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India accounts for highest growth among visitors to Vienna, Austria

As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on June 30.

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  • As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on June 30, representing a 32 per cent increase over the same period the previous year, as per the Vienna Tourist Board
  • One in every eight visitors also attended one of the 3,685 congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna — which is also a new record
  • The Austrian capital, with its legacy of palaces, art, music and romance, coffee houses and green locales, also caught the eye of Indian film maker Karan Johar who chose Vienna as the setting for his upcoming romantic film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” that stars Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma

Not only did 32 percent more Indians visited this picturesque Austrian capital during the first six months of this year, but their growth was also the highest among any nationality, followed by Britain, as per latest official data.

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As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on June 30, representing a 32 percent increase over the same period the previous year, as per the Vienna Tourist Board.

India accounts for highest number of visitors in Vienna. Image Source: Reuters
India accounts for highest number of visitors in Vienna. Image Source: Reuters

“A large number of Indian families, honeymooners and conference attendees traveled to Vienna for its stately castles, culture, cuisine, music and vast green spaces and helped record 56,000 overnight stays in January-June — a 39 per cent growth over the same period last year,” the board said in a statement.

One in every eight visitors also attended one of the 3,685 congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna — which is also a new record. This also coincides with global consulting giant Mercer ranking Vienna with the world’s highest quality of living for the seventh consecutive time in a row.

A still from official website of Vienna tourist board. Image Source: www.iap.tuwien.ac.at
A still from the official website of Vienna tourist board. Image Source: www.iap.tuwien.ac.at

“A popular destination for families and honeymooners, Vienna bewitched younger audiences to savour its romantic ambiance. Young Indian couples are now beginning to forge wedding vows in the city, known for its love affair with imperial heritage and architecture,” said Isabella Rauter, Manager for Media Management with Vienna Tourist Board.

The Austrian capital, with its legacy of palaces, art, music and romance, coffee houses and green locales, also caught the eye of Indian film maker Karan Johar who chose Vienna as the setting for his upcoming romantic film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” that stars Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Poster. Image Source: aedilhaimushkil.com
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Poster. Image Source: aedilhaimushkil.com

“Some of the attractions popular with Indians are a stroll around the city, a leisurely journey which takes one back to the days of the empire. Parks and green spaces make up more than the half of the metropolitan area offering plenty of opportunities for recreation. Some 280 imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape. In spring, 400 species of rose bloom in the Volksgarten alone,” said the tourist board.

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The Austrian capital is also well connected with India.

While Air India offers a thrice-a-week direct service from Delhi, those visiting from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore can reach Vienna after a small stopover on Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Air India, Swiss, Lufthansa and British Airways. (IANS)

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    People in India spend so much money going on vacations. But it is surprising to know that Austria is such a popular destination.

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New AI Model to Identify the Risk of Heart Disease in Indians

Besides Apollo, Microsoft is also planning to extend the AI model to other healthcare providers

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In a novel effort to predict the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among the Indian population, Microsoft India and Apollo Hospitals on Friday launched the first-ever Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered heart disease risk score API (application programme interface).

Part of Microsoft’s “AI Network for Healthcare” initiative, it will help doctors across the Apollo network of hospitals leverage the AI-powered API to predict risk of CVD and drive preventive cardiac care across the country.

Nearly three million heart attacks happen in India every year and 30 million Indians suffer from coronary diseases. However, even with various heart disease risk models available worldwide, doctors and cardiologists are unable to identify the probability of CVD in Indians.

“The AI-based models available worldwide were formed decades ago and are based on the western population. Our new API score is based on the data of 4,000 Indians shared by Apollo Hospitals and can easily identify the level of risk each patient has,” Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D), told IANS.

“We come in as a technology partner or expert in the AI domain, where we collaborate with healthcare providers and doctors to integrate data to help build the AI model,” Bhansali added.

Built on Microsoft’s Cloud computing platform Azure, the new AI-based heart risk score helps gauge a patient’s risk for heart disease and provides rich insights to doctors on treatment plans and early diagnosis.

The API score considers 21 risk factors including lifestyle attributes such as diet, tobacco and smoking preferences and physical activity as well as psychological stress and anxiety as reflected via rate of respiration, hypertension and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

“The score categorises risk into high, moderate and minimal and also provides insights on the top modifiable risk contributors, thereby assisting physicians to consult patients in a more holistic way, while providing insights to patients for lifestyle modification and timely interventions,” Bhansali elaborated.

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When a patient goes for a cardio health check, the doctor can build up a more accurate cardio-vascular health profile of the patient based on Machine Learning (ML) of all their previous patient data.

AI can, in turn, predict future coronary ailments the patient might experience in the next 10 to 20 years based on these multiple factors.

“This heart risk score for Indian populace is a true example of how precision healthcare can accelerate prevention of cardio-vascular disease and reduce disease burden,” Bhansali noted.

According to Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals, the partnership is aimed at designing new tools and equip doctors in the fight against non-communicable diseases.

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“The amalgamation of AI and ML with the global expertise of our doctors will help prevent heart disease, save lives and ensure those with heart disease can make informed choices on their health,” Reddy said in a statement.

Besides Apollo, Microsoft is also planning to extend the AI model to other healthcare providers.

“While we are currently working with Apollo, we are also in the process of identifying partners where we can actually try this API score,” Bhansali told IANS.

“In the last couple of years we have been working on how Cloud technology, particularly AI, can help in reducing the overall disease burden. Our first step towards this, as part of the healthcare partnership, is developing the cardiac risk score for Indian population,” Bhansali added. (IANS)