After reopening the county to tourism earlier this year, Singapore has introduced the Museum of Ice Cream as a new quirky travel destination. Expected to host around four million visitors from across the world in 2022, Renjie Wong from the Singapore tourism board announced, “The Ice Cream museum is a new attraction post-Covid for tourists to Singapore and it will be a uniquely pleasant experience not only for the kids but for adults as well.” The pink-painted museum showcases 14 multi-sensory installations with options beyond ice cream to satisfy a sweet tooth. This outlet is the second global location after New York City.
Lisbon-based startup company NomadX is set to open South America’s first digital nomad village on the coast of Pipa in November in collaboration with the Brazilian government. Professionals who run their business online or work remotely can rent a private space and share common areas with their interim colleagues. The scheme consists of a list of accredited resorts but the Pousada Morada dos Ventos charts on top as the most lavish stay. The beach town’s average temperature ranges 30℃. In order to apply for a Visa, applicants must prove that they remotely work for an organisation outside Brazil, declare a minimum monthly income of $1,500 (₹1.19 lakhs) at least $18,000 (₹14.3 lakhs) in savings to verify their financial credibility, obtain Brazilian health insurance and have a clean criminal record.
Following a massive global movement to the U.S.A. for tourism, travel, work or education, there are no Visa appointments available for at least 500 days from the date of registration. Only visas pertaining to the ‘All Other Nonimmigrant Visas’ criteria will be able to book slots in the next 100-200 days, if lodged now. Currently, interviews are taking place in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. The US State Department specifies, “The estimated wait time to receive an interview appointment at a US Embassy or Consulate can change weekly and is based on actual incoming workload and staffing. These are estimates only and do not guarantee the availability of an appointment”.
Mount Kilimanjaro being an important source of tourism revenue in Tanzania typically has a footfall of 35,000 expeditors every year to scale the UNESCO World Heritage site. By the end of the year, the summit of the 5,895-metre mountain will have internet connectivity as towers are expected to be installed on the slopes of the peak. The robust project has also caused a debate between netizens and environmentalists on its due impact on nature.
Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and New Delhi’s IGI Airport are the first two to commence paperless check-ins. Marking the 75th Independence Day, a beta version was launched of the much-awaited DigiYatra (DY) app. By reducing physical documentation, the app will allow domestic flyers to travel between two destinations through an e-boarding system. At the moment only two Airlines, Vistara and AirAsia, are working with compatibility with the application. Passengers will require Biometric ID validation passing through security checks and boarding flights. Addressing privacy concerns, DigiYatra foundation announced to erase all travellers’ data 24 hours after their journey.
With the on-going 25-day long festival in Nallur, Sri Lanka bids to attract millions of visitors to revive their tourism by spotlighting cultural and heritage programmes. Travel packages for Ramayana and Murugan Shiv-Shakthi trails have been introduced by the tourism sector for devotees on a spiritual tour. Indian tourists are marked as the highest contributors in religion-centric celebrations and the government is keen on bringing up their tourist count by customising trails for the Hindu diaspora. Currently, from the Northern Province, Nallur Kandaswamy or Murugan temple in Jaffna have been included, while Kataragama of the Uva Province makes the list in the southeast.
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Vamika Singh is a visual-narrative artist working closely towards exploring gender disparity and social dynamics in the South-Asian culture. You can also find her making music playlists, browsing sneakers and getting profusely attached to non-living things—even a laptop sticker for that matter.