Hanoi (TAN): Vietnam’s Tourism Advisory Board is inviting recent travellers to Vietnam to share online feedback about their visa experience as part of an ongoing effort to improve visa policies for tourists.
The tourism advisory board is a consortium of Vietnam’s leading travel industry stakeholders.
The board intends to gather a significant number of responses which it will then submit to the government as along with a report. The board has in the past successfully lobbied for policy changes, including expansion of Vietnam’s visa exemption programme. Continue reading Take part in this survey. It could make your Vietnam visa process simpler
New Delhi (TAN): India-based GoAir is running a promotion that has zero cancelation fees on tickets booked with HDFC Bank credit cards.
This scheme covers all passengers who book GoAir refundable tickets till February 28, 2019.
The offer is only valid on domestic flights in India and the maximum value per transaction cannot be more than INR25,000.
A maximum two cancellations under this scheme will be permitted per customer. Continue reading GoAir waives cancellation fees for India flights this February
Cusco (TAN): The first ever wheelchair-accessible tour has been introduced at Machu Picchu, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Peruvian Andes.
California-based travel company Wheel the World has developed the wheelchair-accessible tour of the iconic site, that was so far unreachable to wheelchair-bound travel enthusiasts.
Wheel the World was founded by friends from Chile, Alvaro Silberstein and Camilo Navarro. Though Silberstein uses a wheelchair, the two friends devised ways to travel the world. Continue reading Machu Picchu finally becomes wheelchair accessible
Berlin (TAN): If you have a thing for sausages and quirky décor, the perfect place awaits you in a German village. Located in Rittersbach near the Bavarian town of Nuremberg, Boebel Bratwurst Bed and Breakfast could be the world’s first sausage-themed hotel.
The seven-room accommodation, decorated with sausage wallpapers and bratwurst-shaped cushions, happens to be the brainchild of 48-year old Boebel. A fourth-generation butcher, Boebel also runs his family’s butcher shop along with the bed and breakfast.
Celebration of favourite food
Boebel admitted to bratwurst being his favourite German dish. “I like to travel around the world – and when I travel around the world, I like different foods, food culture. And I thought: ‘Why only abroad?’ I made a place where people meet in Bavaria in my home and eat typical food and connect together,” CNN Travel quoted him as saying. Continue reading Germany’s sausage-themed B&B: Celebration of favourite food
Dubai (TAN): Emirates has announced it will operate its Airbus A380 between Dubai and Amman during peak summer months this year. The upgraded service, as a remedy to higher seasonal demand, will run from June 1 to October 26, 2019.
Adil Al Ghaith, senior vice president, commercial operations for Gulf, Middle East and Iran, Emirates, said, “Jordan has been a strategically important market in this region for Emirates for a long time. The upgrade to an A380 service to Amman during the peak summer period is in line with our strategy to better serve seasonal peaks, and strengthen our presence in key markets by providing an industry-leading experience for our customers, and offering them a seamless A380 experience via Dubai to major destinations in the world.”
While Emirates will use its A380 for one of its three daily flights on the Dubai-Amman route, it will be the first time the airline will run a scheduled A380 service to Amman since 2016. Continue reading Emirates: A380 to connect Amman with Dubai in summer 2019
Amman (NITN): Jordan Tourism Board recently announced that it has witnessed 30.40 per cent growth in 2018 from the Indian market.
Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, elaborated: “The Jordanian-Indian relationship has witnessed a tremendous positive shift throughout 2018. His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein’s visit to India in February 2018 has had a cascading effect on the whole dynamics that connect both countries.”
Granting Indian visitors an upon-arrival visa was one of these changes that helped increase the number of Indian tourists visiting Jordan for its remarkable religious and historic sites, such as the Baptism Site and Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Moreover, close to Petra, one can witness a Mars-like nature-crafted setup called Wadi Rum, which, just like Petra, has been incredibly used by big Hollywood studios to shoot some of its most iconic feature films, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Martian to the upcoming hits Aladdin and Star Wars: Episode IX.
Bollywood has recently discovered the magnificence of Jordan as a filming location to shoot some of its feature films, including Krrish 3, and with the recently facilitated upon-arrival visas, Bollywood’s presence in Jordan is promising to be even more fruitful!
On a marketing level, the Jordan Tourism Board executed a number of marketing campaigns in India in 2018 to promote Jordan, which played a key role in presenting Jordan as a go-to destination in the Middle East.”
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which once captivated ancient travellers, continues to enthral a whole new generation as a modern, vibrant nation. From the haunting, primeval starkness of Wadi Rum, the teeming centre of urban Amman, from the majestic ruins of bygone civilizations to the timeless splendour of the Dead Sea, Jordan is unveiled as a unique destination offering breathtaking and mysterious sights, high standard accommodations, exquisite cuisine and countless activities that can provide visitors with inspiration, motivation, and rejuvenation.
Marveling at herds of gazelles and oryx and migrating birds, camping amidst the grandeur of Wadi Rum or Dana Reserve, trekking the ancient caravan trails from the highlands of Moab and Edom, hiking the wooded hills of biblical Gilead, or experiencing the unique, cleansing mud baths of the Dead Sea are just a few examples of the treasures awaiting visitors to this unique kingdom.
The new stream of luxury hotels emerging in Amman, Petra, Aqaba and the Dead Sea is just adding quality to a refined product that is distinct, accessible and friendly; a product that is home to a new display of modern meeting facilities and unique venues for incentive travel as well.
Whether it is a conference for 5000 people, a lavish dinner in the peerless desert of Wadi Rum, a barbecue at the shores of the Dead Sea, or a reception atop a medieval castle overlooking the Jordan Valley, the amicable and competent people of Jordan will ensure a memorable, once in a lifetime experience.
New Delhi (TAN): The Indian Railways has introduced another Rajdhani Express between Mumbai and Delhi, which was flagged off by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on January 19 this year.
The third Rajdhani Express on this route, the train will connect Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai twice every week.
Starting its journey from Mumbai, the train will stop at Kalyan, Nasik, Jalgaon, Khandwa, Bhopal, Jhansi, and Agra Cantonment stations before arriving at Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi.
Bhopal (TAN): The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, like the past 20 years, is hosting Lokrang Samaroh amid much grandeur this year from January 26 to 30.
Bhopal, the state capital, happens to be the venue of five-day cultural carnival.
Organised by the Directorate of Culture and Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum, Lokrang Samaroh is an annual tribute to the spectacular folk and indigenous traditions of the country through cultural performances spanning from performing arts to art and craft exhibitions. The City of Lakes is all set to host talented artists from across India and the world during the festival. Continue reading Madhya Pradesh celebrates folk heritage with ‘Lokrang Samaroh’
Seattle (TAN): Seabourn cruise will serve premium quality caviar on board its five ships, beginning in the next few months.
The cruise line, in culinary partnership with chef Thomas Keller’s caviar company Regiis Ova, plans to offer decadent caviar to luxury travellers. Guests will get a taste of Siberian Reserve caviar, cultivated in a family-owned farm in Uruguay’s San Gregorio de Polanco.
The caviar, says a statement from the cruise company, is known for its delicate taste and texture. It has nutty and fruits hints. Continue reading Seabourn cruise line to serve premium caviar to guests
London (TAN): British Airways has launched a new electric taxi service within London’s Heathrow Airport to shuttle its premium passengers to their connecting flights.
Guests will be transported directly in chauffeur-driven environment-friendly electric cabs, from one aircraft to a connecting flight .
The service, British Airways’ effort to reduce carbon footprint at the airport, features London Electric Vehicle Company cabs. The air-conditioned taxis come with a panoramic roof, gadget charging stations, WiFi, and room for hand luggage, and the rides are free of charge.
Bangkok (TAN): The government of Thailand has announced extension of the visa-on-arrival fee waiver from January 31 to April 30, 2019. The Tourism Authority of Thailand said the extension will be applicable for citizens of 20 countries.
Under the waiver, citizens from all these 20 countries will be granted stay in Thailand for up to 15 days without having to pay THB2,000 visa-on-arrival fee.
List of countries eligible for the fee waiver
- China, including Taiwan
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Ukraine, and
New York City (TAN): Travel can do you wonders, or at least bring out your creative best. And that’s what it did to Sam Barsky.
At age 43, Sam knits sweaters of famous global destinations, followed by travelling to the actual sites and clicking photos of himself wearing his creations.
The resident of Baltimore in the US east coast stitched his first sweater with an actual trip in mind about twenty years ago, that of the Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, and has knit 132 sweaters since.
Although the first sweater ‘of a specific landmark was the Tower Bridge in London’. “I was inspired by a picture I saw in a magazine. I had never been there before and did not make it for a specific trip. But, once I started knitting more landmarks, like the Golden Gate Bridge and Venice, I knew I wanted to go there while wearing them,” Forbes quoted him as saying.