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September 27, 2018

India Tourism Minister presents the National Tourism Awards, 2016-17; Launches Incredible India mobile App

IndiaTourism Awards

IndiaTourism Awards

IndiaTourism Awards

Photos: India’s Minister for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam, presenting the National Tourism Awards (2016-17), at a function, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, in New Delhi on September 27, 2018.

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Photo: The Secretary, India Ministry of Tourism, Rashmi Verma, presenting the National Tourism Awards (2016-17), at a function, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, in New Delhi on September 27, 2018.

New Delhi, September 27, 2018 — India’s Minister for Tourism, K.J. Alphons, presented the National Tourism Awards 2016-17 on the World Tourism Day, in New Delhi, today. The Minister also launched the ‘Incredible India Mobile App’ and the “Incredible India Tourist Facilitators Certification” programme.

The Tourism Minister said that India had taken great strides forward in the field of tourism during the last four years. He added that tourism, today, is the cornerstone of the Indian economy and a significant source of employment and foreign exchange. The industry has to join hands to tap the full potential of the tourism sector.

The Minister also announced that India would be the host country for official World Tourism Day celebrations for the UNWTO, in 2019. The theme for the World Tourism Day 2018 being “Tourism & Digital Transformation”, the Minister recounted the various digital initiatives taken by the Ministry in harnessing technology for tourism promotion, which includes, launch of a new Incredible India website; 24 X7 Chatbot interface on this website; and launch of a new site on Buddhism in India.

The Minister also said that the Ministry of Tourism has formulated a voluntary scheme for Approval of Operational Motels, with effect from 25th September 2018 with the aim of recognizing the Motel segment as a component of the overall tourism product, and set standards of facilities and services of Motels.

The Union Tourism Secretary, Rashmi Verma, said that in the last four years, India has aggressively implemented its promotion strategies in branding, advertising, and selling off its tourism potentials.

The Ministry of Tourism annually presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The Tourism Ministry presents these awards to State Governments, Union Territories, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators, tourist transport operators, individuals, and other private organizations, in recognition of their performance in their respective fields.

Source: Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

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