The national tourism policy will focus on sustainable and green tourism and digitization
Arvind Singh, Tourism Secretary, Government of India, said yesterday that the pandemic has made us rethink the future and how to recalibrate strategies given recent COVID experiences. He noted that for international travellers, India needs to focus on promoting wellness tourism in a safe and healthy destination. It should be noted that the vaccination program worked well and that all tourism stakeholders were vaccinated. Singh pointed out that for domestic travelers, the Ministry of Tourism has taken the opportunity to promote domestic tourism through the “Dekho Apna Desh” webinar series.
For the national tourism policy, some of the priority areas are sustainable and green tourism and increasing digitization in the sector by making it more user-friendly not only for operators but also for tourists, which will make travel much more practice. Great emphasis is placed on skills upgrading, creating more skills upgrading centers for people employed in the hospitality industry as well as an online training program for guides. The tourism sector employs around 80 million people and this figure is expected to double to 190 million over the next 20 to 25 years. The sector has enormous employment potential. The policy will also feature a host of other incentives and environment needed to create more investment opportunities in the sector for nationals and Indians from international sources.
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