To encourage quality, standard and service in within the travel trade and promote tourism in India, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has a Scheme of approving travel agents, tour operators adventure tour operators and tourist transport operators.
A Travel Agent is one who makes arrangements of tickets for travel by air, rail, ship, passport, visa, etc. It may also arrange accommodation, tours, entertainment and other tourism related services.
Inbound Tour Operators:
An Inbound tour operator is one who makes arrangements for transport, accommodation, sightseeing, entertainment and other tourism related services for foreign tourists
Tourist Transport Operators:
A Tourist Transport Operator Organization is one, who provides tourist transport like cars, coaches, boats etc. to tourists for transfers, sightseeing and journeys to tourist places etc.
Adventure Tour Operators:
An Adventure Tour Operator is one who is engaged in activities related to Adventure Tourism in India namely, water sports, aero sports, mountaineering, trekking and safaries of various kinds, etc. In addition to that he may also make arrangements for transport, accommodation, etc.
Domestic Tour Operators:
A domestic tour operator is one who makes arrangements for transport, accommodation, sightseeing, entertainment and other tourism related services for domestic tourists.
There are a set of guidelines issued by Ministry of Tourism, for various stake holders of tourism industry and can be found at : http://tourism.gov.in/dept-guidelines/15
To get your approval by Ministry of Tourism, Please visit : https://etraveltradeapproval.nic.in/User/Default.aspx