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Gujarat’s tourism to go ‘vocal for local;’ promises to extend all support to stakeholders

The time is ripe to look inward and focus on the state’s lesser-explored tourism products, believed Gujarat’s key tourism policymakers and senior industry insiders. They shared their thoughts in the recently organised webinar titled ‘Future of Tourism Post COVID-19′ by FICCI Gujarat State Council. Here are some edited excerpts from the proceedings:   The government’s specific strategy, mounted on “a war-footing,” under the leadership of PM Modi, had worked well to arrest the transmission, Jawaharbhai …

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Inbound: Industry Response Inadequate; Tourism Needs a More realistic Mission, says CAPA report

CAPA India, in association with PATA India Chapter has released an extensive report on the inadequacies of the industry response to the challenges in promoting inbound tourism into India: The Honourable Prime Minister is India’s leading tourism ambassador. At every Indian and global forum he inspires the entire Indian tourism industry to take step changes to achieve its potential, and to move away from an incremental approach. The response of the industry and related institutions …

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Tourism set to gain as airlines make a comeback to Aurangabad; industry eyes more rail connect

As Air India and SpiceJet make a comeback to Aurangabad, linking Udaipur to the city, there is palpable excitement among tourism stakeholders who believe that the move would bring in a sizable influx of international tourists. We spoke to Sunit Kothari, Director, Kothari Group, who played a key role in roping in air carriers, to understand the impact of the development and what it means for the business of tourism in the city of Aurangabad. …

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Ministry of Tourism rolls out a flexible visa fee structure eyeing higher FTAs into India

Addressing a long-standing concern of the tourism industry, the MoT has decided to introduce a flexible e-tourist visa regime based on tourist footfall, with higher fee for July to March peak season and a considerably lower fee if the visit to the country falls during April to June lean period.  Speaking today at the inauguration of a meeting with state government representatives on tourism on Tuesday, minister Prahlad Patel said the move was to encourage …

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Naveen Kundu shows the way; donates INR 10 lakhs to a slain soldier’s family

Naveen Kundu, CEO and Managing Director, Mercury Travels, recently donated a sum of INR ten lakhs to the daughter of a martyred soldier. He was attending an event hosted by a prominent news channel and decided to chip in, admirably in a personal capacity. Speaking exclusively to TF, he said that he had long been donating to the families of slain soldiers and wanted to do more for the grieving families, when asked to comment …

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UP’s focus on developing infra in the eastern region could positively impact religious, spiritual tourism

It is true that religious and spiritual centres in the eastern UP region are major draws for pilgrims and tourists alike. It is equally true that they have been neglected by successive governments, across the political spectrum, and are in dire need of a makeover. With a pro-tourism budget and ample investment in augmenting infrastructure, Uttar Pradesh has taken a step in the right direction. The big takeaway from Uttar Pradesh’s annual budget is a …

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Madhya Pradesh’s two-pronged strategy: new segments and an invigorated industry outreach

The central state of India has been a major driver of tourism in the country, attracting domestic and international tourists in sizable numbers. Its strategy has been simple, yet effective to say the least. The twin-pronged strategy of continuously creating new segments, attractions and products, coupled with a targeted industry and tourist outreach has born them positive results and the approach will continue unabated. Madhya Pradesh has had a lot going for itself, especially in …

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How a grander Surajkund International Crafts Mela is patronising artisans, attracting footfalls

There is no doubt that the Surajkund International Crafts Fair has assumed a critical role in patronising artisans, not only in India but the world over. It is also an opportunity for artisans to circumnavigate intermediaries and interact with a more global audience, in the process broadening their own perspective.  The 33rd edition of the Fair has kick-started with much larger participation, drawing artisans from around 30 countries, with Thailand as the partner nation. The …

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Tourism a significant employer in Gujarat, poised to grow, says Vipul Mitra

A converge of several factors, such as a steady growth on the domestic front, the labour-intensive nature of the tourism industry and an enabling policy framework are supporting the growth of the tourism sector in Gujarat, says Vipul Mitra, Additional Chief Secretary, Labour & Employment Department, Government of Gujarat. In an exclusive interview, he shares his thoughts on tourism and its impact on economic growth. How is tourism an employer in your state? Is there …

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Destination Araku pitches for a premium experiential status

The second edition of the recently concluded International Hot-Air Balloon Festival at Araku Valley (130 kilometres from Vizag) was a product and destination-specific tourism promotion exercise. The uniqueness of the approach was in seeking larger footfalls by curating a unique and customised product. The festival was a resounding success, evident with the tremendous interest generated amongst tourists. Over 2600 enquiries were made by consumers, who were willing to shell out as much as INR 79,000 …

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Industry insiders bat for roping in commerce ministry, focus on the Far East

Senior industry stakeholders suggested various measures, including a focus on the Far East market, bringing on-board Ministry of Commerce, among others, as areas of new engagements for PATA India Chapter in 2019. Here are some excerpts from the suggestions mooted by its members. Rakesh Mathur requested donation for Eco Tourism Society of India. Vikram Madhok asked Eco-Tourism Society to send the request to PATA and EC will surely place it for consideration at the upcoming …

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Niches, thematic experiences emerging favorites for the new-age traveller, says Karan Anand

Cox & Kings has rolled out a culinary-based offering named ‘Tour to Feast’. It seeks to incorporate authentic culinary experiences, providing a fresh take on the destination. The newly rolled out offering indicates the changing expectations of the new-age traveller who intends to soak in a destination, instead of scurrying along, ticking the checkboxes. Karan Anand, Head-Relationships and Supplier Management, Cox & Kings believes that the trend will only intensify in times to come, bringing …

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Speakers line-up revealed for The Jaipur Literary Festival 2019

Set to take place between 24-28 January 2019, the annual high noon of literature will return to its customary home, Jaipur’s glorious Diggi Palace Hotel –for its 12th edition. Followed by its Mumbai preview, the Festival held its Delhi preview in partnership with the Taj Group of Hotels at the Taj Mahal Hotel recently. A roster of high-profile speakers was unveiled at the Delhi launch, like every year, reflected the diversity of the Festival’s programming …

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Kerala Tourism ticks all boxes to woo tourists, post-floods

The pall of gloom that had descended on Kerala’s globally famed tourism and hospitality industry in the wake of the August floods appears to have lifted if the message filtering from the just concluded Kerala Travel Mart -2018 is any indication. With the state ticking all the boxes to win back the confidence of tourists, ‘God’s Own Country’ has bounced back with an incredible resilience, removing any lingering apprehension about its preparedness to receive visitors …

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Dubbed as India’s largest integrated tourism location, ‘Bhorer Alo’ inaugurated in West Bengal

This could well be the shot in the arm that the West Bengal tourism has been looking for. In what is being dubbed as “India’s largest integrated tourism location”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently inaugurated ‘Bhorer Alo’ at Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri. Situated some 30 kilometres from Siliguri (a city located in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by tea gardens), ‘Bhorer Alo’ is a judicious mix of diverse components, featuring hotels from different …

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Golf tourism in the spotlight in J&K with PHD Golf conclave and tournament

Golf once again took centerstage in the valley as government and private stakeholders deliberated challenges and opportunities to position Jammu and Kashmir, and the country, as a world-class golfing destination. Organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHDCCI), the second edition of PHD Golf Tourism Conclave and Tournament at Srinagar was attended by local, national and international representatives, including Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Governor, J&K; Farooq A Shah, secretary, PHE I&FC, J&K; B. …