STATES

Odisha 3rd in domestic overnights

Tourist arrival to Odisha has shown an upward trend as a result of the state tourism’s aggressive campaign. Arti Ahuja, Principal Secretary, Odisha Tourism, talks about the efforts taken to place the state prominently on the domestic and global tourism map. Kanchan Nath The State of Odisha secured 3rd rank …

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Touring Arunachal to be simpler

Arunachal Pradesh government wants to merge multiple Inner Line Permits that domestic tourists need to apply for to access different regions into a single permit, while increasing air connectivity. P.D. Sona, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism of Arunachal Pradesh, speaks to TRAVTALK about the same. HAZEL JAIN Aware of the hurdles that …

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MTDC targets agri-tourism

Maharashtra tourism department is encouraging farmers to develop their lands for tourists looking for farm-stays, in keeping with its ‘Mahabhraman Scheme’. HAZEL JAIN The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) recently organised a conference on National Agri Tourism on the occasion of the tenth World Agri Tourism Day in Mumbai. The …

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Manipur set for Shirui Lily Festival

Manipur will celebrate its State Flower– Shirui Lily at the Shirui Lily Festival from May 16-20, 2017, in Ukhrul district. Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism), Govt. of Manipur, explains why the flower is revered in the state. Live music, cultural shows, beauty pageants, exhibits, folk songs, traditional dances …

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Arunachal takes the adventure route

At the first Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Conclave 2017, Dr. Joram Beda, Tourism Secretary, informed that tourism in the state has doubled in the past five years and wants the momentum to pick up through adventure and ecotourism. AHANA GURUNG The largest North Eastern state, Arunachal Pradesh is leaving no stone …

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Tamil Nadu Tourism Mart from May 20-22

Tourism Mart of Tamil Nadu is all set to be held from May 20-22 in Chennai. The event is aimed to bring together all stakeholders and other government departments with travel agents and other tourism agencies. In addition, Tamil Nadu Tourism Department has launched a mobile app, called pinakin, which …

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MTDC to strengthen student exchange programs with Japan

Jayakumar Jitendrasinh Rawal, Tourism Minister, Government of Maharashtra, promises to encourage and strengthen student exchange programs between India and Japan. During his tour to the Wakayama Prefecture in Japan, Rawal stated, “We are honoured to be invited by the Mayor of Tanabe City. Our discussion with the Mayor focused on …

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J&K Tourism spreads word on safety

Reeling from a bad season that was close to naught, Jammu & Kashmir Tourism is determined to make 2017 better with an aggressive campaign on the safety and security measures in the state. HAZEL JAIN After a really slow ending to 2016 for tourism in Jammu & Kashmir, the state …

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4 new development authorities in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department is adding four more development authorities for the integrated development of tourism circuits in the state, taking the total number of development authorities to 24. The four new development authorities are Shopian and Peer ki Gali Development Authority; Basholi Bani Development Authority; Tosa Maidan Development …

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Banking on culture & nature

Manipur is focusing on promoting its nature and heritage to increase tourist footfalls, informs N. Bandana Devi, Director-Tourism, Government of Manipur. Naveen Kumar from Imphal Q How has tourism in Manipur fared this year? Manipur is full of surprises for adventure and the nature lovers alike. The state has been …

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