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Singapore is becoming a popular Overseas Destination among Indians

The cruise operators offer vegetarian meals, local cuisine and special events reflecting the culture and local traditions that appeal to South Asian guests

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Cruise ship Costa Victoria at the Singapore Cruise Centre. Wikimedia Commons
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  • Singapore has become a popular overseas destination among Indians not for its food or casinos but for its cruise.
  • Fly cruise tourism has become the new trend
  • The cruise operators offer Indian cuisine, Bollywood songs, cultural events, in order to provide a local touch and please the Indian guests

New Delhi, July 30, 2017: The rank of the hawker food or the city-state’s casinos has dropped in the list of the reasons to visit Singapore, as traveling on a cruise is becoming the current favorite activity among Indians.

Singapore is a destination that most Indians have been choosing for their trip abroad, but the case now is that most people wish to go to Singapore, not for all the exciting things they can do there, but to get on a ship.

Rahul Maini, an Indian architect, and his parents embarked on their first trip abroad in May, and with the similar purpose.

Around 100,000 Indians sailed from Singapore last year, making India the biggest market for cruises departing from the Southeast Asian nation, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. Singapore has become a dynamic entry point for Indian cruise ship passengers.

“We chose to go on a cruise because we could visit three countries in one short trip,” said Maini. The family spent about $7,700, which Maini described as expensive but worth the cost, mentioned the NDTV report.

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The expenditure is part of the 777.3 billion rupees ($12 billion) that Euromonitor International has predicted to be the amount that the middle-class Indians will shell out on overseas leisure travel this year. The research company further said that the market is expanding about 10 percent annually and is expected to eclipse 1 trillion rupees by 2020.

The Changi Airport Group, which manages Singapore’s international airport have stated that India is growing the fastest among the city-state’s top 10 inbound passenger markets. Even though the Middle East and France are the most preferred overseas destinations for Indians, Singapore is on the verge of registering a 59 percent jump in arrivals from India from 2015 to 2020, according to Euromonitor.

India has even outperformed china by 3 percentage points this year, as the number of arrivals from the country increased 15 percent in the first five months of this year in comparison with the year earlier. A lot of tourists come particularly to join a cruise.

Fly-Cruise Tourism

Fly cruise tourism has also become a trend among Indian tourists.

The number of Indian passengers on Royal Caribbean ships jumped 149 percent so far this year, compared with the same period last year. This includes the peak summer school holiday period that runs in India from May to June, said Sean Treacy, the company’s Asia Pacific managing director.

“Singapore is a regional-hub port which is near many attractive Southeast Asian cruise destinations in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam,” Treacy said. “Voyages from Singapore offer Indian tourists the convenience of visiting multiple destinations across different countries on a single trip while unpacking only once,” he said.

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The number of cruise passengers from India leaving via Singapore has been increasing by least 10 percent a year annually, said Michael Goh, senior vice president of international sales for Genting Cruise Lines.

“Perceptions of cruising among Indian travelers are fast-changing,” Goh said.

Local Touch

Royal Caribbean is adding more cruises for India’s summer school holidays, Treacy said.

The cruise operators offer vegetarian meals, local cuisine and special events reflecting the culture and local traditions that appeal to South Asian guests.

“More Bollywood music may be played at the pool or disco parties, and more jewelry gift sets, which are popular with Indians, may be procured for sailings that host a higher number of them on board,” Royal Caribbean’s Treacy said.

Mani’s overseas holiday has given him a travel bug. “Singapore was good, but the cruise was better,” Maini said, who’s now saving for a cruise from Barcelona.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter: goel_samiksha

 

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Prasat Preah Vihear: Here is Why this Temple Offers Peace amid Disputes in Cambodia!

The temple is filled with serenity and provides peace of mind to the visitors

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Preah Vihear Temple in Cambodia, Wikimedia

Cambodia, July 10, 2017: Prasat Preah Vihear is an ancient Hindu temple that stands in its full glory on the top of a cliff in the Dangrek mountain range in the northern part of the Kingdom of Cambodia in South-east Asia. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in his manifestations as the mountain gods Sikharesvara and Bhadresvara.

Situated on the top of a plateau that dominates Cambodia, the temple provides a spectacular view of the lowlands of Cambodia for several kilometers. The place is filled with serenity and provides a peace of mind to the visitors.

The name Preah Vihear is apt for this location as it seems like an “abode” (Vihear) to any devotees who come to this temple (Preah).

Why visit this temple?

The temple, also known as the “Lord of Summit”  and holds a magic of its own. Declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2008, the temple is an outstanding example of the Khmer architecture.

Here are a few reasons why the temple has been attracting a large number of tourists from countries like Japan-

The temple provides a panoramic view of the rich nature in Cambodia. Looking out over the expanse and grandeur of Gopura (ornate monumental towers at the entrance of any temple) One, tourists can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the jungles of Cambodia.  Tourists can either climb to the top of the mountain or take a bike ride at a minimal fee.

It is an exceptional site for the quality of its architecture and carved stone ornaments. This place is literally an abode for the ones who study architecture. The temple is “pure” both in plan and in detail of its decoration.

How to reach?

The temple can be reached by crossing the Cambodia- Thai gateway border from the Ubon Ratchantani Province of Thailand. It can also be accessed via the Tbeng Meanchey in Preah Vihear province. The temple is open from 8:00 till 16:00 hours.

A visit to this temple is truly a memorable experience for the tourists who like adventure. The climb of the temple over a kilometer and the wealth of a decorated deity residing in the ornate temple truly staggers one’s imagination.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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