Tourism Sector

Tourists have a lot to explore in Japan

Tourists-JapanTokyo, Aug 19 : The Triennale, an international art exhibition held every three years in Yokohama, Japan, recently showcased the work of 79 artists from around the world.

This was the fifth edition of the Triennale contemporary art exhibition.

Yokohama has embraced a variety of different ideas and values, while promoting modern and contemporary culture.

Goa to start sea plane service by July: Tourism minister

Goa to start sea plane service by July: Tourism ministerPanaji, May 30 - Goa is all set launch its tourism-oriented sea plane service by July, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said.

Proposals involving a revolving restaurant and ropeway running across state capital Panaji to a renovated fort located on the opposite bank were also cleared by the tourism taskforce at a meeting held Wednesday, Parulekar added.

NZ’s tourism industry aiming to grow 70% during next decade

NZ’s tourism industry aiming to grow 70% during next decadeNew Zealand's tourism industry has said that it is targeting a growth of by 70 per cent during the coming decade.

According to official figures, the tourism sector currently contributes $NZ24 billion a year to the economy. The Tourism Industry Association (TIA) said on Monday said that it is aiming to contribute $NZ41 billion to the national economy by the year 2025.

Kerala Tourism wins UN award

Kerala-Tourism-wins-UN-awardThiruvananthapuram, Jan 23 : Kerala Tourism has been awarded by the United Nations for creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism.  This is the first time such an award has been given for a tourism initiative in India.

Kerala Tourism walked away with the top honours at the annual United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism presented Jan 22 in Madrid, Spain's capital, where the UNWTO headquarters is located.

This comes as the biggest international recognition Kerala Tourism has received to date.

France remained world's most popular tourist destination in 2013

France remained world's most popular tourist destination in 2013Islamabad, Jan 22 : France continued to remain world's most popular tourist destination in 2013 with 83 million international tourist arrivals, while Spain reclaimed the top third spot with a record 60.6 million visitors.

Spain has apparently pushed down China in world tourism and the government said that foreign tourist arrivals went up by 5.6 percent in 2013.

Dubai Cruise Tourism expects 300,000 tourists

Dubai-Cruise-TourismDubai, Nov 4 : Dubai Cruise Tourism (DCT), an entity of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), expects more than 20 leading global cruise lines to bring in as many as 300,000 tourists to this metropolis in the 2013-14 season.

From tours of the Arabian Gulf taking in the region's most majestic cities to longer voyages to the Far East, India and the Mediterranean, cruises from Dubai will continue to offer a diverse selection of destinations for holiday-makers seeking adventure and relaxation over the coming season.

'Kerala Tourism to benefit from weak rupee'

'Kerala Tourism to benefit from weak rupee'Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 7 : The tourism department in Kerala is expected to reap benefits on account of the fall in the value of the rupee, State Tourism Minister A. P. Anilkumar told reporters here Saturday.

"In the previous calendar year Kerala tourist arrivals saw a seven percent growth and a record 18 million people visited the state," he said.

"With the weakening of rupee and a fresh tourism season on the anvil, it's quite certain that those in the tourism business here will benefit," Anilkumar said.

Foreign tourists, earnings increasing: Chiranjeevi

Foreign tourists, earnings increasing: ChiranjeeviNew Delhi, Aug 23 : The arrival of foreign tourists in the country as well as the foreign exchange earnings are on the rise, Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi informed parliament Friday.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Chiranjeevi said foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) grew from 57,75,692 in 2010 to 63,09,222 in 2011 and in 2012 the figure was 65,77,745. A total of 38,31,715 tourists visited India between January and July this year.

According to the minister, the foreign exchange earnings (FEE) from tourism are rising as well.

Tourism only viable business in Kerala: NRI honcho

Ravi-PillaiThiruvananthapuram, Aug 8 : Middle East-based Keralaite businessman Ravi Pillai said here Thursday that tourism is the only viable business opportunity in Kerala and sought the private sector's entry into the titanium industry.

"In Kerala the cost of land and salaries is very high besides there are political issues also. Today tourism is the only viable business proposition in Kerala. Another one is the titanium industry, but that is not allowed in the private sector and it should be opened up," Pillai told reporters here.

Domestic tourism up 20 percent

Domestic-tourismNew Delhi, July 23 : Domestic tourism grew by about 20 percent in 2012 while foreign tourist arrivals saw a rise of six percent, the Ministry of Tourism said here as it released the statistics for 2012 Tuesday.

"The number of domestic tourist visits to Indian states and union territories registered an increase of 19.87 percent in 2012 as compared to an increase of 15.6 percent in 2011," said a statement issued by the ministry.

"In 2012, the number of domestic tourists was 1,036 million as compared to 865 million in 2011 and 748 million in 2010," added the statement.

Government to sell 5 percent stake in ITDC

ITDCNew Delhi, July 11 : The government will sell 5 percent stake in the state-run India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) that would fetch nearly Rs. 24 crore to the exchequer.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday approved the proposal.

The government currently controls 92.11 percent equity stake in the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) listed ITDC. The Stake sale will bring down the government's shareholding in the company to 87.11 percent.

India gets more foreign tourists in 2013

foreign-tourists-IndiaNew Delhi, July 10 : Foreign tourist arrivals in India grew by 2.6 percent in the first six months of 2013, the government said Wednesday.

Foreign exchange earnings from tourism rose by 15.5 percent in rupee terms and 8.8 percent in dollar terms, according to data released by the tourism ministry.

Foreign tourist arrivals in June were 4.44 lakh as compared to 4.33 lakh during the same period last year. It was 4.05 lakh in June 2011. (IANS)

Air India resuming flights to Australia will boost tourism

air-indiaMumbai, July 4 : Air India's plans to resume direct flights to Sydney and Melbourne in August after a 16-year gap will boost tourism to Australia, a top official of Tourism Australia said here Thursday.

"The key to unlocking India's long-term tourism potential is improved air access and capacity.  Securing directs flights to Australia is critical to securing a share of the 50 million Indian tourists expected to travel overseas by 2020," said Tourism Australia's Managing Director Andrew McEvoy.

Air India is expected to launch a triangular New Delhi-Sydney-Melbourne route from Aug 29, deploying the new Dreamliner aircraft.

Goa wants Rs.400 crore central aid for tourism

Dilip-ParulekarPanaji, June 21 : Goa has sought Rs. 400 crore from the central govenment, especially for creating tourism avenues in the hinterland, where a mining ban as left several thousand people unemployed.

Speaking to reporters at the state Secretariat Friday, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said that he had already spoken to union Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi about the allocation.

"Our decision to seek Rs. 400 crore happened after a meeting with Chiranjeevi recently in London. With mining banned, we are trying to create new tourism and employment opportunities in the hinterland, where there was only mining once," Parulekar said.

AAI to open medical tourism counter

AAI to open medical tourism counterThe Airport Authority of India (AAI) has said that it is planning to open a medical tourism counter at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to help international tourists avail the best medical facilities in the city.

'Russian tourists in Goa may touch 200,000'

Goa-TouristsPanaji, May 20 : The number of Russian tourists to Goa could soon touch 200,000 annually, newly-appointed Russian honorary consul in Goa Victor Albuquerque said Monday.

Albuquerque, a reputed businessman in Goa, was speaking to reporters in his first media conference after being appointed a couple of months ago to act as a first point of assistance to the thousands of Russian tourists who have been flocking to Goa.

More Indians want to indulge in adventure sports: Survey

TripAdvisorNew Delhi, May 17 : An ever-increasing number of Indians want to indulge in adventure tourism but are deterred by high costs and lack of trust in operators managing such activities in the country, a survey revealed Friday.

'Adventure Travel Survey', conducted by online travel portal TripAdvisor, highlighted the evolving trends and preferences of the Indian traveller.

According to the survey, around 46 percent respondents are willing to try out extreme adventure sports, but 51 percent of them will not participate in adventure activities managed by Indian operators and 60 percent were deterred by high costs.

India one of top travel destinations: Survey

india-tourismNew Delhi, May 1 : Owing to its rich culture and heritage, India is one of the top tourism destinations in Asia, a survey by CNN has said.

The study, 'CNN Consumer Connect Travel and Tourism 2013', has positioned India as the region's fourth fastest growing tourism destination and the third most attractive business for investment opportunities, after China and Hong Kong.

India was on the list of must-visit destinations in Asia Pacific, admitted one-fifth of the surveyed audience of global travellers. India has fended off competition from Japan and Thailand to rank as the second richest culture and heritage destination, after China.

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals increase

Sri-Lanka-Tourism1Colombo, April 29 : Sri Lanka's post-war tourism arrivals continue to boom with numbers growing by 11.6 percent in February when compared with the same month in 2012, official data showed Monday.

Data released from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed that 93,232 tourists arrived in the country, compared to 83,549 in February 2012, which is an 11.6 percent increase, reports Xinhua.

Tourist arrivals recorded a 12.5 percent increase in the first two months of this year with 190,643 tourists arriving in the island.

South Africa among 'cheap' leisure destinations for Indians: Survey

South-Africa-Tourism1Kolkata, April 25 : South Africa has emerged as the new popular destination for Indian leisure travellers on a budget, followed by Egypt and Morocco, according to a survey by an international travel site.

Indians vying for a holiday abroad can fly to Cape Town (South Africa), Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt) and Marrakesh (Morocco) -- shown as the top three destinations in a list of 10 least expensive cities in the survey.

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