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The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Government, is hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Conference on sustainable tourism development.

The meeting to be held at Hyderabad, city of pearls, will also have a joint meeting of UNWTO Commissions for Far East and Asia Pacific and South Asia during April 12-14.

The events of the United Nations body are coming to Hyderabad after a gap of nine years. The city was earlier host to the 73{+r}{+d} session of its Executive Council in July 2004.

Addressing a press conference, Union Minister for Tourism K Chiranjeevi said, "This will be a major event where delegates from over 29 nations will partake and help the country and the State to present opportunities in the tourism sector and work collaboratively."

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Tourism Ministry will Support Development of New Tourism Spots in India: Dr. K. Chiranjeevi

Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge (I/C) for Tourism, Government of India, recently stated that his ministry would support initiatives to develop new tourism spots across Andhra Pradesh and the rest of India. Speaking at a conference hosted by Andhra Pradesh Real Estate Developers Association, he said Andhra Pradesh is rich with attractive spots, which could be developed as independent tourist destinations. Several spots in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts of the state have the potential to be developed as tourist spots by developing necessary support infrastructure, according to a report by V Rishi Kumar in The Hindu Business Line.

The Minister said that given the potential for job creation in the tourism sector, more emphasis will be laid on its development. N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chief Minister, Government of Andhra Pradesh, said Andhra Pradesh ranks number one in terms of overall tourist visitors in the country. However, most of the tourism is related to pilgrimage tourism.

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Shri Prithviraj Chauhan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra presented The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) Hall of Fame award to hotelier and visionary, Capt. C. P. Krishnan Nair, Chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, for his invaluable contribution to the tourism industry. The award was conferred at the 28th IATO Annual Convention held at NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai, before industry stalwarts including Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Anantrao Pawar, Tourism Minister of Maharashtra, Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister of Maharashtra State for Tourism, Ranjit Kamble Minister of Bihar state for Tourism, Sunil Kumar and President of IATO, Subhash Goyal.


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The 'Common Mobility Card' was launched recently by the Minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath at the Urban Mobility India (UMI) conference-cum-exhibition. A single rechargeable pre-paid card would soon allow commuters across the country to travel by various modes of transport without the headache of buying separate tickets.

The rechargeable ‘Common Mobility’ pre-paid card aims to assist in reducing fraud, cash-handling and paper ticket costs and would initially be introduced on government buses and metros. Private modes of transport like autorickshaws and taxis would also come under its ambit.

“The card will allow passengers across various cities to travel hassle-free by bus, metro, taxi and autorickshaw,” says officer on special duty (urban transport) in the urban development ministry, Sanjeev Kumar Lohia. “We are in talks with DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corp) and DTC (Delhi Transport Corp) and will soon rope in the private operators as well.”

According to Lohia, the rechargeable card works on the same principle as the Delhi Metro card. “The only difference is that this new card will have an 'auto top up' option wherein those who opt for it will get their cards connected to their bank accounts and won't get stuck due to low balance,” maintains Lohia. The card could also be used to pay traffic fines, tolls and parking fees. The UMI is an annual event of the urban development ministry and is a platform for the exchange of information and ideas on sustainable mobility.


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