Indian Travel and Tourism – Explore New Destinations

Travel and tourism is not a new thing to people. Everybody is aware of it and also knows how big the entire industry is. Travel and tourism can be defined in different forms depending on the point of view of various sections of society. For instance if we talk of tourists’ point of view then it can be referred as the practice of traveling for leisure and pleasure, on the other hand if we talk from the point of view of the people involved into this business then travel and tourism would be considered as the business that provides tours & services to the tourists.

Travel and tourism are often used interchangeably as both have similar meanings. For last few decades, this industry has experienced an up market. There are several reasons for this development one of which is surely the better economic conditions of people. The developments in technology like transportation and other areas too have contributed to the development of this industry.

Travel and tourism has developed as a huge business industry in almost all parts of the world but as far as India is concerned the country has seen tremendous changes in recent years in this regard. India has always been one travel destination that people wanted to explore the most. People not only from country within but also from overseas have always been very fond of India and its travel attractions.

India has a rich cultural heritage that has always been a major tourist attraction for overseas people. There are some very beautiful places to visit in India like Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Kerala, and many more. There are several tourists’ attractions like historic monuments, nature tourism, wildlife, hill stations, beaches and lots more to explore.

As far as the kinds of tourism in India are concerned then there are several available. Given below are a few of the examples:

o Adventure tourism
o Wildlife tourism
o Medical tourism
o Pilgrimage tourism
o Eco tourism
o Cultural tourism

All these types of tourism have marked great growth in last few decades. Now the Indian Government too is paying extreme attention in this direction and is trying to develop India as one of the most explored travel destinations.

There are several sources available now that help one know about the best travel destinations not only in India but also in all other parts of the world. There are whole lots of travel websites ready to help the tourists and there are also various other things like the travel publications and others to help the people. People can seek help out of all these sources and then there are also other people like travel agents who are also very beneficial.

All these sources together help people get the best deal as they also offer various attractive packages and people may chose out of them as per their choice & convenience. All one needs to do is to be aware of all the possible sources and the personal requirements & affordability.

Set Jetting: Travel Tips For Film Buffs

For true film buffs, nothing could be more exciting than actually visiting the locations and structures used as settings in their favorite films. The number of travelers who have become caught up in the desire to combine travel with entertainment tourism increases every year. You want stats? The Annals of Tourism Research have recorded an increase of 50% in movie location tourism in the past few years. Now, travelers who make it a point to visit places where their favorite films are set have their own name: set jetters.

In the United States alone an estimated five million movie fans choose to spend their holidays visiting filming locations. Due to the increase in demand, many travel and tour companies are now offering package deals that specifically include movie locations as destinations. This booming source of tourist money has prompted the U.S. Department of Commerce to set up a million dollar fund for a marketing campaign entitled “You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Visit the Set”.

The U.S.A. is far from the only country capitalizing on this new travel trend. New Zealand has seen a surge of set jetters visiting Peter Jackson’s version of Middle Earth from the epic trilogy Lord of the Rings. Similar movie locations such those picturesque places seen in the film Eat, Pray, Love are also experiencing an uptick in tourist traffic.

In Europe, set jetters can be spotted flocking towards Dunkurque, France (one of the locations used in the Keira Knightley-James McAvoy film Atonement) and the Belgian city of Bruges (background for the British black comedy film In Bruges, described by actor Ralph Feinnes in the film as a fairy tale town).

The Sean Penn film Into the Wild, based on a real-life story, is partly set in the dramatic and rugged Alaskan wilderness. Believe it or not, jet setters are even flocking to Alaska; they are literally following Emile Hirsch’s footsteps into the wild.

The popularity of set jetting is good news for smaller countries that have had trouble attracting tourists in the past. On the flip side, there are more well-known locales that have also been featured in the movies that aren’t necessarily hot spots for set jetters. For example, Edinburgh and London have both been used as the setting for very dark films about heroin addicts and zombies. Many set jetters aren’t interested Fortunately, those two cities are historical enough to attract tourists for a different reason.

Set Jetters are a valuable demographic for the tourist offices of small countries, such as New Zealand. One might not be the greatest fan of hobbits, but promoting the location through its association with a blockbuster film (and accompanying tour package) will definitely boost tourism and satisfy the needs of film fanatics and perhaps create a few future set jetters at the same time.