Kerala introduces a cost-effective luxury cruise from Kochi to Dubai, priced at only a third of airfare

Kerala introduces a cost-effective luxury cruise from Kochi to Dubai, priced at only a third of airfare

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Published on January 1, 2024

Kerala's enchanting coastal town of Beypore is gearing up to embark on a new chapter in tourism as cruise ships are set to grace its waters starting next year. Finance Minister KN Balagopal shared this exciting development, revealing that additional funds have been allocated for dredging at the port to facilitate this maritime venture. The initiative aligns with the broader vision of boosting Kerala's tourism, particularly focusing on the development of Malabar tourism.

Minister Balagopal disclosed that the dredging funds aim to increase the river's depth at the port, preparing the way for cruise ships to commence their journeys. The inaugural cruise ships are expected to be domestic, capable of accommodating 300 to 500 passengers. This move is anticipated to be a game-changer for Kerala's tourism, attracting more visitors to the annual Beypore International Water Fest (BIWF).


"The cruise ships will play a crucial role in enhancing tourism in the state, and we anticipate a surge in attendance at the BIWF," remarked Minister Balagopal. He further outlined plans under the SagarMala scheme, detailing the construction of significant roads and the renovation of the wharf at Beypore port.

Speaking at the inauguration of the third edition of the four-day Beypore International Water Fest (BIWF) at Beypore Marina Beach, Minister of General Education V Sivankutty expressed delight at the festival's global popularity. Balagopal, Sivankutty, and Tourism Minister PA Mohamed Riyas jointly inaugurated the event, a vibrant celebration of water sports and entertainment held ahead of the New Year.

Minister Riyas emphasized that the BIWF was conceptualized to boost Kerala tourism, particularly in the development of Malabar tourism. He highlighted how the festival not only fosters harmony and unity among people but has also successfully attracted tourists from other states and abroad.

Beypore, with its historical significance as a maritime trade link with West Asia, is poised to reclaim its position as a bustling port. The town's strategic location, just six kilometers south of Kozhikode, adds to its allure as a potential hub for maritime tourism.

The BIWF, organized by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the District Administration and District Tourism Promotion Council, promises a diverse array of cultural programs, a mega food festival, adventure sports activities, and the Responsible Tourism and Textile Art Festival. International participants from Turkey, Vietnam, Oman, France, and New Zealand are set to join the festivities, making the BIWF a global celebration of water, culture, and unity.

As Beypore sets sail into a new era of tourism, the cruise ships will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in enhancing Kerala's allure as a vibrant and diverse tourist destination.'s Global 3.3 Sale Hits Record High in Asia and Europe's Global 3.3 Sale Hits Record High in Asia and Europe

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 1, 2024

In the world of online shopping, double-date promotions like Black Friday and Double 11 have become hotspots for bargain hunters globally. Following this trend,'s March 3.3 sale has carved its own niche, especially in the travel sector, capturing significant attention across Asia and Europe. This year's campaign not only continued the momentum but also set new records in terms of gross merchandise value (GMV) and mobile app downloads.

With over 700 million impressions and a considerable year-over-year traffic increase, the 3.3 mega sale showcased its growing popularity and the public's eagerness for travel deals. Markets across the APAC region and Europe saw robust sales, with Japan standing out for its exceptional performance.

One of the most notable achievements of this year's event was the surge in app downloads. The app secured the top spot in the free travel app rankings on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in several key markets, including Hong Kong SAR, South Korea, and Singapore.


Schubert Lou, COO of, expressed immense pride in the success of the 3.3 Mega Sale, stating, "We are confident that our double-date promotions will continue to attract global customers who seek to travel in style and comfort with the best possible deals." He also highlighted the all-in-one app's growing popularity as evidence of's commitment to providing unbeatable deals on flights, hotels, and attractions worldwide.

The 3.3 sale is part of's broader strategy to engage customers through double-date promotions, including future dates like 7.7, 9.9, and 11.11. These events offer exclusive discounts and special offers, allowing consumers to enjoy unique travel experiences at reduced prices., a leading international one-stop travel service provider, offers an extensive network of over 1.2 million hotels and flights from more than 510 airlines, covering 3,400 airports in 220 countries and regions. With its world-class multilingual customer service, continues to "create the best travel experience" for millions of customers worldwide.

As forges ahead in the ever-evolving e-commerce landscape, the success of its double-date promotions signals more exciting deals for travellers in the future.

Bhutan Launches Druk Neykor for Spiritual Journeys

Bhutan Launches Druk Neykor for Spiritual Journeys

By Nishang Narayan

Published on March 29, 2024

The Department of Tourism in Bhutan has unveiled a new initiative called the Druk Neykor programme, designed to enrich the travel experience by guiding visitors through 108 sacred sites and monuments across the enchanting Himalayan kingdom. Aimed at travellers looking to dive deep into Bhutan’s spiritual essence and cultural heritage, the programme promises an immersive exploration unlike any other.

Starting in the capital city, Thimphu, the Druk Neykor programme features tours to 16 standout sites, such as the revered Wangditse Lhakhang, Tshelung Ney, and Talangkha Drugyel Goenpa. These sites are not just about spirituality; they also offer a chance to enjoy Bhutan’s stunning natural landscapes, whether you’re reaching them by road or through scenic hikes. Plus, with a range of accommodations from hotels to campsites, comfort is guaranteed for every traveller.


What sets Druk Neykor apart is its innovative passport system. As you visit each site, you collect stamps in your Druk Neykor passport, each one telling a story of Bhutan’s spiritual journey and cultural immersion. This tangible record of your travels is not only a personal memento but also a gateway to learning more about each site through QR codes that offer detailed histories and stories.

The programme is accessible through authorised Bhutanese Tour Operators, but adventurous souls can also explore these sites independently. From the iconic Tiger's Nest monastery perched on a cliff to the serene Dochula Pass, each stamp collected is a step deeper into Bhutan’s spiritual heart.


Dorji Dhradhul, Director General of the Department of Tourism-Bhutan, captures the essence of the initiative: “Druk Neykor merges Bhutan’s spiritual legacy with its natural beauty, offering a profound journey of discovery. We welcome travellers from all corners of the globe to join in this spiritual adventure, helping to celebrate and preserve the unique culture and pilgrimage traditions of Bhutan.”

Whether you’re a soul searcher, a culture enthusiast, or simply in love with the idea of a journey filled with meaning, the Druk Neykor programme invites you to experience Bhutan in a way that’s both deeply personal and universally connecting.

Indian Airlines Prep for Summer Surge with 24,275 Weekly Flights

Indian Airlines Prep for Summer Surge with 24,275 Weekly Flights

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on March 25, 2024

As summer approaches, Indian airlines are gearing up for an increase in flight operations, with a total of 24,275 weekly domestic flights set to take off starting March 31. This marks a nearly 6 percent rise compared to the previous year, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

During the summer schedule, which runs from March 31 to October 26, airlines will operate from 125 airports across the country. Notably, this includes the introduction of new airports such as Azamgarh, Aligarh, and Chitrakoot.

Leading carriers like IndiGo, Air India, and Vistara are set to expand their operations, while SpiceJet plans a slight reduction in departures. Additionally, international connections will extend to 37 countries from 27 domestic airports, reflecting a 5.1 percent rise in weekly international flights.


Despite ongoing challenges in the aviation sector, including supply chain disruptions and engine issues, airlines remain optimistic about meeting the growing demand for air travel. Akasa Air's forthcoming international operations are anticipated to further enhance connectivity, subject to regulatory approvals.

With the increase in flight frequencies and expansion of airport networks, travelers can expect improved accessibility and convenience during the upcoming summer season. As the aviation industry adapts to evolving market dynamics, the focus remains on ensuring a seamless travel experience for passengers across the country.

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