Malaysia plans measures to attract more Indian tourists

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Concerned over Malaysia losing Indian tourists to other South-East Asian countries in recent years, the Malaysian government has come up with certain measures to check the fall in numbers and plans to make further investment to attract more tourists. Malaysia's Tourism Minister Mohamed Nazri bin ...
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London's Thames Estuary earmarked as creative hub

​London, Feb 14 (IANS) A bold vision to transform London's Thames Estuary into a hub for the creative and cultural industries was unveiled by Mayor Sadiq Khan. The mayor on Monday said the project would bring thousands of jobs and growth to benefit the capital and the wider south east corner of England, Xinhua news age...
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US visitors may have to hand over social media passwords

​New York, Feb 9 (IANS) If you are planning a visit to the US, you could be asked to hand over Facebook and other social media passwords as part of an enhanced security process, media reports said. According to a report in NBC News on Wednesday that quoted Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, this step was one of se...
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Fingerprints to be collected upon entry to China

​Beijing, Feb 9 (IANS) Foreign nationals will have to submit to fingerprinting when they enter China, the Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday. During this year, exit-entry departments across the country will begin to collect the fingerprints of foreign nationals aged between 14 and 70, Xinhua news agency repor...
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Brazil's Carnival expected to bring in $1.8 bln

​Brasilia, Feb 7 (IANS) Tourism revenue during the Brazilian Carnival is expected to hit 5.8 billion reais ($1.8 billion), a government report said. The report, issued on Monday by the National Commerce Confederation (CNC), showed that food and beverage services in bars and restaurants are projected to bring in around ...
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Longest commercial flight lands in New Zealand

​Auckland, Feb 6 (IANS) A Qatar Airways commercial flight, deemed the world's longest, landed in New Zealand here on Monday after leaving Doha just over 16 hours ago, the media reported. The flight eclipses what is now the longest duration flight, Emirates' Dubai to Auckland service, by up to an hour. The Doha-Auckland...
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Spain sees record number of tourists in 2016

Madrid, Jan 31 (IANS) Spain welcomed a record number of 75.6 million foreign tourists in 2016, according to data released on Tuesday. The number of tourists exceeded government estimations and represented a 10.3 per cent increase year on year, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said. Visitors from the UK mad...
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Human activities damaging over 100 World Heritage sites: Study

​Sydney, Jan 31 (IANS) Most of the over 100 natural World Heritage sites that are being severely damaged by expanding human infrastructure and land use are in Asia, a new study has warned. India's Manas Wildlife Sanctuary and Nepal's Chitwan National Park are among the most impacted Natural World Heritage Sites (NWHS),...
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UAE to grant Russian travelers visas on arrival

​Dubai, Jan 30 (IANS) Russian travelers will get visas on arrival in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under a cabinet decree approved on Sunday, media reports said. Under the decree approved by Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Russian citizens are granted an entry ...
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Beijing parks receive 180,000 tourists on Spring Festival

​Beijing, Jan 29 (IANS) Beijing's 11 parks and the Museum of Chinese Garden and Landscape Architecture received a total of 180,000 tourists on the first day of the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, the media reported on Sunday. During the Spring Festival public holiday, a string of events and activities, such as winte...
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