September 1 (TravelAndy): The Indian government plans to roll back the hike in e-visa fees, The Hindu Business Line reported.
“So far, we have done a great job by introducing e-visa. However, all the gains that we have achieved from this, I think we are negating some of those by increasing the e-visa fee,” the report quoted Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, as saying.
In June, India had increased the e-visa fee from USD50 to USD80. The fee for US and UK passport holders was increased to USD100. The bulk of foreign tourists come to India from the US and UK. Continue reading India plans e-visa fee roll back: Report
July 23 (TravelAndy): Beacon in New York state has topped Budget Travel‘s list of 10 coolest small towns in the US in 2018.
All the towns in the list has population under 20,000.
“Beacon is a vibrant, forward-thinking little city in Dutchess County, New York, an easy day trip or weekend escape from New York City,” the article says.
Stating that the town has since long been a manufacturing centre, especially for casting works and other big metal works, the article says, “These days, a new generation of makers calls Beacon home, including the artisans at Zora Dora’s gourmet handmade paletas (popsicles), the craft brewers at Hudson Valley Brewery, bakers at Glazed Over Donuts, the knitters at Loopy Mango boutique, and the mixologists and chefs at the Roundhouse and other excellent eateries ranging from tacos to BBQ to upscale comfort food.” Continue reading Beacon, NY, tops list of coolest American small towns
July 3 (TravelAndy): China has asked its citizens to be aware of the problems of travel in the US through a notification.
In the notification issued by the embassy of China in the US, the citizens have been reminded of the high health care costs, security issues and possible discrimination that they could face while traveling in the US during the Chinese summer vacations.
Issued in Chinese, the notification advises tourists to arrange adequate insurance and medical coverage for their travels. Continue reading Frequent shooting, robbery & thefts in US: China
June 12 (TravelAndy): China’s tourism department organised a photo exhibition at Harvard University over the weekend to attract visitors to the country.
According to a Xinhua report, the exhibition — organised by the China National Tourist Office in New York as part of the 39th Boston Dragon Boat Festival on June 9 and 10 — displayed more than 30 photographs of tourist destinations across China.
The exhibition was part of the tourism department’s ‘Bringing China Tourism to American Universities’ campaign. Continue reading China woos US tourists with photo exhibition
March 26 (TravelAndy): Emirates has announced to introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US.
Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight. The devices will be carefully packed into boxes, loaded into the aircraft hold, and returned to the customer at their US destination. There will not be any charge for this service.
Passengers on US-bound flights starting their journeys in Dubai are encouraged to pack their electronic devices into their check-in luggage in the first instance, to avoid delays. Continue reading Laptop, tablet handling for Emirates US flights
January 25 (Travelandy): AirAsia X, AirAsia’s long-haul, low-cost sister airline, has got clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to fly to the US, the airline said in a statement.
The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US.
AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route expansion plans. Continue reading AirAsia X cleared to fly to USA
August 20 (TravelAndy): Following the fresh outbreak of Zika virus in Florida’s popular beach destination Miami, the Centre for Disease Control in the American state issued a travel advisory on Friday.
The advisory warns pregnant women and their sexual partners from travelling to Miami.
“Tourism is a driving force of our economy and this industry has the full support of our state in the fight against the Zika virus,” said Florida governor Rick Scott. Continue reading Zika advisory for Miami tourists
June 24 (TravelAndy): Adventure enthusiasts in the US can now go rock climbing at the Breaks Interstate Park in Kentucky.
Breaks Interstate Park, located inside Jefferson National Forest, situated between the states of Kentucky and Virginia, has recently opened as an official rock climbing sport.
With all required approvals, the park is ready to welcome climbers. The park, with its canyon bordered by sandstone walls, is slated to be a hit among enthusiasts. Continue reading US: Breaks park welcomes rock climbers
January 27 (TravelAndy): In a bid to attract Indian tourists, the US state of Nevada has decided to open their tourism office in India’s capital New Delhi, said reports.
“Opening an office in India will provide Nevada with greater opportunities to promote international travel and tourism to our state,” said Nevada Lieutenant governor, Thomas Hutchinson.
With the tourist hotspot Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the most travelled states of the US. However, with the upcoming tourism office in New Delhi, Nevada seeks to introduce Indians to many other off beat destinations of the state, which include untouched mountains, adventure sites, cowboy trails and others. Continue reading Nevada to open tourism office in New Delhi
September 28 (TravelAndy): India’s flagship carrier Air India has announced a non-stop flight from New Delhi to San Francisco on the US west coast from December 2.
“We are launching a direct non-stop flight to the San Francisco on December 2 as there was a demand for it,” DNA quoted Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani as saying.
Lohani reportedly made the announcement at an event to celebrate World Tourism Day yesterday. Continue reading Air India to fly Delhi-San Francisco
August 5 (TravelAndy): United Airlines has decided to restore year-round flight services between Belfast in Ireland and New York, from 2016.
This will mark the only direct air link between Northern Ireland and the US.
This route between Belfast airport and Newark Liberty airport in New York existed previously. The services were temporarily stopped between January 6 and March 31, 2015. Continue reading United Airlines resumes Belfast-NY flight
June 12 (TravelAndy): India’s flagship airline Air India is seeking to have all immigration, customs and agriculture requirements for US-bound passengers at the Delhi and Mumbai airports, reports said.
If this works out, passengers will be able to simply collect their bags and walk off like domestic fliers after landing in the US.
This facility is already available at the airports in Dublin and Abu Dhabi.