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Ministry of Tourism collaborates with Google India for 360° VR campaign

Recently, the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Google India launched a 360° virtual reality (VR) experience video on the Incredible India campaign. KJ Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) stated the project was aimed at showcasing the country as an “iconic destination.” “India is an iconic destination that offers unique experiences of climate, […]

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Kerala records over 11% rise in domestic and more than 5% increase in inbound travellers last year

                Exceeding the target growth mentioned in the Kerala Tourism Policy, 2017 figures revealed an increase of 15 lakh new tourists to Kerala, doubling the growth over 2016. God’s own country reported 146,73,520 domestic arrivals last year, an increase of 11.39% as compared to the previous year. Domestic […]

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Mahesh Sharma promotes the potential of Buddhist heritage while inaugurating ‘Bodhi Parva’

Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Mahesh Sharma, inaugurated the three day festival of ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ on December 08, 2017 and promoted the message of Lord Buddha who propagated peace and compassion as a unifying force to unite nations. The three-day event which runs from December 08-10, 2018 took […]

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Civil Aviation Secretary calls for starting helicopter taxi services in North India

The first Heli Expo India and International Civil Helicopter Conclave-2017 recently concluded in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, RN Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation, said, “The National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) tries to address the gap. As per the new NCAP, helicopters are free to fly from point to point without prior ATC clearance in […]

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Vinod Zutshi appointed as new Secretary Tourism

Vinod Zutshi, IAS, has been appointed as the new Secretary, Tourism, Government of India. He succeeds Dr Lalit Panwar, who retired from service last month. A Rajasthan cadre 1982 batch, Zutshi was Deputy Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India prior to his elevation as Secretary-Tourism. A post-graduate in Business Administration and an MBA, […]

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Over 26,000 e-visas issued since launch

2014 was a historic year for the tourism industry since the government implemented the first phase of Tourist Visa-on-Arrival (TVoAs) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). Since the launch of visa-on-arrival was enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), more than 26,000 online visa have been processed till the first week of January 2015. Moreover, during January-November, a […]

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Punjab Tourism promotes its heritage with investment programme

Under the Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism (IDIPT), which is being jointly funded by Government of Punjab and the Asian Development Bank, the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) is implementing various tourism-development projects. These projects will be implemented in different parts of the state in two phases – projects in Amritsar and […]

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India’s first umbrella organisation for tourism and hospitality launched

The top ten key tourism and hospitality industry associations in India recently launched Federation of Associations of Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH). This is the country’s first ever umbrella organisation of tourism and hospitality which was formed to address the relevant industry issues and challenges within the industry. Headquartered in the Delhi NCR region, FAITH […]

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