Omkar Properties to launch their first resort by December 2008
Mumbai based Omkar properties Pvt. Ltd. Will be launching their first property, a resort called “Blue Ocean Resort & Spa” at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. It will be operational by December’2008. The resort will be in villa style and will have facilities like a swimming pool, a restaurant, a spa and a banquet. The resort will have around 15000 sq. ft are dedicated to the spa. Initially 25 villas and two restaurants will be set up by December 2008. In the next two to three years, a total number of 100 villas and six restaurants will come up.
Kerala Tourism to organise Grand Kerala Shopping Festival in December, 2008
Kerala Tourism, in order to promote the state and make it a shopping paradise, will organise 45 days long Grand Kerala Shopping Festival, starting December 1, 2008 to January 15, 2009. The Government of India has already allocated Rs 20 crore for the festival. The state tourism will also host Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), a Business to Business (B2B) event in Kochi from September 20 to 23, 2008, presenting international travel and tourism trade with perfect opportunity to make fresh contacts, strike deals and discover new realms of success. The state has introduced Green Season package for the middle class families. Marching aggressively ahead of all the other states, Kerala is scaling new heights in tourism. The state registered a remarkable increase in domestic and international tourists during 2007.While international arrivals recorded a significant 20.37 per cent increase over the previous year's figures, the domestic tourist arrivals marked a 5.92 per cent increase.
JAIPUR TO HAVE ELEPHANT VILLAGE
Elephants in Jaipur and their keepers will have a new home, with work on a 'hathi gaon' (elephant village) to start soon. The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has handed over possession of 30 hectares of land on the Delhi bypass road to the Rajasthan Tourism department. After completion of the project - the first of its kind in India - all the elephants in the city are expected to bid adieu to their present nomadic status. Under the project, the tourism department will provide shelter to about 100 elephants. At the moment, the elephants, used to ferry tourists to Amber Fort and sometimes carry load, spend the night on the city streets. The project would include a natural park-like shelter for elephants with extensive plantation, a well-equipped veterinary hospital and proper sewerage facilities. Besides, a small man-made pond would come up for the elephants to play in. The elephant keepers (mahouts) would be provided residential accommodation in the park. Other tourist facilities would include restaurants, an artefact manufacturing centre and a special museum depicting Rajasthani culture and tradition.
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