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G Kishan Reddy hands over loan cheques & sanction letters to registered travel partners

G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region – DoNER, distributes loan cheques & sanction letters to registered tour guides and operators in Delhi. During the segment of the event, the representatives from the banks such as Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India & other banks came forward, offering loan schemes on behalf of their banks.

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India to review decision of resuming scheduled international flights amidst Omicron scare

Ministry of Home Affairs has said that they will review the decision on the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international flight service amid the fear of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19. MHA, in a high-level review meeting chaired by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Union Home secretary, has also decided to review the SOPs on testing and surveillance of the arriving international passengers, especially those coming from countries listed in the ‘at risk’ category.

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ITM records participation from over 300 delegates

9th International Tourism Mart for the North East Region was held at Kohima, Nagaland recently, where Ajay Bhatt, Minister of State for Tourism & Defence inaugurated the event on Day 1 and addressed at the opening session of Day 2. The event was attended by over 300 delegates including government officials, industry stakeholders and local participants. H Khehovi Yeputhomi, MLA & Advisor Tourism, Government of Nagaland; Arvind Singh, Secretary, Tourism; Rupinder Brar, ADG Tourism, and other dignitaries of Central government and North Eastern States were also present on the occasion.

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Tourism contributes to around 15% employment or 228 million jobs in India: 3rd TSA

According to the third Tourism Satellite Account, tourism sector contributes around 15% in total employment of the country as per 3rd Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for the years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. This will be around 228 million jobs (both direct and indirect) due to tourism. This information was given by Minister of Tourism Shri G. Kishan Reddy in reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

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Skill development training that started at 7 sites in 2019-20 to continue in 2021-22

G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER, has said that MOT started the destination-based skill development training programme at 7 iconic sites in FY 2019-20 to train, upgrade and sensitise the local people residing near the tourism sites and destinations. This programme continued in Financial Year (FY) 2020-21 and upscaled to more than 150 new destinations. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, this programme took place at 44 destinations. This programme is continued during the current FY 2021-22 and has taken place at 24 destinations.v

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Vizag to be developed as world tourist destination and as centre of trade & commerce: G Kishan Reddy

Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and DoNER, reviewed the various tourism projects funded by the Government of India in Visakhapatnam recently. “We will develop the beautiful coastal city of Vizag not just as a world tourist destination but also as a centre of trade & commerce,” he said. He also assured all stakeholders that the Government will revive the industry and support the development of the tourism infrastructure.

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Now we’re focusing on winter tourism: Tourism Minister, Uttarakhand

At the ongoing India international trade fair, Satpal Maharaj launched ‘Uttarakhand Day.’ “Uttarakhand‘s cultural heritage is gaining popularity at the trade show. The enthusiasm of the public suggests that the people adore Uttarakhand‘s products.” “The State Government is determined to stimulate investment and create jobs in the State. In the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ program, the state is among the top industrial states of the country,” he remarked.

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Government of Gujarat has a very progressive tourism policy: Hareet Shukla

IATO recently orgainsed a members meet where Hareet Shukla, Secretary Tourism, Govt. of Gujarat said, Gujarat has a progressive tourism policy. They have come up with various policies on heritage, adventure sports, homestays and are going to launch cinematic tourism policy soon. Through these policies the government of Gujarat aims to promote various sectors of the economy. The details of the upcoming 36th IATO Annual Convention from 16th – 19th December 2021 at Gandhinagar was also discussed. 

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MOT to have its iconic week in July 2022 for Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: Arvind Singh

Arvind Singh, Secretary, Tourism, has said that under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations to commemorate 75 years of Indian independence, each ministry has been given a week, which is known as an iconic week, where they have to launch events. “Our iconic week is in July 2022, and at that time, there will be major events that we will be undertaking,” he revealed in an exclusive interaction.

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