News

Ministry of Tourism organizes special session on Responsible Tourism on the sidelines of mega MICE roadshow at Khajuraho

Ministry of Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, as a precursor to MICE Roadshow – ‘Meet in India’ and inauguration of the Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Centre, Khajuraho on 26th March 2021, organized the special session on Responsible Tourism at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Arvind Singh, IAS, Secretary Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

The session focused on discussing various initiatives to position Khajuraho as an Iconic Destination and various successful case studies and best practices on Responsible Tourism across the country were presented. The session included presentations by the following experts:

  • Introduction for SD and Iconic Schemes and its convergence with Reasonable Tourism by Piyush Jain, Director, Ernst & Young
  • Kerala as one of the models for Responsible Tourism by Kamala Vardhana Rao, MD, ITDC
  • Partnering Community to enable the conservation of Natural Heritage through Responsible tourism practices by Anirudh Chaoji, RTSOI
  • Tourism for all – Universally accessible by Ms Neha Arora, Planet Abled
  • Sustainability and Renewable Energy by Ms Manjari Gaikwad, Director, Global Himalayan Expedition
  • Responsible Travel and Tourists by Rajiv Mehra, President IATO

The session began with a presentation on an overview of initiatives of the Ministry of Tourism by Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism. Speaking on the occasion Rupinder Brar, Addl. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, outlined the strategies of the Ministry of Tourism in promoting domestic tourism, including the initiatives of organizing mega physical events in key destinations following all covid protocols so as to instill a sense of confidence among the industry stakeholders.

Rupinder Brar, Addl. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

This session was followed by a meeting with the media by Arvind Singh, IAS, Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India who informed that the Ministry of Tourism under its scheme of ‘Swadesh Darshan’ provides financial assistance to State Governments/ Union Territory (UT) Administrations/ Central Agencies for development of tourism infrastructure in the country. The Ministry has sanctioned 4 projects for Rs. 350.26 Crores in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

These projects have been sanctioned under Wildlife, Buddhist, Heritage and Eco-Tourism Circuits. The project sanctioned under Heritage Circuit includes interventions for Rs. 44.99 Crore in Khajuraho and surroundings, out of which Rs. 34.99 Crore have been sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism for the development of Convention Centre at Khajuraho.

The Ministry of Tourism has framed the “Development of Iconic Tourist Destinations Scheme”, a Central Sector Scheme for the development of nineteen identified iconic destinations in the country following a holistic approach. A total of 19 sites have been identified as Iconic Sites which include Khajuraho. The Ministry has identified these sites on the basis of existing footfall, regional distribution, the potential for development & showcasing as a world-class destination, and ease of implementation. The identified tourist sites to be developed as iconic destinations under the Scheme are as follows:

  1. Kaziranga National Park (Assam)
  2. Maha Bodhi Temple (Bihar)
  3. Humayun’s Tomb (Delhi)
  4. Qutub Minar (Delhi)
  5. Red Fort (Delhi)
  6. Colva Beach (Goa)
  7. Dholavira (Gujarat)
  8. Somnath (Gujarat)
  9. Statue of Unity (Gujarat)
  10. Hampi (Karnataka)
  11. Kumarakom (Kerala)
  12. Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
  13. Ajanta caves (Maharashtra)
  14. Ellora caves (Maharashtra)
  15. Konark (Odisha)
  16. Amer Fort (Rajasthan)
  17. Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu)
  18. Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh)
  19. Taj Mahal (Uttar Pradesh)

The master plan for Khajuraho includes multiple proposed interventions both hard and soft which can help in positioning Khajuraho on the world tourist map. These interventions will be presented before the stakeholders during the event in multiple sessions.

Read more: News

Related posts

Samit Kazi appointed New General Manager at Novotel Kochi Infopark

Novotel Kochi Infopark announces the appointment of Samit Kazi as their new General Manager.  A seasoned hospitality professional, Samit Kazi comes with almost 18 years of…

Souvagya Mohapatra appointed New Managing Director at Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts announced the appointment of Souvagya Mohapatra as the Managing Director for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan.

OTOAI and VisitPortugal collaborate to hold Webinar series for its Members

OTOAI has collaborated with its recently associated member VisitPortugal, to hold a series of webinars.

Suraj Kumar Jha appointed New General Manager at Crowne Plaza Ahmedabad City Centre

Suraj Kumar Jha has been appointed as the General Manager of Crowne Plaza Ahmedabad City Centre.

Singapore Tourism Board launches an important communication initiative -WhatsApp channel for the Indian travel trade

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) India office has embarked upon an important communication initiative by launching a WhatsApp business account

Smart 40-room Kanak Beacon Hotel opens in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Concept Hospitality has opened Kanak Beacon Hotel in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Vikas Sharma appointed new General Manager at Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala

Vikas Sharma is appointed General Manager at the upcoming Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala. With a career spanning over three decades in hospitality….

Sylvain Laroche bestowed with the Medal of Honor by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Sylvain Laroche, Director of Operations, ibis and ibis Styles India has been awarded the Medal of Honor by the Ministry of Europe and…

Ravi Rai: Learning is an Ocean and the known is just a drop

Today’s Traveller #Know Your Leader motivational initiative invites  Ravi Rai, Cluster General Manager, Accor Hotels, Andhra Pradesh to share his experiences, his journey, and some unknown facts about him that keep him going….

Beyond Green - launched on April 14 2021 as a Preferred Group entity

Committed to building a better and brighter future for people and the planet, Beyond Green was officially launched on April 14, 2021