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Shanghai curbs tourism over new Covid-19 cases, Beijing cancels annual marathon

Shanghai has suspended travel agencies from organising tourism that involves trips between the city and other province-level regions amid fresh Covid-19 cases as as China insists on zero tolerance against letting coronavirus clusters spread
A security guard blocks an exit as he directs people to scan a QR code to track their health status at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, following new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Shanghai, China (REUTERS/Aly Song)
A security guard blocks an exit as he directs people to scan a QR code to track their health status at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, following new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Shanghai, China (REUTERS/Aly Song)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 02:12 PM IST
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Argentina discourages foreign travel to protect its dollars

The Argentine Federation of Associations of Travel and Tourism Companies said it would evaluate a possible legal challenged to the measure, which it called ‘an attack against travel consumers and companies that, in the large majority, are small and medium sized’
Argentina discourages foreign travel to protect its dollars(Photo by Diogo Hungria on Unsplash)
Argentina discourages foreign travel to protect its dollars(Photo by Diogo Hungria on Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 01:53 PM IST
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AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Thailand sees gradual tourism recovery after a month of reopening

Thailand expects only 200,000 foreign tourists this year, and 5 million in 2022. Thinner crowds and discounts make for a more pleasant experience
People take pictures inside a decorated tunnel linking a train station to a department store amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Bangkok, Thailand(REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
People take pictures inside a decorated tunnel linking a train station to a department store amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Bangkok, Thailand(REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 02:20 PM IST
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Times Square restaurant, hotel owners hope foreign tourists bring recovery

New York's Times Square is witnessing a strong tourism rebound but the foot traffic into souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels is still not what it was before the coronavirus pandemic.(AP) 6
New York's Times Square is witnessing a strong tourism rebound but the foot traffic into souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels is still not what it was before the coronavirus pandemic.(AP)
Published on Nov 23, 2021 11:39 AM IST
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Thailand pins hope on luxury travel, long stays to help in tourism recovery

‘Tourist behaviour is changing - there are longer stays with a focus on well-being ... not only bringing back good memories but also feeling refreshed and healthy’: Thailand's AWC Chief Executive Wallapa Traisorat
Thailand’s reopening to vaccinated visitors that started this month has boosted economic activities(MINT_PRINT)
Thailand’s reopening to vaccinated visitors that started this month has boosted economic activities(MINT_PRINT)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 06:59 PM IST
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Vietnam's resort island Phu Quoc welcomes first tourists after nearly 2 years

  • Vaccinated foreign tourists arrived in Vietnam's beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc on Saturday, as it seeks to resurrect its pandemic-ravaged tourism economy.
Vietnam's resort island Phu Quoc welcomes first tourists after nearly 2 years(REUTERS)
Vietnam's resort island Phu Quoc welcomes first tourists after nearly 2 years(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 11:09 AM IST
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Covid-19: Bethlehem expects few tourists in upcoming Christmas holiday season

Biblical Bethlehem has struggled since the start of the coronavirus pandemic almost two years ago. Christmas is normally peak season for tourism in Jesus' traditional birthplace, located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Tourists visit the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. While the region is finally welcoming foreign tourists after a year-and-a-half-long Covid-19 shutdown, few travellers are making their way to the birthplace of Jesus this holiday season (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Tourists visit the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. While the region is finally welcoming foreign tourists after a year-and-a-half-long Covid-19 shutdown, few travellers are making their way to the birthplace of Jesus this holiday season (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 10:17 AM IST
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Turkey's tourism agencies launch early booking campaign for 2022

  • Firuz Baglikaya, head of TURSAB, said at the congress that the campaign would be valid for a wide range of tourism forms and not only sea-sand-sun tourism, which has been the dominant type of tourism in Turkey.
Turkey's tourism agencies launched on Friday an early booking campaign
Turkey's tourism agencies launched on Friday an early booking campaign "at attractive and affordable prices" for the 2022 tourism season.(Unsplash)
Published on Nov 20, 2021 07:59 AM IST
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Philippines reopens borders for vaccinated tourists

  • Tourists are required to be fully immunized with vaccines approved by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization or the World Health Organization.
The Philippines has opened borders for tourists who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Friday.(Pexels)
The Philippines has opened borders for tourists who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Friday.(Pexels)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 03:58 PM IST
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Cuba reopens borders to international tourism as threat of protests looms

  • Cuba reopened schools and its borders to international tourism on Monday as opposition groups urged supporters to protest for greater political freedoms, setting up a tense showdown between the government and its critics on the Caribbean island.
Cuba reopened schools and its borders to international tourism on Monday as opposition groups urged supporters to protest for greater political freedoms, setting up a tense showdown between the government and its critics on the Caribbean island.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Cuba reopened schools and its borders to international tourism on Monday as opposition groups urged supporters to protest for greater political freedoms, setting up a tense showdown between the government and its critics on the Caribbean island.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 04:35 PM IST
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Kerala rolls out ‘Foodie Wheels’, a cafe on re-used double-decker bus

The Foodie Wheels project has been launched by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) where a double-decker bus has an air-conditioned area on the lower deck and an open-air cafe on the upper deck.
Kerala rolls out ‘Foodie Wheels’, a cafe on re-used double-decker bus(Twitter/ktdchotels)
Kerala rolls out ‘Foodie Wheels’, a cafe on re-used double-decker bus(Twitter/ktdchotels)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 12:38 PM IST
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PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Kottayam (kerala)

Goa police step up vigilance along beaches ahead of tourism season

  • North Goa Superintendent of Police (SP) Shobhit Saxena told ANI, "The Goa police have begun booking miscreants and touts who are involved in targeting and cheating tourists."
The Goa Police have decided to step up vigilance in the state, especially to thwart harassment of domestic and international tourists, said the police on Monday.(Shutterstock)
The Goa Police have decided to step up vigilance in the state, especially to thwart harassment of domestic and international tourists, said the police on Monday.(Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 12:20 PM IST
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India reopens to vaccinated foreign travellers after 18 months

  • However, travellers from countries which have agreements with India for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates, such as the U.S., U.K. and many European nations, can leave the airport without undergoing a Covid-19 test.
India began on Monday allowing fully vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the country on regular commercial flights, in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions as infections fall and vaccinations rise.(HT Photo/File)
India began on Monday allowing fully vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the country on regular commercial flights, in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions as infections fall and vaccinations rise.(HT Photo/File)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 03:53 PM IST
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Japan may resume domestic travel subsidies as new pandemic-relief programme

On request from the tourism industry, Japan government will consider resuming the programme, that used taxpayers' money to offer domestic tourists discounts for hotels and domestic travel fees, from mid-January or February, until around late April
Japan may resume domestic travel subsidies as new pandemic-relief programme. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Japan may resume domestic travel subsidies as new pandemic-relief programme. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 05:08 PM IST
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Zoogu-Khairan, J&K's first ‘tourist village’,  inaugurated in Budgam

“The area has been brought on a tourism map, which shall go a long way in shaping the future of Zoogu-Kharian,” the development commissioner said, according to the department of information and public relations, Jammu and Kashmir.
The establishment of the Zoogu-Khairan village in J&K's Budgam is expected to mark a new beginning for socio-economic upliftment of the area. (Photo via @DC_Budgam on Twitter )
The establishment of the Zoogu-Khairan village in J&K's Budgam is expected to mark a new beginning for socio-economic upliftment of the area. (Photo via @DC_Budgam on Twitter )
Published on Nov 14, 2021 09:12 AM IST
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Tourism ministry signs pact with IRCTC to boost hospitality, tourism industry

  • The event was organised according to the agreement between the Ministry of Tourism and the Quality Council of India (QCI) for implementing measures for strengthening the Indian Hospitality and Tourism Industry.
The Ministry of Tourism has signed an agreement with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) as part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the hospitality and tourism industry after the coronavirus pandemic left it in heavy losses.(PTI)
The Ministry of Tourism has signed an agreement with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) as part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the hospitality and tourism industry after the coronavirus pandemic left it in heavy losses.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 09:31 PM IST
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J&K govt keen to ensure ‘vibrant’ winter tourism season in Kashmir: CS

  • “Government is keen to ensure a vibrant winter tourism season in Kashmir and for this purpose, provision of reliable electricity supply is of critical importance,” Chief Secretary A K Mehta said.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration is keen to ensure a vibrant winter tourism season in the valley, Chief Secretary A K Mehta said on Wednesday, urging the officials to provide round-the-clock power supply to the famous resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.(Unsplash)
The Jammu and Kashmir administration is keen to ensure a vibrant winter tourism season in the valley, Chief Secretary A K Mehta said on Wednesday, urging the officials to provide round-the-clock power supply to the famous resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.(Unsplash)
Published on Nov 11, 2021 04:48 PM IST
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Philippines' travel bubble with South Korea to revive its pandemic-hit tourism

The Philippines is in talks with its top market South Korea to welcome tourists on board chartered flights. The two countries are ironing out quarantine requirements for these tourists upon return to South Korea
Philippines' travel bubble with South Korea to revive its pandemic-hit tourism(Photo by Wander Fleur on Unsplash)
Philippines' travel bubble with South Korea to revive its pandemic-hit tourism(Photo by Wander Fleur on Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 11, 2021 12:39 PM IST
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India largest source of foreign tourists in Sri Lanka; UK, Pakistan in top 5

Sri Lanka's economy has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic which has led to a slump in the arrival of foreign tourists to the island nation.
As of October 31, a total number of 60,695 tourists had visited Sri Lanka, this year.(Cafe Chill via AP)
As of October 31, a total number of 60,695 tourists had visited Sri Lanka, this year.(Cafe Chill via AP)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 02:43 AM IST
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Cuba prepares to welcome travellers from Nov 15 as airports fully reopen

The characteristic bustle of the Caribbean nation is gradually rebounding after 20 months of pandemic restrictions, with the key moment set to occur on Nov. 15 with the start of the full opening of airports, gateways to a tourism industry that feeds thousands of families.
A woman takes a photo of another on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Cuba is preparing to reopen to the world on Nov. 15, following lockdown restrictions. (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa)
A woman takes a photo of another on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Cuba is preparing to reopen to the world on Nov. 15, following lockdown restrictions. (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 02:13 PM IST
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AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Havana

IRCTC receives overwhelming response for Shri Ramayana Yatra train service

IRCTC is getting an overwhelming response for this initiative and the first tour is fully booked, according to a statement issued by the IRCTC earlier.(Twitter/@IRCTCofficial) 6
IRCTC is getting an overwhelming response for this initiative and the first tour is fully booked, according to a statement issued by the IRCTC earlier.(Twitter/@IRCTCofficial)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 09:53 PM IST
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Dubai aims to attract 25 million tourists in 2025: Official

  • Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the new department's main objectives include increasing the added value of the industrial sector by 150% over the next five years, expanding foreign export markets for local products by 50%, and increasing the number of tourists by 40%.
Dubai plans to merge the departments of economy and tourism and hopes to attract 25 million tourists in 2025, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince, said on Twitter on Saturday.(Unsplash)
Dubai plans to merge the departments of economy and tourism and hopes to attract 25 million tourists in 2025, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince, said on Twitter on Saturday.(Unsplash)
Published on Nov 06, 2021 09:45 PM IST
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IRCTC plans Shri Ramayana Yatra train tours to promote religious tourism

"IRCTC has planned the train tour packages utilising its Pilgrim Special Tourist Trains and Deluxe Tourist Trains duly understanding the requirement of the budget and premium segment tourists,” the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) said said in a statement.
To promote religious tourism, the IRCTC has planned a series of Shri Ramayana Yatra Tours, which will mark a gradual resumption of domestic tourism by trains in view of the improved Covid-19 situation.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT File Photo)
To promote religious tourism, the IRCTC has planned a series of Shri Ramayana Yatra Tours, which will mark a gradual resumption of domestic tourism by trains in view of the improved Covid-19 situation.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 06, 2021 09:25 PM IST
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Asia's tourism hotspots open doors to restart travel but Covid-19 curbs linger

Thailand, which led Asia with a pilot program for travel to Phuket, just reopened its doors to more than 60 countries. Indonesia is welcoming some travellers back to Bali and the Riau Islands while Malaysia will reopen the sugar sand beaches of Langkawi to quarantine-free travel
Asia's tourism hotspots open doors to restart travel but Covid-19 curbs linger(Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash)
Asia's tourism hotspots open doors to restart travel but Covid-19 curbs linger(Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 06, 2021 02:51 PM IST
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Goa to welcome first chartered flight of tourist season on Dec 13

Ending a lull in the international tourism sector since the Covid-19 outbreak, four chartered flights will fly to Goa every week from the UK starting December, two each from Gatwick and Manchester Airports
Goa to welcome first chartered flight of tourist season on Dec 13(Representative image)
Goa to welcome first chartered flight of tourist season on Dec 13(Representative image)
Updated on Nov 06, 2021 02:36 PM IST
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PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Panaji

China imposes strict curbs on local tourism amid a growing outbreak of Covid-19

China to guide citizens not to go abroad for non-urgent and non-essential reasons amid a growing Covid-19 outbreak less than 100 days before the Beijing Winter Olympics. Checks on flights, ships as well as cargo at land ports will be strictly implemented
China Eastern Airlines aircraft are seen parked on the tarmac in Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, China(REUTERS/Aly Song)
China Eastern Airlines aircraft are seen parked on the tarmac in Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, China(REUTERS/Aly Song)
Updated on Nov 04, 2021 04:40 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Beijing

Dubai’s Expo 2020 event spurs tourism, boosts UAE business activity

After a year’s delay, Dubai is hoping Expo attracts enough tourists to help solidify a nascent economic recovery. According to IHS, the event drove sales last month in multiple sectors, including tourism.
A man takes selfie under the dome of Al Wasl Plaza coloured in French national flag, during a French ceremonial day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates(AP)
A man takes selfie under the dome of Al Wasl Plaza coloured in French national flag, during a French ceremonial day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates(AP)
Updated on Nov 04, 2021 10:57 AM IST
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Spain sees a reactivation of international tourism due to high vaccination level

The number of foreign tourists visiting Spain more than quadrupled in September from a year ago to nearly 4.7 million, data from the National Statistics Office showed, as widespread vaccination and looser travel restrictions enticed back more visitors.
Spain sees a reactivation of international tourism due to high vaccination level(Photo by Henrique Ferreira on Unsplash)
Spain sees a reactivation of international tourism due to high vaccination level(Photo by Henrique Ferreira on Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 04, 2021 10:45 AM IST
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Australia reopens to vaccinated travellers from New Zealand from Oct 31

  • “Australia’s rapidly increasing vaccination coverage has put us in good stead to take the next steps in reopening our borders to the world,” Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said in a statement.
Australia has further loosened its tight border controls, with fully vaccinated tourists arriving from New Zealand permitted to fly there without quarantining starting from late Sunday evening.(Unsplash)
Australia has further loosened its tight border controls, with fully vaccinated tourists arriving from New Zealand permitted to fly there without quarantining starting from late Sunday evening.(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 31, 2021 02:46 PM IST
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Telangana's Ramappa Temple receives massive focus after UNESCO tag

  • Situated in Telangana's Warangal, the temple stands on a six-feet high star-shaped platform with walls, pillars and ceilings adorned with intricate carvings that attest to the unique skill of the Kakatiyan sculptors.
Ramappa temple, a 13th century architectural icon and an engineering marvel that earned the coveted UNESCO heritage tag three months ago, was the highlight of the presentation given by Telangana government officials at an ongoing tourism and culture ministers' conference in Bengaluru.(Instagram/@siddhartha.induri)
Ramappa temple, a 13th century architectural icon and an engineering marvel that earned the coveted UNESCO heritage tag three months ago, was the highlight of the presentation given by Telangana government officials at an ongoing tourism and culture ministers' conference in Bengaluru.(Instagram/@siddhartha.induri)
Published on Oct 29, 2021 07:42 PM IST
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