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Gujarat chosen Best State in National Tourism Awards 2013-14

President Pranab Mukherjee lighting the lamp at the presentation of the National Tourism Awards 2013-14, in New Delhi on September 18, 2015.
President Pranab Mukherjee lighting the lamp at the presentation of the National Tourism Awards 2013-14, in New Delhi on September 18, 2015.
Gujarat has bagged the award for the Best State/Union Territory for Comprehensive Tourism Development at the National Tourism Awards for 2013-14 given away by President Pranab Mukherjee here today.
 
Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan got the second and third prizes in the category.
 
Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh got the award for the Best Heritage City, while the Municipal Council of Maheshwar in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh was chosen for the award for Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination in B Category.
 
Gujarat also won the award for Best Film Promotion Friendly State/Union Territory while Department of Tourism, Kerala received the award for Most Innovative Use of Information technology. 
 
“The Great backwaters of Kerala’ by Kerala Tourism was chosen as the Best Tourism Film  while the Coffee Table Book “Gujarat’s 50 Golden Destinations" by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd got the award for Best Tourism Promotion Publicity material.
 
Kuoni Travel India Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon received the first prize for Best Inbound Tour Operators/Travel agents in the category of earning Foreign Exchange of Rs 100 crore or more in a year, Trail Blazer Tours India Pvt was given first prize in the category of earning Foreign Exchange of Rs 50-Rs 100 crore in a year. 
 
Eco Mobility and Hospitality Pvt Ltd won the first prize in Category I of Tourist Transport Operator, while Snow Leopard Adventure Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon won the prize for Best Adventure Tour Operator.
 
The following is the list of awardees:
 
Planning & Coordination
 
1.  Best State / Union Territory - Comprehensive Development of Tourism -- Rest  of  India
1st Gujarat, 2nd Madhya Pradesh, 3rd Rajasthan
2.  Civic Management of a Tourist Destination in India -- B
B -- Municipal Council of Maheshwar, Dist. Khargone, Madhya Pradesh
C -- Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu
3. Best Maintained and Disabled Friendly Monument
-- Bhojpur Temple, Bhojpur, Madhya Pradesh
4. Tourist Friendly Railway Station
-- Railway Station Habibganj – Madhya Pradesh
5. Airports
Airports in Class X Cities (Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Greater Mumbai and Kolkata) 
-- Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
Airports in other cities
-- Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
6. Best Heritage Walk
--India City Walks for Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi
7. Best Heritage City
-- Heritage City Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
8. Rural Tourism Project
-- Rann Utsav, Gujarat
 
Hotel  & Restaurant 
 
Best 2 Star category hotel
-- Resorte Marinha, Dourada, Tambudki, Arpora, Bardez, Goa – 403518
Best 3 Star category hotel
-- The Marari Beach, Mararikulam North P.O., Alapuzha – 688549, Kerala
Best 4 Star category hotel
--Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom, 1/404, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kottayam - 686566, Kerala
Best 5 Star category hotel
-- Meluha The Fern, An Ecotel Hotel, Central Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai - 400076
Best 5 Star Deluxe category hotel
-- The Oberoi, Dr. Zakir Husain Marg, New Delhi
Best Heritage (Basic) category hotel
-- Samode Haveli, Gangapole, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Best Heritage (Classic) category hotel
-- Coconut Lagoon, P.B. No 2, Kumarakom, Kottayam - 686563, Kerala
Best Heritage (Grand) category hotel
-- The Oberoi Cecil, Chaura Maidan, Shimla - 171004, Himachal Pradesh
Best Hotel Based Meeting Venue Hotel
(i)    Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre, Fatehabad Road, Agra – 282004
(ii) The Lalit, New Delhi, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001
 Best Standalone Convention Centre 
-- Leonia International Centre for Exhibitions & Conventions, Leonia Holistic Destination, Bommaraspet, Shameerpet, Ranga Reddy Distt, Hyderabad – 500078, Andhra Pradesh
Best Hotel for having Facilities for Differently Abled Guest
-- Taj West End, #25, Race Course Road, Bangaluru - 560001, 5 – Star Deluxe
Best Eco – Friendly category Hotel
-- ITC Windsor Hotel, Bangaluru, 25, Windsor Square, Golf Course Road- Bangalore – 560052, Karnataka
Best Chef for 1,2,3 Star category and Heritage (Basic) and Stand Alone Restaurants category
-- G. Sultan Mohideen, Corporate Chef, Kwality Group World Over KIC-Foods (Stand Alone Restaurant)
4,5,5-Star Deluxe category and Heritage (Classic & Grand) category
-- Ravitej Nath, Executive Chef, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts(5-Star Deluxe)
Bed & Breakfast category  approved by the State Government
-- Coconut Creek Farm and Homestay, Near Nazareath Church, Kumarakom South P.O., Kottayam – 686563, Kerala (Diamond Category)
 
Travel Trade 
 
Best Inbound Tour Operators/Travel Agents (handling inbound tours)
Category I: (Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs.100 crore & above)
-- 1st: Kuoni Travel India Pvt Ltd,  Gurgaon 
-- 2nd: Le Passage to India Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd.,  New Delhi
-- 3rd: Caper Travel, New Delhi
 
Category II (Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs.50 crore & above but less than 100 crore)
 -- 1st: Trail Blazer Tours India Pvt Ltd,  New Delhi
--  2nd: Minar Travels Pvt.  Ltd.,  New Delhi
 
Category III (Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs.25 crore & above but less than 50 crore)
--1st: Cholan Tours Pvt Ltd, Trichy
-- 2nd: Travel Scope, Gurgaon
-- 3rd: Top Travel &Tours(P) Ltd, New Delhi
Category IV (Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs.10 crore & above but less than 25 crore)
-- 1st: GeTS  Holidays Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
-- 2nd: Travelite (India), New Delhi
-- 3rd: Vasco Travel  Pvt. Ltd., Goa
Category V (Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs. 5 crore & above but less than 10 crore)
-- 1st: Total Holiday Options Pvt Ltd,New Delhi
-- 2nd: Magadh Travels & Tours  Pvt Ltd,New Delhi
-- 3rd: Perfect Travels and Tours Pvt Ltd,  New Delhi
Category VI (Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs. 2.5 crore & above but less than 5 crore)
--  1st: Centre Tour & Travels, Srinagar
--  2nd: Unitop Tours and Travel Pvt Ltd
-- 3rd: Dravidian Trails Holidays Pvt Ltd, Cochin
Tourist Transport  Operator
Category I
-- 1st: Eco Mobility & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
-- 2nd: Carzonrent (India)Pvt Ltd,New Delhi
-- 3rd: Parveen Travels, Chennai
Category II
-- 1st: Alwar Tourist Transport Service,New Delhi
-- 2nd: Panicker’s Travel (India) Pvt Ltd,New Delhi
-- 3rd: Sherya Travels,  Nagpur
Best  Domestic Tour Operators
Category 1 Promoting and Selling Tourism Products of Rest of  India
-- 1st: Kesari  Tours  Pvt. Ltd.
-- 2nd: Southern Travels Pvt. Ltd.
-- 3rd: D Paul’s
Category II Promoting and Selling Tourism Products of
North Eastern Region including Sikkim
-- Clubside Tours  & Travels, Darjeeling
Category III Promoting and Selling Tourism Products of
Jammu & Kashmir Region
-- Kesari  Tours  Pvt. Ltd.
Best  Adventure  Tour Operator
-- Snow  Leopard  Adventure  Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon
Best  MICE  Operator
-- Alpcord  Network, New Delhi
 
Publicity 
Excellence in Publishing in English
-- Experience Himachal on the Road -- Author : Raaja Bhasin
Publisher : Times Group Books
Excellence in Publishing in Foreign Language other than English
-- Eat Shop Trek [Essen Shoppen Wandern in German] -- Submitted by Kerala Tourism
Best Tourism Film
-- 'The Great Backwaters of Kerala’ -- Submitted by Kerala Tourism
Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material (State & Union Territory)
-- ‘Gujarat’s 50 Golden Destinations’ [Coffee Table Book] -- 
Submitted by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd
Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material (Private Stakeholders)
(a)    A Million Reasons to Experience: India & the Subcontinent
(b)   India: Cultural Fairs & Festivals
(c)    Indian Wildlife Experience -- Submitted by: SDU Travels Pvt Ltd, Dist Centre Saket, New Delhi
 
Overseas Marketing
Best  Overseas  Tour Operator 
Latin America
-- Raidho Viagens, Brazil.
North America
-- SITA World Tours, USA
West Asia & Africa
-- Lulu International Travel & Tourism, Abu Dhabi
Australasia
-- Exotic Holidays Ltd.
UK
-- Kuoni, UK
Europe
-- Travel Lab SAS, France
Best Foreign Charter Operator for India
-- Pegas Touristik, Russia
Best Foreign Journalist for India
-- Ms. Catherine Marshal, Australia
 
Niche Tourism 
Innovative / Unique Tourism Project
-- Sair Sapata – submitted by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd., Bhopal
Responsible Tourism Project / Initiative
-- “Human Rights Impact Assessment Conducted by Kuoni – submitted by Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt., Ltd., Destination Management, Gurgaon” & “Thekkady” – submitted by the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Trivandrum
Tourism Friendly Golf Course
-- Hyderabad Golf Course / Hyderabad Golf Club – submitted by  Hyderabad Golf Association.
Wellness Centre
-- Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Hospital Pvt. Ltd – submitted by Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Kovalam, Trivandrum, Kerala
Medical Tourism Facility
-- Apollo International Referral Centre Hospital, Hyderabad – submitted by Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
Tour Operator Promoting Niche Segments other than Adventure and MICE
-- Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., Mumbai for promoting Cruise Tourism (shore excursions)
Best Film Promotion Friendly State/Union Territory
-- Gujarat – submitted by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited
for their efforts to promote Gujarat as a film destination.
 
Information Technology  
Most innovative use of Information Technology / Best Website / Portal
-- Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
Special award
Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd.
 
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