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Check out the latest news and updates about the travel and tourism industry from around the world.
Latest Passport Index Ranking Released
The recent publication of Passport Index Ranking revealed the UAE passport as the world’s number one passport, in terms of freedom from travel restrictions and mobility. Germany, Sweden, Finland and Luxembourg passports secured other positions in the top 5 spots.
Long Lost Tomb Of Cleopatra Finally Found?
Here’s one more reason to book our Egypt tour package. Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Ministry recently reported that during a combined Dominican-Egyptian archaeological mission conducted by the University of San Domingo, headed by Dr. Kathleen Martinez, a vast underground tunnel was discovered near Alexandria. The archaeologists believe that this 43 feet deep and 1.3km long tunnel under Egypt’s Taposiris Magna Temple could lead to the lost tomb of Cleopatra VII.
French Baguette Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status
A staple among the French people and an icon of France, the French baguette was recently awarded UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Status. The UN heritage body’s Paris Wing added baguette bread to its list of 600 items as a result of its “artisanal know-how and culture of baguette bread.” Seems like a good reason to get a France visa and book a France tour package.
Goa To Host Purple Fest For People With Disabilities
Book your Goa tour packages and keep them ready, as Goa plans to celebrate diversity by hosting Purple Fest from January 6-8 for people with disabilities. This 3 day festival which will have all sorts of activities from music concerts to stand-up comedy is the first of its kind event which aims to bring inclusivity in our society.
India To Resume E-Visa Facility For UK Nationals
British passport holders travelling to India will be able to get an e-visa for India soon. The High Commission of India to the UK recently shared this news on Twitter. This will allow UK nationals to obtain an Indian evisa fairly easily. This facility was put on hold due to COVID 19.
Chennai Music Season Starting Soon
Several professional and amateur Carnatic artists are gearing up to perform at the Chennai Music Season (Madras Music Season). Scheduled to take place from December 15, 2022, to January 1, 2023, it is one of the oldest cultural festivals to take place in the country and the biggest Carnatic Music Festival to take place in Chennai. Check out our Chennai tour packages before you miss out on a chance to visit the festival.
22 Folk Arts Festivals To Take Place In Rajasthan
Planning to book a Rajasthan tour package? Now’s the right time! The Government of Rajasthan plans to host 22 festivals from the state to the panchayat level in order to boost tourism in the region. These festivals will focus on different folk arts of the region and will have a whopping budget of INR 27 crore and take place at various well-known as well as unexplored tourist spots.
Jaipur City Rides To Go Cashless Soon
Jaipur City Transport Service Limited (JCTSL) plans to roll out prepaid travel cards which will essentially make travelling around the city cashless. The JCTSL will release the official app later this year with which the travel cards can be recharged using any UPI payment app. Guess you won’t have to worry about having adequate change for local city buses while enjoying your Jaipur tour package.
Annual Bikaner Camel Festival To Take Place In January
January 11 and 12, 2023 will witness the annual Bikaner Camel Festival that will start from Junagarh Fort and end at the Dr. Karni Singh Stadium. The hordes of camels in brightly colored clothes and jewelry is a sight to behold during your Bikaner holiday. An initiative of the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, this festival celebrates the lifeline of the desert – Camels.
Facial Recognition Technology Coming Soon To Indian Airports
DigiYatra (DY) which lets passengers travel hassle-free using biometric facial recognition technology (FRT) was recently set up at Delhi, Varanasi, and Bengaluru airports. This means passengers will no longer be required to show physical ID proofs and just a facial scan will be sufficient given that they have registered themselves on the DY app. This technology will be soon available in several airports all over India.
Coastal Areas Across India To Get Beach Shacks Like Goa
Recently, the Environment Ministry approved the idea to place Goa-like beach shacks on all coastal areas across the country. The Ministry also plans to manually remove sand bars and decided against drilling for oil and natural gas in the Coastal Regulation Zones (CRZ) without prior approval. With this, the state governments can now plan smaller infrastructure projects like jetties and breakwaters.
India To Sri Lanka Flights To Resume Soon
Sri Lanka’s Aviation Minister Nimal Siripal de Silva announced on December 5, “The flights to India from Palaly (Jaffna) will resume soon, most probably by December 12.” The Chennai to Jaffna flight services will be resumed 3 years after they were discontinued in November 2019.
Sri Lanka Waives Off COVID 19 Protocols
It will get easier to enjoy your Sri Lanka tour packages now, simply get your Sri Lanka visa book your flight tickets to Sri Lanka and that’s it. No more RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test is required! However, if you test COVID positive after reaching the country then you’ll have to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 7 days.
Vistara Launches Direct Flights To Singapore From Pune
Got your Singapore visa? Have a Singapore tour package ready? But want to get a direct flight to Singapore from Pune? Well, Vistara is here for you! This action was a result of seeing the growing demand from corporate travelers for connectivity between these two cities. There will be 4 flights weekly flying on this route.
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