STATES

‘We are merely surviving’

Despite Goa receiving one of the highest number of visitors from across the country, the state’s travel trade is merely surviving as these are low-spending, short-stay tourists. TTAG (Travel & Tourism Association of Goa) has requested its government to share the Rs300 crore budget it has received from the Centre …

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Assam undertakes agent engagement

Assam Tourism, with the help of trade associations, recently conducted a workshop as well as a familiarisation tour for travel agents to inform them about new experiences and destinations in Assam. Around 14 travel agents participated in the tour. The Chief Guest of the workshop was Deba Kumar Misra, MD, …

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Jaisalmer trade unites

The travel trade in Jaisalmer has come together to reinstate SpiceJet flights to The Golden City. Nisha Verma SpiceJet flights to The Golden City, Jaisalmer, were withdrawn because the route was incurring losses, which eventually were underwritten by the travel and hospitality fraternity in the city along with small traders …

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Sikkim prepares well-ahead

Government of Sikkim has announced that 2022 will be ‘Visit Sikkim’ year, a declaration on year-long tourism promotion and marketing for the state, focusing on having tourists in Sikkim for the whole year. Manas Dwivedi The northeastern state of Sikkim offers more than one could imagine. From pilgrimage, village and …

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Goa aims to be tourism haven

Pramod Sawant, the Chief Minister of Goa, says that the new tourism policy aims to provide some relief to the travel trade of the state, add more homestays and tourist spots, and make Goa the most sought-after destination by 2024. Nisha Verma Claiming that the tourism and hospitality sectors are …

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Neighbouring states key markets

Yuvraj Padole, Deputy Director (Events & Marketing) Madhya Pradesh Tourism, highlights some key industry  engagements that his department has planned such as the Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart, creating new road trip  itineraries for the trade and registration of service providers in the state. Hazel Jain What challenges is the state …

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Maharashtra tourism revamped

Aaditya Thackeray, Cabinet Minister, Tourism and Environment, Government of Maharashtra, says that though the sector has been ignored in the past, he wishes to turn the tables and allow for opportunities of growth and development. The young minister has already initiated steps that would benefit the sector, the state, and …

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Northeast an international hub?

While there is immense potential in the region, does it have sufficient infrastructure to be able to be developed as an international or even a domestic tourism hub? Experts deliberate during the ICC North East Travel Conclave 2020. Another point they bring up is the need for an upgrade of …

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A bit of fun, a bit of work

  The eighth edition of the popular North East Festival was held as a hybrid event in Guwahati and streamed live via Facebook and YouTube channels. Experts also deliberated on how the region can be developed as a tourism destination, agreeing that easing of movement between the different states would …

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Northeast: A challenge to open up

Industry leaders are pleading for co-ordinated state rules and COVID-19 protocols in the Northeast region. Hazel Jain Most states in the Northeast region have now opened up their borders for non-essential, tourist traffic. Assam has also eased travel restrictions, and tourists carrying a negative RT-PCR certificate can travel anywhere within …

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