The Growing Sphere Blog http://www.growingsphere.com/blog/ Latest Products Wed, 01 Feb 2023 18:12:21 +0530 en-us http://www.growingsphere.com Jammu and Kashmir will soon reopen for tourism; govt to issue guidelines http://www.growingsphere.com/blog/jammu-and-kashmir-will-soon-reopen-for-tourism-govt-to-issue-guidelines_9003.htm Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:54:16 +0530 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Tourism is probably one of the worst-hit sectors by the pandemic lockdown worldwide. In India, every state and Union Territory is struggling. On similar lines, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is facing an unprecedented collapse, given more than a 10-month long closure it was in because of political reasons and then the COVID-19 outbreak. But now, the J&K administration has decided to reopen its parks and gardens to tourists to save the tourism sector. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"><br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">The authorities have decided to reopen the tourist attraction and will soon issue a detailed guideline along with standard operating procedure (SoP). The information was shared by the Principal Secretary Planning of J&K Rohit Kansal on Twitter, where he wrote, "The Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu issued the directions in a high-level meeting in Srinagar today". </span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Baseer Ahmad Khan, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, also informed that all the public parks and gardens shall reopen from Wednesday. He also said that to visit these places tourists will have to follow the COVID-19 safety measures, such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and using sanitisers.</span></p> Turkey\'s Tourism capital Antalya makes faster-than-expected start http://www.growingsphere.com/blog/turkey-s-tourism-capital-antalya-makes-faster-than-expected-start_9004.htm Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:20:56 +0530 <p><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Turkey’s tourism capital, Antalya, has made a faster-than-expected start to the new season after the country allowed tourism facilities to reopen in June as it eased coronavirus lockdown measures. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">The southern resort city, which hosts millions of foreign tourists every year, welcomed 36 charter flights from nine different countries on July 5 alone, according to industry representatives. It is seeing more international flights than local ones. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Tourism facilities and beaches in Antalya started welcoming guests following necessary preparations in line with the recent Safe Tourism Certification program, jointly launched by the Foreign, Culture and Tourism and Transportation ministries. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">The program sets out a series of measures for various sectors, including accommodation, transportation, the health status of travelers and employee facilities for those looking to spend their vacation in Turkey. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Number of incoming international flights to Antalya in July exceeded the number of local flights for the first time since March, said Professional Hoteliers’ Association (POYD) Chairman Ülkay Atmaca. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">"Guests from 36 cities of nine countries have arrived in Antalya via charter flights on July 5," Atmaca told Anadolu Agency (AA) Thursday. "This is a great success for Antalya." <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">The majority of the tourists arrived from Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine since Turkey opened its borders and resumed international flights on July 11. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">The city had welcomed over 21,000 foreign tourists in June, that figure hit 27,083 between July 1-7 alone. Around 10,489 of the tourist came from Ukraine. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Atmaca said the safe tourism certificate is obligatory for all facilities with over 50 rooms. "The tourism activity, which began on July 1 with Kazakhs, Belarusians and Ukrainians, continues. More than 10,000 Ukrainians arrived in the first week and returned happily to their country. We, as a country and sector, are very ahead in hygiene and food security. This fact was further clinched with the certificate," he said. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Eyes on British tourists <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">But for Turkey, much will depend on flights from Russia, Germany and Britain – also hard hit by the virus – which are top markets for Turkey, where tourism accounts for up to 12% of the economy. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Turkey expects the mobility that started with the Ukrainian market to accelerate as more countries ease travel and flight restrictions. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Most recently, the U.K. on Friday unveiled a list of nearly 60 countries, including Turkey, and said it would ditch a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from these countries it deems to be a lower risk for COVID-19. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">The move, effective July 10, clears the way for millions of British tourists to take summer holidays without worrying about being quarantined when they return. Those arriving from higher-risk countries will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days under a rule which has angered airlines and travel companies. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">"British tour operators will make a serious entrance into Turkey as of Aug. 1," said Engin Sertoğlu, the head of the U.K.-Turkey Travel Agencies. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">British operators and charter firms have started to make plans for Turkey, Sertoğlu told a TV program of Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB) Wednesday. "Turkish Airlines has turned to six weekly flights for Dalaman and two daily flights for Antalya," he added. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Sertoğlu even said the season could extend to November. "If the carriers extend this (season), the business will go up. This extension is somewhat dependent on the supply and demand issue of low-cost airlines. I would suggest that our players in the industry contact other cities in the U.K. about flights to Turkey. Turkish Airlines goes full from here (Turkey), but their arrival is relatively empty," he explained. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Turkey had welcomed some 2.3 million British nationals in 2018 and over 2.5 million in 2019. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">The British ambassador to Turkey, Dominick Chilcott himself on Wednesday praised Ankara's measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">"I was impressed to see how strictly the measures were being applied at the airports and hotels to ensure the safety of tourists," Chilcott said. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">SunExpress, a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and German carrier Lufthansa, announced Tuesday the resumption of direct flights from London to several Turkish cities, including Antalya and the southeastern province of Gaziantep. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">The carrier will start operating a weekly direct scheduled flight to London from Antalya and Gaziantep as of July 10. The airline had already resumed its flights to the U.K. from Ankara on July 2 and from the Aegean province of Izmir the day after. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Separately, Serbia's flag carrier, Air Serbia, on Tuesday announced it will operate at least eight charter flights to Antalya in July. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Sertoğlu also discussed the fact that Spain was being encouraged for holidays in the EU. "The British’s preference for Spain is rather economic. There are tickets between 19 pounds ($24.05) and 29 pounds. These figures are not possible for Turkey." <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">As for Germany, its government last month decided to lift its global travel warning only for EU member states and Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), but extended it for all the other countries, including Turkey, until the end of August. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Turkey is one of the most popular travel destinations for German holidaymakers. Nearly 5 million German tourists traveled to the country last year. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">In a list it unveiled last week, the EU decided to exclude Turkey, along with the U.S. and other countries, from a list of 15 countries recommended for nonessential travel. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Ankara criticized and called on both Berlin and the EU to reconsider their decisions and correct the "mistake" as soon as possible, citing its measures taken to combat the pandemic as well as its efforts and successes. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Çağlar Bardakçı, a general manager of a luxury hotel in Belek, Antalya, said their July occupancy was 20%, adding that due to COVID-19, they do not plan to go over 50%. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">"We took a lot of precautions before we opened. Holidaymakers follow all measures from the entrance and there is no intensity because our facility has so much space. They go to the sea, to the pool, take advantage of all the facilities," Bardakçı said. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">"So far no one has said ‘we could not be comfortable because of the rules,' everyone says 'I feel safe on holiday.'"</span></p> Indians can now fly to Germany, USA, and France http://www.growingsphere.com/blog/indians-can-now-fly-to-germany-usa-and-france_9137.htm Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:13:04 +0530 <p><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">New guidelines have been issued for Indian travellers flying abroad. Now that India has introduced air bubbles with other countries such as Germany, the USA and France, there are new visa rules for travellers. Indian nationals flying abroad can do so on any type of visa, as per a tweet by the aviation ministry. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">The tweet stated, “Indian citizens can now travel to countries with which air bubble arrangements have been finalised by MoCA on any type of visa.” <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">In the coming days the list of countries that have an air bubble with India is likely to increase, as the government is lifting restrictions in phases. Air bubbles are basically travel agreements between two countries during this trying time. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">However, there are certain things to keep in mind. For example, not all airports will be accepting international flights in the destination countries. Travel could be limited, and you also might have to spend days in quarantine upon landing in those countries. While the air bubble only allows you to travel to a destination, it can in no way give you any immunity from quarantine rules that may apply. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Until now, only certain groups of people in India, those who hold residency status visas, were able to fly out of India. Now, for the first time, three international destinations have opened up for travellers holding any kind of visa. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;"> <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #4b4d52;">Additionally, there was yet another tweet in which it was announced that the Overseas Citizen of India cardholders can now enter India from the USA, France, and Germany. Also, foreign nationals who want to enter India on business, medical, or employment visas can do so from the above mentioned countries.</span></span></p> Odisha: The perfect getaway with eco-friendly tourist spots http://www.growingsphere.com/blog/odisha-the-perfect-getaway-with-eco-friendly-tourist-spots_13255.htm Thu, 28 Jul 2022 17:54:17 +0530 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: "Source Sans Pro", "Titillium Web", sans-serif; font-size: 18px; text-align: justify; white-space: pre-wrap; word-spacing: 5px;">Odisha is ready to welcome tourists in monsoon with a focus on eco-friendly holidays, slow travel and sustainable tourism. That means going beyond the usual hotspots to an unexplored Odisha of homestays, local food and untouched hills.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: "Source Sans Pro", "Titillium Web", sans-serif; font-size: 18px; text-align: justify; white-space: pre-wrap; word-spacing: 5px;">Koraput<br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: "Source Sans Pro", "Titillium Web", sans-serif; font-size: 18px; text-align: justify; white-space: pre-wrap; word-spacing: 5px;">Odisha’s tourist numbers are continuously surging after two years of Coronavirus, so this is a good time to head to one of the most breathtaking hill stations for a few nights of stargazing. An overnight journey from Bhubaneswar, Koraput is a picturesque place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a place for short hikes, watching the fishing boats make their way and trying fried fish at local eateries. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: "Source Sans Pro", "Titillium Web", sans-serif; font-size: 18px; text-align: justify; white-space: pre-wrap; word-spacing: 5px;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit;">From June onwards, Koraput region becomes a multicoloured picture: with wild red poppies, white daisies and purple lilies painting the landscape. With mostly blue skies, mild temperatures and few crowds, it’s the perfect time of year to explore and make friends with the Tribals. <br style="box-sizing: inherit;" /></span><span style="box-sizing: inherit;">You can travel to Deomali which is the tallest peak in Odisha and boasts of stunning scenery of the hills. It’s a must visit for anyone who has an adventurous streak and loves to be in the lap of nature.</span></span></p>