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Growing ‘Incredible India’ and National Tourism Awards

Ever since the days of old travelers, India has always been a tourist destination and a traveler’s delight. Its unique diversity and its rich history and culture have attracted growing number of visitors to the country. Over the years, the tourism industry of “Incredible India” has made impressive headway in opening up its destination galore across its expanse to visitors. And the Tourism Ministry has been making continuous efforts, including awards presentation, to promote the industry keeping in view all aspects of it. The presentation of National Tourism Awards began in 1990’s, and since then the ministry has been giving away national awards every year to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry to support, promote and boost the growth of the sector.

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The awards are presented to state governments and union territories, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators and tourist transport operators, individuals and other private organizations in appreciation and recognition of their performance in their respective fields and to encourage healthy competition with an aim to promote tourism.

Every year, the awards categories are reviewed with new categories being added to recognize excellence in diverse fields, in tune with the requirements of the changing times. Some of the new awards are:

Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh

Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination in India: This category of award was introduced in 2010 to encourage eco-friendly practices by various civic bodies in cities, towns, villages for the maintenance and upkeep of tourist sites, parks, etc. The objective of the award was to proactively involve the municipal authorities and to get their commitment towards clean, hygienic and attractive surroundings in cities, towns, villages and to thereby enhance visitor’s experience.

Tour Operators Promoting Niche segments: This award was introduced in 2011, as a part of the effort to diversify India’s tourism products by developing and promoting new niche segments, to attract different categories of tourists with diverse interests and to promote India as a year-round destination.

Best Maintained and Disabled Friendly Monument: People with different abilities and older persons are now becoming a growing group of consumers of travel, sports and other leisure-oriented products and services. In an effort to tap the potential of this group for promotion of tourist destinations in the country, the Tourism Ministry has taken an initiative to make tourist destinations barrier-free.

Best Responsible Tourism Project: The ministry also has the specific agenda to promote tourism in the country in a responsible and sustainable manner. To encourage accessible and responsible tourism in the country, the government has instituted the award for best responsible tourism project.

Best Heritage City and Best Heritage Walk: India’s cities are repositories of its rich heritage and culture. The monuments and other cultural manifestations of the city contribute to the promotion of that city as a tourist destination. In recognition of it, the two awards were introduced in 2012.

Most Film Promotion Friendly State/UT: In recent years, the medium and dynamics of cinema have grown and emerged as a powerful tool for the development and promotion of places and destinations. Several destinations have gained by being the venue / location of popular cinema. Recognising the importance of this medium, the ministry has instituted a national tourism award for the film-friendly states and union territories.

Source: www.thestatesman.com

Ten Honours for Kerala at National Tourism Awards

Kerala Tourism received four awards at the National Tourism Awards 2013-14 held in New Delhi on Saturday. Private entrepreneurs from the state won sic awards, making Kerala’s share of honours ten. Tourism minister A P Anil Kumar and secretary G Kamala Vardhana Rao received the awards from President Pranab Mukherjee.

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The minister, after receiving the award, said that the state had submitted before the Centre a multi-project proposal worth Rs 568 crore to boost the it’s tourism profile. The state had also sought the clearance of a Rs 283-crore pilgrim tourism circuit with focus on Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a coastal tourism project of Rs 108 crore, an eco-tourism project of Rs 77 crore (of which Rs 52 crore is for Vagamon-Thekkady and the rest Rs 25 crore for Gavi in Pathanamthitta) and Rs 100 crore for Nila tourism project.

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The tourism department was recognized for its excellence in publishing initiatives in foreign language (German brochure kit ‘Eat Shop Trek’), best tourism film (The Great Backwaters of Kerala), most innovative use of information technology in tourism and successful responsible tourism project (Thekkady initiative).

Source: www.timesofindia.com

Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Bag Top Tourism Awards

Gujarat bagged the top award for Comprehensive Development of Tourism, besides winning in three other categories, while Madhya Pradesh was ranked first in six different segments of National Tourism Awards for 2013-14.

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President Pranab Mukherjee presented National Tourism Awards in different segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry for the year 2013-14 at an event here which was attended by Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, senior ministry officials and representatives of states and various stakeholders of the sector.

Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh tourism bagged a total six awards in different categories including ‘Best Maintained and Disabled-Friendly Monument’ for Bhojpur Temple. It also got award for tourist-friendly railway station at Habibganj.


The Tourism Ministry annually presents National Tourism Awards to States and Union Territories, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators and tourist transport operators, individuals and other private organisations in recognition of their performance in their respective fields.

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Besides bagging the Best State Award for Comprehensive Development of Tourism, Gujarat tourism also got three more awards – Best Rural Tourism Project for Rann Utsav, Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material for ‘Gujarat’s 50 Golden Destinations’ coffee table book, and Best Film Promotion Friendly State.


Speaking on the occasion, Sharma said, “India has got vast scope of tourism as we have eco-tourism, desert tourism, hill tourism, rural tourism and many other schemes.”

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He, however, said safety and security is of paramount importance for the tourism sector as any incident related to safety and security of a tourist is a setback for the sector.


The Tourism Minister said the government has launched a tourist helpline 1363 which will soon have facility in 12 more foreign languages like Russian and Japanese. Currently the helpline operates in Hindi and English only.

Great Backwaters of Kerala

‘The Great Backwaters of Kerala‘ got award for the best tourism film. Indira Gandhi International Airport got award in the best airport category.


Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi highlighted the ‘Atithi Devo Bhavo’ theme, and said India still has a vast untapped areas which are of great tourism potential and the country can be made the most preferred destination.


Source: www.ndtv.com