‘Paryatan Parv’ to be Organized Nationwide

NEW DELHI : Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism has said that the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in collaboration with other Central Ministries, State Governments and Stakeholders is organizing a "Paryatan Parv" across the country from the 5th to 25th October 2017.

Addressing media persons at a Press Conference here today, he said that programme is being organized with the objective of drawing focus on the benefits of tourism, showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of "Tourism for All". Smt. Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and senior officers were present un the Press Conference.

The Minister informed the media persons that the Paryatan Parv will have three main components:

· Dekho Apna Desh : To encourage Indians to visit their own country.
This will include Video, Photograph and Blog Competitions of sites visited during the Event, Stories of India through Travelers' Eyes, on Social Media, Tourism related Quiz, Essay, Debate and Painting Competitions for Students, Television Campaigns to promote travel to J&K and N.E. States.

· Tourism for All : Tourism Events at sites across all States in the country.
The activities at these sites will include illumination in and around the Sites, Cultural Programmes of Dance, Music, Theatre, Story Telling, Sensitisation Programmes for Stakeholders around the Sites, Tourism Exhibitions, Showcasing Culture, Cuisine and Handicrafts / Handlooms, Guided Heritage Walks, etc. These will be "People's Events" with large scale public participation.

· Tourism & Governance :Interactive Sessions & Workshops with Stakeholders on varied themes:

  •  Skill Development in Tourism Sector
  •  Innovation in Tourism 
  •  For inducting Ex-servicemen as service providers for Taxi Operation
  •  Developing Rural Tourism in locations near established Destinations
  •  Community Sensitisation Workshops on Homestay and B&B Opportunities

The Minister announced that the Parv will be inaugurated at the Humayun's Tomb on 5th October 2017. Heritage Walks are being organized at the monument from 8 AM to 4 PM along with a Painting Competition for students. The formal inauguration of the event will be held at 5:00 PM at the venue which will include a cultural programme with Meera Bhajans by Vidya Shah and Dastan-e-Amir Khusrau presented by Dr. Syeda Hameed, Zakia Zaheer & Rene Singh.

The Paryatan Parv will culminate in a 3 day event in New Delhi from the 23rd to 25th October 2017 which will showcase the cultural diversity of the country, with cultural performances, crafts bazaar, food court showcasing folk and classical dance & music, handicrafts & handlooms and cuisine from all regions and States of the country.

Partners in the event include the State Governments who will organize cultural and other tourism related events, workshops and seminars at the identified sites as well at other destinations and locations in their States.

The Minister informed the media persons that Central Ministries have also proactively come forward and will be part of the event as follows :

  1.  Ministry of Culture will arrange cultural programmes of dance, music, theatre, story telling at identified sites, arrange Artists' Camps at different venues and undertake illumination of ASI monuments during the Parv.
  2. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will extend support for generating awareness about Tourism and the event and Doordarshan will organize competitions to engage with the public.
  3.  Ministry of Textiles will arrange for exhibition of handlooms and handicrafts by artisans at the different sites.
  4.  Ministry of Rural Development, through its National Rurban Missions will arrange local activities focusing on rural tourism at their identified rural clusters.
  5.  Ministry of Human Resource Development will arrange quiz, painting and essay competitions at Kendriya Vidyalayas and excursion trips for students to iconic tourist sites.
  6.  Ministry of Skill Development will partner in workshops on Skill Development in the Tourism Sector and sensitisation of service providers
  7.  Ministry of DONER will coordinate tourism events, exhibitions, cultural programmes and sensitisation programmes in the North East Region.
  8.  Ministry of Ayush will arrange Yoga demonstrations / sessions and workshops.
  9. Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports will organize youth camps, adventure activities and a Tribal Youth Exchange programme during the Parv. Visiting teams participating in the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be taken to tourist sites in the cities where matches will be held.
  10. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will partner in the event for public outreach by organizing tourism related quiz / photography / video competitions on MyGov.
  11. Ministry of Environment & Forests will arrange sensitization programmes on responsible tourism for stakeholders.
  12. Key airports will be given a festive look during the Parv by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and sensitization programmes for staff at the airports will also be organized.
  13. Similarly, Ministry of Railways will arrange for a festive look at major railway stations and will organize sensitization programmes for the railway staff.
  14. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will collaborate by way of launching wayside amenities in identified tourist circuits.
  15. Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas will create tourist wayside amenities at select petrol pumps.
  16. Ministry of Finance (Revenue) will organize sensitization programmes for Customs officials at airports and sea ports.
  17. Ministry of Home Affairs will conduct sensitization programmes for Immigration and CISF officials and staff.
  18. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce will arrange a Tourism Investor Round Table Conference with participation of Indian and Global Investors.

The Minister informed that in the overseas markets, the Ministry of External Affairs through the Indian Missions overseas, will conduct outreach programmes to encourage people to visit India, with special focus on PIOs who have never visited the country.

The "Adopt A Heritage" project launched by the Ministry of Tourism will be implemented at key sites during this period. Wayside Amenities for tourists will also be launched at important sites in identified circuits.

In addition, the mega event will see active participation by Cultural Associations and Organisations, Travel & Hospitality Industry, Institutes of Hotel Management, Indian Institutes of Tourism & Travel Management, Service Providers, Students and Youth and the Local Population.

Paryatan Parv will be supported by extensive media activities and programmes in all media, including Social Media. Doordarshan will telecast special programmes during the event including :

o Quiz Programmes - "The Wonder that is India"
o Smile India Smile Campaign - A still photography competition
o Do You Know ? - A Campaign to propagate interesting facts about India


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