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Experience the “Tiger State of India” on this Tiger Day!

Madhya Pradesh is home to more than 10% of the world’s tiger population as per the tiger census 2018 Every year on 29 July, we observe International Tiger Day to raise awareness about the preservation of this magnificent yet critically endangered animal. This day serves as a reminder of how crucial it is to safeguard and conserve the last living tigers in the world. Let us spotlight Madhya Pradesh, the ‘Tiger State of India’ a region that has made significant strides in tiger conservation. Home to six tiger reserves, Madhya Pradesh is a haven for these magnificent creatures, and its conservation efforts have garnered global attention as MP is home to more than 10% of the world’s tiger population as per the tiger census 2018. Madhya Pradesh’s commitment to preserving its tiger population is evident in the latest tiger census. The state recorded a extraordinary increase in the number of visitors’ testament to the tireless efforts of the MP Tourism Board to promote wildlife tourism on a national and international level. According to the 2018 census, Madhya Pradesh was home to an estimated 526 tigers. Let us explore the six tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh, each offering a unique and captivating experience for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers: Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve: With its dense forests and ancient fort, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is not only a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise but also a historical and cultural treasure. The reserve is known for its high tiger density and provides the best chance statistically of spotting these elusive animals. Apart from tigers, Bandhavgarh is home to leopards, deer, langurs, and over 250 species of birds. Kanha Tiger Reserve & Pench Tiger Reserve: Known as …

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Tour Operators Association of Assam launches in-house newsletter

The Tour Operators Association of Assam has launched a quarterly in-house newsletter titled ‘Tea Break: Sip, Savor and Soak in Assam’s Travel Delights. The newsletter was unveiled by the Secretary to the Govt of Assam, Tourism Department,  Kumar Padmapani Bora in Kolkata in the presence of Ranuj Kumar Borkotoky, Director, Tourism and Samprity Goswami, Deputy Secretary, Tourism. The newsletter will contain activities, industry news and other curated contents related to the industry in Assam. TOAA Advisor and Editor of the newsletter, Ranjeet Das mentioned, “Our endevour will be to make this newsletter a highly informative, upbeat series, containing inspirational articles for our readers.” Arijit Purkayastha, one of the editorial board members further informed, ” The newsletter is also embedded in TOAA website for our online readers. We wish to reach out to the worldwide platform to promote Assam’s tourism avenues.”  

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Rajasthan becomes first state to grant full industrial recognition to tourism and hospitality

Tourism and hospitality sector in Rajasthan has been designated full-fledged industry recognition. As a result, investors are exhibiting a keen interest to invest in the state’s tourist sector. Rashmi Sharma, director of the tourism department , “ The Rajasthan Tourism Department is currently focusing on identifying and developing new, lesser-known tourist destinations within the state as part of its new tourism policy, which is continually luring Investors to invest in the state and allows them to conduct all of their business through a single window rather than compelling them to visit various places” Industrial Status: The department issues entitlement certificates to tourism units in order to grant industrial status benefits. The units that receive this certificate receive power at industrial prices, which are around 30% lower than commercial rates. At the same time, UD tax on these units is levied at industrial rates, which are 80% lower than commercial rates. There were 1,262 applications for entitlement certificates for industrial status received by the department, out of which 859 have been issued. Similarly, 41 applications have been received under the Rural Tourism Scheme 2022, of which 35 certificates have been issued. So far 25 guest houses have been registered by the department in the state. The state operates about 850 home stays (paying guests) by combining old and new policies. What is included in tourism units: Hotel and Motel, Heritage Hotel, Budget Hotel, Restaurant or Cafeteria, Resort, Sports Resort, Health Resort Spa, Camping Site, Amusement Park, Animal Safari Park, Convention Center / Mice, Museum, Rope Way, tourist luxury coach, caravan and cruise tourism.

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WTTC G20 dialogue highlights need for streamlined visa processes, sustainablity

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) gathered leading Travel & Tourism stakeholders and G20 Ministers in a Public-Private Dialogue in Goa today to address the sector’s vast potential and challenges. Joined by India’s Minister of Tourism, the Hon. G. Kishan Reddy, and UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO commended India’s Ministry of Tourism for its leadership during India’s G20 Presidency and highlighted Travel & Tourism’s substantial contribution not only to the global economy but to employment. Currently representing 9.2% of the world’s GDP and supporting one in every 11 jobs globally, the sector is experiencing remarkable growth, outpacing the global economy by growing twice as fast. Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “It is proven where governments and the private sector work together in Travel & Tourism the economy is stronger, jobs are created, and people get to enjoy and understand other cultures. “Together, businesses and governments can build back a better, stronger, and more resilient sector. Governments also heard first-hand the value of having streamlined visa processes, digital borders, and a strong focus on sustainability. We need each other to achieve this”. During her address, Simpson emphasised the opportunities for investors, governments, and society to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through collaboration. India’s impressive expansion in Travel & Tourism was praised as a prime example. The sector is projected to contribute over INR 16.5TN to India’s economy this year, create 1.6MN new jobs, to reach a total employment figure of nearly 40MN people. By the end of the decade, tourism is forecast to contribute approximately 7% of India’s economy. Simpson addressed three key challenges facing the industry: Visa backlogs pose a significant obstacle, with excessive …

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