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TOURISM AND HOTEL INDUSTRY AWARENESS - June 2021

Jun 2021

Sep 20, 2021

IRCTC Launches Cruise Liner Tours to Goa, Lakshadweep, Sri Lanka

  • In partnership with Cordelia Cruises – a private company, India's first luxury, the indigenous cruise liner was launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
  • The luxury cruise will take guests on-board to some of the most popular Indian and international tourist destinations – such as Goa, Diu, Kochi, the Lakshadweep islands and Sri Lanka.
  • Cordelia Cruises is one of India's premium cruise liners and wants to promote and drive the cruise culture in India through experiences that are stylish, luxurious, and most importantly, inherently Indian.
  • Cordelia Cruises offers a whole package of recreational and leisure activities including- restaurants, swimming pool, bar, open cinema, theatre, kids' area, gymnasium, etc. According to reviews, the kind of luxury opportunities provided aboard Cordelia Cruises matches the standard of international cruise liners.

Sep 15, 2021

Egypt Opens Ancient Tomb of King Djoser

  • Egypt showcased an ancient tomb structure belonging to the cemetery complex of King Djoser, a pharaoh who lived more than 4,500 years ago, following extensive restorations of the site.
  • The structure, known as the Southern Tomb, is largely underground and includes a labyrinth of corridors, decorated with hieroglyphic carvings and tiles. A central funeral shaft houses a massive granite-clad sarcophagus from Egypt's Third Dynasty.
  • However, the pharaoh was not actually buried there but in the famed Step Pyramid nearby. The two structures make up part of the Saqqara complex near Cairo, one of the country's richest archaeological sites.
  • The Step Pyramid is the oldest known pyramid and one of the first examples of monumental architecture from the ancient world, according to UNESCO. It is believed to have been the inspiration for the Pyramids at Giza.

Sep 12, 2021

Meghalaya's Whistling Village Nominated as 'Best Tourism Village' in India

  • The Ministry of Tourism has nominated Meghalaya's Kongthong village, also known as the 'Whistling village', for the World Tourism Organization's "Best Tourism Villages" award along with two other villages in the country.
  • The two other villages that have been nominated for UNWTO 'Best Tourism Villages' award are--Pochampally in Telangana and Ladhpura Khas in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The feature that makes Kongthon popular among tourists is its ancient tradition, where a mother calls her child by a tune instead of a name, like--Eeooow, Ooeeo, etc. In this village, people have two names - original name and a song name, which also has two versions - a short song and a long song.
  • The village, with its mesmerising beauty, attracts a number of tourists every year.

Sep 11, 2021

IRCTC to Launch India's First Luxury Cruise Liner

  • The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will start India's first indigenous cruise liner from September 18.
  • IRCTC has joined hands and signed the agreement with Cordelia Cruises being operated by M/s Waterways Leisure Tourism Pvt. Ltd for promotion and marketing of the first indigenous luxury cruise in India. This is another incredible luxury travel offering under IRCTC's umbrella of tourism services to the public.

Sep 10, 2021

Air India Starts First Ever Non-stop Hyderabad-London Flight

  • Air India is set to commence its first ever non-stop service between Hyderabad and London, with the first flight arriving here from the UK capital.
  • The same flight will depart to London strengthening the connectivity on the India-UK sector.
  • The flight will operate twice a week with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with a capacity of 256 seats, including 18 in Business Class and 238 in Economy Class configuration. The flight from Hyderabad to London will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
  • The total flight time on this route will be 10 hours and 30 minutes from Hyderabad to London and 9 hours 20 minutes from London to Hyderabad.
  • At present, Air India operates non-stop flights to London from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Amritsar, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Goa.
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