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Odisha Tourism has been adjudged as the "Best Cultural Tourism Destination"
Odisha Tourism has been adjudged as the "Best Cultural Tourism Destination" in india and got the award from Travel+Leisure magazine in a glittering function at Taj Lands End, Mumbai on 23rd April 2013. This award was given to Odisha Tourism on the basis of Reader's Poll and online feedback
 IRCTC Mahaparinirvan Express Odisha Special Flagged Off for Odisha
New Delhi, 20 January 2013:
The maiden Odisha special Mahaparinirvan (Buddhist) Express flagged off today from the Safdarjung Railway station of New Delhi for a 7 Nights/8Days expedition covering the Buddhist circuit of Odisha . The entire journey will cover Bodhgaya, Odisha (Ratnagiri-Udayagiri-Lalitgiri and Dhauli), Nalanda, Rajgir, Varanasi, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Lumbini and Agra before returning to Delhi. Out of the entire journey, the stay in Odisha will be for one whole day. The train will reach Odisha in the morning of 22nd January & leave same day in the evening.
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Odisha Tourism gets the “Best Tourism Festival Award”
Odisha Tourism has bagged the Best Tourism Festival Destination Award in a prestigious award ceremony of International Tourism Conclave & Travel Award function held at East Bourne Resorts & Spa, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh on 07.04.2012.

ITCTA promotes tourism by undertaking promotional and publicity activities, facilitate the exchange of market information, encourage partnerships between the public & private sector and facilitate the easing of barriers to travel industries.

Odisha Tourism has been playing a significant role to showcase the rich cultural and religious heritage through its treasure of classical & folk music & dance. Odisha got this recognition as the best Tourism Festival Destination Award for its innovative and cultural related activities during the past few years. The rich cultural heritage of Odisha has been show-cased through its colourful festivals like : (1) International Sand Art Festival, (2) International Surfing Festival, (3) International Odissi Festival, (4) Gotipua Dance Festival, (5) Konark Festival, (6) Toshali National Crafts Mela, (7) Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav, (8) Mukteswar Dance Festival, (9) Rajarani Music Festival, (10) Choreography Festival of Dance (Samrachana).

The International Sand Art Festival and International Surfing Festival were organized for the first time in India by Odisha Tourism. In addition to this, the Guinness record event with 518 Odissi Dancers performing together for 28 minutes was also organized by Odisha Tourism. Further a Jugalbandi with US 3D chalk artist and Sudarshan Pattnaik, International Sand Artists was also organized by Odisha Tourism in collaboration with US Consulate General, Hyderabad, which was also a rare event of its kind organized in India.
ODISHA TOURISM GETS THE “BEST HERITAGE STATE AWARD”
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, on 8 March 2012 .

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.
Odisha Tourism got the best Emerging Destination award
Odisha Tourism got the best Emerging Destination award. This award was given by Travel + Leisure India and South Asia a World's leading travel and lifestyle magazine.
Odisha got this recognition as best emerging destination for its innovative Tourism related activities. Travel + Leisure, India and South Asia has given 49 awards in 29 categories like best country, best hotel, best emerging destination in India and across the world, luxury train, destination spa, honeymoon destination etc. These awards were chosen through a pool through the magazine and online.
OTDC augments its transport fleet
OTDC is in the process of augmenting its transport fleet by adding modern sophisticated vehicles like Volvo Coach, TATA Globus, TATA Winger etc. The new vehicles will join the fleet with in a couple of days.
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