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July 29 (TravelAndy): Bhutan pioneered a trend that the rest of the world is starting to replicate now to check the adverse effects of tourism, Bhutan Times claims.
In the recent past, the residents of Barcelona, Venice and Berlin have protested against mass tourism that have adversely affected their everyday life.
Tourists have also been known to damage historical structures in popular destinations such as Angkor Wat.
The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, on the other hand, have been taking measures to discourage mass tourism for quite some time now. The kingdom only saw 254,000 tourists in 2017 and consequently, its popular tourist destinations are hardly every crowded. Continue reading Bhutan pioneer in tourist-check trend: Report →
July 28 (TravelAndy): Indian passport holders will no longer need a transit visa for transiting through airports in France.
“I’m pleased to announce that, with effect from 23rd July 2018, holders of Indian passports will no longer require an Airport Transit Visa (ATV) while transiting through the international zone of any airport in France,” tweeted Alexandre Ziegler, the ambassador of France to India.
People need airport transit visa if they are transiting through the international zone of an airport in the Schengen area. Continue reading France waives airport transit visa for Indians →
July 26 (Notintown.net): Norwegian Cruise Line has announced enhancements to its 2019 and 2020 itineraries to leverage the strong global demand environment in highly sought after destinations.
Norwegian Joy will join sister ship Norwegian Bliss sailing seasonally in Alaska in summer 2019 and will offer Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal voyages in winter 2019/2020.
Norwegian Pearl will sail to Europe as the cruise line’s sixth ship in the region in summer 2019, while Norwegian Jade and Jewel will significantly expand Norwegian’s presence in Australasia in winter 2019/2020. Continue reading Norwegian Cruise Line announces enhancements to meet demand →
July 25 (TravelAndy): Visits and spending by overseas tourists in Scotland rose to its highest level on record in 2017.
The ONS Travel Trends 2017 statistics showed the number of overseas tourists visiting Scotland rose by 16.9% to 3.2 million, while expenditure increased by 23% to £2.3 billion.
The record figures were driven by European visitors who made 1.9 million visits to Scotland, a 17% increase from 2016, with spending rising by 36% to £1.1 billion. Across the UK as a whole the number of European visitors increased by 1% and spending fell by 1%. Continue reading Record visitors to Scotland in 2017 →
July 24 (TravelAndy): Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet is offering up to Rs 1,000 off on flights and free priority checking on Mondays.
In a promotional email, the airline said the discount is valid on booking with HDFC bank credit cards.
The offer is only available on bookings made on spicejet.com. Continue reading SpiceJet offers special discount on Mondays →
July 23 (TravelAndy): Beacon in New York state has topped Budget Travel‘s list of 10 coolest small towns in the US in 2018.
All the towns in the list has population under 20,000.
“Beacon is a vibrant, forward-thinking little city in Dutchess County, New York, an easy day trip or weekend escape from New York City,” the article says.
Stating that the town has since long been a manufacturing centre, especially for casting works and other big metal works, the article says, “These days, a new generation of makers calls Beacon home, including the artisans at Zora Dora’s gourmet handmade paletas (popsicles), the craft brewers at Hudson Valley Brewery, bakers at Glazed Over Donuts, the knitters at Loopy Mango boutique, and the mixologists and chefs at the Roundhouse and other excellent eateries ranging from tacos to BBQ to upscale comfort food.” Continue reading Beacon, NY, tops list of coolest American small towns →
July 22 (TravelAndy): A reggae and dancehall music festival is taking place at the Havelock Sports Club Grounds on August 18.
Colombo Music Festival has a Caribbean Night theme and will features big names in reggae-fusion and dancehall such as Diana King, Shaggy, Maxi Priest and Big Mountain.
Renowned dancers, choreographers, local musicians, an array of pop-up events and unique experiences will also be part of the festival. Continue reading Reggae and dancehall music fest in Colombo →
July 20 (TravelAndy): Margaret River Gourmet Escape will return this November (16 to 18) for the seventh annual instalment of the extraordinary festival of food and wine, described by returning star Nigella Lawson as an ‘astonishing’ event in a ‘magical’ destination.
Having fallen in love with the Margaret River region when she attended the event in 2016, Nigella will take part in a series of events over the festival weekend including the iconic Gourmet Beach BBQ (Friday November 16, Lunch and Dinner), Nigella’s Tea Party at Howard Park Winery (Sunday November 18), as well as appearances and a book signing at the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate (Saturday November 17 and Sunday 18).
Not alone in her affection for the event, other returning stars include crowd-favourites Rick and Jack Stein, Tetsuya Wakuda, Matt Stone, Jo Barrett, Mitch Orr and Guy Grossi, who’ll be joined by an impressive line-up of new talent, to host over 45 events in more than 25 unique and breathtaking locations. Continue reading Nigella Lawson returns for 2018 Margaret River Gourmet Escape →
July 19 (TravelAndy): There’s never been a better time for travellers to plan a springtime wildflower holiday to WA, with recent rainfall indicating a bumper wildflower season in parts of the State.
WA’s wildflower season is the largest flower show on Earth and a true spectacle of colour. With more than 12,000 species, more than 60 per cent of which are found nowhere else in the world, they colour the landscapes from coast to forest and city to outback.
The six-month flowering season begins in the north in June on the vast outback plains of the Pilbara, Goldfields and Coral Coast where vibrant blooms contrast with pindan earth, rugged canyons and turquoise sea. Continue reading Western Australia set for a bumper wildflower season →
July 18 (TravelAndy): Breathtaking scenery and landscapes are the prime reasons for people to visit Scotland for the first time, VisitScotland has cited research as saying.
Twitter users, as part of a recent campaign to suggest places for former US First Lady Michelle Obama to visit in Scotland, have suggested several places and activities that could be perfect in the itinerary of a first-time visitor to Scotland.
Here’s a list of to-dos that could you help you plan your first Scottish getaway. Continue reading Recommendations for your first Scotland trip →
July 16 (TravelAndy): Several residents of the Innarsuit village in Greenland have been removed to safety after an iceberg rising 300 feet above the water floated close to it.
There are fears that chunks of ice breaking from the iceberg could flood the village.
Reports quoting local residents said though they were used to seeing big icebergs in the area, one quite this big isn’t common. Continue reading Giant iceberg triggers evacuation of Greenland village →
July 16 (TravelAndy): A scheme by the Indian government to provide free SIM cards to foreign tourists has been stopped, reports said.
The government feels the facility is “unnecessary” in the age of social media widely available Wi-Fi.
India will however, continue to run the 24X7 Tourist Helpline 1800111363 in 12 languages. Continue reading No free SIM cards for foreign tourists to India →