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The Great Indian camel safari

The Great Indian camel safari

By Hector Dsouza, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - “Camel trips, as I suspected all along, and as I was about to have confirmed, do not begin or end: they merely change form.” - Robyn Davidson

Sri Lanka Tourism sees online bookings exploding

Sri Lanka Tourism sees online bookings exploding

On the backdrop of 2014 registering 15.1 mn guest nights with tourism receipts recording $2.2 billion, the informal sector is coming out at a staggering 7.3 mn guest nights said the Chairman Sri ...

Psychometric tests may become mandatory for Indian pilots

Psychometric tests may become mandatory for Indian pilots

NEW DELHI, India - The Directorate General of Civil Aviation may make it mandatory for airlines to conduct psychometric tests on pilots during recruitment and at regular intervals after hiring ...

No tourist deaths in 1200 death toll due to heat wave

No tourist deaths in 1200 death toll due to heat wave

KARACHI, Pakistan – Even though the devastating heatwave that struck Sindh last weekend is slowly subsiding, still it continues to claim lives across the province especially in Karachi.

Maldives: Archipelago of sustainable tourism leaders

Maldives: Archipelago of sustainable tourism leaders

LOS ANGELES, California - The Republic of Maldives, an island nation consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls, is recognized as an iconic vacation destination.

May Day! Emirates A380 pilot declares emergency on EK 413 Sydney - Dubai

May Day! Emirates A380 pilot declares emergency on EK 413 Sydney - Dubai

The pilot flying the Emirates A380 jet radioed: "Colombo Center: May day, may day." After he sent this distress call, all emergency procedures were put in place on EK413.

Maldives luxury resort starts coral reef monitoring project

Maldives luxury resort starts coral reef monitoring project

In line with the continuous effort to safeguard the biodiversity and resilience of coral reefs throughout the South Ari Atoll, LUX Maldives is happy to announce that its Marine Biologist Center ...

Mumbai ranked fifth most budget-friendly city in the world

Mumbai ranked fifth most budget-friendly city in the world

MUMBAI, India - A survey by a leading travel portal has ranked Mumbai the fifth most budget-friendly city in the world, after Hanoi, Warsaw, Sharm el Sheikh and Bangkok.

India: No collecting of tourists’ biometrics on arrival

India: No collecting of tourists’ biometrics on arrival

NEW DELHI, India - India's Home Ministry has overruled the demand of External Affairs Ministry, which requested that biometrics of tourists visiting India be collected once they have arrived in ...

Maldives’ most romantic resort

5 Star rated by eTN: Baros Maldives Resort Maldives’ most romantic resort

By Juergen T. Steinmetz, eTN Publisher

I recently had the chance to spend (only) two rainy nights at the Baros Maldives Resort.

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has big plans that include private sector

Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Rohantha Athukorala on private sector inclusion Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has big plans that include private sector

"The private sector must have patience for another 3-4 months given that we have waited 6 years," these are the words of the Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Rohantha Athukorala.

Interview with Sinead O’Reilly, GM of Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts gives a definete YES for tourism in Nepal Interview with Sinead O’Reilly, GM of Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

eTN, in cooperation with Pankaj Pradhananga, President of the new Himalayan Chapter of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) has been working with local leaders in the travel and ...

At least 140 people killed by heat wave in Pakistan

At least 140 people killed by heat wave in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan - A heat wave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 140 people, health officials said on Sunday.

Modi's yoga drive targets bad habits, bulging bellies in India's capital

Modi's yoga drive targets bad habits, bulging bellies in India's capital

NEW DELHI, India - On a sticky morning last week, Deputy Commissioner Chandra Shekhar Sahukar of India’s Agriculture Ministry (animal husbandry department, small ruminant section) found himself ...

Cheap liquor in Mumbai, India, can be deadly - 92 died so far

Cheap liquor in Mumbai, India, can be deadly - 92 died so far

Traveling to Mumbai, India, and ordering inexpensive alcoholic drinks from a local bar could be deadly.

Fire kills ten hotel guests in India

Fire kills ten hotel guests in India

Ten people have been killed and 12 injured after a fire broke out at a hotel in Pratapgarh, near Allahabad in India.

Protecting Mother Nature’s holiday home

Insights into Tourism Branding Protecting Mother Nature’s holiday home

By Anita Mendiratta, CNN Task Group

How does one describe paradise in two words? Pure beauty? Perhaps - Idyllic environment? Indeed - Untouched awe? - Ocean oasis? - Lingering luxury? - Coral kingdom? - Palm-shaded playground?

Plane bursts into flames as horrified passengers look on

Plane bursts into flames as horrified passengers look on

AKTAU, Kazakhstan - This is the terrifying moment a commercial airliner bursts into flames moments before passengers were about to board.

Air India Delhi to Colombo triggers joint tourism promotion with Sri Lanka

Air India Delhi to Colombo triggers joint tourism promotion with Sri Lanka

In the backdrop of Indian arrivals to Sri Lanka clocking in a 38.2% growth in May and cumulative growth at 26.8% crossing the 119,593 arrivals barrier as of the end of May, Sri Lanka tourism met ...

Disaster plus disabilities: How four tourism stakeholders create positivity in Nepal

eTN, ICTP, the Nepal travel industry and students bring fun to a tourist group of disabled travelers Disaster plus disabilities: How four tourism stakeholders create positivity in Nepal

The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP,) together with eTurboNews (eTN), Radisson Hotel Kathmandu, Four Seasons Travel, and a Nepalese student group called Passion to Travel, is ...

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala, caring for its culture and community

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala, caring for its culture and community

LOS ANGELES, California - The five-star spacious and luxurious Cinnamon Bey Beruwala is located at Beruwala in Sri Lanka.

India meetings industry: Unleashing the potential

India meetings industry: Unleashing the potential

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

The 8th Conventions India Conclave (CIC) will be held from August 7 to 9 at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, near Delhi. The theme of the conclave is “Unleashing the Potential.”

Starwood brings iconic St. Regis brand to Maldives

Starwood brings iconic St. Regis brand to Maldives

DHAALU ATOLL, Maldives - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc today announced the signing of an agreement with Residency Resorts Malé Private Limited, part of the Chennai-based leading ...

India tourism: Overnights please!

India tourism: Overnights please!

By Hector D’souza, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - The world over, countries realize the tremendous impact tourism has on their GDP growth and the economy at large.

South Korea worth 14 million travelers: A key market for Sri Lanka tourism

Sri Lanka: Visitors from South Korea increase 16.7% in May South Korea worth 14 million travelers: A key market for Sri Lanka tourism

15 leading travel and tourism professionals from Sri Lanka focused its efforts on a future development market of South Korea to promote Sri Lanka at the World Travel Fair - KOTFA 2015 staged in ...

Nepal tourism is back  after all heritage sites are re-opened, are they safe?

Nepal tourism is back after all heritage sites are re-opened, are they safe?

Nepal was devistated by a major earthquake recently. It destroyed a lot of the economic essential travel and tourism industry in this Himalayan locked country.

30 dangerous escaped animals on the loose in Georgia's capital city

30 dangerous escaped animals on the loose in Georgia's capital city

Georgia has not seen anything like this before in their capital city. These are not tourists on a sightseing trip, but wild, dangerous animals.

3rd annual MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress confirms official airline partner

3rd annual MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress confirms official airline partner

The 3rd annual MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress taking place in Mumbai, India, on July 30 and 31, 2015, has confirmed Emirates airline as the official airline partner for the event.

Pakistan banning NGOs, including “Save the Children”

Pakistan banning NGOs, including “Save the Children”

By Agha Iqrar Haroon

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan has decided to take stiff measures against domestic or international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are allegedly involved in working against the ...

New Chairman and Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation named

New Chairman and Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation named

Shri Umang Narula has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (C&MD) of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).

Two new cross-country bus routes link Bangladesh and India

Two new cross-country bus routes link Bangladesh and India

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a visit to Bangladesh and signed 22 agreements on various bilateral issues.

Maldives: Barefoot luxury – footprints in the sand

Tourist Destination Maldives Maldives: Barefoot luxury – footprints in the sand

By Andrew J. Wood

On the surface, my 2015 holiday choice looked like a Herculean challenge - a holiday destination for a two-week TOTALLY relaxing vacation. Preferably in Asia and no more than 6 hours from ...

University of Sri Jayewardenepura to be the think tank for Sri Lanka Tourism

University of Sri Jayewardenepura to be the think tank for Sri Lanka Tourism

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau announced that a formal MOU is been developed with the University of Sri Jayewardenepura- Marketing Management Unit for marketing research ...

Pakistan airport security goes modern

Pakistan airport security goes modern

LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistan has become the second country in Asia after China to have the facility of a modern security system at one of its international airports.

Weather could hamper travel and activities from India to Oman

Tropical Cyclone forming Weather could hamper travel and activities from India to Oman

Today, Sunday, June 7, 2015, a tropical cyclone is forming over warm ocean water in the seat off India’s west coast, as reported by AccuWeather.

Cleric: Imambaras are for religious purposes only, NOT for tourists

Cleric: Imambaras are for religious purposes only, NOT for tourists

LUCKNOW, India - Noted Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad has kicked up a controversy by saying the Bara Imambaras, popularly known as Bhool Bhulaiya and Chhota Imambara in Lucknow, are not meant for ...

New tourism cooperation: India-Vietnam

New tourism cooperation: India-Vietnam

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and The Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Mumbai, India, signed a historic MOU for a period of 5 years for promoting a ...

UNWTO meeting in Maldives ended on a rocky note

Maldives tourism is not only sand and beach, but music, culture and fun UNWTO meeting in Maldives ended on a rocky note

The 27th CAP-CSA Joing Meeting & Regional Ministerial Conference at the Bandos Island Resort in the Maldives ended on June 4 with a lively dinner performance of the best that the entertainment ...

New airport to be built in India

New airport to be built in India

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh, India, will be the latest addition to air connectivity in India.

Airbus consolidates its divisions in India

Airbus consolidates its divisions in India

NEW DELHI, India - Airbus Group has consolidated its divisions in India under Airbus Group India and taking responsibility of the new company as president is Pierre de Bausset, a 25-year veteran ...

Where silence speaks: Calamansi Cove by Jetwing

Where silence speaks: Calamansi Cove by Jetwing

COLOMBO - The latest addition to the Jetwing family of hotels, Calamansi Cove by Jetwing is located in the fishing village of Balapitiya along the South coast of Sri Lanka.

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana passionate about green practices

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana passionate about green practices

LOS ANGELES, California - The five-star Cinnamon Lodge Habarana in Sri Lanka is sprawled over 27 acres of lush forested land.

 Hear it from the horse's mouth: Travel and tourism in Nepal is now up and running

Travel industry leaders and in Nepal want foreign government travel warnings eliminated Hear it from the horse's mouth: Travel and tourism in Nepal is now up and running

By Pankaj Pradhananga, eTN Nepal

Want to help Nepal? Visit and spend money. Tour operators and travel agents worldwide should encourage clients to select Nepal as a travel destination of choice.

Transcript: Maldives Tourism Minister speaks out on irrefutable benefits of the tourism industry

Transcript: Maldives Tourism Minister speaks out on irrefutable benefits of the tourism industry

Welcome remarks were delivered by Maldives Honorable Minister of Tourism HE Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor at the Opening Ceremony of the 27th Joint Meeting of the two commissions in Asia-Pacific & ...

Transcript: Maldives president Gayoom on travel and tourism addresses UNWTO meeting

Transcript: Maldives president Gayoom on travel and tourism addresses UNWTO meeting

H.E, the president of the Republic of the Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom opened the 27th joint meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific, and the UNWTO Commission for ...

A singing tourism minister shows his support for the UNWTO Code of Ethics

Maldives tourism together with UNWTO and the private industry supports UNWTO code of ethics A singing tourism minister shows his support for the UNWTO Code of Ethics

At the Gala Dinner hosted for delegates attending the 27th joint meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific at the Bandos Island Resort and Spa in the Maldives on June 3, UNWTO ...

India government urges exploiting business and boosting tourism from inland waterways

India government urges exploiting business and boosting tourism from inland waterways

NEW DELHI, India - The government of India today urged industry to cash in on the business opportunities thrown up by its resolve to develop inland waterways which has emerged as the most ...

Tourists can enjoy a feast for the senses on International Day of Yoga

Tourists can enjoy a feast for the senses on International Day of Yoga

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

INDIA (eTN) - Rishikesh, in the Himalayas, in the state of Uttarakhand, has long enjoyed the status of being home to yoga, the Holy Ganga river, and meditation, as well as spa and spiritual ...

Pakistan metro bus service inauguration to streamline travel

Islamabad-Rawalpindi route Pakistan metro bus service inauguration to streamline travel

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, will inaugurate the much-awaited Rs44 billion Islamabad-Rawalpindi metro bus service on Thursday, aimed at provision of ...

St. Regis to debut in India with St. Regis Mumbai

St. Regis to debut in India with St. Regis Mumbai

GURGAON, India - St Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, today announced the debut of its iconic brand in India with the highly anticipated St Regis ...

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