STATES

Gujarat’s latest GIFT to India

Gujarat Tourism recently conducted a Fam tour for agents to promote its international-class M!CE destination in the making – GIFT City. Narrating his experience is Randhir S Vaghela, IATO Chairman (Gujarat Chapter). Adding another flower to its bouquet of offerings, Gujarat Tourism is now looking to promote a new world-class …

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New policies to boost tourism

Maharashtra has been using the time well and is developing new tourism spots in the state for travel agents to sell. Dr Dhananjay Sawalkar, Director, Directorate of Tourism, Maharashtra, tells us more. Hazel Jain In a bid to promote tourism, the state’s tourism board has decided to develop seven properties …

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MP’s jungle safaris an experience

Hemendra Singh Jadon, Chapter Chairman, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh Chapter, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), narrates his experience of a three-day familiarisation trip sponsored by Jehan Numa Hotels and what it means to go on a wildlife safari. We were recently invited by Jehan Numa Hotels on a three-night …

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Campaigns helping resumption

Rani George, Principal Secretary – Tourism, Government of Kerala, says that the new tourism campaigns initiated by the state government are helping Kerala resume tourism. The department is also mulling a physical KTM later this year. Manas Dwivedi Sharing details on the new domestic campaigns of the state’s tourism department, …

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‘We are merely surviving’

Despite Goa receiving one of the highest number of visitors from across the country, the state’s travel trade is merely surviving as these are low-spending, short-stay tourists. TTAG (Travel & Tourism Association of Goa) has requested its government to share the Rs300 crore budget it has received from the Centre …

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Assam undertakes agent engagement

Assam Tourism, with the help of trade associations, recently conducted a workshop as well as a familiarisation tour for travel agents to inform them about new experiences and destinations in Assam. Around 14 travel agents participated in the tour. The Chief Guest of the workshop was Deba Kumar Misra, MD, …

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Jaisalmer trade unites

The travel trade in Jaisalmer has come together to reinstate SpiceJet flights to The Golden City. Nisha Verma SpiceJet flights to The Golden City, Jaisalmer, were withdrawn because the route was incurring losses, which eventually were underwritten by the travel and hospitality fraternity in the city along with small traders …

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Sikkim prepares well-ahead

Government of Sikkim has announced that 2022 will be ‘Visit Sikkim’ year, a declaration on year-long tourism promotion and marketing for the state, focusing on having tourists in Sikkim for the whole year. Manas Dwivedi The northeastern state of Sikkim offers more than one could imagine. From pilgrimage, village and …

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Goa aims to be tourism haven

Pramod Sawant, the Chief Minister of Goa, says that the new tourism policy aims to provide some relief to the travel trade of the state, add more homestays and tourist spots, and make Goa the most sought-after destination by 2024. Nisha Verma Claiming that the tourism and hospitality sectors are …

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Neighbouring states key markets

Yuvraj Padole, Deputy Director (Events & Marketing) Madhya Pradesh Tourism, highlights some key industry  engagements that his department has planned such as the Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart, creating new road trip  itineraries for the trade and registration of service providers in the state. Hazel Jain What challenges is the state …

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