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TOURISM AND HOTEL INDUSTRY AWARENESS - February 2020

Feb 2020

Feb 24, 2020

A 2-day Long First-ever Bharat-Bangla Tourism Festival 2020 in Tripura

  • The first-ever 2 days long Bharat-Bangla Paryatan Utsav 2020 (Tourism Festival) was held at Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala, Tripura from February 20-21, 2020 to boost the Tripura tourism sector.
  • It was inaugurated by Tripura Chief Minister (CM) Biplab Kumar Deb & organised by Department of Tourism, Government of Tripura in memories of the contribution of Tripura in 1971 Bangladesh liberation war.
  • The key attraction of the festival includes seminars, discussions, cultural events, etc.
  • The festival saw the participation of Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy, Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner to Tripura Kiriti Chakma, MP (Member of Parliament) Pratima Bhwomik, MP from Bangladesh Md. Abdus Saheed (who paid tribute to the Indians, who helped Bangladesh in the 1971 liberation war) and many other officials of Bangladesh.

Feb 23, 2020

Malaysia Maintains Tourism Target

  • Malaysia expects to meet its target of a record 30 million tourists this year by redirecting its marketing efforts to local and other markets as arrivals from coronavirus-hit China fall.
  • The epidemic comes at a bad time, as the country is pushing its "Visit Malaysia 2020" programme to rev up its stuttering economy, Southeast Asia's third-largest. Tourism accounts for 11.8% of Malaysia's gross domestic product, with 28 million arrivals last year, 11% of them from China, according to data.
  • While numbers on tourist arrivals for January aren't yet available, Malaysia has imposed a temporary ban on visitors from Chinese provinces placed on lockdown by the Chinese government, in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
  • According to the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), tourists from fellow Southeast Asian countries and India are some of the other big contributors to the visitors tally.

Feb 20, 2020

Railways to Run Tourist Train from March 28

  • The Indian Railways will begin commercial run of its Ramayana-themed special tourist train, Shri Ramayana Express, from March 28.
  • The train will commence its journey from Delhi on March 28, and tourists can board the train from Delhi Safdarjung, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Bareily and Lucknow.
  • In a 16-night-17-day tour, people will be visiting the places associated with Lord Ram, including Ram Janmbhoomi and Hanuman Garhi at Ayodhya; Bharat Mandir at Nandigram; Sita Mata Mandir at Sitamarhi in Bihar; Janakpur in Nepal, Tulsi Manas Mandir and Sankat Mochan Mandir at Varanasi; Sita Samahit Sthal at Sitamarhi in U.P.; Triveni Sangam, Hanuman Mandir and Bharadwaj Ashram at Prayag; Shringi Rishi Mandir at Shringverpur; Ramghat and Sati Anusuiya Mandir at Chitrakoot; Panchvati at Nasik; Anjanadri Hill and Hanuman Janm Sthal at Hampi and Jyotirlinga Shiva Mandir at Rameshwaram.
  • An option of add-on tour to Srilanka is also available with limited 40 seats, that will allow tourists to visit places related to Ramayana in Srilanka.

Feb 19, 2020

SpaceX Aims to Launch up to 4 Tourists into Super High Orbit

  • SpaceX aims to launch up to four tourists into a super high orbit, possibly by the end of next year.
  • The private company is working with Space Adventures Inc. for the flight. Ticket prices are not being divulged but expected to be in the millions.
  • Space Adventures already has helped put tourists into orbit with trips to the International Space Station, working with the Russian space program.
  • For this trip, paying customers will skip the space station and instead orbit two to three times higher or roughly 500 miles to 750 miles (800 kilometres to 1,200 kilometres) above Earth.
  • It's a lofty goal that would approach the record 850-mile-high (1,370 kilometres orbit achieved by Gemini 11's Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon in 1966.

Feb 18, 2020

Police, Uber Launch Himmat Plus app at IGI Airport for Passenger's Safety

  • To ensure safety and security of people travelling in cabs, the Delhi Police along with Uber launched the 'Himmat Plus' app at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.
  • In case of an emergency, the police headquarters will receive the real-time location of a driver or a rider through this app so that a PCR van can be assigned to provide assistance.
  • Over 1,000 Himmat QR verification cards were distributed among drivers. Once a rider scans the QR card, they can access a driver's details and vehicle information on the Himmat App and can report their journey directly to police.
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