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Arunachal Pradesh Police Launches
Northeast's First Tourist Police

  Mohamed MALIKI, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco

Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu recently launched Northeast's First Tourist Police in the presence of key Government functionaries including the Director General of Police (DGP), SBK Singh. Also on the occasion Tourist Police's mobile app - Arunachal Suraksha, a brainchild of Singh was launched.

The initiative is being launched in 7 districts of the state, viz. Tawang, Itanagar, Ziro, Pasighat, Tezu, Namsai, and Changlang. Each of the district has been provided with Scorpio vehicles fitted with wireless communication equipment and manned by specially trained personnel to respond to the needs of tourists.

"Safety is a key aspect for any tourist visiting a destination. The launch of Tourist Police in the state is one of the initiatives that Arunachal Pradesh Police has taken to address the perception and concern of tourists regarding safety. The initiative is being launched in seven districts of the state that includes Tawang, Itanagar, Ziro, Pasighat, Tezu, Namsai, and Changlang. Each of the districts has been provided with vehicles fitted with wireless communication equipment and manned by specially trained personnel to respond to the needs of any tourist in distress," said SBK Singh, Director General of Police (DGP), Arunachal Pradesh.

Kerala's most incredible nature experiences

  Participants of Muziris Paddle

Muziris Paddle, the two-day kayaking expedition organized by Jellyfish Watersports in partnership with Muziris Heritage Project (Kerala Tourism) will be held on January 5th and 6th, 2019. Over 200 paddlers are likely to participate in the event which will be flagged off from the Kotturpuram Jetty in Kodungalloor district and end at Bolgatty Island in Kochi. Being touted as one of Kerala's most incredible nature experiences the event targets domestic & international tourists, paddling enthusiasts, people from all walks of life, children and even non-swimmers.

Muziris, once a bustling seaport and the heart of the historic spice route used to be the key trade point between southern India and rest of the world. The region is dotted with numerous monuments of a bygone era that is more than 3,000 years old. Participants will get an opportunity to visit the legendary Muziris heritage sites on the way. The paddling event promotes the usage of our rivers for recreational usage and creates a connection to the river with youngsters and tourists.

Growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals
  K.J. Alphons, Union Minister of State Tourism

With a view to facilitate tourists visiting India, the Centre would be using 3D technology to digitally reconstruct 20 historic monuments in the next two years and put them in Delhi, a top government official said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi.

“By 3D printing we can create Taj Mahal, Ghats of Benares, Buddhist circuit and any heritage or any monument. So tourists coming in can see and decide what they like and where they want to go,” said Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST) while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

He said that using the 3D technology one can track/decide own path with the help of a laser light and it would seem as if one was visiting that monument and could see exactly what one would have seen if one was actually walking there and it would give information like a tourist guide.
“You can stop, climb up, can change the perspective, or the sky be it morning or night sky as it depends on how you are going to view it,” said Prof. Sharma.


Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Conducts FAM Trip
  Indian agents on Zimbabwe FAM

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority recently hosted prominent travel agents from India on a familiarisation (FAM) trip. The agents who travelled to Zimbabwe on Ethiopian Airlines got the opportunity to tour the destination and witness its wonderful wildlife, culture and lodges along with a tour of the majestic Victoria Falls.

The agents were also present for the Sanganai/Hlanganani – World Tourism Expo 2018 held at Bulawayo city known as "City of Kings". The two day Expo was an excellent platform for the Indian agents to network with various industry players of Zimbabwe and also interact with some of the global tourism partners of the region.

The group visited Bulawayo, Matopos, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Great Zimbabwe and Harare. They enjoyed activities like Lion walk; cultural dinner at Boma; day and evening game drives in Hwange National Park; helicopter ride over Victoria Falls and sunset cruise on the Mighty Zambezi River.


India Tops Travelport's Global Ranking of Digital Travellers
  Indian tourist on a global tour

Travelers in India are increasingly using digital technology and platforms such as voice search, digital payments, e-tickets, social media etc. to plan, manage and enhance their travel experiences. For the second consecutive year, India is being ranked as number one on Travelport's 2018 Global Digital Traveler League Table.
These are among results from the Travelport 2018 Global Digital Traveler Survey of over 16,000 travelers from 25 countries which include other key insights for the India market:
Mobile remains crucial, but travelers want a consolidated experience:
Seven in ten of leisure travellers say they will "feel lost" without their smartphone.
Over two-thirds of them are reliant on their smartphone during their whole travel experience
Three out of four travellers prefer seeing all their trip itinerary in one place and half find it unsatisfying to have to book their travel arrangements separately.
Flight related mobile apps are key features to the traveller, particularly the ability to search and book flights (81%) and real-time alerts (78%)


Indian Tourist Arrivals to Greece Increases
  Attica Acropolis; Konstantinos Tsegas, Secretary General of Greek National Tourism Organisation(Right)

As per the statistics released by Greece National Tourist Office (GNTO) and Athens International Airport, 38,046 Indian tourists visited Greece in the nine months vis-à-vis 17,376 Indian tourists during the same period in 2017, which is a whopping increase of 119%.

Speaking about the positive growth, Konstantinos Tsegas, Secretary General, Greek National Tourism Organization said, "Greece as a destination has gained momentum over the years and we are glad to witness the rising interest of Indians for Greece as a popular holiday destination across the country. Our approach is to target the captive audience across various age groups simply by appealing to every kind of travel need. We have effectively leveraged diverse platforms, based on specific characteristics of the Indian market. The strategy is to also promote 365-day tourism in Greece and create awareness about lesser known cities of Greece like Thessaloniki, Xanthi or Kavala which have great geophysical, historical and cultural importance along with Athens. We are closely working with our partners in India for growth across segments like families, FITS (first time travelers segment), MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events), destination weddings, honeymoon and films."

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