September 17 (TravelAndy): Indian Army and air force airlifted to safety around 100 people, including several tourists, stranded in north Sikkim because of incessant rain and landslides, reports said.
“The police department has evacuated all the stranded tourists from Mangan town and temporary bridges has been built by the forest department,” said a government statement.
“The (North Sikkim) district administration is carrying out a detailed assessment of the damages and aiming to restore normalcy as soon as possible. The men and machines of Border Roads Organization has been engaged to restore road connectivity for Mangan and Chungthang.” Continue reading Army evacuates tourists from landslide-hit SIkkim
August 5 (Notintown.net): Even as four eagles fitted with cameras have been circling over Vienna capturing breathtaking images of the Austrian capital, on the ground the city has hosted 7.2 million travellers in January-June 2018 – a 4.1 per cent increase in tourist arrivals over the same period last year.
There was a 4.3 per cent rise in Indian tourists to Vienna this year with 66,828 bed nights clocked by them in the first six months. India is one of the high growth tourist markets for Vienna along with China and Russia.
Last year in the same period, 64,075 Indians winged their way to Vienna. Continue reading Vienna through the eyes of four eagles
July 30 (TravelAndy): At least two trails up Mt Rinjani at Lombok island in Indonesia have become impassable following the Sunday morning earthquake in the popular tourist spot.
The 6.4 earthquake was followed by more than 60 aftershocks.
The tremour has left at least 14 dead and hundreds of hikers are stranded on Mt Rinjani, said reports. Lombok is located 40km east of Bali.
Mt Rinjani has now been closed for hiking. Continue reading Hundreds of hikers stranded on Mt Rinjani after quake
July 16 (TravelAndy): A scheme by the Indian government to provide free SIM cards to foreign tourists has been stopped, reports said.
The government feels the facility is “unnecessary” in the age of social media widely available Wi-Fi.
India will however, continue to run the 24X7 Tourist Helpline 1800111363 in 12 languages. Continue reading No free SIM cards for foreign tourists to India
June 24 (TravelAndy): A total of 12,000 tourists from China visited Tunisia till May this year, a 56.8 per cent rise as compared to the number last year, said Xinhua, citing Tunisia tourism ministry figures.
Holidaymakers are returning to Tunisia three years after two terrorist attacks hit the industry hard. Around 2.3 million tourists visited Tunisia between January 1 to May 20, 2018, an increase of 21.8 per cent from the same period last year.
Chinese tourists are travelling to the country either as part of group tours or as self-guided travellers. Continue reading China push to Tunisia tourism revival
June 20 (TravelAndy): Holidaymakers are returning to Tunisia three years after two terrorist attacks hit the industry hard.
Around 2.3 million tourists visited Tunisia between January 1 to May 20, 2018, an increase of 21.8 per cent from the same period last year, said The New Arab referring to government figures.
“We aim to receive eight million tourists this year with strong booking rates from European customers and other new customers,” tourism minister Salma Loumi had said in February. Continue reading Tunisia tourism industry in recovery mode
June 18 (TravelAndy): The troubled north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir organised a familiarization trip for five foreign travel writers earlier this month, Greater Kashmir reported.
The writers from Australia and the UK visited Leh and Srinagar during their trip.
At the end of their trip, the visitors met the state’s tourism minister who told them about the wonderful experiences that the mountainous state had to offer. They were also made aware of the steps the authorities were taking to ensure safety of tourists. Continue reading Trouble-torn Kashmir seeks to attract foreign tourists
June 10 (TravelAndy): Tourism Ireland aims to increase the number of the Chinese visitors to the island to 175,000 by the year 2025, Xinhua reported.
“China is the largest outbound travel market in the world and one that Tourism Ireland is committed to growing over the coming years,” the report quoted James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s China manager, as saying.
Hainan Airlines will launch a direct Beijing-Dublin flight service starting on June 12. This is the first direct flight ever to be launched between the Chinese mainland and Ireland. Continue reading Ireland woos tourists from China
February 26 (TravelAndy): The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) has announced that visits to its member sites rose dramatically in 2017, the fourth year running that an increase in numbers has been recorded.
ASVA, which represents the interests of the key visitor attractions sector in Scotland, has over 450 members comprising some of Scotland’s most popular and iconic castles, galleries, museums, historic houses, heritage sites, wildlife parks, gardens and leisure attractions.
Analysis of statistics submitted by 232 of the organisation’s member sites for its annual ‘Visitor Trends Report’ confirms that over 30 million visits were made to those sites in Scotland in 2017, a rise of 9.7% over 2016 figures. The increase comes on top of a 6% rise in 2016, which itself followed a 3.4% rise in 2015, confirming once again that visitor attractions in Scotland are enjoying a period of sustained growth. Continue reading 2017: Great year for Scotland tourism
February 24 (TravelAndy): Indonesia intends to promote 10 new tourist destinations as “the new Bali”, the South China Morning Post said.
The beautiful beaches and picturesque rice fields attract millions of tourists to Bali every year and Indonesia intends to cash in on the island’s popularity through this tourism promotion exercise. (ALSO READ: My 2016 prediction on Bali is coming true now)
Indonesia, which is looking to increase it’s tourism revenue from 4 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2014 to 20 per cent in 2019, is looking at China to be its major investor in this initiative. Chinese tourists outnumbered Australians for the first time in Indonesia in 2017 and the archipelago nation expects this trend to continue. Continue reading Indonesia to promote 10 ‘new Balis’
February 22 (TravelAndy): International tourists are returning to Tunisia after a lull since the 2015 terrorist attacks that killed 60 visitors.
“We aim to receive eight million tourists this year with strong booking rates from European customers and other new customers,” reports quoted the country’s tourism minister Salma Loumi as saying. “The return of British tourist is very good signal for us.”
In 2015, a gun attack on a Sousse beach left 39 tourist dead and another attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis that killed 21. The country’s tourism sector took a big hit after that as major European tour operators withdrew their tours. Continue reading Fears abate, tourists return to Tunisia
November 15 (TravelAndy): Millennials are set to be the driving force of growth in Chinese travel to Scotland, it has been revealed.
Chinese visitor numbers to the UK are expected to rise by almost half, from 260,000 to 384,000, over the next five years, VisitBritain predicts. Scotland currently accounts for almost a fifth (17%) of all Chinese visitors to the UK.
The rise in visitors from China to Scotland and the UK is expected to be driven by the young adult traveller. Research shows that the average age of Chinese visitors to the UK is younger than the average age of all inbound travellers. In 2016, half of Chinese visitors to the UK were aged between 25 and 44. Continue reading UK expects surge in Chinese tourists