1. Rail Europe expands offerings with Berner Oberland Regional Pass in Switzerland.
This new offering is now available on Rail Europe’s website and API,, allowing travel professionals to easily access and book this pass. This pass showcases the unique and captivating Berner Oberland region, and travellers will gain the freedom and flexibility to explore this region at their own pace. One of the standout features of the pass is its seamless integration with other train travel across Europe.
2. Philippines to launch e-Visa for foreign visitors by Q3 this year.
“The Philippines e-Visa system will allow foreign nationals to apply for appropriate Philippine visas remotely through personal computers, laptops, and mobile devices. This will make the visa application process easier, faster, more efficient, and convenient for foreign nationals who wish to visit the Philippines for leisure and business purposes.”
3. US Embassy postpones migration to new platform, visa services to continue uninterrupted.
US Embassy in a communication, stated, “The date of our planned migration to a new customer service and appointment system platform has been postponed. Appointment booking, fee payment, and call center services will continue uninterrupted until further notice.”
4. 48% Indians to allocate increased budget for travel in 2024; extraordinary adventures.
48% of Indian tourists will be allocating an increased budget for their travel in the coming year, and 37% of them will be increasing the duration of the trip, to embark on extraordinary adventures and make the most of every travel opportunity in the visiting destinations.
5. Bali to impose IDR 150,000 (approx USD 10) tourist tax from 2024.
The fee will be charged to every international tourist arriving in Bali and will have to be paid electronically. The fee will be charged in Indonesian Rupiah to remain unaffected by international exchange rates. “The payment of a fee for foreign tourists applies only one time during their visit to Bali,” said Governor
6. Assam witnesses over one crore tourist footfall in 2022-23
According to the state government data, Assam witnessed 17 lakh visitors during 2021-22, and 13.5 lakh during 2020-21. Taking to Twitter, Assam CM wrote, “I can vouch that prior to 2014, nobody would have imagined Assam would one day emerge as India’s tourist hotspot. This stands as striking evidence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s efforts over 9 years to establish peace and progress in the state.”
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