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Tourism Minister Holds Interactive Session with Private Tour Operators

Tourism Minister Holds Interactive Session with Private Tour Operators
Union Tourism Minister Shri Subodh Kant Sahai has expressed the hope that given the strong market fundamentals the civil aviation market will register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 16 per cent during 2010-2013. Addressing an interactive session with private tour operators (Charter Operators) to develop tourism by improving air connectivity to small/lesser known destinations in the country in New Delhi today he said Government has embarked upon the policy of developing integrated perspective investment plans for key circuits / destinations in each of the States / UTs. These investment plans will identify components requiring investments through Government of India, State Governments, Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Private Sector.

The Tourism Minister said the Indian aviation industry is one of the world’s fastest growing aviation industries. With the liberalization of the sector in the mid 1990s, the aviation industry witnessed many private players entering the market, which led to growth in the industry both in terms of players and number of aircrafts.He said the industry is witnessing continued growth on the back of strong demand from domestic passengers, growth in domestic tourism in the country, increasing number of low-fare airlines and rising outbound travel from India.

Shri Sahai said Government’s initiatives such as opening new international routes, modernizing non-metro airports, developing new airports as well as renovating the existing ones have also helped in the growth of the industry.

He said tourism is a multi – sectoral activity and there is a critical need for of activities of various stakeholders, both at the Central and the State Level.

The Tourism minister informed the tour operators that as a result of the persistent efforts of the Ministry, an Inter – Ministerial Committee has been set up under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. The Committee will deliberate on various tourism related issues pertaining to different Ministries / Departments and seek to remove these bottlenecks in a time bound manner.

He said the Government is also focussing on domestic tourism in a major way as it provides resilience to the sector ensures development of remote and backward areas and helps in national integration and understanding of our diverse culture. The MinisterI urged the tour operators to be a partner the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism in spreading the message of social awareness among general public.

Shri Sahai said hygiene and sanitary conditions at key tourism destinations is one of the major areas of concern. He said “I have received feedbacks regarding lack of solid waste management and low hygiene standards in areas around important tourism monuments. The State Goverments have been urged to take this matter up with the concerned departments and local bodies.” Such a situation not only causes inconvenience to the local population but also leads to tourist dissatisfaction and affects future tourism inflows adversely, the minister added.

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(Release ID :78883)

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