Hyderabad: It’s Major boost to get the “Best Tourism Destination State Award 2016” honour from the readers of Travel + Leisure India – South Asia.
The readers voted Telangana Tourism for the category of Best State in the reader polls on digital platforms (website and tablet edition).
Telangana Tourism has won with a record number of reader responses for the awards. A press release here today said that the Secretary to Government, Youth Affairs and Tourism, Burra Venkatesham will be receiving the Award at a function to be held at New Delhi on November 17.
During the recent past, Telangana Tourism has organized various programmes for promotion of Tourism, the press note added.
Tourism in India is economically important and is growing rapidly. The Ministry of Tourism is running a scheme under which National Tourism Awards are given to Travel Agents and Tour Operators including best Adventure Tour Operator, best Domestic Tour Operator, most Innovative Tour Operator ,Best Mice Operator, Tourist Transport Operator, best Hotels in the different categories, Outstanding performers in Publishing, etc. Awards are also given to the meritorious students of the institutes of Hotel Management and Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management.
Winner’s list of National Tourism Awards 2014-15:
The below are the states & cities was declared best tourism places in various category. The National Tourism Awards for the year 2014-15, organised by the Ministry of Tourism, were presented by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. “In our childhood, we had read about Gulliver Travels and Vasco De Gama to know about new places of tourism. But now through the spread of tourism industry, it has become very easy,” she said in her address. Mahajan also expressed her happiness that rural tourism has also been accorded due importance cited the example of Konkan region.
“The continuous strive for service excellence is all the more important as India’s tourism sector is on an upward growth track,” she said. Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma announced that his ministry is in consultation with Ministry of Railways for exclusive tourist coaches on trains.
“We are in consultation with the Ministry of Railways for tourist coaches on select routes as well as for the development of 50 railway stations as ‘Adarsh Railway Stations’. “Simultaneously, talks are going on with Ministry of Civil Aviation to develop 65 airports as “Adarsh Airports” and a low airfare scheme of Rs 2,500 for passengers will boost the tourism industry,” he said.
Madhya Pradesh Tourism: The “heart of incredible India”, Madhya Pradesh was declared the Best State/Union Territory for Comprehensive Development of Tourism at the National Tourism Awards.
Gujarat Tourism: Amarkantak was declared the Best Maintained and Disabled Friendly Monument in the country, while The Best Film Promotion Friendly State award went to Gujarat.
Kerala Tourism: one for its Responsible Tourism (RT) initiative in Wayanad. one for ‘Most Innovative use of Information Technology’ – social media/mobile app. Sargaalaya Arts and Crafts Village at Iringal, a small but thriving village in Kozhikode, fetched the award for Kerala Tourism in the Rural Tourism project category. Kerala and the Spice Routes, a coffee-table book designed by Stark, won the award in the category of Excellence in Publishing in English language. The third award for Kerala Tourism in ‘Tourism Promotion and Publishing’ category came for its most innovative use of information technology for the website designed by Invis Multimedia and social media managed by Stark Communications.
One of the best Telangana tourism places, Ekasila nagaram Warangal has bagged the ‘Best Heritage City Award 2014-15’ at the National Tourism Awards 2014-15 presented at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday. Also, awards were presented for ‘Best Tourism Promotion’ for ancient temples of Telangana to the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC). The Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) got the ‘Best standalone convention centre’ award.
Warangal bags ‘Best Heritage City’ award 2014-15
Tourism secretary B Venkatesham and TSTDC managing director Christina Z Chongthu received the awards from Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union minister for tourism Mahesh Sharma.
The award has also given boost to Warangal’s race to be in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list this year as the former Kakatiya capital was nominated by the state government for the prestigious tag in November last year.
Warangal is also one of the 12 cities in the country selected for the Centre’s Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY). A total of `500 crore has been earmarked for development of tourism facilities along with civic amenities in the 12 selected cities. So, the Kakatiya fort, the thousand pillar temple, Pandavallu Gutta and Mailaram caves among several other tourism sites in the district may get a facelift and better conservation.
The city and district received 1.3 crore tourists in the last two years as against 1.1 crore tourists to Hyderabad during the same period.