Government of India coming up with a new tourism policy for strengthening and building capacity of tourism

Published on : Thursday, January 6, 2022

The Government of India is coming up with a new tourism policy for strengthening and building capacity of tourism sector to provide better services and facilities for tourists visiting India, said Rakesh Kumar Verma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India at the inaugural session of the ‘Tourism Week’ at the India Pavilion in EXPO2020 Dubai.

Elaborating on the tourism policy, Verma said, “The policy will create five missions including National Green Tourism Mission, to mainstream sustainability in tourism sector; National Digital Tourism Mission, to digitalize the sector; Sectoral Mission on skill development, to ensure that the country has the best trained and qualified manpower to maintain high standards of service; National Mission on Destination Management, to focus on ensuring synergy and coordination amongst public and private stakeholders and National Mission on Tourism MSMEs to support and facilitate the start-ups, micro, small and medium enterprises.”

He further said, “In order to kickstart inbound travel, India has offered 5 lakh free e-tourist visas and India is now opening up international travel in a calibrated manner. All our airports, railways and road transport have taken adequate measures for public safety and so have our tour operators and hospitality operators. As a result, India saw a significant spurt in domestic tourism in past few months.”

Hoor Al Khaja, Associate Vice President, International Operations – Department of Economy and Tourism of Dubai said, “Dubai is home to over 200 different nationalities and Indian nationals form a very important part of the cities multinational fabric accounting for the largest proportion of the expatriate population in the UAE. We are pleased to see that India’s iconic pavilion continues to be one of the most visited pavilions and a major attraction amongst visitors.”

The inaugural session was also attended virtually by leading people in the tourism and hospitality sector.

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