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Madhya Pradesh takes home maximum accolades at the National Tourism Awards

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 15:15 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff | New Delhi

Besides bagging the Hall of Fame Award for the Best State/UT for Comprehensive Development of Tourism category, Madhya Pradesh Tourism bagged a number of awards and accolades at the National Tourism Awards 2015-16 organised by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India here in New Delhi. President of India Ram Nath Kovind was the Chief Guest at the function which coincided with the World Tourism Day 2017.

Madhya Pradesh won awards in categories like Most Innovative & Unique Tourism Product for Hanuwantiya and Jal Mahotsav, Best Film Promotion Friendly State/UT, Best State for Adventure Tourism, Excellence in Publishing for their Coffee Table Book on ‘The Heart of Incredible India.’, Best Heritage City, Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh, Best Tourist Friendly Railway Station for Ujjain, Best Civic Management of a Tourism Destination for Khargone, etc.

Best State/Union Territory for Comprehensive Development of Tourism award was bagged by Andhra Pradesh, followed by Rajasthan, Kerala and Goa.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai was adjudged the Best Airport in the Class X cities, followed by Srinagar Airport, J&K and Swami Vivekananda Airport Raipur, in the other cities category.

In his address, the President of India asked the Tourism industry to give utmost priority to cleanliness. Clean environment and destination is important for the tourism sector to grow, he said. Citing India’s demographic advantage of young population under 35, President said that India can harness this dividend to achieve faster growth in the tourism sector.

Sl. No. Category Award Winner
1 Best State for Comprehensive Development of Tourism Gujarat
2 Best State for Comprehensive Development of Tourism Madhya Pradesh
3 Best Inbound Tour Operator – Category I M/s Le Passage to India Tours & Travels, New Delhi
4 Best Inbound Tour Operator – Category I Ms SOTC Travel Services Pvt Ltd
5 Best Inbound Tour Operator – Category IV Ms Travelite (India ), New Delhi
6 Tourist Transport Operator - Category I Ms Alwar Tourist Transport Service, New Delhi
7 Most Innovative Use of Information Technology Department of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala
  Category I - Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs. 100 crore and above
8 First Prize M/s Abercrombie & Kent India Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi
9 Second Prize M/s SDU Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
Category II - Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs. 50 crore and above but less than Rs.100 crore
10 First Prize M/s Minar Travels India Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
11 Second Prize M/s Caper Travel Company Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
Category III - Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs. 25 crore and above but less than Rs. 50 crore
12 First Prize M/s Pettitts India Tours Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
13 Second Prize M/s GB Morrison Travel Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
Category IV - Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs.10 crore and above but less than Rs.  25 crore
14 First Prize

Amber Tours Pvt Ltd, New Delhi

15 Second Prize

Periplus Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi

Category V - Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs. 5 crore and above but less than Rs.10 crore
16 First Prize M/s Centre Tours & Travels, Srinagar
17 Second Prize M/s Vesna Tours Pvt Ltd , New Delhi
Category VI - Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs.2.50 crore and above but less than Rs. 5 crore
18 First Prize M/s Special Holidays Travel Pvt Ltd
19 Second Prize M/s Worldwide Rail Journeys Pvt Ltd, Noida
20 Best Domestic Tour Operator (Promoting and selling the tourism products of North East Region including Sikkim) M/s Heat Travels & Tours India Pvt Ltd, Siliguri
Promoting and selling Tourism Products of the Rest of India
21 Best Domestic Tour Operator-Category I M/s Yatra Online Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
22 Best Domestic Tour Operator- Category II Best Domestic Tour Operator- Category II
  Category I  - Turnover through tourist transport operation of Rs. 50 crore & above  
23 First Prize M/s ECOS(I) Mobility & Hospitality Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
Category II   - Turnover through tourist transport operation of Rs. 10 crore & above but less than Rs.50 crore
24 First Prize M/s Bala Tourist Service,Chennai
Category III  -  Turnover through tourist transport operation of Rs. 1 crore & above but less than Rs.10 crore
25 First Prize M/s FTT Cabs Pvt Ltd.,New Delhi
26 Second Prize M/s Panicker`s Travels India Pvt Ltd.,New Delhi
Best Adventure Tour Operator
27 Best Adventure Tour Operator

M/s Far Horizon, Faridabad

  - Inbound  
28 Best Adventure Tour Operator - Domestic M/s Clubside Tours & Travels Pvt Ltd, Kolkata
29 Best MICE Operator M/s Alpcord Network, New Delhi
30 Tour Operator promoting Niche Segments other than MICE and Adventure M/s. Lotus Destinations Pvt. Ltd., Cochin
31 Best Tourist Guide Mr. K Kasinath Rao, Telengana
32 Best Tourist Guide

Smt. Rama Khandwala,

33 Best Wildlife Guide

Mr. Saeeb Khan.

Satpura National Park, Pachmarhi, Madhya
  Excellence in Publishing  
34 Excellence in Publishing in English Madhya Pradesh Tourism for Coffee Table Book “The Heart of Incredible India”
35 Excellence in Publishing in Hindi Madhya Pradesh Tourism for Simhasth 2016 brochure
36 Excellence in Publishing in Foreign Language other than English (Joint Winner) Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala for Brochure in Spanish Language
37   Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Telangana for brochure in Mandarin language
38   Promotional Films on Rajasthan ,Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan
39 Best Tourism Film

“Visit Mysuru” by M/s Safe Wheels Tours & Travels,Mysuru

40 Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material by States / UTs Department of Tourism, Govt of Kerala for their publication “Your Next Blockbuster Destination”,  a Film Tourism Brochure
41 Most Innovative use of Information Technology – Social Media / Mobile App Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd, Panaji for their Social Media Campaign.
42 Convention Centres Meeting Venue The Ashok, New Delhi
43 Best Stand Alone Convention Centre Leonia International Centre for Exhibitions & Conventions, Hyderabad
44 Best Stand Alone Restaurant Khyber Restaurant, Mumbai
  Best Chefs  
45 In 4 star, 5 star, 5 star Deluxe, Heritage Classic & Grand category  Hotels Mr. Arvind Rai, The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi
46 Best Lady Chef Ms. Madhumita Mohanta, Executive Chef, The Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata
Incredible India Bed & Breakfast Establishments
47 Approved by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India House of Kapaali, Greater Noida
48 Best Eco Friendly Hotel ITC Maurya, New Delhi
49 Hotel providing best facilities for the differently abled guests The Lalit, New Delhi
  Heritage Hotels  
50 Heritage Basic Category Samode Haveli, Gangapole, Jaipur
51 Heritage Grand Category Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur
  Classified Hotels  
52 3 Star Hotel Bliss, Tirupati
53 4 Star Vivanta By Taj, Kumarkom, Kerala
54 5 Star Trident, Gurugram

5 Star Deluxe

(Joint Winners)
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

The Taj West End, Bengaluru

57 Most Innovative & Unique  Tourism Product Hanuwantiya and Jal Mahotsav. Madhya Pradesh Tourism
58 Responsible Tourism Sikkim for various Responsible Tourism initiatives 
59 Project / Initiative Department of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala for Responsible Tourism in Kumarakom
60 Tourism Friendly Golf Course Jaypee Green Golf Course, Greater Noida
61 Wellness Centre Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Hospital Pvt. Ltd, Kerala
62 Medical Tourism Facility Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
63 Best Film Promotion Friendly State Madhya Pradesh
64 Best State for Adventure Tourism Madhya Pradesh
  Best Airport  
65 Class X Cities Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Other Cities

Srinagar International Airport, Srinagar, J&K
67 (Joint Winners)  
68 Tourist Friendly Railway Station Ujjain Railway Station, Madhya Pradesh
69 Best Heritage Walk Leading from the Front: Being Gandhi – Gandhi Tour  -  By India City Walks

Best Heritage City

Warangal, Telangana
71 Joint Winners) Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh
72 Best Maintained and Differently Abled Friendly Monument Chaowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, Telangana
Civic Management of a Tourist Destination
73 Category A Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation(GHMC)
74 Category B Khargone, Madhya Pradesh
75 Category C Sarovaram Bio Park, Kerala
76 Swachhta Award Government of Telangana
Best State / Union Territory For Comprehensive Development of Tourism

Third Prize

(Joint Winners)
78 Goa
79 Second Prize Rajasthan
80 First Prize Andhra Pradesh

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