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CULTURAL PROMOTION AND EXCHANGES OF INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION

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oday Tourism has marked its significance in both social and economic growth and International Tourism is a major concern for all the governments across the globe. As we know from history, Travel has continued to grow since the men start to begin to travels long distances in search of food and water and often for clothes as a part of his survival. The purpose of Travel has changed from the immediate necessity of survival to the reasons like trade, economic gain, war, migration and other kinds of motives. Date back million years climate changes made the people leave their homes to seek refuge elsewhere which was resulted in the invention of the wheel, which made travel possible followed by the invention of money by the Sumerians (Babylonia) that led to the development of trade and the beginning of a new era. Perhaps The Phoenicians were the first real travelers in the modern sense as they went from place to place as travelers and traders. The 3,500 years old Mohenjo-Daro civilization in India is also at the same time and the trade and travel developed in India. While digging through the history, traditions of travel in India are the oldest in the world with a motive of religion and trade. For a purpose of meditation and to set up Ashrams the great Indian sages traveled to

the Himalayas in the North and the jungles of the South. Travel of course played an important role in the development of civilizations. The result of the growth of Travel all over the world accumulates as Tourism and became a twentiethcentury phenomenon. According to Historians England was the birthplace of mass tourism as a result of the rise of middle-class travel in the period of Industrial Revolution and the creation and development of jet aircraft Industry in the 1950s following the Second World War caused the growth of international Travel which was led to this new Industry, Tourism. Even though one of the largest segments of the service industry, in some countries travel and tourism is unrecognized as an entity. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (1992), ‘Travel and Tourism’ is the largest industry in the world on virtually any economic measures including; gross output, value added, capital investment, employment, and tax contribution. Because of problems of definition which directly affect statistical measurement, it is not possible with any degree of certainty to provide precise, valid or reliable data about the extent of world-wide tourism participation or its economic impact. In many cases, similar difficulties

arise when attempts are made to measure domestic tourism. Since travel industry includes hotels, motels, and other accommodation facilities, restaurants, gift shops, transportation services, food services, amusements parks leisure facilities and a large number of other enterprises in which many businesses serve local residents impacted by overlooked or underestimated the major problems of the travel and tourism industry. This problem has made it difficult for the industry to develop any type of reliable or credible tourism information base in order to estimate the contribution it makes to regional, national and global economies. Travel in different countries fosters a better rapport between people of various stocks. Personal international contacts have always been an important way of spreading ideas about other culture. Thus tourism is an important means of promoting cultural exchanges and international co-operation The contribution of the Tourism Industry to the improvement of social and political understanding. Is commendable apart from the foreign exchange and employment generation.

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SRI LANKA A PERFECT WARM WINTER HOLIDAY DESTINATION

10 - New Look for Incredible India Website

RACE THE RIVER TO VICTORY BY ANANTARA HOTELS

14 - Art and Culture Play an Important Role in Rebuilding Kerala: Governor

12 - British High Commissioner to India Proposed UK-India Cooperation in Tourism Sector 13 - Sarovar Hotels and Resort’s New Project in Noida West

16 - Smiling North Malabar -An Experiential Tour 18 - Udaipur World Music Festival 20 - 2nd Edition of ‘Muziris Paddle’concluded Successfully 22 - Pedaling to Create A Better World; Hero MTB Himalaya 2019 31 - Appointment

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INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS REACH 1.4 BILLION TWO YEARS AHEAD OF FORECASTS FOR 2019, UNWTO FORECASTS A 3-4% INCREASE

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he latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer marks International tourist arrivals increased 6% to 1.4 billion in 2018. In relative terms, the Middle East (+10%), Africa (+7%), Asia and the Pacific and Europe (both at +6%) led growth in 2018. Arrivals to the Americas were below the world average (+3%). “The growth of tourism in recent years confirms that the sector is today one of the most powerful drivers of economic growth and development. It is our responsibility to manage it in a sustainable manner and translate this expansion into real benefits for all countries, and particularly, to all local communities, creating opportunities for jobs and entrepreneurship and leaving no one behind” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. “This is why UNWTO is focussing


2019 on education, skills and job creation.”, he added. UNWTO’s long-term forecast published in 2010 predicted the 1.4 billion mark of international tourist arrivals for 2020. Yet stronger economic growth, more affordable air travel, technological changes, new businesses models and greater visa facilitation around the word have accelerated growth in recent years. International tourist arrivals in Europe reached 713 million in 2018, a notable 6% increase over an exceptionally strong 2017. Growth was driven by Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+7%), Central and Eastern Europe (+6%) and Western Europe (+6%). Results in Northern Europe were flat due to the weakness of arrivals to the United Kingdom. Asia and the Pacific (+6%) recorded 343 million international tourist arrivals in 2018. Arrivals in South-East Asia grew 7%, followed by North-East Asia (+6%) and South Asia (+5%). Oceania showed more moderate growth at +3%. The Americas (+3%) welcomed 217 million international arrivals in 2018, with mixed results across destinations. Growth was led by North America (+4%), and followed by South America (+3%), while Central America and the Caribbean (both -2%) reached very mixed results, the latter reflecting the impact of the September 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria. Data from Africa points to a 7% increase in 2018 (North Africa at +10% and Sub-Saharan +6%), reaching an estimated 67 million arrivals. The Middle East (+10%) showed solid results last year consolidating its 2017 recovery, with international tourist arrivals reaching 64 million. Growth expected to return to historical trends in 2019 Based on current trends, economic prospects and the UNWTO Confidence

2018 TOTALLED 1.4 BILLION INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS (+6%), CONSOLIDATING 2017 STRONG RESULTS AND PROVING TO BE THE SECOND STRONGEST YEAR SINCE 2010 Index, UNWTO forecasts international arrivals to grow 3% to 4% next year, more in line with historic growth trends. The stability of fuel prices tends to translate into affordable air travel while air connectivity continues to improve in many destinations, facilitating the diversification of source markets. Trends also show strong outbound travel from emerging markets, especially India and Russia but also from smaller Asian and Arab source markets. At the same time, the global economic slowdown, the uncertainty related to the Brexit, as well as geopolitical and trade tensions may

prompt a “wait and see” attitude among investors and travellers. Overall, 2019 is expected to see the consolidation among consumers of emerging trends such as the quest for ‘travel to change and to show’, ‘the pursuit of healthy options’ such as walking, wellness and sports tourism, ‘multigenerational travel’ as a result of demographic changes and more responsible travel. “Digitalisation, new business models, more affordable travel and societal changes are expected to continue shaping our sector, so both destination and companies need to adapt if they want to remain competitive”, added Pololikashvili.

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TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF ART: KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE THEME OF 4TH EDITION IS “POSSIBILITIES FOR A NON-ALIENATED LIFE”.

Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala inaugurating the 4th edition of Kochi Muziris Biennale at Kochi. Mr. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala, Ms. Soumini Jain, Mayor of Kochi,Mr. M. A. baby, Mr. K.V. Thomas, MP, Mr. Bose Krishnamachari, Managing Trustee, KMB and Mr. M.A Yusuf Ali, Managing Director, Lulu Group are also seen

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ochi has transformed itself into a platform for artistic expressions while India’s largest contemporary art event, 4th edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been kicked off. Kochi Biennale takes place at various destinations in and around Fort Kochi and Ernakulam will be conducted under the curatorship of the artist and critic Ms Anita Dube. The theme this year is “Possibilities for a Non-alienated Life”. In a span of 108 days, both Indian and international artists will showcase their skills via a variety of mediums such as film, installation, sculpture, new media and art performances. The

IN A SPAN OF 108 DAYS, BOTH INDIAN AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS WILL SHOWCASE THEIR SKILLS VIA A VARIETY OF MEDIUMS SUCH AS FILM, INSTALLATION, SCULPTURE, NEW MEDIA AND ART PERFORMANCES. first edition of Kochi Biennale was organized in 2012, and it exhibited works of 89 artists from 23 countries

around the world. Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art which conducts seminars, workshops and educational reform programmes and is also the biggest of its kind in the whole of Asia. The exhibition has benefited Kochi the most by giving it a prominent space in the maps of the International Biennale fests. The public funding of Kochi Biennale can be seen as an investment for encouraging more creative innovations. The events this year will be held at multiple venues across Kochi such as Aspinwall House, Cabral Yard, David Hall, Pepper House and so forth. January 2019 Tourism India

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BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA PROPOSED UK-INDIA COOPERATION IN TOURISM SECTOR Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India, expressed his keen interest in cooperation between the UK and India in the tourism sector and expressed his happiness over the World Bank's willingness to help in rebuilding Kerala while at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. Mr. P. Sathasivam, The Kerala Governor hoped that the UK government would take necessary steps to increase facilities for Indian students who are planning to go to

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the UK for higher studies. As Chancellor of the Universities, Sathasivam also promised all help to British students who wish to pursue education in Kerala and to learn more about the State. Mr. Dominic Asquith was accompanied by Jeremy PilmoreBedford, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai and Rudy Fernandez, political adviser. He also expressed keen interest in having more cooperation between the UK and Kerala in Tourism.

Mr. Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India presenting a flower bouquet to Justice (Rtd) Mr. P. Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala at Raj Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Mr. Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai and Rudy Fernandez, political adviser are also seen 12

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arovar Hotels & Resorts expands its portfolio in the Delhi-NCR region, with the signing of a new project in Greater Noida West. One of the fastest growing hotel chains in India, the Company manages 80 operational hotels in 50 destinations in India and Africa. The Gaurs Sarovar Portico Greater Noida West is owned and developed by Gaursons, one of the most eminent and well-respected real estate brands in Northern India. The hotel is part of an 18 acre Sports Club and adjoins a sports stadium. Over the years, Greater Noida West has emerged as a satellite town to Noida, and benefits from close proximity to Ghaziabad, Noida and Delhi. The area around the hotel is a thriving residential hub with more than 30,000 family units, hospitals, educational institutions and its very own sports stadium. Commenting on the development, Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said “We

SAROVAR HOTELS AND RESORT’S NEW PROJECT IN NOIDA WEST

are extremely happy to extend our presence further into Delhi NCR. The opening of Sarovar Portico in Greater Noida West seeks to complement the demand for quality accommodation,

keeping up with the increasing number of families calling Greater Noida their home. The hotel’s outstanding banquet and conferencing facilities will surely appeal to the corporates in the vicinity.” Upon completion in mid-2019, The Gaurs Sarovar Portico will offer its guests 72 rooms with all upscale amenities, a specialty restaurant and bar, and a banquet hall and party lawns with a capacity of over 10,000 people. For the wellness enthusiast, the project has a spa, indoor activity area and access to an international fitness centre. January 2019 Tourism India

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ART AND CULTURE PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN REBUILDING KERALA: GOVERNOR SEVEN-DAY-LONG NISHAGANDHI DANCE FESTIVAL KICKS OFF IN KERALA’S CAPITAL

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he annual tradition of enlivening the sprawling spread of Kanakakkunnu with the rhythmic chime of the anklets to the accompaniment of mellifluous music has kicked off in style at Thiruvananthapuram on January 20, 2019. . In a beautiful and symbolic twist, His Excellency the Governor of Kerala Justice (Retd) Mr. P Sathasivam inaugurated the festival by lighting the traditional lamps carried by seven dancers on a platter. Inaugurating the seven-day-long Nishagandhi Dance Festival, which will lay feast some of the best and brightest dance forms from across the country, the Governor said, “Art and culture have a major role to play in the rebuilding of Kerala,” and called upon stakeholders to leverage them.

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Due weightage has to be given to folk and indigenous forms, along with classical dance, the Governor added. He gave away the prestigious Nishagandhi Puraskaram to Mohiniyattam exponent Kalamandalam Kshemavathi on the occasion. The coveted honour, bestowed on topnotch choreographers in recognition of their life-long contributions, carries a purse of Rs 1.5 lakh, a bronze statuette of sage Bharathamuni and citation. The Governor also distributed awards to the best performers of the recently concluded ‘Vasanthotsavam’ Flower Show 2019. Mr. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala who presided over the function announced that Monsoon Rag Awards to celebrate outstanding performance in music will be given away from this year. “This is in keeping with the current practice of holding the Nishagandhi Music Festival and Dance Festival as

two separate events,” the Minister said. Mr. K Muraleedharan MLA, Mr. VK Madhu, District Panchayath President; Mr. V K Prasanth, Mayor, Mr. M Vijayakumar, Chairman, KTDC, Ms. Rani George IAS, Secretary Tourism and Culture, and Mr. P Bala Kiran IAS, Director, Tourism also spoke at the event. After the opening ceremony and a choreographed curtain-raiser, a Mohiniyattam performance by eminent


Justice (Retd) Mr. P Sathasivam prsenting the Nishagandhi Puraskaram to Mohiniyattam exponent Kalamandalam Kshemavathi ( Above) and inaugurating the Nishagandhi dance Festival 2019 at Thiruvanathapuram. Ms.Rani George IAS, Secretary Tourism and Culture, Mr. M. Vijayakumar, Chairman, KTDC, Mr. V K Prasanth, Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram city, Mr. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala, Mr. K Muraleedharan MLA, Mr. V.K. Madhu, District Panchayath President; and Mr. P Bala Kiran IAS, Director, Tourism are also seen

choreographer Dr Neena Prasad followed. The cultural extravaganza will see the staging of a wide variety of genres of Indian dance including Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. In the subsequent days, the festival will have performances of Rashmi Menon (Mohiniyattam), Christopher Gurusamy, Aditya PV (Bharatanatyam),

Vyjayanthi Kashi (Kuchipudi), Manjushree Panda (Odissi), T Reddi Lakshi (Kuchipudi), Sudip Kumar Ghosh& group (Manipuri), Namrrata Raai (Kathak), Nrutya Naivedya troupe (Gottipuva) Raminder Khurana (Odissi) and Monisa Nayak & group (Kathak). This time, the festival will also feature a Bharatanatyam performance by transgender artist Dr Narthaki

Nataraj, in tune with the state government’s policy of promoting aspirations of artists without any gender bias. The Nishagandhi Dance Festival, considered a premium tourism product, is being conducted with the support of sponsorships, minimising the outgo from the state exchequer.

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SMILING NORTH MALABAR -

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erala is not only about the beaches of Kovalam or the hills of Munnar or the backwaters of Alappuzha; it is also about the rich cultural ethos and the natural wonders of North Malabar. North Malabar is an un-spoilt terrain, with pristine waterfalls, verdant woods and picture-perfect villages. The wonders explored by the fourday SMiLE Ambassadors Tour for tour operators conducted by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) in the first week of December 2018 began with the unfolding of a marvelous performance of traditional puppetry of Kasaragod, Yakshagana Bommayattam. Against a dark backdrop, the tiny wooden dolls in 16

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vibrant costumes and headgears played out the stories of the great Indian epics. The aesthetic odyssey continued with the witnessing of a flamboyant performance of Kalaripayattu at the Bekal Fort beach. With intricate techniques, flexibility of body and hand

movements, the performance grabbed the interest of audience. The cool breeze and the setting sun added more charm to the whole arena. One main attraction of the expedition was a journey to a farm house situated in a small village awash with huge leafy trees, majestic coconut palms and slender arecanut trees. An array of sumptuous regional delicacies made from lemon grass, centella (a medicinal plant), tender coconut, jaggery sweet, Manjal Ada (steamed cake wrapped in Turmeric leaf) and so forth welcomed the guests. Exploring Suranga was truly exciting. Suranga is a traditional water harvesting system which is similar to a horizontal well or cave excavated in


Smile ambassadors tour by Association of Tourism Trade Organisation India (ATTOI) delegates at Bekal

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hard laterite hills. Adventure-lovers entering these labyrinthine Suranga’s will get a rare opportunity to literally experience Mother Earth at close quarters. Claustrophobes will be advised to maintain a safe distance but they will yet be able to appreciate the ingenuity of the unlettered and ancient inhabitants of this area. Another interesting destination was a tribal colony called ‘Pattala’ situated at Banam near Nileshwaram where Malavettuvar tribe received the guests with a tribal dance - Mangalam Kali. Little girls in traditional attires excitedly showcased a charming performance of what was once a nuptial dance. The zig-zag roads then led to

The Bekal Resorts Tourism Development Corporation (BRDC) is conceptualising new strategies to draw tourists to North Malabar, with the involvement of small and medium Tourism entrepreneurs. The Corporation conducted a four-day tour for the tour operators in Kasaragod and Kannur districts, with this aim in view. The BRDC hosted this Small and Medium Industries Leveraging Experiential (SMiLE) Ambassadors’ Tour programme to facilitate a linkage among the 93 SMiLE tourism entrepreneurs in the region and the leading tour operators in 40-odd nations who were involved in the tour. The guests got a chance to discover the unexplored gems of Kasaragod and also experience the unique art forms of North Malabar.

a recently found Natural Cave at Koovappara. Watching the performance of Alamikali, an indigenous tribal art form of Kasaragod, turned out to be a unique experience. Originally performed by ‘Alamis’, the soldiers of Tipu’s army to commemorate the Karbala war, a vital event in the history

of Islam, today it stands as a proud testimony to the spirit of religious harmony in the region. Theyyam performances were also conducted as part of the event. A visit to the recently opened Kannur International Airport marked the end of this excellent experiential tour. January 2019 Tourism India

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he Udaipur World Music Festival (UWMF) is a city-wide, multi venue music festival featuring 150 global artists and collaborations with participation from over 20 countries such as Spain, Italy, France, Cuba, Brazil, Switzerland, and many more, with a footfall of over 50,000 people every year. The upcoming 4th edition of this annual festival is scheduled from the 15th 17thFebruary 2019 with patrons and music lovers from the world looking forward to it. Vibha Saraf, India, La Dame Blanche, Cuba- France, Natig Rhythm Group, Azerbaijan, Els Catarres,

THE VENUES ARE AMBER AT AMET HAVELI, AMBRAIGHAT, FATEHSAGAR PAAL, GANDHI GROUND AT UDAIPUR. Catalonia, Spain are the artists line up for this year. The Udaipur World Music Festival is an annual festival which is conducted every year at the same time, featuring unparalleled live

performances with the city of lakes as a background and celebrates cultural diversity at its best. The festival also features the local Rajasthani talent and gives a valuable platform and exposure to the local artists and the people of Rajasthan and has well spread out venues to provide a holistic experience to the music lovers travelling from across the world, where energetic youthful music brings together people from all age groups and sections of society.

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2ND EDITION OF ‘MUZIRIS PADDLE’ CONCLUDED SUCCESSFULLY ORGANIZED BY JELLYFISH WATERSPORTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MUZIRIS HERITAGE PROJECT

THE KEY AIM OF THE PADDLING EVENT WAS TO PROMOTE THE USAGE OF OUR RIVERS FOR RECREATIONAL AND CREATE A CONNECTION TO THE RIVER WITH YOUNGSTERS AND TOURISTS.

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uziris Paddle 2019, the two-day kayaking stand-up paddling (SUP) and sailing expedition organized by Jellyfish Watersports in partnership with Muziris Heritage Project (Kerala Tourism) successfully concluded on January 6th, 2019. The event witnessed participation from over 100 paddlers from India and abroad, including Shilpika Gautam, world record holder of paddling the entire Ganga River, International paddler Jim Bush from 20

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Perth and other prominent people. The entire expedition was managed by Jellyfish Watersports and participants learnt the skills from expert trainers and river guides. The event flagged off from the Kotturpuram Jetty in Kodungalloor district and concluded on at Ocean Blue International Marina at Bolgatty Island. Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society (KATPS) CEO Mr. Manesh Bhaskar inaugurated the closing ceremony. Muziris Heritage

Project Managing Director Mr.P M Noushad, Jellyfish Watersports founder Kaushiq Kodithodi, Rachana Bakshi, Jolly Thomas and Prasad Thumbani graced the occasion. The kayakers covered an overall distance of 40 km traversing through rivers, backwaters and important Muziris destinations en route. Each day they covered an easy distance of 20 km with several strategic breaks for sightseeing and greeting locals. The organizers had also teamed up with Switzerland based stand-up paddling group waterwalh.ch and Cochin Bikers, a group of bicycle enthusiasts and members of Global Sailing Club. One of Kerala’s most incredible nature experiences the event saw participation from paddling enthusiasts from five year old to sixty five year old. Muziris, once a bustling seaport and the heart of the historic spice route used to be the key trade point between southern India and rest of the world. The region is dotted with numerous monuments of a bygone


era that is more than 3,000 years old. Participants got an opportunity to visit the legendary Muziris heritage sites on the way. The key aim of the paddling event was to promote the usage of our rivers for recreational and create a connection to the river with youngsters and tourists.

“Muziris Paddle was a great way to experience Kerala through its water bodies and be part of the growing eco and responsible tourism initiatives. We stopped at various schools, met children and explained them the concept of kayaking and paddling sports. Kayak for a cause is

helping in creating more awareness about the conservation of river and to retain its original beauty�, says Kaushiq Kodithodi, Founder, Jellyfish Watersports.

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PEDALING TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD; HERO MTB HIMALAYA 2019 15TH EDITION FROM SEPTEMBER 27TH 2019 TO 05TH OCTOBER 2019.

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he Blue Mountains, spectacular sunrises, lush greenery delicately balanced with human existence forming the most perfect embroidered image hand crafted by the creator of this universe. The scenery becomes the protagonist of the most telling tale of an extraordinary test of human endurance and passion. Mountain Biking Himalaya is not an event but an experience. As the challenge pedals into its 15th year of survival through the toughest terrains, MTB Himalaya volunteers to ride further, higher up 22

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PHYSICALLY DEMANDING AND TECHNICALLY CHALLENGING, CYCLING OFF-ROAD OVER ROUGH TERRAIN REQUIRES PRESENCE OF MIND AND MUSCLE. RIDING SEVERAL HUNDRED KILOMETERS IN A DAY OVER THE ROUGH TERRAIN THAT THE SPORT COMMANDS IS CERTAINLY NOT CUSHY

as MTB Himalaya. Yes, the challenge for next edition is to ride through and explore the depths and mysteries of the majestic Himalayas. The stunning scenery of Shimla, Rohru, Narkanda, Chanshal Valley along with the strenuous cycling expedition make MTB Himalaya an enduring experience. The Himalayas epitomize a people’s civilisational Identity that goes back to the dawn of history. Formed as a result of a continental collision, emphasised by the fact that once there used to be sedimentary rocks which with the passage of time under high pressure and temperature have metamorphosed


to the present day meta-sedimentary rocks which are still active in nature. From the famous silk route to the present day urbanisation, they have a lot of relevance dating back to the time they served as a guard from various invasions and now to a meeting ground for different races, culture, and religion. Considered to be one of the toughest races in the world, Hero MTB Himalaya is not for the faint hearted. A race that takes the riders through the untouched parts of the Himalayas, bustling towns and villages, across streams – all set amidst the beauty of the mighty Himalayas. With a total elevation gain of almost 50,000 feet in the previous edition, even the most experienced riders found the altitude challenging. The flag off the MTB Himalaya 2019 will take place on World Tourism day, September 27th, which India is the host country for 2019 celebrations. The cyclist will finish their pedaling on October 5, 2019. Mountain biking is a tough sport to play. The sport made it’s way into the Olympics 20 years ago, back in 1996. Physically demanding and technically challenging, cycling off-road over rough terrain requires presence of mind and muscle. Riding several hundred kilometers in a day over the rough terrain that the sport commands is certainly not cushy. The mighty Himalayas set a perfect stage for a sport like this. Cradled in the lap of Mother Nature, the mountain ranges offer an ideal territory for a fanatical mountain biker. Mr Mohit Sood (President, Himalayan Adventure Sport & Tourism Promotion Association) had participated in car rallies himself and after working on the production side of a few, he decided to set up an organisation of his own. He knew adventure sport was going to be the key focus of the organisation but

deciding upon mountain biking being flagship program happened to be a chance meeting with a wandering mountain biker from England. Gradually, the team began mastering their knowledge about the sport and eventually rolled out the first edition

edition (2015) witnessed anew participation from world champions like Luis Leao Pinto, Andi Seewald and Catherine Williamson among a few riders. More and more professional and ranked riders including former Tour De France and numerous UCI ranked

of the race on 6th October 2005 from Shimla to Manali. The race was initially supported by Himachal Tourism which was keen on developing the state for it’s tourism potential. It’s been 12 years since then and organisation has left no stones unturned to extend a helping hand of support to the organisers. The race was won by Hungarian International Norbert Szenthinlosi in open men solo category. Over the years MTB Himalaya established itself as a primer crosscountry endurance event and has drawn big names from the International cycling fraternity. 11th

athletes have shown interest and returning participation over the years. Established teams from Rocky Mountain, Kona Bikes, Airforce and Indian defence establishments participate religiously each year. Riders are often quoted touting the race to be “ the most difficult stretch” they have ever peddled. With a great terrain and astounding vistas in Himachal, the race making the best of rusty, dirt trails tags along technical section and has positioned Himachal Pradesh as a global destination for the sport during the past decade.

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ATOAI CONVENTION UNLEASHES ADVENTURE TOURISM POTENTIAL CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAFE ADVENTURE TRAVEL & MAKE INDIA- THE ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

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th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATAOI) from January 17-20, 2019, which focused on the theme ‘Adventure Travel: Future Challenges & Opportunities in the digital age’ has concluded with a success note at picturesque Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Mukesh Kumar Meena, I.A.S., Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh inaugurated the convention in the presence of Mr. Himanshu Shukla. I.A.S, Director Tourism, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and Mr. Huw Kingston, renowned adventure traveler from Australia and ATOAI office bearers. Capt. Swadesh Kumar, President of ATOAI while delivering his presidential address, said that major highlight of the convention is the biggest participation from women adventurers from all over India. Keeping the tradition of going to emerging hot spots in the country to showcase their potential as adventure tourism destinations, ATOAI comes to Araku Valley to unleash the adventure tourism potential that the state has to offer. He also informed that ATOAI is inviting all stakeholders to contribute in its resolve to make India the adventure capital of world in 2025. Mr. Rajesh Ojha, Secretary, ATOAI urged convention delegates to take up safety policy and standard guidelines to all the stakeholders from the adventure fraternity as to focus on an adventurefilled safety experience. ATOAI has recently formulated a well researched safety and security guideline for adventure travel in India and this guideline has formally approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Keynote speakers Mr. Huw Kingston, an Australian adventurer, writer, and environmentalist spoke about his

Mr. Mukesh Kumar Meena, I.A.S., Secretary - Tourism & Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh inaugurating the ATOAI annual convention at Araku Valley in the presence of Mr. Himanshu Shukla. I.A.S, Director Tourism, Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Huw Kingston, renowned adventure traveler, Capt . Swaddesh Kumar President and ATOAI office bearers.

journey and love for Indian Himalaya, while Mr. Brian Almeida, a customer loyalty expert engaged the audience with insights on how to bring customer as the focus of any business and build a strong relationship with them, Ms. Dilshad Master Kumar, a brand media specialist spoke about ‘Brand positioning in the competitive age.’ Mr. Himanshu Shukla. I.A.S, Director Tourism, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and MD, APTDC has presented a detailed view of AP Tourism and adventure travel potential along with investment opportunity in Andhra Pradesh. According to Mr. Himanshu SHukla IAS, the main objective behind bringing ATAOI Annual convention to Araku is identify and focus, new as well as established adventure products available in AP to the world through the realpractisioners and ambassadors of Adventure travel in India. Besides, bringing investment opportunities to adventure travel fraternity and providing networking opportunities with local stakeholders. During the two days deliberations, many presentations and discussions were caught attention of the delegates

due its nail baiting adventure travel experiences and eye opener to the new entrants to the field. Few sessions were really an inspiring especially the Kilimanjaro mountain expedition by visually challenged trekkers lead by Ms. Anupama Balasubramaniam and the Ultra Cycle challengses through Unisted states by Lt. Col. Dr. Srinivas Gokulnath from Indian Army. “We have designed and Structured the convention programme to interspersed with sessions, networking and activity away from resident enclave; the evenings are opportunities to savour mouth watering spicy Andhra cuisines along with local Dimsa dance, exchange moments of each other’s notable moments”, renew and make new alliances, said Mr. Vaibhav Kala, Convention Chairman. Mr. Shekhar Babu from Hyderabad, was the co-chairman of Convention, who is an Everester himself and has the mantle of helping over 24 climbers from AP to reach the summit of Everest. The AP state holds a record of twenty Everest Summiteers who were also invited and felicitated in the convention. The major highlight of the January 2019 Tourism India

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convention was the participation of large number of women delegates compared to previous conventions and women adventurers with a focus on shifting their carrier options from corporate to adventure travel. Convention has also had witnessed sessions on ‘Women in Adventure’, and future of ATOAI & Adventure Travel in India. Amidst the busy business sessions and networking lunches and dinners, the delegates were found time to explore and experienced the world of adventures at the Araku Valley like para-motoring, hot air ballooning, zip line, high ropes, zorbing, kayaking and ATVs. As part of the convention, ATOAI has also organised an adventure tourism exhibition, which includes the manufacturers, distributors, tour operators, adventure activity providers and state tourism boards came together to promote adventure tourism.

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From Kerala a team lead by Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotions Society and Eco Tourism directorate were participated and exhibited the new adventure travel products from God’s Own Country to the convention delegates and visitors. More than 300 delegates from adventure travel fraternity, industry players state tourism boards, local stakeholders and media persons were actively participated in the three-day event (January 17- 19). The annual convention of ATOAI, the umbrella organization of Adventure Tour Operators in India, was hosted and supported by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority with a focus of promoting adventure tourism in the state.

The conference and exhibition arena was set up in the outdoors at the Forest Institute, Araku Valley which was recently the venue for AP Cabinet meeting. ATOAI in association with Andhra Pradesh Tourism authority was organized, two pre- familiarization trips for the travel media and convention delegates. The first fam trip covered Vijayawada – Bhavani Island – (the largest sweet water island)Kadapa – Gandikota, Tirumala and Darhsan of Sri Venkateshwara Temple, Talakona – Waterfall visit, and Drive to Horsley Hills circuit and second fam trip has covered Vishakhapatanam circuit.


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THREEFOLD HIKE OF TOURISM PROMOTION BUDGET IN MALDIVES

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ew government of Maldives has proposed state budget for 2019 includes USD 6.7 million for tourism promotion, up from USD 2.2 million of previous year. Recently Former parliamentarian Mr.Ali Waheed has been assumed charge as the new Minister of Tourism for Indian Ocean island nation, one of the most sought after beach destination in the world. . President of Republic of Maldives Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had listed two pledges for the tourism industry, country’s main economic sector for the first 100 days .A minimum threefold increase in tourism marketing budget will be achieved within the first 90 days. Since Maldives, the world-famous holiday destination struggles to cope

up the challenge of increasing demand from budget travellers who choose guesthouses for their holiday Guest house symposium will be held within the first 30 days in office. Minister of Tourism Mr.Ali Waheed has stated that a total of 144 resorts are currently being run in Maldives, as well as the ongoing projects of an additional 140 resorts. He added that 132 out of the additional 140 resort projects as being development projects and further adding that a total of 54 projects are currently in hiatus due to various complications. Mt Waheed Waheed also highlighted that in addition to resorts, Maldives boasts 12 hotels, 508 guesthouses, 148 liveaboards, 308 travel agencies and 272 dive schools. January 2019 Tourism India

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NEW ZEALAND ISSUES ‘NEW’ WORLD MAP KIWIS TURN WORLD UPSIDE DOWN IN RESPONSE TO ONGOING MAP CONSPIRACY

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ow do you solve being missed off world maps? Take a Prime Minister, a global rock star, a Kiwi comedian and a Hollywood director, create a new map and put yourself at the centre of it. New Zealand is back with their ongoing investigation into why the country is missed off world maps, launching a follow-up video to check in on conspiracy theorist Rhys Darby and his attempt to solve the mystery. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returns alongside Rhys who has been on the trail for six months to solve the unfathomable mystery of how a country bigger than the UK could be missing off so many maps. This time the duo is backed by world 30

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renowned director and fellow Kiwi, Sir Peter Jackson who shares his theory with the world that New Zealand is closer than they think. In fact, it’s in the middle of the earth. Sir Peter’s involvement in the investigation was a natural connection as the man responsible for bringing Middle-earth to life. manages a cameo…not surprising given his recent tea and scones date with PM Ardern and close connection with Sir Peter, performing the soundtrack ‘I See Fire’ on one of his epic Hobbit films. “I love New Zealand – it stole my heart, and it feels bonkers anyone could miss it off a map,” says Sheeran Prime Minister Ardern says, “I’ve

NEW ZEALAND IS BACK WITH THEIR ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO WHY THE COUNTRY IS MISSED OFF WORLD MAPS. loved seeing the global response to our campaign. With a little help from Sir Peter, my hope is that people will see New Zealand right where it deserves to be - on the top of their list of places to visit!” The video was created by Tourism New Zealand as part of its global marketing efforts and is the follow-up to a video launched six months earlier.


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CHEF SIMRAN SINGH THAPAR

CHEF TENZIN NAMKHA

as Executive Chef for The Roseate, New Delhi

as Chef De Cuisine @ Sheraton Grand Bangalore at Brigade Gateway

Roseate Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Bird Hospitality appointmented Chef Simran Singh Thapar as Executive Chef at The Roseate, New Delhi. As part of his new role, Chef Simran will be responsible for the F&B department of The Roseate, New Delhi

Chef Tenzin Namkha has been entrusted to manage the culinary operations at South India’s highest dining destination, High Ultra Lounge. In his role he will be responsible for overseeing the restaurant’s dining venues, catering and culinary events, as well as further enhancing the restaurant’s celebrated culinary offerings. Chef Tenzin is a seasoned professional, known for crafting timeless culinary masterpieces for over 11 years. His sheer passion for food and love for cooking took him to some of the striking locations in the country that further flourished his culinary skillset.

SRIRAM RAMASWAMY

MR. VIPUL KAMBOJ

as the Director of Sales and Marketing Indore Marriott Hotel

as Executive Assistant Manager at Hotel Crowne Plaza Today Gurugram

Indore Marriott Hotel, the largest premium 5-Star Hotel in Madhya Pradesh is pleased to introduce Sriram Ramaswamy as the Director of Sales and Marketing who was associated with the hotel since the pre-opening period.

Mr. Vipul Kamboj has been appointed as the Executive Assistant Manager of Hotel Crowne plaza Today the best city hotel in Gurugram, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group. Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing with The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences for over 7 years. Before The Leela Group, he has worked with Marriott International Inc. for a decade.

A highly result driven professional, Sriram has been responsible for leading the teams across departments to achieve set objectives and target and develop e-marketing and sales strategies to build the brand as well as increase the revenue for the property.

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AN UNFORGETTABLE CITY MARRAKECH IS A CITY OF MOSQUES, GARDENS, MUSEUMS, CULINARY ART, GASTRONOMY, SHOPPING AND ART OF LIVING By RAVISANKAR K.V

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unsets in Morocco are a whole different experience compared to anywhere else in the world, Morrocco, the country overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Each city of Morocco has its own distinct color scheme & characteristics, which we can never experience in anywhere in the world. White Rabat, the capital city, Red hues in Marrakesh- the historic city to the gentle Lilacs in Casablanca- the commercial hub and sapphire blues in Chefchaouen a city in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. Even the taxis of each city has their own colors & features. Marrakesh doesn’t sound like a special city. Morocco’s capital city (that’s Rabat). It’s not the country’s largest metropolis (that’s Casablanca). It’s not even the African nation’s oldest city (that’s Fes). But Marrakech triumphs over other Moroccan cities as the unofficial cultural center thanks to the winding alleys of its vast medina, contrasted with the modern malls and restaurants of the Nouvelle Ville, juxtaposed yet again with the luxurious palm tree-lined resorts and villas of its Palmeraie district. Marrakech is one of the most beautiful cities that we know; comparable only to Baghdad. It is large and well built, palaces, magnificent mosques whose chief, called the Mosque of the Booksellers (kutubiyin) presents the highest minaret from which one can see the city in its entirety to the snowy mountains. “ described Ibn Battuta, even after seven centuries, the description of the poet still seems topical in the case of Marrakesh. January 2019 Tourism India

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THE MARRAKCHIS ARE VERY COURTEOUS, WELCOMING, AND CONTENT, WITH ANECDOTAL REACTIONS, AND HAVING A SENSE OF HUMOR, AND THIS REFLECTS THE TENSIONS OVER THE POSSESSION OF HERITAGE.

A mixture of traditional and contemporary, Marrakech holds the promise of incomparable sensations. Stroll through the Jemaa El Fna and the bazaars with their bright colors and oriental scents, and the red city will whisk you into another world in the blink of an eye. Rides in horse-drawn carriages, sun-soaked terraces, street artists and other activities both day and night will all add to your stay in Morocco. 34

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Admire the architectural wealth of the Medina by visiting one of its many riads, small oriental palaces arranged around a central courtyard, or relax at the Menara, a large pooled garden typical of the city. Marrakech relies on its incredible diversity to provide a choice for its visitors. You need only head out of the walled center to become immersed in contemporary Morocco. The Guéliz and Hivernage districts offer the most up to date

infrastructure, luxury boutiques and international brands along broad spacious avenues; all in Marrakech’s own inimitable style. As a sign of a growing economic buzz, there are also festive and cultural locations including the Palais des Congrès and the magnificent Théâtre Royal. Enjoy Marrakech at night by paying a visit to the many themed venues, trendy clubs and traditional evenings that reflect the zest for life of


THE WARMTH OF THE WELCOME IS MAINTAINED BY THE PREEMINENCE OF COMMERCE, AND SERVICES AND THE AMPLIFICATION OF THE TOURIST FUNCTION.

THE PEARL OF THE SOUTH

its inhabitants. Marrakech is the first tourist destination in Morocco. This magical imperial city has always been since its founding in 1070 by the Almoravid dynasty, the great Southern metropolis. The fame of Marrakech was designated as its all Morocco until the late nineteenth century. The heart of the city, surrounded by ramparts, contains the medina, a maze of narrow streets where we will be happy to get lost.

Upon arrival, one is taken by the contrast of colors: the city, its pink adobe walls, its walls covered with bougainvillea from which arise bunches of palm trees and greenery, spectacular scenery snow-covered peaks of the High Atlas under a bright sky of intense blue that announces the true nature of Marrakech. The city is a lush oasis, perpetually sunny, hence exhale flowery scents of jasmine and orange blossom freshness gardens. Inside the city walls, the zebra shadow of the sun, in the teeming streets of the medina, a hive of activity, punctuated with calls, voices, bright colors, cedarwood, and scents spices. The sounds, colors, and smells will meet to compose an amazing symphony. Marrakech, mythical city, cultural capital, inspiring artists, fashions and events: Marrakech art galleries, festivals, exhibitions; Marrakech “people� with its celebrities, its luxurious palaces and trendy nights; Marrakech tourist capital for over a century, offers a fine balance between treasures of the past and ongoing energy of living cultures. Yes, Marrakech is unforgettable. They come back, and each stay reserve discoveries. Some have never even left

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ENDANGERED PENGUINS IN ONESIES AND SURVIVAL OF THE BEST DRESSED PENGUIN PLACE IS ONE OF THE OTAGO PENINSULA'S BEST LOVED WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES

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eterinary staff caring for some of the world's most endangered penguins have come up with a simple but novel solution to aid the recovery of their patients by dressing them in the practical all-in-one baby garment known as a onesie. The onesie, it seems, is a good way to prevent the penguin patients from scratching or pecking at their wounds, and thereby allowing new feathers the chance to grow. The innovative idea came about when wildlife hospital staff were faced 36

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with treating a juvenile yellow-eyed penguin with substantial feather damage. “Just like any toddler the little one insisted on picking at his wounds, not allowing new feathers to grow,” said Dunedin Wildlife Hospital Trust chairman, Steve Walker. The baby onesies provided the perfect solution preventing the penguin from damaging itself. Walker says the penguin fashionista in question, who is known as Plucky, is now convalescing at Penguin Place wildlife centre where he is something of a sensation

with visitors lucky enough to catch a glimpse. “It seems that babies of all species need bespoke wardrobe items and this little guy is now on the mend thanks to this snappy fashion choice.” Inspired by the success of the idea, Dunedin Wildlife Hospital has put out a call to baby clothing manufacturers with the idea of creating specially designed penguin-themed onesies. Dunedin is the 'wildlife capital of New Zealand', with many rare and endangered species inhabiting the surrounding area. Before the Dunedin


Wildlife Hospital opened in early 2018, injured yellow-eyed penguins were flown to the North Island and only had a 40-50% chance of survival. That survival rate has now risen to nearly 88%. The charity is hoping that someone will take them up on the offer and donate a percentage of sales to the hospital’s operation, in addition to raising awareness of New Zealand’s unique but critically endangered wildlife. The penguins, aptly named because of their yellow eyes, breed on the east coast of New Zealand. On the Otago Peninsula, just 10 minutes’ drive from Dunedin city centre, numbers have dropped by 76 per cent since the mid1990s and face possible local extinction in the next 20 to 40 years. Ongoing conservation and protection of the species is an integral part of their survival, and the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital plays a pivotal role in this.

THERE'S A NEW DRESS CODE FOR SICK AND INJURED ENDANGERED PENGUINS AT A NEW ZEALAND WILDLIFE HOSPITAL - THE LATEST IN BABY ONESIES Penguin Place is one of the Otago Peninsula's best loved wildlife experiences where visitors can view penguins and other wildlife at close quarters. Wildlife lovers exploring Dunedin have a range of opportunities to see wildlife - both yellow-eyed and

korora little blue penguins, sea lions and fur seals, albatross and seabirds - on one of several wildlife tours on land and sea, including Penguin Place and the Royal Albatross Centre which is the world’s only mainland breeding colony of the northern royal albatross. January 2019 Tourism India

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SRI LANKA

A PERFECT WARM WINTER HOLIDAY DESTINATION THE STRETCHES OF PRISTINE BEACHES, AZURE OCEAN WATERS AND SEEMINGLY ENDLESS HORIZON

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inters in Sri Lanka are pleasant and an ideal holiday destination for travellers looking to trade snow for sunshine. Here’s why you need to visit the destination for a perfect warm winter holiday. One of the perks of vacationing in an island country like Sri Lanka are the stretches of pristine beaches, azure ocean waters and seemingly endless horizon. The beaches of Southern Sri Lanka are well suited for families owing to the calm seas, clear skies and breezy weather. Some of the best winter vacations experienced by travellers to South East Asia have been

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THE TRAIN TRIP FROM ELLA TO KANDY IN SRI LANKA, OR THE OTHER WAY AROUND, IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE TRAIN TRIPS IN THE WORLD. in the southern region of Sri Lanka where it doesn’t rain often and the sun is out the majority of the time. This has made it an ideal getaway for holiday-goers looking to soak up the sun and frolic in the sea and sand

during winters. Hikkaduwa, Mirissa and Weligama are home to some of the best surfing spots. Hikkaduwa particularly is a notable favourite and the preferred spot for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. If it’s luxury accommodation along with unique excursions that you’re looking for, stay at Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon where you can expect to experience the island in all its glory whilst having your every need catered to. Affordable winter vacations are a possibility in Sri Lanka, where you can enjoy a holiday rich in unique experiences such as whale and dolphin watching without breaking bank. Hotels like Trinco Blu by Cinnamon offer more personalized excursions guided by Cinnamon naturalists to spot spinner dolphins, sperm whales and blue whales up, close and personal during your stay there. The South of Sri Lanka is a whale highway of sorts during winters. Be sure to have your camera with you on your whale watching expedition to capture blue whales, humpback whales and killer whales real time. One of the best things about holidaying in Sri Lanka during the


winters is that the island’s toasty weather avails you to a spectrum of adrenaline-boosting physical activities that you cannot experience elsewhere. With endless stretches of pristine coastline, Sri Lanka’s beaches are ideal for a range of water sports with their many shipwreck diving spots, waves for surfing and winds for kite surfing. This December, make it a point to travel further inland into hill country, particularly to Kithulgala and Ginigaththena, you can enjoy white water rafting, kayaking and waterfall free jumping.

When in Yala, safari, sun and sand are the only orders of the day. Those who thirst for adventure and desire to journey into the unknown are in for a treat with a plethora of exotic flora and fauna here. Camp outdoors or pamper yourself with luxury accommodation at resorts like Cinnamon Wild Yala, where specialized naturalists take guests on guided nature walks, Infrared night drives or safaris and bird watching tours. A winter holiday in Sri Lanka would be incomplete without exploring the country’s wild side that is home to leopards, elephants, crocodiles and hundreds of bird species. The train trip from Ella to Kandy in Sri Lanka, or the other way around, is considered to be one of the most picturesque train trips in the world.

Winters being the ideal time, the seven hour long journey will take you through stunning landscapes of green and lush tea plantations, mountain views, charming villages, waterfalls and bridges with seemingly huge drop-offs. Hop onto this ride and visit the scenic city of Kandy with a stay at Cinnamon Citadel Kandy located on the banks of Mahaweli River.

Sri Lanka’s tropical weather and the many new hotels, eateries, shopping malls and excursions that have cropped up in recent times make it the perfect destination for those desiring to experience a winter vacation with a difference. Be sure to add the above to your bucket list of things to do to make the most of your trip to this quintessential island.

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RACE THE RIVER TO VICTORY BY ANANTARA HOTELS KICK OFF ON MARCH 13, 2019 AT THE MOUNTAIN FÊTE ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE

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nantara Hotels and Resorts reveal plans for the first charity-driven celebration of Thailand’s majestic national animal - the elephant. From the banks of the mighty Mekong to the River of Kings, this week-long celebration will link the natural and the urban in two distinctive and quintessentially Thai locations. Kicking off on March 13, 2019 at Anantara Golden Triangle, guests can rub elbows with the gentle giants in their natural habitat, before joining the Elephant Boat Race and festival in Bangkok next to the Anantara Riverside for electric

competition on the water in the form of elephant boat races and a weekend of enormous entertainment from March 15. Watch from the banks of the Chao Phraya as international teams participate in the age-old cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, paddling unique elephant themed and designed boats on the river. The spirit of elephants will shape the festival, from the jungle where visitors can get up close and personal with the pachyderms, to Bangkok’s buzzing waterfront where an artistic

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installation from the Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) will make their presence felt. Tapping into its conservational expertise, Anantara Hotels & Resorts is leading the way in high-impact fundraising for National Elephant Day, aiming to raise significant charitable donations while generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant. March 1314, 2019 The Mountain FĂŞte Anantara Golden Triangle Resort, Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) Camp Perched on a ridge 42

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in northern Thailand overlooking the border with Myanmar and Laos, Anantara Golden Triangle and the neighbouring GTAEF Camp will host a series of elephant-centred events in a picturesque mountain setting. As part of the celebrations, GTAEF will throw open its doors to local schools, businesses and visitors interested in interacting with the elephants in their natural environment and learning about the work of the foundation that to date has rescued over 60 ex-working elephants from Thailand’s city streets.


A family-friendly affair, the fête will feature such activities as Walking with Giants, an Elephant Buffet, an arts and crafts market as well as an exploration of Northern Thai cuisine and an exclusive VIP evening function. March 15-17, 2019 The Elephant Boat Race Anantara Riverside Bangkok Hotel The second part of the event is located next to Anantara Bangkok Riverside with elephant boat racing and a fun-filled weekend of sporting and cultural events with something to suit everyone. Specially

ELEPHANT-CENTRED EVENTS LIKE WALKING WITH GIANTS, ELEPHANT BUFFET, ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET AS WELL AS NORTHERN THAI CUISINE AND EXCLUSIVE VIP EVENING FUNCTION IN A PICTURESQUE MOUNTAIN SETTING WILL BE HOSTED commissioned elephant heads will decorate the boats. The international teams as well as Thailand’s own, Navy Seals will make the river in a festive mood. Whilst the teams battle it out on the Chao Phraya River; on-land

entertainment includes the digital dry dock rowing tournament, the Old Siam themed Ladies Day to musical concerts, champagne tents, beer gardens and much more family fun to come. January 2019 Tourism India

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INTERNATIONAL ONLINE PAINTING COMPETITION

God’s Own Country

In memory of Edmund Thomas Clint

Children from any corner of the world can participate! Age limit 4-16 years Participation certificate to all participants. Kerala tour package for 15 winners and their families! Kerala tour package for 5 promoters of the competition!

Cash prize of

Rs 10,000 to 65 winners

Participants can download ebooks and ebrochures on Kerala

God’s Own Country

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April 4th-7th, 2019

Antalya, TURKEY

Venue: ANFAS Antalya Expo Center

Topics of the Exhibition: Health, Sport & Alternative Tourism

Organizer: Aktuel EXPO International Event

Company Website: www.hestourex.com

Contact: info@hestourex.com

HESTOUREX is an International Exhibition & Congress that covers a broad spectrum of the Biggest Business to Business Platform of its kind in the World. Hestourex with its well-organized Hosted Buyer Program and B2B Platform create new business collaborations, build network and strategic partnerships between the industry professionals for developing a sustainable tourism all over the year. Hestourex is a great success not only in the terms of total number of participants, but also in the signed long-term commercial contracts among international companies. long-term business contracts with International companies.

HESTOUREX World Health, Sports and Alternative Tourism Congress & Exhibition will be held from 4 to 7 April, 2019 at Antalya, Turkey - ANFAS Expo Center Hestourex is Turkey’s first and only multidisciplinary platform established with the aim to introduce Turkey’s potential in Health, Sport and Alternative Tourism by developing bilateral co-operations between the countries in global professional business meetings. Simultaneously with the exhibition, the Hestourex is also covering Congress with the framework of thematic discussion panels over the current issues of the successful development of medical, sports and alternative tourism. In 2018, Hestourex has successfully accomplished its targets with 104 stands were presented at the exhibition with more than 250 exhibiting companies and

5017 Buyers from 165 countries. Moreover mid-term and long-term business potential created by Hestourex has reached 20 billion TL / 5 million USD with 50.387 scheduled business meetings. This figure consists only of the contacts with public companies. The total figure of new business potential is assumed to be twice the reported amount above. The organizers of Hestourex are the international exhibition company AKTUEL Expo, Antalya. Exhibitors and buyers, professionals and leading representatives of healthcare, sports and tourism from all over the world with potential business developler are invited to participate in the event.

Detailed information and conditions are available at www.hestourex.com

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