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Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned the project “Development of Rural Circuit: Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism Project’ in Kerala under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for Rs. 80.37 Crores. The project focuses on development of water based thematic cruise experiences in and around Valapattanam and Kuppam Rivers of Kannur District.

“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.
Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust wins UNWTO Award Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust wins UNWTO Award

Turismo de Portugal I.P (Portugal), Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust (India), Tryponyu (Indonesia) and SEGGITUR (Spain) are the winners of the 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism. Fourteen projects among 128 applicants from 55 countries were selected as finalists of the 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism. Sanjib Sarangi of the Indian Grameen Services (IGS) and Reena from the Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust attended the award ceremony and were overjoyed with the announcement of the award. They accepted the award and unfurled the Indian Tricolour at the stage. Indian Grameen Services overlooks the Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust project. Mangalajodi Trust was the only Indian nomination in this year's UNWTO awards.
FTAs grew by 15.2% in December FTAs grew by 15.2% in December

India has recored a healthy growth in Foreign Tourist arrivals in the month of December 2017 as compared to same month the previous year. This growth data is considered to be a significant parameter of health of country’s tourism industry. Similar increase has ben noticed in arrivals of foreign tourists on e-VISA, as per the data revealed by the tourism ministry. Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) & FTAs on e-Tourist Visa on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI).
Incredible India Calendars launched Incredible India Calendars launched

In line with the Government’s Digital India initiative, Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology, K.J. Alphons has launched the “Incredible India Digital Calendar-2018”. He also released the Incredible India Wall & Desk Calendar for 2018. The Incredible India Digital calendar application enables users to know about the events & festivals happening in India on the go. The Digital Calendar can be downloaded on Android and iOS platforms.
108 Years Old Monorail now operational at National Rail Museum 108 Years Old Monorail now operational at National Rail Museum

Indian Railways rich heritage is open for visitors at National Rail Museum (NRM), Chanakayapuri, New Delhi. One important heritage attraction at NRM is 108 yrs old monorail which was used by Maharaja of Patiala, Lt. Shri Bhupinder Singh. Recently, National Rail Museum took initiative to start this train on every Thursday for visitors. This monorail hauled by steam locomotives is one of its kinds in the world. A journey in this monorail is a unique experience. In addition to this visitors can also experience other unique exhibits at the museum.
Guwahati to host International Tourism Mart Guwahati to host International Tourism Mart

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States is organising the “International Tourism Mart” (ITM) in Guwahati, Assam from 5-7 December, 2017. The event will be held in Taj Vivanta, and will be inaugurated on 5th December. The International Tourism Marts are organised in the North Eastern States on rotation basis. The earlier editions of this mart have been held in Guwahati, Tawang, Shillong, Gangtok and Imphal.