PM for developing 1,100 islands, 300 light houses to tap tourism potential: Road Transport Minister


According to PTI, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has shown keen interest in developing 1,100 islands and 300 light houses across the nation to tap their tourism potential, in a bid to bolster water infrastructure, Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, said yesterday. Besides, the government will seek Parliament nod on a Bill for converting 101 rivers into waterways, and Rs 50,000 crore will be spent on developing these in the next two to three years, he said.

“The Prime Minister has asked us to include the proposal to develop 300 light houses and 1,100 islands in a Cabinet note we sent him in connection with developing waterways,” Gadkari said, while addressing a national conference on Inland Waterways organised by FICCI in New Delhi. He said the move, in turn, will lead to augmentation of water infrastructure in the country, which is set for an overhaul in coming years.

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Customised Holidays big business for Crimson Holidays

travel-newsIndian travellers are rapidly evolving and many are looking beyond the run-of-the mill off-the-shelf packages, for both

domestic and international holidays. Crimson Holidays LLP, the Bengaluru-based travel and leisure company, set up by a group
of young professionals, has focused its business on this core requirement and specialises in customised travel solutions for
major and offbeat destinations across India and overseas.

According to Arvind Kumar, Managing Partner, Crimson Holidays, they offer a 360-degree solution and services that includes
arranging accommodation, transportation, sightseeing, etc. “We cater to clients who are well informed and well travelled, and
are searching for a holiday catering to their interest and offering a great experience. We specialise in tailor-made
itineraries and packages based on the client’s preference, budget, duration, purpose of travel, etc. While we cater to FIT
and families, we also do group outings for the corporate sector,” informed Kumar.

Domestically, a major focus and forte of the company is customised packages for Himalayan destinations like Ladakh, Sikkim,

Darjeeling, etc., and neighbouring Bhutan. “We do a lot of adventure and motorbike tours, especially for Ladakh.
Internationally, Europe, Australia and New Zealand are big destinations for us with clients wanting to explore a destination
in greater depth and have unique experiences. Our USP is, understanding the clients’ preferences and providing great services
with value additions,” stated Kumar.

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Tourism contributed 6.88% to GDP in 2013

TourismAs per the second Tourism Satellite Account of India (TSA) 2009-10 and subsequent estimation, the contribution of tourism to total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the years 2011-12 and 2012-13 were 6.76 per cent and 6.88 per cent respectively. This information was given by the Union Minister of Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha on April 29. As per the Report of the ‘Working Group on Tourism’ for the 12th Plan Five Year Plan (2012-17) set up by the Planning Commission, for a projected annual growth of 12% in Foreign Tourist Arrivals, the requirement of additional hotel rooms under classified category in 2016 over 2010 is estimated to be 1,90,108 hotel rooms. As per the records available, some countries like Brazil and New Zealand have contribution of tourism sector in GDP of about 8.6 per cent and 8.7 per cent respectively. However, contribution of tourism sector in total GDP of India is better than some of the countries like Canada, South Africa, Indonesia and Australia.


Many MPs want Narendra Modi government to regulate air fares; MoCA ‘averse’

many-mps-want-narendra-modi-government-to-regulate-air-fares-moca-averseNEW DELHI: Even as sharp movements in air fares continue to raise concerns, the Ministry of Civil Aviation is “reluctant” to regulate the ticket prices on grounds that any such move would be against free market principles.

Currently, airlines have been allowed to fix fares on their own depending on supply and demand.

Sources said more than 100 Parliamentarians have written to the Ministry raising concerns over the movement of air fares over the past six months and most of them were in favour of regulations to control the prices.

Parliamentarians, cutting across party lines from various states, including Jammu and Kashmir, northeast India, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar, have been raising concerns over the matter from time to time, sources added.

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UAE launches road show to promote tourism to India

UAEThe UAE has launched a road show in India to promote tourism and provide tourists visiting the Gulf country with special offers tailored to meet the Indian market needs.

The show comprises tourism representatives from national airline companies, travel and tourism groups and hotels.

“The Indian market is one of the major markets contributing to the tourism industry in the world and the UAE in particular, due to the geographical proximity and the ancient cultural ties between India and the Gulf,” said Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb Al Muhairi, Director-General of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities.

He said that the convoy is visiting New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. It will also meet a large number of specialists, decision makers, and other significant figures representing various sectors in the Indian tourism industry.

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Consultative Committee of the Indian Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture meets under the chairmanship of Dr Mahesh Sharma


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The Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture held its meeting in Kachchh, Gujarat today.It was chaired bythe Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma.

Addressing the participants, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that tourism should not just be the sole prerogative of the rich. It should be made affordable for the domestic tourist also who desires to take his or her old parents for a pilgrimage, he added. The agenda of the meeting was “General overview of Tourism sector” for Ministry of Tourism and “General overview on Culture” for Ministry of Culture.

The Minister explained thenew schemes PRASAD and HRIDAY introduced in the Budget of 2014-15. The MPs appreciated the introduction of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) as an excellent initiative and that it should be expanded further. They also spoke of opportunities to promote culture and tourism in their respective constituencies. Sh. BishnuPada Ray spoke of the immense potential of Andaman and Nicobar from tourism angle and development of Viper Island and Cellular Jail by the ASI. MPs also advised about proper monitoring of Central funds.


‘Tourism ministry will keep opening doors for its personnel,’ says Minister St.Ange of Seychelles

Travel Breaking News IndiaThe Ministry of Tourism and Culture will continue to open doors for its personnel and to groom them to take on new positions in the future.
These were the words of Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange when he was speaking to Diana Quatre, the quality assurance manager at the Seychelles Tourism Academy during a courtesy call at his office.

Minister St.Ange said as we look at the future of the academy, we have decided to use young people in the preparation of taking on the leadership of this institutions.

The academy’s principal Flavien Joubert who is in his position, despite unfounded rumours which were being spread in a local newspaper that he had stepped down from his post, said that he was delighted to see the continued drive by Minister Alain St.Ange to get more and more young professionals in the organisation.