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PM Modi virtually launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission in New Delhi, (PTI Photo)

On World Tourism Day, PM Modi says hospitals and hospitality work in tandem

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 02:41 PM IST
PM Modi's comments came on World Tourism Day, which is observed to stress the potential of tourism and raise awareness of its importance in affecting the international community’s social, cultural, political and economic values. 
Pokhara gets travel boost as envoys from 10 countries visit Nepal's tourist hub(Twitter/AirBuddha)
Pokhara gets travel boost as envoys from 10 countries visit Nepal's tourist hub(Twitter/AirBuddha)

Pokhara gets travel boost as envoys from 10 countries visit Nepal's tourist hub

PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 01:09 PM IST
The envoys from Bangladesh, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and UAE arrived in Pokhara to participate in several adventures like hiking, boating and flying ultra-light aircraft to boost Nepal tourism
The Marina Bay area of Singapore. Daily infection levels have been ticking higher since the Singaporean government signalled a shift in its Covid strategy, from wiping out all cases to accepting the virus is endemic. (Ore Huiying/Bloomberg)
The Marina Bay area of Singapore. Daily infection levels have been ticking higher since the Singaporean government signalled a shift in its Covid strategy, from wiping out all cases to accepting the virus is endemic. (Ore Huiying/Bloomberg)

Singapore set on reopening despite new Covid-19 travel curbs

Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 12:51 PM IST
Singapore authorities announce tighter travel restrictions to help curb a surge in Covid-19 cases that have been hitting new highs. These measures include making work-from-home the default and cutting the number of people who can meet in restaurants and other social settings to two.
World Tourism Day 2021: Best images, quotes, messages to share on Facebook and WhatsApp
World Tourism Day 2021: Best images, quotes, messages to share on Facebook and WhatsApp

World Tourism Day 2021: Best images, quotes to share on Facebook and WhatsApp

By Krishna Priya Pallavi, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 09:42 AM IST
  • World Tourism Day 2021: Here are some best images, quotes, and messages that will ignite your passion for exploring different cultures and travelling the world. 
World Tourism Day 2021: Know all about its date, history, significance and theme(Photo by Charlotte Noelle on Unsplash)
World Tourism Day 2021: Know all about its date, history, significance and theme(Photo by Charlotte Noelle on Unsplash)

World Tourism Day 2021: Know all about its date, history, significance and theme

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Zarafshan Shiraz, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 09:03 PM IST
  • World Tourism Day 2021: Here's all you need to know about the date when this United Nations day is commemorated, its history, significance and theme this year
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel felicitated winners of Gujarat Travel and Tourism Award 2021 in 26 categories among 519 participants.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel felicitated winners of Gujarat Travel and Tourism Award 2021 in 26 categories among 519 participants.

Gujarat CM felicitates winners of Gujarat Travel and Tourism Award 2021

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Parmita Uniyal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 07:41 PM IST
  • Claiming that Gujarat is the only state in India with maximum variety of tourism spots in the country, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Sunday called for making the state an all-round tourism hub.
Srinagar airport likely to resume international flight services(Shutterstock Image)
Srinagar airport likely to resume international flight services(Shutterstock Image)

Srinagar airport likely to resume international flight services

PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Srinagar
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 12:53 PM IST
In a historic decision for Jammu and Kashmir, the first international flight connection from Srinagar to Sharjah (in the United Arad Emirates) will be started soon as efforts are on so that international travellers come directly to Srinagar. 
Air Canada will resuming its flights from India from September 27 (Monday) under the new Covid-19 norms. (File Photo / HT)
Air Canada will resuming its flights from India from September 27 (Monday) under the new Covid-19 norms. (File Photo / HT)

Canada lifts ban on passenger flights from India; check latest guidelines here

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 11:12 AM IST
Passengers from India can now travel to Canada albeit with a few precautionary measures, which include having a negative Covid-19 test report from an approved laboratory.
In a bid to revive its struggling tourism industry, the Nepal government has done away with its seven-day mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for foreign tourists and resumed issuing visas on arrival to vaccinated travellers.(Unsplash)
In a bid to revive its struggling tourism industry, the Nepal government has done away with its seven-day mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for foreign tourists and resumed issuing visas on arrival to vaccinated travellers.(Unsplash)

Nepal resumes visa on arrival for foreign tourists in bid to revive tourism

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2021 09:59 PM IST
  • In a notice on Thursday, the Immigration Department of Nepal said foreign travellers to Nepal can obtain visas on arrival if the applicants have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days in advance.
US economy may boost as international travel restrictions lift in November(Representative Image)
US economy may boost as international travel restrictions lift in November(Representative Image)

US economy may boost as international travel restrictions lift in November

Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 08:36 AM IST
Lifting of the international travel restrictions in early November is expected to boost the US economy, especially for tourist destinations like New York and for business travel
Thailand seeks to reduce quarantine period for visitors.(Unsplash)
Thailand seeks to reduce quarantine period for visitors.(Unsplash)

Thailand seeks to reduce quarantine period for visitors

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 03:46 PM IST
  • Thailand is keen to welcome back foreign visitors, after nearly 18 months of strict entry policies caused a collapse in tourism, a key sector that drew 40 million visitors in 2019.
Each vendor may be given an opportunity to sell her goods twice a week on a rotational basis. (HT Photo)
Each vendor may be given an opportunity to sell her goods twice a week on a rotational basis. (HT Photo)

Manipur’s iconic all-women market to reopen after 5 months

UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 10:04 AM IST
The vendors sit as per arrangement for each elevated platform to ensure that they maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet.
Panama to cash in on vaccine tourism after more than 70% locals get shots(Photo by Gustavo Sobreira on Unsplash)
Panama to cash in on vaccine tourism after more than 70% locals get shots(Photo by Gustavo Sobreira on Unsplash)

Panama to cash in on vaccine tourism after more than 70% locals get shots

Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 07:47 AM IST
Panama plans to open for tourists and offer them vaccines as more than 70% of the population is expected to have two vaccines by next month. Panama initially lagged peers in its vaccination drive but is now among the regional leaders with 56% of its population fully vaccinated
Malaysia will resume interstate travel to help revive domestic tourism once 90% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.(Unsplash)
Malaysia will resume interstate travel to help revive domestic tourism once 90% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.(Unsplash)

Malaysia to resume interstate travel once 90% adults are fully vaccinated

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2021 09:22 PM IST
  • Zoos, aquariums, scuba diving and wellness centers will open from Oct. 1, with the requirement for operators and visitors to have completed both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a statement on Wednesday.
Weaving mindfulness and spirituality into the fabric of travel makes spiritual tourism much sought after among youngsters in the post-pandemic world (Photos:Shutterstock)
Weaving mindfulness and spirituality into the fabric of travel makes spiritual tourism much sought after among youngsters in the post-pandemic world (Photos:Shutterstock)

Soulful, enlightening and transcendental: The rise of spiritual tourism

PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2021 03:45 PM IST
Weaving mindfulness and spirituality into the fabric of travel makes spiritual tourism much sought after among youngsters in the post-pandemic world
The United Kingdon has included Covishield in its list of approved vaccines but more clarity is awaited on whether the UK will accept Co-Win certificate or not. (AP)
The United Kingdon has included Covishield in its list of approved vaccines but more clarity is awaited on whether the UK will accept Co-Win certificate or not. (AP)

Travelling to UK? Know latest rules on Covishield, quarantine

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2021 02:53 PM IST
The United Kingdom has recognised Covishield but the UK government said it is working with the Indian government regarding Co-Win certificate.
A file photo of Air Canada planes parked at Toronto Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. An ongoing ban due to Covid-19 on India-Canada direct flights is likely to be lifted on September 27. (REUTERS)
A file photo of Air Canada planes parked at Toronto Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. An ongoing ban due to Covid-19 on India-Canada direct flights is likely to be lifted on September 27. (REUTERS)

Covid-19: Direct passenger flights from India to Canada may resume on Sept 27

UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2021 11:02 AM IST
An India-Canada flight ban, in place due to Covid-19, would be lifted only on the basis of the overall outcome of Covid-19 tests conducted on arrival in Canada on passengers travelling from New Delhi on three flights on Wednesday
Kovalam is one of the most internationally renowned beaches in India (Photo via Keralatourism.org)
Kovalam is one of the most internationally renowned beaches in India (Photo via Keralatourism.org)

Two more beaches in India awarded prestigious ‘Blue Flag’ tag, details here

PTI |
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2021 11:39 AM IST
Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded on the basis of 33 stringent criteria in four major heads which are environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environmental management, and conservation and safety and services in the beaches.
Devkund Waterfall (Photo: Shutterstock)
Devkund Waterfall (Photo: Shutterstock)

Pack your backpack and go trekking!

By Ananya Raghavan
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2021 09:13 PM IST
With monsoons still around and the pandemic situation getting better, it’s time to put on your shoes and check out these scenic trails in Maharashtra
Thailand desperate for tourists following Covid slump(@picture alliance/dpa)
Thailand desperate for tourists following Covid slump(@picture alliance/dpa)

Thailand desperate for tourists following Covid-19 slump

By Deutsche Welle
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 04:11 PM IST
  • Thailand's tourism industry is reeling from the pandemic and officials want to open more destinations to tourists, despite rising Covid-19 cases.
Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, handled some 40% less passenger traffic in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year but it sees doubling of visitors in 2022 as travel curbs ease(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, handled some 40% less passenger traffic in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year but it sees doubling of visitors in 2022 as travel curbs ease(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Dubai airports see visitors spike in 2022, easing of Covid-19 curbs boost travel

Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2021 01:25 PM IST
The lifting of Covid-19 travel curbs between Dubai and countries such as the UK, US and Saudi Arabia will have a ‘massive impact’ on the Gulf state, with about 27 million people passing through this year alone
US to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated air travellers from India, read details here(AFP)
US to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated air travellers from India, read details here(AFP)

US to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated air travellers from India

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 07:36 AM IST
  • The White House announced on Monday that the United States will be reopening in November for fully vaccinated air travellers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe.
Currently only US citizens, residents and foreigners with special visas are allowed to enter the United States from most European countries.(Reuters)
Currently only US citizens, residents and foreigners with special visas are allowed to enter the United States from most European countries.(Reuters)

US to lift Covid travel ban for vaccinated EU, UK passengers: Reports

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2021 08:34 PM IST
The easing of travel restrictions, imposed by Donald Trump as the Covid-19 pandemic first erupted, would mark a significant shift by President Joe Biden at a time of strained relations with European allies.
Austria will require people using ski lifts and cable cars this winter to be vaccinated against Covid-19, to have recovered recently from an infection or to have tested negative and will have to wear full medical N95-type masks. Austrian authorities don’t plan capacity limits or distancing rules for lifts and cable cars in the upcoming ski season.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
Austria will require people using ski lifts and cable cars this winter to be vaccinated against Covid-19, to have recovered recently from an infection or to have tested negative and will have to wear full medical N95-type masks. Austrian authorities don’t plan capacity limits or distancing rules for lifts and cable cars in the upcoming ski season.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Austria will require face masks, Covid-19 passes for ski lifts this winter

Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Vienna
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 08:30 PM IST
Austria will allow foreign visitors to ski in winter holidays but skiers will have to wear face masks on enclosed ski lifts and show they have been vaccinated, tested or have recovered from Covid-19 when they book a ticket
Representational Image. (Shutterstock)
Representational Image. (Shutterstock)

Goa tourism industry seeks SOPs before lifting of ban on foreign tourists

By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 08:33 PM IST
The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa submitted a memorandum to Union minister of tourism and culture G Kishan Reddy seeking a resumption of charter flights -- which bring a bulk of the foreign tourists to Goa -- beginning October 1 even if it is via reciprocal bubble arrangement with countries
People wearing raincoats and carrying umbrellas walk through a plaza near the entrance of Universal Studios Beijing in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Thousands of people brave the rain visit to the newest location of the global brand of theme parks which officially opens on Monday.(AP Photo/Andy Wong)
People wearing raincoats and carrying umbrellas walk through a plaza near the entrance of Universal Studios Beijing in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Thousands of people brave the rain visit to the newest location of the global brand of theme parks which officially opens on Monday.(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Universal Studios Beijing draws eager crowd as it reopens after two-decade wait

Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Beijing
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 12:41 PM IST
Universal Studios Beijing resort will be US-based Universal's largest and its fifth globally. It is also a first for Beijing, which lacks a big branded theme park to rival the Disney resorts in Shanghai and Hong Kong. 
Amid a decline in Covid cases in the country, India may soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years, officials said.(Unsplash)
Amid a decline in Covid cases in the country, India may soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years, officials said.(Unsplash)

Foreign tourists may be allowed to visit India soon in attempt to revive tourism

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2021 04:42 PM IST
  • First five lakh foreign tourists will be issued visas free of cost in an attempt to revive the tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020 when a nationwide lockdown was announced.
IRCTC starts special Deluxe AC tourist train for Char Dham Yatra(Twitter/IRCTCofficial)
IRCTC starts special Deluxe AC tourist train for Char Dham Yatra(Twitter/IRCTCofficial)

IRCTC starts special Deluxe AC tourist train for Char Dham Yatra

ANI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi [india]
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:30 AM IST
IRCTC's special Deluxe AC tourist train for Char Dham Yatra by 'Dekho Apna Desh' has a host of astounding features including two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom functions, foot massager.
The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashes down in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule off the coast of Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA(SpaceX/Handout via REUTERS)
The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashes down in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule off the coast of Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA(SpaceX/Handout via REUTERS)

SpaceX's trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown in the Atlantic

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:03 AM IST
  • SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where the chartered flight began three days earlier. The all-amateur crew was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut.
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