Goa's reputation unaffected by controversies: Minister

Controversies triggered by local politicians over banning bikinis, Hindu nation conspiracies, anti-gay sentiments etc have failed to affect Goa`s reputation as a prime tourist destination, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said here on Saturday.

Fire guts Ethiopian hotel made famous by 'Scoop'

Fire has badly damaged a historic hotel in Ethiopia`s capital made famous as the setting for Evelyn Waugh`s 1938 satirical novel "Scoop".

Los Angeles sets records for tourists, passengers at LAX

The city of Los Angeles set new records for tourism and for passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport in 2014, reaching levels that were hailed by the mayor as crucial to the region`s economy.

Improved law and order behind increase in tourism: Jitan Ram Manjhi

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday said improved law and order situation is the reason behind increase in number of domestic and foreign tourists in Bihar and that the state government was serious about promoting tourism sector to boost overall economic development.

Govt to use 'Spiritual Tourism' to attract visitors

Blending spiritualism with tourism, the government is preparing a new programme to attract tourists, taking a leaf out of Italy and Saudi Arabia which are flocked by huge number of pilgrims every year.

Rave parties in Goa lose lustre due to dip in tourist arrivals
Rave parties in Goa lose lustre due to dip in tourist arrivals

Goa's drug-laced rave parties would be a thing of past at least this New Year as dwindling number of foreign tourists coupled with enforcement of stringent laws are proving to be a dampener for celebrations to ring in 2015.

Special train to start between Mumbai-Goa by year end: Suresh Prabhu

A special train connecting Mumbai to Goa would start by end of this year, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said.

Well-maintained toilets needed to boost tourism

Kolkata: The authorities should focus on constructing well-maintained toilets beside highways to boost tourism in India.

Website to promote Rajasthani handicrafts

 E-commerce website Snapdeal.com has joined hands with Rajasthan Small Industries Corp (RAJSICO) for online promotion and selling of the state's traditional handicrafts.

Nine percent increase in tourists in Rajasthan
Nine percent increase in tourists in Rajasthan

 A nine per cent increase was registered this year in the footfall of tourists in Rajasthan, best known for forts and palaces, with the French being the most among foreigners visiting the state.

Visa-on-arrival registers over 62 percent growth

 Continuing the growth trajectory, a total of 2,968 foreign visitors availed the visa-on-arrival (VoA) scheme in Novemeber as compared to 1,824 during the same month last year, registering a growth of 62.7 per cent.

Gujarat govt plans airport at Dholavira in Kutch: Tourism Minister
Gujarat govt plans airport at Dholavira in Kutch: Tourism Minister

 Gujarat Government is planning to construct and develop an airport at Dholavira in Kutch district, one of the two largest Harappan sites in the country and also a "paradise" for bird-watchers, to connect it to the national circuit for promoting tourism.

Foreign tourists will double in Goa with visa on arrival: Minister

Foreign tourists to Goa could double to one million in the next four years thanks to the newly announced visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility that would be operational from Thursday midnight at the Dabolim international airport, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said.

Goa top cop 'ashamed' at corruption in police force

Goa Police chief TN Mohan on Wednesday said he was "ashamed" at the "unacceptable levels of corruption" in the force.

Goa's massage parlours here to stay

Massage parlours can't be wished away in a tourist state, said Goa Police chief TN Mohan, who thinks "police raj checking everybody" would be counterproductive to an industry on which the state's economy is so dependent.

Domestic tourists inflow increases in Rajasthan by eight percent
Domestic tourists inflow increases in Rajasthan by eight percent

 Domestic tourists inflow in Rajasthan has increased by eight percent this year, indicating a good start of the tourism season in the desert state, authorities said today.

Spend a weekend in China's 'City of Eternal Spring'
Spend a weekend in China's 'City of Eternal Spring'

Spend a relaxing weekend in the lap of nature, nestled between aromatic cherry, peach blossoms, picturesque wetlands and gigantic but alluring rocky structures in southwest China's Kunming also known as 'City Of Eternal Spring'.

Expecting World Cup windfall, NZ tourism eyes 33% more Indians
Expecting World Cup windfall, NZ tourism eyes 33% more Indians

 Tourism New Zealand is eyeing a massive 33 per cent growth in Indian travellers to the island Pacific nation this fiscal as it expects an influx of visitors for the World Cup Cricket it is co-hosting with Australia in February and March.

Kerala films on 'responsible tourism' shown in London
Kerala films on 'responsible tourism' shown in London

 The UN World Tourism Organisation unveiled three short films from Kerala to promote the state's 'Responsible Tourism' initiative at the world's biggest travel and tourism trade event in London.

E-visa system likely to be rolled out next week

The Government will roll out by next week the much-awaited electronic-visa system for tourists from select countries including US and Japan.