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15 June 2016

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Kerala Tourism Wins 4 Awards At The Prestigious FilmAT, Poland

Kerala Tourism's Responsible Tourism initiative won three awards under the Best Promotional Social Campaign, Protection of Nature, and Eco-Food categories. The fourth award was for Best Editing for the tourism board's ad film titled, The Great Backwaters of Kerala. This film was conceived and scripted by Stark Communications, Kerala Tourism's creative and brand management agency, and was directed by reputed Malayalam filmmaker Anwar Rasheed.

Indian Railways Inaugurates ‘Tiger Express’ Train

Indian Railways has launched the Tiger Express, a semi-luxury train that will allow passengers to explore the country’s “tiger trail”. Operated by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the Tiger Express will take passengers to Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks in Madhya Pradesh, as well as the Dhuadhar Waterfall in Bedhaghat, near Jabalpur. 

GTDC To Celebrate Sao Joao On Santa Monica On 24 June 

The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) will celebrate Sao Joao on June 24, 2016. It is the feast dedicated to St. John the Baptist. GTDC is set to give tourists a taste of the traditions behind Sao Joao on board the Santa Monica from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Tickets prices - INR 1,800 per couple, INR 900 per person and INR 400 for children between 5.12 years, all inclusive of snacks and buffet. 

MTDC Associates With Hospitality Institutes 

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has associated with identified hospitality institutions in the state for the‘Hunar Se Rojgar Tak’, to impart free courses in the hospitality sector with an aim to empower the under privileged youth of the country. The courses comprising of  6  to 8 weeks duration are on Food Production, Food & Beverages, Bakery & Patisserie and Housekeeping Utility..

Andhra’s Pushkarams To Market Brand Amaravati

Andhra Pradesh will promote Brand Amaravati by utilising the 12-day Krishna Pushkarams, beginning on August 12. The mega event will comprise a series of events including those for tourism promotion, cultural programmes, laser shows and food festivals. About three crore people are expected to take a holy dip in the river. Devotees will also be attracted to places like Vedadri, Mopidevi and Hamsaladeevi, Amaravati and Sitanagaram, Srisailam and Sangameswaram.

 Mines As Attractions
 

Jharkhand’s tourism department is working to develop the closed and abandoned mines in the state into active tourist destinations. The move comes after the department studied mining tourism in Australia, Chile, Canada, Norway and other countries. Jharkhand has seen a rising graph of visitors from outside the state - from 23,991 tourists in the year 2000 when the state was formed to 33,179,530 (including 1,67,855 foreigners) in 2015.
 

 
Statistics

It is apparent that cities such as Shanghai, Tokyo and Beijing have significantly higher supply of branded hotel rooms when compared to the Indian markets. In fact, the branded supply in Shanghai is only a few thousand rooms than branded supply in India. New Delhi marginally surpasses Bali, while the rest of the Indian markets trail behind their Asia Pacific counterparts in terms of existing supply.
Source:  Hotels in India Trends & Opportunities 2015, HVS

Leisure travel spending (inbound and domestic) generated 83.2% of direct Travel & Tourism GDP in 2015 (INR5,945.5bn) compared with 16.8% for business travel spending (INR1,198.9bn).Leisure travel spending is expected to grow by 5.9% in 2016 to INR6,297.5bn, and rise by 7.8% pa to INR13,320.8bn in 2026.Business travel spending is expected to grow by 8.7% in 2016 to INR1,302.9bn, and rise by 7.2% pa to INR2,610.3bn in 2026.
Domestic travel spending generated 82.5% of direct Travel & Tourism GDP in 2015 compared with 17.5% for visitor exports (ie foreign visitor spending or international tourism receipts). Domestic travel spending is expected to grow by 6.6% in 2016 to INR6,284.4bn, and rise by 7.8% pa to INR13,305.5bn in 2026. Visitor exports are expected to grow by 5.3% in 2016 to INR1,315.9bn, and rise by 7.2% pa to INR2,625.6bn in 2026.
Source: Travel & Tourism, Economic Impact of 2016 - India, WTTC
 
Events
08.07.2016
TTF Kolkata
Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) is a large travel trade show network that provides an annual marketing platform and opportunity to network with the travel trade.
15.07.2016
TTF Hyderabad
Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) is a large travel trade show network that provides an annual marketing platform and opportunity to network with the travel trade.
06.07.2016
Puri Rath Yatra 
The most awaited festival of Rath Yatra or Car/Chariot Festival Puri commences on the 06th July, Saturday and Return Car Festival or' Bahuda Jatra' falls on 15th July 2016. 
13.08.2016
Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Kerala
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is conducted on the Punnamda Lake, near Alappuzha, on the second Saturday of August every year. 
 
 
 


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