Union Tourism Minister, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai received two prestigious awards 'Best Destination' and 'Best Marketing Campaign' from Mr. Graham Cooke, Chairman, World Travel Awards at London on 8th November, 2011
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sahai said, “This is a privilege for India being conferred 'Best Destination' and 'Best Marketing Campaign' from World Travel Awards and for me it is a great honor to receive these awards on behalf of India”.
Shri Sahai also announced that India will hold its first 'Global Travel Mart' on 12th December 2012. He said this reinforces India's commitment to become a major player in world tourism.
Shri Subodh Kant also inaugurated the India Pavilion at World Travel Mart 2011. Shri Chhagan Bhujpal, Tourism Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Nawang Rigzin, Tourism Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Shri AP Anil Kumar, Tourism minister of Kerala, Shri Vasant Kumar Vatti, Tourism Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Mr P Rajavelu, Tourism Minister of Pondicherry were also present on the occasion.
Mr. Graham Cooke, Chairman, World Travel Awards, said, “Currently India lies as one of the most favoured destinations for tourists from around the world. But with investment over the next two years it hopes to drive to 'year-round' tourism, including eco, wildlife, health and cruising will seem them break into the top 10 for the first time, surpassing the likes of Australia, Switzerland and South Africa in the process”.
India to Chair United Nations South Asian Regional Commission
India will chair United Nations South Asian regional commission for tourism. The chairmanship of the Commission was with Iran for the last four years. This was announced at ongoing United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Conference at Gyeongju, South Korea. Union Tourism Minister, Shri Subodhkant Sahai was present leading the Indian delegation at UNWTO meeting in South Korea.
Shri Sahai while addressing member countries at UNWTO meet at Gyeongju said, “It is a great privilege for me and my country making India Chairman of United Nations South Asian regional commission for tourism for another four years signifies the confidence of various countries in India and the efforts of the Indian government in promotion of tourism in the country as well as across the globe in responsible and sustainable manner to bring in inclusive growth”.