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Goa Tourism drops US, China from promotional activity destinations list

Goa Tourism has dropped the US and China from its list of marketing and promotional activity destination citing minimal footfall from the long-haul destinations. Explaining the move, Dayanand Sopte told a news organisation that there is no point in marketing Goa in destinations from where the footfall is minimal. In a state-level marketing and promotion committee meeting the board discussed destinations and events it should participate in and it should avoid. Sopte said that the state’s participation in any international road show or trade fair should be decided by considering all facts especially weather the market or countries will bring in tourists in big numbers. “We have decided not to participate in certain countries because experience has shown that despite spending crores of rupees, the resultant footfalls were not impressive. We don’t have many US tourists visiting Goa. Is it worthwhile then to spend over Rs 1 crore to promote the state there?,” said Sopte.

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Kerala to organise 20 partnership meets in Indian cities to tap domestic market

In a bid to tap the domestic source markets, Kerala Tourism will organise 20 partnership meets in different cities across the country, and will also take part in 10 major trade fairs in two phases starting July. The first quarter of 2019 had seen a dip of 4.14 per cent in tourist arrivals in Kerala, as compared to the same period last year. However, the domestic visitor arrivals recorded an 8.07 per cent. The tourism board of Kerala did roadshows in 2017 across all metros and Tier-II and Tier-III cities, which led to around 18.57% domestic growth in 1st quarter of 2018.

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Kerala records 7% rise in tourist arrivals in Jan-Mar 2019

Tourist arrivals in Kerala shot up by 6.82 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, as compared to the statistics recorded last year. The total number of tourist arrivals (both domestic and foreign) during January-March 2019, was 46,12,937 as compared to 43,18,406 during the same period in 2018. The number of domestic tourists arriving in the state was 41,90,468 as against the figures of 38,77,712 during the corresponding period in 2018, registering an increase of 8.07 per cent. However, the arrival of foreign tourists suffered a dip of 4.14 per cent. “Last year’s floods were unprecedented in fury and devastation and it battered large swathes of the state, affecting its infrastructure that had a bearing on the tourism sector. There was rampant apprehension that Kerala’s tourism would take a long time to recover. But we were able to allay these apprehensions by swiftly putting in place an effective action plan to win back the confidence of tourists,” said Tourism Minister Shri Kadakampally Surendran. “The uptick in domestic tourist arrivals is a strong testimony to it.” Ernakulam, with an increase of 108,169 domestic tourists, registered the highest growth among the 14 districts of the state. The total number of domestic tourist arrivals in this district was pegged at 9,96,091 during January-March this year as against 8,87,922 in the corresponding period of 2018. The districts of Idukki, Alappuzha, Kannur and Kozhikode also registered decent growth during the period. The number of domestic tourists was 3,43,938 (2,48,052 in 2018) in Idukki, 1,80,562 (1,32,442) in Alappuzha, 2,10,247 (1,84,389) in Kannur and 3,20,795 (2,76,188) in Kozhikode. Kollam, Kottayam, Malappuram, Wayanad and Palakkad were among the other districts that registered an uptick in domestic tourist …

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Orchha makes it to tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites

Orchha, the historical town in district Niwari, Madhya Pradesh has been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage sites. Surendra Singh Baghel, Minister of Tourism & Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) shared in a statement that a detailed proposal was made by the tourism department in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and was sent to the UNESCO in this regard. Mandu is already included in UNESCO’s tentative list.   Orchha is located in Niwari district on the banks of river Betwa. It was established in the 16th century by Bundela Rajput King, Rudra Pratap. This ancient town has two magnificent towers (Saavan and Bhadon), along with four palaces namely Jahangir Palace, Raj Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, and Rai Praveen Mahal. These magnificent buildings of Bundelkhand’s heritage are unparalleled depiction of cultural and charming devotional beauty. The stone carved idols of God and Goddess, along with the painting of animals and birds which reflects the master art of painters of those times, are fresh and attractive. In the southern part of city, on the bank of Betwa River at the Kanchan Ghat one could also explore 14 cenotaphs of different Bundela kings.   It is the only place in India where Lord Ram is worshipped as King and has a dedicated temple called Sri Ram Raja Mandir. Chaturbhuj Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple etc. are also beautiful and fine examples of stone carving and paintings. Apart from the tourists who visit Orchha for it architectural and historical magnificence, there is a constant flow of other tourists who are nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and those who like to experience the water sports (river-rafting) after the monsoon. Orchha has fairly good connectivity …

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Hampi’s tourist inflow down by nearly a lakh

Hampi’s tourist inflow has dipped by nearly a lakh between April 2018 and March 2019 where 6,34,145 lakh tourists visited Hampi. The footfall for the same period last year was 7,30,456 lakh.  Despite, the dip, tourism officials are hopeful that the numbers will go up by the end of the year since the tourist season is mostly from September to March. The arrival of foreign tourist is above 500 in the months of April, May, June, and July which gradually increases from August. (Source: The Hindu)

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Rajasthan to unveil new tourism policy soon

The Rajasthan government will soon come up with a new tourism policy, informed Sreya Guha, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Arts and Culture Department, Government of Rajasthan. Elaborating on the policy, she said, “In order to tap new avenues of growth in the tourism industry, we are starting up on the new tourism policy. At present the policy is at the draft stage and we will soon share details with all our stakeholders. The thrust areas are to develop new destinations, develop rural destinations and try and generate as much employment in rural area.” On the other hand, Rajasthan’s luxury train, Palace on Wheels has bagged the first bulk booking of the season with a deal worth Rs. 5.2 crores during the GITB 2019 on account of 20 per cent advance bookings for the next two seasons of 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. “It’s our best selling product, we are also looking to revamp the train. With constant feedbacks, we are working to make it more better and convinient for our travellers,” Guha said. The first draft of Rs 4 crores was presented by Arun Kundu, Director- Incoming, The Rail Journeys, Mercury Travels to the Principal Secretary. The total business from Ebix Group will be Rs. 20 crores in the season. While the second draft worth Rs. 1.5 crore was presented by Manish Saini, CEO, Worldwide Rail Journeys on account of 20 % advance booking for next two seasons. The next two upcoming seasons of the heritage train already have a total advance booking of 80 per cent

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Goa travel trade wants state to plan roadmap to sustain tourism

The Election Commission of India has levied a ban on serving alcohol after 11 pm which has pushed many tourists away. Concerned over the impact of the time restrictions and inflow of tourists, hoteliers in Goa submitted a representation to the Director, Department of Tourism seeking relief from the ECI on the same. The representation stressed on the need for a relaxation in timings as the tourism season is currently at its peak and is expecting a further surge for the weekend festivities. In November last year, the state government made a draft public for comments- Tourism Policy and Masterplan by KPMG Advisory Services and Tourism and Leisure Advisory Services. Post which, the stakeholders of tourism industry were upset since there wasn’t much for small-scale restaurateurs and businesses while the big players were taken more into consideration. In the future, tourism officials want the state to plan a roadmap in such a way that doesn’t hamper the inflow of tourists. Goa has concluded its polls on April 23 and Panaji assembly by-poll will be held on May 19.

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Enable Travel and Ezy Mov partner with Red WAVE Cabs to make Jharkhand accessible

Enable Travel, accessible holiday specialist along with Ezy Mov, India’s first wheelchair taxi service has tied up with Red WAVE (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle / Eco-friendly) cab services in Jamshedpur to address different travel related issues of people with disabilities and provide safe and reliable transport options to them. Through this tie-up, all three travel partners will work towards making travel around Jharkhand hassle-free and offer customised comfort vehicles for travellers as well as  fully accessible taxis to accommodate passengers with wheelchairs and other mobility issues including the elderly. Enable Travel will also offer tourists customised sight-seeing options in and around Jharkhand. Speaking about the partnership, Debolin Sen, Head, Enable Travel said, “An accessible Jharkhand will serve as a gateway to East India and further our cause towards accessibility and inclusivity. To ensure barrier-free travel and enhance transportation within a destination, we have partnered with Ezy Mov who are experienced to address this need along with Red WAVE Cabs for their expertise on local challenges. We are very proud to be continuing our commitment to make travel easy and hassle-free in India and working with like-minded partners to create an inclusive and accessible travel environment.” Bennet D’cunha – CEO, Ezy Mov said, “Our mission is to position India as the leading country with regards to accessible tourism. We have successfully implemented end to end accessible assistance in Goa and aim to replicate our success in Jharkhand and other parts of the country. With our joint efforts we want to reach out to a larger audience, address concerns of person with disabilities and senior citizens and provide the right travel solutions to them.” Sunil Kumar Dutta, Co-Founder Red WAVE said, “Accessibility is a right of …

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Karnataka Tourism to organise international travel expo in Bengaluru from August 25-27

Karnataka Tourism will be organising Karnataka International Travel Expo 2019 from August 25-27 in Bengaluru. The travel expo will feature around 350 international and domestic buyers interact, network and do business with exhibitors and stakeholders from the state. The event is supported by major travel trade and hospitality associations such as ADTOI, ATOAI, IATO, TAAI, SKAL, FICCI, Karnataka Tourism Forum, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), among others. Sharing details, Kumar Pushkar, MD, KSTDC and in charge Director, Karnataka Tourism said, “Karnataka International Travel Expo 2019 or as we call KITE in short, has been one of the long-standing demands of our private stakeholders in tourism. The need was to conduct a travel show for showcasing Karnataka on the international platform immediately. This year, we have planned to host the show on 25-27 August. The two-day show will mainly feature B2B roadshow and meetings between buyers and sellers, where 100 hosted international 250 hosted domestic buyers would be coming to Bengaluru to network, interact and do business with all our stakeholders. There will be post—fam tours for buyers as well. The show will help tourism achieve new heights in Karnataka and build relationships across the world.”   Karnataka International Travel Mart aims to create a platform that will offer the perfect environment for the like-minded people to interact and do business together. The show promises to provide an opportunity to tap into this market by bringing a forum of exceptional one-to-one business meetings.

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J&K Tourism organises Kashmir Conclave in Mumbai

A big delegation from Kashmir comprising J&K Tourism, J&K Hoteliers Club and Maharashtra Tour Organisers’ Association (MTOA), organised a Kashmir Conclave in Mumbai to address the safety issue in the state and to encourage the travel agents in India to continue to sell packages. The event was addressed by Advisor to Hon’ble Governor J&K, Khurshid A Ganai. The evening also saw the presence of Rigzin Samphel IAS, Secretary Tourism, Govt of J&K along with Sudhir Patil, President, Maharashtra Tour Organisers’ Association (MTOA), and Mushtaq A. Chaya, Chairman, J&K Hoteliers Club. A delegation of more than 40 members from the travel and hospitality sector of the state of J&K participated in the J&K Tourism Conclave. Ganai said, “We recently met in Srinagar under the chairmanship of Mushtaq A. Chaya. The kind of media publicity that Kashmir tourism received for the Kashmir situation, we felt that we need to come and interact with the stakeholders in the country and particularly starting with Mumbai and the surrounding areas because that is our main source market. Jammu & Kashmir, in particular Kashmir and Ladakh attracts the maximum tourists from all around the world. The government will do and has always been doing for their people, for example we organize Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir which again attracts a lot of people from across India. As you know the common people of Kashmir are peace loving, they want the tourists to be extremely comfortable, we want tourists to come and be our guests. We will do everything, whatever is possible for us to do that you are comfortable and safe.” Sudhir Patil, President, MTOA, said, “In Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Gulmarg and including Katra, Jammu and another …

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