1. IndiGo announces first collaboration with Austrian National Tourist Office
The collaboration is to promote travel to Vienna and Salzburg through its codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. Recently, IndiGo started daily connections to Vienna, increasing capacity and offering affordable fares. The partnership will contribute to increased accessibility, trade, and tourism across both countries.
2. Air India resumes its non-stop service between Mumbai and New York.
Resuming the service from today which was suspended in early 2019, the new flight is the third non-stop Air India service from Mumbai to the USA, joining flights to Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO). The flight will operate daily with the newly inducted Boeing 777-200LR aircraft and take Air India’s India-US frequency to 47 non-stop flights per week.
3. Helicopter joyrides to start in Ayodhya soon.
UPSTDC has invited proposals from companies operating heli-services for the joyrides in Ayodhya on a pilot basis. “We have helipads in Lucknow as well as in Ayodhya. So, we are looking at various aspects, from providing air taxi chopper facility from Lucknow to Ayodhya or to those wanting to have a quick joyride over Ayodhya,” said Mukesh Meshram, Principal Secretary, Tourism.
4. Israel plans to cancel VAT exemption for foreign tourists.
Foreigners visiting Israel are currently exempted from paying the 17 per cent VAT on tourism services among others. According to the Israel Finance ministry, supporting inbound tourism makes tourism services more expensive for local consumers and harms domestic tourism.
5. Thailand to impose entry fee for international arrivals from June.
Starting June 2023, Thailand will start charging visa on arrival fees THB 300 for all international air arrivals, and THB 150 for those entering via land and water. Visitors who do not stay overnight will not be charged. Thai government is expected to collect approximately THB 3.9 billion from the fees this year.
6. Fiji govt announces zero restrictions to enter the island nation.
The Fijian Government announced, effective February 14, 2023, international travellers to Fiji both by air and sea will no longer be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and travel insurance. Brent Hill, CEO, Tourism Fiji said, “We still strongly encourage travellers to have travel insurance”.
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