Category Archives: MOT

Need to promote Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat for interaction between states & UTs: Arvind Singh

Arvind Singh, Secretary, Tourism, has said that we need to ensure sustainable, responsible and inclusive development of tourism in the country. “Everyone needs to be on the same page and need to promote Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat to provide a greater interaction between the states and Union Territories,” he added.

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Foreign trade policy to offer incentives for hotels, tourism industry

India’s foreign trade policy will offer a slew of incentives for hotels, tourism, transport, education, and healthcare industries, sectors that were the worst hit by the pandemic. “We are mulling a package for the services sector. But we are yet to finalize it, and discussions are still on. We want to support sectors that really require it, like tourism, hospitality, education, etc., and not those unaffected by the pandemic,” revealed a government official. According to estimates by the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC), shared with the government, travel and transportation services, one of the worst hits during the pandemic, are set to make a strong recovery in the current fiscal.

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National Tourism Board soon, to be headed by a CEO: Arvind Singh

Arvind Singh, Secretary, Tourism, has said that the Ministry of Tourism will be setting up a National Tourism Board, which will have a CEO at the helm. It will formulate specific strategies for promotion in different countries by coordinating with respective international missions. He was speaking at the Hospitality and Tourism Conclave organised by Services Export Promotions Council (SEPC).

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Taj Mahal is 2nd best-loved landmark in the world: Bounce

Travel experts at Bounce analysed the world’s landmarks on a variety of factors including annual visitor numbers, entry prices, Tripadvisor ratings, and Instagram posts, to reveal the world’s most loved landmarks. in Taj Mahal in India is the 2nd best-loved landmark in the world, with 6,532,366 annual visitors, following Niagara Falls in Canada with 11,700,000 visitors annually.

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National Green Tourism Mission is making sustainability the premises of the tourism mandate: G Kishan Reddy

G Kishan Reddy, Minister of Tourism & Culture, has said that Green Tourism Mission is making sustainability the premises of the tourism mandate. He also informed the recent initiatives including the setting up of resource centres to guild our villages to learn global practices & listing Green Tourism on the priority list of the G20 presidency to encourage responsible hospitality.

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Govt employees can now avail air travel on LTC

The central government has issued new guidelines for the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) availed by employees, which will now include air tickets. The Centre in a missive sent to all central ministries and departments said that the Department of Expenditure’s circular from June regarding air travel on government duty will also be applicable for air travel for LTC. The circular stated that air tickets to be availed under LTC shall be only bought from three Authorised Travel Agents (ATAs), which are Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited, Ashok Travels and Tours and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation. LTC is an allowance given to employees for meeting travel expenses when the employee is on leave from work. The same is exempted from tax under the Income Tax Act.

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