Skiing in Bamiyan Afghanistan: videos and News Week artical

On the Slopes in Afghanistan — News Week story and video: By Paula Froelich / April 3, 2014 5:09 PM EDT At first glance, things in Kabul look promising. Emirates Air started flying there in January and the city feels like a boomtown: sidewalks full of pedestrians, semi-paved streets full of cars, half-built buildings everywhere—including…

India eases visa rules to boost tourist numbers — Yahoo News com

.The Taj Mahal, India Tourists travelling to India from 180 countries will no longer have to queue at their local consulates to obtain visas after New Delhi announced an “historic” overhaul of its strict visa regime. Most foreigners currently have to wait several weeks before learning whether they will be allowed to enter India after…

Zanzibar marks fifty years of independence with tourism agenda – eTurboNews

Zanzibar marked fifty years of self-rule with tourism on its economic agenda. Targeting tourism as the island’s major economic venture in forthcoming years, Zanzibar government has embarked a marshal plan aimed at pulling more tourists to this Indian Ocean tourist paradise. The semi-autonomous archipelago celebrated its half-a century self-governance on Sunday, bringing its priorities to…

SEEDs being sown to manage ‘park between earth and sky’ — The Hindu com India on Central Karakoram National Park in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

The Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP), the largest protected area in Pakistan spread over 10,000 sq. km covering four districts in Gilgit Baltistan province, could well be the country’s most charming and sustainable tourist destination if a community-driven programme of conservation gets its way. (…) Most of the places are above 3500 m and in…

Mali’s tourism reset to zero, ethnic tension prevails — Xinhua Net com

MOPTI, Mali, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) — A calm acceptance kind of “whatever happens, happens” reigned over Mopti, a poor river- island city in central Mali, one day after the release of provisional results of the country’s presidential election giving Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) a five-year term with absolute majority. (…) About 580 km to its…

World Environment Day celebrated by Serena Hotels Gilgit-Baltistan — Pamir Times Net

Gilgit, June 5: Serena Hotel’s Gilgit-Baltistan Collection celebrated “World Environment Day” on, 5th June 2013 the focus was reduce your foodprint, with theme Think .Eat .Save: reinforcing its commitment to operate its Hotels & Heritage properties as a Responsible Tourism business and with its dedication, bring a positive change within the Tourism Industry in Pakistan….

Where to buy in Italy: Sardinia – Good Things from Italy Blogspot de article on praising the Aga Khan who established the ‘Costa Smeralda’

Blessed with some of the most dazzling landscapes in all of the Mediterranean, Sardinia is a fascinating island with wonderfully kind people. The second largest island in the Mediterranean (after Sicily), Sardinia is a unique and endlessly beguiling place. It has an intriguing history, it contains extraordinarily colourful landscapes, unspoilt and unchanged for thousands of…

Aga-Khan-Hotels in Krisengebieten: Im Fünf-Sterne-Bunker – Spiegel de article on Serena Hotels / photos (in German language)

Von Hasnain Kazim, Kabul Übernachtung mit Sterne-Luxus, und das in Krisenorten wie Kabul oder Kigali: Wo sich kaum ein Tourist hintraut, bietet die Hotelkette Serena ihren Gästen ein weiches Bett, frisches Obst und höchste Sicherheit hinter Stacheldraht und Betonwällen. Lohnt sich dieses Geschäft? Der Gast ist erleichtert, als der Mann an der Rezeption lächelnd die…

Ski Afghanistan: A Backcountry Guide to Bamyan & Band-e-Amir – Aga Khan Development Network General News

The Bamyan Ecotourism Programme, supported by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture, the Bamyan provincial government, the Aga Khan Development Network and New Zealand’s Aid Programme, is therefore developing sustainable tourism in Bamyan to help preserve and develop the history and culture of the region, to provide employment and to give local people the ability…

Opportunity abounds in India’s religious circuit – Hotel News Now Com Article

  Amritsar, Punjab, India – 10 July 2011: A crowd of Sikh pilgrims visiting The Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple, which is seen in the background. REPORT FROM INDIA—“Jai Ho,” “Insha’Allah,” “Waheguru”—while these and other phrases of blessing are commonly heard along India’s religious circuit, global hotel chains are flocking to the region with…