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Kerala to have first spill-bounding river cruise in Malabar region

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February 10: With time, Kerala has become one of the most prefered destinations and soon with time, the visitors will be able to enjoy a river cruise. But Kerala does not have one, is it what you are thinking? Kerala Tourism is now introducing Malanad-Malabar River Cruise on the 15th of February, 2021.

As suggested by the report, the first river cruise service will be routing by connecting Parassinikkadavu and Pazhayangadi. The new activity will feature 11 types of boat rides. Other than this, the cruise plan will be offering the thematic experience to the tourist on board as by providing tours of the state’s prominent areas including the northern district such as Kasaragod and Kannur.

The seven rivers in Kannur and Kasaragod region would have 48 boat terminals and jetties out of which two terminals’ work has been completed so far. Sharing his take over the latest project, Tourism Minister of Kerala Kadakampally Surendran told a leading news firm that will help local people in justifying the principles of Responsible Tourism.

Also read: First time in 32 years, Surajkund Mela, Haryana gets called off amid covid fear

With this initiative, Kerala tourism will help spread knowledge about the state culture, legends and folk arts of the Malabar region. With this initiative, the local people of the state like cab drivers, restaurant/hotel owners, farmers, handloom and handicraft workers will get employment.

Under the Swadesh Darshan, the Malanad-Malabar project will bestow the best cruise packages to the visitors. As news has it the boat terminals at the Pazhayangadi and Parassinikkadavu in Kannur district have been completed at a cost of Rs. 7.5 crore.

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As covid surges, Delhi makes mandatory -ve test report for visitors of these 5 states

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February 27: As the Covid-19 virus is surging in a few states including Kerala and Maharashtra, the Indian capital state Delhi has taken a decision on presenting a mandatory negative Covid test report for the people travelling from 5 states before entering the UT. As per the official sources of the Delhi government, these orders will remain in place from midnight of 26 February to noon of March 15.

The submitted RT-PCR test report must not be older than 72 hours of travel. These five states are Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. Also, these orders are applicable to people who are travelling to Delhi via buses, flights, or trains.

Not only Delhi, but several other states have also made it a case for the visitors to furnish a negative RT-PCR test report if they are travelling from states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh.

Also read: With expectedly increasing domestic air traffic, government to ‘likely’ remove fare band

ANI reports quoting the sources, “Delhi government took the decision because, in the past week, 86 per cent of the new virus cases have emerged from these states. Nodal officers in these states will be asked to verify COVID-19 negative reports from tests taken up to 72 hours before the flight, prior to allowing passengers to leave for Delhi.”

This step was taken as Delhi recorded 220 Covid-19 cases earlier on Thursday that was the highest number of single-day spikes in February, luckily, no death was registered. This was 4th time in February month when the single-day death toll stood nil this month.

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Air Arabia, SpiceJet can add more routes from RAK Intl. airport to other Indian states

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February 26: Emirati low-cost airline, Air Arabia is planning to add up more routes and flights exchange with Indian carrier Spicejet from the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.

As of now, the passengers travelling from RAK International airport to Delhi via Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet are able to fly to several destinations using the domestic services of the airline. The destinations are limited to some states like Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur and Kozhikode.

Other than these, the carrier also operates direct flights between UAE and as many as 7 India cities. However, the airline plans to add more in order to improve the connectivity further.

Also read: With expectedly increasing domestic air traffic, government to ‘likely’ remove fare band

As it was expected that the flight resumption would help boost connectivity, the airport resumed its flight exchange in October last in an attempt for the emirate to position itself as a major tourist hub within the United Arab Emirates.

Sharing his take over the plan in the pipeline, Sanjay Khanna, serving as CEO of RAK International Airport quoted, “We expect even more Indian destinations to be added to SpiceJet’s direct service from Ras Al Khaimah within the coming months and years. With these additions from the various carriers, we fully anticipate reaching our pre-COVID-19 level passenger throughput by the end of 2021.”

The behind such tilt towards India is simplistic. India is represented as one of the largest aviation markets in the UAE. Numerically to explain this, in 2020 when high tensions were triggered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as many as 4 million passengers had flown from Dubai tppo several Indian cities. Explaining the situation, Khanna added, “At present, India represents our largest market for travellers and RAK Airport aims to enhance the links between nearly 3.5 million Indian nationals living in the UAE.”

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With expectedly increasing domestic air traffic, government to ‘likely’ remove fare band

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February 25: As expectations of improved domestic air traffic are increasing ahead of the summer season, the government ‘might’ remove the fare bands beside lifting other travel restrictions. This information was laid by Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri. He talked about the same while replying to the queries during the meeting of his ministry’s consultative committee earlier on Thursday.

After this, an official statement on Friday quoted that domestic air traffic is increasing day by day and has now reached a count of 3 lakh passengers in a single day. The statement also said that Puri has also talked about several steps that the ministry has been taking during the Covid-19 pandemic in order to benefit the citizens, their travel along the aviation sector while explaining his take to the Members of Parliament.

Bestowing information about the UDAN scheme, the minister also mentioned that over 300 routes have been operationalised under the scheme making travel more convenient. The committee members discussed suggestions for the privatisation of airports, opening new airports, expanding existing airports among other aviation issues.

Also read: With covid variants arriving India, India introduces new travel guidelines for intl. travellers

Further, the statement added, “He informed about the fare bands introduced with a floor price and ceiling price. He further said that in the summer schedule, as domestic traffic would increase more, the fare bands and some other restrictions are likely to be done away with.”

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