begged Best Performing Tourism State Award for Outstanding achievements
in the area of Tourism. It has also
won Best Maintained Tourism Friendly Monuments Award for Sakthan
Thampuran Palace, Kochi.
Konaseema Tourism Project of Andhra Pradesh has been declared
Best Tourism Project in the country while Assam Bengal Navigation
Project begged the award for Most Innovative Tourism Project. Beach Protection Council of Orissa was declared the best
NGO working for the promotion of Tourism.
In the category of hotels, Oberoi Amarvilla, Agra and Taj Residency,
Bangalore were declared the best hotels while The Marriot, Delhi
got the prize for best Eco-Friendly Hotel and Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom
– Kerala won the best Eco-Friendly Resort.
the National Tourism Awards for outstanding performance for the year 2004-05
in various sectors of tourism and travel, in the glittering function here
today, Smt. Ambika Soni, Minister for Tourism and Culture said that the Government
had recently taken number of initiatives to ensure active participation of
private sector in tourism promotion which include scheme for infrastructure
creation also. She said Government
is committed to provide all possible support to the travel and tourism industry
as tourism is a high priority item on the agenda of the Government. Smt. Ambika Soni also awarded 24 students for
the contest ‘What tourism Means to Me’ organized by the Ministry on the World
On the occasion launching Incredible
India Visa Great Breaks programme in collaboration with Visa International
to promote India as preferred travel destination, Smt. Ambika Soni said that
the programme is an excellent example of private sectors partnership for the
promotion of tourism. Briefing about
the highlights of the programme, Country Manager South Asia, Visa International
Asia Pacific, Shri Santanu Mukherjee said that the programme had an immediate
audience of over 277 million visa cardholders in the Asia Pacific region and
1.3 billion cardholders across the world.
The programme would provide tourists with direct access to merchants
thereby helping them to plan their visit more effectively.
Smt. Ambika Soni also release TV
commercials prepared by the Ministry on North East, Jammu & Kashmir, Buddhist
Circuit and Andaman & Nicobar.
Awardees different categories are
5 Star Deluxe The Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra
Star Taj Residency - Bangalore
4 Star Gateway hotel on Residency Road - Bangalore
3 Star Brunton Boatyard - Cochin
2 Star Desert Resort - Mandawa
1 Star Hotel Fifty Five - New Delhi
Heritage Grand Hotels Shivnivas Palace - Udaipur
Heritage Classic Coconut Lagoon - Kumarakom
Heritage Hotels Hotel Samode Palace - Samode.
Best Eco-Friendly Hotel The Marriot – Delhi
Best Eco-Friendly Resort
Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom - Kerala
Category – i : Travel Agents/Tour
Operators ( Over 25 crore)
First Prize Kuoni
Travel (INDIA) Pvt. Ltd. - New Delhi.
Second Prize Le
Passage to India – New Delhi
Third Prize Travel Corporation
(INDIA) Pvt. Ltd - Mumbai
Category II :Travel Agents/Tour Operators ( 10-25 crore)
First Prize Tourism
India Management Enterprise Pvt. Ltd -New Delhi
Second Prize Tushita
Travels Pvt. Ltd. - New Delhi
Third Prize Orient Express Pvt. Ltd
- New Delhi
Tourist Transport Operators
First Prize KTC (India) pvt. Ltd - New Delhi
Second Prize Parveen Travels (P) Ltd. - Chennai
Third Prize Bakshi Transport Service Pvt. Ltd - New Delhi
Best MICE Operator Travel Corportion (I) Pvt.
Ltd - Mumbai
Best adventure tour operator Sea and Sky Travels (India) Pvt.
Ltd, New Delhi
a. Best Dom. Tour Operator Cox & Kings (India) Pvt. Ltd. – New Delhi
(Rest Of India)
b.Best Domestic Tour Operator Heat Travels & Tours (I) Pvt. Ltd. – Siliguri
Most Innovative Tour Mercury
Himalayan Explorations Ltd. - New Delhi
Best Maintained Tourist Sakthan Thampuran Palace – Kochi
Friendly Monument Department
of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala
Best Rural Tourism Project Konaseema
Tourism Project Department of Tourism Govt of
Most Innovative Tourism Assam
Project Assam Bengal Navigation Co. Pvt. Ltd. - Guwahati
Innovative Use of IT Department
of Tourism - Govt. of Tamil Nadu
Best NGO in Promoting Beach Protection Council of Orissa - Puri
(A) Excellence In Publication “Palaces
of Rajasthan” India Book House -Mumbai
(b) Special Award “Ayurveda – The Mantra of Nirmaya” &
“Kerala Tourism Handbook” Department of Tourism Govt. of Kerala
Excellence in publication (Hindi) “Srishti”
Excellence In Publication Department of Tourism Govt. of Pondicherry
Excellence In Tourism Films Gujrat -
Glimpses Of Glory, Tourism Corporation
Of Gujarat Limited
Best State /UT Govt. of
Best Foreign Charter M/s. World
Operator for India
Best Oversea Tour Operator for
India M/s. Sita World Travel Inc.
Best Tourist Guide Shri P.
Best Students Student from
IITTM 7 & Institute under NCHMT 16
Photo & Essay contests 14
awardees (National level contest – conducted during World Tourism Day 2005).
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