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  Volume: XXIII, Issue No. 23 July 16-31, 2014  


Jamuna Future Park, the largest shopping mall in South Asia
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : Over the past few years, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has seen massive and magnificent constructions that magnified both the beauty and aristocracy of the city. Jamuna Future Park, the largest shopping mall in South Asia, located in Kuril, Baridhara, has surely given the city a new dimension. The park was soft inaugurated on September 6, 2013; however, the number of visitors is gradually increasing. Only the ground, first, fourth and fifth floors have been opene. More...
New7Wonders Cities : 21 going through to the next round
_A Monitor Report Lisbon, Portugal : Announ-cing the 21 Official Finalists that have been voted through to the next round of the New7Wonders Cities campaign, Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, said the diversity of the remaining cities in contention for the "canon of 7" is "remarkable in terms of regional geography and urban culture." He commended all involved in the individual city campaigns, praised the voters for contributing to the success of the New7Wonders Cities initiative . More...
Dubai to build ?world's largest underwater tourism site?
_A Monitor Report Dubai : Los Angeles-based Dynamic Reef developer, Reef Worlds, is designing the world's largest sustainable underwater tourism site in Dubai and other areas across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The underwater tourism design company has recently completed designing a completely revolutionary five acre tourism site that will allow select waterfront resort development partners the ability to capture a global US$3bn dive and snorkel market. The unique site is being designed to. More...
Indian minister calls for Goa beach bikini ban
Panaji (AFP) : A minister in India's resort state of Goa has drawn ridicule by saying women in bikinis should be banned from beaches and girls in short dresses should not visit pubs. Sudin Dhavalikar, the state's public works department minister, told reporters on July 1 that bikini wearing "can attract problems like molestations" which police find out about too late to deal with. "I feel that wearing bikinis should be banned on the beaches," he said. "We should not allow such types of people. More...
Brazil expects US$13.5b economic boost from 2014 FIFA World Cup
-A Monitor Report Brasilia : The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is expected to inject approximately US$13.5 billion into the Brazilian economy, according to a survey conducted by the Economic Research Institute Foundation (FIPE) commissioned by Brazil's Ministry of Tourism. FIPE's projection is based on a study of the economic impact of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, which took place last June in the cities of Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. Acc. More...
GP launches computer lab in Tourism Dept
-A Monitor Report Dhaka : Grameenphone-Tourism and Hospitality laboratory has been set up in the Faculty of Business Studies of Dhaka University on July 4 with the financial support of Grameenphone Ltd. The lab is equipped with 52 computers, along with printer, multimedia projector, CCTV and with the most modern servers. GP has already provided 15 MBPS internet connectivity for the university. The inaugural ceremony was graced by Prof. AAMS Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor of University o. More...
High speed Shatabdi Express train will take tourists to Taj Mahal in 90 minutes from Delhi
High speed Shatabdi Express train will take tourists to Taj Mahal in 90 minutes from Delhi -A Monitor Report New Delhi : Tourists can now see the seventh wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal, in just 90 minutes from Delhi. The Indian Railways has launched in its high speed Shatabdi Express train, a 90-minute service, from New Delhi to Agra. Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said the journey that normally took three hours will now be covered in 90-minute. Agra, famous for its timeless monu. More...
Halal tourism takes off in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) : Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even Halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers. For a largely homogeneous country with only around 100,000 practising Muslims, that means groping its way through unfamiliar customs as it looks to tap a growing market to help it double the number of overseas visitors by 2020. "Muslim travellers still do not feel comfortable here," Datuk Ibrahim Haji Ahmad Badawi, . More...
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