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Another 22 monuments adopted
Another 22 monuments adopted
The 3rd Award Ceremony of Adopt a Heritage Project was conducted by Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), State/UTs Governments in New Delhi for awarding the Letters of Intent to the shortlisted agencies under Phase IV of the project. Awarding the Letters of Intent to 9 agencies for 22 monuments of Phase-IV, Union Minister for Tourism (IC) Sh. K. J. Alphons asked the stakeholders to ‘protect, preserve and market’ the heritage of India. The Minister also emphasised on creation of awareness amongst the corporates and citizens to adopt heritage sites under the project for creation, operation and maintenance of basic and advanced amenities at tourist destinations.

Air India to fly nonstop to Tel Aviv Air India to fly nonstop to Tel Aviv

Air India will begin nonstop flight operations from New Delhi to Tel Aviv in Israel starting March 22nd onwards in an official statement released by the airline. The carrier has confirmed flying thrice a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday on Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner that has 18 business class and 238 economy seats. This announcement has come at a time when Israel Ministry of Tourism has recorded a whopping growth of 50% in January and 25% in February, 2018 of Indian arrivals to Israel vis-à-vis the same period in 2017.  
 
 
Itkhori to have world’s tallest stupa Itkhori to have world’s tallest stupa

The world’s tallest ‘Buddha’ stupa will be built at Itkhori in Jharkhand, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has said. As per records, the 104 feet Buddhist stupa built by King Ashoka at Kesaria in East Champaran of Bihar is presently considered as the World’s largest Buddhist Stupa. A master plan would be ready by March and the detailed project report would be prepared by July, an official release quoting the Jharkhand chief minister said.
 
 
Curtains raised on International Theatre Olympics Curtains raised on International Theatre Olympics

8th international Theatre Olympics 2018 was inaugurated at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi on Saturday. The 51-day-long event will be theatrical extravaganza is being hosted in India by the National School of Drama under the aegis of Ministry of Culture. The theme of the 8th Theatre Olympics is “Flag of Friendship” that aims to bridge borders and bring people of different cultures, beliefs and ideologies together through the medium of theatrical art
 
 
Wetland circuit will be formed in Punjab Wetland circuit will be formed in Punjab

Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has said a wetland circuit will be formed in the state to boost tourism. Speaking at the festival of 'Migratory Birds', Sidhu said Punjab is the favourite spot of migratory birds as there are around 25-30,000 migratory birds at Keshopur Chhamb and more than 70,000 at Harike Pattan. "A wetland circuit will be formed in the state for bird lovers. All the wetlands will be made attractive for the tourists," said Sidhu.
 
 
Tiger estimation to be Hi-Tech, more accurate and precise Tiger estimation to be Hi-Tech, more accurate and precise

The All-India Tiger Estimation, 2018 exercise promises not just to be hi-tech, but will also be far more accurate and precise than ever before. In an interactive session with media persons recently, officers from National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and scientists from Wildlife Institute of India explained how the current assessment uses Android phone-based application and desktop version of M-STrIPES (Monitoring System for Tigers-Intensive Protection and Ecological Status) for collecting, archiving and analysing data. The phone application automatically records the track log of surveys and line transects, as well as authenticates the recorded data on signs and animal sightings with geo-tagged photographs. With increased camera trap density and the use of android technology, estimates arrived at are likely to be more robust – both in terms of accuracy and precision.
 
 
“The Great India Blog Train” launched “The Great India Blog Train” launched

The Social Media Key Influencers Campaign of the Ministry of Tourism “The Great India Blog Train” involving Travel bloggers from across the world was launched by the Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Rashmi Verma at Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi. The objective of the campaign is to position luxury trains of India as a unique tourism product both in the domestic and overseas markets. A total of 60 bloggers from 23 countries including India are travelling on a week long journey on four luxury trains, i.e. Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express, Deccan Odyssey and Golden Chariot, in groups of 15 bloggers on each train.
 
 
Kerala Tourism wooing visitors from Europe Kerala Tourism wooing visitors from Europe

In an effort to attract more visitors to the state from Europe, diversified products will be showcased by Kerala Tourism, which has set apart Rs 7.5 crore for promotional activities. Kerala Tourism minister, Kadakkampally Surendran has said the state's tourism department has activated a rigorous promotional campaign involving diverse products to promote the state in Europe as it holds the top slot in the list of high potential markets for overall tourism growth.
 
 
International Tourism records highest results in seven years International Tourism records highest results in seven years

International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable 7% in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This strong momentum is expected to continue in 2018 at a rate of 4%-5%. Based on data reported by destinations around the world, it is estimated that international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) worldwide increased 7% in 2017. This is well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher growth since 2010 and represents the strongest results in seven years.
 
 
Hotel classification guidelines streamlined Hotel classification guidelines streamlined

Ministry of Tourism has streamlined the Hotel classification guidelines to make them simple, transparent and time bound. The application for classification and payments of fees have been made through digital platform only and the prevalent options of application by post and payment of fees by Demand Draft has been done away with. This has ensured the eradication of possibility of delay/manipulation caused by human interference.