Edinburgh (TAN): Visiting Edinburgh could burn a deeper hole in tourists’ pockets very soon, as plans of introducing a tourist tax has won huge support. If implemented, visitors may have to shell out GBP2 per person per night.
In a research conducted by the City of Edinburgh Council, 85 per cent of 2,500 respondents, including over half of accommodation owners, supported the move, media reports said.
The public consultation on Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) proposed a GBP2 or a 2 per cent charge per room, per night on all types of accommodation, on short stays up to seven nights.
November 4 (TravelAndy): Kerala Tourism is promoting Vellur, a sleepy hamlet tucked deep away in the peaceful countryside of Kannur.
Visitors can experience panoramic vistas of green carpeted paddy fields and the centuries-old art and craft.
“A stroll through the flourishing fields lending your ears to the murmuring rice plants and bathing in the frigid waters of silver streams on a misty morning caters to the tastes of any ardent nature lover,” says the Kerala Tourism website. “Besides its natural charm, the village is renowned for its rich heritage and culture and Shaaliya Porattu, the folk art form, showcases this at its best.” Continue reading Indulge in slow travel through Vellur in Kerala
August 4 (TravelAndy): Over the summer months, Scottish Clans are putting the root of their very own definition front and centre by inviting young members, local young people and families to participate, engage and learn about Scottish history and heritage, as well as local traditions and culture.
The Clans, the name being derived from the Gaelic word ‘clann’ and meaning children,are joining the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 with an exciting programme of activities at their international and national gatherings across the country.
Clan Hay will be hosting Tartan Ties 2018 from 3 to 5 August. On 3 August, they are inviting visitors to a highly anticipated Medieval Banquet in Ballater – a fantastic chance to savour the sounds, sights and music of medieval Scotland, including a delicious hog roast and top class music from Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson. Young people are designing and crafting medieval items which will be on display at the banquet and will also participate in a challenging haggis hunt in Crathes Castle during the afternoon. Continue reading Scottish Clans inspire youth to celebrate local traditions
September 1 (TravelAndy): Shinju Matsuri (festival of the pearl) has always been a festival based on Broome’s unique community spirit, cultural diversity and vibrant history.
The festival celebrates the four diverse cultures which have come together in Broome over the past century for pearls: Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Indigenous Australian.
Shinju Matsuri will always encapsulate the values of the Broome community, running annually since 1970. Continue reading Shinju Matsuri starts in Broome from Sep 2
December 19 (TravelAndy): India’s Assam state is hosting the second edition of ‘Judima Festival’ in its hill town Halflong in Dima Hasao district from December 18 to 20.
The name ‘Judima’ comes from a local brew of rice wine, which is available during the festival for tourists to taste.
The festival, which began yesterday, will also demonstrate a number of adventure activities including hiking, trekking and angling. Continue reading Three-day Judima festival begins in Assam
November 28 (TravelAndy): The Hornbill Festival is scheduled to be held from December 1- 10, 2016 in Kisama village in northeastern India’s Nagaland state.
This festival celebrates the heritage, culture, music and livelihood of the tribes from in and around Nagaland.
Around two lakh domestic and international tourists are expected to attend this festival. Continue reading Hornbill festival from Dec 1
I was at the Hornbill Festival for just two of its 10 days. Yet, I found enough reasons to fall in love with it and want to return.
The northeast Indian state of Nagaland is known as the land of festivals with all its tribes enthusiastically celebrating their own festivals. To encourage inter-tribal interaction and promote the cultural heritage of the state, the Nagaland government organises the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. Continue reading Seven reasons to visit Hornbill Festival
I had the idea that in the West, when two men exchanged greetings, they shook hands, a man and a woman greeted each other by kissing both cheeks of the other person and girls just hugged each other. So, I decided to ask my French friend Géraud about it. Continue reading Greetings: Kiss, hug or shake hands?
After walking back and forth by the entrance a couple of times, I decided my Japan experience wouldn’t be complete if I did not get into an onsen. I slowly counted to five in an effort to calm myself and went in. Continue reading What happened at the onsen
I’m just back from my three-week trip to Japan and I cannot stop thinking about the many ways in which this country amazed me.
I had a little checklist and I couldn’t see/do everything in that but I’m not complaining! This is because I experienced wonderful things that were not in my list in the first place and got to know some really nice people who I want to keep in touch with.
They do stuff differently in Japan, to very good effect! Here are 10 things to know before going to Japan. Continue reading 10 things to know before going to Japan