Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Topic: Tourism

Blue sheep, ibex, snow leopards – How this Ladakh village stopped hunting and took to tourism

A remote village in Ladakh’s cold Markha Valley was so poor two decades ago that they took to hunting to survive. A sarpanch writes how they stopped.

Gandhi, Sanjay Dutt, Kasab — Pune’s Yerawada jail, open to public, has many stories to tell

Yerawada jail was opened to public on 26 January, making it the first prison in Maharashtra to do so. Other prisons with historical significance likely to open up too in boost to 'jail tourism'.

Not just temples — Odisha makes big ecotourism push, eyes ‘top tourism destination’ tag  

Across TV screens, newspapers, and hoardings, Odisha govt is presenting the state as the country’s ‘best-kept secret’, whose lakes, beaches, hills, and monuments haven’t got much attention.

India’s new tourism model is small local rentals, homestays. 2021 budget needs to catch up

As vacation rentals trend in India, the tourism industry has immense potential to generate revenue and jobs. But it needs help from the government too.

Dolphins, trekking — Aaditya Thackeray plans Maharashtra’s own ‘travel and living’ TV show

Aaditya Thackeray-led tourism dept plans 12-episode series to showcase best of state's food and sights across its 6 regions in a bid to boost tourism and climb out of Covid slump.

Singapore to open for business travellers & house them in dedicated bubble facility

Singapore has decided to start a new travel lane for business and official travellers that will allow them to visit the city-state without quarantine for short-term stays.

Bye-bye Bali, hello Bondi. Grounded Australians holiday at home

With the international border closed, people who head overseas are being forced to vacation at home. It has increased domestic consumption, helping lift Australia out of recession.

Airbnb’s fight to stay afloat after Covid is a case study in resilience

Airbnb website took advantage of the shift in customer behavior — avoiding international air travel and renting homes nearby — and started showing more local offerings.

4 yrs after buying buses, Maharashtra finally plans to start Mumbai Hop On, Hop Off service

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has floated tender to rope in a company to maintain and operate the 11 Hop On Hop Off buses bought for about Rs 8 crore.

How Covid gives Thailand national parks a chance to recover from damage caused by tourism

Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has decreed that all national parks in Thailand will close for an annual average of three months, beginning in 2021.

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Golden Temple

What Akal Takht must know about harmonium and music before banishing it from Golden Temple

In an era where India’s past and ‘purity’ are constantly being dug up and debated, the humble harmonium has become the latest victim.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.