Karnataka, which offers a wide range of tourist destinations, has been chosen among the top 11 ?must visit? destinations by Conde Nast Traveller, one of the world’s leading travel magazines. Conde Nast featured the State and rated it as the fourth best destination in the world to visit this year in its Traveller edition this month. Odisha, placed? in the ninth position, is the only other Indian place to figure in the list of eleven. Iran tops the list of the must-travel destinations for the year followed by Botswana, Tasmania (Australia), Karnataka, Myanmar, Seoul (South Korea), Tel Aviv (Israel), Tallinn (Estonia), Odisha, Sri Lanka and Uruguay.
The Traveller piece recommends Karnataka for its palaces, tiger-spotting at unspoilt sanctuaries like Bandipur, the rapids of Coorg with the homestay experience along with the specially brewed coffee and the temples of Belur and Halebeedu. Continue reading
Foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India? during the period January-September 2010 showed a growth of 10.0 percent at 3.83 million as compared to the FTAs of 3.48 million and a negative growth rate of 7.4 percent during January-September 2009 over the corresponding period of 2008.
Indian government has launched a scheme of visa on arrival (VoA) to attract more foreign tourists from January 2010 for citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore.
The first 6 months of 2010 has already shown an over 20 per cent increase in tourist arrivals both domestic and international in Karnataka, according to Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC).? During the period, there were about 19.8 million domestic arrivals as against 14.3 mil in the same period the previous year.? While 1.60 lakh foreign tourists visited the state in the first six months this year, against 0.96 lakh during the same period the previous year. Continue reading