Travel to Goa could witness a cascading effect after September 2022 when Mopa international airport, the state’s second such airport after the one in Dabolim, finally opens to tourists. This new greenfield airport in Pernem in North Goa is closer to some of the most frequented beaches and sites in Calangute and Vagator. Per news reports, the state receives nearly 8 million Indian and international visitors every year. Mopa airport, a completely civilian airport, will reduce the traffic density in Dabolim, which is used by the Indian Navy and is located in a military airbase INS Hansa.
Indonesia is dangling the ultimate perk to digital nomads dreaming of living and working out of Bali: a five-year long-stay permit that does not require them to pay any taxes in the country. The nation’s tourism minister told Bloomberg that as long as digital nomads can work for companies or industries based outside Indonesia, they are eligible for no taxation on a five-year visa. Bali is also keen to reinvent its image as a hard-partying, sun-and-surf destination and will give preference to remote workers who show their commitment to the island’s sustainable and eco-friendly goals.
Every year the Council of Europe certifies new trails across the continent that showcase its ancient, diverse and colourful cultural and artistic legacy; this year’s three additions are ‘Historic Cafés of Europe’ (featuring 18th-20th century establishments across 15 countries), the European Fairy Tale Route (rooted in folklore and famous legends from 8 nations) and the ‘Women Writers Route’ (fashioned after literary names that bolstered women’s advancement in 6 countries).
In a sweeping initiative to highlight protected habitats across the state, Maharashtra government has designated three new wildlife sanctuaries and 12 new conservation reserves. The demarcated area for both will cover an area of almost 1,000 square kilometres. Lonar, Kolamarka in Gadchiroli and Jalgaon will be the sites of the new sanctuaries; Kolkamarka is home to a healthy population of the Asiatic wild buffaloes. There are already six national parks, 50 sanctuaries and 15 conservation reserves in the state. With this new nomenclature, infrastructure projects in wildlife habitats will be restricted.
A sprawling museum of art, design and architecture opened to the public in Oslo this week. Called the National Museum, the imposing grey box-like stone structure has over 13,000 square metres of exhibition space and combines the collections of the four existing museums and a National Gallery, bringing its total pieces to 5000 works, including Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’. In sheer scope, this makes it a bigger spectacle than Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum or the Guggenheim in Bilbao. The museum’s most talked-about exhibit is an installation of 400 reindeer skulls in the foyer, which is Sámi artist Máret Ánne Sara’s protest against the lack of inclusion of Sámi and other indigenous heritage in Norway’s mainstream cultural institutions.
After connecting Delhi with direct flights to Vietnam’s two major cities, VietJet has now officially announced the same from Mumbai. Flights between Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi will run three-four times a week. An additional flight connecting Mumbai to Phu Quoc is also in the offing.