Kerala's Artisanal Showcase at Beypore International Water Festival

Kerala's Artisanal Showcase at Beypore International Water Festival

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Published on December 29, 2023

Kerala's picturesque Beypore is set to become a global tourism hub with the inauguration of the third edition of the Beypore International Water Festival (BIWF). The event, graced by Kerala’s Tourism Minister P.A. Mohamed Riyas, is not just a water festival but a vibrant celebration of India's diverse handicraft heritage, showcasing traditions from 17 Indian states.

At the heart of the festival is the Responsible Tourism and Textile Art Festival. This segment, running until December 30, is a testament to Kerala's commitment to sustainable and inclusive tourism. It provides a platform for artisans from across the country to display their unique crafts, including pottery, weaving, and dress-making.

Organized by Kerala’s Responsible Tourism Mission, the festival is more than an exhibition. It offers live demonstrations, allowing visitors to witness the mastery of artisans and fostering a deep appreciation for India's rich craft traditions. This interactive element not only enhances visitor experience but also aids in cultural exchange.

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While the festival highlights crafts from various states, it also throws the spotlight on Kerala's esteemed handloom industry. This focus not only celebrates the state's artisanal heritage but also aligns with the broader goal of promoting responsible and sustainable tourism.

Planned as an upfront initiative, the festival will feature workshops and discussions aimed at preserving these craft traditions. These sessions are designed to explore ways in which these crafts can be leveraged for promoting tourism that benefits local communities.

An exclusive section of the expo, in association with Agrifarm Tourism Network units, will showcase Kerala’s agricultural products. This includes an assortment of organic food products and spices, along with promoting Village Experience packages from different districts.

The BIWF inauguration by Tourism Minister Riyas marks the beginning of a series of competitive water sports and cultural showcases. The festival, featuring participants from various countries, aims to attract global attention and enhance its international appeal.

Participants from states like Tamil Nadu, Assam, Karnataka, and more, add to the festival’s diversity. Strategically spread across prime locations like Beypore Marina Beach, the festival aims to draw both local and international visitors.

From bicycle rallies to international kite fests, dinghy boat races, and surf ski displays, the festival offers a plethora of activities. Visitors can also enjoy cultural programs, a food festival, and engage in adventure sports activities, making it a comprehensive event for all ages.


Dive into the Ultimate Marine Adventure at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Dive into the Ultimate Marine Adventure at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 26, 2024

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for guests to participate in the largest manta ray assembly on the planet. This spectacular event, hosted in collaboration with the Maldives Manta Conservation Programme, occurs annually from May to November in the plankton-rich waters of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

During the 2023 season, the conservation team recorded an astonishing 6,691 manta ray sightings, highlighting the area’s global significance as a manta ray hotspot. The nearby Hanifaru Bay alone accounted for 82% of these encounters, solidifying its reputation as a premier destination for marine enthusiasts.

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This year, guests of Landaa Giraavaru can look forward to even more immersive experiences. The resort’s "Manta-on-Call" service ensures that guests don’t miss this underwater ballet, with alerts that send them directly to the action via speedboat. For those desiring a more educational encounter, the resort offers a Trainee Manta Biologist program, perfect for young marine biologists in the making.

In addition to the manta rays, guests might also spot whale sharks, the ocean’s gentle giants, making their experience in the Maldives truly unforgettable. To enhance guest engagement and education, the resort’s Marine Discovery Centre includes a life-size Hologram Room, where visitors can interact with digital representations of local manta rays.

With meticulously planned dates known as "Manta Hot Dates," the resort maximizes the chances of encountering these majestic creatures. These dates are carefully predicted to align with peak manta activities, ensuring that guests have the best opportunity to witness and interact with the rays.

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Visit Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru to be part of the greatest marine show on Earth. For bookings and more information, visit Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, email reservations.mal@fourseasons.com, or call (960) 66 00 888.

About Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru:

Located in the heart of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru combines luxury with unique ecological adventures. The resort is committed to conservation efforts and offers guests unparalleled experiences in one of the most spectacular settings in the world.


IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 25, 2024

Get ready to experience travel like never before as IndiGo, India's premier airline, announces its exciting new venture – Business Class services! Amidst the dynamic growth of India's economy, IndiGo is stepping up to redefine premium travel with tailor-made offerings, enhancing the journey for passengers across the nation's busiest routes.

With a fleet of over 360 aircraft and around 2,000 daily flights, IndiGo has been a cornerstone of India's aviation landscape for nearly 18 years. Now, the airline is set to revolutionize business travel with its innovative approach to service.

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"In a groundbreaking move to redefine business travel in India, IndiGo announces the plan to launch a tailor-made business product for India’s busiest and business routes," says Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo. "As India gears up to become the third largest economy in the world, it's our privilege to provide the New India even more options to choose from as they travel business."

The new Business Class service will offer a desired option for many passengers, catering to their evolving aspirations. Set to be operational before the end of the year, the service will be available on the busiest routes of the nation, providing a seamless blend of comfort and convenience for travelers.

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Detailed information about the product offering, launch date, and routes will be unveiled in August, coinciding with IndiGo’s 18th anniversary. This milestone marks a significant step in the airline's evolution, reflecting its commitment to innovation and excellence in service.

As IndiGo continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of passengers, the introduction of Business Class is another testament to its dedication to providing exceptional travel experiences. Stay tuned for more updates as IndiGo transforms the way we fly, one journey at a time.


Jordan Tourism Board Launches New Brand Film Tailored for Indian Travelers

Jordan Tourism Board Launches New Brand Film Tailored for Indian Travelers

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 24, 2024

The Jordan Tourism Board has unveiled a new brand film crafted specifically for the Indian market, encapsulating the stunning beauty and rich cultural tapestry of Jordan. Featuring Bollywood elements and led by popular Indian influencers Aakriti Rana Gill and Shaurya Sandhya Tulshyan, the film aims to draw Indian adventurers to the mesmerizing landscapes and historical wonders of Jordan.

Set against the backdrop of iconic locations like the ancient city of Petra and the vibrant capital, Amman, the film merges traditional Jordanian visuals with a Bollywood flair to create a relatable and enthralling experience for Indian viewers. The influencers guide viewers through a series of adventures, from exploring the majestic ruins of Petra to the modern streets of Amman, highlighting the diverse attractions Jordan has to offer.

The film also promotes the convenience of travel for Indian tourists, emphasizing the visa-on-arrival facility available for Indian passport holders. It showcases a range of activities including historical exploration, culinary journeys, and thrilling adventures in Wadi Rum and Aqaba.

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Accompanied by the soulful tune “Zahir” by Indian artist Akanksha Sethi, the film not only showcases the scenic beauty of Jordan but also its cultural resonance with Indian traditions. The inclusion of local dining experiences and unique accommodations, like Martian tents in Wadi Rum, promises a blend of excitement and comfort tailored to Indian tastes.

This strategic initiative by the Jordan Tourism Board is designed to enhance its visibility and appeal in the Indian market, encouraging more travelers to explore the rich heritage and natural beauty of Jordan. The film concludes by inviting viewers to experience the timeless allure of Jordan, positioning it as a top destination for Indian travelers seeking a blend of adventure, history, and cultural immersion.

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