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The National Tourism Awards are the most coveted awards in the Travel and Tourism industry in India and are presented annually, acknowledging exceptional performance and contribution to promoting India as a tourist destination.
This year, National Tourism Awards for the year 2011-12 were given away by the Hon’ble President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan on 18th March 2013.
Every year the categories of awards are reviewed with new categories being added to recognize excellence in diverse fields, in accordance with the requirements of changing times. It is an ongoing endeavour of the Ministry to diversify the tourism products of the country by developing and promoting new niche segments, so as to attract different categories of tourists with diverse interests and to promote India as a year – round destination. In keeping with this thrust of the Ministry, new categories of awards for “Medical Tourism Facilities” and for “Tour Operators Promoting Niche segments” were introduced in 2011.
In an attempt to encourage States and Union Territories to adopt effective mechanisms for maintaining cleanliness at tourist destinations, a new category of award for “Best State : Campaign Clean India” was introduced in 2012. New categories of awards for “Best Heritage City” and “Best Heritage Walk” were also introduced in 2012. Recognising the importance of Cinema as a powerful tool for the development and promotion of the destinations, the Ministry has instituted a National Tourism Award for “Best Tourism Film”. The Tourism Ministry has also announced special National Tourism Award for Yann Martel, author of the Book “Life of Pi”, for promoting India (Puducherry and Munnar) through the film.
Best State/ UT Comprehensive Development of Tourism (Rest of India): Andhra Pradesh (First Prize), Rajasthan (Second Prize), Gujarat (Third Prize)
Best State/ UT Comprehensive Development of Tourism –(North East, Jammu and Kashmir ): Jammu & Kashmir
Award of Excellence- Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material (States and UT): Karnataka
Award of Excellence- Best Tourism Film: Gujarat Tourism for the “Khushboo Gujarat Ki” Campaign film
Most Innovative use of Information Technology: Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited & Arunachal Tourism (Special Prize)
Best State: Campaign Clean India: Arunachal Pradesh
Best Civic Management of a Destination Category ‘A’ City: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Andhra Pradesh
Best Civic Management of a Destination Category ‘B’ City: Municipal Council of Mandav (Mandu), District Dhar, Madhya Pradesh
Best Heritage City: Warangal City, Andhra Pradesh
Best Heritage Walk: Amritsar Heritage Walk & Delhi Heritage Walk (Joint Winner)
Best Airport (Class X Cities): Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad
Best Airport Rest of India: Vishakhapatnam Airport, Vishakhapatnam
Tourist Friendly Railway Station: Mysore Railway Station, Karnataka
Best Maintained and Disabled Friendly Monument: Fatehpur Sikri Group of Monument, Agra,
Best Responsible Tourism Project: Baramati Agri Tourism Research, Training and Development Centre, Pune & Green Rider Project (Special award)
Best Rural Tourism Project: Rural Tourism Project at Kumarakom, Kerala
Most Innovative and Unique Tourism Project: Air Taxi (Recommended Winner) & Rajasthan – Relief Riders Programme (Special award)
Best Wellness Center: Somatheeram Ayurvedic Hospital & Yoga Centre, Kovalam, Kerala
Medical Tourism Facility: Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
Best Tourism Friendly Golf Course: Royal Springs Golf Course, Srinagar
Best Overseas Tour Operators to India:
UK: Cox and Kings, UK
North America: Indus Travels, Canada
Latin America: Raidho Tour Operator, Brazil
Europe: Asia Voyages, Paris, France
West Asia & Africa: Serendipity Tours, Johannesburg
East Asia: H I S Travels, Japan
Australia: Adventure World, Australia
Best Overseas Charter Operator for India: Thomas Cook, UK & Ireland
Travel & Tour Industry:
Best Approved Inbound Tour Operator / Travel Agent:
Category I : First Prize –Select World Tours (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, Second Prize –Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon
Category II: First Prize –Minar Travels (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, Second Prize – Abercrombie & Kent India Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, Third Prize – Trail Blazer Tours India Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai
Category III: First Prize – SDU Travel Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, Second Prize –Caper Travel Company Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, Third Prize –Tushita Travels Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi
Category IV: First Prize –Travelite (India), New Delhi, Second Prize –G B Morrison Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, Third Prize -Travel Spirit International Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi
Category V: First Prize –Indian Trails Sourcing Services Pvt. Ltd, NOIDA, Second Prize –Adventure World (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, Third Prize –Tour Masters (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.
Category VI: First Prize –Pioneer Personalised Holidays Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, Second Prize –Welcome Travels (A Unit of Welcome Destinations Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, Third Prize – Special Holidays Travel (P) Ltd., New Delhi.
Best Tourist Transport Operator:
Category I : First Prize – Ajay Travel Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, Second Prize – Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, Third Prize –KTC (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.
Category II: First Prize –Touraids (I) Travel Services, Agra, Second Prize –Rajindra Bus Service (P) Ltd., New Delhi, Third Prize –Ex-Soldiers Tourist Taxi Service, New Delhi.
Category III: First Prize –Delhi Airport Service Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, Second Prize –Shreya Travels, Nagpur
Rest of India: First Prize –Southern Travels Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, Second Prize – My Leisure Breaks Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon, Third Prize –Panicker’s Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi
Domestic Tour Operator promoting Jammu & Kashmir: Rao Travels, New Delhi
Domestic Tour Operator promoting North East Region including Sikkim: Southern Travels Pvt Ltd., New Delhi
Best Adventure Tour Operator: Sea & Sky Travel (I) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
Best MICE Operator: Select World Tours (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi
Most Innovative Tour Operator: Far Horizon Tours Pvt. Ltd., Faridabad for their entry on “M V Mahabahu Luxury River Cruise” on Brahmaputra River, Assam.
Tour Operator Promoting Niche Segments other than Adventure and MICE: Thomas Cook (I) Ltd.
Tour Operator Propagating/ Promoting Campaign Clean India (Special Award): Bakshi Transport Service Pvt. Limited.
Best Hotel (Five Star Deluxe): The Oberoi, New Delhi
Best Hotel (Five Star): Vivanta By Taj- Ambassador, New Delhi
Best Hotel (Four Star): Vivanta by Taj, Kumarakom, Kerala
Best Hotel (Three Star): Gateway Hotel, Vadodara, Gujarat
Best Hotel (Two Star): Resorte Marinha Dourada, Goa
Best Heritage Hotel (Basic): Samode Haveli, Gangapole, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Best Heritage Hotel (Grand): Savoy Hotel, Ooty
Best Eco Friendly Hotel: ITC Hotel, ITC Maurya, New Delhi
Hotel providing Best Facilities for the Differently Abled Guests: ITC Maurya, New Delhi,
Best Standalone Convention Centre: Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad
Best Hotel Based Meeting Venue: The Ashok, New Delhi
Bed and Breakfast Establishment (Approved by State Government): Coconut Creek Farm and Home Stay, Kumarakom, Kerala
Best Chef (4 to 5 star Deluxe and Heritage Grand and Classic Hotels): Sireesh Saxena, The Ashok New Delhi.
Best Foreign Journalist for India: Wu Zhi Wei, China
Best Foreign photographer for India: Fabrice Didier, France
Excellence in Publishing – English: The Vibrant West and The Alluring North By Hugh & Colleen Gantzer
Excellence in Publishing : Hindi: Bharat ke Hill Station- Raja Pocket Books.