ATM honors India for their re development works following 2013 calamities

Arabian Travel Market 2014 has selected India as the recipient of 2014 New Frontiers Award in recognition of the nation’s ongoing efforts to reconstruct the physical infrastructure as well as its rural tourism economy following the June 2013 landslides and floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand as well as the devastation bust up by the tropical Cyclone Phailin that wrecked the northeastern states in October.

Significant displacements as well as fatalities of over 1.1 million people were further aggravated by the destruction of entire communities as well as the destruction of crops and farmland. While accepting the award India’s Ministry of Tourism’s Devender Singh said that tremendous effort is being made at all levels in terms of rebuilding tourism infrastructure in the affected regions, from state government activities to all the financial help from the Government of India. It would be a long term process and they have just started to get back to normal, but they are very optimistic for the future.

Arabian Travel Market organizers Reed Travel Exhibitions’ Portfolio Director Mark Walsh told that along with acknowledging India’s efforts in dealing the immense challenge of reconstructing their agricultural and tourism infrastructure, this is also an invaluable scope for the travel industry to learn from the experience of past recipients such as the Philippines and Chile as they share their road to recovery stories.

As per World Travel & Tourism Council’s Annual Economic Impact data, 2014 would be a great year for India’s tourism sector that is set to experience a huge increase in economic contribution.