Tag Archives: Ministry of Tourism

MOT to address TCS issue

With reinforced confidence after the recent budget allocated to MOT and a plan in place, the ministry is now looking to address the industry’s concerns over TCS and other issues. Meenakshi Sharma, Director General, Tourism, says they will work hand-in-hand with trade. Nisha Verma Upbeat about the budget allocated to …

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‘Kudos to women in travel’

Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, shares how women are not only making their presence felt in the travel industry, but are also taking up leadership roles. Nisha Verma Rupinder Brar says that while statistics point to only 12 per cent of women in the travel and tourism …

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‘Not at risk when in India’

Rakesh Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism (MOT), reveals the ministry’s plan to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. He also talks about MOT’s initiatives to attract and motivate tourists to travel to India. Nisha Verma Rakesh Kumar Verma assumed office in January  this year and within a month of doing so, …

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IATO all for small operators

IATO is in talks with the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) to revise the guidelines of approval of inbound tour operators, allowing members with low turnover to also be recognised by the government. Nisha Verma The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) recently organised its monthly luncheon, where it shared industry …

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‘Complete’ sites for Buddhism

Ministry of Tourism is focused on promoting the Buddhist circuit in India, a segment that holds immense potential. The Association of Buddhist Tour Operators (ABTO) and participants at the International Buddhist Travel Mart in Bodh Gaya provide insights on this potential and challenges of Buddhist tourism. JP Shaw, President, ABTO …

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Digital marketing to woo China

Ministry of Tourism is innovating its approach to tap some of the biggest outbound markets of the world, China being its focus for now. A dedicated China cell and marketing through the Chinese multipurpose digital platform, WeChat, is a move in this direction. Nisha Verma Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, …

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India as ‘Land of Buddha’ again

Association of Buddhist Tour Operators’ recently-concluded annual convention and International Buddhist Travel Mart sought to bolster the idea of India as ‘The Land of Buddha’ through targeted promotion. Kanchan Nath The Association of Buddhist Tour Operators is an international organisation working for the conservation, protection, preservation of monuments, and promotion …

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IITF online from January 1

Meenakshi Sharma, Director General – Tourism, Government of India, shares that the Incredible India Tourist Facilitator (IITF) certification is commencing its first module from January 1. Nisha Verma and Manas Dwivedi The tourism sector is highly dependent on skill development, claims Meenakshi Sharma. “We all know that tourism is one …

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‘A change in mindset’

Pre-conceived notions can dent tourism to certain parts of the country like the Northeast, and tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel urges travellers to look beyond prejudices. Anupriya Bishnoi According to Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Government of India, the Northeast has immense potential when it comes to …

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New markets & more facilities

At the PATA Tourism PowerHouse in New Delhi, Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Chairman, PATA India Chapter, spoke about recent government policies and new markets in focus. Manas Dwivedi Congratulating PATA India Chapter for its continued effort and initiative in organising the second PATA Tourism PowerHouse, Yogendra Tripathi …

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