President Gives Away National Tourism Awards 2013-14

President Gives Away National Tourism Awards 2013-14

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Tourism Awards 2013-14 at a function held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on 18 September 2015.

Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the award winners and said that these exceptional individuals and institutions who have been felicitated today have distinguished themselves through their dedication in promoting India as a tourist destination. He said that broader social contacts between tourists and receiving communities go a long way in enhancing mutual understanding, tolerance, and awareness between peoples. India offers one of the best tourism experiences in the world, he added.

The President said that with the growth of the Indian economy and the increase in disposable income of the people, we may expect tourist inflows to remain on a positive trajectory in the years to come. We must pay focussed attention to the building of a high quality tourism infrastructure in the country. The launch of two initiatives – Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive) – aiming at integrated development of circuits and pilgrim centres would go a long way in achieving this objective. He emphasized that the safety mechanisms that we create, the precautions that we put in place must reassure our guests – so that they never have to be apprehensive about their personal safety or that of their belongings.

Highlighting the contribution of tourism to the economy,  the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that the country earned Rs1,23,000 Crore rupees of foreign exchange through tourism last year . It contributes 6.8% to the GDP.  Tourism, he said is an ‘Industry of Smiles’ and the Government gives top priority to  Swachhta, Suraksha and hospitality as the 3 pillars of tourism promotion in the country. Highlighting the recent steps taken by the Government, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that Welcome Booklet is being distributed at the International Airports,  giving important information including DOs and Don’ts  to the foreign travellers. Similarly, 24X7 helpline has been set up which is currently functional in Hindi and English and will soon be functional in 12 International languages.

Similarly, started in November last year, e-Tourist Visa facility has been extended to 113 countries in such a short span of time. Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that the achievementsmade by the tourism industry could not have been possible without the contribution of the private stakeholders. The work done by the stakeholders has not only generated revenue but also given employment and contributed to women empowerment.

The Secretary , Tourism, Shri Vinod Zutshi congratulated  all awardees. He said that the Tourism Awards will go a long way to catalyze & incentivize the tourism sector in India and encourage the stakeholders to give their best performance.

The National Tourism Awards are given in several categories including Comprehensive Development of Tourism, Best Rural Tourism Project, Best Heritage City, Best Hotels, Awards to Inbound Tour Operators and Travel Agents for their outstanding work, awards in the field of publicity/promotion and overseas marketing, use of information technology for tourism among others.

Representatives of Tourism Departments of States / Union Territories, travel and tour operators, hotels, travel agents, tourist transport operators,  and officials of the Ministry of Tourism were present at the awards function.

National Tourism Awards 2013-14

List of Awardees

Planning & Coordination Award Category of  Awards Prize Awardees
1 Best State / Union Territory – Comprehensive Development of Tourism Rest  of  India (3 awards) 1st  Gujarat


2nd Madhya Pradesh
3rd Rajasthan
2 Civic Management of a Tourist Destination in India B 1 Municipal Council of Maheshwar, Dist. Khargone, Madhya Pradesh
C 1 Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu
3 Best maintained and Disabled Friendly Monument 1 1 Bhojpur Temple, Bhojpur, Madhya Pradesh
4 Tourist Friendly Railway Station 1 1 Railway Station Habibganj – Madhya Pradesh
5 Airports Airports in Class X Cities (Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Greater Mumbai and Kolkata 1 Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
  Airports in other cities 1 Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
6 Best Heritage Walk 1 1 India City Walks for Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi
7 Best Heritage City 1 1 Heritage City Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
8 Rural Tourism Project 1 1 Rann Utsav, Gujarat

Hotel  & Restaurant Award Category of  Awards Prize Awardees
1 Best 2 Star category hotel 1 1 Resorte Marinha, Dourada, Tambudki, Arpora, Bardez, Goa – 403518.  
Best 3 Star category hotel 1 1 The Marari Beach, Mararikulam North P.O., Alapuzha – 688549, Kerala
Best 4 Star category hotel 1 1 Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom, 1/404, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kottayam – 686566, Kerala
Best 5 Star category hotel 1 1 Meluha The Fern, An Ecotel Hotel, Central Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai – 400076
Best 5 Star Deluxe category hotel 1 1 The Oberoi, Dr. Zakir Husain Marg, New Delhi
2 Best Heritage (Basic) category hotel 1 1 Samode Haveli, Gangapole, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Best Heritage (Classic) category hotel 1 1 Coconut Lagoon, P.B. No 2, Kumarakom, Kottayam – 686563, Kerala
Best Heritage (Grand) category hotel 1 1 The Oberoi Cecil, Chaura Maidan, Shimla – 171004, Himachal Pradesh
3 Best Hotel Based Meeting Venue Hotel


1 1+ 1 (i)    Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre, Fatehabad Road, Agra – 282004 

(ii) The Lalit, New Delhi, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001 

4 Best Standalone Convention Centre  1 1 Leonia International Centre for Exhibitions & Conventions, Leonia Holistic Destination, Bommaraspet, Shameerpet, Ranga Reddy Distt, Hyderabad – 500078, Andhra Pradesh
5 Best Hotel for having Facilities for Differently Abled Guest 1 1 Taj West End, #25, Race Course Road, Bangaluru – 560001, 5 – Star Deluxe
6 Best Eco – Friendly category Hotel


1 1 ITC Windsor Hotel, Bangaluru, 25, Windsor Square, Golf Course Road- Bangalore – 560052, Karnataka
7 Best Chef for 1,2,3 Star category and Heritage (Basic) and Stand Alone Restaurants category 1 1 Shri 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 1 1 Shri Ravitej Nath, Executive Chef, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts(5-Star Deluxe)
8 Bed & Breakfast category  approved by the State Government 1 1 Coconut Creek Farm and Homestay, Near Nazareath Church, Kumarakom South P.O., Kottayam – 686563, Kerala (Diamond Category

Travel Trade Award Category of  Awards Prize Awardees
1 Best Inbound Tour Operators / Travel Agents (handling inbound tours)






Category I

(Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs.100 crore & above)

1st  M/s Kuoni Travel India Pvt Ltd,  Gurgaon
2nd M/s Le Passage to India Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd.,  New Delhi 
3rd M/s Caper Travel, New Delhi
Category II

(Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs.50 crore & above but less than 100 crore)

1st M/s Trail Blazer Tours India Pvt Ltd,  New Delhi
2nd M/s Minar Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
Category III

(Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs.25 crore & above but less than 50 crore)

1st M/s Cholan Tours Pvt Ltd, Trichy


Travel Scope, Gurgaon
3rd M/s Top Travel &Tours(P) Ltd, New Delhi
Category IV

(Foreign Exchange Earnings of  Rs.10 crore & above but less than 25 crore)



M/s GeTS  Holidays Pvt Ltd, New Delhi


M/s Travelite (India), New Delhi
3rd M/s 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 M/s Magadh Travels & Tours  Pvt Ltd,New Delhi
3rd M/s 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 M/s Centre Tour & Travels, Srinagar


M/s Unitop Tours and Travel Pvt Ltd
3rd M/s Dravidian Trails Holidays Pvt Ltd,Cochin
2 Tourist Transport  Operator Category I 1st M/s Eco Mobility & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
2nd M/s Carzonrent (India)Pvt Ltd,New Delhi
3rd M/s Parveen Travels, Chennai
Category II 1st M/s Alwar Tourist Transport Service,New Delhi
2nd M/s Panicker’s Travel (India) Pvt Ltd,New Delhi
3rd M/s Sherya Travels,  Nagpur
3 Best  Domestic Tour Operators Category 1 Promoting and Selling Tourism Products of Rest of  India 1st M/s  Kesari  Tours  Pvt. Ltd.
2nd Southern Travels Pvt. Ltd.
3rd M/s  D Paul’s Travel & Tours Ltd.
Category II

Promoting and Selling Tourism Products of North Eastern Region including Sikkim

1 award M/s Clubside Tours  & Travels, Darjeeling
Category III

Promoting and Selling Tourism Products of Jammu & Kashmir Region

1 award M/s  Kesari  Tours  Pvt. Ltd.
4 Best  Adventure  Tour Operator 1 1 award M/s  Snow  Leopard  Adventure  Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon
5 Best  MICE  Operator 1 1 award M/s  Alpcord  Network, New Delhi

 Publicity Award Category of  Awards Prize Awardees
1 Excellence in Publishing in English  1 1 Experience Himachal on the Road

Author : Raaja Bhasin

Publisher : Times Group Books 

2 Excellence in Publishing in Foreign Language other than English  1 1 Eat Shop Trek [Essen Shoppen Wandern in German]

Submitted by Kerala Tourism


3 Best Tourism Film 1 1 ‘The Great Backwaters of Kerala’

Submitted by Kerala Tourism 

4 Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material (State & Union Territory) 1 1 ‘Gujarat’s 50 Golden Destinations’

[Coffee Table Book]

Submitted by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd 

5 Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material

(Private Stakeholders)

1 1 Set of Brochure containing

(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 Award Category of  Awards Prize Awardees
1 Best  Overseas  Tour Operator Latin America 1 award M/s. Raidho Viagens, Brazil.
  North America 1 award M/s. SITA World Tours, USA
  West Asia & Africa 1 award M/s. Lulu International Travel & Tourism, Abu Dhabi.
  Australasia 1 award M/s. Exotic Holidays Ltd.,
  UK 1 award Kuoni, UK
  Europe 1 award Travel Lab SAS, France.
2 Best Foreign Charter Operator for India 1 1 award M/s. Pegas Touristik, Russia.
3 Best Foreign Journalist for India 1 1 award Ms. Catherine Marshal, Australia.

Niche Tourism Award Category of  Awards Prize Awardees
1 Innovative / Unique Tourism Project 1 1 Sair Sapata – submitted by M/s. Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd., Bhopal
2 Responsible Tourism Project / Initiative 1 1+1  “Human Rights Impact Assessment Conducted by Kuoni – submitted by M/s. KUONI Travel (India) Pvt., Ltd.,   Destination Management, Gurgaon” & “Thekkady” – submitted by the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Trivandrum
3 Tourism Friendly Golf Course 1 1 Hyderabad Golf Course / Hyderabad Golf Club – submitted by M/s. Hyderabad Golf Association.
4 Wellness Centre 1 1 Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Hospital Pvt. Ltd – submitted by M/s. Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Kovalam, Trivandrum, Kerala
5 Medical Tourism Facility 1 1 Apollo International Referral Centre Hospital, Hyderabad – submitted by M/s. Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
6. Tour Operator Promoting Niche Segments other than Adventure and MICE 1 1 M/s. Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., Mumbai for promoting Cruise Tourism (shore excursions)
7. Best Film Promotion Friendly State/Union Territory 1 1 Gujarat – submitted by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited for their efforts to promote Gujarat as a film destination.

Information Technology Award Category of  Awards Prize Awardees
1 Most innovative use of Information Technology / Best Website / Portal 1 1 Deptt. of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala
  1 special award Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd.



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