Cliffs of Moher, County Galway, Ireland by JC Richardson on Flickr.

The Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair, lit. cliffs of the ruin, also known as the Cliffs of Mohair) are located in the parish of Liscannor at the south-western edge of the Burren area near Doolin, which is located in County Clare, Ireland.
The cliffs rise 120 meters (394 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, eight kilometres away. The cliffs boast one of Ireland’s most spectacular views. On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay, as are the valleys and hills of Connemara.

Despite media reports, the Delhi gangrape did not scare tourists away from India

Last year, nearly seven million foreigners travelled to India—the highest in its history. The number has been rising for a few years now. The only year in which there was a dip (2.2%) was in 2009, most likely caused by the 26/11 terror attacks of November 2008.

August foreign tourist arrivals showed there was a massive jump of 16.9% over the same period last year. Barring unforeseen developments, 2014 will see India’s greatest number of foreign tourists yet.


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While 2009 certainly saw a decline in the number of tourist arrivals, it is worth noting that there was no decline in 2013—the year after the gang rape of a young girl in Delhi. In fact, there was a 6% increase in foreign arrivals, despite finance minister Arun Jaitley’s claims. Jaitley made the first public relations gaffe of Narendra Modi’s government when he dismissed that brutal crime as a small incident that should not have affected tourism figures.


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The country-wise comparison between 2012 and 2013 is also interesting.


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Russian tourists increased by 46%, due to the relaxation of visa rules for Russian tourists in December 2012. In 2013, Russian tourists travelled primarily to Goa, using tour operators for the most part. Goa offered visas on arrival to Russian citizens.

The number of Pakistani tourists rose to a six-year high in 2013, with an astonishing 86.8% increase, reaching 1.11 lakh tourists.

Malaysian tourists increased by 23.9% and Chinese tourists by 12.2% from 2012 to 2013. Sri Lankan tourists, on the other hand, dipped by 11.7%, one of the key factors being that the Sri Lankan economy stagnated in 2013. Tourists from Nepal, which is facing economic problems of its own, dipped by 9.2%.

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Bird Colonies on Little Skellig, Ireland by JC Richardson on Flickr.

SKELLIG ISLANDS — The Skelligs off the southwest coast of Ireland were home to the famous Celtic monastery of Skellig Michael on Great Skellig and a vast bird colony on Little Skellig.