Darjeeling’s toy train

Darjeeling’s much-famed toy train will soon be taking tourists to the many tea gardens across the hill stations. It has entered into an agreement with the West Bengal Tourism for offering the new rides. The main objective of this initiative is to offer tourists with an immersive experience of Darjeeling’s tea gardens through toy train tours, in style as that of the Palace on Wheels of the Indian Railways.

The trains will also halt at tea gardens and let tourists stay a day or two at tea estates of their choice, which will help interested travellers to learn about tea making procedure, right from harvesting to processing. It will also help them learn about the subtle differences between two types of flush, and will also take them through the procedure involved in making the perfect brew.

As per the initial proposal, there will be five tea-garden halts on this route, with each of these stations named after the respective tea gardens. Also, local youths who have sound knowledge about the region will be hired as tourist guides for the toy trains.

Messi appointed Ambassador for Responsible Tourism

Lionel Messi joins the World Tourism Organization to promote the value of responsible tourism. The UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, appointed Messi as UNWTO Ambassador for Responsible Tourism at Camp Nou in Barcelona, after the F.C. Barcelona – Leganés match.

“During my travels I have had the opportunity to know other cultures and societies as well as others ways to see the world and this is very enriching. The World Tourism Organization as a specialized Agency of the United Nations works to make tourism a source of development and I am happy I can join this mission of promoting responsible tourism,” said Lionel Messi.

“Messi is a unique sportsman and an example of how willpower and constant work yield good results. It is a great honour to have Messi joining UNWTO and other well-known personalities in promoting the positive values and benefits that tourism represents” said Zurab Pololikashvili.

Messi is the first football player in history who won five Ballon d’Or – the first four won consecutively – and four European Golden Shoes. Lionel Messi joins the Spanish football player Fernando Hierro and the mythical Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque, as the first personalities that UNWTO appoints to advance the links between sports and tourism and promote the transformative power of responsible tourism.

Goa – Colva beach listed under iconic site project

he Union Ministry has listed Goa’s Colva beach under the ‘Iconic Tourist Site Development Project’, for the most-frequent tourist spot in the state. The new title would thus ensure a major tourism-oriented infrastructure development to the beach.

Meanwhile, Colva beach in Goa becomes the only beach destination among other 12 sites across India. The project aims at community development, employment generation and would develop the existing local culture and heritage.

“The thrust in the project will be community involvement and local participation in making the project a success. A master plan would be put in place to develop Colva beach as an iconic tourist site,” said Rashmi Verma, Union Tourism Secretary.


Tourism Board Germany accepts Bitcoin payments

German National Tourism Board said it accepts crypto-currencies such as bitcoin for its services. They also intends to implement block chain technologies in its finances. “We want to be a global innovation driver in the tourism industry.

Services offered by the German National Tourism Board can now be paid in crypto-currency. The organization which promotes Germany as a travel destination accepts bitcoin payments from March this year, according to a press release. It also announced “medium-term” plans to test block chain technologies in the processing of its international financial transactions.

Plan Your Holiday with a Kerala Tour Operator

A big question to you that, Why you should plan the Kerala holiday package with a native operator?   Kerala is one of the most preferred destination where you can plan that every backpacker to the high end traveler. However, planning the magical trip to Kerala can be an unnerving for the first-time visitors as there are so many places that may not be expected to be covered in a conventional Kerala tour. Here arises the importance of the tour planner from Kerala, who knows the products personally and this operator can handle your itinerary much easier and personal. If you are planning a Kerala tour very soon, here are some reasons you should always consult a tour operator, and probably let him do it for you.

  1. A Kerala based tour operator who is from the state give you more accurate information. You have many options to explore in the state whether it’s Honeymoon, Seaside resort, Lake Resort, Hill Resort, House Boat trip or a perfect mixture of all. The native operator can easily combine the above.
  2. Selection of the itinerary depends on your interest. Selection of destination depends on your taste.
  3. In case of any emergency a native operator can easily handle the situation.
  4. When we invest for a tour it’s for an enjoyment. You may find something cheaper in the internet but the ground reality will be different. Such surprises may spoil your mood.

We strongly recommend a NATIVE OPERATOR can do much better than any other virtual operator.

Mine Tourism, India

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), in association with Western Coalfields Limited, is planning to introduce mine tourism at Wani in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra.

With the new initiative, tourists on their part, would be allowed to visit coal mines in Bhandewada and Ukrani, which further make a better understanding of the complexities in mines.

The itinerary includes a trip to Wani-Yavatmal mine followed by a visit to Bhandewanda mine, an excursion to open cast mine. Experienced tour guides will be provided to briefly educate the tourists.

“Mine tourism is a niche segment, and we are expanding it further by introducing new mine tourism sites at Wani in Yavatmal to attract a large number of tourists, from across the globe,” said Madan Yerawar, Minister for State Tourism.

“The mine locations in Saoner and Gondegaon are already attracting encouraging tourist footfall. And we believe that this new site will help in catalysing the growth of tourism in the state of Maharashtra,” added the minister.