Manas Dwivedi

MOT financially assisting tourism service providers in J&K & Ladakh

The Ministry of Tourism is giving financial assistance to MOT and UT Tourism department approved tourism service providers in J&K and Ladakh for undertaking promotional activities including participation in international and domestic travel marts/fairs/exhibitions/road shows and undertaking online promotion/sales tours overseas to give boost to the tourism sector in the region, said Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel.

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Ministry of Culture budget outlay increased by 21.53%, ASI gets over 1,000 crore

The outlay for Annual Budget 2021-22 of Ministry of Culture is Rs 2,687.99 Crore as against the outlay (Rs 2,211.85 Crore) approved for the revised Budget Plan 2020-21. The annual outlay in FY 2021-22 is 21.53% higher than the revised annual outlay in FY 2020-21. Rs 1,042.62 Crore has been allocated to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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AATO Launches Standardisation Programme

Andaman Association of Tour Operators (AATO) along with YCCI Supported by India Tourism,Portblair has launched the AATO Hotels and Resorts Standardisation Programme. 68 Hotels from Port Blair,37 from Swaraj Dweep Islands,21 from Shaheed Dweep Islands,and one hotel each from Baratang and Diglipur islands were Standardised . The occasion was graced by Shri S.K.Singh,IAS,Secretary Tourism as Chief Guest and Ms/ Moutoshi Naskar,Assistant Director,India Tourism,Portblair was Guest of honour.

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Reforms for hospitality sector will be rolled out soon: Aaditya Thackeray

In an event held in Mumbai yesterday, the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) along with its western India regional association HRAWI felicitated State Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray for making Maharashtra the first and the only state to award its hospitality sector the industry status. Also present at the occasion were Valsa Nair, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Excise, Government of Maharashtra. Thackeray also spoke about the reduction of licences and enabling ease of doing business in the state. At the function, he said quite a few reforms are being rolled out. “Post COVID Maha Govt intends to allow restaurants 24/7 operations in Mumbai,” announced the Minister. Referring to the Union Budget, he had earlier tweeted that there is nothing for tourism “Neither in the budget, nor in the ₹20 lakh crore package announced earlier”.

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No plans to approach GST Council for reducing tax on hotel rooms: PS Patel

Ministry of Tourism has no plans to approach the GST Council for reducing GST on all hotel rooms to 12%, Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said. “MOT is aware of taxes levied on tourism products, including hotels, as the same directly impacts country’s tourism competitiveness vis-a-vis other countries but presently, MOT has no plans to approach GST council,” he said.

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Special marketing plan developed for domestic travel: Kerala Tourism Minister

Kerala Tourism Minister, Kadakampally Surendran while addressing the Tourism Session of  Kerala Looks Ahead Virtual Summit said that they are exploring news strategies for marketing domestic tourism. “A special marketing plan has been developed in the context of COVID, special campaign has been launched to promote domestic tourism where safe environment and achievement in healthcare will be highlighted.”

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