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Odisha eyes 5 lakh FTAs by 2022

Odisha Tourism is targeting to receive 500,000 foreign tourists out of a total of 2.5 crore by 2022. The state tourism board is also keen on promoting Odisha in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and replicate its environmentally-sensitive Marine Drive Eco Retreat model at suitable times of the year. …

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Four islands to come up in A&N

Holistic development of the four identified islands of Andaman & Nicobar, keeping carrying capacity in mind, has been accorded high priority by the government. The islands, which are regarded as high-value tourism destinations, are to be developed under the public private partnership (PPP) model. Kanchan Nath The government has decided …

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New policies, sites for Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is all set to develop its 13 districts as tourist destinations with government promotion, trainings, and subsidies. Domestic and international tourists can now enjoy homestays, adventure treks and religious circuits, with new regulations ensuring safety of all. TT Bureau Uttarakhand government is working towards increasing homestays across the region …

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Goa redefines tourism

Goa Tourism Development Corporation has a two-pronged strategy for the growth of numbers – more tourist facilities at beaches and promotion of health tourism and its hinterland areas. TT Bureau Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is now looking to promote the state beyond its beaches, and Dayanand Raghunath Sopte, Chairman, …

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Statue of Unity stands tall

After being unveiled on October 31, 2018, the Statue of Unity — world’s tallest statue — has seen an unsurpassed number of tourists in one year, recording a total of 27,17,468 tourist arrivals till October 31, 2019. TT Bureau Ever since the Statue of Unity was dedicated to the nation …

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Nagaland festivals draw crowds

Over the course of the next two years, the state of Nagaland aims to aggressively promote its natural wonders and festivals, including the Hornbill Festival that received as many as 13,000 tourists last year. It may also add more adventure and tourist sites that hadn’t been promoted earlier. TT Bureau …

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More to Goa than beaches

Goa Tourism is offering a panoply of products to foreign and domestic visitors to the state, including adventure sports, new convention facilities, wellness tourism, a family theme park, even a new airport. A boost in tourist arrivals is awaited as the state hopes that they will now be more willing …

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Punjab to invest ₹100 cr

Tourism in Punjab will soon have more on offer. While religious tourism will continue to be promoted by the state, heritage, medical and eco-tourism will also get onto the bandwagon. TT Bureau The state of Punjab receives a lot of religious tourists, especially to Amritsar, throughout the year. Charanjit Singh …

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Haryana revisits its history

With the Rakhigarhi village excavations revealing the existence of a civilisation even before the earliest ones known to man, Haryana’s prospects as a historical and cultural hub for tourists have only catapulted. The state must now ready itself for the expected boost in numbers. TT Bureau Ram Bilas Sharma, Minister …

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Rajasthan assures safety

Rajasthan has created an extensive framework for tourists to feel safe at all times. It also plans to develop more sites, while ensuring that its B&Bs are in tandem with any and all regulations. TT Bureau Govind Singh Dotasra, Minister of State, Tourism and Devasthan, Government of Rajasthan, says that …

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