STATES

Gujarat develops Nada Bet

Gujarat Tourism is on a war-footing to develop new projects and promoting them to the rest of India. After the Statue of Unity, it is the Seema Darshan project at Nada Bet that will help the state position itself for border tourism. Hazel Jain With only the Wagah border as …

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Tomorrow’s destination: Kerala

Kerala has become the global leader in implementing a unique model of Bubble appraoch and responsible tourism which is not confined to certain practices, properties, operators but taken up by the tourism destinations. Janice Alyosius At a recent virtual meet with Dr Venu V, Additional Chief Secretary Tourism, Govt of …

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Vaccination in full throttle in Kerala

Kerala has accelerated its COVID-19 vaccination campaign to turn all tourism destinations completely risk-free for visitors. Vythiri in Wayanad has thus become the first 100%-vaccinated tourism destination in the state. Major centres to be covered under the initiative are Alappuzha, Munnar, Fort Kochi, Kovalam, Kumarakom and Varkala. Hazel Jain Kerala …

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DoT conducts free training

Department of Tourism (DoT), Government of Maharashtra, recently conducted a special five-day guide training programme for the benefit of the tribal communities at Karnala Sanctuary and Phansad Sanctuary. The Directorate of Tourism (DoT), Government of Maharashtra, in association with Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), an autonomous body …

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Meghalaya: Waiting to be tapped

The time has come for India to promote its lesser-known destinations to its own people, thereby creating economic opportunities for these places. One such incredible state is Meghalaya about which little is known but has immense potential just waiting to be tapped. Hazel Jain Ensuring last-mile connectivity and creating economic …

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Maharashtra on the right track

Valsa Nair, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Excise & Civil Aviation, Government of Maharashtra, says that right from policy initiatives to infrastructure development, Maharashtra is making sure that it offers the best possibilities for domestic tourism in the state, and that tourists get a gamut of experiences within driving distances. Nisha Verma …

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Policy for spiritual tourism

PAGE 4 It is every state’s responsibility to ensure it has adequate policy measures to establish itself as a spiritual destination. Here is an excerpt from a knowledge paper on spiritual tourism in Maharashtra by IMC Chamber of Commerce & Industry in partnership with IRR Advisory. While the Maharashtra state …

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The on-ground realities

Sikkim-based tour operator Prabir Sen, Managing Director of Tibet Tours & Travels, raises pertinent concerns that the trade has been facing – from tourists booking hotels directly to difficulties in availing the various MOT (Ministry of Tourism) schemes introduced for registered travel agents. A new menace which we are noticing …

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Start charter flights for Goa

The Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has been aggressively lobbying for the authorities to allow international charter flights from Goa’s main source markets for the upcoming tourist season so that clients can start planning. But will it be safe? Hazel Jain A delegation from the Travel & Tourism …

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The stone sculptures of Deopahar

Northeast India is a hidden paradise for visitors and Assam is no different. The state has many archaeological sites that are still underdeveloped and some are open for the public, too. One of those sites is Deopahar. Sidheswar Kumar Mishra, Founder, Assam Tours & Travels, talks some more about the …

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