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10 Oct 2018 Tourism

Kerala Is Reestablishing Tourism

The Kerala tourism is back after a devastating flood with various new tourism initiatives. The Kerala Tourism Minister, Kadakampally Surendran pointed out by saying the season's first chartered flight from Australia to Kochi has carried 60 tourists.
The minister said after the inauguration of Kannur airport the Malabar region in north Kerala will be promoted in a huge manner. He further added that “The Government will consider arranging tours, road shows and champions boat league for travel writers.
Source: "The Week"

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26 Sep 2018

India leads Growth In South Asian Region

The United Nations data reveals that many people travelling abroad have made a record in 2017 with a total of 1,323 million international tourist arrivals recorded in destinations around the world. Due to this achievement, India is now leading the growth in the South Asian region whereas Europe and Africa have enhanced the visitors with the growth of  8% and 9% respectively.
 
“Tourism is considered as the world's third largest export category with the earnings of $ 1.3 trillion in receipts in 2017.” added by The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), a specialised agency of the United Nations.
Source: "Business Standard"

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21 Sep 2018 Tourism

India And Morocco Decides To Enhance Tourism In A Bilateral Meeting

Tourism Ministers of India and Morocco led a bilateral meeting on tourism cooperation between the two countries in New Delhi on 18 September 2018. In result, Morocco is opening its first tourism office in New Delhi. Both the ministers agreed to increase the tourist arrivals between the two countries. 

The main motive behind this meeting is to enhance the tourism. "India and Morocco have a very diverse tourist sector that is rooted in their civilisations. We can also learn a lot from each other's tourism sector as it is a very strategic sector that can create jobs," said by Mohamed Sajid, Moroccan Politician.  
Source: Business Standard

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18 Sep 2018 Tourism

Prime Minister Will Inaugurate The First Indian Tourism Mart

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first Indian Tourism Mart (ITM), which will take place at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 16th to 18th September. It is coming to the existence through the partnership of the Ministry of Tourism and Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) and with the help of State/UT Governments. 

Its aim is to position the nation’s tourism destinations and products in the international market. Delegates from potential markets such as East Asia, West Europe, North America, CIS countries, Latin America, and many more are invited. More than 300 (approximately) international buyers, influencers, bloggers etc. are presuming to arrive at the event.   
Source: "Business Standard"
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14 Sep 2018 Tourism

Government Roll Out 12 Action Plan to Revive Kerala Tourism

Government roll out 12 action plan to revive Kerala tourism

The Government has taken out 12 action plan on Wednesday to revive tourism in Kerala. It aims at rebuilding and repairing roads which are connected to the famous tourist destinations.   Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran said, “ The report of a tourism survey states that 90% of the destination and facilities are ready for tourists and remaining 8% will be restored in one month and the leftover in six months.”

The state will organize the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) from September 27 to 30 with the motive of projecting the destinations among 10,000 buyers and sellers. In order to increase the traveller's footfall, the Kochi-Muziris Biennnale will be used to promote the destination from December to March 2019. 
"Source: The Hindu"

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10 Sep 2018 Tourism

British Airways And Vistara Partnership Boost Indian Tourism

British Airways and Vistara have announced their partnership to make travelling easier. It has introduced 13 new destinations, which will boost the Indian tourism in an effective and efficient manner.
With the help of this agreement, customers can book their flights from Chennai, Mumbai, and Delhi. Now,  British Airways customers can easily visit the cities like Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi, and Pune. Earlier it was difficult to travel India from the Uk.  
The facility of providing meals to the passengers has been also introduced. 
Source: "eurasiantimes"

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7 Sep 2018 Tourism

Government Extend E-Visa Facility For Promoting Tourism

The Government has extended e-visa facility at 25 airports and 5 seaports to promote tourism. Tourism Minister K J Alphons said,

“ The 'Incredible India 2.0' campaign is launched by the government with the view of marking a shift from generic promotions to market-specific promotional plans.”
 
This facility has been extended for the citizens of 165 countries. A 365 days toll-free multilingual tourist helpline has also been introduced. Events like 'Paryatan Parv' (tourism festival), International Buddhist Conclave and International Tourism Mart have been organized in order to promote tourism in India.
Source: "businessstandard"

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1 Sep 2018 Tourism

Yogi Adityanath Launch Schemes for Developing Tourism

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has introduced various schemes for the development of tourism and travel industry with a view of bringing the state at the top of country’s tourism sector. State Govt has decided to build new airports at Moradabad,  Bareilly, and Azamgarh for improving the connectivity.
While addressing the inaugural function of the fourth edition of the Uttar Pradesh Travel Mart (UPTM) 2018, Adityanath said, “The Govt. is making effort to make UP equivalent to the United Kingdom in terms of the Tourism sector. UP can become a tourism-rich state in the future.” 
He further added, “Hawaii government has launched several schemes in order to develop tourism.”
Source: timesofindia

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29 Aug 2018 Tourism

Rajasthan Introduce Campaigns for Promoting Tourism

Rajasthan Government has launched multi-year,  multi-modal, multi-narrative, multi-core global and campaigns to promote its tourism. It aims at enhancing the tourist from 1.5 million to 3.0 million by 2020. It will not only raise the number to foreign tourist but also enhance the domestic viewers from 33 million to 50 million per year.   

Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje said, “Tourism is the world’s biggest industry and Rajasthan is rich in this industry because it has explore it efficiently. It grants jobs and improves economic status in the state by both direct and indirect means.” She further adds, “the plan of enhancing tourism is associated with basic model of Government such as social justice and job creation.”  Government has also introduced the logo for a year to promote tourism.

Source: "TimesofIndia" 
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19 Jun 2018 Tourism

Explore North-East with Better Air Connectivity

A new airport at Sikkim has made traveling to north-east easy. Cox & Kings’ head of relationships, Karan Anand said, “The new airport at Pakyong (Sikkim) will further make reaching the northern part of the State, especially to tourist attractions such as Nathu La Pass, easier.” 

By 2019, tourism is expected to grow by 10 - 12 percent in northeastern states. After the improved air connectivity, a huge number of tourists will be attracted here. Anand mentioned, “The bookings for North-East have gone up by 18 percent compared to the same period (April-June) last year. Tourism in the North-East region is expected to grow by at least 10-12 percent even in the next year.” The eight states will experience a high demand after the opening of the airport at Pakyong, Sikkim. 

“Air connectivity has tremendously improved with new routes opening in the region last year. New flights have been introduced using Shillong as a hub to travel to other prominent tourist destinations of Meghalaya like Cherrapunji and Mawlynnong,” added Anand. The age group between 25 - 50 from the major metropolitans have been preferring north-east for their holiday destination to explore the wildlife!

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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12 Jun 2018 Tourism

India’s Outbound Tourism Market interests Global Travel Suppliers


Travel and tourism are gearing up since last decade. India has ranked at the eighth position in the business travel market, crawling up two positions. Travel and Tourism businesses are willing to make an investment in India after looking at the exceptional growth. An organizer of an industry said that India’s travel business market will reach USD 93 billion by 2030. These businesses are looking forward to capitalizing on seeing the country’s potential growth. 

At the 6th annual MICE India and Luxury Travel (MILT) Congress, a premier B2B event company will lead the forging business opportunities and partnerships. Indian tourism department is spending more after seeing the growth. 50 million outbound tourists by 2020 are predicted by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). 

"India has been maintaining an annual GDP growth rate of 6-8 percent since 2013, and this strong economic momentum is rubbing off on the country's outbound MICE and luxury travel sector, enabling these segments to post a double-digit year-on-year growth”, Ackash Jain, Director said to QnA International. Jain thinks this outbound marketing is providing new dimensions with great opportunities. 

Source: The Pioneer

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6 Jun 2018 Tourism

Sports Tourism witness 10-12% growth in India

Sports Tourism is experiencing immense growth of 10 -12% in India. Sports enthusiastic are traveling places just to watch their favorite team playing. Cricket is the beloved sport for an Indian. After launching of Indian Premier League, a spike in travel is observed. Not just cricket, people are now turning towards sports like football, tennis and also Grand Prix Formula One race. People also travel to watch Olympics, especially the opening ceremony. 

Head of Cox and Kings, Karan Anand told to PTI, “Globally sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry. According to estimates, global sports tourism was worth USD 7 billion in 2017. While it is a mature industry overseas, in India it is in infancy (stage).” Men usually love watching sports and are always willing to travel to various countries to watch their favorite team or player playing. Love for football is emerging in Indians nowadays. As the FIFA is nearing, people will definitely travel to watch this exciting game. He said, "There has also been a shift in the interest for other sporting events like the Soccer World Cup or the Olympics. We see 10-12 percent growth in arrivals to these destinations when a major sporting event takes place." 

KAYAK Director, India and the Middle East, Abhijit Mishra said, “Many people use these trips as an excuse for a longer holiday, combining their sporting passions with a general love for travel. On the other side, many in the tourism industry have also begun to realize the value of wooing these tourists - many of them fall into the high-spending category, stay longer than other tourist categories, are high-caliber and often stimulate other tourism.” When a person travels to watch an interesting game, he/she usually tend to explore the area. They extend their stay by at least 2-3 days to enjoy their trip.

Source: moneycontrol

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4 Jun 2018 Tourism

Govt Promote - Delhi as Tourist Friendly Destination on Social Media

The AAP government has decided to hire a "social media agency" to present Delhi as a tourist-friendly destination on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The agency's work is to market Delhi as a tourist-friendly destination on all social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

According to the official governments of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and others, social media sites are also "very active" in promoting tourism in their respective countries. When the AAP came to power, it had invited "innovative" ideas from high-ranking bureaucrats who traveled to foreign countries to make Delhi an international tourist destination and to extend the time for tourists in the city by giving them more opportunities to explore the heritage city.
Source: Times of India.

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28 May 2018 Tourism

India to reshape its 14 tourism offices into eight regional hubs

The overseas offices were started beneath the Ministry of business to position Asian nation as a most popular tourist destination and organize events to extend the country’s share in the global business market.

Arguing that in today's digital world, so many overseas offices were not required, Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons recently told The Indian Express:
"The plan is to reshape these 14 offices into eight regional hubs for greater efficiency The offices in Toronto and Los Angeles are the first ones to be wound up."


According to sources within the business Ministry, the move follows an indoor survey conducted by the Overseas promoting Division in Delhi virtually a year agone to assess the value of running these overseas offices as compared to the revenues they generate from the individual markets. The study had found that many offices as unprofitable.


In December 2016, then Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma had told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that: 
"Based on allegations/ complaints/ audit observations, etc, received in the Ministry of Tourism against India Tourism Offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, New York and Toronto, disciplinary proceedings have been initiated in cases where prima facie allegations were found to be substantiated."

Source: Indian Express
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17 May 2018 Tourism

Kerala Tourism’s FB Page got First Position with 1.5 Million Likes.

Kerala Tourism Facebook page got first position in term of the ranking done by facebook based on total engagement that includes like, share , comments and the reaction given by the tourist between the time frame 1 January and 31 December 2017. Pushing Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department's Facebook page to the second place with 1.5 million likes to emerge as the top page and Gujrat to third place.

Speaking on the achievement, Rani George, Secretary, Department of Tourism, Kerala, said, "Kerala Tourism has been able to successfully convey the reasons as to why Kerala is a destination that should be on every traveller's itinerary".

P Balakiran, Director, Kerala Tourism said: “Kerala Tourism’s activity on Facebook and other social media space has been focussed and proactive. The page has been able to keep travellers from India and abroad engaged with interesting and innovative posts on the various projects and activities undertaken by the department. The ranking comes at a time when Kerala Tourism has upped the Digital marketing budget to 15% and been communicating to the people across the globe in exciting ways.”
Hearty congratulations to Kerala Tourism Department.

Source: First Post
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20 Apr 2018 Tourism

GITB 10th Edition ( Jaipur) Starts from 22- 24 April 2018.

10th edition of the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) 2018 is to take place from April 22 to April 24 in Jaipur. 
Dr Jyotsana Suri (Chairperson FICCI Tourism Committee and past president FICCI) said that in a span of 10 years, GITB has gone from strength to strength and was now a force to reckon with in the inbound tourism marts. The main theme of this year’s edition of the bazaar is to focus on inbound tourism.
During the event -"10936 business to business structured pre-fixed meetings are to take place with over 280 foreign tour operators from 55 countries”.
Apart from Host State – Rajasthan, Tourism Departments of 9 States will be participating which include Gujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Punjab and Tamil Nadu.
Additionally report state that, The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, Government of India, K.J. Alphons will inaugurate the exhibition on 23rd April. And Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje shall grace the inaugural session as Chief Guest. 

Source: uniindia

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11 Apr 2018 Tourism

Travel & Tourism Update - Travind

  • Tourism Fiji has announced Ileana D'Cruz the brand ambassador -new Indian face to Fiji!

  • The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board (MPTB) has reportedly created a land bank with the aim of giving a major boost to tourism in the state.Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) Surendra Patwa has said that “Madhya Pradesh has been segregated into five tourism regions and potential of private investment has been identified - Indore, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Rewa region”.

  • Indian Railways, to promote heritage tourism work on meter-gauge lines. A senior official from the Railway Ministry said regarding this development, "As part of the strategy to preserve the meter-gauge lines, Indian Railways is planning to preserve few meter-gauge lines, which have the potential to attract more tourists."

Source “timesofindia” “business standard”

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21 Feb 2018 Tourism

Navi Mumbai international Airport to cater 60 million passengers annually

Navi Mumbai International Airport will handle six crore passengers annually.
Projected to be largest Greenfield airport in India. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the airport the fourth terminal of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in the presence of many big names like Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra; Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport & Highways Shipping and Waterways, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India; P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India; Dr GVK Reddy, Chairman and Founder, GVK; and other dignitaries.
"Navi Mumbai International Airport will be boon to the CSIA airport in Mumbai which today handles traffic equal to the traffic of entire nation 25 years back and is already saturated in terms of capacity.

Gadkari commented , "Costing INR 8,000 cr, JNPT's fourth terminal will further boost India's trade activities, especially on the international level through seaways. JNPT already contributes 54% of port traffic in the country. This terminal is a boon to Maharashtra and Konkan region as it will also provide employment to 1.25 lakh people in these regions. Further, the government is planning to handle traffic activities for this port through seaways thereby reducing traffic in Navi Mumbai area and be cost effective too. Also, the government is working on developing seaways to connect to Navi Mumbai International Airport from Mumbai."

Modi added that seaway plays a very important role in international trade activities and development of ports like JNPT is a sign that the present government is working towards opening doors of trade for the world and boost country's economy.

Source: travel biz monitor
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20 Feb 2018 Tourism

Telangana is Next Tourism Hub - Tourism Conclave 2018’

Government to transform Telangana into a major tourism hub. The state to host ‘Telangana Tourism Conclave 2018’ three-day event in the state.
The tourism secretary B Venkatesham on 19 February said -

“A day would soon come when one can find Telangana State as a major destination in the tourism map,”
the government was moving ahead with plans to develop heritage tourism, IT Hub, Pharma hub, medical tourism, adventure tourism he added.

He also talks about “the government plans, to develop the tourist places commercially along the lines of Hong Kong, Singapore, and France. To increase business by attracting foreign tourist.A foreign tourist does not hesitate to spend even Rs one lakh whereas, the domestic tourists spend less”

 ‘Telangana Tourism Conclave 2018’ host by 
FTAPCCI president G Srinivas said. The event would be organized for three days between June 28 and June 30. Focusing on travel education, travel business development. business to business meetings.

Source: T
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17 Feb 2018 Tourism

Kashmir to Host its Biggest Tourism convention in March 2018

After executing a series of strategies for Kashmir tourism promotion in India, the J&K Government plans to host nearly 700 Indian tourism players to attract more tourists to Kashmir.

The government, in collaboration with the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), will bring tourism agents and aviation players from March 25 to March 29 to the Valley.
Zahoor Qari, chairman of TAAI's J&K chapter, told Kashmir Reader that the main aim is to tell the convention's invitees about the reality of the Kashmir Valley, which is in contrast to the wrong reportage done by Indian national news channels and newspapers.

“Among the delegates, we have players who have never been to Kashmir but have settled for its image as constructed by the Indian media. We want to tell them the reality that Kashmir is not what you see in Indian media,”

Last year, Kashmir Tourism players were left despondent with the state's hitting a palpable low in tourist arrivals. Their main strategy has been to dispel wrong notions of Kashmir in the states of India, a strategy to be adopted by the Government of India's special representative Dineshwar Sharma. As Kashmir always focused on Indian tourists than foreign for tourism growth. In the report it is mentioned the tourism industry players from all across  India will meet in March to host the event.

It is certain that this step will encourage the travelers to explore heaven on earth. It will definitely boost Indian tourism industry.

Source: Kashmir Reader

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15 Feb 2018 Tourism

Gujarat to Introduce New Tourism Concept

Ministry of Tourism has announced 2018 as the year of Adventure Tourism.
Jenu Devan, Managing Director and commissioner of Gujarat Tourism, said we are promoting Gujarat in a big way with some upgradation of existing facilities and introduction of new tourism concepts. Report state that, during the discussion the Gujarat Tourism Minister talk about the recently launched ‘Border Tourism’ on December 16 at Nadabet Border in Banas Kantha district,

He Said,  "the response rate toward border tourism is really well hence, we are planning to start the international Buddhist circuit, Dandi heritage zone, and a solar energy village" 

Out of them, 98 percent were domestic tourists and two percent were foreign tourists. He added

The USP lies in the festivals which include the Rann of Kutch jamboree, Navratri, and the kite-flying festival. Attracting a lot of domestic and foreign tourists. Now, we have identified seven big golf courses and documenting our birds to develop niche tourism.
Gujarat Tourism Ministry decided to soon promote International Buddhist circuit, Dandi heritage zone as it will show complete about Mahatma Gandhi presence.

Source: D
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9 Feb 2018 Tourism

4 Luxury Trains, 60 Bloggers: India Plans To Boost Tourism Globally

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, took a great step to promote Indian tourism via India's Luxury Trains keeping in mind the importance of Social Media as an effective tool for destination branding and marketing, is organizing a Social Media Key Influencers' Campaign "The Great Indian Blog Train" involving bloggers and their communities from all across the world, who have been invited to travel in the Luxury Trains operating in different States.

Around 60 Bloggers from 23 countries including India will be traveling on a week-long journey in royal luxury trains, i.e Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express, Deccan Odyssey and Golden Chariot in groups of 15 Bloggers on each train.

In order to give a boost to the promotion of India's Luxury Trains, Smt. Rashmi Verma, Secretary (Tourism), Suman Billa, Joint Secretary (Tourism) and Meenakshi Sharma, Additional Director General (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and other officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India visited the Safdarjung Railway Station today for an interaction with the domestic and international Bloggers and see them off on their journey on the Palace on Wheels.
Really a super step of the Indian government to promote Indian Luxury Trains on social media.

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Source: Aninews 

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7 Feb 2018 Tourism

Assam to Have World Class Airport Terminal Soon Said PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Assam Global Investors’ Summit announces to have the world-class airport terminal in Guwahati. The scheme is set to increase the Assam's connectivity to other areas. The Power schemes worth more than INR 10,000 crore have been initiated in the northeast.

PM Narendra Modi further stated that-
“In the last three years, the government has spent more than INR 5,000 crore on development of railways in the northeast.”
 He added “The construction of 15 new rail lines are underway. Rail connectivity between Tripura and Bangladesh will also be developed,”

Union Minister for the civil aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and the chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation of the new international world-class airport terminal. The project is seen as a major boost to the aviation sector in the northeastern region.

"Transportation and connectivity are the two most important means for economic prosperity. The government of Assam accords top priority to improve communication and wants to engage in the faster development of road, rail, and air linkages as well as internet connectivity," said Sonowal.

source: Travel Biz Monitor

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3 Feb 2018 Tourism

Renuka Natu appointed to promote Swiss Mountain Destination.

Travel representator Renuka Natu (RNTR) has been appointed as the India representative for Brunni-Bahnen Engelberg AG, a mountain destination in Switzerland.

In an appointment  Renuka Said -
“In the current year, which is our first year for Brunni, we will follow the traditional methods of marketing in the first two quarters i.e. promote and market through tour operators, consolidators, European DMCs and travel agents. In the second half of 2018, we will look at other methods of promotions.”

Renuka plans to promote Brunni - Bahnen Engelberg among the travellers who love to explore and enjoy mountain excursions. It is considered as the sixth product added to the portfolio of RNTR for promotions and marketing in India.

During the discussion when asked to Renuka Nath about the company’s expansion plans she said -
“Our primary efforts through 2018 will be to service the existing accounts in such a manner that we are able to expand our B2B client base in India through personalised training and hand-holding. In 2018, we will focus on strengthening our foothold for the existing portfolio and render the market better prepared for selling these destinations,”

Source-Travel Biz Monitor

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1 Feb 2018 Tourism

India to Boost its Tourism by Developing 10 Iconic Tourist Destinations

Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Government of India would like to convert 10 prominent tourist destinations into iconic and model destinations by adopting a holistic approach to development with private sector support.

Finance Minister announced that they are planning to enhance the tourist experience of 110 monuments which comes under the ASI ( Archaeological Survey of India) under the scheme National  Heritage City Augmentation.

The ministry announces the construction of a tunnel under 'Sela Pass 'in Arunachal Pradesh to improve connectivity and tourism in that northeastern state.
Sela Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass located on the border between Tawang and West Kameng Districts of Arunachal Pradesh, an area China claims to be a part of south Tibet.

He also mentioned about the 14 km long tunnel at the Zoji La Pass is progressing well.Considering the aviation infrastructure, “the government will enhance airport capacity to handle one billion trips a year” he said

“56 un-served airports and 31 un-served helipads have been already activated under the Regional Connectivity scheme of the government and operations have already been started on 16 such places,” he said.

Source: Travel Biz Monitor

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25 Jan 2018 Tourism

Tourism Ministry launches Incredible India Digital Calendar

Government's Digital India initiative, Minister of State for Tourism and Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, K.J Alphons launched the Incredible India digital calendar in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Along with the digital Calendar, he also launched the Incredible India wall and desk calendar for 2018. The calendar has an application that enables users to know about the events and festivals happening in India on the go. The digital calendar App can be downloaded on Android and iOS platforms.

It contains all the information about the festivals and events happening in the country and will also allow the user to plan their personal events accordingly. It helps the user by notifying the upcoming festivals and events, allow set up of customize reminders for individual events, share the events with friends and contacts, etc.

The calendar contains all exclusive features making it a perfect travel planner on to go. The calendar is designed in such a way that, each day the user will get a different experience, stunning images of different tourist destination from all across India. which can be shared on various social media platforms also. Incredible India Desk calendar 2018 profiles has 12 different kinds of travelers that suggests the great destinations for them.

The theme of the Desk Calendar is designed as "India for Everyone" showcasing India's incredible destinations for travelers.

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18 Jan 2018 Tourism

Latest Tourism Trends in India -2018

However the continuous growth in travel and tourism industry, there are many trends where the industry is flourishing at a fast rate. The tourism industry of the country has undergone various changes over the time. 

Now days traveling is not just the leisure activity but Travel and tourism have become an integral part of human life. The trends are changing at a rapid speed 
and the statistics become outdated quickly.

Here's our breakdown of 2018's travel trends and how the industry can get ready for a whirlwind year.

Growing opportunities for Low Budget Travellers
With the setups like hostels for travelers, various pocket-friendly low budget options have come up recently in India.The taxes and other expenses for moving around the country are comparatively lower from other foreign destinations, therefore, it also becomes a good choice for budget travelers from around the globe.

Visa on Arrival Boosting Tourism
Visa on arrival boost tourism as the visit of foreign visitors has been observed more, this policy is expected to be extended to more than 100 nationalities in the coming years.
 
Rise of Boutique Hotels
A recent surge in the number of boutique hotels in the country has offered a wide variety of staying options for tourists. These boutique hotels provide the comfort while letting the visitors indulge more in their surroundings, thus promoting tourism.
 
Exploring New Destinations
Domestic as well as international tourists both are expressing continued interest in exploring new and lesser-known destinations in the country.

So the opportunities for the future are amazing, the future of the Indian travel and tourism industry definitely looks bright with the latest trends prevailing. 

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15 Jan 2018 Tourism

Huge potential for India, Egypt to boost tourism: Say Experts

India and Egypt have a tremendous potential to raise tourism through shared experiences, according to travel experts.

The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) of the Indian Embassy has organized a seminar on 'Sustainable Tourism: New Avenues for Development' with the participation of eminent Indian and Egyptian speakers.

The discussion held last week Thursday focused on sharing experiences from developments in the space of tourism in countries like India and Egypt. Which have the incredible scope and potential to benefit from the tourism sector.In the seminar, the speakers focused on the promoting tourism as both the country has rich civilization.

Elhamy el-Zayat, ex-chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation said that social media is an important tool to promote tourism in both countries.

"I always say that we have tools that we didn’t have in the past, which social media. We can always say stories that are interesting for everybody,"

The Speakers also mentioned that one of the finest ways to promote Indian tourism in Egypt is showing more Bollywood movies as they are already gaining more fans in Egypt. Some Indian movies have already been screened on the big screen in the recent period.

Source:moneycontrol

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12 Jan 2018 Tourism

Indian railways to promote the brand of rail tourism on select routes.

Indian tourism industry focus to Promote rail tourism in the country.  As the Rail department asked its zonal its zonal arms and public sector undertakings to outsource their ticketing and catering works to IRCTC and concentrate on branding.

“In a letter on January 3, Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has asked all zonal railways to promote the brand of rail tourism on select routes.
Lohani has also asked rail PSUs such as Indian Railway Finance Corporation and Ircon International, and zonal railways to give the catering contracts for all events, seminars and programmes held outside rail premises to IRCTC, the railways' catering and tourism arm.”

He has asked them to identify tourist and luxury trains and brand them both on the interior and exterior. He addressed one of the major objectives of the travel community which said that the running schedules of such trains were not made clear. In order to cut down on delays, the board has now entrusted the Director, Coaching as the nodal officer for luxury trains.
The executive can now be directly approached for approval on any scheduling issues, instead of the zonal railways.

Sources say that the board now take initiative to promote rail tourism seriously with state tourism departments.

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6 Jan 2018 Tourism

New Strategic plan to Promote Tourism in India

India to promote tourism growth over 10% growth in six months ending september 2017.
Increased budgetary support for tourism sector and will boost the domestic tourism in india. Where the rising incomes are changing the consumption pattern of millions of Indians.

India is planning to cut taxes on travel and tourism in next month’s federal budget and give more incentives to the $210 billion sector, government sources said,
“hoping to boost economic growth and create more jobs”.

This would definitely boost the domestic tourism and will make India the world's second most populous nation.

 “We’ll announce measures in the budget to promote investment in the tourism sector,”
a top finance ministry official told Reuters, adding that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley favours lowering a 28% tax on hotel tariffs, and offering incentives to attract private investments.

CHEAPER FLIGHTS India needs about 200,000 new hotel rooms, Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons told parliament this week.
“We have reached a plateau point and need more resources to create new infrastructure and develop tourist packages,” Alphons later told Reuters, adding there was huge potential in developing areas that were not the usual tourist destinations.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said “developing tourism, particularly in India’s remote north-eastern states, is one of his top priorities”

ONLINE PLAYERS Tour operator said that the online players will get the double digit hikes. A huge no of foreign visitors visited india last year. The domestic travellers also boot the online player growth.
“The government must lower the tax burden, ease rules and build infrastructure if it wants to ensure 15-20% annual growth in tourism in coming years,” said Sarkar of IATO.

source: livemint

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