Indian Tourism Development Corporation

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ITDC came into existence in October 1966 and has been the prime mover in the progressive development, promotion and expansion of tourism in the country.

Objectives of Indian Tourism Development Corporation

  • To construct, take over and manage existing hotels and market hotels, Beach Resorts, Travellers Lodges/Restaurants

  • To provide transport, entertainment, shopping and conventional services

  • To produce, distribute, tourist publicity material

  • To render consultancy–cum–managerial services in India and abroad

  • To carry on the business as Full–Fledged Money Changers (FFMC), restricted money changers etc

  • To provide innovating, dependable and value for money solutions to the needs of tourism development and engineering industry including providing consultancy and project implementation

The authorised capital of the Corporation is Rs 75 crores and the paid-up capital as on 31.3.2005 was Rs 67.52 crores. 89.9748% of the paid-up equity capital of the Corporation is held in the name of President of India. The Corporation is running hotels, restaurants at various places for tourists, besides providing transport facilities.

In addition, the Corporation is engaged in production, distribution and sale of tourist publicity literature and providing entertainment and duty-free shopping facilities to the tourists.

The Corporation has diversified into new avenues/innovative services like Full–Fledged Money Changer (FFMC) services, engineering related consultancy services etc. The Ashok Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management of the Corporation impart training and education in the field of tourism and hospitality.

Presently, ITDC has a network of 8 Ashok Group of Hotels, 6 Joint Venture Hotels, 2 Restaurants (including 1 Airport Restaurant), 12 Transport Units, 1 Tourist Service Station, 37 Duty Free Shops at International as well as Domestic Customs Airports, 1 Tax Free outlet and 2 Sound and Light Shows. Besides, ITDC is also managing a hotel at Bharatpur and a restaurant at Kosi on behalf of the Department of Tourism.

Indian Tourism Development Corporation

Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation

Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) was established in the year 1981 for the development of tourism in the State of Bihar and for the commercialisation of Tourist Resources available with the State. To achieve this objective, various tourist infrastructures like Tourist Bungalow, Cafeteria, Restaurant, Transportation facilities and Ropeway are provided at various tourist sports by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation.

BSTDC has taken major initiatives to show the potential of tourist places of Bihar to the World. This website is an effort to provide easy information to the tourists visiting Bihar. It aims to provide information related to important tourist places of Bihar State. The details of available facilities such as Accommodation, Transport, Tour Packages, Tourist Information Centers are available online.

Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation

KSTDC whose second name has been Hospitality is the largest Travels Corporation of the State is a professionally run State Government Organisation.

Established in 1971, KSTDC has ever been redefining Hospitality. It has greatly been possible because of the healthy suggestions by the patrons of the arts and culture, who visit the State from different parts of the world. This has mainly been possible with the team of Professionals who is been trained repeatedly to keep updated with the technology to offer better service. The attitude of never say “no” has made this a success.

KSTDC holds the mirror for Karnataka’s art and culture. KSTDC with its Conducted Tours across the state taking you to the Renowned Cities gives an insight to the blend of culture and growth. Probably the most refreshing example of the Largest Democracy also brings the comfort of travelling with ultra-modern Aerotech Coaches.

Maurya Group of Hotels, the premium Lodging and Restaurants setup maintained by KSTDC, are known for their high standard of service and excellent hospitality. KSTDC offices have been set up all over Karnataka to assist the tourists.

Uttar Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation

UP Tourism: The Tourism Development Policy has been framed in Uttar Pradesh under which Tourist circuits are being developed in the following manner :

• Buddhist Circuit
• Bundelkhand Circuit
• Braj (Agra–Mathura) Circuit
• Awadh Circuit
• Vindhya Circuit
• Water Cruise Circuit
• Jain Shrines Circuit
• Sikh Panth Circuit
• Eco–Tourism Circuit

Efforts have been made to arrange high standard accommodation in hotels through the private sector and for this; a rational tax structure is in place. The Department is trying to provide accommodation at affordable rates to pilgrims at religious places. To encourage investments, tourism has been declared an industry.

  • To do proper publicity about such places which, because of their historical importance, may attract tourists

  • To maintain the historical, religious and cultural traditions of Uttar Pradesh and to promote them

  • To provide cheap, clean and satisfactory facilities to tourists in matters of transport, accommodation, food and recreation

  • To get factual and informative literature printed which highlight tourist spots and monuments, their cultural importance and other details and make such literature available to tourists, which will serve as a guide and provide necessary information to them in order to help them to explore India

  • To enhance and encourage the participation of the private sector in efforts of the state Government for providing necessary facilities to domestic and international tourists

  • To organise cultural shows on occasion of different fairs festivals and seminars with a view to attracting more and more tourists

Administrative Arrangement: In order to prepare schemes relating to the development of tourism and to execute them, the Directorate of Tourism was established in the year 1972 of which the Director General is an I.A.S. officer. In 1974, the Uttar Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation was established to look after the commercial activities that are a part of the development of tourism. Its Managing Director is also an I.A.S. office.

In addition, the Food Craft Institute, Aligarh, which was under the control of Government of India and later transferred to the Department of Tourism on 1–7–198, provides training of subjects relating to tourism. In order to give training to students regarding the tourism and travel trade, a Tourism Management Institute has also been established in Lucknow.

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation

Over the past four years, Andhra Pradesh Development Corporation (APTDC) has added an array of functions to its lists of tasks, with a determination to show commendable performance. From just providing information to tourists, it has gone into serious business like accommodation, catering and such other services that have become essential for ensuring tourist infrastructure and service.

The Corporation’s activities Accommodation, Catering, Conducted Tours, Package Tours, Leisure Cruises and Pleasure Boating, Water Sports, Sound and Light Shows, Eco-Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Tourism Infrastructure Development, New Projects Implementation. The Corporation chalked out an action plan covering all these vital functions. The organisational structure of the corporation has also been recast keeping in mind the growth and result-oriented development activity in all these spheres.

The turning point the turnover of the Corporation in 1998 – 99 was Rs.328 lakh and this went on to become a whopping Rs.2004 lakh at the end of the financial year 2001 – 2002–a turnaround that no other tourism corporation in the country would have ever achieved in such a short time. Keeping this performance in view, the Corporation has reset its goals to maintain the tempo and meet the ever-increasing challenges posed by such rapid development and resultant expectations.

The State Tourism Policy and its impact on the tourism Corporation entails Tourism being identified as an engine of economic growth, harnessing the direct and multiplier effects for employment generation and economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Highlighting the opportunities the State has to offer to bring out the vast untapped potential in heritage, pilgrim, beach and convention tourism. Turning into the concept of ‘global village’ against the background of world interrelatedness and advanced communication to accord tourists to Andhra Pradesh the ideal, memorable, pleasurable and economically – friendly travel experience.

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has been established under the Companies Act, 1956, for the systematic development of tourism on commercial lines, with an authorised share capital of Rs.2500.00 lakhs. The paid-up share capital of the Corporation as on 31st March 2001 is Rs. 1462.38 lakhs. The Corporation receives from the State Government financial assistance in the form of share capital contribution. The State Government has entrusted all commercial and promotional tourism activities to this Corporation.

MTDC has, since its inception, been involved in the development and maintenance of the various tourist locations of Maharashtra. MTDC owns and maintains resorts at all key tourist centres and having more resorts is on the plan.

Kerala Tourism Development Corporation

The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) is a public sector undertaking that conducts and regulates the tourism activities of Kerala was formed in 1966. The KTDC is headquartered at Thiruvanathapuram and has offices across all the districts of Kerala. The agency also operates hotels, resorts and tourist rest houses in different key locations within the state. The department has the official slogan Official host to God’s own country.

With sprawling properties, combining modern and traditional architecture in breathtaking exotic islands, luxuriant game reserves, mist-laden hills, palm-fringed beaches and tranquil backwaters; each property under the KTDC Hotels and Resorts is a destination by itself.

The properties ranging from Premium to Budget are designed to function as icons of Kerala heritage and to readily extend the warmth and excitement of the traditional hospitality of Kerala. Further, an interesting fact is that all KTDC properties share one thing – they all assure our guests unique holiday experiences.

Resorts run by KTDC reflect the unique ambience of their location. With a wide range of services to choose from, the guests would not have a dull moment throughout their stay. In the efforts to provide the best to the guests, the corporation makes sure that they get what we have promised. And when it comes to sharing the essence of traditional lifestyles such as Ayurveda and Panchakarma, the best is in Kerala.

Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation

RTDC is a company registered under the Companies Act 1958 with its headquarter at Jaipur. This company is fully owned by the Government of Rajasthan. RTDC gives you the opportunity to experience the charm of the most exotic destination of Rajasthan in most refined lodging and cuisine at a budgeted price. Let yourself enjoy its privileged offers to discover the authenticity of this exotic state and a stay especially made for you.

RTDC acts as a catalyst to establish develop and execute projects and schemes that accelerate tourism in the state. Managing numerous restaurants, cafeterias, motels and bars to enhance the experience of the tourists, the Corporation also organises package tours, fairs, festivals and entertainment, shopping and transport services.

RTDC through its well–established marketing network in India and Abroad plays a vital role in promoting tourism in impact services markets at the domestic and International levels.

The Corporation pioneered budget lodging has become the most recognised trademark in the travel industry. It has been successfully attracting customers and is in pace to meet the challenges of the future. Achieving quality is an ongoing process that the whole company is firmly committed to. The cornerstone of our quality process is the creation and nurturing of a “Culture of Customer Service”. In fact, exceptional customer service is important to its business, because it believes that a warm and cordial reception of the guest is the key to hospitality.

The tourists demand service above the ordinary; a travel experience that is brazenly romantic and adventurous. Therefore, RTDC collaborated with Indian Railways to give travellers a royal experience aboard Palace on Wheels. The train is rated as one of the ten most luxurious trains. Today, you can enjoy an experience delivered with flair and originality for its sheer luxury and dining experience. In 2009 has launched another luxury train– Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

RTDC also has a successful history of public-private partnership (PPP) in Jal Mahal Tourism Project with 100 acres of land at the threshold of Jaipur City in which a multi-component tourism product having hotels, convention centre for above 1500 people with food courts, craft bazaar and recreational centre are in course of implementation. Yet another successful PPP is done for Tijara Fort, a Nazool Property of Govt. of Rajasthan. The RTDC has convenient booking offices all over the country and it offers bookings through its wide network of agents throughout the world.

Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited

Over the years, the number of tourists to Gujarat has increased substantially, largely due to the development in infrastructure undertaken by the Corporation. In fact, the efforts in promoting infrastructure in keeping with the spirit of the state, its people and its natural environment have won the Corporation such prestigious awards as the National Tourism Awards–2005–06 for Best Kept Tourism Monument– Champaner and Excellence in Publication (Collateral).

  • It has also received Best Tourism Film Award of Govt. of India during the Tourism Year 2006 for the tourism film “Glimpses of Glory”;
  • National Tourism Award of Best Tourism Friendly Monument for Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park in 2007, special National Tourism Award of Excellence in Publication (collateral) in 2007;

  • Award for Best ethnic tourism pavilion in SATTE–2007 in New Delhi;

  • Award for promotion of fairs and Festivals in August 2007 and awards at various tourism fairs and exhibitions for Excellence and for tourism promotion and the award for Best Tourism Film for “DHOLAVIRA – A FUTURIC METROPOLIS OF THE PAST” by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

  • GUJARAT received “Best Tourism Pavilion” award on 19th April, 2008 at Asia’s biggest Tourism and Travel exhibition – “SATTE–2008” held at New Delhi.

Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB)

Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) is the highest body to advise Uttarakhand Government on all matters relating to tourism in the State. The board also functions as a regulatory and licensing Authority. The role and functions of the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) are:

  • To place Uttarakhand on the tourism map of the world as one of the leading tourist destinations, and to make Uttarakhand synonymous with tourism;

  • To develop the manifold tourism related resources of the State in an eco- friendly manner;

  • To seek the active participation of the private sector and the local host communities;

  • To develop tourism as a major source of employment and income/revenue generation.

  • To develop tourism as a pivot of the economic and social development in the State.

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC)

The Department of Tourism in Jammu & Kashmir is a promotional and regulatory organization. In 1988, the State Government specified the duties and functions of the Directorate of J&K Tourism as well as J&K Tourism Development Corporation. All commercial activities such as operation and management of accommodation in all Tourist Centres at Srinagar and Jammu Tourist Complexes, Huts and Tourist Bungalows at various resorts were entrusted to the JKTDC.

The Department carries out the task of overall planning, promotion publicity and marketing, regulation of travel trade in terms of J&K registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1978/82.

Objectives of JKTDC: The main objectives of JKTDC are:

  • To promote tourism in the state.
  • Development and up gradation of tourism infrastructure.
  • Identify new areas of tourism potential, develop them and publish them.
  • Establishment of local resorts, hotels, ins etc.
  • Promote pilgrimage tourism.
  • Promote adventure tourism.
  • Control and monitor J&K tourism trade act.
  • Preservation of culture and heritage of the state.
  • Provide incentives for setting up tourist facilities.
  • Involve mechanism for protection of environment.

Functions of JKTDC

  • It helps in maintaining roads, railways or any other transport infrastructure.
  • Provide electricity and water in various tourist destinations.
  • Increase the accommodation facilities by providing number of hotels, guest houses etc.
  • Provide medical facilities to every destination.
  • Provision of qualitative and quantitative food for tourists.
  • Special offers in the visiting season.
  • Organizing of cultural functions, advertising, exhibitions etc.
  • To check activities of travel agencies, taxi drivers etc.

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