After failing miserably in boosting tourism with the expensive Mango package tours to Konkan, the state tourism department has now launched another package, this one for "budget" travellers. The development is expected to bring more footfalls to the region.
Many tourists were disappointed at Araku on Sunday, as three tourism spots, Padmapuram gardens, tribal museum and horticulture nursery, were closed due to a boycott staged by contract workers. The workers attributed the sudden strike to the managements' failure to pay salaries to the employees for the past four months.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today described the entire Northeast region as a "Natural Economic Zone" - NEZ - whose potential had hitherto remained untapped. He said his priority is to nourish the NEZ for the benefit of the NE (Northeast). In his remarks at the inauguration of the Hornbill Festival in Kohima, the Prime Minister praised the rich cultural heritage of Nagaland and the sturdiness, honesty, simplicity, inherent strong character and hardworking attitude of the Naga people. He congratulated the Nagas for organizing this festival which showcases the cultural diversity of the state.
To further secure its position as the world's aviation hub, Dubai Airports is building a whopping USD 32-billion greenfield airport at the upcoming Dubai World Central, 30 km off the present international airport which already is the second busiest in the world.
The first ever bus service between India and Nepal successfully completed its maiden journey from Kathmandu to New Delhi. This bus service was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Nepal on Tuesday, where he is attending the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit.
The cash-strapped Tourism Department seems all set to push for handing over prime State-owned hotels for renovation and maintenance under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande told The Hindu that 18 properties, including six Mayura-brand hotels, would be developed on a Renovate Operate Maintenance and Transfer (ROMT) basis for a 30-year period.
Asserting that the state government was committed to developing Ludhiana as a tourism hub, Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali on Sunday said that several new projects to promote tourism in the city were underway.
Punjab will spend Rs.1,000 crore in the current financial year to conserve monuments of historical importance and provide impetus to tourism sector in the state, Tourism Minister Sohan Singh Thandal said Monday.
Kaziranga National Park, home to the highest number of great one-horned rhinoceros, reopened for visitors on Saturday after a gap of six months, with the first batch of tourists to avail the elephant safari comprising visitors from Australia, the US and UK.
With the State government contemplating promoting tourism and hospitality sectors, the demand for professionals is likely to go up. Quoting a recent study, P. Narayana Reddy, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Tourism, said more than 10 lakh professionals would be required to meet the burgeoning demand by 2020-22.
Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a programme in Chikmagalur on Sunday, he said that the new tourism policy is ready. It will give fillip to the tourism related activities and will generate employment. The basic infrastructure had to be improved to increase employment opportunities and also generate revenue.
Villages that are home to weavers, artisans and craftsman may soon be added to the itinerary of tourists. Textiles Secretary S.K. Panda has written to all Chief Secretaries to name four or five villages for this scheme to be developed on lines of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Independence Day.
During the recent floods which brought havoc to entire Kashmir valley Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) extended its full support and cooperation to the civil administration in different districts while carrying out rescue and relief operations.
The vast untapped economic potential of the tourism industry was at the heart of an impassioned pitch that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made in Manhattan, when he said to a select, distinguished gathering of Indian-American community leaders, opinion-shapers, and long-standing friends of India in the U.S. government, that tourism could generate income for taxi drivers, auto-rickshaw drivers and “even tea-sellers.”
Nothing can succeed without community participation and support, and this is true of Karnataka Tourism too, said Mr. R.V. Deshpande. The Minister made this statement at the World Tourism Day celebrations on Saturday. The event is organised by the Department of Tourism.
An independent study by three leading NGOs has exposed exploitation of children including sexual assault at two of India’s most popular tourist destinations, Ujjain and world heritage site Khajuraho, known for its temples dedicated to beauty and love.
Increasing tourism activities in the state have resulted in a significant rise in child exploitation at two major tourist hotspots - the temple towns of Khajuraho and Ujjain, said a study. While Khajuraho is known for its group of Hindu and Jain temples with erotic sculptors and are Unesco world heritage sites, Ujjain is one of the oldest and holiest cities in the country that houses the Mahakal.
Stonehenge, prehistoric monument in United Kingdom, attracts seven lakh tourists from all over the world annually. Another such prehistoric site Machu Picchu in Peru in South America draws three lakh tourists. Millions of dollars are generated from these two sites.
An estimated 100 employees at different levels working in the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) have been literally on the road during working hours, since Friday, after they were denied entry into ‘Tourism House’, the corporation’s head office, by their counterparts from Telangana State TDC over a tussle for office space.
Facing stiff competition from Jammu and Kashmir and Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh plans to strengthen and develop its tourism infrastructure, for which the government has already submitted various tourist circuit and destination projects worth Rs 26 crore to Union government, seeking financial assistance.
Kovalam’s hospitality sector needs 13 lakh eggs a month, while Kumarakom needs 10 lakh papayas and 20 lakh plantain leaves in a year. This was sourced from other States till these and dozens more of such items began to be sourced locally as part of Responsible Tourism (R.T.) initiatives.
Following is the text of statement of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture Shri Shripad Naik at the Press Conference on Initiatives, Achievements and Policies of Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture held here today:
Minister of state for Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik on Friday said the ministry has given Rs 100 crore as a special assistance for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.
The iconic Boulevard Road that is invariably part of any Kashmir picture postcard with ornate houseboats lined on the banks of Srinagar's centrepiece — the Dal Lake - now looks like a swamp. The flood waters have receded, but the damage it has caused to the hotels, houseboats and the restaurants, and the slush and stink that it has left behind is a telling reminder of the damage caused to Kashmir's key tourism industry in its backward.
The eighth edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), a buyer-seller meet organised by the Kerala’s tourism stakeholders, began in Kochi on Wednesday with 245 sellers showcasing the State’s hospitality and other tourism products to around 1,300 buyers.
Kerala Tourism fully backs liquor policy of the government and there is no going back on it in the wake of apprehensions raised by the tourism industry that it will lead to the State losing its preferred-destination status.
Minister for Tourism and Higher Education R.V. Deshpande said here on Monday that a Union government committee visited the State recently in connection with the State’s request to relax Costal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) regulations for developing beaches and islands. He was hopeful that the Centre would respond positively.
The Mysore district administration has prepared to put forth a proposal to Karnataka Tourism on establishing a one-stop facility for tourists, who arrive here from various places, to go around major attractions in and around Mysore.
Government has planned to promote temple tourism in Andhra Pradesh. It was proposed to develop tourism circuits and create basic facilities at temples for visiting devotees, said Endowment Minister P. Manikyala Rao.
The temple city of Tirupati has another feather to its cap, in the form of the prestigious Indian Culinary Institute (ICI), coming under the Union Ministry of Tourism. State Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu laid the foundation stone for the world class facility at Kurakalva of Renigunta mandal on Tuesday.
Speakers at the Kashmir Tourism Summit 2014 underscored the need for promotion of eco-tourism and conservation of natural resorts in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jaitley Terms Dec 16 Rape 'Small Incident that Affected Tourism', Sparks Controversy
August 22, 2014 - news.oneindia.in Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is in the midst of a controversy after he termed the December 16 gangrape case as a 'small rape incident that affected tourism in the country.' It all began when Jaitley said the December 16 gangarape case had cost Indian tourism millions of dollars. Jaitley said: "One incident of rape in Delhi was enough to cost millions of dollars in terms of lower number of tourists.
As airfares become cheaper and the world gets more adventurous, India's tourism sector has been reaping the benefits. Revenues are expected to rise by 7.9% over the next decade. In 2012, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism accounted for 6.6% of India's GDP.
India might not have much to write home about when it comes to tourist arrivals when compared to the rest of the world, but the industry is nevertheless tremendously important for the country. Despite its size and the wealth of sites to visit, India counted as only the 38th-most visited nation according the United Nations. Despite this, data from the Ministry of Tourism suggests that the sector has a significant impact on the country’s economy.
More than a year after Uttarakhand witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in the country, several flood-hit areas in the state are still waiting for government assistance. One such village is Sumdum in Pithoragarh district.