STATES

Northeast an international hub?

While there is immense potential in the region, does it have sufficient infrastructure to be able to be developed as an international or even a domestic tourism hub? Experts deliberate during the ICC North East Travel Conclave 2020. Another point they bring up is the need for an upgrade of …

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A bit of fun, a bit of work

  The eighth edition of the popular North East Festival was held as a hybrid event in Guwahati and streamed live via Facebook and YouTube channels. Experts also deliberated on how the region can be developed as a tourism destination, agreeing that easing of movement between the different states would …

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Northeast: A challenge to open up

Industry leaders are pleading for co-ordinated state rules and COVID-19 protocols in the Northeast region. Hazel Jain Most states in the Northeast region have now opened up their borders for non-essential, tourist traffic. Assam has also eased travel restrictions, and tourists carrying a negative RT-PCR certificate can travel anywhere within …

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‘A gateway to Madhya Pradesh’

RH Khwaja, Former Secretary (2010-2012), Ministry of Tourism, offers a compelling review of ‘Zero and Beyond’, a coffee-table book by SK Mishra. The book offers a visual journey into Madhya Pradesh through Mishra’s lens. Khwaja recommends the book specially to those who love the natural treasures of the state. Zero …

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Rajasthan approves tourism policy

The Rajasthan state cabinet has approved the state Tourism Policy 2020, which is aimed at rebuilding the marketing  strategy for international branding of tourism and promote domestic tourism. It also proposes to strengthen the tourist assistance force and encourage start-ups in the sector. Manas Dwivedi With a vision to re-position …

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In a web of eternal lockdowns

Zahoor Qari, Chairman, TAAI – Jammu & Kashmir Chapter, shares that travel agents in the valley had been suffering even before the lockdown began, but with the pandemic the situation has only worsened. He says that setting aside of a Kashmir-specific tourism package is the only way out. Nisha Verma …

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India’s time to welcome tourists

Three experts from three key source markets – United States of America, United Kingdom and Italy – discuss where the inbound opportunities for Indian travel agents lie and how they can tap them. Each expert believes in the strength of India as a tourist destination and urges the industry and …

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Safe and inviting, that’s Andaman

Faraway Tree Hospitality, a pure B2B operator that specialises in holiday packages to the Andaman Islands, shares an update on the destination and how ready their on-ground team is to receive your clients during these challenging times. They also claim that today, it is one of the safest places to …

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Goa may keep pre-booking clause

The pandemic seems to have forced Goa Tourism to do some house-cleaning and re-look at tackling short and  long-term issues such as curbing illegal hotels and improving data collection that follows a faulty system and pegs the number of arrivals in the state approximately 20 per cent short of actual …

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‘Entry fee is already nominal’

Even as tiger reserves and safaris stand closed from July to September every year due to rains, Madhya Pradesh is uncertain about discounting entry fee at its monuments to attract tourists. Hazel Jain The ‘Heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh, has re-opened many tourist spots such as its state-run and private …

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