Tourism Sector Current Affairs

1st India Tourism Mart to be held in New Delhi in September 2018

The first India Tourism Mart (IMT) will be held in New Delhi from 16 September 2018 to create a global tourism mart for India on lines of major international travel marts. It will be organized by Ministry of Tourism in partnership with Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH). India Convention Promotion Board (ICPB) will coordinate the whole event.

India Tourism Mart (IMT)

The objective of first IMT will be to create annual Global Tourism Mart for India in line with major international travel marts being held in countries across the world. It will provide platform for all stakeholders in tourism and hospitality industries to interact and transact business opportunities. It will provide platform for States to showcase their products to international buyers, opinion makers and bloggers and attract more tourists to their respective states.

Over 300 international buyers from markets like North America, West Europe, East Asia and Latin America, influencers and bloggers are expected to attend the event.  It will also provide opportunity to buyers to see the world class tourism facilities available in India like airports, tourist destinations, hotels, upcoming facilities and possibility in field of adventure tourism.

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Adopt a Heritage Project: Monument Mitras to adopt heritage sites and monuments

Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had launched Adopt a Heritage Project. Under it, selected public sector companies, private sector companies and individuals will develop tourist amenities at heritage sites. They will be called as ‘Monument Mitra’ and adopt the sites essentially under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.

Adopt a Heritage Project

Objectives

  • Provide world class tourist facilities at various natural and cultural heritage sites, monuments and other tourist sites.
  • Make these selected sites tourist friendly, enhance their tourist potential and cultural importance in planned and phased manner across the country.

Features

The project primarily focuses on providing basic amenities that include cleanliness, public convenience, drinking water, ease of access for tourists, signage etc. and advanced amenities like Souvenir shop, Cafeteria, TFC etc. It seeks active participation of industry to ensure sustainable model formulation for tourism sector.

The public and private companies adopting these monuments will also look after their operations and maintenance initially for 5 years subject to review at any time. Resources for capital and recurring cost for this project is proposed through industry participation, through CSR or any other funding option subject to review and approval of Oversight & Vision Committee.

The heritage sites and monuments enlisted under this project are categorized as green, blue and orange on basis of tourist footfall and visibility. It is mandatory for monument mitra, opting for monument from green category to choose at least one site from either blue or orange category.

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