STATES

‘Entry fee is already nominal’

Even as tiger reserves and safaris stand closed from July to September every year due to rains, Madhya Pradesh is uncertain about discounting entry fee at its monuments to attract tourists. Hazel Jain The ‘Heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh, has re-opened many tourist spots such as its state-run and private …

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A single e-platform for Goa trade

Data is going to be the main focus for Goa Tourism Development Corporation as it not only aims to bring all its  tourism stakeholders on to a single online platform but also set up AI-run chat-bots for tourists. GTDC has also come up with Registration Facilitation Centres for those who …

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PM reviews Varanasi tourism projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently chaired a review meeting on the development projects undertaken in Varanasi. During the meeting, he directed that certain projects be expedited without compromising on quality, and that the expansion and modernisation of Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport be prioritised. Nisha Verma The presentation made to …

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Goa shifts focus on infrastructure

While tourism takes its own time to recover, the state has decided to focus on upgrading and strengthening its infrastructure – both physical as well as in terms of policy. The state will soon launch a crackdown on illegal accommodation operators and encourage them to register, for more transparency. Hazel …

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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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