In the National Tourism Award function Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was the Chief Guest and Union Minister for Tourism Mahesh Sharma were also present in the function held at Vigyanbhavan in New Delhi.
- The Awards were given away in various categories by the notably Kerala Tourism has bagged six awards in various categories.
- The Foreign Tourist Arrivals to the country during the period January-June 2016 has witnessed a growth of 8.9 % with 41.86 lakh tourists as against last year same duration.
- The Foreign Exchange Earnings from tourism sector the same span this year also surged by 14.1 % at Rs 73,065 crore during the same period last year.
Some of the Awards are listed below:
followed by Gujarat and Karnataka respectively
|Best state for comprehensive development of tourism|
|Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur railway station||Best Tourist Friendly railway station award|
|Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport||Best Airport award|
|Telangana’s Warangal||Best Heritage City award|
|Monuments of Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh.||Best maintained and disable-friendly monument|
|Taj Exotica, Salcette, Goa||Best hotel award under the five star deluxe category|
|Fateh Prakash Palace in Udaipur, Coconut Lagoon at Kumarakom in Kottayam and Gajner Palace in Bikaner.||Best heritage hotel awards in three different categories|
|The Lalit in New Delhi received an award under the category of||Hotel providing best facilities for the differently-abled guests.|
|Kerala Tourism in the Tourism Promotion and Publishing category||Most Innovative use of Information Technology’ – social media/mobile app.
|The Wayanad initiative—Kerala||Responsible Tourism’ category|
|Sargaalaya Arts and Crafts Village at Iringal, a small but thriving village in Kozhikode–Kerala||Kerala Tourism in the Rural Tourism project category|
|Kerala–Invis Multimedia and social media managed by Stark Communications||Tourism Promotion and Publishing’ category|
|Turtle on the Beach, Kovalam—Kerala||Best hotel in the Five Star category|
|Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom||Best Heritage Hotel in Classic Category|
|Coconut Creek Farm and Homestay, Kumarakom—Kerala||Best Incredible India Bed and Breakfast Establishment|
|Somatheeram Research Institute and Ayurveda Hospital Pvt Ltd, Thiruvananthapuram||Best Wellness Centre.