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Decision on Visa Relaxation to Take Place on Wednesday

Decision on Visa Relaxation to Take Place on Wednesday

The Government is on the threshold to make a final decision on the visa waiver proposal for Chinese tourists this Wednesday. Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, the Tourism and Culture Minister was of the view that so far, the discussions regarding the visa relaxation had received a positive response from the Cabinet. In this meeting held on Friday, the memorandum for the same was discussed and the change for a visa waiver for the citizens of the Republic of China was highly welcomed. This act will see an inflow of Chinese visitors to Malaysia.Nazri further added that the ministry was making plans to visit the flood-hit east coast area which had a lot of tourist spots in order to measure the level of damage and extend financial aid to reinforce the affected sites. This damage audit will be done once the flood subsides. There were some sites like the facilities at Gunung Tahan park which suffered much loss owing to the floods. These places might take a couple of month's time before their renewal could be fully accomplished. For this, Nazri said that they would function in tandem with the state governments to provide monetary help to repair the damages.For more updates, follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 19 January,2015

Expatriate Families Will Soon Avail Online Visit Visas

Expatriate Families Will Soon Avail Online Visit Visas

Online visas for families of expatriates will soon be made available by the Interior Ministry. This would mean there would no longer be any need to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Passport Department. According to sources, this attempt will help in saving time and also keep the visa offices from overcrowding with these people who wish to bring their families on visits. This move would also do away with the need for expatriates to attach many documents along with their visa applications.This new measure comes in the wake of the ministry's favorable pilot program to examine the system. The digitalized visit visas would be a welcome break for the expatriates as it would save effort and time and also build-up the department's efficiency. The applicants would be required to enter their correct data and in the same manner as it appears both in their residence permits and civil registry. Information with regards to the family members must also be the same as found in their passports.During their family's stay, the expat must provide medical insurance and housing facilities and must make sure that the family members go back before the visa period lapses. The visitors should also obey the laws and order of the Kingdom for the duration of their stay. Applicants must state that the reason for their visit is to spend time with family and not to undertake Umrah or Haj pilgrimage. A penalty would be levied on persons failing to follow this.For more updates on Visit Visas, follow us at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 16 January,2015

Burma Receives Major Growth in Tourism due to Flights and e-visas

Burma Receives Major Growth in Tourism due to Flights and e-visas

The year 2014 saw 1.5 million more tourists coming to Burma (Myanmar) as compared to 2013, which was almost representing a 30% increase. The major driving force behind the inflow of travelers to Burma seems to be the relinquished power of the military junta and the steady rise of a normal civilian government in the year 2011.Earlier, the opposition leader of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD had dissuaded tourists, saying that too much money went to the junta's coffers. However, since May 2011, the National League for Democracy, in a statement asked for responsible tourism in Burma. According to this statement, the NLD invites visitors who are enthusiastic about advocating the welfare of the common man and in conserving the environment. These tourists while vacationing in Burma would acquire a greater insight into the political, cultural and social life of the nation. For the first time in 2012, over 1million visitors came to Burma. The tourism industry got a benefit of 534 million dollars. In 2013, the number of visitors rose to 2.04 million and their expenses amounted to 926 million dollars. Finally, in 2014, the tourist count was 3.5 million, with the country earning an estimated 1.135 billion dollars.Towards the end of 2012, the Burmese government in conjunction with the Asian Development Bank, came up with a tourism master plan from 2013 till 2020. Based on the number of tourists visiting Burma in 2014, the numbers will exceed the estimated figures in the coming years. The two factors responsible for this are the rise in the number of flights from Yangon to Burma, totaling 12-14 flights and introduction of e-visa facility from 1 September, 2014. The e-visas permit citizens of 67 nations to apply online. So far, a total of 40,000 such visas have been issue till December end of 2014.The major faction of tourists arriving at Burma comprised of 67% Asian tourists from China, Thailand and Japan. Almost 60-70% comprised flexible independent travelers or FITs as opposed to the usual norm of packaged tourists. 2016 is slated to be the 'Visit Myanmar Year'.

Posted On : 13 January,2015

Kazakhstan to Offer Visa Relaxation for Thais

Kazakhstan to Offer Visa Relaxation for Thais

The country of Kazakhstan is taking steps to offer a visa relaxation to Thailand nationals in a bid to attract more Thai travelers to the Central Asian Republic region. This step has kickstarted as Air Astana, the Kazakh flag carrier started its second air service to Bangkok from capital Astana on 115 December.The Kazakh ambassador to Thailand, Marat Yessenbayev said that repealing the visa conditions for Thai citizens could take place in the coming 18 months. In a statement to a leading daily, he said that they were having tie-ups with Thailand's Foreign Ministry for working on visa relaxation. This attempt will give a fillip to the tourist inflow to Kazakhstan from Thailand which is in small numbers till now.About 1,000 citizens from Thailand visit Kazakhstan every year which is in contrast to the 7,000-odd tourists who move to Thai on an annual basis. The complex visa procedure of Kazakhstan is said to be the main reason behind less tourist count from Thailand. A tourist has to first obtain a letter of invitation from the Kazakh's Foreign Ministry which costs about 100 US Dollars (3,200 baht) and requires a few weeks for processing. There are additional charges of $80 for a business visa and $40 for a tourist visa which will take further time. For those who are stopping at Kazakhstan to board another flight to a different nation, a transit visa of $20 taking a week's time to process is applicable. Astana's attempt at abrogating short-term visit visas depicts the capital's intention of proving the tourism sector and preparing for Expo 2017 which has a theme called "Future Energy". According to the World Bank, Kazakhstan has drawn approximately 4.8 million foreign travelers who were inward bound in 2012. Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan, along with seven other countries are exempted from having visas to visit Kazakhstan.

Posted On : 08 January,2015

Bali Places Greater Count of Overseas Travelers

Bali Places Greater Count of Overseas Travelers

According to the provincial administration of Bali, a rise of 500,000 tourists from abroad is expected in the island in 2015. Anank Agung Gede Yuniarta Putra, head of the regional tourism office reportedly said that they were hoping to see an increase in number of tourists from 500,000 to 4 million in 2015. The predicted number is 3.5 million this year. In order to achieve the set goal, Yuniarta went on to say that his office would start promotional campaigns using information technology. An increase in the number of visitors is expected from five nations that have been offered a visa free facility that includes Australia, Russia, Japan, South Korea and China.The provisional administration is slated to set aside Rp 5 billion for use in promotional campaigns in 2015. Yuniarta was optimistic that the target would be achieved this year based on the performance. The first 10 months of the year has already witnessed 3.2 million visitors coming to Bali. The target of 3.5 million would be overtaken by more number of travelers coming here between the months of November and December. Australians make up for the maximum number of visitors from abroad to Bali.

Posted On : 06 January,2015

Vietnam Plays Host to First Set of Overseas Visitors in 2015

Vietnam Plays Host to First Set of Overseas Visitors in 2015

Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh City warmly welcomed about 1,000 tourists on board the five Vietnam Airlines, Eva Airways and Cathay Pacific. These were the first set of foreign tourists to the country. The visitors were given the traditional conical hats and extended invitations to appreciate traditional melodies and calligraphy performances at the airport itself.On the other hand, 68 Polish tourists who were on a trip with the country's 365 Travel Company, were given flowers in Hoi An city, located in the central province of Quang Nam. The northern province of Lao Cai where Sapa town is situated, is slated to welcome 30,000 tourists in this New Year season , which is 10-12  percent rise when compared to the previous year.The travelers who come to visit Vietnam are offered a chance to explore the traditions and cultures of Vietnam of ethnic groups like wedding customs of Mong people and folk songs of Dao people.

Posted On : 03 January,2015

Britain all set for a Tourism Boom as Foreign Nationals expected to spend 22BILLION pounds

Britain all set for a Tourism Boom as Foreign Nationals expected to spend 22BILLION pounds

Britain is geared up to break the record of 22 billion pounds in the coming year. It's a number which is going to beat the 2013 milestone of 20 billion pounds. It will be enhanced by the increase in the number of trips from abroad.  When compared to 2010 there is estimation in visits from 29.8 million to 35 million.   The travelers from the US are the highest spenders other than the amount of Mexican and Chinese has soared. The cultural secretary Sajid Javid, enlightening the forecasts, said that the champion the UK board will continue. Expenses in 2013 conceded 20 billion pounds for the foremost. As well as expenses rising, the amount of visits by foreign nationals is likely to increase trips in 2015 with 35.1 million. The cultural secretary said that the tourism division is lashing economic development for Britain.For More News Updates Follow Us @ Facebook

Posted On : 29 December,2014

e-Tickets Make Entry to Taj Easier

E-Tickets Make Entry to Taj Easier

A visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra and Humayun's Tomb in Delhi has been facilitated by online booking of tickets. The Union Culture and Tourism Minister, Mahesh Sharma launched the e-ticketing facility to both these historical monuments on a pilot scale. This online booking facility may be made available to other major tourist attractions, depending on the experience in the case of these two monuments.As part of safety measures for the tourists, especially those coming from overseas, Sharma also started a 24 hours helpline which would be available all 7 days of the week. Here, the visitors can lodge their grievances and can ask for help from any corner of the country. The helpline numbers are 1800-111363 from a cell phone and 1363 from any landline numbers in India.This service which was functional in Hindi and English will now be made available in 10 different foreign languages, including Russian, French, Spanish and German. The government is hopeful that this move will instill confidence among visitors from abroad and thus, increase the number of travelers to India. The minister revealed 'Welcome Cards' for tourists arriving at nine international airports. As part of the function, the Incredible India Calendar for the year 2015 was also launched.Sharma reportedly said that India received a maximum of 6.8 lakh tourists during January to November, 2014. The country benefitted with increased foreign exchange revenue of up to Rs. 1 lakh crore during the said period, depicting a growth of 12.1% in foreign exchange when compared to the previous year during the same time.Sharma said that the year 2014 was iconic in the tourism history as the government introduced the initial phase of Tourist Visas on Arrival (VOAs) facilitated by ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization. Since the implementation of these highlights on 27 November, 16,000 visas have been processed so far. He also added that the government was planning to initiate five tourist circuits around specified themes-Krishna circuit, Buddha circuit, Ganga circuit, Kerala circuit and North East circuit.Follow Us For  More News Updates @Facebook

Posted On : 27 December,2014