August 17 (TravelAndy): India is trying to woo expat Jews of Indian origin to visit their roots.
In an attempt to boost tourism and bilateral ties between India and Israel, Indian ambassador to Israel Jaideep Sarkar addressed a gathering of 3,500 Indian-origin Jews at the 3rd National Convention of Indian Jews in the country.
Sarkar said that India was looking forward to share the rich Jewish life and history of the subcontinent, said reports. Continue reading India woos expat Jews
August 16 (TravelAndy): Are you looking for a place to crash in central New York but don’t have much cash to spare? Consider sleeping in a taxi for around USD39.
Jonathan Powley has been renting out a taxi, van and campervan since April on Airbnb.
The rent starts from USD22 a night, reports quoted him as saying.
These vehicles have been converted to house a large bed and a fan. They are parked in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, just across the East River from Manhattan. Continue reading Sleep cheap in a New York taxi
August 15 (TravelAndy): Taj Mahal made its debut on Twitter on the occasion of India’s Independence Day on Saturday.
The handle — @TajMahal — calls itself the official Twitter handle of the “world’s most loved monument” and displays a link to the Uttar Pradesh tourism website.
It already has close to 5,000 followers. Continue reading Taj Mahal debuts on Twitter
August 15 (TravelAndy): Airbnb is giving sleepless nights to hotels in most parts of the world but the the place where hoteliers are feeling the most heat is probably Paris.
The site, which is a place for people to rent, find and list lodging, claims to have 1.5 million listings in 190 countries.
It has 50,000 of them in Paris alone.
“The Paris market is going to get very difficult,” Didier le Calvez, managing director of the Bristol Hotel told Reuters. Continue reading Airbnb worry for hotels
August 13 (TravelAndy): Japan’s former capital and popular tourist destination Kyoto has released a list of don’ts for tourists visiting the city.
The guideline is called ‘Akimahen’, the Japanese word meaning ‘don’ts’.
This list includes some basic civic manners as well as Japanese traditions that visitors are expected to adhere to.
It is absolutely forbidden to smoke in a public place in Kyoto and the offence invites a a fine of JPY1,000. Continue reading Kyoto’s list of don’ts for visitors
August 12 (TravelAndy): Air India is allowing up to 25 Kg free check-in luggage for economy class travel in its domestic network.
This is a limited period allowance which is valid for a travel period of August 12 to February 7, 2016.
Air India is the only Indian airline to have introduced this facility. All other airlines allow up to 15 Kg of free check-in luggage. Continue reading Air India allows 25kg free luggage
August 11 (TravelAndy): United Kingdom is all set to become one of the 36 countries to be added to India’s e-Tourist visa list from August 15.
The e-visa facility will allow UK nationals to apply and pay for their visas online. They only need to carry a printout of the e-visa while visiting India.
With this addition, the total count of countries under the scheme will climb to 113. Continue reading UK on India’s e-visa list from Aug 15
August 10 (TravelAndy): Budget airline Air Asia announced on Monday that it had achieved the milestone of having flown 300 million passengers and said it was offering fares from INR990 to celebrate the occasion.
Air Asia India itself has flown one million passengers, said reports.
Air Asia India is offering this promotional scheme for travel between February 15, 2016 and August 15, 2016. Continue reading Air Asia fares from INR990
The service will initially continue during the month of August.
It is expected to be resumed later to facilitate the requirement of students, business travellers and tourists, said the airline. Continue reading Saudi starts LA-Riyadh direct flight
August 8 (TravelAndy): A series of cloudbursts and landslides have hit tourism in the beautiful Himalayan valley of Kashmir.
Scores of tourists have cancelled their trips following the flash floods and landslides, said reports.
Tourism in Kashmir went smoothly between 2011 and 2014. But following the devastating flood of April 2014, the number of tourists fell. This year’s flash flood is feared to have added to the already problematic scenario. Continue reading Flood hits Kashmir tourism
August 7 (TravelAndy): A flash flood in the pristine Leh district of India has hit tourism.
Twenty-three British trekkers, who were stranded in Leh because of the flash flood, have been rescued, said reports.
At the moment, the tourist season is at its peak in Leh, which attracts a large number of visitors from across the country and abroad.
August 6 (TravelAndy): Abu Dhabi intends to attract an increased number of Indian tourists during the second half of 2015.
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) is offering customised tour packages for Indians.
With Etihad Airways and Jet Airways are offering close to 200 flights every week from 14 Indian destinations to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi, tourist foot fall is expected to increase. Continue reading Abu Dhabi woos Indian tourists