Full Body Scanners: Majority Air Travelers Ready to Compromise on Privacy
During the UK based Skyscanner Ltd’s poll, two third travelers favored the use of full body scanners at the airports for improved security. But 30% travelers disapproved the use considering privacy and health (radiation) issues. And another poll conducted by the USA Today/Gallup, based in the US, also concludes that more than 75% air travelers are in favor of using the scanner despite privacy issues.
Intelligent Planning Can Prevent PTD
I remember, in one of my treks to the Himalayas, a team member openly confessed that “hangovers” of these trips always last for a few days after reaching home. And you may also be experiencing the same after a nice winter holiday. These post travel depression (PTD) or post vacation blues- nostalgic feelings, loss of appetite and tiredness- are generally proportional to the length of the trip. But nothing to worry! They will disappear gradually. Sharing holiday experiences and photographs may reduce the blues.
But to prevent PTD, don’t plan something very hectic for the next vacations, take short vacations instead of one long one and return from vacation on Fridays. Do not forget that tourism / vacationing / holidaying connotes relaxation, rejuvenation, having fun instead of trying to see and do as much as possible in a short duration.
A Perfect New Year Gift for Climbers and Trekkers
Travelers who love enchanting, stark land of Ladakh have one more reason to rejoice: More than one hundred additional peaks are now accessible without “protected area permit.”
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Kullu Bus Stand Needs to Improve Basic Facilities
Recently announced new ‘Kullu-Manali Mega Tourism Promotion Circuit’ worth INR 50.00 crores is a welcome step because the state government needs to improve existing basic infrastructure on oversold Kullu-Manali circuit. For instance, the entry point, main Kullu Bus Stand, is in shabby state. It does not even have public conveniences like clean wash rooms and waiting rooms. One more important thing requires attention. Though buses arrive at and depart from the stand as early as 4 A.M., almost all counters and shops open after 6 A.M.
Visit India 2009: Freebies
The Indian Tourism Ministry launched the Visit India Year 2009 campaign (http://visitindia2009.incredibleindia.org/) based on the concept of offering one complimentary or additional service for every service purchased. Various stakeholders of the Indian tourism industry, including Air India, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, and Taj Group of Hotels, are ready with a set of interesting incentives to inspire foreign tourists to visit India again. Foreigners visiting India during April 2009-March 2010 would be entitled to freebies, such as one free rural eco holiday, a courtesy local sightseeing tour in any Indian city, one free night stay in the hotel booked by the traveler and one complimentary air ticket for the companion.