Category Archives: MOT

DoNER stresses on ‘investment-ready’ North East

Development of Northeastern Region, DoNER, Minister G. Kishan Reddy has said that the government has placed development of the northeastern region as a foremost priority through the ‘Act East’ initiative. During a virtual event, the Minister interacted with entrepreneurs and potential startups. He urged the business community to confidently carry the message of ‘investment ready North East’ across the country and beyond. Reddy felt that the Northeastern region now has the opportunity to lead the development journey of New India.

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MOT mulls tourism clubs in schools for adventure activities: G Kamala Vardhana Rao

G Kamala Vardhana Rao, Director General, Tourism, has shared that recently, MOT has come out with the formation of tourism clubs in schools and colleges. “These clubs will make a calendar of events, which will include adventure tourism activities. We are trying to tell them to have more curriculum and activities under adventure tourism. State governments are trying to promote these activities and I am sure these tourisms clubs will give the much-needed orientation to the students. Future generations will see the result of all our efforts,” he claimed.

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MOT increases digital ticketing at state managed monuments including UNESCO sites: Rupinder Brar

Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, has said that the MOT has increased the use of digital ticketing at all the state managed monuments, which includes all the UNESCO World Heritage sites. “This step has not  to not only avoid long lines, but also to make sure that you can just plan your travel better, safer and with much more hygiene. Therefore, looking at investment in India is the right thing to do at this time,” she claimed.

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Tourists in 2022-23 to be more tech-savvy and conscious about health and safety: Brar

Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, has said that as they gear up for increased tourist footfalls, both domestic and international, they need to focus on the fact that the tourists that we will see in 2022-23 are bound to be different from the ones that visited in 2019. “Covid-19 has re-shaped our thought processes, and many people have started looking at alternate options to where they would have travelled in 2019. They are choosing more open green areas to travel in 2022. Also, the new age tourists are much more tech-savvy, owing to the pandemic, fuelled digitization and are very conscious about their health and safety. Hence, we need to work to make sure that the needs of the travelers and tourists post-pandemic are adequately met,” she added.

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The role of government is to incentivise sustainable practices by local stakeholders: Arvind Singh

Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, has said that the role of the state or national authority would be to incentivise the sustainable practices by local stakeholders and also to popularize responsibility and talk about responsible travel amongst tourists. Singh was speaking at the ‘World Majlis: Off the Beaten Path – Travel in the 21st Century’ session during the India Tourism Fortnight at Expo 2020.

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India is emerging as a hub for business and social events: Rakesh Verma

At the India Pavilion in Expo2020 Dubai, Rakesh Verma, Additional Secretary, MoT said that India is a highly attractive market for exhibitions due to its rapid economic growth and rising demand from consumers and businesses. “India possesses excellent convention and hospitality infrastructure, unparalleled cultural, natural attractions and a rapidly growing economy all of which act as catalysts to India emerging as a hub of business and social events,” he explained. 

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Gulmarg identified as an alternative skiing destination to the Alps: G Kamala Vardhan Rao

At the session, ‘Adventure & Wildlife: The untapped potential of Incredible India’, G Kamala Vardhan Rao, DG, MOT, said, “For adventure tourism, India will emerge as a major destination. Gulmarg is identified as an alternative skiing destination by international ski lovers as Alps are already saturated with traffic. While we have infrastructure but the international standard infrastructure needs to be created, to attract more skiers.”

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India to become hub for spiritual and religious tourism: Rupinder Brar at EXPO2020 Dubai

Speaking at a session on the ‘Investment Opportunities in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality’ during the ‘Tourism Fortnight’ at the India Pavilion, EXPO2020 Dubai, Rupinder Brar, ADG, MOT, GOI said, “India has opportunity and potential to become a hub for spiritual and religious tourism, as the govt. is focused in showcasing the strength of the Indian religions and philosophies to the world.”

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Rakesh Verma launches ‘Heal in India’ initiative to boost medical tourism

Rakesh Verma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, launched ‘Heal in India’ initiative to boost medical tourism growth at India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. “India has become a favourite destination for yoga and wellness, the government of India recognizes medical value travel and wellness tourism as important sectors having the potential of accelerating the country’s development and attaining the objective of Aatmanirbhar Bharat” he stated.

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AYUSH has a market size of $ 18.1 billion and growing: Minister of AYUSH

Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Minister of AYUSH, recently tweeted on social media platform requesting individuals, especially the younger generation, to “protect our traditional systems of medicine and knowledge, study them scientifically and prove to the world that AYUSH can serve humanity. Today, AYUSH has a market size of $ 18.1 billion and growing!”

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