Visakhapatnam's Rs 96 Crore International Cruise Terminal to Boost Tourism

Visakhapatnam's Rs 96 Crore International Cruise Terminal to Boost Tourism

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Published on September 6, 2023

In an exciting development for tourism in Visakhapatnam, the much-anticipated Vizag International Cruise Terminal (VICT) is set to be inaugurated on September 4th by Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Located within the Visakhapatnam Port Authority (VPA) premises, this terminal is part of a series of projects totaling Rs 333.56 crore that the Union Minister will inaugurate.

One of the primary projects is the VICT, with an investment of Rs 96.05 crore, partially funded by the Union Tourism Ministry. The terminal is designed to accommodate passenger vessels with a capacity of 2,000 passengers and a draft of 8.1 meters. Its objective is to attract international tourists and put Visakhapatnam on the global cruise tourism map.

Besides the VICT, the Minister will also unveil three other projects, including a covered storage shed, a revamped berth, and the Truck Parking Terminal (TPT). The covered storage shed, constructed at Rs 33.80 crore, aims to reduce pollution caused by open cargo storage. The TPT, spanning 20 acres and costing Rs 36.05 crore, will accommodate 666 vehicles.

Visakhapatnam's International Cruise Terminal is poised to boost tourism and the economy, with the potential to cater to 2,000 passengers, offering world-class facilities, and fostering employment opportunities. It's a significant step toward transforming the city into a prominent international tourist destination.

With an eye on future growth, the Union Minister also mentioned plans to attract nine lakh port-bound tourist arrivals by 2030 as part of the Maritime India Vision (MIV)-2030 initiative. The projects inaugurated underscore India's commitment to enhancing tourism infrastructure and economic prosperity.

The Cruise Terminal Building, spanning 4,580.46 sq. meters across two floors, is equipped with essential facilities such as lounges, customs, immigration, quarantine counters, baggage handling facilities, scanning, concourse, restaurant, entertainment, shopping, health, business exhibitions, money exchange outlets, CCTV coverage, and ample parking space.

It features a 180-meter-long berth with four mooring dolphins, a terminal building covering 2,000 sq. meters, and adequate parking space for seven buses, 70 cars, and 40 two-wheelers. The terminal will operate as a Cruise Terminal from November to March, catering to passengers from around the world, and as a Coastal Cargo terminal from April to October.


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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