Check out the latest news and updates about the travel and tourism industry from around the world.

1. A New High-Speed Bullet Train will connect Delhi to Patna in a mere 3 hours.

Indian Railways has proposed to introduce India’s second Bullet Train Route in between Bihar’s capital city Patna and India’s capital Delhi. The new Patna – Delhi Bullet Train is expected to cut down the commute time between the two cities to just 3 hours. The authorities have already decided on the construction route. Land acquisition and construction to start post-August. 

2. Doubled E-gate capacity significantly reduces wait time at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA)

Booked your cheap flights from Mumbai? Making air travel easy and convenient for passengers, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has undergone a significant transformation. The CSMIA has increased its e-gate capacity from 24 to 68. This has drastically reduced the entry processing time to under a minute. Now CSMIA can handle as many as 7,440 passengers and 2,160 passengers in Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 respectively. With this move, the CSMIA can boast of having the highest number of such gates in India. 

3. Research by WTTC reveals Türkiye’s Travel & Tourism Sector reached record-breaking new heights last year

Hot air balloons at Cappadocia, Turkey
Hot air balloons at Cappadocia, Turkey

As per research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), 2024, last year, Türkiye’s Travel & Tourism Sector broke several records to reach milestones across 4 key metrics

  • Contributed TRY 3.11 TN to the economy, 12% of their total GDP in 2023.
  • Supported more than 3.2 MN jobs, 18% more than 2019.
  • Record-breaking international and domestic visitor spending, reaching TRY 1.68TN and TRY 761.3BN respectively.
  • In 2024, the sector is forecasted to break records, contributing to almost 12.5% of Turkey’s economy. 

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said; “As the world’s fifth most popular destination, Travel & Tourism in Türkiye is more than just a sector, it’s an integral part of the nation’s economy, fuelling growth, investment, and new jobs…” The country is offering affordable Turkey Tour Packages and you can get your Turkey e-visa online easily. 

4. From August 18 onwards, Air India will operate Direct Flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick

India’s flag carrier, Air India recently announced that starting August 18, 2024, there will be a new direct flight serving on the route from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport to the Gatwick International Airport in London. The increased frequency of five flights per week will strengthen Air India’s presence in the crucial UK market. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be deployed on the route and the flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. 

5. Goa witnesses its first Pre-Monsoon Showers of the Season, causing Tourists and Locals to abandon the Beaches

Colorful bungalows on Palolem beach, Goa
Colorful bungalows on Palolem beach, Goa

With the onset of pre-monsoon showers in the coastal state of Goa, its beaches have been abandoned by tourists and locals. On Friday, the IMD issued an ‘orange alert’ for Goa, forecasting heavy rains for the next week. Activities like swimming and fishing have been prohibited with personnel patrolling on the beaches. While it may not be a good time to explore Goa’s beaches, one can definitely enjoy the pleasant weather with a staycation at hotels in Goa

6. Aruba to Montenegro: 7 Non-Schengen Countries you can explore with a Schengen Visa

Thinking of applying for a Schengen Visa for Indians that allows access to 29 countries of the Schengen Zone? You can now enter up to 67 countries with a Schengen Visa in hand. 

Here are 7 Non-Schengen Countries you can explore with a Schengen Visa:

  • Turkey
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Egypt
  • Aruba
  • Columbia

*Note that there are specific conditions, and visa regulations can change without notice, so always confirm with the visa office of your destination country.

7. Thai Visa Free Policy: Young Indians are driving a surge in travel to Thailand, with 80% of bookings originating from Generation Z and Millennials in India

Following Thailand’s visa-free entry policy for Indians, there has been a high surge in Indian travellers to Thailand, particularly for long weekend holidays in India. There has been an increase in demand for all-inclusive Thailand Tour Packages and also cheap flights to Thailand. According to Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, India is the fifth largest inbound market for Thailand.  The demographic trends of the report also highlighted that 80% of the bookings on AirBnb were made by GenZ and millennials, indicating the youth interest in international travel.  

8. Move over Finland’s Helsinki, the title of World’s Happiest City now belongs to Denmark’s Aarhus

Aarhus, Denmark
Aarhus, Denmark
Image Credit: Balipadma

According to the latest index by The Institute of Quality Life, the title of ‘Happiest City in the World’ has been passed over from Finland’s Helsinki to Aarhus in Denmark. Aarhus achieved perfect scores in sectors like environmental sustainability, citizen participation in government and ease of getting around. Other cities on the list are; Zurich, Berlin, Gothenburg, Sweden, Amsterdam, etc. 

9. Flight Tickets from UAE to Kerala exorbitantly priced due to the Bakri Eid Holidays

Due to the Bakrid holidays, airfares have surged unimaginably for the Kerala-UAE sector. One-way tickets are costing anywhere between an exorbitant amount of Rs. 35,00 and Rs. 1.5 lakh. Comparatively, air ticket prices for UAE to Kerala are far more expensive than vice-versa. A major reason for the same can be the global holiday season. 

10. Greece issues an urgent Travel Advisory amidst record-breaking Temperatures of 43°C

For the enjoyers of the European summer, an important travel warning has been issued by authorities for both visitors and locals. Temperatures in Greece are now touching a record-breaking 43°C. Precautionary advisories to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke and dehydration have been advised. Foreign tourists planning to travel to Greece and nearby countries must check with their airlines or relevant authorities before travelling.

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