ASIA

New endeavour to promote tourism

In a unique endeavour to facilitate visits to India, the Union tourism ministry has launched a 24×7 toll free multi-lingual helpline. This relates to availability of tourist information and assistance to the visiting tourists while travelling within the country.   …

  • Visa On Arrival: 5 Top Destinations For Last-Minute Plans

    Published on : Thursday, December 15, 2016

    One essential step when travelling abroad is securing a visa, though the process can be quite long and strenuous. But on the bright side, there are many countries which provide visa on arrival to Indians. These countries also happen to …

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  • India Visa-On-Arrival to Promote Growth of Tourism

    Published on : Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    The numbers of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India during 2013, 2014, 2015 were 6.97 million, 7.68 million and 8.03 million, respectively. The Government of India has extended the facility of e-Tourist Visa for the citizens of 161 countries including Japan …

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  • Vietnam needs to protect sea environment for attracting tourists

    Published on : Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Although Vietnam’s sea tourism industry has great scope for improvement, the sector faces a lot of challenges due to increasing environmental pollution. Vietnam’s coastal areas welcome around 80% of international visitors, bringing 70% of revenues for the national tourism industry. …

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  • China building Titanic replica

    Published on : Friday, December 2, 2016

    A century after 1,500 lives were lost on the maiden voyage of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, a brand new avatar of the ship is built in China.   Christened the New Titanic, the full-scale replica recently began construction in China’s …

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  • Outbound travel in Asia looks positive for 2017

    Published on : Monday, November 28, 2016

    According to recent tourist data, Asians traveled more than ever this year mostly in regions within Asia, including beach holidays and international trips also shot up to double-digit growth. This sure holds a lot of expectation for 2017.   Outbound …

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  • ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest results from IPK’s World Travel Monitor

    Published on : Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Asians travelled more than ever so far this year, with a surge in trips to destinations within the region and including many more beach holidays. After a double-digit rise in international trips this year, the outlook remains strong for 2017. …

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  • Japan and Russia to promote tourism and ease visa rules

    Published on : Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    In a financial cooperation plan proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan and Russia have decided to promote tourism and simplify visa requirements for each other’s citizens. This eight-point action plan has other aspects like cooperation on pediatrics and …

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  • France mulls to tighten security to allay fears of Asian tourists

    Published on : Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    In order to avoid a sharp drop in visitor numbers and allay fears of Asian tourists, France is mulling to tighten security and bring in more police units and surveillance cameras.   Deadly militant attacks, notably in Paris and the …

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  • Nepal gains importance for attracting tourists after quake

    Published on : Monday, November 7, 2016

    After the massive earthquake of 2015, Nepal Government and private sector is not keeping any stone unturned to restore their deteriorating tourism sector. Last year witnessed 33 percent drop in the tourist flow and 22 percent slump in the revenue …

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  • Maintenance work forces Mumbai airport in India to shut down

    Published on : Monday, October 31, 2016

    The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at the Indian city of Mumbai is going to shut down and put a stop to all the activities for five hours on Monday, 31st October due to a scheduled maintenance work.     The …

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  • South Korea collaborates with ASEAN to promote Southeast Asia tourism

    Published on : Friday, October 28, 2016

    In an effort to promote Southeast Asia as an international tourist destination, South Korea has joined hands with the 10 ASEAN member states.   A campaign will be conducted in 2017 to encourage the Korean people to “explore” ASEAN. The …

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  • Declining tourist numbers forces Morocco to court Russia, China

    Published on : Sunday, October 23, 2016

    Circumstances have forced Morocco to turn to new markets like Russia and China to support the country’s large tourism industry following a decline in visitors from its traditional source markets.   While Morocco remains the number-one African destination for foreign …

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  • ITB Asia cements commitment to Asia Pacific through three-year partnership

    Published on : Saturday, October 22, 2016

    Singapore will continue to be home to the next three editions of the region’s leading travel trade show – ITB Asia. Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organisers of the event, have announced the extension of its milestone partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board …

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  • Visit ASEAN@50 tourism campaign to be held in Singapore

    Published on : Friday, October 21, 2016

    The branding for its “Visit ASEAN@50 Golden Celebration 2017” tourism campaign was disclosed by ASEAN at the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos. It was unveiled by 10 ASEAN heads of state. This new campaign will commemorate the 50th anniversary of …

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  • MakeMy Trip merges with GoIbibo to dominate the Indian hospitality market

    Published on : Friday, October 21, 2016

    The Indian travel website MakeMyTrip has recently acquired their rival company Ibibo Group in order to dominate the entire Indian hospitality industry. Ibibo has signed contract to merge the stock transactions.     According to the industry experts, the combined …

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  • Mongolia hosts the UNWTO Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities

    Published on : Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    The conference gathered Ministers and high-level officials from nine UNWTO Silk Road Member States, official representatives from Silk Road regions, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and UNWTO Affiliate Members to address the potential of nomadic and …

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  • Asia’s airlines, tourism on alert for slowdown afte Thai King’s demise

    Published on : Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Thailand’s year long mourning period following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej has put Asia’s airlines, tour agents and cruise operators on alert.   Representatives for Korean Air Lines Co. Asiana Airlines Inc. and Jetstar, which is owned by Qantas …

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  • Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference to be held in Sri Lanka on Nov 27-29

    Published on : Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Sri Lanka is all geared up to host Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference on Nov 27-29.   The event will focus on topics to include land ownership, impediments to raising finance and shortage of talent, according to a press …

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  • Open Destinations Unveils New Package Builder Module

    Published on : Friday, October 14, 2016

    Travel technology specialist Open Destinations will be introducing their new Package Builder module for the first time at this year’s ITB Asia and World Travel Market.  This new module is the latest addition to the company’s Travel Studio reservations platform, …

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  • Odisha identifies ‘selfie danger points’ in at least 20 tourist places

    Published on : Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    In order to ensure safety of tourists,the Odisha government has identified at least 20 tourist places in different districts as ‘selfie danger points’. The potential sensitize locations include some waterfalls, towering hilltops and waterbodies. The concerned district collectors and SPs …

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