President Pranab Mukherjee lighting the lamp at the presentation of the National Tourism Awards 2013-14, in New Delhi on September 18, 2015.
New Delhi, September 18, 2015
Gujarat has bagged the award for the Best State/Union Territory for Comprehensive Tourism Development at the National Tourism Awards for 2013-14 given away by President Pranab Mukherjee here today.
Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan got the second and third prizes in the category.
Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh got the award for the Best Heritage City, while the Municipal Council of Maheshwar in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh was chosen for the award for Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination in B Category.
Gujarat also won the award for Best Film Promotion Friendly State/Union Territory while Department of Tourism, Kerala received the award for Most Innovative Use of Information technology.
“The Great backwaters of Kerala’ by Kerala Tourism was chosen as the Best Tourism Film while the Coffee Table Book “Gujarat’s 50 Golden Destinations" by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd got the award for Best Tourism Promotion Publicity material.
Kuoni Travel India Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon received the first prize for Best Inbound Tour Operators/Travel agents in the category of earning Foreign Exchange of Rs 100 crore or more in a year, Trail Blazer Tours India Pvt was given first prize in the category of earning Foreign Exchange of Rs 50-Rs 100 crore in a year.
Eco Mobility and Hospitality Pvt Ltd won the first prize in Category I of Tourist Transport Operator, while Snow Leopard Adventure Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon won the prize for Best Adventure Tour Operator.
The following is the list of awardees:
Planning & Coordination
1. Best State / Union Territory - Comprehensive Development of Tourism -- Rest of India
1st Gujarat, 2nd Madhya Pradesh, 3rd Rajasthan
2. Civic Management of a Tourist Destination in India -- B
B -- Municipal Council of Maheshwar, Dist. Khargone, Madhya Pradesh
C -- Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu
3. Best Maintained and Disabled Friendly Monument
-- Bhojpur Temple, Bhojpur, Madhya Pradesh
4. Tourist Friendly Railway Station
-- Railway Station Habibganj – Madhya Pradesh
Airports in Class X Cities (Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Greater Mumbai and Kolkata)
Category 1 Promoting and Selling Tourism Products of Rest of India
-- 1st: Kesari Tours Pvt. Ltd.
-- 2nd: Southern Travels Pvt. Ltd.
-- 3rd: D Paul’s
Category II Promoting and Selling Tourism Products of
North Eastern Region including Sikkim
-- Clubside Tours & Travels, Darjeeling
Category III Promoting and Selling Tourism Products of
Jammu & Kashmir Region
-- Kesari Tours Pvt. Ltd.
Best Adventure Tour Operator
-- Snow Leopard Adventure Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon
Best MICE Operator
-- Alpcord Network, New Delhi
Excellence in Publishing in English
-- Experience Himachal on the Road -- Author : Raaja Bhasin
Publisher : Times Group Books
Excellence in Publishing in Foreign Language other than English
-- Eat Shop Trek [Essen Shoppen Wandern in German] -- Submitted by Kerala Tourism
Best Tourism Film
-- 'The Great Backwaters of Kerala’ -- Submitted by Kerala Tourism
Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material (State & Union Territory)
-- ‘Gujarat’s 50 Golden Destinations’ [Coffee Table Book] --
Submitted by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd
Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material (Private Stakeholders)
(a) A Million Reasons to Experience: India & the Subcontinent
(b) India: Cultural Fairs & Festivals
(c) Indian Wildlife Experience -- Submitted by: SDU Travels Pvt Ltd, Dist Centre Saket, New Delhi
Best Overseas Tour Operator
-- Raidho Viagens, Brazil.
-- SITA World Tours, USA
West Asia & Africa
-- Lulu International Travel & Tourism, Abu Dhabi
-- Exotic Holidays Ltd.
-- Kuoni, UK
-- Travel Lab SAS, France
Best Foreign Charter Operator for India
-- Pegas Touristik, Russia
Best Foreign Journalist for India
-- Ms. Catherine Marshal, Australia
Innovative / Unique Tourism Project
-- Sair Sapata – submitted by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd., Bhopal
Responsible Tourism Project / Initiative
-- “Human Rights Impact Assessment Conducted by Kuoni – submitted by Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt., Ltd., Destination Management, Gurgaon” & “Thekkady” – submitted by the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Trivandrum
Tourism Friendly Golf Course
-- Hyderabad Golf Course / Hyderabad Golf Club – submitted by Hyderabad Golf Association.
-- Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Hospital Pvt. Ltd – submitted by Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Kovalam, Trivandrum, Kerala
Medical Tourism Facility
-- Apollo International Referral Centre Hospital, Hyderabad – submitted by Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
Tour Operator Promoting Niche Segments other than Adventure and MICE
-- Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., Mumbai for promoting Cruise Tourism (shore excursions)
Best Film Promotion Friendly State/Union Territory
-- Gujarat – submitted by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited
for their efforts to promote Gujarat as a film destination.
Most innovative use of Information Technology / Best Website / Portal