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Tornos President & CEO Conducts a Webinar on Awadh for DOT-Government of India

Our President and CEO, Prateek Hira conducted a Knowledge Sharing Webinar for the Department of Tourism Government of India which was highly appreciated and acknowledged by the department through a personal letter by the Secretary Tourism, Government of India. 

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TravTalk interviews Prateek Hira (CEO-Tornos) June-2020 Issue

Prateek Hira, Founding President & CEO, Tornos and Gastroutes, and Chairman – IATO Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand chapters, feels that COVID-19 has come as a further dampener to the already dampened inbound tourism sector of India, adding to its woes and putting the sector in a comatose-like situation.

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Prateek Hira shares thoughts with TTJ on future of Tourism after COVID

Times are not easy for travel companies and the experience of the most experienced in the trade 1s now futile. Each term in tourism has a new meaning and definition but at the same time, we ought to see this as one clean turf with a level playing field open for us as an industry. Let’s plan seriously for a better tomorrow. Prateek Hira, President & CEO — Tornos, Gastroutes & Indian Frontiers shares more with TTJ…

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Prateek Hira’s cover story in T3FS on Uttarakhand

Prateek Hira’s cover story in T3FS on Uttarakhand – Choukori (Kumaon)

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Prateek Hira addresses students of BABA GHULAM SHAH BADSHAH UNIVERSITY. RAJOURI – JAMMU & KASHMIR

Our President & CEO, Prateek Hira addressed the students of BABA GHULAM SHAH BADSHAH UNIVERSITY. RAJOURI – JAMMU & KASHMIR live on their FaceBook page as apart of their ongoing lecture series.  Gepostet von Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri am Mittwoch, 22. April 2020

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Government of India’s Destination Webinar on Lucknow : ‘Awadh Ki Sair’

Destination Webinar organised by Department of Tourism, Government of India is conducted, moderated and contributed to by our President & CEO, Prateek Hira. 

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Discussion on Impacts and Revival of Tourism in Uttar Pradesh

Our President & CEO, Prateek Hira presents keynote remarks in FICCI Web Meeting on impacts and ways to revive tourism in Uttar Pradesh. Meeting is chaired by Principal Secretary Tourism (Govt of UP), Mr. Jitendra Kumar  and co-Chaired by Mr. Ravi Kumar N.G (Secretary & Director General – Tourism, Govt of UP). 

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Message from Prateek Hira for the students of Travel & Hospitality in times of Corona Virus

I know its along time but be sure it will be as it was, and in fact much more in numbers than ever. At the end of the day, no sanitizations, no leaving seats vacant in the airlines, no temperature checks in the hotel and above all no social distancing will be a norm in the next 12 to 18 months. Or so I firmly believe. Fear is playing a huge role at the moment, but the silver lining in the dark cloud is, we have very short memory and an attitude to just forget and move on.  

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Webinar on Culinary Tourism: Discover India by Taste

Prateek Hira (President & CEO – Tornos & Gastroutes) on the panel of Culinary Tourism in India being his forte by his education and experience. Tornos being the first company in India to organise food walks in Lucknow and Gastroutes being a specialist brand of Tornos that organises culinary tours through India by drawing regional […]

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Daily World Carries Research Article by Prateek Hira on Impacts of Coronavirus on Tourism

Read in an e-paper : http://epaper.dailyworld.in/Details.aspx?id=74716&boxid=79569&uid&dat=2020-04-05

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COVID-19 IMPACT ON TOURISM (In Indian Context)

COVID-19 has come as a dampener to the otherwise dampened tourism industry. As it is, tourism, specially inbound tourism, was not passing through a good phase and coronavirus only added to the woes, putting the industry in comatose. Worry is about its ripple effects that will only popup after this immediate situation has ended. Tourism largely stands on the foundation of a good economy and in this case the global economy is shaken to the core.

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Tornos’ Founder President & CEO, Prateek Hira delivers a message in the wake Corona Virus.

LATEST UPDATE (As on May 27, 2020) Since 22nd of March 2020 India was in a lockdown due to COVID threat. Things are now opening up in phases and all this while, Tornos was preparing itself to reopen with new COVID safeguard measures which now are very much in place and we are now functional […]

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Prateek Hira comments on Defence Expo Hotel Rates & dearth of rooms

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/lucknow-1-lakh-for-a-room-hotel-tariffs-hit-roof-this-season/articleshow/73921808.cms

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Prateek Hira’s Comments on Coronavirus Impact on Destinations & Monuments

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/foreign-tourists-to-lucknow-monuments-dip-by-half-thermal-guns-screen-visitors-at-taj/articleshow/74502023.cms

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Prateek Hira’s Comments about COVID-19 in Times of India

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/hotels-empty-city-tourism-suffers-rs-100cr-loss/articleshow/74664181.cms

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River tours through Gomti to start soon

River Rhapsody, a river tour company is all set to start river tours through Gomti river in Lucknow. The company will be headquartered in Lucknow and will run river tours and river-side camping through Ganges and other rivers of state of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.  

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Temporary restriction on incoming foreign travellers into India

Due to Corona-virus scare Indian government has banned all foreigners from entering India from 13 March till 15 April 2020. This decision was taken up by the group of ministers to counter the pandemic situation that has taken the world by surprise. Government of India plans to restrict any incoming threat and eradicating internal cases […]

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Sound & light show to begin in the Residency

A one of its kind light and sound show, Son et Lumiere, that was lying suspended for past nine years will be back in operation in the next couple of months at the British Residency. Tourism department officials said the preparations were all done and they had approached UP C M Yogi Adityanath to inaugurate […]

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British era train prepping up for a forest run after 40 years

In a unique experience for passengers, a train from the times of the British which ran on the country’s first track laid in a forest for timber transportation will soon start its operation again. The train will run after a hiatus of 40 years, its route though would be curtailed from the earlier 22.4 km […]

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India’s largest ancient burial site: 3800 years old

Carbon dating tests have confirmed that India’s largest known necropolis located in Sanauli, Uttar Pradesh is 3800 years old. 126 burials have been discovered until now at this site. The elaborate burials including underground chambers, rice pots and decorated legged coffins buried here belong to an indigenous warrior tribe which inhibited the region, according to […]

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Vieilles Maisons Françaises Honours La Martiniere for heritage conservation

La Martiniere College , Lucknow  received a prestigious honour in the 175th year for the conservation of heritage and grand restoration of French architect outside France. Mr. Philippe Toussaint , President of the VMF association in France presented this award to the Principal Mr. Carlyle McFarland at the special assembly held in the morning on […]

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Kathak museum in Lucknow – ‘Kalka Bindadin Ki Dyodhi’

More than 60 pictures of Birju Maharaj are in the main hall of the edifice. Pandit Birju Maharaj is no less than an idol to every Kathak performer and this place gives you a glimpse of his childhood and his early days. You even got a chance to see his bedroom and the courtyard where […]

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Prateek Hira speaks to Wonderlook Magazine about the past year 2018 and his expectations from the New Year 2019

Tourism is one industry that lives in hope for better year each year, and how optimistic we are, that even if the past year fails us, we still are excited for the next. 2018 was not a year to remember much, as most of businesses did not do well as projected earlier in 2017. This […]

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The journey from Lucknow to Varanasi to come down from 6 to 4 hours

Here is good news for travellers who love to travel by road. The road journey from Lucknow to Varanasi will now take 4 hours rather than the usual time of 6 hours. The work of broadening 125 KM National Highway-56 stretch from Lucknow to Sultanpur from four to two lanes has been has successfully completed […]

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Gondola discovered at Lucknow’s 220-year-old Chhatar Manzil

A 42-feet-long and 11-feet-long gondola (a traditional, flat-bottomed boat) has been unearthed by the officials of the Uttar Pradesh State Archaeological Department (UPSAD) while excavating the 220-year-old Chhatar Manzil of Lucknow. The Chattar Manzil once served as a palace for the begums (royal women) of Awadh. According to UPSAD officials there is a possibility that […]

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Gurdwara Yahiyaganj – Where 350 yrs ago, 9th Guru meditated for 3 days

As devotees around the world gear up to pay obeisance to Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth among 10 Sikh gurus, on his 398th birth anniversary on Wednesday, the celebrations will be exceptional at Gurdwara Yahiyaganj — the historical shrine constructed in the fond memory of the Guru’s visit to the city. The over 300-year-old Gurdwara […]

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Tornos Silver Jubilee Print Media Coverage

Here’s the print media coverage of Tornos Silver Jubilee Celebration which was held on 10th & 11th August 2019.

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Prateek Hira’s Interview to TTJ-Travel Magazine

Prateek Hira (Chairman – IATO , Uttar Pradesh & Uttrakhand; President & CEO Tornos) Speaks to Bharti Sharma of TTJ in the backdrop of IATO’s 35th Convention in Calcutta (Published TTJ September)….. Tourism Industry in India is going through a rough patch, specifically the inbound trade. The competition among the destinations is one aspect and […]

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Uttar Pradesh – A Land Where Cultures Have Evolved & Religions Emerge by Prateek Hira

Embedded in the heart of India is Uttar Pradesh, a land where cultures have evolved and religions emerge. The greatness of Uttar Pradesh lies not only in this confluence but also in the emergence of cultural and religious traditions along some of the greatest rivers in the Indian sub-continent – the Ganga and the Yamuna. […]

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Wonderlook Magazine Interview of Tornos’ Founder President & CEO – Prateek Hira (December -2018 Issue)

Prateek has two researches to his credit, one on Sri Lankan Tourism as a part of for his research for The Leeds Metropolitan University, while another research by him was on Senior Tourism for Center of Tourism Recreation Research. He has been a Heritage Tourism’ by IGI Global, US. He has two Post Graduate degrees […]

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Comments of Prateek Hira to Travel Magazine T3FS in Cover story : BJP – A Game Changer for Travel Industry?

“Last four years have been tough for the tourism industry. With falling arrivals, loss in traditional markets and increased competition both within and with other destinations it has been tough. Strategic planning for tourism took a back seat in this government. Tourism seemed not to be a priority area, especially if one talks of inbound […]

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Restoring the glory of Vilayati Bagh in Lucknow

Barely 50 metres from the famed and fabulous Dilkusha Garden lies another historically significant royal garden which is comparatively lesser known. Protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the garden and ruins of Vilayati Bagh are set to undergo restoration. “The plan includes raising a boundary wall, landscaping and addition of certain public amenities […]

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Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development : by Prateek Hira

2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development declared by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and today 27th September 2017 is World Tourism Day. It is important to understand the concept of sustainability specially in tourism parlance. Term ‘Sustainability’ is often related to only environment and climate change though its meaning goes […]

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Nawab’s library, Gulistan-e-Iram in Lucknow to turn into literary centre

Gulistan-e-Iram, the royal library of Awadh, may be available for literary programmes soon. Being restored by the UP housing development board, the Nawabi era monument would be developed as a heritage building. Built in the early 19th century, Gulistan-e-Iram was the personal library of King Ghazi-ud-din Haider, who simulated it with the garden of `Jannat’ […]

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British Military Plays `Farewell to Meerut’ after 126 Years

A tune titled ‘Farewell to Meerut’ on the shores of England and Scotland, composed in 1886 by John Balloch in Meerut Cantonment, commonly played by bands. This long dead martial tune was last time played in 1890 by bagpipers here, marking the departure of 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, a very old British regiment, […]

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