President, Ram Nath Kovind at the presentation of the National Tourism Awards 2015-16, on the occasion of World Tourism Day

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind lighting the lamp at the presentation of the National Tourism Awards 2015-16, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, organised by the Ministry of Tourism, in New Delhi on September 27, 2017. The Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Alphons Kannanthanam, the Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Smt. Rashmi Verma and other dignitaries are also seen.

New Delhi: The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the “National Tourism Awards, 2015-16” to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry at a function organised by the Ministry of Tourism on the occasion of “World Tourism Day” here today. Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism Shri Alphons Kannanthanam presided over the function. Tourism Ministers of States, Central and State Government Officials, Members from the Travel and Hospitality Industries, including leading Hoteliers, Travel Agents and Tour Operators, Students from Tourism and Hospitality Institutes, Mainstream and Travel Media attended the function.

The President launched the “Incredible India 2.0 Campaign”; ‘Adopt A Heritage’ Project and new Incredible India Website on the occasion. “Incredible India 2.0 Campaign” marks a shift from the present generic promotions being undertaken across the world, to market specific promotional plans and product specific creatives, with greater focus on digital presence and social media. ‘Adopt A Heritage’ Project plans to entrust heritage sites to the public sector and private sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. They will become ‘Monument Mitras’ and adopt bthe sites. The “New Incredible India Website” is an advanced version of the website with more useful features.


Speaking on the occasion, the President said that tourism is one of the largest industries in the world. Its evolution can be estimated from the fact that the number of tourists all over the world has increased from 2.5 crore in 1950 to 123 crore in 2016. The tourism industry contributes 10.2 percent of the world’s GDP. It is estimated that every 10th person in the world works in the tourism industry. In India too, the livelihood of a very large number of people is linked to the tourism industry. In the year 2016, tourism’s contribution to GDP was 9.6 percent and 9.3 percent to total employment. The tourism industry can contribute significantly in generating permanent employment opportunities and eliminating poverty. According to an assessment, an investment of Rs. 10 lakh in tourism industry provides employment to about 90 people, while about 45 in agriculture, and about 13 people in manufacturing.

The President said that inclusive tourism development can strengthen inclusive economic development. Every citizen should strive to provide a good experience to tourists at his or her own level. In a tourism conscious society, the role of the government is only to provide direction and a facilitating environment.

He said that ‘Adopt a Heritage Project’ which was launched today, with the efforts of the Tourism Ministry, Culture Ministry and Archaeological Survey of India, has great potential to make our rich and diverse heritage monuments, tourist-friendly. He expressed hope that this project will help in the maintenance of our heritage with a partnership of the public and private sectors.

Shri Alphons Kannanthanam in his address congratulated the winners of the National Tourism Awards 2015-16 and called upon all to commit ourselves to transform India into one of the most preferred destinations for travellers around the world. He said that India’s Foreign Tourist Arrivals and Domestic Tourist visits are on a growth trajectory. India’s ranking in the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index 2017 of World Economic Forum moved from 65th position to 52nd position in 2015 and now India’s position has moved up by another 12 positions and are ranked at 40th position.

He said India is a destination which meets the needs of all travellers. Our collective goal is to develop the tourism sector in India in a sustainable and responsible manner. Tourism is in an enviable position with the inherent capacity to create large scale employment, eradicate poverty, benefit local communities economically and socially, and to generate awareness and support for conservation of the environment. Our policies and actions must aim to strengthen the benefits and reduce the costs of tourism. He called upon leaders of travel and tourism industry to share their vision and innovative ideas on tourism, so as to translate the grand vision of the Prime Minister in transforming India’s tourism sector.

In her welcome address Smt. Rashmi Verma, Secretary, M/o Tourism said that the tourism sector in India has been performing well over the past few years with an increasing growth. rate, higher than the World average growth rate. In 2016, India welcomed 8.80 million foreign tourists, an increase of 9.7% over the previous year. The current year also looks very promising with a double digit growth rate of 15.7% in Foreign Tourist Arrivals recorded during the period January to July 2017. This would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of our partners in the Tourism sector.

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry annually. These awards are presented to State Governments / Union Territories, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators, tourist transport operators, individuals and other private organizations in recognition of their performance in their respective fields. The National Tourism Awards have, over the years emerged as a prestigious recognition of achievements in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors. The date for the Awards function was selected to coincide with World Tourism Day which is celebrated annually on 27th September. The purpose of World Tourism Day celebrations is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.


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 M/s Clubside Tours & Travels Pvt Ltd, Darjeeling



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 – Inbound M/s Far Horizon, Faridabad


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


Best Tourist Guide

Mr. K Kasinath Rao, Telengana


32 Smt. Rama Khandwala,



33 Best Wildlife Guide Mr. Saeeb Khan.

Satpura National Park, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

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


Best Tourism Film

Promotional Films on Rajasthan ,Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan
39 “Visit Mysuru” by M/s Safe Wheels Tours & Travels,Mysuru

(Special Award)

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



Most Innovative use of Information Technology – Social Media / Mobile App Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd, Panaji for their Social Media Campaign.
  Convention Centres
42 Best Hotel Based

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
55 5 Star Deluxe

(Joint Winners)

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
56 The Taj West End, Bengaluru


57 Most Innovative & Unique  Tourism Product Hanuwantiya and Jal Mahotsav. Madhya Pradesh Tourism

Responsible Tourism Project / Initiative

Sikkim for various Responsible Tourism initiatives
59 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
66 Other Cities

(Joint Winners)

Srinagar International Airport, Srinagar, J&K
67 Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur
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
70 Best Heritage City

(Joint Winners)

Warangal, Telangana
71 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
77 Third Prize

(Joint Winners)

78 Goa
79 Second Prize Rajasthan
80 First Prize Andhra Pradesh


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