Category Archives: States

Kevadia example of how tourism can improve standard of living: Arvind Singh

Arvind Singh, Secretary, Tourism, in his address at the 10th ADTOI Convention has said that Kevadia is the most powerful example of how tourism can improve the standard of living of all. He also added that things are returning to normal in the last quarter of this financial year, adding that 2020 was unprecedented in many ways. Singh also informed that constant discussions are going on with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Health Ministry to relax the ban on tourist visas and the right decision will be taken in this matter when the appropriate time comes.

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Goa trade asks for funds from Rs 300 cr package for independence celebrations

With a special package of Rs 300 crore received from Centre to celebrate its independence from Portuguese rule, Goa government now may have to part with some of it for tourism. Nilesh Shah, President of Travel & Tourism Association of Goa, says “We hope 50 per cent of this fund is allocated to tourism.” There is no clarity on when the funds would be disbursed and if they would come for any specific purpose.

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Simplify process for Inner Line Permit: Arunachal CM

Arunachal Pradesh deputy CM Chowna Mein has asked the department of tourism to simplify the process of obtaining Inner Line and Protected Area Permits for tourists willing to visit the state. He said, “This will increase tourist inflow and make the state more traveller-friendly. A large number of tourists want to visit Arunachal but many are reluctant because of the complexity one has to go through in obtaining these permits.”

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Maharashtra tourism department to host cultural festivals in 6 regions

Maharashtra’s tourism department has announced 20 mini festivals across six regions of the state – Konkan, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nagpur – in Feb and Mar. An amount of Rs100 lakh has also been earmarked for organising these festivals that will provide tourists an opportunity to celebrate the cultural heritage tourism of Maharashtra.

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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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