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ATTA’s Asia debut slated to be in Bhopal as AdventureNext comes to India

ATTA’s first stop in Asia will be in Madhya Pradesh, as the global adventure body would undertake AdventureNext in the coming December in Bhopal. To be held between 3-5 December, the event will include adventure trips for buyers and media across the country but, more importantly, bring special emphasis on Madhya Pradesh’s diverse offerings. Adventure tourism in the country has received a shot in the arm, as in a first, AdventureNEXT, held by Adventure Travel Trade …

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To reinvigorate tourism in J&K, focus on positive publicity, suggest local stakeholders

Tourism in Jammu and Kashmir is in turmoil again. The accidental death of a tourist in the valley has undone the efforts of the industry and local stakeholders who have been assiduously trying to reinvigorate tourism. While footfalls remain lukewarm, local stakeholders suggest a slew of measures, including focus on spreading positive tourist experiences in the media and ramping up air-connectivity to bring tourism to normalcy. The unthinkable happened in Jammu and Kashmir. A 22-year-old …

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Karnataka Tourism gets a new director in Ramu B.

Ramu B. took charge as the new director of Karnataka tourism. The 2010-batch IAS officer had earlier served as the District Collector in Chamarajanagar.  He said his priority in the new role would be to improve the marketing of Karnataka tourism. “One State Many Worlds” is all about selling an experience. I need about some months to study and understand the kind of experience we are trying to market,” he said. “The officials of tourism …

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Uttar Pradesh registers stronger footfalls in 2017, plans diversifying the tourism bouquet

Going by government figures on footfalls in the state of Uttar Pradesh, tourist numbers in the state has seen a significant jump. In a first, the total number of footfalls into the state – domestic and international combined – have pushed past the total population of the state. In 2017, the total number of domestic and foreign tourists visiting the state was at 23.7 crore, higher that the total population which stood at around 22 …

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MP tourism pushes for investment, procures 849 hectares of land at 144 places

In an encouraging development, likely to boost infrastructure related investment in the state, Madhya Pradesh’s newly constituted Tourism Board has procured above 849-hectare land for the tourism department at 144 places of 49 districts of the state and created a Land Bank for tourism projects. Besides this, at 71 points, additional 432-hectare land has been identified. Land procurement is already underway, and it is expected to be transferred to the tourism department soon. Amidst land …

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64th TAAI convention brings spotlight back on the Valley

Perception change about the valley and the state, indeed, were imperative to driving tourism in Jammu and Kashmir and restoring its long-lost glory, suggested Tourism Minister Tassaduq Hussain Mufti. He was addressing media delegates on the sidelines of the 64th annual convention of TAAI (Travel Agents Association of India), held in Srinagar. Highlighting the need for sustainable and responsible tourism, he batted for a more balanced approach in strengthening footfalls. “We have been polluting our rivers and …

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SATTE’s silver jubilee edition kicks off in the capital

The 25th edition of SATTE kicked off yesterday in the capital by UBM India. A prelude to the expo, the event was attended in numbers, with some of the most senior names in attendance.  The event was inaugurated by chief guest KJ Alphons, tourism minister, GOI, along with T.S. Rawat, Chief Minister, Uttarakhand; Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Faiyaz Koya, minister for industry, Trade and Tourism Fiji; I Gde Pitana deputy tourism minister, Indonesia; Bo …

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Kerala zeroes in on Europe as a high-growth potential market

Kerala tourism has undertaken a major campaign to amplify state’s outreach in important European markets. It is the second phase of the promotional campaign rolled out by the state tourism department to target high-value markets. The tourism department has zeroed on Europe as the most important market in the pecking order of markets with “high growth potential” in tourism. Kadakampally Surendran, tourism minister shared that “Kerala Tourism has activated a rigorous promotional campaign involving diverse …

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Kerala focuses on cultural offerings with a grander ‘Utsavam 2018’

In what is likely to add muscle, further diversifying Kerala’s tourism landscape and rejuvenating traditional folk-art forms, the state tourism department is organising ‘Utsavam 2018’. The event will be organised across all 14 districts of the state from January 6 to 12. The tourism festival is slated to be organised in all districts by the respective District Tourism Promotion Councils at 28 venues this time around, as compared to the 14 venues where the festival …

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Winter could usher new vitality​ to the Valley’s tourism and its economy

Winter is coming to Jammu and Kashmir, heralding another white Christmas, and winter sports, unique among this entire region. Winter snows​ and slopes of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, and much of the valley, remain unparalleled among​ destinations stretching​ from the Middle-east to the East; their pull remains legendary. So, for domestic and international travellers, alike, it is the time to look ahead to winter tourism in the state. ​ The year has been unkind, to say the least, …

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Yogi govt. moots a mega statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya; city rejuvenation on the cards

In what come as a big boost to religious and spiritual tourism in Uttar Pradesh, and in the larger Poorvanchal (a term used colloquially to refer to parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and adjoining Bihar), Yogi government has mooted a mega statue of Lord Ram at the banks of River Saryu in Ayodhya. Some sources suggest that the height of the statue is expected to be around 100 metres. However, there is no official confirmation …

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MP, Gujarat awarded best states for tourism development; here is the list of National Tourism Award winners

Concluded very recently, National Tourism Award 2015-16 saw Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh bag awards for best comprehensive development of tourism, signalling that their continuous efforts to drive tourism and related infrastructure have yielded noteworthy results. Kerala grabbed the trophy for the most innovative use of information technology, adding yet another achievement to their long list of accolades. The award function was attended by the highest echelons of the government, with President Ram Nath Kovind himself …

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In Kerala, global travellers looking for experiences; GST rates hurting tourism, says MD, Muthoot

Now, with the holiday season around the corner, and demonetization a distant memory, it is a good time to take stock of the Kerala’s hospitality market – after all, it attracts a significant chunk of India’s total footfalls. Resort segment is a key component of the state’s hospitality offerings, so with an eye on unravelling trends in the state’s resort space, we spoke to George.M.George, Managing Director, Muthoot Leisure & Hospitality Services. He advocates for …

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Kerala Tourism Bags PATA Gold Awards 2017 for marketing outreach

In yet another feather in Kerala tourism’s cap, the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala has won The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Grand and Gold Award 2017 for its Film Tourism Brochure in the Marketing Media – Consumer Travel Brochure category. The award was handed over to P Bala Kiran, IAS, Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala at the 32nd edition of the PATA Awards in recognition of its trend setting marketing initiatives, …

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Exhibition space has evolved with stronger stakeholder participation: Nikhil Desai

We interacted with Nikhil Desai, MD, GTDC to understand what drives states towards exhibitions. Beside trying to decipher trends in the dynamic landscape of exhibitions in the tourism industry, domestically and world over, we understand from him what is in store in the exhibition space, in the imminent future, as exhibition players look at ‘upping the ante’ to grab a larger pie in a crowded market place. What are the most critical factors that Goa …

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Uttar Pradesh to link key pilgrim centres with four-lane highways: CM Yogi Adityanath 

In his maiden speech on the Independence Day, as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath outlined key initiatives, already undertaken and in the offing, that are likely to have a multiplier effect on tourism footfalls in the state. He shared that the government had already initiated four-laning of highways, linking all important pilgrim centres spread across eastern and western Uttar Pradesh. Vrindavan, Mathura, Kushinagar, and Varanasi are some of the most frequented pilgrim …