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‘With you, shoulder to shoulder’

Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray, Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment, Government of Maharashtra, talks to Hotel & Restaurant Association (Western India) members in a freewheeling digital interview. Hazel Jain The young and dynamic minister who is pro-tourism and a friend of the hospitality industry, discussed plans for the state with Gurbaxish …

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Tourism industry will emerge stronger

Manmeet Singh, Chairman, ADTOI – Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Northern India and Chairman, IATO – Punjab & Northern India, believes that the travel agent and tour operator community would emerge stronger after the crisis, as he pegs them as a resilient lot that has already built its business from scratch. …

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Goa expects tourists from September

Nikhil Desai, Managing Director, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, believes that tourism in the state would re-start by September this year. In the meantime, the tourism board is putting protocols in place for service providers, and also working on its tourism policy to make Goa an investment-friendly state. Nisha Verma Q …

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Gujarat readies for new era

Kingshuk Biswas, Manager Marketing, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat, reveals how the state’s tourism department is trying to identify its lesser-known destinations which can be offered to tourists in a post-COVID-19 landscape that includes tourism packages that follow social distancing norms. Hazel Jain What is the kind of discussion Gujarat Tourism …

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Kesari strengthens in south

With eight offices in Bengaluru alone and consistently promoting its domestic itineraries, Kesari Tours is looking to strengthen its presence in the South India market with an office in Chennai. Hazel Jain One of the oldest tour operators in the western India market, Kesari Tours is now growing in the …

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‘Namaste Orchha’ from March 6-8

Madhya Pradesh is all set to host ‘Namaste Orchha’, a three-day festival celebrating the cultural landscape of the state. Several activities have been planned for guests during the event, along with business sessions for the different stakeholders. This year, the state’s tourism department is also going all out with attractive …

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10 new sites on radar for Rajasthan

Sharing details on the latest developments, Dr Bhanwar Lal, Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, speaks on a range of subjects, including giving prime attention to development of 10 new destinations in the western parts of the state in partnership with UNESCO. Manas Dwivedi According to Dr Bhanwar Lal, …

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Sustainable growth for Ladakh

The newly-formed Union Territory of Ladakh has been given a new lease of life with its tourism budget increasing from a mere ₹55 lakh to the present ₹200 crore. The All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA), along with Ladakh’s Department of Tourism, recently shared their plan to promote and develop …

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The Heart of India

Madhya Pradesh is fondly called the Heart of India, and rightly so! This Central Indian state has everything that travellers seek, from culture and history to adventure, leisure and a unique cuisine that is both enjoyable and Instagrammable. Vani Sunder With its rich culture heritage, magnificent temples and a history …

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Local involvement for J&K

Experts from different fields speak about the strengths and weaknesses of developing tourism in the newly-carved Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, while discussing its future at a panel titled ‘Incredible India – Incredible Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh’ at the Kashmironomics forum. Ashwani Lohani, Former Chairman & Managing Director, Air …

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