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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. …

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Decoding the Taj conundrum

The Taj Mahal has been in news for all the wrong reasons. The Supreme Court made some scathing observations on the state of the 17th century monument, prompting the government and other stakeholders in the private domain to come up with possible solutions to safeguard the structure from further damage. We have some experts sharing their views on decoding the Taj conundrum.  Need to do away with the Conventional approach to heritage: S K Misra …

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Domestic traffic driving tourism in Leh, steep airfares dent MICE footfalls

Leisure and adventure tourism in Leh is going strong and remains unaffected by the situation in the valley of Jammu and Kashmir. The tourist season continues to expand but high airfares are deterring MICE travellers, who are increasingly opting to travel overseas, thanks to most affordable airfares.  The growing ‘tourist season’ The ‘tourist season’ in Ladakh had significantly expanded, compared to even “15 years ago when the season for tourism was July and August”, shared …

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Another chance for Lakshadweep, with 12 islands set to open

This one we have heard before, in fact, many times before, that we have our crown jewels hidden under the sea, off the eastern coast. These are the many islands that have gone undeveloped for decades. This time, however, looks more serious. With the PM personally sitting on a review meeting, convened by NITI Aayog, along with Home and Tourism ministries, the chances are something will get off the ground before the next elections. Under …

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Madame Tussauds a complete family experience, needs govt.’s support in outreach, says Director Anshul Jain

Anshul Jain, GM and Director, Merlin Entertainment shared that locals, from the entire NCR region, have taken a liking to the Madame Tussauds wax museum. It has become an immersive experience, offering something for people from all age groups. He also stressed that the govt. needed to do more to push such attractions in the mainstream of public outreach which would eventually boost tourism in the long run. Excerpts from the interview: We saw people here of …

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Kerala: No Nipah fallout, focus on domestic, says Director Tourism

Despite the Nipah virus scare, tourism remains intact in Kerala. The medical emergency has been contained, domestic footfalls are steady and states such as Madhya Pradesh are emerging as new source markets for the state, says P Bala Kiran, Director Tourism, Kerala. He notes that promoting MICE, monsoon tourism and Grand Malabar circuit are department’s imminent priorities. Excerpts from the interview: On trends this summer Kerala tourism has banked on pre-summer traffic in the initial …