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The Newsletter for the month of September 2019 focuses on the intent of transforming Puri into a World Heritage Site, the air connectivity infrastructure of Odisha with the rest of the world, water based tourism, community managed ecotourism, various heritage homestays and the emergence of Odisha as India’s sports capital. It also talks about Odisha's revamped digital tourism model, its experiments in soft power, and the safety, security and hospitality of tourists in the state.
The Newsletter for the month of January, 2020 announces Odisha’s collaboration with Wonderla Parks and Resorts to set up a world class amusement park in Khurdha. It speaks about the target of revamping the Ekamra Kshetra and the collaboration of the Dept. with Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation in planning of Heritage Zone Development projects. It mentions the success of the Marine Drive Eco Retreat, the mission of ushering in a new wave of beach tourism, Odisha’s emergence as a Water Sports and Recreation Hub and the global outreach of the Dept. to tour operators, travel agents and hospitality sectors. Odisha Biennale 2019, Konark Dance Festival and International Sand Art Festival have been covered. The department’s efforts to boost global air connectivity and in organizing spiritual trips for the aged have been mentioned. A blog on the beauty of Deomali winds up this edition.
The Newsletter for the month of April, 2020 focuses on tackling the looming challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic. It speaks about the successful completion of the Marine Drive Eco Retreat, the National Tourism Conference and the launch of day-long nature trails amidst the wilderness of the state. A recap of Odisha Tourism's flagship events has been provided. Also, the inauguration of the Gandhi Peace Centre at Khandagiri in Bhubaneswar by the Hon'ble CM has been covered. The state’s sporting achievements have been highlighted and lastly, a blog on Raghurajpur, the heritage crafts village, has also been published.
The Newsletter for the month of July, 2020 mentions that the status of State Song has been accorded to Bande Utkala Janani by the govt. of Odisha. It emphasizes on the need to prepare for tourist safety, Odisha Tourism’s focus on encouraging road trip itineraries across the state and their plan to replicate the successful glamping model of the Marine Drive Eco Retreat. The Supreme Court’s green signal to Ratha Yatra 2020 has been mentioned along with the launch of OTDC's Ama Ghara Ama Handisala campaign and also it’s initiative of delivering pithas at the doorsteps of the residents of Bhubaneswar & Cuttack on the occasion of the Raja Utsav. The project of complete solarisation of the Konark Sun Temple and land pooling for tourism & hospitality in Odisha have been discussed. The edition ends with a blog on Raj-Ranpur.
The Newsletter for the month of October, 2020 mentions the return of Eco Retreat at five various locations, the plan to develop Odisha’s Buddhist circuit and OTDC's new initiative of promoting Odia cuisine restaurants. The celebration of World Tourism Day through a superbike rally has been covered and the best entries from the social media photo contest has been published. Focus on community managed ecotourism has been given and Sambalpur's Rani Mahal has found space in this edition. The Blue Flag certification of Puri's Golden Beach has also been highlighted.
The Newsletter for the month of January, 2021 emphasizes on OT's efforts and campaigns to leverage regional tourism and also highlights the successful training and working of the hospitality industry under Covid-19 protocols. The rich heritage of Sambalpur and OTDC’s initiative to transform its hotel properties have been highlighted. Odisha’s tryst with wellness and spirituality and a guide on what to expect in 2021 have been discussed. The Chilika Bird Festival 2021 has been covered and the renewal of the department’s strategic understanding with the Dept. of Forest and Environment has been discussed. This edition ends with two informative blogs.
The Newsletter for the month of April, 2021 shares anecdotes from visitors during the Eco Retreat Odisha glamping festival. Odisha’s fast rise as a major hub of beach tourism and the much anticipated facelift of the Tampara Lake has been mentioned. Boosting tourism with respect to Odisha's resplendent water bodies, premium hospitality has been discussed. National fame and limelight of Odisha’s art, culture and films have been highlighted. The Director of Tourism’s take on the new dawn of tourism and hospitality sector of Odisha has been published. The promotion of local art at weekly night bazaars discussed along with glimpses from Odisha Tourism’s recent flagship events. OT's success at the 6th India Responsible Tourism awards and its capability to revive tourism have been discussed. The Herculean ITF Triathlon and the Beach Soccer Corporate Tournament have been covered. Lastly, six intriguing blogs on various aspects of the state have been published.
The newsletter for the month of July, 2021 mentions about the re-launch of Silver City Boat Club and the target of developing water-based recreation and tourism throughout the state. It talks about OT and BMC’s joint venture of organizing a vaccination drive for the hospitality sector of Odisha and the virtual roundtable held by FICCI for tourism and hospitality stakeholders of the state. It discusses OTDC's initiative – ‘Pitha On Wheels’ which kept the spirits of the Raja festival alive during lockdown. The newsletter throws light on how Raghurajpur is undergoing a complete artistic makeover to attract tourists post lockdown. It further discusses the steps taken up by the Department to diversify niche travel experiences across the state for tourists. It also delves on the prospect of embarking on an immersive monsoon escapade across the Eastern Ghats in Koraput. Last but not the least, the newsletter enriches you with 9 engaging articles and stories revolving around various enthralling aspects of Odisha, written by eminent personalities coming from various spheres of life.
The latest edition of Odisha Tourism’s newsletter, Odisha Unravelled, discusses the Light and Sound Show at Samaleswari Temple inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister. It mentions about the launch of restaurant ‘Nimantran’ in Bhubaneswar that serves authentic Odia cuisine. The newsletter covers the webinar hosted by Odisha Tourism on ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth' comprising of esteemed guests as part of the World Tourism Day celebrations. It also showcases the winning entries of this year’s photography contest ‘Odisha Through Your Lens’, conducted by the Dept. It talks about ‘Nuakhai Bhetghat', a celebration of folk dance and music of Western Odisha – an initiative of the Dept. of Tourism on the occasion of Nuakhai. The newsletter also throws light on how the Ratha Jatra celebrations were successfully carried out this year without devotees, as the chariots were pulled by Covid negative servitors. It gives a detailed itinerary of exciting road trips that one can embark on throughout Odisha as part of the ‘Odisha By Road' campaign. It discusses the second edition of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality e-conclave conducted by FICCI and partnered by Odisha Tourism. It talks about the Master Plans for Sustainable Tourism Development of various destinations across Odisha that the Dept. is actively working towards, starting with the Harishankar Peetha. It also mentions about the opening of two new nature camps and the initiation of a Heritage Walk in Puri every Sunday. Besides these, the newsletter also contains 4 different articles written by people coming from various spheres of life that highlight the natural beauty and cultural heritage of India’s best kept secret.
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