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.