Mumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) today signed an agreement with Jamia Millia Islamia to jointly offer a three-year Bachelors of Vocation (B.Voc) degree in food production.

It will also offer a one-year diploma in hospitality through the Ashok Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management, one of the premier PSU hospitality training institutes of the country under ITDC.

The program will be operated under the department of tourism, hotel, hospitality, and heritage studies (DTHHHS), faculty of humanities and languages of the university.

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Marriott unifies loyalty programmes

* Marriott International today announced it will introduce unified benefits across its rewards – The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest – for its members in August.

This will create an incredibly rich hospitality loyalty program in which members will earn more points faster than under the prior programs – on average 20 per cent more points for every dollar spent, the global hospitality group said in a release issued here.

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MTDC to promote Maharashtra as medical tourism destination * Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) today said it will promote the state as the preferred destination for medical and wellness tourism at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2018.

“While the segment (medical tourism) is largely untapped and caters to a niche segment of travellers, we have seen a steady growth in this sector due to the quality and economically friendly services the state has to offer,” Maharashtra tourism and employment guarantee scheme minister Jaykumar Rawal said in a statement here.

He said, the government is aiming to position Maharashtra as a medical and wellness tourism hub and is in the process of signing an MoU with the Indo-Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industries to highlight lucrative investment prospects within the sector.

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