STATES

All hail progressive Punjab!

Shivdular Singh Dhillon, Special Secretary cum Director, Department of Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archaeology—Museums & Archives, Punjab, reveals the state’s tourism focus and thrust. Inder Raj Ahluwalia Q. What is the key focus of Punjab Tourism today? The tourism potential of Punjab has been one of the best guarded secrets for …

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Witness Kerala in all its glory

Onam is a harvest festival in Kerala which falls during the month of ‘Chingam’ (August-September). The festival, which is celebrated with a lot of fanfare, witnesses an influx of tourists to the state during this period. TT Bureau Onam is the festival of homecomings, a tribute to peace and harmony …

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Don’t ban, revise guidelines: Agents

With many unforeseen activities in Uttarakhand due to lack of safety measures, the state High Court has imposed a ban on adventure activities. Agents ask for revision of guidelines. Simranjeet Singh Arora As the most popular state for water and adventure activities, Uttarakhand came to a halt after its High …

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MTDC focuses on remote sites

From building a planetarium near Lonar Crater to developing six resorts in the interiors, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation is creating experiences in remote spots. Vijay Kumar Gautam, Principal Secretary, Maharashtra, and the recently-appointed Managing Director, MTDC, shares more. Hazel Jain Q What are the areas MTDC is focusing on in terms …

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Goa on global promotion drive

With international roadshows planned for leading source markets in 2018, Goa is going all out to promote itself as a favourable destination. The state is upgrading its tourism facilities, exploring newer products and supporting travel trade by offering free participation space at its exhibition stall. TT Bureau In 2017, Goa …

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Relaxed PAP norms for foreigners

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has relaxed the Protected Area Permit (PAP) for foreigners visiting Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, except for those from Pakistan, Afghanisthan and China. TT Bureau The Protected Area Permit (PAP) will be valid for five years. These areas constitute some of the most pristine locations …

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Lights, camera, action in Gujarat

The Gujarat tourism department is making investments to offer world-class tourism infrastructure, upgrade existing facilities for travellers. The state is also considering developing niche tourism products, like golf tourism and is also promoting film tourism. They also have a film board in place to make the procedures simpler to shoot …

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Trade vows to promote Kashmir

Post the TAAI Convention in Srinagar, the delegates including travel agents, hoteliers and service providers, have promised to promote Kashmir aggressively in their respective regions. TT Bureau Balbir Mayal, MD, New Airways Travels The convention is a platform where industry issues can be addressed. The association can make a note …

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J&K trade pins hopes on TAAI

The TAAI Convention proved to be successful with overbookings and rave reviews. Travel agents and members of the organising committee share their expectations and outcomes of the event. TT Bureau Mahmood Ahmed Shah, Director Tourism, Kashmir With an attempt to dilute negativity about the destination, TAAI’s visit to J&K is …

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1st ever Telangana Tourism Conclave

The Federation of Telangana Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce (FTAPCCI) in association with Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) is poised to host the first-ever Telangana Tour-ism Conclave from June 28-30 at Hotel Marriott. FTAPCCI has selected Valmiki Hari Kishan to run the show under his dynamic leadership by forming the Managing …

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