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BRICS Convention on Tourism commences on Sept 1 in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India organized the BRICS Convention on Tourism, as a precursor to the BRICS Summit to be held in Goa on October 15-16, 2016. The two-day event will comprise of inter-governmental exchange of views and ideas, panel discussions on technology, innovation in tourism, and co-operation between the BRICS countries for promoting intra-regional tourism. B2B meetings between Indian travel trade and their counterparts from the BRICS countries will also be organised.

Post-convention familiarization tours to be arranged for the delegates covering destinations like Orchha, Sanchi, Bhopal, Bhimbetka etc.



Mumbai to be gateway for international cruising

From December 2016 to March 2017 Costa neoClassica will have Mumbai as it's new homeport. This announcement has came in-front showcasing that concerted efforts are being made at every level to develop and promote India's financial capital city as the country's cruise tourism hub.

Costa neoClassica will sail from Mumbai to Male in Maldives. The itinerary is for seven nights in each direction. It is estimated that "Within this year 59 ships will come here and next year the number will increase to 100. This year we will see 70,000 to 80,000 cruise tourist arrivals,"



New airport to be developed in Goa

GMR Airports was selected to create and operate the new INR30 billion (US$446 million) Mopa Airport on a greenfield site in the state, following a competitive bidding process. The new airport will be built in four phases, with capacity gradually increasing from 4.4m passengers per year in the first phase to more than 13m by the end of the fourth phase.The new airport will significantly increase Goa's air lift.



Rajasthan Tourism to host weddings in Luxury Trains

Rajasthan, a much desired destination for elite weddings, is renting out its iconic trains for the purpose.

Aiming to make the state one of the best wedding destinations in the world, Rajasthan Tourism has also come up with new wedding packages in two of its luxury locomotives, ''Palace on Wheels' (POW) and 'Royal Rajasthan on Wheels' (RROW). One can now charter the entire POW for $370,000 for seven nights and eight days. The charges for RROW are yet to be decided.



SIM card for foreign tourist arriving on e-visa by Sept end

The Indian government will be handing out free SIM cards to foreign visitors arriving in the country on an e-tourist visa. SIM cards will be issued through BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited), a state-owned telecommunications company, from the end of September 2016. Visitors will receive their SIM, preloaded with talktime, along with a welcome kit and important information on how to enjoy their stay in India, safely and comfortably.

Foreign tourists have long lamented the difficulty in obtaining SIMs in India, and Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma says the new initiative will go a long way to promoting tourism to the country.