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Government of India has introduced TVoA (Tourist Visa on Arrival) enabled by ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the electronic visa facility for foreign tourists, which would make travel seamless and hassle-free in India. The tourist visa on arrival by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) would be introduced in a phased manner at nine airports across the country: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa. As many as 76 counters have been created for this at these airports.

A foreign tourist will have to apply online at the Web site, upload a photo and passport and pay a fee online. In 72 hours, the applicant would receive an ETA by e-mail. The 30-day permit would include sightseeing, visiting friends and family, recreation, short duration medical treatment, and a casual business visit.

According to news reports, visitors from over 40 countries, including Israel, Palestine, Germany and the US, will be able to avail of the e-visa facility. Countries currently enjoying the visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility include South Korea, Japan, Finland, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos. They are also set to come under the e-visa facility.


Taj Group offers complimentary Wi-Fi access in all their hotels globally

Taj Group hotels from November 15 have started offering complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity for residential guests in all their 125 hotels around the globe. A first-ever all brand-inclusive initiative, guests at any of the Taj Group of hotels – The Taj, Vivanta by Taj, Gateway Hotels and Ginger will now be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi connectivity for the duration of their stay on up to 3 devices as soon as they check-in to the hotel.

Complimentary Wi-Fi access which will be available for all in-house guests will be ideal for checking e-mails, social-networking and general web browsing at an efficient speed. Guests who require higher bandwidths can instantly upgrade to the Premium tier and also connect additional devices at specially designed tariffs.

The Gateway Hotels opens first resort property at Damdama in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR

The Gateway Hotels, an upscale full-service brand of Indian Hotels Company Ltd., has opened their first resort hotel – The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurgaon - in the Delhi NCR. An urban sanctuary in true sense, it is spread in 20 acres natural green environment with dedicated zones for accommodation, leisure, adventure, wellness, etc. While 11 acres of the resort comprises resort building and allied facilities, the remaining nine acres is allotted for leisure and adventure activities. Owned and developed by Samak Dhoot Resorts & Spa Ltd., a Dhoot Group company, the resort has 78 rooms in three categories including two suites. The guest rooms are quite spacious with a standard room measuring above 400 sqft. Set amidst a lush green area with over 1,500 trees of more than 700 plant varieties, the Gateway Resort is designed as a weekend retreat in the outskirts of bustling corporate hub, Gurgaon, on the lap of Aravali Hills close to Damdama Lake. The resort has been designed by taking "nature as an inspiration" and "walk in a Garden" as a theme, said Rajeev Agarwal, the Architect of the hotel, at a media briefing held at the resort. The construction has been undertaken without impacting the natural environment.