Exhibition Of Japanese Dolls In Delhi

What comes to your mind when you think of Japan ? For me, it is their rich culture and tradition. Thanks to the Japan Foundation, I completely enjoyed their recently concluded exhibition titled “The Doll of Japan” in Delhi.

Hundreds of dolls as well as paintings and ceramics were displayed in the exhibition. Since ancient times, dolls have been a part of everyday life in Japan. The dolls reflect the customs and traditions of Japan and its people.

All the images were taken with a Mi4 mobile phone.

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Win A Trip To Basel

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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%

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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

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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 !

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Saint Petersburg – Europe's Best Destination

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Russian city Saint Petersburg has been recently voted Europe’s best destination in the annual World Travel Awards (WTA), dubbed the ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’.

Similarly, Titanic Belfast in Northern Island has been recognized as Europe’s best tourist attraction.

In the aviation sector, the award for Europe’s Leading Airline went to Lufthansa.

You can read the whole winners list here.

By the way, have you been to Saint Petersburg ?

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Win A Trip For Two To Mauritius

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Winn a trip for two to Mauritius with AirAsia X and LUX* Belle Mare !

Follow these 3 Easy Steps:
Step 1: Enter your personal details via the contest form – http://dest.asia/FlyMeToMauritius
Step 2: Share the contest on your Facebook wall and tag the name of your friend
Step 3: Add hashtag #FlyMeToMauritius at the end of your post
Contest period: September 01-30, 2016.
The winner will be announced/notified by October 14, 2016.

You can participate here.

The contest is open to individuals 18 years and above, who are residing in Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand

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More Indian Tourists Visiting South Korea

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Indian Tourist Arrivals to South Korea Increased by 47.9% in 2016 !

* 88, 917 Indians visited South Korea by the end of July 2016.
* Frequency of 12 flights per week from Delhi by December 2016.

South Korea welcomed 88,917 visitors from India by the end of July 2016, an increase of 47.9% relative to the same period of the previous year.
The persistent efforts made by the Korea Tourism Organisation, New Delhi office can be accredited for the positive growth. The Tourism Board’s effort on educating the travel trade partners to promote the destination in the best possible manner, the proactive business approach from the destination management companies and connecting with the end traveler through tactical media platforms have been the key factors in the result.
As the interest of the Indian traveler grows, the increase in the airline connectivity has been introduced at the right time. Asiana Airline has increased its operations from three to five times a week from Delhi and plans to operate daily in the near future. Korean air will be launching its Delhi operations in the month of December with five times a week frequency.

According to Mr. Byungsun Lee, Director Korea Tourism Organization: “Over 1,50,000 Indians visited South Korea last year and we have almost 90,000 within seven months. So we are confident of surpassing the last year’s numbers by the end of 2016.  As we approach the festival season and the winter holiday season, we plan to widen our efforts and establish South Korea as a preferred leisure destination amongst various traveler segments including families, honeymooners and adventure lovers.”

For More details on the same or if you want to schedule an interview, please contact:

Vanshika Kapoor

Assistant Marketing Manager, Korea Tourism Organization
e-mail: vanshika@knto.or.kr; vanshika.kpr6@gmail.com
web: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr
Ph: +91 9582274475