December 23 (TravelAndy): An attendant of a tiger at a zoo near Thailand’s popular tourist destination Pattaya has been transferred after he was seen poking a chained tiger to make it road for visitors.
A video that has gone viral on social media shows people posing with a chained tiger to take photographs. Armed with a stick, this attendant is seen poking the tiger in the head to make it road for all the visitors.
The video earned a lot of criticism and has brought under the scanner the condition of animals at Thai zoos. Continue reading Furore over tiger poke video
London (Notintown.net): The Beans were out on the streets to celebrate the launch of a brand new mobile game called Play London with Mr Bean, which helps visitors discover the city’s tourist highlights and forms part of a new drive to attract more UK and international visitors to the capital.
A hill of Mr Beans, made famous by comedian Rowan Atkinson and dressed in trademark tweed jacket while each clutching the iconic ‘Teddy’ bear, travelled on the Underground, went for a ride on the Coca Cola London Eye and took selfies with passers-by in Trafalgar Square. Continue reading Play London with Mr Bean
October 21 (TravelAndy): With more than half of people with access requirements avoiding going to new places if they can’t find information about accessibility, VisitEngland and VisitScotland have formed a unique partnership to help businesses tap into the accessible tourism market.
The national tourism organisations have launched a new, free to use website for the easy production and publication of Accessibility Guides. An Accessibility Guide is produced by tourism operators to provide potential visitors with important accessibility information about their venue and service.
The website provides tourism venues with an opportunity to increase business by providing information to potential visitors with access requirements in a user-friendly format. As well as being easier for businesses to complete, the new guide format standardises how information is presented making it easier for disabled customers, their friends and family to compare venues. Continue reading England & Scotland focus on accessible tourism
August 30 (TravelAndy): Tourism Ireland is expecting to see a spurt in the number of visitors following budget airline Ryanair’s announcement of new flights from Munich and Stuttgart to Dublin this winter, as well as the extension of its winter service from Naples into summer 2018.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said the announcement was good news for Irish tourism, especially in view of the coming shoulder and off-season.
“We already work closely with Ryanair and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of these new services to Dublin. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in visitor numbers,” he said. Continue reading Ryanair winter flights boost for Irish tourism
April 25 (Notintown.net): The Cotentin Peninsula – also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula – in the Normandy region of France, will soon see its many tourism boards undergo a major restructuring in the next few months.
By June this year, 11 local tourism boards will have merged into one big entity and renamed Cotentin Tourist office making it, arguably, one of the most powerful tourism boards in the country with an annual budget of EUR4 million.
Out of this budget, up to EUR1 million will be kept aside to promote Cotentin worldwide; of which India, Middle East and China will be important focus markets. Continue reading Normandy in France to promote tourism
April 10 (TravelAndy): Asia’s largest tulip garden is on in the north Indian valley of Kashmir.
Apart from displaying a large variety of tulips, the 15-day festival will also demonstrate the Kashmiri cuisine, art, craft and literature, said reports.
The festival began on April 1 and will conclude on April 15, 2017. Continue reading Tulip festival on in Kashmir
April 9 (TravelAndy): To facilitate travel between India and Bangladesh, a Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service was flagged off from Kolkata yesterday.
This is a part of several initiatives being taken to strengthen bilateral relations and provide better tourism, road and rail connectivity for citizens of both India and Bangladesh. (Also read: Kolkata budget travel guide)
The bus services are being operated on the Kolkata-Dhaka and Kolkata- Dhaka-Agaratala routes in addition to the newly introduced Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service. Continue reading Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus starts
February 17 (notintown.net): India has decided to start giving free pre-activated SIM cards to foreign tourists arriving in India.
The country’s tourism minister Mahesh Sharma recently launched the scheme which will only be available to tourists arriving in India on e-Visa.
Sharma said this initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. Continue reading India offers free SIMs to foreign tourists
February 7 (TravelAndy): Indian Railways is planning to introduce a rail link between Port Blair and Diglipur in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, to put the archipelago on the rail map of India.
It is going to be a 240 Km broad gauge rail link that will connect Andaman’s capital to north Andaman’s largest city.
At present, the two cities are connected by a 350 Km bus ride and a 24 hour ship journey. There are no air connectivity between the two destinations. Continue reading Railways to debut in Andamans
December 28 (TravelAndy): Nepal is hosting its annual Chitwan elephant festival, to revive tourism in the Himalayan valley, said reports.
The five-day festival, which kicked off on December 26, 2017, will display activities and adventures involving elephants.
Additionally, the festival will also include games like polo, football, fast-walk, and beauty contest. Continue reading Nepal is hosting elephant fest to revive tourism
December 7 (TravelAndy): India’s Karnataka state is going to host ‘Hakki Habba’, the popular bird festival at Daroji Soth Bear Sanctuary in Hampi village, from Jan 5- 7, 2017, said reports.
This three-day festival is expected to draw several bird watchers, wildlife photographers and tourists of all walks.
Birds like partridges, francolins, sand grouses and birds of prey can be spotted along the bank of Tungabhadra river in Hampi. Yellow throated bulbul and great horned owl are some other attractions that will excite the bird enthusiasts. Continue reading Karnataka to host bird festival from Jan 5-7
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