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29 Oct 2018

Union Minister Stressed On Promoting Tourism

The Union Minister, KJ Alphons mentioned during the Round Table Conference (RTC) of The Indian Express in New Delhi on Thursday that India ‘s target should be 20 million inbound tourists by the year 2020. This RTC theme was “20 Million inbound travellers by 2020”.
“In the last year, we met the target around 10 million footfalls in inbound tourists but that’s really nothing. India needs to do so much better and reach the target of 20 million by 2020,” Alphons said. 
Source: "The Echo Times"
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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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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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3 May 2018 Tourism

Bhoothathankettu, Thattekkad A New Adventure Tourism Circuit

The tourism department which wants to develop lesser-known destinations in the state by connecting them to major ones is trying to tap the adventure tourism potential of spots like Bhoothathankettu and Thattekkad which can be accessed by tourists traveling to Munnar.
"The plan is to promote inland destinations like Bhoothathankettu and Thattekkad as an alternative or at least a one-day stopover destination enroute Munnar, by developing adventure tourism activities like bamboo rafting and kayaking.
Just like how Kumarakom was developed from scratch to one of the most desired tourism destinations in the state, the project envisions the development of these locations in a manner that would give them a pride of place in the state's tourism map," he added.

Source: Times of India

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5 Mar 2018 Tourism

Indian Govt Asks Travel Agents: Add Value to the Tour Packages

Indian tour operators and the travel agents are requested to add value to the tour packages as per the growing demands, changing needs of the travelers apart from their define itinerary.

Ms. Meenakshi Sharma, Additional Director General Tourism, Government of India. She was addressing an interactive meeting of the IATO on March 1 in Delhi. She said -
 “ tourists were no longer interested in just seeing monuments, they wanted to experience things for themselves. Diversified products must be offered and value for money should be the criteria, not cheap packages.”

Ms. Sharma addresses more towards the growth of tourism, She talks about the Campaign "The Great Indian Blog Train" Where 60 bloggers who were on four luxury trains recently, commented that more freedom should be given while traveling, rather than just follow a rigid itinerary.

The ministry asks the tour operator to give their suggestions to revamp the ministry website as per the growing demands and changing needs of the travelers.
IATO president Pronab Sarkar revealed that under the ‘adopt a heritage program’, the association was taking up Mahabalipuram and Ellora for maintenance. said
“that the recent Bharat Parv Festival was a great success with domestic tourism promotion and should be held every year.”

source = eturbonews


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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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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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