Published on : Thursday, May 14, 2020
On Monday, Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi told the state Chief Ministers that tourism can play a major role in restoring the economy hit by Covid-19 as he emphasized the possibilities of domestic tourism along with the opportunity to draw huge number of international travelers as many of the prime destinations in Europe have underwent the impact of the pandemic.
The PM explained that the Centre and all states in India have to now think in a serious way as how the “post-corona tourism” would look like as India has plenty of opportunities in this booming sector, according to people privy to the details of the conversation. They said the PM remarked that in the days to come, the main outline of domestic tourism need to be carefully considered and he has come to a conclusion that domestic tourism is one such areas which could generate profit in the post-corona world and revive the slump in economy. For their hotel infrastructure, he said that the states should work on new protocols in India and other tourist facilities to align them with the post-corona world needs. “The idea is to attract world tourists to India,” said an official, who did not wish to be identified.
On this idea, the Union tourism ministry and states in India could work together as the PM said economic activities have to be accelerated. A senior official in the office of one of the CMs informed ET that it was quite obvious that people in India and abroad in the coming months could stay away from international travel to tourist destinations like Italy, Spain, France and the UK keeping in mind the spread of coronavirus there, even though these countries may open up soon. “International tourists may prefer India, which is far less affected and only in certain pockets, and our domestic tourists that go abroad for holidays may also prefer visiting Indian destinations,” said the state official.
Lately, the tourism ministry after sensing a long-term stillness in foreign travel, the body introduced ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ (see your country), a webinar series organized by experts who share information on a dozen destinations like Delhi, Varanasi, Puducherry, Ladakh, Kolkata, Lucknow, Punjab, Goa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Bengal and Northeast India.
Also, the main concept of the ministry was to focus more and more on building interest around the well-known domestic destinations in 2020.
States such as TN, Kerala, Delhi, UP and Maharashtra, which pulls maximum foreign tourists, are especially keen to start over again with tourist activity.