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Centre to set up board for medical, wellness tourism
June 20, 2015 10:56 AM
The central government will set up a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board to boost medical tourism in the country, said Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma on Friday. The minister was talking on the sidelines of the launch of the new edition of "Atithi Devo Bhava" television commercials and a brochure titled "India - The Land of Yoga". The board will integrate various streams of medicine, including Ayurveda, Yoga, naturopathy, Unani and low-cost allopathic treatments, he said. The government has launched a helpline 1363 or 1800-111-363 to help the foreign tourists and guide them on their arrival in India. The helpline will be available in 12 foreign languages within a month. Currently, it is available in Hindi and English. He announced four new theme-based circuits under the Swadesh Darshan scheme that will be developed in the next year. These four circuits are Wildlife Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Desert Circuit and Ramayana Circuit. These will be in addition to the five circuits already being developed by the ministry of tourism. Source - IANS
Seaplane tourism in Goa from August
May 23, 2015 05:43 PM
Tourists desirous of getting a bird's eyeview of Goa's breathtaking natural beauty can look forward to a thrilling experience as the state is set to launch a seaplane facility in August this year. Introduction of facilities like seaplanes, heli-tourism and amphibious buses would boost tourist inflow into the state by over 14 percent, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar told media persons on Saturday on the sidelines of the first ever trial landing of a seaplane in the Mandovi river off Panaji. "It is a novel concept in India, which combines convenience of travel with excitement of water takeoffs and landings. There is no investment by the state government for this service; it will be owned and operated by Mehair (a private aviation company). We are only providing them support to facilitate smooth operations," Parulekar said. Source: IANS
Kerala targets Arab market with biodiversity, ayurveda
May 06, 2015 09:56 AM
Lush green flora, placid backwaters, monsoon downpour and ayurveda were the main themes of the Kerala Tourism pavilion which welcomed visitors at the Arabian Travel Market 2015, being held at the Dubai World Trade Center. The four-day annual event that began on Monday provides a great opportunity to network with the tourism trade in the Middle East. Kerala Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar said Saudi Arabia was the main market, followed by the UAE, Oman and Kuwait for tourists to the southern Indian state from the Middle East. Source: IANS
'Tourism in northeast can flourish with Buddhist sites'
May 04, 2015 05:47 PM
Tourism could flourish in the northeastern states due to the Buddhist sites in the region, Nagaland, Assam and Tripura Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya said on Monday. "The northeast being the gateway of India's 'Look East' policy, the region can be made a more effective tourism destination based on goodwill of the crores of followers of Lord Buddha in the region and the adjoining countries," Acharya said in a statement. "Without a single drop of blood, Buddha conquered the hearts of the people of the world. India is fortunate to have crores of his followers from neighbouring countries like Thailand, Korea, Bhutan and Japan," he said. Source: IANS