Kerala Elevates Tourism Experience: Introducing Sky Escapes and International Adventures

Kerala Elevates Tourism Experience: Introducing Sky Escapes and International Adventures

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Published on January 28, 2024

Kerala is set to redefine adventure tourism with its innovative initiatives in 2024. Breaking new ground, the state has introduced a comprehensive heli-tourism policy, becoming the first in the country to do so. Branded as 'Sky Escapes,' this heli-tourism project aims to connect Kerala's top destinations, promising a seamless travel experience.

The heli-tourism initiative, a potential game-changer akin to the impact houseboats had decades ago, is expected to attract both domestic and international tourists. Kerala Tourism Director, P B Nooh, announced this groundbreaking move at a B2B trade meet in Delhi, emphasizing the state's commitment to providing an interconnected tourism hotspot.

In addition to the heli-tourism venture, Kerala is gearing up for four international adventure sporting events scheduled throughout the year. Recognizing the global growth potential of adventure tourism, the state aims to capitalize on its diverse geography, featuring mountains, rivers, beaches, and canals.

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The adventure events include the International Paragliding Festival at Vagamon in Idukki from March 14 to 17, the International Surfing Festival at Varkala from March 29 to 31, the MTB Kerala 2024 mega mountain biking event at Priyadarshini tea plantation in Wayanad from April 26 to 28, and The Malabar River Festival 2024 at Kodencherry in Kozhikode from July 25 to 28.

Complementing these initiatives, Kerala Tourism is making concerted efforts to position the state as an ideal wedding destination. Leveraging its natural beauty, picturesque locations, and excellent accommodation facilities, the state is witnessing an increasing number of destination weddings.

Kerala recorded an impressive growth of 19.34%, with 159.69 lakh visitors from within the country during January-September 2023. This growth is a testament to the state's innovative tourism initiatives, establishing it not only as a safe and hospitable destination but also an all-weather holiday paradise.

The revamped strategy of Kerala Tourism focuses on introducing new destinations, creating innovative tourism circuits, investing in infrastructure development, and expanding the award-winning Responsible Tourism (RT) initiative. This initiative allows tourists to experience village life while ensuring better connectivity.

As part of its outreach, Kerala Tourism will conduct travel trade networking activities in prominent Indian cities from January to March, participating in trade fairs and organizing B2B Partnership Meets. These efforts aim to introduce the new products to a wider audience and strengthen the state's core assets, including beaches, hill stations, houseboats, and the backwater segment.

In 2024, Kerala is set to captivate adventure enthusiasts, wellness seekers, and responsible tourism advocates with a renewed sense of purpose and vigor. The stage is set for an immersive and unforgettable experience in 'God's Own Country.'


Dubai International Continues Reign as World's Busiest International Airport for 10th Year

Dubai International Continues Reign as World's Busiest International Airport for 10th Year

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 18, 2024

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has once again been named the world's busiest airport for international travel, marking a decade of dominance in the global aviation industry. This announcement was made by the Airports Council International (ACI), which released its preliminary report on the top 10 busiest airports worldwide for 2023.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, expressed immense pride in this achievement, emphasizing the strategic efforts that have contributed to DXB's success. "Throughout this decade, DXB has set numerous records and achieved many milestones, from welcoming our billionth passenger to expanding our terminals and enhancing our service offerings," Griffiths stated. These efforts underscore DXB's commitment to maintaining a leading position in the global aviation sector.

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The 2023 ACI report highlights significant shifts in international air travel dynamics, with DXB playing a pivotal role in these changes. Factors such as China's reopening and a sustained interest in international travel have fueled the global travel industry, with DXB at the forefront of this resurgence.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World Director General, noted that global air travel in 2023 was primarily driven by international traffic, which has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels. "Dubai International Airport's strategic location and world-class facilities have continually attracted a vast network of international flights, making it a central hub in global air traffic," said de Oliveira.

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The report also underscored the critical role airports like DXB play in enhancing global connectivity and supporting economic growth. With ongoing initiatives to expand and innovate, Dubai Airports is focused on maintaining DXB’s status as a top international hub in the years to come.

As DXB looks to the future, Griffiths reaffirmed the airport's commitment to innovation and excellence. "We are determined to sustain our leadership position by enhancing every aspect of the passenger experience and continuing to expand our global reach," he concluded.

This recognition not only reflects Dubai’s capacity to handle vast numbers of international travelers but also its strategic importance in linking the East and West, making it an essential player in the ongoing growth and development of the global aviation landscape.


Discover Spiritual Bliss: Telangana Tourism Unveils "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" Package

Discover Spiritual Bliss: Telangana Tourism Unveils "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" Package

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Published on April 18, 2024

Telangana Tourism has rolled out an enticing opportunity for Hyderabad residents seeking solace and spirituality amidst the scorching summer months. The "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" package promises a serene three-day journey filled with exploration, set to kick off on select dates in April, May, and June.

Priced at Rs 7,500 for adults and Rs 6,000 for children, the tour ensures a tranquil start from CRO Basheerbagh at 6:30 pm. Embark on a spiritual odyssey as day one unfolds with an early morning arrival at Kanipakam, allowing ample time for refreshments and check-out before delving into the sacred Kanipakam Temple. Journey onward to Thiruvanamalai, indulging in a leisurely lunch at TTDC Aalayam Hotel before immersing in the divine aura of the Arunachaleswara Temple. Wrap up the day with a delectable dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at TTDC Aalayam Hotel.

Day two unveils further enchantment as travelers explore the Sripuram Golden Vehicle in Vellore, relishing in lunch and marveling at the exquisite Sripuram Golden Temple. Bid adieu to Vellore as the return journey to Hyderabad commences in the late afternoon, accompanied by dinner en route.

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The package encompasses twin-sharing accommodation and transportation, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience throughout the expedition. Excluding expenses for temple visits and additional meals, the tour offers a perfect blend of spiritual encounters and leisurely escapades.

Telangana Tourism's initiative underscores a commitment to providing immersive experiences tailored to diverse interests, promising a rejuvenating getaway amidst the serenity of Arunachalam. For bookings and inquiries, reach out at +91 98485 40371.

Experience the allure of spirituality with Telangana Tourism's "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" package, where every moment is a step closer to inner peace and tranquility.


India's Tourism Sector on Rise: Projected to Reach $23.72 Billion by 2024

India's Tourism Sector on Rise: Projected to Reach $23.72 Billion by 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 17, 2024

India's travel and tourism sector is poised for substantial growth, with projected revenues expected to reach USD 23.72 billion by 2024. This forecast by the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) indicates a robust annual growth rate of 9.62% leading into 2028, where the market volume could soar to USD 34.25 billion. These projections are supported by favorable government policies, including a 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) allowance in tourism-related ventures announced in 2023.

The total FDI inflows for the fiscal year 2023-2024 stood at USD 17.96 billion, with USD 11.54 billion attributed specifically to FDI equity, highlighting the sector's vital role in India’s economic expansion and job creation strategies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized that efforts in the tourism sector aim not only at economic growth but also at preserving India’s rich cultural heritage while creating world-class infrastructure.

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The sector's growth is further catalyzed by various government initiatives, such as the launching of 52 tourism projects under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes. These projects, valued at over Rs 1400 crores, are designed to enhance tourism infrastructure across pilgrimage and heritage sites, as well as recreational facilities. This aligns with global trends promoting sustainable and eco-friendly travel options, appealing to a broader international audience.

India’s tourism industry is also set to significantly contribute to the GDP, with projections suggesting a potential contribution of USD 250 billion by 2030. This growth is expected to generate employment for 137 million people, showcasing the industry's role as a major employment driver.

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Additional governmental campaigns like 'Dekho Apna Desh People's Choice 2024' and 'Chalo India Global Diaspora Campaign' aim to engage citizens and the Indian diaspora in tourism promotion, enhancing India’s global image as a rich cultural and tourist destination.

With strategic investments, innovative marketing campaigns, and a focus on sustainable tourism, India is well-positioned to become a leading destination in the global tourism landscape. This not only underscores the country’s commitment to economic diversification but also highlights the potential for significant social and economic benefits stemming from the sector.

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