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Kerala Tourism proposes to launch a new global campaign aiming to catapult the state's majestic backwaters in the league of the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Voted ahead of Taj Mahal in a National Geographic Traveller survey of top Indian tourism destinations, the backwaters of Kerala will be unveiled as a self-contained experience in the campaign shot using advanced aerial photography techniques.

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Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden is set to woo his fan-base in India and attract Indian tourists to Queensland through a new campaign for Tourism and Events Queensland and Singapore Airlines, which is aiming to cash in on the increasingly lucrative Indian travel market. The cricket legend will promote his native Queensland through the campaign, named 'Go Beyond', which will showcase the state's rainforests, beaches and the Great Barrier Reef to a potential....

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Ethiopia, one of the world's most ancient countries, is broadening its cultural footprint in India, with the opening of the first Ethiopian Cultural Centre, complete with a traditional coffee shop, in the capital. The centre - a sprawling facility with crafts display rooms, meeting space and an elegant coffee shop in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri - will serve the "purpose of introducing Ethiopian culture to India and to the international community", Gennete Zewide.

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Buoyed by the "huge response" that the recently concluded Sikkim festival received in the national capital, the state's tourism board Saturday said it would focus on metropolitan cities to attract more tourists. The 3-day festival that began in Dilli Haat March 7 attracted a large number of families who got an insight into the rich cultural history and picturesque tourist destinations of Sikkim, a statement from the Sikkim tourism department said.

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Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi, who called on Artur Mas, President of Catalonia province of Spain in Barcelona, Spain today, invited him to visit India. Artur Mas on his part expressed his intention to lead a big business delegation from Catalonia to India this year. Both the leaders acknowledged that tourism sector has immense potential for cooperation and discussed the possibility of enhancing inter-alia trade, scientific, tourism, civil aviation and people to people contacts.

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The Nandankanan Zoo here has become the country's third zoo to house a bear safari park after those in Hyderabad and Bangalore, which will give a closer view to the nature lovers. About eight sloth bears would be kept in the safari park, while two will be in enclosures, The park was thrown open to the public on December 29. While inaugurating the safari, Odisha's Forest and Environment Minister Bijayasri Routray, said the authorities have been asked to put more animals in the zoo.

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There might be fewer foreign tourists here, but all 650 houseboats that ply the Vembanad Lake here have been booked much in advance. Anyone who wants to ride these boats now will have to wait till a fortnight after the New Year.

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This is precisely our motivation in projecting Ayurvedic tourism of Kerala our theme of discussion. To obtain the insights into the rich heritage of Ayurvedic tourism in Kerala the historical accounts the development and growth of Ayurveda practice in this state is important. Ayurvedic tourism of Kerala is just not about health but soul soothing and refreshing.

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Goa's erosion-affected beaches are in for good news. Union Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi has allotted Rs.50 crore for fighting the problem at its prime beaches, which are gradually being submerged, reportedly due to global warming and tourism overkill. "Chiranjeevi has allotted Rs.50 crore to the Goa tourism ministry to save Goa's beaches from erosion," state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar told reporters here Friday.

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Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is the most sought tourist Destination of Kerala. To choose the top tourist destinations of Kochi is truly a challenging task with wide range of destinations to consider. Kerala is famous for its backwaters and Kochi has it all and naturally our enumeration of the top tourist destinations of Kochi must begin with Kochi.

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