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Tourism India is a leading Travel & Tourism Magazine from South Asia. In this issue we covered several aspects of Travel, Tourism and Airline industry.

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    Vol. 16 No. 07 Thiruvananthapuram November 2013 Pages 20+4 Price: (India) Rs.50 (Overseas) US $5 3 Dh10

    Royal Caribbean

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    Travellers are not criminals but should be treated as customers to a country, the President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) told a gathering of the worlds tourism ministers recently. Addressing the tourism ministers of the

    G20 countries (the T20) in London, Mr. David Scowsill called on those present to introduce a customer-service ethic into their visa and border processes in order to reap the potential economic and social benefits of Travel & Tourism.

    E n c o u r a g i n g m o r e Governments to make it easier for people to cross borders has been proven to create jobs and encourage economic growth that it is why it has been at the heart of the efforts right across our industry for so long. Better approaches to visas are a win-win, not just for us in the Travel & Tourism sector but for those concerned

    with trade, development and, importantly, security. Travellers who wish to visit a country for a short amount of time, helping to sustain jobs and economic growth, should be encouraged and welcomed, he said.

    T h i s e c o n o m i c i m p o r t a n c e o f v i s a facilitation is underscored by two major pieces of

    Kerala Tourism is set to launch a new global campaign to catapult the states majestic backwaters into the league of the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    Voted ahead of the Taj Mahal in a National Geographic Traveller survey of top Indian tourism destinations, the backwaters of Kerala are to be unveiled as a self-contained experience in the new campaign shot using advanced aerial photography techniques.

    A high profile ad blitz in the national and international media as well as the social network are the highlights of the Great Backwaters campaign that will have its inaugural run later this month. The Great Backwaters campaign features the first of its kind, high quality aerial photographs of the backwaters. It is also one among the largest

    aerial still photography projects ever undertaken in the state.

    The backwaters of Kerala are not about houseboats alone, said Mr. A P Anilkumar, Minister for Tourism, Kerala. It is about discovering a fascinating water world unlike any other on our planet, he added.

    The Great Backwaters campaign is expected to significantly increase the number of both foreign and domestic visitors to Kerala, boosting the states development while bringing in valuable foreign exchange to the country.

    Many countries are bestowed with great reserves of water, but there is none as gifted as Kerala where natures most amazing resource creates a magical world for the visitor, Mr. Anilkumar said. It is a world of astounding visual beauty, abundant flora and fauna and a vibrant cultural life, he added.

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  • Managing Editor: Ravisankar K.V. Executive Editor: Rajani A. Art Editor: N. Bhattathiri Sub Editors: Rahul Krishnan, Anoop B. Special Correspontant: James Joseph Correspontant: Ganesh Mohan, Jeeth Thomas Senior Layout Artist: Vijayagopalan G.

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    This years tourism season in India has started with hope as the Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) during the month October, 2013 were 5.89 lakh as against 5.56 lakh in October 2012 and 5.60 lakh in October 2011. There has been a growth of 5.8% in October 2013 over October 2012 as compared to a negative growth of 0.6% registered in October 2012 over October 2011. FTAs during the period January to October 2013 were 53.30 lakh with a growth of 4.0%, as compared to FTAs of 51.24 lakh with a growth of 4.5% during January to October 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011.

    As a facilitative measure to attract more foreign tourists to India, the Governments Visa on Arrival (VoA) Scheme, which is now available to travellers from eleven countries, has played a vital role in tourist arrivals to the country. During the month of October 2013, a total of 1,911 VoAs were issued under this Scheme as compared to 1,457 VoAs during the month of October 2012, registering a growth of 31.2%.

    Considering Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) as a major factor in the growth of earnings from tourism in India, the industry is looking forward to a decent season this year. New

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    campaigns by Incredible India and various state tourism departments, are attracting more tourists to the country.

    The newly launched global campaign by Kerala Tourism, The Great Backwaters, is taking the state to compete with the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The campaign is expected to significantly increase the number of both foreign and domestic visitors to Kerala, boosting the states development while bringing in valuable foreign exchange to the country.

    According to Kerala Tourism Minister, Mr. A. P. Anilkumar, many countries are be-stowed with great reserves of water, but there is none as gifted as Kerala where natures most amazing resource creates a magical world for the visitor. As the campaign hits inter-national media, Kerala Tourism as well as the Indian tourism industry are looking forward to a best season this year.

    Royal Car ibbean In terna t iona l a n n o u n c e s s p e c i a l o f f e r s , complimentary Upgrades & 50% off on 2nd guest, exclusively for Indian travellers onboard the largest cruise ship sailing from Singapore, Mariner of the Seas. Both these offers are valid on 3 to 5 night sailings from Singapore, between November 2013 and February 2014 and will be applicable on new bookings made by 31st October 2013. With Complimentary Upgrades, guests can upgrade to Junior Suite Category at the price of Superior Balcony Category and to Superior Balcony at the price of an Ocean View Category, on select 3 nights sailings from Singapore in November and December 2013. The 50% saving offer allows guests to avail 50% Off on the 2nd guest booked in the same stateroom on select January and February 2014 sailings.

    Commenting on these value offers for the Indian travellers, Ms. Ratna Chadha, Chief Executive, TIRUN Travel Marketing, India Representative of Royal Caribbean International, said Over time we have seen a substantial increase in demand for cruises from Singapore and by positioning the largest and most innovative cruise ship in the region, we are now pleased to bring more opportunities for WOW! closer to home for our Indian guests. We believe

    these offers will offer substantial value to our Indian guests looking for a short and exciting 3, 4 and 5 night sailings from Singapore to popular destinations like Thailand and Malaysia.

    At 138,000 gross registered tons (GRT), Mariner of the Seas can carry 3,807 guests and stretches more than a thousand feet in length. Mariner of the Seas, Designed for WOW, brings 15 decks of activity, first at sea innovations, luxurious staterooms, entertainment and dining options.Mariner of the Seas offers many unique experiences and innovations including: Ice Skating Rink, An ice skating rink

    for guests that doubles as a sensational 900-seat venue for ice show productions with world class figure skaters.

    Eight Dining Venues including Main Dining Room with complimentary, multi course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. More complimentary options including Windjammer Caf, Jade Sushis and Asian fusion cuisine,

    Caf Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks, and 24 hour room service; Chops Grille Steakhouse and Giovannis Table, where for a cover charge you can choose any items off the menu from appetizers to desserts.

    Unparalleled sports facilities including a jogging and inline skating track, Royal Caribbean Internationals signature rock climbing wall, a mini golf course, a full sized sports court with a basketball court, four pools and six whirlpools.

    Adventure Ocean Youth Program offers complimentary supervised activities for children of all ages including play areas, a diner, disco and video arcade just for kids.

    E n t e r t a i n m e n t a n d S h o p p i n g , Broadway style entertainment in the main theatre which seats 1,362 guests, Complimentary ice skating shows in Studio B. Vegas style Casino Royale, 17 bars, clubs and lounges, and more.

    Shopping Spree, Variety of