Here’s your weekly dose of travel updates!

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

1. UAE extends its Visa-On-Arrival Policy for the UK, the US and 85 other Countries

Updating its visa exemption policy, UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a visa-on-arrival policy to ease travel for citizens of 87 countries including Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, Belarus, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Bahamas, The Netherlands, UK, US, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vatican, Hellenic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Fiji and Kosovo. However, Indians will still have to obtain a Dubai visa online to visit the UAE. 

2. Asia’s Largest Tulip Garden in Srinagar opens for the General Public from March 23

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Tulip Garden with the backdrop of Zabarwan mountains

Nestled between the Dal Lake and Zabarwan Hills, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Garden opened its gates to the general public for the Tulip Festival from 23rd March, i.e. Saturday to 20th April. Visitors will be greeted with a total of 17 lakh tulips of 68 varieties and other flower species like hyacinths, daffodils, muscari, and cyclamens. More things to explore on a Kashmir Tour Package include Shalimar Bagh, Sri Shankaracharya Temple, Pari Mahal, Dargah Hazratbal Shrine, etc. Check out all details of the Tulip Garden in Srinagar before visiting.

3. Newly Launched Fly91 Airline to offer special Inaugural Fare at Rs. 1,991. Looking to expand services across India!

The latest Fly91 Airline to join the list of Indian airlines with its first flight taking off from Manohar International Airport on March 18 at 7.55 am for the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. As its inaugural offer, the airline launched a special fare of Rs. 1,991. Fly 91 plans on connecting Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities of India while providing cheap flight tickets to travellers.

4. Pokhara: Nepal’s New Official Tourism Capital now to remain accessible for Visitors 24/7

Nepal’s Tourism Department has recently announced Pokhara as its primary tourism capital. This acknowledgement is seen as a noteworthy achievement affirming Pokhara’s global status as a centre for tourism endeavours. Even entertainment and leisure businesses like discos, live music venues and other establishments will have permission to operate through the night. Authorities are looking to ease Nepal tourism with more flights to Nepal. 

5. Europcar: Ireland’s Premier Car Rental now lets you explore the Country’s iconic Film Locations

A fan of Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Harry Potter? Ireland has tonnes of locations where all this was filmed and the premier car rental company, Europcar is offering a seamless adventure to these locations. Fans can easily navigate through prominent locations like Co Antrim, Co Kerry and Co Clare as the company makes the journey accessible and fun, that too from prominent cities with all-around assistance, adding assistance in boosting Ireland’s tourism. 

6. Gear up for Thailand Tourism Festival 2024 from 28th March to 1st April

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is all set to offer a plethora of distinctive tourism offerings at the 42nd Thailand Tourism Festival, scheduled from 28 March to 1 April 2024 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC) in Bangkok. TAT Governor, Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, said “The Thailand Tourism Festival 2024 will incorporate distinctive identity and attractions from five regions to inspire travellers to explore new travel experiences across the country. The event will also reiterate sustainable tourism practices while leveraging digital transformation and the ‘partnership 360 strategy’ to encourage year-round travel.”

7. MileagePlus: United Airlines will now allow Flyers to share and pool their Air Miles with others

Frequent flyers are in for a treat as United Airlines now allows you to share your accumulated points with up to four other passengers. The newly launched programme, MileagePlus membership, will let members link their online accounts and combine their miles with those accumulated by family or friends from previous flights. Commenting on the programme, airline COO, Luc Bondar said, “This programme “gives our members more flexibility to use their miles while making it easier to connect to the destinations and moments that matter most.”

8. Experience the exciting Turtle Nesting Season at Goa’s Galgibaga Beach peaking in April

Goa’s secluded Galgibaga Beach has the status of a nesting site for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. While the nesting process goes on from November to April, lucky visitors might get a chance to watch thousands of hatchlings make their way into the sea. Visitors are expected to practise certain guidelines to not disturb the nesting process. Pick your Goa Tour Packages for late March or early April to get a chance at spotting the turtles.

9. “Our aim is to target 1,50,000 Indian Tourists”, Bhutan’s PM expects Tourism boost with enhanced Air Connectivity. 

Bhutan Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay in his visit to India emphasised promoting tourism, enhancing air connectivity with direct flights to Bhutan and bilateral relations between India and Bhutan. He stated, “Our aim is to target 1,50,000 Indian tourists in the coming year,” inviting more Indian tourists to explore Bhutan. The country is targeting to receive 3 lakh tourists and expects 50% of them to be from India. 

10. Vrindavan to Barsana, 6 Indian Pilgrimage Sites for your Holi Plans

Holi celebrations
Women beating men with lathis
Image Credit: CRS Photo

Temple Connect’s founder, Giresh Kulkarni picks 6 Indian pilgrimage sites to bring in the festival of fun and colours – Holi. 

Top temples to experience Holi in India are:

  • Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan
  • ISKCON Temple, Mayapur
  • Sri Dwarkadhish Temple, Mathura
  • Lathmar Holi at Radha Rani Temple, Barsana
  • Udupi Sri Krishna Matha, Karnataka
  • Nandgaon Temple, Uttar Pradesh

11. Calling all the Luxury Travellers to get lost at this fake Greek Oasis in Abu Dhabi!

Abu Dhabi has managed to build a miraculous rip-off of the white buildings of the Cyclades minus the blue-domed churches. The Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi Retreat is an ultra-luxury complex and an engineering marvel being an adults-only property with limited rooms starting at $735 a night. Except for foreign visitors, they are looking for exclusive-use buyouts for weddings or corporate purposes. 

12. India’s 2024 Travel Trends: 84% of Indians planning on travelling Solo in 2024

Among the many surprising travel trends that Indians are picking in 2024, American Express Travel 2024 Global Travel Trends Report picked these specific trends:

  • 84% of Indians planning on travelling solo
  • 67% of Indians planning to go on a beach vacation
  • 55% of Indians planning to explore a new metropolitan city
  • 43% of Indian travellers look to pay their flight and hotel expenses with credit card points. 
  • 31% are planning to travel during off-peak seasons or stay with friends or family.

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