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Published on : Friday, July 24, 2015
The first-ever Tourism Investors Meet (TIM) in India was held in the national capital which focussed on interactive meetings between the State Governments and prominent investors. The meeting is organized by FICCI in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI).
The meeting attended by Dr. Lalit K. Panwar, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism sought to bring the private and government sector of tourism together.
In his Inaugural Address, Dr. Panwar announced that from 2016 onwards ‘India Travel Mart’ would be held every year in the country. The Tourism Secretary said that the government was all set to relaunch the Incredible India 2.0.
India’s National Tourism Policy which is in the offing would become a catalyst to drive the tourism industry and give a fillip to infrastructure projects in the sector, said the Tourism Secretary. He emphasized the importance of tourism in Prime Minister Modi’s agenda stating that PM has signed MoUs of cooperation in tourism with all countries that he has visited.
Elaborating on the new schemes for expansion of tourism sector, he informed that the establishment of National Tourism and Hospitality University has received a nod from the Cabinet and the first academic session is likely to begin from July 2017. Besides, ITDC is opening Centre of Excellence for hospitality where students would be imparted with practical training as well.
He added that an inter-ministerial coordination committee had been constituted to remove the bottlenecks and Medical and Wellness Tourism Board was on the anvil.