15th UNWTO Awards to recognize innovation and sustainability in tourism, applications open
MADRID, Aug 14, 2018 – Promoting innovation, job creation and sustainability are key considerations for the 15th World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Awards. UNWTO invites submissions until 31 October 2018.
The UNWTO Awards recognise the contribution of public and private institutions and NGOs to development of a more competitive, responsible and sustainable tourism sector that works towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda of the United Nations. Initiatives at local, national, regional and international levels are all considered.
Applications are now open for the UNWTO Awards in Public Policy and Governance, in Enterprises, and in Non-Governmental Organizations. Interested parties are encouraged to apply before 31 October 2018 (23:59 CET). Finalists will be notified in December 2018, with the award winners to be announced in January 2019.
A further award, the UNWTO Ethics Award will also be announced in January 2019. The Award takes applications from signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, which is UNWTO’s flagship set of guidelines for a tourism sector built on ethical and responsible principles for sustainability. The call for applications for the UNWTO Ethics Award will be announced soon.
Since their creation the UNWTO Awards have recognized more than 70 institutions, with 2017 seeing 128 applications received. Winners in 2017 included Turismo de Portugal, the Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust of India, Indonesian booking platform Triponyu.com and Spain’s state tourism innovation society SEGITTUR.
The three-day event, kindly hosted by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, comprises of a one-day travel trade mart and one-day conference that brings together public and private sector tourism professionals involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism.
“The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart has enjoyed outstanding success in recent years in Thimphu, Bhutan; Chiang Rai, Thailand; Luoyang, China, and Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE and we are now delighted to have the opportunity for the first time to focus upon the many opportunities for adventure travel and responsible tourism in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India”, said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “This event provides an exceptional platform for travel trade professionals to learn much more about this captivating destination, gain deeper insights into adventure travel trends, and contribute to creating a more responsible travel and tourism industry.”
Nestled amidst lush greeneries guarded by the breathtaking hills of northern Uttarakhand, the tranquil city of Rishikesh is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World’. It gained instant fame when The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in the 1960’s. Boasting marvellous temples, pilgrimage sites and the magnificent Ganges River, every corner of this legendary place has stories to be told. But Rishikesh is not all spirituality and yoga.
Today, the city attracts tourists from all over the world for its numerous adventure sports such as white-water rafting, cliff-jumping, kayaking and camping. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’, Rishikesh is also a designated starting point for treks to numerous Himalayan pilgrimage centres and shrines.
Watersports fans can enjoy rafting down the Ganges River amid the rocky mountains and natural wood surroundings. Thrill-seekers can choose to dive off a cliff from a dizzying height of 35 feet or face the superb rapids of the Ganges on a kayak. Meanwhile, waterfall trekking offers a gentler opportunity to get close to nature while being accessible to people of all age groups – perfect as a family activity. Explore the destination where excitement meets tranquillity within the backdrop of tall mountains, amidst the gushing sound of crystal clear waters. This is Rishikesh – land of gods, adventure, and peace.
The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart is an annual event that offers a platform for sellers and buyers involved in the world of adventure travel and responsible tourism to secure new business and to consolidate existing contracting relationships via PATA’s well-proven system of pre-matched appointments. It is an excellent opportunity to create new experiences and to share new opportunities with global tourism professionals.
Early bird discounts are available for all registration fees until October 31, 2018, while special rates are available for Uttarakhand delegates.
Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 98 government, state and city tourism bodies, 19 international airlines and airports, 91 hospitality organisations and 70 educational institutions, as well as over a hundred young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism our 36 Chapters and 20 Student Chapters across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 20 PATA student chapters globally. The chapters and student chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership in Uniting Travel, a coalition of the world’s major Travel & Tourism organisations dedicated to ensuring that the sector speaks with one voice and acts in unison on the major issues and includes ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing and London. Visit www.PATA.org.
Myanmar Shalom Travels: Only a few Spots left for Myanmar FAM Trip
YAGON, August 14, 2018 – As of today we have 24 people signed up. We will close the group when reach to 30. Only a few spots left – please join us on this Magical Myanmar Journey as we offer this only once a year.
We have created unique FAM Trip for Travel Agents/Tour Operators/DMC/Tour Leaders and also first time travelers to Myanmar. With a focus on the culture, people, arts and sights of Myanmar, you will see fairy-tale pagodas, fascinating architecture, meeting with ethnic tribal groups and lively street life.
Normally these type of trips will cost more than double the rates that we provide for FAM Trip. But Myanmar Shalom subsidized the cost and we hope you will be able to share experience that you gain through Myanmar Trip to your clients/your family/friends.
Don’t miss out this opportunity – we offer this trip only once a year. We hope you can join us (or) please share with others interested in visiting Myanmar. Very much appreciated. Please contact us email@example.com or reserve the space through below link.
TAT convenes brainstorming forum to improve tourist safety and security
BANGKOK, Aug 14, 2018 – Thailand is set to undertake a sweeping overhaul of all the country’s safety and security measures relevant to the travel and tourism industry.
More than 150 participants from all around the country attended a half-day forum on 9 August, 2018, at the Athenee Hotel Bangkok to analyse the key issues and brainstorm ways to enhance safety and security for visitors.
Presided over by H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, the forum was held under the theme of “Travel around Thailand, Safe Everywhere”. It was also attended by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and representatives of numerous private and public sector associations.
According to TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT is responsible for maintaining the competitiveness of tourism marketing and ensuring visitor satisfaction. As such, the outcomes of the safety and security forum would go a long way towards ensuring that Thailand remains a “Preferred Destination” for global visitors.
All the measures and recommended actions generated by the forum would be divided into three parts: Preparation Measures, Crisis Management Measures, Post-Crisis Relief Measures. These will be communicated to the National Tourism Policy Board and the Cabinet to approve for further action by the relevant agencies.
Dusit International set to unveil latest dusitD2 in Ao Nang
BANGKOK, Aug 14, 2018 – Dusit International, Thailand’s global hospitality company, has signed a management agreement with Vogue Pranang Bay Resort Co., Ltd. to operate dusitD2 Ao Nang, slated to open at the end of this year. The hotel will be the second Dusit property in the popular resort area of Krabi.
Located 25 kilometres from Krabi International Airport, the new dusitD2 Ao Nang is tucked away amidst lush jungle greenery on a hillside in downtown Ao Nang, yet within walking distance to the beach, providing convenient access to all of Krabi’s main attractions.
The downtown location of dusitD2 Ao Nang will also enable guests to be within walking distance to nearby facilities such as supermarkets and convenience stores as well as cafés and fast-food outlets.
dusitD2 Ao Nang comprises 173 modern guest rooms and suites with a choice of sea, mountain or pool views. The hotel offers all amenities for a fun and comfortable getaway, including an indoor and outdoor all-day-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, an outdoor swimming pool with a separate kids’ pool, a fitness centre, a spa, and a 200-square-metre ballroom. For families travelling with children, dusitD2 Ao Nang also features an extensive kids’ playground that will keep the hotel’s youngest guests entertained throughout their stay.
Popular activities in Krabi around dusitD2 Ao Nang include jungle trekking, sightseeing excursions and boat trips to some of Thailand’s most stunning beaches and islands, located within protected national marine parks, for snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and bird-watching.
Krabi’s famous limestone hills and caves also attract climbers from around the world, especially the limestone rock faces at Railay Beach, where several popular rock-climbing schools can be found.
“We are very happy to be bringing the dusitD2 brand to Ao Nang,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dusit International. “This beautiful area has always been very popular with visitors and adventure-seekers from Thailand and all over the world. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to the new dusitD2 Ao Nang, which combines modern comfort, convenience and connectivity with the excellent service and hospitality that is the hallmark of all Dusit hotels.”
Mr Watcharaphon Deechaisettha, Vogue Pranang Bay Resort’s Chief Business Development Officer, said, “Krabi is one of the fastest-growing destinations, especially amongst younger travellers. We are very pleased to work with Dusit to present a fresh new option to meet the needs of the tourists who seek a mix of relaxation and recreation in this resort area. We believe that our knowledge of Krabi, and the proven management expertise and Thai graciousness that Dusit will bring to this project, will create a successful collaboration.”
The upscale mid-market dusitD2 Ao Nang is a rebrand of the previous Vogue Resort and Spa in this popular seaside town. The property has been entirely refurbished and updated, with new additions to the existing buildings.
Dusit International currently operates 27 hotels across four brands worldwide, and is rapidly expanding its footprint in key global markets. dusitD2 Ao Nang will be the third dusitD2 branded hotel in Thailand, following dusitD2 Chiang Mai and dusitD2 Kao Yai.
About Dusit International
Dusit International was founded in 1948 by Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose ï¬rst hotel was the Princess on Bangkok’s Charoenkrung Road. Today the company is a leader in hotel management and hospitality education and comprises a unique international portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts operating under four brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana. ASAI Hotels, an affordable lifestyle brand aimed at millennial-minded travellers, is set to open its first property early next year.
Dusit International currently operates 27 properties worldwide and has over 50 confirmed projects in the pipeline in key destinations such as Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, and UAE.
The company also operates the signature Devarana Spa and has a fast-growing Education Division. The latter, established in 1993, comprises Dusit Thani College, which offers vocational and postgraduate hospitality degrees at campuses in Bangkok and Pattaya; and Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School.
helloVietnam: When you just have one day in Hanoi…
HANOI, August 9, 2018 – Just spend one day joining in a Hanoi day tour, and your heart will totally be conquered by the outstanding beauty of this capital and interesting experiences.
With people captivated by Vietnam and Hanoi beauty, they will really want to explore the pretty city for a long time. However, if they don’t have enough time, the Hanoi day tours of city can be considered to be the optimal recommendation for them. Have you ever thought you will spend just one day traveling Hanoi, the capital of the S-shaped country? You may think it is the insane idea, but believe me, one day is totally enough time for everyone to comprehend about the city highlighted by thousands of cultural and historical years. Let’s start Hanoi day tours Vietnam with us now!
1. Hoan Kiem Lake
It is better if you can get out of your bed and take a visit to Hoan Kiem Lake to immerse yourself in local life in the early morning. Just wandering around the lake in a short time, you can catch sight of many locals also getting up early and doing exercises from the dawn. Many locals, as well as tourists, say that such early morning moments are the rare time when people can contemplate a peaceful Hanoi. However, this little time is also enough to make visitors realize that the land also has the tranquil corners be living hand in glove with the noisy life.
Especially, when you go on a walk and contemplate the attractiveness of the historical lake, you will feel deep affection for this capital city than ever. It is estimated to be the lively witness that observes all the history peaks and valleys in Hanoi. Therefore, this visit might become more meaningful for those interested in looking into Vietnam culture tours.
2. Hanoi Old Quarters
After ambling and enjoying the fresh and peaceful atmosphere around Hoan Kiem Lake, you can pay a call on Hanoi Old Quarters. The advice for you is going with a local guide if you don’t want to go astray in the labyrinth of old streets. These streets are considered to be the best places if tourists want to explore Hanoi traditional culture from the quintessence of provincial cuisine to long-lasted trade career.
It will be a serious omission if you visit Hanoi without trying specialties here. For breakfast, you can taste some dishes such as Pho, xoi (steamed sticky rice), bun cha, etc. Because Pho is the most popular dish in Vietnam, specifically in Hanoi, you can find a bowl of Pho for your ideal breakfast easily in a luxury restaurant or even a mid-class street food stall.
Another famous dish made of vermicelli you will completely fall in love with it is bun cha. Its center of interest is grilled pork, whose aromatic smoke is also attractive with people going across. The most well-known destination is bun cha Huong Lien Restaurant located on Le Van Huu Street, where the America President had his dinner when he had a visit to Vietnam. Even, they have a combo named “Obama Combo” which is the best seller in this restaurant.
Mentioning Hanoi cuisine, people cannot ignore an illustrious destination, xoi che ba Thin with the uncountable number of xoi (steamed sticky rice) and che (sweet soup). The small food stall located at 1 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem District, has been remained for a long time and until now it is still the familiar spot whenever locals need a place for snacks each afternoon.
If Saigonese locals think Cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese Iced condensed milk café) like an indispensable part of their unique culture, café trứng (egg coffee) is something same as that in Hanoi local’s mind. The best and unique drink made by the Hanoian’s invention in the past can be found in only the beautiful city. Going to Giang Café at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem and taking a sip a cup of egg coffee especially in a cold winter morning will become the most unforgettable experience on your Hanoi sightseeing tours.
Beside food tours in Hanoi, the traditional trade streets are also the inviting features in these Hanoi Old Quarters. Just strolling through some old streets, you will be made an impression by the variety of time-honored career such as Hang Ma Street selling joss paper, Hang Bac Street with silver stores, etc. Visiting the little avenue like that in Hanoi will help tourists gain a lot of background knowledge of Hanoi culture from the past to the present.
3. Bat Trang pottery village
After experiencing a Hanoi culinary tour, you can visit Bat Trang pottery village, one of the most famous ancient trade villages in Hanoi. For a long time, Bat Trang is always the reliable place where locals can find their daily household goods (bow, cup, plates, spot, etc.), worshipping, or decorative items. In the past, all the products here are made by the skillful hands of the craftsman, however, the pottery artists apply many technical innovations in their artful productions.
That’s a reason why tourists may recognize many products with modern design besides the others with ancestral style. Even, after observing the artists’ guide, tourists will have chances to make some cutie items with their hands such as cups, bowls, etc. Let’s imagine you will have chances to own the most lovely pottery goods made by your hand. How wonderful the exploitation is!
4. Nightlife in Hanoi
It will be a big mistake if you come to Hanoi without experiencing nightlife in this noisy city. The nightlife in Hanoi is not as noisy and active as that in Saigon, but it also happy enough to satisfy the night owls’ curiosity.
– Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen Conjunction
It is evaluated to be the best meeting place for the youth at night. Despite pavement seats, people feel totally free to have gossips with their friends while enjoying a glass of Hanoi Beer at the extremely price ($1 per). Therefore, the seats seem to be always full of young people as the dark falls downs.
– The Water Puppet Theater
Located at 57B Dinh Tien Hoang Street, the special building is the habitual spot of almost foreign tourists whenever they holiday in Hanoi. In particular, if they have undivided attention for the Hanoi arts, the theater will be absolutely the must-visit destination on their Hanoi day tours of the city. It is the rare opportunity for travelers to contemplate the ancient art form of water puppetry when they will have a relaxing and enjoyable time after a day tour. Under the accomplished control, the artful water marionettes have many wonderful performances making audiences delighted.
As you can see, in just one day, you can still have enough time to both explore the cultural and historical beauty of Hanoi and join in many exciting activities. Hanoi day tours seems to become the most suitable choices for those who want to take part in as many local activities as possible in spite of limited time. In reality, it is not too difficult for every tourists to book such an interesting tour, they can contact with a professional travel agency and they will provide you the most suitable recommendation with you.
helloVietnam: Three days for the whole Vietnam discovery
HANOI, August 6, 2018 – There is no choice more suitable than Vietnam day tours for those who are captivated by this nation’s beauty but their duration of traveling is restricted.
Have you ever thought you can travel the whole S-shaped country within three days? With each region, it just takes you one day to explore Vietnam’s typical beauty. Although you cannot find out and understand deeply about its beauty, it is enough to create unforgettable impression in your mind how attractive the land is. If you still don’t believe, you can explore with us in this articles.
The Vietnamese capital’s name is quite familiar with those who are interested in traveling Vietnam. Especially, if you are crazy about exploring Vietnamese culture, Hanoi is one of the must-go destinations on your Vietnam day tours whenever you have opportunities to take a visit to Vietnam.
In the morning, you can wake up early and wander the Hoan Kiem Lake, the symbol of Hanoi, to enjoy the fresh and peaceful atmosphere which is the rare moments in such a noisy city. When walking around this lake, you can catch sight of many locals also getting up and doing exercise. Such early morning hours themselves are enough for you to realize that Hanoi also has the peaceful corner existing cheek by jowl with the rowdy lifestyle.
Then, you may ramble the Old Quarter and choose for yourself an ideal breakfast like a local. Some unlimited culinary recommendations for both locals and tourists are pho, xoi, banh xeo, bun cha, etc. Especially, don’t miss the chances to enjoy a cup of cà phê trứng (egg coffee), the unique drink invented by Hanoians after your provincial breakfast.
You can even spend the rest of this day experiencing the quintessence of Hanoi cuisine. However, we prefer an attractive destination for Vietnam day toursHanoi where you can pay a visit in the afternoon and gain a lot of knowledge about Vietnamese culture. It is Bat Trang pottery village. Come here and you will have the absolutely genuine experiences with making the lovely pottery products by yourself. Imagine how wonderful a lovely cup or bowl made and designed by your own hands would be!
In the Central of Vietnam, Danang is the most attractive tourist destination which is never off anyone’s list. If you just spend one day in this glamorous city, what do you want to do, and where do you want to go? Here are my suggestions. You should get out of your bed as soon as possible if you are interested in contemplating the marvelous sunrise on My Khe beach at dawn. As many experienced travelers’ review, there is nothing more enjoyable than walking or cycling along the shore and let the breeze fill up your chest with fresh ocean atmosphere.
But don’t submerge in its mysterious beauty too long, let’s immerse in the local’s life and have unforgettable experiences with your friends on your Vietnam day tours. You can pay a call on a local market to try the local specialties at the reasonable price. The local menu is really variable with uncountable number of flavorsome specialties, from the main dishes to snacks, which satisfy all types of appetite.
In the afternoon, you can choose a nearby spot for exploring the city’s beauty and Ba Na Hill is an optimal choice for you. As you catch sight of the buildings’ architecture on Ba Na Hills, you will absolutely conceptualize the European streets where everyone dreams to visit at least once in their life. With such picturesque background, many couples even choose the place to shoot their wedding photos.
There is an interesting fact that Danang will be miraculous as the night falls and the city’s light sheds sparklingly, especially from the legendary bridges. People even call Danang by another attractive name “The city of bridges”. The night in this city will be completely perfect if you can stay up late to observe the Han River Bridge swinging at 1:00 a.m. So, if you can, don’t miss the chance.
If Hanoi represents North Vietnam, Danang is for the Central, we have Saigon for the Southern. In such an active city, you may just need one day to explore how beautiful it is. The first and foremost destination you can take into consideration to visit on your Vietnam day tours Ho Chi Minh is Notre-Dam Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, the iconic construction of the city. Buy a cup of Cà Phê sữa đá (Iced milk condensed café) and enjoy the space highlighted by Saigon features.
Another destination you should not miss out is Ben Thanh Market, where you can find everything you need for the real local experience. Someone says that markets are the places showing most clearly and lively the local lifestyle. The moment you enter this market, you can feel immediately the rackety sound like the way Saigon people live. Tourists can discover the local specialties or even buy a lot of lovely items as meaningful souvenirs for their families or friends.
You can spend the rest of the travel day coming to see Cu Chi Tunnels, the lively witness of Vietnam history. This is the hiding spots where American soldiers called “Back Echo”, but the Viet fighters utilize to live during the Vietnam War. Observing Cu Chi Tunnels in the naked eyes, travelers can throw back the past time and understand how difficult the brave warriors had to put up with during this hard time.
There is one thing you cannot fail to catch on your Vietnam day tours. That is enjoying the nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City! It is undeniable that Ho Chi Minh seems to be a totally different city whenever the night wears on. The darker the sky becomes, the more beautifully Saigon changes its appearance. The twinkling light from skyscrapers and the energetic music are like beckoning people outdoors for many engrossing activities.
There is no plan more perfect than a Vietnam day tour package with the three most famous stopping places Hanoi, Danang, and Saigon. Just in a short time, tourists can travel and have interesting experiences across the S-shaped country. Now, why don’t you set up your plan for an ideal Vietnam trip and carry your backpack, then travel with us?
NEW DELHI, Aug 13, 2018 – India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the public sector undertaking under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, posted a steady performance for first quarter of the current financial year 2018-19. The total turnover in quarter ending June 2018 decreased to Rs.79.32 cr as compared to Rs. 91.08 cr in the corresponding quarter last year. The company registered Net Profit Before Tax (PBT) at Rs. 10.97 cr as compared to Rs. 28.79 cr in the corresponding quarter last financial year i.e. 2017-18, an decrease of 61.89% from last year.
The aforesaid information is based on the new Indian accounting standards 2017 (Ind AS) as applicable from 1st April 2017.
About India Tourism Development Corporation
ITDC was incorporated in 1966 with a mandate to develop and expand tourism infrastructure in the country. The Corporation has been moving ahead with consistent efforts on development, growth and world-class services and amenities to its guests. Apart from running Hotels, the ITDC has diversified into non-hotel sectors like Ticketing, Tours and Travels, Event Management, Duty-Free Shopping, Publicity & Printing Consultancy, Engineering Consultancy, mounting Sound & Light Shows, Hospitality education and skill development– all under one roof.