Russia 'gunning' for tourists with MiGs, tanks, AK-56s

​Moscow, May 2 (IANS) Firing Kalashnikovs, flying gunships, stomping about in tanks and sweating it out in army fatigues, that's Russia's cutting edge arsenal of ideas for attracting tourists. Amid the annexation of Crimea and the conflict with Ukraine, "military tourism" appears all set to boom in Russia. Inbound tour operators are offering t...

UAE's Emirates expands fleet with two more Airbus A380

Dubai, April 13 (IANS) Dubai's state-owned carrier Emirates Airlines on Wednesday said it has ordered an additional two new A380 aircraft with an estimated delivery date in the fourth quarter of 2017. Emirates Airlines is the UAE's international airline and the world's...

Singapore bans smoking in reservoirs, parks

​Singapore, April 12 (IANS) Singapore will ban smoking in reservoirs and parks from June 1, a senior minister said on Tuesday. The ban will affect 17 reservoirs and parks in public housing estates in Jurong town corporation, Xinhua quoted Environment and Water Resources Minister Amy Khor as saying. The banned premises will also include neighbo...

China's 'Hawaii' vies to become tourist destination

​Hainan (China), April 6 (IANS) Coconut and straws featured in the opening speech by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang which largely revolved around the economic travails of his country at the Boao Forum here. Li, who did not mince words about the difficult times ahead for the world's second largest economy, said how a small piercing tool had made dr...

India's fastest train reaches Agra from Delhi

Agra, April 5 (IANS) India's fastest train, Gatimaan Express, reached the Taj Mahal city from New Delhi on Tuesday in 99 minutes, with an official saying it had set a new benchmark for railways. "It sets a new benchmark for Indian Railways. We have to keep doing better," said Divisional Railway Manager Prabhash Kumar, who welcomed the passengers...

Goa beaches to be WiFi-enabled: Minister

Panaji, April 1 (IANS) Beaches in Goa will soon be WiFi-enabled and also covered by closed-circuit television, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Friday. The state, known for its beach and nightlife, had tapped into a central government scheme to ensure internet service along the coastal hotspots, he told reporters on the sidelines of a me...

Singapore museum unveils art-science fusion exhibit

​Singapore, March 19 (IANS) The Singapore ArtScience Museum on Saturday unveiled a new exhibit that merges cutting edge technology with artistic design and creativity in 15 larger-than-life installations mimicking ecosystems, cities and space. "Art is usually static with limited interaction. Now technology has opened new opportunities for arti...

Thai hotels on drought alert

​Bangkok, March 18 (IANS) Thai hoteliers in major tourist destinations are preparing measures to deal with serious drought this summer, the media reported on Friday. Members of the Thai Hotels Association (THA) are running water-saving campaigns after being warned that this year's drought will be the worst in a decade, The Bangkok Post. "We ha...

Indonesia waives visa requirements for 79 more countries

​Jakarta, March 18 (IANS) Indonesia has waived visa requirements for 79 more countries, expanding the list to 169 visa-free nations as it continues its efforts to boost foreign visitor numbers. President Joko Widodo on March 2 signed a decree granting visa-free entry to tourists who wish to travel in the country for 30 days, said a statement p...

New, improved Visit Abu Dhabi app launched

​Abu Dhabi, March 14 (IANS/WAM) The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) has launched a new, improved version of its Visit Abu Dhabi mobile application.The app, which allows users to gain instant access to "all that’s new" in the emirate, is now live and features several upgrades and enhancements. Version 4.0 of the app, which allow...

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