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International tourism reaches 97% of pre-pandemic levels in Q1 of 2024, 20% increase from 2023: UN Report

Supported by strong demand, enhanced air connectivity, and continued recovery of Asian markets, International tourism rebounded strongly in the first quarter of 2024, reaching 97% of pre-pandemic levels, with over 285 million travellers making foreign trips between January and March. This marked a 20% increase compared to the same period in 2023, stated UN Report.

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IATO appreciates increase in budget allocation, suggests organising more international publicity campaigns

Appreciating an increase in budget allocation to the Tourism Ministry in Interim Budget 2024, Rajiv Mehra, President, IATO, said, “Though we welcome the increase in budgetary allocation to  ₹2,000cr from last financial year’s  ₹1600cr and mention of branding in the budget speech of the FM, we must remember that unless we don’t do roadshows overseas, familiarisation trips and publicity campaigns abroad till then we would not be able to draw tourist to our country.”

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Korean Culture & Tourism Festival 2023: fusion of K-Vibes and Heritage Enchants Gurugram

The Korea Culture and Tourism Festival 2023 touches high note with immersive cultural experiences, enchanting performances & mouthwatering Korean delicacies at Ambience Mall, Gurugram. Hosted by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), this festival is a vibrant celebration of the deep-rooted connection between India and Korea, offering attendees a unique opportunity to dive into the world of Korean culture and tourism. K-Performances: Mesmerizing Displays of Talent – The festival kicked off with awe-inspiring K-Performances, featuring breathtaking B Boying performances by ONEWAY CREW that left the audience in awe. These gravity-defying acts pushed the boundaries of movement and creativity, showcasing the true essence of Korean dance culture. Attendees were also treated to captivating Taekwondo demonstrations by Taekwoncre, where precision and strength merged into an art form, leaving a lasting impression on all who witnessed it. K-Photo Booth: Capturing Memories in Style – For those seeking to capture the magic of the festival, the specially designed K-Photo Booth provided the perfect backdrop. Attendees were able to create picture-perfect memories surrounded by the vibrant colors and aesthetics of Korean culture. Smiles and laughter filled this corner of the festival as people took home tangible souvenirs of their unforgettable experience. K-Beauty Stalls: Secrets of Flawless Korean Beauty – The Bioface and Innisfree K-Beauty stalls were a hit, introducing festivalgoers to the secrets of flawless Korean beauty. Visitors had the opportunity to explore a wide range of beauty products and treatments that have taken the world by storm. Experts were on hand to share tips and tricks for achieving radiant looks synonymous with K-Beauty. The stalls buzzed with excitement as attendees discovered the magic of Korean skincare and cosmetics. Korean Food: A Gastronomic Journey – The Korean Food section was a culinary journey …

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IATO has requested Ministry of Culture and ASI to reduce entrance fee for foreign nationals at ASI monuments till March 31, 2022

Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has requested the Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to reduce the entrance fee for foreign nationals at ASI monuments, charging them the same as it would charge the nationals of SAARC countries. This, it requests, should be extended till March 31, 2022 and will help inbound tour operators reduce the package cost. The move will also help spread the message to the international travel community that India is more than willing and ready to welcome foreign tourists. The reduced fee and in turn a reduction in the package cost would enable inbound tour operators to start selling trips to India as soon as the country opens for international tourism.

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