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Ministry of Tourism bags PATA Awards
Ministry of Tourism has won a Pacific Asia Travel Association Grand Award for the Rural Tourism Project at Hodka village in Kutch District of Gujarat and Gold Awards in two other categories.

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has been honoured with a PATA Grand Award and two PATA Gold Awards during the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart 2010 which concluded in Macau today. The PATA Grand Award was given under the Heritage category for the Rural Tourism Project at Hodka village in Kutch District of Gujarat. The citation said, “The scale of this project is very welcome and could have major positive impacts on the community.”

The two PATA Gold Awards were bestowed on the Ministry under the Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Print Media and Marketing – Primary Government Destination categories. The Eco-tourism Marketing Campaign, which won India, the Gold Award under Primary Government Destination was judged as an “Excellent Objective”. “Targeting the World Climate Summit held in Copenhagen was an innovative idea to contribute to the Summit’s Debate” the judges said while selecting the entry for the Award.

The Awards were given away at a glittering function held in Macau today by the Chairman – PATA, CEO - PATA and the Director, Macau Government Tourist Office, in the presence of over 1000 buyer and seller delegates from across the world.

Shri R. H. Khwaja, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India who headed the delegation from India to the PATA Travel Mart 2010 received the PATA Grand Award and Shri Anand Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India received the two Gold Awards.

The PATA Travel Mart 2011 will be held in Delhi in September 2011.

Source: Press Information Bureau