National Tourism Awards

ntaThis year, Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India announced the National Tourism Awards for 2011-2012. The National Tourism Awards was held in New Delhi on 18th March 2013. The Chief Guest Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, presented the awards in various categories.

In this Pretigious Event, Andhra Pradesh has bagged Awards in seven major categories, including the Best State for Comprehensive Development
of Tourism which is considered to be the highest award in the Industry of Tourism in India.

The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, Hyderabad was awarded the "Best Airport" among the seven Tier-1 cities. In the Tier-2 category (Rest of India), the "Best Airport" award was given to Visakhapatnam Airport.

The Prestigious Award for "Best Heritage City" was given to Warangal. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation was honoured for "Best Civic Management of a tourist destination". Apollo Health City in Hyderabad was named the “Best Medical Tourism Facility” and the International Convention Centre at Hyderabad won in the category of “Best Standalone Convention Centre".
Speaking on the occasion, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee appluaded the efforts of Tourism Industry in the Country and said that the industry had commendably expanded its operations and range of offerings as the number of foreign tourists to India crossed 6.65 million last year. This denotes a growth of 5.4 per cent in such arrivals over the previous year. Foreign exchange earnings in this segment of our economy are estimated to be about Rs 94,500 crore for 2013 - A significant 21.8 per cent increase over the previous year.

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National Tourism Awards – 2011 – 2012

  • Best State – Comprehensive Tourism Development
  • Best Civic Management – Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation
  • Best Heritage City – Warangal
  • Best Airport (1 Tire) – Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad.
  • Best Airport (2 Tire) – Visakhapatnam Airport.
  • Best Standalone Convention Centre – Hyderabad International Convention Centre
  • Best Medical Tourism Facility - Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad


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