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‘National Tourism Awards - 2015-16’ held on ‘World Tourism Day’

New Delhi, 27 September, 2017

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 organized by the Ministry of Tourism on the occasion of “World Tourism Day”.  The “Incredible India 2.0 Campaign”; ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Project and new Incredible India Website was also launched on the occasion.


The President said, “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 crores in 1950 to 123 crores in 2016. The tourism industry contributes 10.2% 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 2016, tourism’s contribution to GDP was 9.6% and 9.3% to total employment. The tourism industry can contribute significantly in generating permanent employment opportunities and eliminating poverty. 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 tourist 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. The project ‘Adopt a Heritage Project’ 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 heritage with a partnership of the public and private sectors.


Shri Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, in his address congratulated all 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. 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 positions has moved up by another 12 positions and are ranked at 40th position.



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Award Winner




Best State for Comprehensive Development of Tourism



Best State for Comprehensive Development of Tourism

Madhya Pradesh


Best Inbound Tour Operator – Category I

M/s Le Passage to India Tours & Travels, New Delhi


Best Inbound Tour Operator – Category I

 Ms SOTC Travel Services Pvt Ltd


Best Inbound Tour Operator – Category IV

Ms Travelite (India ), New Delhi


Tourist Transport Operator - Category I

Ms Alwar Tourist Transport Service, New Delhi


Most Innovative Use of Information Technology

Department of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala







Category I - Foreign Exchange Earnings of Rs. 100 crore and above


First Prize

M/s Abercrombie & Kent India Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi


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


First Prize

M/s Minar Travels India Pvt Ltd, New Delhi


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


First Prize

M/s Pettitts India Tours Pvt Ltd, New Delhi


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


First Prize

Amber Tours Pvt Ltd,

New Delhi


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


First Prize

M/s Centre Tours & Travels, Srinagar


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


First Prize

M/s Special Holidays Travel Pvt Ltd


Second Prize

M/s Worldwide Rail Journeys Pvt Ltd, Noida







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


Best Domestic Tour Operator-Category I

M/s Yatra Online Pvt Ltd, New Delhi


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


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


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


First Prize

M/s FTT Cabs Pvt Ltd.,New Delhi


Second Prize

M/s Panicker`s Travels India Pvt Ltd.,New Delhi





Best Adventure Tour Operator


Best Adventure Tour Operator - Inbound

M/s Far Horizon, Faridabad



Best Adventure Tour Operator - Domestic

M/s Clubside Tours & Travels Pvt Ltd, Kolkata


Best MICE Operator

M/s Alpcord Network, New Delhi


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



Smt. Rama Khandwala,




Best Wildlife Guide

Mr. Saeeb Khan.

Satpura National Park, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh







Excellence in Publishing


Excellence in Publishing in English

Madhya Pradesh Tourism for Coffee Table Book “The Heart of Incredible India”


Excellence in Publishing in Hindi

Madhya Pradesh Tourism for Simhasth 2016 brochure


Excellence in Publishing in Foreign Language other than English (Joint Winner)

Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala for Brochure in Spanish Language


Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Telangana for brochure in Mandarin language




Best Tourism Film

Promotional Films on Rajasthan ,Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan


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

(Special Award)


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


Best Hotel Based

Meeting Venue

The Ashok, New Delhi


Best Stand Alone Convention Centre

Leonia International Centre for Exhibitions & Conventions, Hyderabad





Best Stand Alone Restaurant

Khyber Restaurant, Mumbai





Best Chefs



 In 4 star, 5 star, 5 star Deluxe, Heritage Classic & Grand category  Hotels

Mr. Arvind Rai, The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi


Best Lady Chef

Ms. MadhumitaMohanta, Executive Chef, The Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata





Incredible India Bed & Breakfast Establishments


Approved by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India

House of Kapaali, Greater Noida








Best Eco Friendly Hotel

ITC Maurya, New Delhi





Hotel providing best facilities for the differently abled guests

The Lalit, New Delhi





Heritage Hotels


Heritage Basic Category

Samode Haveli, Gangapole, Jaipur


Heritage Grand Category

Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur





Classified Hotels



3 Star

Hotel Bliss, Tirupati


4 Star

Vivanta By Taj, Kumarkom, Kerala


5 Star

Trident, Gurugram


5 Star Deluxe

(Joint Winners)

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur


The Taj West End, Bengaluru






Most Innovative & Unique  Tourism Product

Hanuwantiya and Jal Mahotsav.Madhya Pradesh Tourism




Responsible Tourism Project / Initiative

Sikkim for various Responsible Tourism initiatives 



Department of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala for Responsible Tourism in Kumarakom



Tourism Friendly Golf Course

Jaypee Green Golf Course, Greater Noida



Wellness Centre

Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Hospital Pvt. Ltd, Kerala



Medical Tourism Facility

Apollo Health City, Hyderabad



Best Film Promotion Friendly State

Madhya Pradesh



Best State for Adventure Tourism

Madhya Pradesh














Best Airport




Class X Cities

ChhatrapatiShivaji International Airport, Mumbai, Maharashtra



Other Cities

(Joint Winners)

Srinagar International Airport, Srinagar, J&K



Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur



Tourist Friendly Railway Station

Ujjain Railway Station, Madhya Pradesh



Best Heritage Walk

Leading from the Front: Being Gandhi – Gandhi Tour  -  By India City Walks



Best Heritage City

(Joint Winners)

Warangal, Telangana



Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh



Best Maintained and Differently Abled Friendly Monument

Chaowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, Telangana



Civic Management of a Tourist Destination



Category A

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation(GHMC)



Category B

Khargone, Madhya Pradesh



Category C

Sarovaram Bio Park, Kerala



Swachhta Award

Government of Telangana






Best State / Union Territory For Comprehensive Development of Tourism






Third Prize

(Joint Winners)







Second Prize




First Prize

Andhra Pradesh




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