Dubai in Seventh place of the world in tourism

This year MasterCard Global Destination Cities Dubai has ranked in the seventh most popular destination globally and the leading country in the Middle East and Africa region.

Dubai has been improved his level in the MasterCard list, moving from the ninth place in 2011, the eighth spot in last year. This year, Dubai has overtaking other popular places such as Milan, Rome, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hong Kong, among others.

“I think it is a foregone conclusion that in the next few years, Dubai will be among the world’s top five, with some luck, top three. The important thing to keep in mind is that Dubai is growing fast but many other destination cities are working very hard to grow fast as well,” Dr Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, global economic advisor for MasterCard.

Dubai cities have the strongest growth in visitor arrivals at 10.9 per cent and are set to attract 9.89 million overnight visitors in 2013.

“Dubai has gone from strength to strength, and continues to develop its offerings as it plans to draw even more visitors in the coming years,” Raghu Malhotra(MasterCard’s president for Middle East and North Africa).

Some Tour Places in Dubai:

The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is one of the 7 star hotels in the world. The Burj Al Arab’s height is 321 metres, dominating the Dubai skyline making it the fourth tallest hotel in the world.

Dubai has the tallest tower in the world and it is The Burj Khalifa and we can describe its amazing feet like “highest viewing platform in the world”.

One of the world’s largest dancing fountains is placed in front of the world’s tallest tower.
The fountain is 900 ft long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs, shoots water jets as high as 500 ft, its Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake.

Atlantis is the majestic resort in Dubai situated on the Palm, Palm Jumeirah a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity.

Kerala Government Introduced Seaplane For Tourists

Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy launched a commercial seaplane service from the Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam and adding another innovative idea to its tourism product by providing hassle-free last-mile connectivity.
After the introduction of the houseboat service tourists started discovering the backwater districts in Kerala. The houseboats and the resorts in the backwater districts now new tourists look forward to the drone of seaplanes.

After receiving all the necessary clearances, the state government has now launched the service as it believes that the tourism potential of the state is still unused. Inaugurating the service Kerala CM Mr.Chandy said that the start of the seaplane project is the first step towards the optimal utilization of tourism potential.

A Cessna six-seater 206 H operated by Kairali Aviation became the first aircraft to start operations in the state. The seaplane will operate from other popular backwater tourism like Punnamada in Alappuzha, Kumarakom in Kottayam and Bekal in Kasaragod district. The airports at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode and Mangalore will be used as base stations.

It is expected that around 7.3 lakh foreign tourists and 93.8 lakh domestic travellers visit the state every year.  Special photography flights and amongst other services, are the other sources of business for seaplanes.

Johor Bahru in Malaysia Tourist Place

Johor Bahru is the capital of Johor city in southern Malaysia. Johor Bahru one of  the southernmost city of the Eurasian mainland. The city has a population of 1,334,188as of 2010, while the metropolitan Johor Bahru, also known as Iskandar Malaysia, has a population of 1,730,000.

Johor Bahru is well known as an industrial city rather than a tourist-friendly town. A new immigration and customs checkpoint  was opened in Dec 2008. An almost 600-metre straight long flyover now links this gigantic complex with the Causeway.

Johor Bahru’s metropolitan area. It can be easily divided into four parts ( North, South, East and West).

South : The main city center is located on the southern part which has a link to Singapore via the causeway. It is an area with housing estates which have been around for more than 3 decades. estates are Taman Pelangi, Taman Century and Taman Sentosa.

North : Its main centre is Taman Johor Jaya, and it accessed via the trunk road, Jalan Tebrau. this road along relatively frequent peak hour jam. Recently, the Austin area has been a hive for construction activities with the most recent Jusco Tebrau City locating in its vicinity.

West : one of the largest areas of the four part, its center is Skudai and important housing estates such as Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Taman Skudai Baru, Taman Bukit Indah, Taman Perling and Taman Nusa Bestari are located here.

East : The main center here are Pasir Gudang which is both a port city as well as a manufacturing center, and Masai.

Most of the places are attractive in Johor Bahru. Any one can visit here, this country is the best attractions of tourist. You can enjoy to see Johor bahru’s beauties and other natural scenery. Some travel places name of Johor bahru.  Sri Raja Mariamman Hindu Temple , Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple, War Memorial, Makam Diraja, Tanjung Kupang Memorial, Danga Bay, Rumah Limas,  Danga World Petting ZooDanga World Theme Park.

India’s famous tourism places uttarakhand on flood

In this June (2013) Heavy rain make huge flood in uttarakhand, Nearly 15,000 people remain stranded in Uttarakhand; the return of bad weather is impeding rescue operations. Helicopters have not been able to take to the air in this morning, and landslides late on Sunday night have blocked major routes that were being used to evacuate people by foot.

100s of people are stuck in Harsil near Uttarkashi; 1000s are cut off in the holy town of Badrinath.

Preparations are underway for a mass burial in the flood-ravaged holy town of Kedarnath amid concerns of an outbreak of disease from rotting bodies, officials said. Huge amounts of ghee and wood are to be ferried by helicopter when the weather improves. “We have decided to start (a) mass cremation today. The priests of temples have been requested to take part in the final rites,” KN Pandey, an official with the state disaster management team, told news agency AFP.

The Department of Met has forecast heavy rain over the next four days, but says there will be pockets of clear weather when helicopter rescue sorties can be made.

There have been major  two landslides reported near Rudraprayag, serving as a major base camp for rescue operations, which have blocked a main road that is being used to carry help supplies. Bulldozers have been used to clear the road.

80,000 people have been evacuated since torrential hit on 15th June 2013 in peak tourist season centered on a pilgrimage to four shrines in Uttarkhand.

Indian army Soldiers along with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police have been using harnesses and erecting rope bridges across flooded rivers as part of efforts to move people to safety.

More than thousands bridges have been damaged along with roads, cutting off hard-hit villages and towns.

The NDRF is using UAVs to locate survivors in remote areas that still remain inaccessible.



Can’t Drink alcohol on Goa Beaches

Goa government has Strictly barred drinking liquor on beaches. However, One can continue to enjoy drinks in places like beach shacks, Goa Tourism Director Nikhil Desai told PTI.

“The ban has been imposed under Goa Tourist Places (Protection and Maintenance) Act which gives the right to the state government to ban things which create nuisance in the tourism zones. The act envisages to protect and maintain the tourist places from deterioration and erosion and preserve the tourism potential”, he said.

IRB(India Reserve Battalion), a wing of Goa Police, manning the law and order on beaches, is asked to implement the order with immediate effect. “The violation will attract arrest”, Mr Desai added.

He clarified that the prevention order is not applicable to drinking in licensed shacks or any other places where retail sale of liquor is allowed.

The ban is the fallout of growing complaints by tourists getting injured by broken bottles littering beaches and of nuisance against women tourists by drunk hoodlums loitering beaches.

A special tourist destination, Goa attracts approximately 2.4 million tourists annually, chunk of whom are domestic.

Inida’s top tourist place Taj Mahal City (Agra)

Agra’s hope for a civilian airport as a improve to the Taj city, Taj city’s tourism industry was revived after an hour-long presentation in Lucknow officials by Agra District Magistrate Zuher Bin Sagir.

IANS, Mr Sagir, Persons who made the presentation, said: “I have been assured by top officials that the Airport Authority of India officials would soon visit Agra and give their survey report after a visit to Dhanuali, where we want to have the airport terminal adjacent to the existing airport at Kheria.”

Mr Sagir said farmers would be satisfactorily compensated for the additional 57-acre land that needs to be acquired.

Mr Sagir said an airport that serves civilian traffic would prove a boon to the tourism industry.

Rajiv Tiwari (Senior tourism industry leader) said: “Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh is very positive about the Agra airport project. The Airport Authority of India has already surveyed the Dhanuali area and is keen that the work on the project starts soon.”

the Kheria airport is less than 10 km from The Taj Mahal.

Rath Yatra festival details

on July 10th Rath Yatra festival sees Lord Jagannath  along with and his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, venture out of their abode in Puri’s Jagannath Temple,  Orissa.

The statue of Lord Jagannath doesn’t have any arms and legs. It was carved out of wood by a carpenter after the Lord Jagannath came to the King in a dream, and instructed him to get the statue made. Apparently, if anyone saw the statue before it was finished, the work would not progress any further. The King became impatient and took a peek. Hence, the statue not having arms and legs.

Srirangapatna Temples

Srirangapatna, it is in 127 km from Bangalore and 18 km from Mysore, has various attractions like the Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple , Sri Nimishambha Temple  are located on the banks of the Cauvery river. Tipu’s summer palace  and some other likable places also there.

Ranganathaswamy temple is one of the most important Vaishnava centers of South India.

Other temple In Srirangapatna the Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple, the Jyothi Mahaswara Temple, the Bidhcotta Ganesha Temple, the Panduranga Swamy Temple, the Sathyanarayana Swamy Temple, the Anjunaya Swamy Temple, the Ayyapa Temple, the Gangadhareswara Swamy Temple, and the Raganatha Nagara Ganesha Temple, surrounding Srirangapatna in fort 8 Ganesh & Anjunaya temples.