Tourists from India, China help strengthen Lanka's economy

Colombo, July 1 (IANS) An increase in tourists mainly from China and India will help strengthen Sri Lanka's frail economy as tourism is poised to become the largest foreign exchange earner for the country, an official said on Friday. The number of tourists from China and India increased in the recent years and due to the...

Haryana declares tourism as industry

Chandigarh, June 28 (IANS) To support growth of tourism sector in the state, the Haryana government on Tuesday declared tourism as an industry for land use purpose. The decision to this effect was taken in-principle in a meeting of the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on Tuesday. ...

Taj one of 50 most beautiful places in Asia

​Hanoi, June 28 (IANS) The Taj Mahal in India is among the 50 most beautiful places in Asia, according to Conde Nast Traveler (CNT) magazine. The 17th-century Taj, built entirely in marble by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz, is located in Agra, about 200 km south of New Delhi. It is India's most v...

Anusha Dandekar is Thailand tourism's brand ambassador

Mumbai, June 25 (IANS) Attempting an image makeover, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has appointed Indo-Australian actress-singer and former MTV VJ Anusha Dandekar as brand ambassador to lure more women tourists and focus on 'girly getaways' there, an official said here on Saturday. Dandekar has been selected for...

China sets up first dark sky reserve

​Beijing, June 23 (IANS) China launched its first "dark sky reserve" for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India, officials said on Thursday. The reserve covers an area of 2,500 sq.km and aims to limit light pollution by stepping up protection of dark-sky resources for edu...

Shanghai Disney China's top future draw

​Beijing, June 21 (IANS) The Shanghai Disney Resort, which officially opened last Thursday, is expected to surpass the Palace Museum in Beijing as the top spot for visitors in China. According to a report by online travel agency Ctrip, the resort is expected to receive at least 15 million visitors a year, more than 40,...

Jharkhand to develop defunct mines as tourist spots

​New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) Jharkhand's tourism department said on Thursday it is working to develop the closed and abandoned mines in the state into active tourist destinations. "Mining tourism is to be developed following best practices from other parts of the world," said a statement from the department, citing Direct...

Record-setting wooden building to be erected in Canada

​Ottawa, June 12 (IANS) The construction of a record-setting 53-metre high tower building, using mostly wooden material, is under way on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada's Vancouver city. Its bold and green design aims to demonstrate that building large, wooden structures is not too much...

World's most expensive airline ticket goes on sale

Dubai, June 3 (IANS) Emirates’ flag carrier Etihad on Friday introduced a London-Melbourne round trip ticket costing more than $80,000. The carrier offers passengers travel in a luxury three-room suite aboard its Airbus A380 named "The Residence". The plane, described as a “penthouse in the sky”, has all the amenit...

New research to help you beat jet lag

Tokyo, May 30 (IANS) If you are a frequent traveller and get bogged down by jet lag with every flight, help is on the way. Researchers have designed new molecules that can help modify the human biological clock to manage sleep-deprived travellers as well as improve treatment for sleep disorders. Most living organisms, in...

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