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Moots National Commission on Tourism to be headed by Prime Minister

http://www.hospitalitybizindia.com/detailNews.aspx?aid=7464&sid=7

17 February 2010


Krupa Vora, Mumbai:

In an unprecedented move, for the first time ever the entire travel and tourism industry, including hospitality, aviation and chambers of commerce and industry have come together and collectively drafted, as well as presented a list of recommendations for the forthcoming Union Budget 2010-11. This high powered meeting mooted a National Commission on Tourism under the leadership of the Prime Minister of India to make travel and tourism industry a top priority agenda for the Government of India.

Organised by the WTTC India Initiative, these recommendations were chalked out at a joint meeting of all major travel and hospitality associations like TAAI, TAFI, IATO, ADTOI, ATOAI, FHRAI, HAI;  industry bodies, FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM in New Delhi recently. Speaking with Hospitality Biz, Arjun Sharma, Chairperson, WTTC India Initiative said, “This is perhaps the first time that the entire travel and tourism industry through its associations came together to discuss the recommendations for Union Budget 2010-11. The joint meeting discussed macro issues which if addressed will benefit India’s tourism industry in the long run. The need of the hour is to have a centralised authority in the form of National Commission on Tourism which will adopt a holistic approach towards tourism development.”

Other recommendations that were finalised at the joint meeting were: export status for the industry, augmentation of PPP model, increasing connectivity to tourist destinations, implementation of GST, seamless interstate travel, ATF to be declared under goods category, allowing foreign airlines to make Foreign Direct Investments and creation of National Tourism Board and a national travel mart to promote India’s offerings. “This initiative of conducting a joint meeting to put forth recommendations for the upcoming Budget will definitely benefit the industry as it is a unified stand taken for the betterment of the travel industry,” stated Rajji Rai, President, TAAI.

Citing similar opinion, Ajay Prakash, General Secretary, TAFI said, “The joint meeting and recommendations discussed for the upcoming Budget will definitely benefit the tourism industry of India. The National Commission on Tourism if implemented will boost the tourist traffic into the country.”