Union KJ Alphons on 28 September 2018 presented the National Tourism Awards 2016-17 and launched the ‘Incredible India’ mobile app and the “Incredible India Tourist Facilitators Certification” programme on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
India will be the host country for official World Tourism Day celebrations for the UNWTO, in 2019. The theme for the World Tourism Day 2018 is “Tourism & Digital Transformation”, the minister recounted the various digital initiatives taken by the ministry in harnessing technology for tourism promotion, which includes, launch of a new Incredible India website; 24 X7 chatbot interface on this website; launch of a new website on Buddhism in India and other initiatives.
That the ministry of tourism has formulated a voluntary scheme for Approval of Operational Motels, with effect from 25th September 2018 with an aim of recognising the motel segment as a component of the overall tourism product, and set standards of facilities and services of Motels.
The ministry of tourism annually presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. These awards are being given since the early 1990s and are presented to State Governments / Union Territories, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators and tourist transport operators, individuals and other private organizations, in recognition of their performance in their respective fields, and also to encourage healthy competition with an aim to promote tourism.