Nepal bans solo climbs

January 3, 2018 by  
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KATHMANDU, 3 Jauary 2018: Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents, an official said over New Year.

The cabinet endorsed a revision to the Himalayan nation’s mountaineering regulations, banning solo climbers from its mountains — one of a string of measures being flagged ahead of the 2018 spring climbing season.

“The changes have barred solo expeditions, which were allowed before,” Maheshwor Neupane, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told AFP. Read more

India set to rise in economic ranks

December 28, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 28 December 2017: India is set to overtake the United Kingdom and France to become the world’s fifth largest economy next year, a report said Tuesday.

Currently ranked seventh, India will move up to fifth place in 2018 and vault to third spot by 2032, the Centre for Economics and Business Research, a London-based consultancy, said in its annual rankings.

The Indian economy hit a three-year low in the first quarter of the current financial year, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s snap decision in November 2016 to scrap high-value banknotes and  following a tax overhaul. Read more

Festival of Bharat takes shape

December 19, 2017 by  
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MUMBAI, 19 December 2017: The first edition of the four-day ‘Festival of Bharat will take place, 1 to 4  March, 2018, near Fort Palace Tijara, Rajasthan, India .

Citti Media announced, Monday, the launch of the Festival of Bharat’, which will provide an experiential window on the best of India’s tourism.

Supported by The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, The Indian Debating Union, and The Art of Living, the festival will showcase a 21st century tribute to the majesty and depth of India’s distinctive history and culture. Read more

Northeast India eyes ASEAN travel markets

December 8, 2017 by  
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GUWAHATI, Assam India, 8 December 2017: More flights, an aggressive campaign to double northeast India’s tourist arrivals in five years were key elements in the game plan outlined by Secretary of Tourism, Government of India, Rashmi Verma, during a three-day travel mart hosted in Guwahati, Assam.

Details of the northeast strategy and campaign were presented by the Secretary of Tourism, during the travel mart briefing, attended by media and international buyers from 29 countries, earlier this week.

Over 160,000 foreign and 7.7 million domestic tourists visited Assam and other northeast states during 2016, registering a 5.2% increase over previous year. Read more

Mart promotes India’s northeast states

December 1, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 1 December 2017:  The 6th International Tourism Mart will be hosted in Guwahati, Assam from 5 to 7 December, organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

The country’s northeast states are backing the travel mart due to be hosted in Taj Vivanta with the official opening precided over by the Governor of Assam, Shri Jagdish Mukhi.

The 6th International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, that is part of a wider initiative to work closely with the 10-nation ASEAN bloc and East Asia namely China, Korea and Japan. Read more

Ani Villas names GM

November 27, 2017 by  
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ANGUILLA, 27 November 2017: John Vasatka will take over as CEO this month for the Ani Villas’ collection of private resorts in Anguilla, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

He will also head the management of a fourth property due to open later this month in the Dominican Republic.

Vasatka has worked with upscale hotels for nearly two decades, including 12 years as general manager at various Aman Resorts’ in the Caribbean, the Middle East, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Read more

Cox & Kings wins award

November 23, 2017 by  
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MUMBAI, 23 November 2017: Cox & Kings, India, won the “Best Luxury Travel Curator, at the Travel + Leisure India’s Best Awards 2017 held at ITC Maurya, New Delhi, Monday.

Considered one of the world’s oldest tour operators  with offices in 22 countries, was recognised for its best in class travel destinations, based on readers’ feedback and experiences

The annual award ceremony is organised and hosted by the widely read consumer travel publication, Travel + Leisure India. Read more

Rajasthan bags awards

November 21, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 21 November  2017: Rajasthan Tourism has been recognised as the “Best Wedding Destination” in India at India’s Best Awards 2017 by Travel+Leisure India and South Asia, hosted in New Delhi, last week.

The  consumer magazine said the award,  based on readers’ opinions, was a testimony to an unmatched experience offered to couples by the state in terms of forts, palaces, gardens and courtyards, making Rajasthan the ultimate destination for fairy-tale destination weddings.”

Also last week, Rajasthan Tourism was conferred with an award for outstanding “marketing innovation” at the 5th WTTCCI-Hotelivate State Ranking Survey 2017, also hosted in New Delhi. Read more

Delhi still tops the charts

November 21, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 21 November 2017: Delhi still wins top recognition in India’s state ranking survey despite its reputation for air pollution.

The Indian national capital territory scored top points as the country’s “destination leader” in the fifth biennial Hotelivate State Ranking Survey for Tourism.

The survey checks out the status of tourism and hospitality industries across the country supported by the World Travel & Tourism Council. Read more

India races to save World Heritage

November 21, 2017 by  
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AHMEDABAD, 21 November 2017: Traffic chokes the centuries-old stone archway into Ahmedabad’s historic quarter, the snarl of honking rickshaws and sputtering buses coats the monuments of India’s only World Heritage city in a layer of soot.

Conservation experts warn Ahmedabad, one of the world’s most polluted cities, faces a mammoth task defending its newly won UNESCO status as its fragile cultural icons decay under neglect, traffic and trash.

The 600-year-old enclave was named India’s first ‘World Heritage City’ last July — despite warnings from some of UNESCO’s own experts that it lacked a convincing plan for protecting its ancient citadels, mosques and tombs. Read more

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