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MOT’s emphasis on Northeast

A two-day conference of tourism and culture ministers of North Eastern States was recently held in Guwahati, Assam, where G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER, addressed the inaugural session. Nisha Verma The aim of the conference was to discuss development of tourism and issues related to …

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Job revival key

The fundamental concern for MOT is to ensure that all stakeholders in the sector are employed, says G Kamala Vardhan Rao, DG, Tourism. Nisha Verma Claiming that after the pandemic, the tourism sector has suffered a lot across the world, G Kamala Vardhan Rao, said that they are trying to …

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PM’s promotion for Somnath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple projects in Somnath, Gujarat, where he talked about the potential of domestic tourism and how, India has taken many initiatives to boost the same. Nisha Verma The sites inaugrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi include Somnath Promenade, Somnath …

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Keeping the faith

The pandemic is proving to be a litmus test for associations. While some have seen a drop in membership, others are seeing a slow but steady rise. Hazel Jain & Janice Alyosius At the time when travel industry needs to put up united front in face of the calamity, we …

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G Kamala Vardhana Rao is new DG, Tourism

G Kamala Vardhana Rao has become the new Director General (Tourism). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has announced it as an additional charge for him. He would remain as the Chairman & Managing Director, India Tourism Development Corporation till appointment of a regular incumbent or until further orders, …

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QualSTAR certifies Roseate

Roseate Hotels & Resorts has become the first hotel group in India to receive QualSTAR certification, for achieving the highest level of safety and hygiene standards. In a bid to minimise physical contact with guests at their hotels, they have launched ‘Care by Roseate’. Nisha Verma QualSTAR is India’s first …

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Punjab needs biz

A surge in tourism business before the 2nd wave saw stakeholders in Punjab rejoice. But, the state still has a long way to go. Nisha Verma In Punjab, while the second wave saw business dropping for most hotels and tour operators, things were not that bad before March, especially in …

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Overtourism ahead?

Countries are slowly opening to tourism, but will this bring in enthusiastic travellers in hordes and cause another problem? Hazel Jain While more travellers bode well for the travel trade around the world, there might be a thin line between revenge tourism and over-tourism. Jay Bhatia, Director, Tulsidas Khimji Holidays …

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SEIS payment release soon

Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, shares that in addition to the relief measures recently announced for tourism stakeholders, SEIS payments will also be released soon. MOT is also planning to extend financial incentives to foreign tour operators. Nisha Verma After the Finance Minister’s announcement of relief measures for tourism, …

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A new era unfolds

Ministry of Tourism, after a reshuffle of the cabinet advised by PM Narendra Modi, has got three ministers taking charge of the tourism industry in what could be a new era for the sector. The new Cabinet Minister for Tourism & Culture is G Kishan Reddy. He takes over from …

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