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Friday, 12 May, 2017, 12 : 05 PM [IST]

HolidayIQ recognises India’s best tourism products and destinations at ‘Better Holiday Awards’

Goa Best State for Tourism & Maharashtra Most Popular for Tourism
Travel review site HolidayIQ honoured best of India’s travel and tourism products and destinations at its second annual 'Better Holiday Awards'. The awards were given away at a function held in Delhi which was attended by Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister for DoNER (Development Of North Eastern Region), Priyank Kharge, Minister for Tourism and IT, Government of Karnataka and others.  

Goa won the ‘Best State for Tourism’ award, while Maharashtra bagged the ‘Most Popular State’ for tourism award at the Better Holidays Award 2017.  Chhattisgarh has emerged as India’s ‘emerging state in tourism’. Other important winners included Gokarna (Best Beach destination), Alappuzha (Best backwater destination), Amritsar (Best pilgrim destination), Gulmarg (Favourite adventure destination), Mahindra Holidays (Best resort chain), Lemon Tree Hotels (Favourite hotel chain), OYO (Promising hotel chain), Raneh Falls (Best waterfalls), Lake Pichhola (Best natural attraction), etc.

Delivering his keynote address, Singh appreciated the efforts of HolidayIQ in promoting “lesser known” destinations in the country. Speaking specifically on North East of India, Minister said that the region has been neglected for a very long time, and there have been concerted attempts to improve the situation and bring back the region at par with other regions of the country in terms of infrastructure and other facilities in the last two years. Most of the states are now connected by rail network. Efforts to improve air connectivity by making Guwahati airport a hub for helicopter operations are also being explored.  

Kharge spoke about “disruptive” initiatives being undertaken by the State government to “brand Bengaluru” and the state as a destination for tourists. While other states were focusing on “investment meets”, Karnataka has been focusing on “Ideation”, he said.  He highlighted successful initiatives like ‘year of the wild’ campaign, the project to engage start ups in branding and curating tours, etc.

Talking about the ‘Better Holiday Awards’, Hari Nair, Founder, HolidayIQ said that unlike other awards which are decided by expert jury or by organisers themselves, Better Holiday Awards are decided by Indian travellers. “Central point of these awards is that they are decided by Indian travellers. We place travellers at the centre and they come before everything,” he said.  

There was a joint knowledge seminar by Facebook and HolidayIQ on how mobile and smart phones are changing the way travellers search, buy and  review travel products in the country.   
 
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