Fourth Hindustan Times Tourism Conclave held in New Delhi

 Wednesday, September 7, 2022 


The fourth version of the yearly Hindustan Times Tourism Conclave was held in New Delhi. Leaders and policymakers shared their viewpoint regarding redefining the tourism ecosystem and luring travelers following the Covid-19 pandemic. The conclave was inaugurated by the Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy.

There were noted personalities who attended the event. In 2020, the tourism sector encountered a major impediment in in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. International footfall dropped to zero, and domestic tourism also remained limited due to persistent lockdowns.

The percentage input of the tourism segment to the GDP has averaged around 5% from 2015 to 2020, dropping radically after the pandemic.

Government data said that international tourist arrivals in 2017 were 16.81 million. It increased to 17.42 million in 2018 and 17.91 in 2019, declining to 6.33 million in 2020 and 7 million in 2021. In July 2021, the government also brought in inducements for boosting the industry.

Also, financial support was provided to more than 11,000 listed tourist guides/travel and tourism stakeholders. After considering restarting the process of giving away visas to international travelers, the government declared that the first 500,000 tourist visas will be given without any charge. The Ministry of Home Affairs even resumed e-tourist visas for foreign residents of 156 countries from 15th March this year.

On March 27, the government recommenced planned commercial international passenger facilities to and from India.

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