Art & Crafts in Odisha
Best Heritage State Award Odisha:
Odisha Tourism has bagged the PATWA International Award under the category “Best Heritage State in India” for 2012 in a prestigious award ceremony at ITB Berlin. Director Tourism, Shri H. S. Upadhyay, and President Tour Operator Association Mr Simon Benjamin were present in the ceremony to receive the award.
PATWA organizes international awards every year at the ITB Berlin, which is the world's biggest travel fair, attended by exhibitors from 180 countries and more than 7000 journalists. The PATWA award is given in cooperation with Messe Berlin, to recognize Governments, individuals, organizations involved in promotion of tourism from various sectors such as aviation, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, government agencies and the like. The PATWA is the world's biggest 'Travel Writers' organization, represented by members from 70 countries across the world. The aim of the PATWA International Award is to honor the destinations, entrepreneurs, who have made an invaluable contribution in Aviation, Hospitality and Tourism industry.
Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General-UNWTO, Mr. Ray Bloom, Chairman, IMEX and Shri Subodh Kant Sahay, Minister for Tourism, Government of India were specially present during the ceremony amongst a large number of diplomats, State professionals, Ministers of Tourism and media from all over the world.
Efforts by Tourism Department, under the stewardship of Shri A K Tripathy, Principle Secretary, to promote Odisha as a cultural and heritage destination by organizing various international festivals and running successful media campaigns in both print and electronic media have borne fruits.
The Award ceremony took place on 8 March 2012 at 2-ICC Building, ITB. International Women’s Day was also celebrated during the function with the support of United Nations World Tourism Organisation.