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India registers 86.4% growth in foreign tourists arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during October

A total of 1,05,268 foreign tourists arrived in October 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 56,477 during October 2015 registering a growth of 86.4%. UK (22.9%) continues to occupy top slot followed by the USA (12.1%) and France (6.6%) amongst countries availing e-Tourist Visa facility during October 2016.

The facility of e-Tourist Visa has been made available by the Government of India to the citizens of 150 countries, arriving at 16 international airports in India.

During January to October 2016, a total of 7,80,570 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,58,182 during January to October 2015, registering a growth of 202.3% . This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 113 countries.



Kerala Tourism rolls out 'The Great Backwater Experience' zone at IGIA, Delhi

Kerala Tourism has rolled out 'The Great Backwater Experience' zone at a special interactive stall set up in departure terminal at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi. The initiative allows passengers to savour an iconic Kerala experience while waiting to catch their flight.

Kerala's famous backwaters are brought to life for visitors through a two-minute film – specially shot using 360 degree technology utilising six cameras simultaneously – which can be viewed after they don an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.The zone is fitted with a life-size houseboat installation into which the visitor enters and dons the headset.





Golden Tulip opens Royal Tulip Kufri - Shimla

Located at 8,600 ft above sea level in Kufri, Royal Tulip Kufri is a world class resort that captures the beauty of its pristine wilderness. With views of the Himalayas spread over acres of Cedar forest range, Royal Tulip Kufri is a luxury resort that embodies the charm of a small hill station, overlooking the valley.

Royal Tulip Kufri is a family holiday destination and also has a Club Kufri, a hub for children with various fun activities such as – billiards, games center etc. Royal Tulip offers banquet venues that can accommodate over 800 guests, ideal for destination weddings, events, corporate off sites and get togethers. There is also a spa and an indoor pool area. Those who are more adventurous can enjoy several outdoor and indoor recreational activities such as trekking, golf at Naldhera and skiing during season.