June 12 (TravelAndy): If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong from Kolkata, have a Plan B ready.
Thousands of rejections of the online pre-arrival registration of visas without allegedly stating a reason have cut down the number visitors from the east Indian metropolis to the autonomous administrative region in China drastically, say reports.
Hong Kong introduced the pre-arrival registration system in January 2017 and the problems started thereafter. Indian nationals earlier did not need a visa to enter the former British colony. Continue reading Hong Kong visa rejections hit traffic from Kolkata
March 4 (TravelAndy): The Tulip Garden in Srinagar has added 50 varieties of flowers and north India’s Jammu and Kashmir state government expects a boost in tourist inflow because of that, said The Kashmir Monitor.
February 23 (TravelAndy): Ukraine will develop tourism near the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear power plant, reported Xinhua.
Quoting the Ukraine’s state agency for the Chernobyl zone management, the report said a new hotel and an information centre for tourists will be opened in Chernobyl.
New routes will also be developed for visitors’ access to interesting sites in the area. Continue reading Ukraine plans Chernobyl tourism push
November 19 (TravelAndy): MOO-ve over porridge and haggis….research highlighted by VisitScotland shows that Scottish beef appeals to consumers more than traditional porridge oats, haggis and Scottish salmon.
A topic paper published recently by the national tourism organisation – which pulls together recent food and drink research from a variety of sources to explore the role of food and drink in the visitor experience – shows that Scottish Beef tops a list of Scottish food for its appeal, with 60% of consumers surveyed preferring beef over Scottish salmon (51%), porridge oats (40%), haggis (27%) and berries (27%).
The research also reveals that almost 6 in 10 consumers (57%) most look forward to having tea at a local café, while 56% said that eating fish and chips outside particularly appealed to them during a holiday. Continue reading Scottish beef more popular than haggis, salmon
December 22 (TravelAndy): Hong Kong has announced the withdrawal of visa-free entry for Indian nationals, with effect from January 23, 2017, said the official website of the immigration department of Hong Kong.
Indian travelers will now have to apply for a pre-arrival registration, which can be completed online, in order to enter Hong Kong.
“Indian nationals must apply for and successfully complete pre-arrival registration online before they can visit or transit the HKSAR visa-free (if seeking to enter the HKSAR during transit). Pre-arrival registration is not required for Indian nationals in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area,” the department said. Continue reading Hong Kong stops visa-free entry for Indians
Of all Indians who have been outside the country for travel — not work but travel — a very large percentage has been to Thailand.
The reasons for this are not hard to understand. Bangkok is only a few hours away — almost always a direct flight — and the country is not that costly and this works well for India’s middle class looking to travel abroad.
I believe there’s a second Bangkok waiting for Indians to explore, and that, for better or for worse, is Bali. Continue reading Bali is set to become the next Bangkok for Indians
May 11 (TravelAndy): The state government in India’s Uttar Pradesh state is planning to introduce a law that will make harassing tourists a punishable offence, said The Asian Age.
Tourists, especially foreigners, are often bothered by tourist guides, beggars and autorickshaw drivers among other people in and around tourist spots. The government wants to put an end to this because it feels this reflects badly on the image of the state.
“Foreign tourists, in particular, are not used to such behaviour and get upset about it. We have received feedback about this and are work towards solving the problem,” the report quoted a government official as saying. Continue reading Law against tourist harass on cards
Not very long ago, there was this group of pictures widely shared on social media. It was a travel company that made them and shared them initially on their Facebook page. These guys differentiated between a tourist and a traveller and sought to emphasise how they helped you explore a place like a traveller and not a tourist.
Not surprisingly, with this craze in people to be a traveller and not a tourist, the pictures were quite a hit and were shared many times. Continue reading The tourist-traveller fight makes no sense
August 21 (TravelAndy): The tourism industry in Bangkok is feeling the heat in the wake of the deadly bombing in the Thai capital on August 17 that killed 20 people and wounded around 130.
Security has been tightened in the city which has started to see a large number of booking cancellations by jittery tourists.
Tour and hotel room bookings are down by five per cent, reported Bangkok Post, but people associated with the tourism industry say the real impact will be clear over the next week or two. Continue reading Bangkok tourism feels blast heat