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Russia yet to okay ayurveda despite popularity

Russia yet to okay ayurveda despite popularity

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the Russian government weighing the idea of recognising ayurveda, it is expected to provide a window of opportunity for Kerala in the wellness tourism sector, said experts. Attending the inaugural International Ayush Conclave here, Devadattan Nair, of Thiruvananthapuram, who is part of a three-member delegation team from Russia, ...

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‘Reckless’ tourists couch surf in war-torn Afghanistan

'Reckless' tourists couch surf in war-torn Afghanistan

Seeking an “authentic” experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts. Despite the country‘s decaying security nearly 2,000 Afghans — the vast majority of them men — have signed up ...

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Kerala Tourism debuts at IMTM, eyes Israeli travellers

Kerala Tourism debuts at IMTM, eyes Israeli travellers

KOCHI: Foraying into uncharted waters, Kerala Tourism for the first time participated in the International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) in Tel Aviv.  Kerala Tourism is now eyeing  the largely untapped Israeli market to substantially increase footfall from the Jewish state. Tourism Director P Bala Kiran led the state delegation to ...

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International medical assistance company threatens Nepal

International medical assistance company threatens Nepal

In a letter to Nepal’s tourism minister last month, the managing director of Traveller Assist, an Australia-based medical assistance company, threatened the government that his clients would stop issuing travel insurance policies in Nepal if the administration does not take action against trekking agencies, helicopter companies and hospitals that have been involved ...

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Voluntourism: The newest trend in travel

“Instead of taking another trip to Italy or France, we wanted to do something special this time. We loved the concept of integrating into our trip something good for the soul,” says Miki Rom, who returned home this past July from a trip she took with her husband to Zimbabwe ...

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Driving and adventure in the Florida Keys

Driving and adventure in the Florida Keys

Seagulls and squadrons of brown pelicans flew alongside my rented Hyundai as I drove across the astonishing 7-mile stretch of U.S. 1 that runs across Moser Sound, just south of Marathon, in the Florida Keys. The proximity of birds and water blurred the distinctions between sea and sky, drive and ...

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1.8 million travelled to Qatar in 2018, says Ministry

1.8 million travelled to Qatar in 2018, says Ministry

Qatar daily The Peninsula reported that over 1.8 million people visited Qatar last year, driven by a strong inflow of travellers from countries in Asia and Europe. Of the total visitors, 41 percent were from “other Asia regions” while 29 percent of the visitors were from Europe in 2018, according ...

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Indonesia Aims to Rank First in Global Halal Tourism

Indonesia Aims to Rank First in Global Halal Tourism

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Indonesia is expected to rank first in terms of global halal tourism and as a Muslim tourist-friendly destination, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) in 2019. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said that Indonesia targeted to take the lead in the world’s halal tourist destinations this ...

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