8 cleanest spots to visit

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Today, there are eight Blue Flag beaches in India; a global award bestowed upon the cleanest beaches in the world.

Not all’s lost in 2020. India just got another reason in its list of being incredible–the blue flag tag for eight of its beaches. Spread across five states and two union territories, these have joined the group of the most clean, safe and environmentally friendly beaches around the world. Not just that, no other country has had as many beaches certified in one go, so that’s a record in itself; additionally India was also awarded the third prize by the jury under ‘International Best Practices’ for pollution control in coastal regions.

What are the blue flag beaches in India?

If you’re already planning a holiday, here are the names of the cleanest beaches in India: Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka),

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Holidays: Britons ditch holiday favourites in 2021 for these top five destinations | Travel News | Travel

Earlier this year, thousands of Britons had their holiday plans cancelled as the pandemic pulled the breaks on international travel. Instead, Britons decided to go on holiday in the UK, ditching flights overseas for something closer to home. But with many missing the opportunity to travel overseas, Britons are looking to broaden their horizons and truing out some new destinations.

1. Orlando

The USA has been out of bounds to Britons for the majority of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, if the country opens its borders to Britons, it’s looking as though it’s likely to be a popular choice.

Mr Thorne explained that Florida is very popular with families, especially due to the abundance of theme parks.

He said: “After a year spent at home, some parents are keen to make new childhood memories with their kids and have perhaps been saving throughout 2020 in order to

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German travel startup Getyourguide lets go of a sixth of staff

BERLIN, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Getyourguide, one of Berlin’s best-backed travel startups, said on Wednesday it has laid off 90 people, or a sixth of its staff, after the coronavirus pandemic hit its business of tours and trips.

A spokesman confirmed a report in tech publication Gruenderszene on the job cuts, which come barely a year and a half after the company raised nearly $500 million from investors led by Softbank’s Vision Fund.

“As our view of the market’s path to recovery has come into focus, it’s become clear that it was necessary for us to adapt our company to the present reality,” Getyourguide said.

As well as being forced into a go-slow by the pandemic, Europe’s travel tech industry has chafed at the terms offered by Google – the search engine it relies on heavily for online referrals – urging the Alphabet unit to offer more flexibility on payments

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Hawaii’s Royal Kona Resort to reopen after 7-month closure

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii island plans to reopen to guests following a seven-month closure amid the coronavirus pandemic and a multi-million dollar renovation.

The three-tower resort overlooking Kailua Bay on the western side of the Big Island expects to open Thursday, West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday.

The Royal Kona is the only property in the area expected to reopen on the same day the state launches a program enabling travelers to avoid a 14-day quarantine by taking COVID-19 tests before arriving in Hawaii.

Since the implementation of the quarantine mandated by Democratic Gov. David Ige in March, visitor arrivals to the Big Island have dropped 97% and hotel occupancy has hovered at around 30%, the newspaper reported.

Royal Kona Resort General Manager Jay Rubenstein said there have been “quite a few” reservations already at the 428-room property owned by Honolulu-based Hogan Hospitality Group.


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In pictures: How coronavirus is sending cruise ships to an early grave

These are no rust-buckets or clunkers from another era. Cut down in their prime, the relics of five former glistening ships make a pitiful sight in their final port of call.

The death throes are heartbreaking. In the wheelhouse, frantic commands are hollered in polyglot tongues as the man at the helm points the bow towards a narrow channel at the Aliaga ship breakers yard. The ships are driven at five knots – about 5 miles per hour – onto the beach where they shudder to a halt, their steel frames groaning and grinding in futile protest. The engines are shut down and the anchor is dropped to make the ship steadfast in its last resting place.

Cruise ships normally have a lifespan of 40 years, but as the pandemic engulfed the globe, the cruise industry became paralysed. Putting a whole new meaning to “throwaway culture”, ships still in

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Cruise Line Stocks Sail Lower

Cruise line stocks sank Tuesday after Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) said that it plans to raise additional capital to shore up its liquidity throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the industry since March. The capital raising entails $500 million in senior convertible notes and a $500 million share offering with a greenshoe option for both, putting downward pressure on the stock by diluting shareholders.

Key Takeaways

  • Royal Caribbean plans to raise $1 billion through debt and equity to shore up liquidity throughout the ongoing pandemic.
  • Royal Caribbean shares broke down on heavy volume below an uptrend line stretching back to the March selloff low.
  • Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) shares broke below a rising wedge pattern on decent volume, indicating downside continuation in the short to medium term.

Although a no-sail order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expires on Oct. 31, the cruise industry’s

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Exclusive! New Tourism Policy to overhaul India’s travel sector

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The Narendra Modi Government has started work on making India the next Tourism Destination with big changes proposed. As a travel destination few other nations can offer the diversity of products & experiences found in India.  The New Tourism Policy 2020 which has been formulated revolves around ten strategic pillars which are Welcome the Visitor, Seamless connectivity, Destination planning, Investment promotion, Develop and Diversify Tourism Products, Market India, Quality assurance & standards, Market research & intelligence and Skill development said sources privy to the development. The draft new tourism policy 2020 has been floated to ministries for comments and we are hopeful that the cabinet approval will be sought soon, the source added.

The policy marks a decisive shift from department & scheme centric approach to a tourist and destination centric approach. The government is looking at providing incentives to attract investors to make investments

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Police general accused of forging details in travel permit for Djoko Tjandra – National

A police general has allegedly ordered his subordinates to falsify information contained in a travel letter issued to allow graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra to travel within the country while he was a fugitive.

Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office read their indictment against Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo, the former head of the Civil Servant Investigators Supervisory and Coordination Bureau at the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), during a hearing on Tuesday.

Prosecutors also wrote in the indictment letter that the one-star police general had ordered his subordinates to burn the letter to eliminate any evidence linking him to the fugitive.

“On June 3, the defendant ordered a witness, Dodi Jaya, to issue a letter for travel to Pontianak, West Kalimantan, in the defendant’s office,” a prosecutor read from the indictment at the East Jakarta District Court, as quoted by kompas.com.

According to the indictment, Prasetyo instructed Dodi

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How Mountains and Ski Areas in NH Are Dealing With COVID-19

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Though things might not look all that different on the slopes — such as at Waterville Valley pictured here — expect to see a number of changes this season at ski areas and resorts around the state. Photo by Tyler Walker/ Waterville Valley Resorts

Shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, experts encouraged people to get outside, into nature’s open spaces. They emphasized the myriad benefits of fresh air and sunshine for our mental, emotional and physical well-being. Normally, skiing — both alpine and Nordic — would seem to check off all those boxes. But COVID-19 is having a negative impact on the skiing experience, in the lodges, in the lift lines, and on the lifts themselves. Of course, New Hampshire’s ski areas and resorts, large and small, are no strangers to negative impacts.

“Rightly or wrongly, we are total optimists in this business,” says Kris Blomback,

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Sarah Jessica Parker shares gorgeous photos from family holiday with her three children

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Sarah Jessica Parker and her family split their time between Manhattan and the Hamptons during the pandemic, but now that the restrictions have eased, they have gone away for a change of scenery.

MORE: Inside Sarah Jessica Parker’s beautiful beach house in the Hamptons

On Tuesday, the Sex and the City actress took to Instagram to share some beautiful photos from their staycation in Ohio, and it looked like they had a wonderful time.

Sarah shared photos of some of the parks they had visited, and fans were quick to comment on the pictures, giving her tips for exploring the area.

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Sarah Jessica Parker shares glimpse

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