What To Do In Slovenia In 2017 ?

dogodki_2017_planica-2

Slovenia will host a number of events in 2017 and one should not miss these events if you are planning to visit this Southern Central European nation.

Every season has its own. We recommend that you lend one ear to the sounds of unspoilt nature, and the other to the cultural pulse in Slovenian towns and cities.

Be it winter or summer, Slovenia will offer something for every kind of traveler.

You can read more about here.

Say ‘Hi’ To Mighty Moscow

In my previous Moscow post, I told you how I explored and completely enjoyed this mighty city.  However, three days were not enough to know the city. During my trip, I captured hundreds of images of this beautiful city. So, I would like to take the opportunity to help you feel Moscow by viewing these images.  Hope these images inspire you to visit this historic city in future.

img_1831

img_1612

img_1979

img_1862

img_1891

img_1910

img_1919

img_1946

img_1974

img_1671

img_1627

img_1700

img_1948

img_1794

img_1964

img_1691

img_1654

img_1993

You can also follow my other photo blog here.

For Instagram

Win A Trip To Basel

stc_englisch_front_action

Yep ! You read it right !

You can win a free trip to Swiss city Basel, including flight tickets and hotel stay.

Just watch the video and answer few simple questions.

You and your companion will fly to Switzerland with Swiss and stay at the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel for three nights. We will also provide you with an 8-day first class Swiss Travel Pass* with which you can explore the rest of Switzerland by train, bus and boat.

You can enter the competition here.

International Tourist Arrivals Up 4%

download

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 4% between January and June 2016 compared to the same period last year. Destinations worldwide received 561 million international tourists (overnight visitors), 21 million more than in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

Asia and the Pacific demonstrated renewed strength this first half of 2016, receiving 9% more international arrivals, the highest growth across world regions. In the Americas, international arrivals increased by 4%, led by Central America and South America. Europe (+3%) showed mixed results, with solid growth in many destinations offset by weaker performance in others. In Africa (+5%), Sub-Saharan destinations rebounded strongly, while North Africa continued to report weak results. Limited data for the Middle East points to an estimated decrease of 9% in international arrivals this six-month period, though results vary from destination to destination.

You can read more about the article here.

Indonesia’s Glorious Pink Beach

One of the most important tourist spots of Komodo Island is its glorious pink beach.

img_0305

I will recommend you to first make a trip to Komodo National Park before visiting this amazing and unique beach situated west of Flores island in East Nusatenggara.

img_0306

The beach is named as Pink beach due to its appearance. It looks pink due to amalgamation of white sand combined with red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera.

The beach is also known as Red Beach.

img_0337

img_0335

img_0308

Upon your arrival, enjoy swimming here as it will literally make you feel like a fish. It is a perfect place for snorkeling due to crystal-clear water and colorful coral reefs. During my trip, I found many local people enjoying barbecue and listening to popular Hindi film songs. 🙂

img_0320

img_0323

Amazing views of clear seas, green rolling hills and blue skies can make your trip absolutely memorable.

img_0345

img_0340

img_0355

img_0306

I was in no mood to leave this glorious beach, but unfortunately I had to.

How to reach here: One can reach here through a speedboat, which you can hire at the Labuano Bajo port. And don’t forget to carry water bottle and sunscreen lotion before visiting this place !

You can also follow my other photo blog here.

For Instagram

For Twitter

What Is Wine Tourism ?

rn_georgia-500x354

The link between wine tourism and culture, history and lifestyle and the contribution of this segment to the development of the sector has been widely discussed during the 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism held in the Kakheti region in Georgia.

During two days (7-9 September) the event convened over 200 participants including policy makers and tourism experts from nearly 50 countries.

You can read more about the event here.

You can also follow my other photo blog here.

For Instagram

For Twitter

Win A Trip To Bali

 

logo

Craving for a tropical escapade? Join our Trip of Wonders quiz to win a trip to Bali! The Trip of Wonders Quiz is organized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia. If you are a citizen from a country in the Asia Pacific region, then you have a great chance to win a trip to the alluring island of Bali, which is often referred to as the Land of the Gods. All you need to do is answer ten questions about Indonesia and you will be a few steps closer to an opportunity to explore one of the world’s best renowned tropical paradises.

You can read more about the competition here.

Vienna Continues To Charm Indian Tourists

40957

Vienna is becoming a holiday destination of choice for a larger number of Indians, with 32% more Indians visiting this tourist-friendly city in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year. Of the 3.1 million global visitors, over this period, tourists from India grew at the highest rate, followed by the Great Britain.
Indian families, honeymooners and conference attendees travelled to Vienna for its stately castles, culture, cuisine, music and vast green spaces and helped record 56,000 overnight stays in January-June 2016, a 39% growth over the same period last year.

40963

The top 5 contributors were travellers from Germany, the USA, Italy, Great Britain and Switzerland, after excluding domestic tourists from the home market, Austria.
“This not only reflects Vienna’s continued attractiveness, but also shows that our systematic internationalization strategy of diversifying into many different markets is paying off,” explains Norbert Kettner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board.
One in every eight visitors attended one of the 3,685 congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna in 2015 – a new record.

40717

“A popular destination for families and honeymooners, Vienna bewitched younger audiences to savour its romantic ambience. Young Indian couples are now beginning to forge wedding vows in the city, known for its love affair with imperial heritage and architecture,” says Ms Isabella Rauter, Manager, Media Management, Vienna Tourist Board.
Vienna is enchantingly romantic and a favourite destination for Honeymooners. The narrow cobblestoned lanes, arcade-lined courtyards and time-honoured palaces enable a brush with the past. The suites at the Schönbrunn Palace, where the nobility once resided, are now open to Honeymooners.

41019

The Austrian capital, with its legacy of palaces, art, music and romance, also caught the eye of Indian film maker Karan Johar who chose Vienna as the setting for his upcoming romantic film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that stars Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai and Ranbir Kapoor.

Coffee Houses, Green Cityscapes and Resounding Music add to Viennese charm
Vienna is the only major world capital with an extensive wine growing industry operating within the city limited. It even has its own culinary genre – Viennese Cuisine. The irresistible coffee houses, heavens of Viennese coziness, are the perfect places to dream of imperial days of yore.
Most coffee houses offer superb confections that pamper taste buds. Viennese cake, Apple Strudel, Sacher Torte and Coffee make for a great gastronomic experience. For an Indian food buff Vienna boasts of over 30 Indian restaurants.

41084

Some of the attractions popular with Indians are a stroll around the city, a leisurely journey which takes one back to the days of the empire. Parks and green spaces make up more than the half of the metropolitan area offering plenty of opportunities for recreation. 280 imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape. In spring, 400 species of rose bloom in the Volksgarten alone.

41015

A study by Mercer, a global consulting leader, has ranked Vienna with the world’s highest quality of living, for the seventh consecutive time in a row until 2016.

The Spanish Riding School preserves and promotes classic equestrian skills in its original form. Many years of training meshes the horse and rider into an inseparable unit. Their rhythmic movement in harmony with music leaves the audience spell bound. Lately the horsemanship has been classified as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

41073

Not long after sundown 10,000 music fans throng concert halls, resounding with live classical music, something unheard of in any other part of the world. Vienna has also hosted many outstanding composers of the stature of Mozart, Mahler, Haydn, Beethoven and Johann Strauss, the king of the Viennese waltz.

How To Get There
Air India offers a thrice a week direct flight from Delhi from Vienna and back.
Those embarking from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore can reach Vienna after a small stop on Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Air India, Swiss, Lufthansa and British Airways.

About The Vienna Tourist Board
The Vienna Tourist Board, the official destination marketing agency for the tourism sector of the city, provides many service offerings, tips and information on Viennese tourist businesses. The Vienna Tourist Board set up in 1955 under public law as directed by the Vienna Tourist Support Law, is run like a private enterprise with flat hierarchies.

Mrs. Renate Brauner, Councilor of Finance and Economic Affairs, serves as the President of the Vienna Tourist Board since March 2007. The position of Director of Tourism is occupied by Mr. Norbert Kettner since September 2007. The Board of Directors (officially: The Tourism Commission) consists of the president, two vice presidents and 15 additional members, the latter mostly assigned by the City of Vienna. The Vienna Tourist Board is financed by local taxes on hotels in Vienna, the general city budget and its own revenues.

For more details please visit:
http://www.vienna.info
http://www.facebook.com/ViennaTouristBoard
http://www.youtube.com/Vienna
http://www.twitter.com/ViennaInfoB2B
Strategic Communications and PR Counsel
Sanjiv Kataria, Tel. +919810048095, sanjiv.kataria@gmail.com
Press contact Vienna Tourist Board
Isabella Rauter, Tel. +43121114301, isabella.rauter@vienna.info