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Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned the project “Development of Rural Circuit: Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism Project’ in Kerala under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for Rs. 80.37 Crores. The project focuses on development of water based thematic cruise experiences in and around Valapattanam and Kuppam Rivers of Kannur District.

Four MoUs for promotion of tourism in the North-East Four MoUs for promotion of tourism in the North-East

Development of the North East Region is of prime importance for the overall inclusive growth of India, and tourism development has always been one of key focus areas, keeping in mind the North East’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. MoUs with Airbnb are a step towards achieving aim of doubling tourist growth rate in the next three years, by creating more sustainable accommodation options and enhancing the hospitality service standards in the region.
 
 
Steps being taken to promote cruise tourism in India Steps being taken to promote cruise tourism in India

The Ministry of Tourism has recognised Cruise Tourism, as a ‘Niche’ tourism product in order to promote India as a 365 days’ destination and attract tourists with specific interest. The steps taken to promote Cruise Tourism include developing appropriate infrastructure at ports for handling cruise vessels and facilitating ease of movement of passengers. 
 
 
India safe for International tourists India safe for International tourists

The Ministry of Tourism has taken several initiatives to ensure the safety and security of tourists coming to India. It has launched the 24x7 Toll Free Multilingual Tourist Info-Helpline on 1800111363 or 1363 in 12 Languages to provide support service in terms of information relating to Travel in India and also offers appropriate guidance to tourists in distress while travelling in India. Besides, a Welcome card with “Tips to enjoy your stay” is being handed over to foreign tourists on arrival to make the visit of tourists a memorable experience.
 
 
Attempts to make tourist destinations friendlier for the Differently Abled Attempts to make tourist destinations friendlier for the Differently Abled

The Indian government’s Ministry of Tourism has taken many steps to make tourist destinations friendlier for the differently abled. These include asking state governments to create barrier free environment for differently abled tourists. This information was given by K. J. Alphons, Union Minister of State for Tourism in a written reply in Lok Sabha recently.
 
 
Air India to fly nonstop to Tel Aviv Air India to fly nonstop to Tel Aviv

Air India will begin nonstop flight operations from New Delhi to Tel Aviv in Israel starting March 22nd onwards in an official statement released by the airline. The carrier has confirmed flying thrice a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday on Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner that has 18 business class and 238 economy seats. This announcement has come at a time when Israel Ministry of Tourism has recorded a whopping growth of 50% in January and 25% in February, 2018 of Indian arrivals to Israel vis-à-vis the same period in 2017.  
 
 
Itkhori to have world’s tallest stupa Itkhori to have world’s tallest stupa

The world’s tallest ‘Buddha’ stupa will be built at Itkhori in Jharkhand, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has said. As per records, the 104 feet Buddhist stupa built by King Ashoka at Kesaria in East Champaran of Bihar is presently considered as the World’s largest Buddhist Stupa. A master plan would be ready by March and the detailed project report would be prepared by July, an official release quoting the Jharkhand chief minister said.
 
 
Curtains raised on International Theatre Olympics Curtains raised on International Theatre Olympics

8th international Theatre Olympics 2018 was inaugurated at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi on Saturday. The 51-day-long event will be theatrical extravaganza is being hosted in India by the National School of Drama under the aegis of Ministry of Culture. The theme of the 8th Theatre Olympics is “Flag of Friendship” that aims to bridge borders and bring people of different cultures, beliefs and ideologies together through the medium of theatrical art
 
 
Wetland circuit will be formed in Punjab Wetland circuit will be formed in Punjab

Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has said a wetland circuit will be formed in the state to boost tourism. Speaking at the festival of 'Migratory Birds', Sidhu said Punjab is the favourite spot of migratory birds as there are around 25-30,000 migratory birds at Keshopur Chhamb and more than 70,000 at Harike Pattan. "A wetland circuit will be formed in the state for bird lovers. All the wetlands will be made attractive for the tourists," said Sidhu.
 
 
Tiger estimation to be Hi-Tech, more accurate and precise Tiger estimation to be Hi-Tech, more accurate and precise

The All-India Tiger Estimation, 2018 exercise promises not just to be hi-tech, but will also be far more accurate and precise than ever before. In an interactive session with media persons recently, officers from National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and scientists from Wildlife Institute of India explained how the current assessment uses Android phone-based application and desktop version of M-STrIPES (Monitoring System for Tigers-Intensive Protection and Ecological Status) for collecting, archiving and analysing data. The phone application automatically records the track log of surveys and line transects, as well as authenticates the recorded data on signs and animal sightings with geo-tagged photographs. With increased camera trap density and the use of android technology, estimates arrived at are likely to be more robust – both in terms of accuracy and precision.