tourism industry

Streamlined visa process draws more tourists to US


September 20th, 2012 - 1:41 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) Mexico, China and Brazil, along with other countries, are contributing more to the US tourism industry thanks to a streamlined visa process and reduced wait time, ... Read more...

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US government taking steps to attract foreign visitors


September 20th, 2012 - 8:37 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) The US government is taking steps to attract more foreign visitors, and is building partnerships with Disney, American Express and other tourism industry stakeholders in this ... Read more...

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Goa mining scam worth Rs 34,935 crore: Justice Shah Commission


September 7th, 2012 - 10:46 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Sep 7 (IANS) The Justice M.B. Shah Commission report, which was tabled in parliament Friday, says that Goa's iron ore mining scam is worth nearly Rs.35,000 crore.The voluminous report ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan minister rushes to Britain over travel advisory


September 2nd, 2012 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 2 (IANS) Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris has left for London in an attempt to meet British officials and urge them to withdraw a travel advisory ... Read more...

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Kerala in Catch-22 situation over bar timings


August 27th, 2012 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 27 (IANS) The Kerala government and the state's excise department are in a Catch-22 situation after the Kerala High Court asked the government Monday to file its views ... Read more...

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Prehistoric fossils may boost tourism in Kenya


August 16th, 2012 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS
Nairobi, Aug 16 (IANS) Leading Kenyan scientists have called upon their government to tap the potential of the country's vast trove of prehistoric fossils to boost the tourism industry.According to ... Read more...

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Britain targets Chinese in post-Olympic tourism


August 15th, 2012 - 5:08 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 15 (IANS) Britain launched a worldwide campaign to promote post-Olympic tourism with high expectations for the Chinese market.The strategy was set out by Jeremy Hunt, Britain's secretary of ... Read more...

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Egypt safe for tourists, says president


August 6th, 2012 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS
Cairo, Aug 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Egypt remains a stable and safe destination for tourists despite the revolution in 2011 that ousted Hosni Mubarak, President Mohamed Morsi said Monday.Morsi was speaking ... Read more...

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Tourism to Sri Lanka is booming


July 20th, 2012 - 11:17 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka's post-war tourism is booming. In the first half of this year, a total of 452,867 people including 85,000 from India, visited the island nation, ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Dabolim airport will not be shut for civilians: Parrikar


July 19th, 2012 - 3:10 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, July 19 (IANS) The Indian Navy-run military-cum-civilian airport at Dabolim will not be shut when a new greenfield airport at Mopa in north Goa comes up, Chief Minister Manohar ... Read more...

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IGNOU opens admission to tourism courses


July 16th, 2012 - 3:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has begun admission to various courses in tourism management and studies, the university said Monday.The varsity offers courses ... Read more...

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‘Falling rupee making India more attractive to tourists’


July 14th, 2012 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) The falling rupee may have hit the budget of Indian tourists. But on the flip side, leisure travellers from abroad are evincing more interest ... Read more...

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100,000 skilled workers to join tourism sector


July 5th, 2012 - 5:44 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) A lakh (100,000) skilled workers trained under the tourism ministry's "Hunar Se Rozgar Tak" scheme will soon be joining the hospitality and tourism industry, Union ... Read more...

Posted in Business |

No restrictions for tourists in Egypt


June 30th, 2012 - 9:01 am ICT by IANS
Cairo, June 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) There will be no ban on wearing bikinis or drinking alcohol by tourists coming to Egypt following the election of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim ... Read more...

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Goa campaign against ‘water injustice’ (Letter from Goa)


June 29th, 2012 - 12:17 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, June 29 (IANS) A British charity has joined forces with a Catholic Church-backed NGO here to put an end to abusive and unethical tourism practices allegedly over-exploitative of ... Read more...

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Good taxi drivers key to tourism, says study (Lead)


June 24th, 2012 - 6:21 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Well-trained taxi drivers are a must if a country needs to boost its tourism potential. So says a study by industry lobby FICCI and Yes ... Read more...

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Train taxi drivers to boost tourism: Study


June 24th, 2012 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Proper human resource development, such as training of taxi drivers and certification of tour operators, are crucial for a robust tourism industry, said a study ... Read more...

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Cities named ‘Dull’ and ‘Boring’ also set to pair up


June 6th, 2012 - 8:51 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Boring, June 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A US town named Boring has voted in favor of pairing with the Scottish village of Dull, situated in Perthshire.Boring, situated in the state of Oregon, is ... Read more...

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Summer of peace: Kashmir tourism never had it this big (With Images)


May 29th, 2012 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS
Srinagar, May 29 (IANS) It's another summer of peace for Jammu and Kashmir and tourists are flocking like never before to this picturesque land of meadows, streams and hills ... Read more...

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Singapore keen to invest in Myanmar’s hotel sector


May 27th, 2012 - 12:38 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, May 27 (IANS) Businessmen from Singapore are keen to invest in the hotel and tourism sector in Myanmar.A 15-member delegation of the International Enterprise Singapore Business Department Trip to ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Drought hits Brazil


May 19th, 2012 - 10:12 am ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, May 19 (IANS) A persistent drought in northeastern Brazil has destroyed up to 40 percent of the crops, authorities said Friday.The Bahiain state has been reeling under ... Read more...

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US hopes to draw 100 mn visitors annually by 2021


May 11th, 2012 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 11 (IANS) The US government has announced a national strategy to attract 100 million international visitors annually by 2021 in a bid to boost economic growth and job ... Read more...

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Taj city upset over losing airport


May 9th, 2012 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, May 9 (IANS) Agra is furious. If its business leaders are to be believed, an airport that citizens of the Taj city were lobbying for may now come up ... Read more...

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Rave parties back in Goa?


April 30th, 2012 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Late night rave parties may again become the rage in Goa as the state government is trying to create special tourism zones where stringent sound ... Read more...

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‘New Kolkata airport to be ready in three-four months’


April 30th, 2012 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) The modernisation of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport here is nearing completion and it may become operational in the next three-four months, Union ... Read more...

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Top Maharashtra tourist destinations to get full ‘power’


April 27th, 2012 - 12:47 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) Tourists visiting prominent Maharashtra hill stations, pilgrim centres and heritage sites can look forward to a 'cool' summer this year with the state's electricity distribution company ... Read more...

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Peninsula Hotels scouting for locations in India


April 19th, 2012 - 7:39 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Hong Kong-based luxury hotel chain The Peninsula Hotels group is actively scouting prime locations here and in Mumbai to extend its footprint to India."We are ... Read more...

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Landslide destroys power lines in central Fiji


April 2nd, 2012 - 9:16 am ICT by IANS
Suva, April 2 (IANS) Fiji witnessed destruction of power lines Monday due to landslides, the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) said, adding its only electricity provider will ration power supply.According to the ... Read more...

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‘The Hunger Games’ to boost North Carolina tourism


March 26th, 2012 - 10:27 am ICT by IANS
London, March 26 (IANS) "The Hunger Games" is set to give a major boost to tourism in the US state of North Carolina.Fans of "The Hunger Games" starring Jennifer Lawrence ... Read more...

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Goa trade body demands Rs.1,000 crore grant for state


March 24th, 2012 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, March 24 (IANS) With an eye to tourism, Goa's apex trade body has demanded a special grant of Rs.1,000 crore from union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka metro to link airport, Colombo (Lead)


March 21st, 2012 - 2:58 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, March 21 (IANS) A private company Wednesday said it has kicked off Sri Lanka's first metro rail project that will link the country's only international airport and capital Colombo.The ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s first metro railway project kicks off


March 21st, 2012 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, March 21 (IANS) A private company said Wednesday that it has kicked off Sri Lanka's first metro railway project that is estimated to cost $600 million. Airport Express Air ... Read more...

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Abduction will affect tourism in east India: Tour operators


March 19th, 2012 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) Tour operators in eastern India have warned that the abduction of two Italian nationals by Maoists in Odisha will have an adverse impact on the inflow ... Read more...

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Goa industry unhappy with budget


March 16th, 2012 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, March 16 (IANS) Industry captains in Goa have reacted unhappily with the union budget presented Friday by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherji.While the state's apex business guild, the Goa Chamber ... Read more...

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Khajuraho to get train from Thursday


March 15th, 2012 - 2:16 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, March 15 (IANS) Khajuraho, known for medieval Hindu and Jain temples with erotic sculptures, will finally come on the railway map Thursday.The Udaipur-Gwalior Express has been extended to Khajuraho, ... Read more...

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