting on luggage

4. Passengers seeking exemption from quarantine will need to file an exemption form and discuss their case with government officials inside the terminal on arrival. Further, if you are exempt from quarantine in Delhi and your final destination is another state, you must make arrangements for quarantine on arrival in the destination state with government officials.

5. As per guidelines, those who can be considered exempt from the quarantine rules are pregnant women, anyone who suffered death in the family, anyone suffering from a serious illness, and parents accompanied by children below 10 years. However, they will have to send an undertaking form, along with required documents, to airportcovid@gmail.com.

6. Meanwhile, domestic passengers are required to undergo mandatory thermal screening near the exit gates, whereas those found to be asymptomatic, will be allowed to leave the airport premises. However, they will have to undergo home quarantine for 7 days.

7. The transit passengers will be undergoing temperature checks at both the entry and departure gates before catching their next flight.

Delhi Airport revises guidelines Also, passengers arriving via international Vande Bharat mission flights may only take a connecting domestic flight if it also comes under the Vande Bharat Mission. Passengers who are planning to board onward domestic flights will have to obtain an authorised exemption certificate, if they are coming via non-Vande Bharat international flights, as per the authorities.

Source: Times of India


Govt pitching India as Buddha-land to tourists

As more states open up to tourists with a string of safeguards in place, the tourism ministry is lending a helping hand with its “Dekho Apna Desh” campaign and in this Govt pitching India as Buddha-land to tourists. With an eye on China and Buddhist countries in the neighbourhood, tourism minister Prahlad Patel emphasised the need to bring more Buddhist tourists to India, asking tour operators last week why India receives only a fraction of them.
The development of Buddhist tourism, done with an eye on China. China has also invested heavily in infrastructure projects to cultivate Buddhist leaders, has been part of India’s bid to leverage its soft power in the neighbourhood.

Earlier this month, PM Narendra Modi had pitched for encouraging Buddhist tourism. He emphases on the centrality of India to the Buddhist world and highlighting the need for better connectivity of India’s Buddhist sites. He had also said his government had approved the upgrade of Kushinagar airport as an international one to allow more pilgrims and tourists to visit India.

Govt pitching India as Buddha-land to tourists white Buddha

Tourism and culture minister Prahlad Patel, who had presented five volumes of the “Mongolian Kanjur”, a Buddhist canonical text in 108 volumes. It is famous as the most important religious text in Mongolia, to President Ram Nath Kovind and the Mongolian ambassador. Since it doubled down on India’s bid to print all volumes of the Buddhist canon and provide copies to all monasteries across Mongolia.
The tourism ministry has also started promotional activities related to Buddhist sites. As including highlighting that the government has installed foreign language signage, including in Chinese, at crucial Buddhist sites like Shravasti, Sarnath, Kushinagar and Sanchi, where a large number of Buddhist tourists come.

Though the coronavirus curve is still rising in the country and caution is key. Promoting economic activity — of which tourism is a crucial sector — is also critical. In Uttarakhand, tourists need to register and have a certificate confirming a negative test for coronavirus for permission to travel. Armed with this certificate, tourists will not be quarantined. Hotels will administer the RT-PCR test on guests who have not been tested and people can only leave their hotels after seven days of arrival. Destination weddings have also been permitted, but guests are only allowed to visit the place of the wedding.

The UN World Travel Organisation’s “Responsible Tourism” mantra is reflecting on India’s approach too. Last week, J&K opened up to tourists arriving by air and mandated RT-PCR tests at the airport. The UT also said travellers will have to show prior taxi and hotel bookings and will be allowed to proceed from their hotels only after they test negative for the coronavirus. While further relaxations may be in order in the coming weeks, for now, J&K has advised travellers above 65 to desist from visiting.
Goa, which restarted tourism earlier in July, has announced a fresh lockdown after a spike in cases. For now, uncertainty prevails over future lockdowns and hotels were compelled to cancel bookings over the weekend.

Rajasthan, which gets a substantial revenue from tourism, has seen a slow but steady resumption of tourist activities. Though key heritage monuments have opened and are seeing a trickle of tourists. With restricted train and air travel still, numbers have been far below normal.

Source: Times of India


Nepal is reopening after COVID-19

Nepal is reopening after COVID-19. Nepal will resume domestic and international flight operations starting from August 17. Over four months after they were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 20, the government had banned all passengers, including Nepalis, from entering the country. Four days later, it imposed a nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe, the Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, told The Kathmandu Post that a Cabinet meeting on Monday decided to allow both international and domestic flights to resume operations from August 17. As there “has been a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country”.

“All flights will be operated by following special health and safety protocols,” Tumbahangphe said.

Nepal on Monday reported 186 new cases of COVID-19. Taking the number of infections to 17,844, with 40 deaths so far.

The government says the decision to resume flights was taken as some countries have already started to lift the coronavirus restrictions, the reports said.

Nepal is reopening after COVID-19

Nepal is reopening after COVID-19 red and brown temple roofs nepal

“There are still some countries that are imposing entry restrictions. We will prepare reports on the countries where flights are not restricted and allow them to enter the country accordingly. We will develop protocols and other required measures for the incoming flights,” said Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, joint-secretary at the Civil Aviation Ministry.
With the border closed and internal travel prohibited for nearly four months now, the once-booming tourism sector in Nepal is on the verge of collapse, and it is not likely to recover any time soon, say industry insiders.

“We have to do homework and hold extensive discussions with health professionals. The government and the industry players on how to build the confidence of foreign tour operators and tourists as well. We have to be well prepared to handle the tourists,” Yogendra Sakya, a travel trade entrepreneur, was quoted as saying by The Kathmandu Post.

“In such a difficult scenario, it’s all about survival. Only if we survive now, can we move ahead for revival,” Sakya said.

Nepal is reopening after COVID-19 and Tourism is one of the major foreign currency earners for Nepal. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the travel and tourism”s total contribution to the country’s gross domestic product stood at 7.9 per cent in 2018.

Source: Outlook & TravClan


Kerala tourism is all set after COVID-19

Kerala tourism is all set after COVID-19. The exponentially increasing Covid-19 cases continue to badly affect the tourism and hospitality industry. The first to be comprehensively affected, the sector is also expected to be the last to revive, owing to the nature of the pandemic. With no hope of international tourists arriving anytime soon, travel and tourism bodies in the state have leaned towards domestic and local tourism — identifying unexplored places in the state, encouraging and generating interest in the same among Malayalis and offering the same experiences at lower rates — thereby sustaining the distressed sector.

‘Keralam Kaanam’ is one such initiative by the Association of Tourism and Trade Organisation of India (ATTOI). It solely focuses on Malayalis in the state to restart tourism. “There are luxury hotels, houseboats and destinations that Malayalis are unaware. Under this scheme, hotels offer competitive and considerably lower rates. These uncharted gems will be marketed via local people. The website malayaliyathra.com in itself is in Malayalam. We have around 80 hotels and 23 agents to choose from. Earlier, several of these resorts fell under the expensive leisure travel and primarily catered to foreign tourists.

Kerala tourism is all set after COVID-19 Kerala festival

With ‘Keralam Kaanam’, we intend to change it and provide a tailor-made experience and affordable price to our people,” said P V Manu, secretary, ATTOI. Manu highlighted that the demand for the initiative will be high owing to the considerable number of people who’re strapped in their houses, yearning to travel. The scheme also aims to lure newly-married couples, he added. While the scheme is readied and everything is in place, ATTOI awaits the government’s nod to kickstart the same.

Kerala tourism is all set after COVID-19

“Initially, the plan was to open these tourist destinations by July. However, the increasing number of COVID cases is a dampener. Regardless, we prefer commencing marketing only if the state has arrived at a stable situation to handle cases, else the chances of an uncontrollable community spread are high,” he said. Rupesh Kumar, state coordinator, Responsible Tourism Mission, stressed the importance of regional tourism. “Once the pandemic and the number of cases have subsided, we will commence projects such as ‘Experience Kerala with Your Family’ for Keralites and ‘Learning Experiences’, as part of responsible tourism at discounted rates.

We require tourism programmes that allow an extended period of stay unlike mass tourism destinations like beaches. ‘Learning Experiences’ will include culinary adventures, imbibing art and culture forms, martial arts and handicrafts and souvenir making. These experiences will be offered for a duration of from three months to one year. Simultaneously, unique unexplored destinations will be in the spotlight,” he explained.

The state coordinator acknowledged that the pandemic and subsequent lockdown saw a loss of `6.15 crore across around 18,000 registered RT units. This is after the RT units saw revenue of `28 crore in the 2019-20 financial year. But, Bala Kiran, Director of Kerala Tourism, said that the state now has adopted a wait and watch policy on opening tourist destinations or marketing new schemes for domestic tourists. “Currently, we’re getting ready with creatives for the marketing campaigns, so when the tourism season is officially open, we can begin campaigning,” he said.

Source: New Indian Express


Uttarakhand opens again for tourism

Hello, fellow travellers, there is great news for you all, Uttarakhand opens again for tourism. Tourists coming from other states to Uttarakhand will be able to tour the state without being quarantined and with reports of Covid-19 being negative.

The Uttarakhand government has allowed reopening of its borders ( inter-state and inter-district) for tourism activities. Now, tourists coming from other states to Uttarakhand can tour the state without being quarantined and with reports of Covid-19 being negative. However, the Char Dham Yatra will currently be available only to the residents of Uttarakhand.

Tourism Minister Shri Satpal Maharaj said “Tourists from other states are welcome in Uttarakhand’s Devbhoomi. Hopefully, every tourist will enter the state with Covid-19 negative test report and enjoy the beautiful tourist places of Uttarakhand. The threat of any kind of infection in the state is under control and the tourism business of the state will gain new momentum. People working in the tourism sector will get employment again. “

Uttarakhand opens again for tourism

Uttarakhand opens again for tourism Naini Lake

Uttarakhand Tourism Secretary, Dilip Jawalkar informed that all tourists coming from other states of the country will have to upload the report related to Covid-19 test on the portal of Smart City Dehradun at the time of registration. And also they must necessarily do this while travelling in the state and have to take the report along with them. Tourists who have not been given the Covid-19 test will be able to enter the state in the event of a minimum seven-day. Hotel booking and after 7 days they will be able to visit any place in the state. They will be able to stay on the hotel premises for the first seven days.

Hotels will also have to ensure that guests booking less than 7 days have received RT-PCR test from ICMR authorized laboratory in the last 72 hours and their Covid-19 test is found to be negative. Inter-state tourists will be allowed to travel anywhere in the state, but for this, they will have to be compulsorily registered on the smart city portal.

Giving details about the new guidelines Jawalkar said “Guests coming from Uttarakhand and other states to attend the wedding ceremony will not have to be quarantined. Although it will be conditioned that apart from the place of marriage will not be able to visit places. All of them have to sign and submit a self-declaration form. The hotel or the banquet hall organizing the wedding ceremony will inform the local administration in this regard and will ensure thermal screening and social distancing. Also, they have to compulsorily create a database of their employees and visitors.”

Source: Hotelier India


Russia has prepared to reopen for tourism

Russia reopens again for tourism

Russia has prepared to reopen for tourism St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral

Russia has prepared to reopen for tourism. The country will officially begin negotiations to reopen its borders for international tourism according to a new government decree.

Russia will no longer require foreigners to self-isolate for 14 days once the country reopens to international tourism.

Those arriving in Russia will need to present English or Russian-language proof. That they have tested negative for the coronavirus in the past 72 hours to be allowed entry.

Foreigners that arrive without test results have to submit a PCR test for Covid-19 within 72 hours of arrival. The decree states.

If the test comes back positive, visitors have to do self-isolate for 14 days.

Last Friday, deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said authorities will begin negotiations with other countries to restart international flights from July 15.

Russia reopens again for tourism

Reopening of flight routes would be based on the principle of reciprocity. Meaning Russia will need to strike an agreement with each government to resume air travel, Golikova said.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, Tatyana Golikova, air travel will first resume to countries where the incidence of COVID-19 is no greater than 40 cases per hundred thousand people.

The average daily increase in the number of people infected. The rate of spread of the disease in such states should not exceed one per cent.

Russia grounded most international flights on March 27, with only a handful of select repatriation flights. And other government-approved flights bringing passengers to and from Russia over the past three months. Foreign citizens entry was barred entering the country since late March.

Russia has prepared to reopen but The European Union, which reopened its borders on July 1 to visitors from 15 countries, is still officially closed to Russians.

Russia has recorded over 738,787 confirmed cases of COVID-19 resulting in 11,597 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.

Source: Travel Off Path & TravClan


Jammu & Kashmir restarted tourism

Jammu & Kashmir restarted tourism. The Jammu and Kashmir administration will throw open the union territory to tourists once again from tomorrow but in a phased manner. In the first phase, the tourism sector will be partially opened for external visitors from outside Jammu and Kashmir, limited to tourists arriving by air only.

“All incoming tourists must have confirmed hotel bookings for the duration of their stay. All incoming tourists must have confirmed return air tickets to any place outside J&K, either to their departure point or any other destination,” an official order said. RT-PCR testing of all tourists at the airport on arrival is also mandatory.

“Till the test result shows a negative result for COVID 19, a tourist will remain in the hotel where the booking has been made and shall not be permitted to move out. A form to this effect shall have to be signed at the airport. Test results will normally arrive within 24 hours except in special circumstances. The hotel management shall be required to ensure compliance with this protocol,” the order read.

After COVID Kashmir Travel

Jammu & Kashmir restarted tourism Dal Lake

Those found violating the order shall attract penal action under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The administration has advised tourists above the age of 65 years to avoid coming to the union territory. The tourism sector, the backbone of J-K’s economy, was the worst hit by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown in March. On July 8, the government opened gardens and parks to the public after 100 days of closure.

According to the rules, taxis /transport facilities have to pre-booked through hotel/travel agency, for which procedures will be put in place by the Tourism department

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Source: Live Mint


Booking For Air India Flights Begins Today

Booking For Air India Flights to these International destinations Begins Today 8 PM

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Booking For Air India Flights Begins Today

International Flights: Air India has announced the details of flights to the US, Paris and Frankfurt. That will begin their services from this month. Bookings will open from July 18, 8 PM Indian time. Not only on the website, but the bookings can also be done through Air India booking offices and authorised travel agents.

Beginning Date: July 23
Frequency: 3 flights every week on Wednesday, Friday Sunday

Beginning Date: July 25
Frequency: 4 flights every week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.


Flights will operate to/from New York, Chicago, Newark, San Francisco and Washington DC and will offer connections to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Dates: 180 flights between July 22 and August 31.

America’s airline United Airlines has already opened booking for New Delhi-New York flights. The tickets are fast depleting. As United Airlines ticket fare starts at Rs 57,000 — almost half of Air India’s ticket price. Customers booking tickets must confirm the entry requirements, mandated by the Indian government, United Airlines said.

“Operations across the world are currently happening in a limited & controlled way. We will further ramp up operations after considering the behaviour of the pandemic, and demand from our citizens,”. Air India tweeted replying to passengers asking for the date of the resumption of international flights.

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Suzdal travel | Golden Ring, Russia

Hello folks, I am back with complete Suzdal travel | Golden ring tour guide of Russia. In this article, I am going to tell you about Suzdal the historical city of Russia. So scroll down to know more about Sudal.

About Suzdal

Historic Suzdal is one of Russia’s oldest settlements, dating back to early the 11th century. It’s a serene and charming place, offering a latticework of unpaved paths that wind by churches with candy-coloured domes. The rustic wooden structures and cinematic meadows makes this place perfect. Sip some local medovukha honey cider for an authentic taste of the region.

What to visit?

  • The Suzdal Kremlin
  • Nikol’skaya Derevyannaya Tserkov’
  • Arkhiyereyskiye Palaty
  • Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos

The Suzdal Kremlin

The Suzdal Kremlin is the oldest part of the Russian city of Suzdal. The Kremlin is backdating from the 10th century. Like other Russian Kremlins, it was initially a fortress or citadel and was the religious and administrative centre of the city.

Suzdal travel | Golden Ring The Suzdal Kremlin

It is most notably the site of the Cathedral of the Nativity. Together with several structures in the neighbouring city of Vladimir. it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. make sure you include this place in your Suzdal travel | guide of 2020.

Nikol’skaya Derevyannaya Tserkov’

A beautiful 18th-century wooden church of the cage type. The church has been transported from Yuryev-Polsky district for conservation. The condition of the temple is satisfactory, but some details are rotten and require replacement.

Suzdal travel | Golden Ring Nikol'skaya Derevyannaya Tserkov'

This wooden church was built in 1766 in the village of Glotovo. In 1960, the church was moved to Suzdal for restoration and preservation for posterity. A piece of wooden architecture that adds atmosphere to the territory of the Suzdal Kremlin.

Arkhiyereyskiye Palaty

The bishops’ chambers are a part of the ensemble of the Suzdal Kremlin. The complex of chambers formerly served as a residential building for the church clergy. Currently, there are several expositions in the chambers. the history of Suzdal and the Kremlin, ancient Russian painting of the XV-XVII centuries. And a children’s museum centre. A visit to the chambers and the Kremlin will cost 400 ₽ for all and 250 ₽ for beneficiaries.

Suzdal travel | Golden Ring Arkhiyereyskiye Palaty

The bishops’ court in Suzdal was built in the 15th century next to the Nativity Cathedral. A little at a distance already in the XVI century the Annunciation refectory church was built. followed by a bell tower and a house church. The structure of the Bishops’ Chambers in the Kremlin of Suzdal includes residential and farm buildings. the refectory and the episcopal refectory house church. At the end of the XVII century, under Metropolitan Illarion, all these buildings, which had previously stood apart, were united into a single complex with the help of passages, galleries and secret staircases. Also, with him, the northern building of the Cross Chamber of the Suzdal Kremlin was re-built. The bishop’s house is of a large, complex layout, combines severity and clarity of lines with “mansion” and practicality.

Cathedral of the Nativity

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Suzdal, Russia, is a World Heritage Site. It is one of the eight White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. And one of the most complex monuments of Russian medieval architecture. It was originally constructed during the reign of Vladimir II Monomakh in the late 11th century.

Suzdal travel | Golden Ring Cathedral of the Nativity

The Cathedral of the Nativity is surrounded by a ring of earthen walls in an oxbow of Kamenka River. It is notable for being the first city cathedral not built for the exclusive use of the knyaz or his relatives. The cathedral contains the remains of a son of Yuri Dolgoruki, knyazes of the Shuisky family and others. Don’t forget to put this place in your Suzdal travel | guide of 2020.

360* view of Suzdal/ video


Don’t forget to sip some local Medovukha honey cider for an authentic taste of the region.

How to reach?

There are no trains to Suzdal. so aside from organised bus tours, the only way to reach the city is by bus or car. There is one daily bus from Moscow’s Shelkovskaya bus station. However, a more convenient option is first to visit Vladimir, and then take a bus from there.

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Çanakkale travel guide | Turkey

Hello folk I am back with Canakkale travel guide, Turkey for 2020. In this Artical I am going to tell you what to do? what to visit? while you are in Canakkale, Turkey. So lets pack your bag and explore Canakkale the city of Troy ruins. first let me tell you a bit about Canakkale so you can have an idea in what kind of land you are landing in.


Çanakkale is a city in northwestern Turkey in the Marmara region, on the Dardanelles Strait. It’s a gateway to the Gallipoli WWI battlefields, north of the narrow strait. On the grounds of the 15th-century Çimenlik Castle, Çanakkale Naval Museum Command contains historical artillery. The archaeological site at Troy, including an ancient theater, is southwest of the city.

Çanakkale travel guide Sea side
Sea side

Çanakkale Archaeological Museum, in the south of the city, contains headstones, tablets and other artifacts uncovered at the many archaeological sites in the region. Near the waterfront, the Çanakkale City Museum and Archive focuses on local cultural life during and since Ottoman times. The nearby 5-story clock tower anchors the central neighborhood of cobblestoned streets. Along the waterfront, a modern wooden Trojan Horse, from the 2004 movie “Troy,” commemorates the area’s mythological history.

What to visit?

  • Troy Ruins
  • Trojan horse
  • Kilitbahir Castle
  • Seacoast
  • city centre

Troy Ruins :

Troy ruins is an archaeological Site of Troy has 4,000 years of history. Its extensive remains are the most significant and substantial evidence of the first contact between the civilisations of Anatolia and the burgeoning Mediterranean world. Excavations started more than a century ago have established a chronology that is fundamental to the understanding of this seminal period of the Old World and its cultural development. Moreover, the siege of Troy by Mycenaean warriors from Greece in the 13th century B.C., immortalised by Homer in The Iliad, has inspired great artists throughout the world ever since

Çanakkale travel guide Ruins of troy city
Ruins of Troy city(Çanakkale)

Turkey tour guide can’t be complete with out seeing Troy. From Canakkale, there are many day trips. You can walk into a local travel agency or check online. I decided to see the Troy ruins – the legendary city of Troy, which became the subject of many a tale! One can hire a taxi for a return journey or one can take a bus to Troy. The troy ruins are enormous and very well kept. There’s a ramp running across the ruins to walk through history, and every structure is explained in detail.

Çanakkale travel guide
Ruins of Troy

Hence I didn’t need to guide or an audio guide. Here also a replica of a Trojan horse is kept at the entrance, and I could climb inside the horse and click pics!

Çanakkale travel guide
Trojan horse at Troy ruins

A souvenir shop awaits you but with nothing much to offer. The same stuff is available in Canakkale at a lesser price. I would highly recommend other day trips from Cannakale if you have the time. Canakkale is a city to unwind.

Trojan horse:

While I was in the ferry the one thing that I saw of Canakkale was a vast Trojan horse and as the ship came closer to land, the Trojan horse stood majestically overlooking the town. This wooden horse is the horse from the film Troy and was gifted to the city of Canakkale once the movie got released.

Çanakkale travel guide trojan horse
Trojan Horse At Canakkale

The Trojan Horse is a part of an ancient story from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the independent city of Troy and win the war. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse and hid a select force of men inside, including Odysseus.