Goa's Spirited Online Weekly Magazine.

A White X'Mas in the North preferred

November 25-December 1, 2013

Team GS

North and South India were the most preferred tourist destination on the year-end, that means Christmas and New Year, Assocham (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India?) has said.  The preferred destinations include: Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahaul and districts of Spiti, Chamba, Kangra, Mandi, Nainital, Kullu, Manali, Mussoorie, Dalhousie, Kufri, and the Kashmir valley.  The survey also pointed out that Rajasthan, as always, will remain the favourite - places like Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner.  In the south the top destinations include Ooty, Mysore, Pondicherry, Rameswaram and Goa; Mahabaleshwar in the west.  The survey was conducted in ten major cities: Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Thiruvanathpuram and Ahmedabad; by interacting with as many as 4,500 people including frequent travellers, professionals, travel trade and the agents booking foreign tourists.

ASSOCHAM has said that out of the 4,500 participants, 68 percent of respondents preferred to visit parts of northern India to enjoy the New Year expecting mild snowfall.  While 28 percent preferred to visit coastal regions like Goa, Pondicherry, Kerala, Thiruvananthpuram, Rameswaram; 10 per cent liked to visit hill stations like Ooty and Mahabaleshwar.

Zanzibar goes heritage

 Famous for water sports, scuba diving, dolphin watching, and pristine sand beaches, Zanzibar Island is going to attract more tourists through tourist spot villages to be established at key attractive beach sites.  The plan is to develop special tourist villages in the island.  Last month, the Zanzibar government launched a heritage centre at the former slave market in the historical Stone Town.  The three-year heritage centre project is being implemented by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and its partners, the Anglican Church of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Society and the British charity, Christian Engineers in Development.

While Kerala takes the spice route 

UNESCO has agreed to support Kerala Tourism's Spice Route Project to revive the ancient path for modern-day travellers.  UNESCO’s backing came after meetings and presentations at the UN agency’s headquarters in Paris this month.  Several other countries are part of the Spice Route and will be involved in the project, including China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Oman, Brazil, Russia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.  Archaeological evidence from excavations carried out by the Kerala government in Muziris, near Kochi, helped boost the Spice Route Project as it pointed to the spice trade from Muziris, a flourishing port two millennia ago, to the west, before it mysteriously disappeared.  The project is also aimed at sustainable tourism, in the process aiding local communities in their development.