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  • Goa Tourism launches new Helipad Service and Helpline in the state to boost tourism

    The Goa Department of Tourism has a new helipad service and tourism helpline in Goa today. This comes as a delightful addition to the tourism avenues for the state. The helipad has been set up in Dauje, Ella, and Old Goa in partnership with Soaring Aerospace Private Limited, Goa Tourism. The company has proposals for helicopter services to motivate tourism in Goa. A 10-minute helicopter joyride setting forth a panoramic aerial view for the tourists, costing Rs. 8,000 inclusive of GST per person, is available for famous sightseeing such as Old Goa churches, Divar island, Chorao island, Atal Setu, Panjim city, Miramar, Coco beach/Nerul bay, Fort Aguada, Sinquerim fort & beach, Calangute beach, Candolim beach, and Baga beach. The service will be available for five rides between 11:00 a.m. and noon and between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Not only this, but the customers can also avail themselves of the option to craft their very own customized Heli tours, to make the breathtaking experience even more personalized. Equipped with a safe and full air-conditioned helicopter, Agusta 119 VT-RNK, this offering is set to provide tourists with a one-of-a-kind travel experience in the state. The aircraft follows DGC and ATC guidelines committed to safety. Additionally, the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, has launched a tourism helpline service. Tourists can dial the helpline number 1364 within the state of Goa. These services were launched in the presence of Dr. PramodSawant, the Chief Minister, and Tourism Minister Mr. Rohan Khaunte. Customers can commission the helicopter to enjoy exclusive airport transfers to and from Mopa to Dabolim Airport as well. They can also be transferred to or from North or South Goa hotels and resorts whenever landing facilities are available. Also,exclusive city helicopter transfers will be available, viz., Mumbai, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Hubli, etc. The company has an ambitious plan to connect to the Hampi World Heritage Site. Helpline, 1364, will function as a source of information about various tourism-related services in Goa, offering information on hotels, beaches, adventure sports, transport, complaints, feedbacks and much more. Tourists can also use the helpline in cases of distress. The helpline will be available in English, Hindi, and Marathi and will offer 24-hour service. When a tourist registers a complaint with the helpline, the operators will inform the concerned authorities, including the police (100), medical emergency services (108), fire services (101), etc. These services are being introduced to meet tourists’ interests and will help amplify tourism in Goa, as well as make sure the tourists also get a safe yet joyous experience during their stay in Goa. To develop and strengthen the current infrastructure and give visitors a variety of ways to explore Goa, careful thought and simplifications are needed.

  • Karnataka Tourism to play host to the First G20 Energy Transition Working Group Meet in Bengaluru

    Bengaluru, 4thFebruary 2023 Karnataka Tourism as part of its initiative has laid out the red carpet to international delegates from over 35 countries attending the Bengaluru leg of the G20 Summit Meet. The visit of international delegates to Karnataka reinforces 'Brand Karnataka' and helps to reinforce the 'One State, Many World' tagline of the tourism department. All the arrangements are made under the direction of Hon’ble Chief Minister. Sri BasavarajBommai, Chief minister of Karnataka, and guidance of Smt. Vandita Sharma, IAS, Chief Secretary to Government & Sri Kapil Mohan, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism. The first G20 Energy Transition Working Group (ETWG) meeting under India's presidency will be held in Bengaluru from 5 – 7 February 2023. The meeting will have over 150 participants including G20 member countries, nine special invitee guest countries - Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Spain. In addition, leading international organisations including The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Energy Agency (IEA) will be part of the meeting, the statement read. Senior government officials from the ministries concerned will also participate in the ETWG meeting for which Karnataka is extending all its support and coordination. The first ETWG meeting will focus on areas like energy transition through addressing technology gaps, low-cost financing for energy transition, energy security and diversified supply chains, energy efficiency, industrial low carbon transitions and responsible consumption, fuels for future and universal access to clean and affordable energy. There will also be a high-level international seminar on 'Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)'. Karnataka is hosting 14 G20 meetings (11 in Bengaluru, 2 in Hampi, and 1 in Mysuru). This is the highest after Delhi-NCR and the State is honoured to be given this opportunity. During the meetings and the stay of the delegates, we will be showcasing the State’s many offerings such as spikes, coffee, silk, handicrafts, handlooms etc. Excursion trips are planned within Bengaluru city as well as for Nandi Hills, BhogaNandishwara Temple, Mysuru, and Hampi. We would like to encourage, the G20 Secretariat to also showcase the Golden Chariot, South India’s only luxury train. Being the nodal department managing this prestigious event, Karnataka Tourism sees this as a prestigious and landmark occasion to showcase the best of what the state has to offer to a global and well-travelled audience. Karnataka is taking every step necessary to ensure the successful conduct of the G20 meetings, including venue management, accommodation arrangements, security, transportation, cultural programs, and more. The state will also be providing gifts and souvenirs such as silk scarves, silk ties, spices & coffee of Karnataka to the delegates during their stay in Karnataka. To facilitate the smooth operations of the event, Nodal officers have been appointed for each vertical under the Chief Secretary with all concerned authorities such as Tourism, Kannada & Culture, Police, State Intelligence, Traffic, DPAR, BBMP, BIAL, and respective DCs. The department has ensured all arrangements have been put in place, with our representatives having regular interactions with the various concerned departments such as Dept. of Economic Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Council for Cultural Research (ICCR) and all concerned G20 coordinators to ensure G20 meetings in Karnataka are world-class and memorable. Speaking on occasion of the announcement, Mr. Kapil Mohan, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Department said "It is an honour to the state of Karnataka to host the delegates of the first G20 Energy Transition Working Group (ETWG) meeting under India's presidency. Karnataka Tourism will be showcasing the state's rich heritage and culture to the visiting delegates." We have planned Live Performances of 30-45 minutes for each evening of G20 meetings through an eclectic mix of dances, music, and a cultural exhibition showcasing the state. An excursion to the Pavagada Solar Park is also planned during the delegate's visit to Bengaluru. Apart from this a visit to Infosys Crescent Green Campus has also been scheduled. Dr. V Ram Prasath Manohar, IAS, Director, Tourism Department added “It is an opportunity for Karnataka Tourism and its stakeholders to showcase the best of Karnataka to this prestigious delegation and will help reinforce ‘Brand Karnataka’ as a destination of World-class monuments and heritage, its rich culture and warm hospitality!” A Karnataka pavilion showcasing Karnataka’s products – silk, coffee, handicrafts, and tourism is also planned at the venue. The event will also display the ‘One District, One Product’ offerings of Karnataka.

  • ITE Hong Kong 2022 concluded successfully

    ITE Hong Kong 2022, which the second edition held physically since the pandemic, was held successfully from August 18 to 21 at Halls 3 of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Chief Executive (CE) of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr. John KC LEE sent his Message to welcome ITE participants! (Click HERE for the Message from CE). The Guest of Honor, Mr YEUNG Yun-hung, Kevin, GBS, JP, Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of the HKSAR Government officiated the opening ceremony. ITE helps boost Tourism Recovery The main theme this year is Reconnect & Recover! By providing a platform to facilitate various stakeholders of the travel industry to reconnect, hopefully, ITE will speed up recovery. Please to report there are good reasons to believe it been successful! Likely benefit from recent announcement by the Hong Kong government to cut mandatory hotel quarantine from 7 to 3 days, ITE 2022 was extensively covered and well attended by media, ranging from TV, radio to newspapers! Reporters came not only in all 4 days when ITE opened but also in our pre-show press conference held week before and the press preview the day before ITE opening! These certainly help rekindle or boost travel interest in the society. Media reported highly positive comments by exhibitors on ITE’s last day! For examples, receiving nearly 10 times more enquiries than last year; meet many serious visitors asking in details, and believing many in Hong Kong can (afford) and have strong travel interest! ITE bigger & remaining highly international Comparing to last year ITE 2022 is not only bigger but also more international! It occupied around 5600 SQM (+7%) with exhibitors totaling 107 (+4%) of whom 71% from outside and overseas! There were 32 participating countries and regions which an increase of 78%! Its first 1.5 days opened only to registered trade visitors, while in remaining days and sessions visitors could pay admission fee at entrance to enter. In fact, ITE2022 drew more visitors, 2752 (+8.2%) from trade and corporations and 31098 (+14.7%) from the public. Quality upheld in ITE The organizer been working closely with exhibitors and business associates to ensure effectiveness of ITE as platform not only for facilitating business exchange and info sharing, but also for tasting travel fun! Over 20 national, regional and municipal tourism boards from various destinations staged official pavilion or stand, some of which attractively designed and installed with, say, photo booth and screen for zoom meeting or video broadcast. Special displays in corporation with trade association or media include, say, for MICE the Domestic MICE Corner; for Green and Outdoor Tourism the Winners Display of school Photo Competition and Glamping; and the Cultural Tourism Pavilion featuring interesting museums and innovation zones locally and in the mainland. Also, a teahouse in the Central District of Hong Kong re-construct architecturally in its pavilion the elegant culinary and life style of elite back in the early years of the last century. At the stage were Cultural Performances, photo sessions with mascots and prize presentation. Over 70 trade and public seminars held in purpose built rooms inside the exhibition halls while there were demos and quiz at stands. Pre-pandemic, Hong Kong often ranked world’s 11th or 12th largest outbound market by spending. Specifically in 2019, the city spent US$26.9 billion on international travel, and made say 2.29 million visits to Japan, 1.045 million trips to Thailand, 315,150 trips to Australia, and 409,030 trips to UK. This year, more Hong Kong residents travel abroad as more international destinations stop requiring mandatory quarantine, according to government’s statistics. The next ITE in 2023 The next edition, ITE Hong Kong 2023 which comprises of the 37th ITE (Leisure) & the 18th ITE MICE, will be held from June 15 to 18, 2023 at Halls 1 of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Organized by TKS Exhibition Services Ltd., the annual ITE is strongly supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, with Hong Kong Tourism Board, Macau Government Tourism Office, travel and MICE trade associations as Supporters.

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