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1. The Goa Government to Promote Spiritual Tourism

As a part of PM Modi’s Dekho Apna Desh Initiative, the Government of Goa will promote Spiritual Tourism in the state. In order to promote the temples of Goa to incoming tourists, the coastal state has already signed agreements with Amritsar and Guwahati under which Guwahati has already started operations at Manohar International Airport, Goa.

2. 3 new beaches for night swimming opened in Dubai

In order to expand beach tourism in the emirate, the Dubai Municipality has opened 3 new beaches for night swimming. These 800 meter long beaches are located in the Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3, and Umm Suqeim 1 areas and you must ensure a visit to these beaches are part of your Dubai tour package. The beaches are equipped with a lightning system which allows visitors to swim even in the dark along with information screens raising safety awareness among the visitors.

3. Facial Recognition services started at Berlin Airport by Lufthansa

The Berlin Brandenburg Airport will now use facial recognition and allow passengers to access the priority lane for security checks. This service will replace the need to show a boarding pass and is available for all airlines of the Lufthansa Group – Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and Eurowings. Currently, only loyalty members with HON Circle and Senator status can avail this service.

4. Mumbai – Goa Vande Bharat Express to start operations from June 2023

If all goes well, the next Vande Bharat Express train will start operating between Mumbai and Goa in June. Recently, the Mumbai – Goa Vande Bharat Express, which will run between the CSMT and Madgaon stations, completed its trial run on its proposed route successfully in just 7 hours. Currently, the Tejas Express completes the same journey in 8 hours and 40 minutes.

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5. Odisha gets its First Vande Bharat Express Train

From May 20, 2023, the Puri – Howrah Vande Bharat Express will start its operations. Covering a distance of 500 km in just 6 and a half hours the Puri – Howrah – Puri Vande Bharat Express will be the 1st Vande Bharat Express train to operate in the state of Odisha. The train will operate on 6 days of the week (excluding Thursdays). 

6. Taxi Drivers to undergo mandatory training in Goa

To ensure that the taxi drivers are well trained to cater to tourists, the Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho has announced mandatory training for taxi drivers in Goa. He mentioned that since tourists come in contact with taxi drivers first, they are the ambassadors of the state. In order to provide services to tourists, taxi drivers will be required to attend a 2-week orientation programme after which they will get their badge to operate.

7. Pompidou Centre in Paris to Shut Down for Major Renovations in 2025

One of the most popular tourist attractions in our France tour packages, the Pompidou Centre in Paris is expected to remain closed for 5 years due to major renovations. It was scheduled to go undergo extensive renovations this year to make it accessible for the disabled, improve fire security, energy optimisation, etc. but the renovations process was postponed as Paris will be hosting the 2024 Olympics.

8. Goa to start Night Bus Service Soon

On May 18, 2023, the Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant announced that the state will soon launch night bus services in the state. The Chief Minister also said that there is a need to start the bus services during the night and once it starts, locals and tourists planning a Goa trip will be able to travel by buses during the night time.  

9. Noida to get India’s First-Ever Vedic Theme Park

India’s First-Ever Vedic Theme Park – Ved Van Park is all set to open soon in Noida. More than 50,000 plants such as kalpavriksha, coconut, banyan, etc. that are mentioned in the Vedic literature have been planted. In addition to this, the park is divided into 7 zones named after the Vedic sages, and the walls have been painted with excerpts from the Vedic age.

10. Akasa Air starts Daily Non-Stop Flights to Bengaluru and Guwahati from Kolkata

Akasa Air recently announced Kolkata as its 17th destination and from May 18, 2023, the airline started daily non-stop flights from Kolkata to Guwahati and Bengaluru. Due to these recent operations from Kolkata, Akasa Air now operates flights to 17 cities in India including all metro cities over 36 unique routes.

11. IndiGo announces Direct Flights from Goa to Dehradun, Operations to begin on May 23, 2023

 India’s low-cost air carrier IndiGo has announced it will connect Goa and Dehradun by operating direct flights between both the top destinations of our India tour packages. The Goa-Dehradun direct flight will begin operations from May 23, 2023, and is expected to provide tourists with a convenient and easy way to explore both destinations.

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