The last time I was in Goa was in September, weeks before the tourist season set it. It’s so much better when you don’t have to jostle with the teeming tourists!
It’s easier to find a place at nice restaurants, easier to find a spot in the sea water to splash about in peace and easier to have an awesome trip while spending a fraction of what you would in the high season.
Now that March is here and the crazy crowds have disappeared, it’s time you planned a trip to Goa as well! Continue reading Low season is the perfect time to visit Goa
November 17 (TravelAndy): The recently-renovated Tomb of Gül Baba in Budapest is attracting a large number of visitors since its opening a little more than a month ago.
Thousands of tourists have visited the tomb of the Turkish dervish, who died in 1541 in Buda, the western side of the Danube River in Budapest, Hürriyet Daily News reported. His octagonal tomb was built between 1543 and 1548 in Rozsadomb (Rose Hill) on the Buda side of Budapest.
Gül Baba, Father of Roses, came to Hungary during the Turkish invasion, led by Suleiman I in the 16th century. Later, he was honoured as a holy man. Continue reading Gül Baba tomb in Budapest attracts thousands
October 29 (TravelAndy): The popular Boracay island in the Philippines reopened late last week after remaining closed for six months for rehabilitation.
However, only 19,000 tourists and 15,000 workers are allowed on the island on any given day. Also, only half of the island’s 12,000 hotel rooms will be allowed to open to ensure that only the desired number of visitors are on there at any given point, reports said.
“Let us treat the island as our home. Keep it clean and pristine. Don’t drink alcohol or smoke in the beach, don’t litter,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo- Puyat said in a message to tourists coming to Boracay. Continue reading Boracay island reopens for tourists after 6 months
October 29 (TravelAndy): The number of tourists who visited Kerala to see the Neelakurinji flower, which blooms once in 12 years, was much lower than expected and officials are blaming the devastating floods in the state earlier this year.
A total of 119,757 tourists visited the Eravikulam National Park near Munnar between September 1 and October 28 to witness the blooming flowers, said officials.
Reports said tourists are now moving to Kolukkumalai, where the flowers will remain for another two weeks. Continue reading Flower tourist numbers don’t meet expectations in Kerala
October 13 (TravelAndy): The popular tourist destination of Boracay will reopen on October 26 after remaining closed for six months for rehabilitation, reports said.
However, inly 19,000 tourists and 15,000 workers will be allowed on the island on any given day.
Moreover, only half of the island’s 12,000 hotel rooms will be allowed to open to ensure that only the desired number of visitors are on there at any given point, The Sun, quoting a government official, said.
Boracay, located in central Philippines, is known for its stunning beaches, water sports and nightlife. Around two millions tourists had visited the island last year. Continue reading Boracay in Philippines to reopen on October 26
October 9 (TravelAndy): Rohtang Pass, the popular tourist destination in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, was reopened for tourists on Monday, said reports.
The authorities had closed the pass following heavy snowfall last month.
Every day, only 1,200 vehicles — 800 petrol and 400 diesel ones — would be allowed entry to the top of Rohtang following the order of the country’s National Green Tribunal. Continue reading Snow cleared, Rohtang Pass reopens
September 23 (TravelAndy): The old Croatian town of Dubrovnik is bursting at its seams with swarms of tourists visiting the place every day to see the shooting locations of popular TV series Game of Thrones.
Several cruise ships anchor at the Unesco World Heritage Site on a daily basis and empty thousands of tourists on the streets of the town of 2,500 residents.
“It’s like living in the middle of Disneyland,” AP quotes a town resident. “We feel sorry for ourselves, but also for them (the tourists) because they can’t feel the town anymore because they are knocking into other tourists.” Continue reading Tourist deluge inundates Dubrovnik in Croatia
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