Cabinet likely to nod to new national tourism policy;  ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ is said to be the central The New Indian Express

Cabinet likely to nod to new national tourism policy; ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ is said to be the central The New Indian Express

Express Message Service

NEW DELHI: The much-anticipated new national tourism policy is in the final stages of preparation and will soon be submitted to the Union Cabinet for a final nod.

Tourism Ministry officials who were privy to the development said the ministry had started the ball rolling to finalize the policy document after absorbing suggestions from stakeholders and government agencies.

“The draft guidelines have been circulated among all central departments, state governments, administrations of Union Territories (UTs) and industry stakeholders (tourism and travel) to gather their comments and suggestions. The draft policy has been updated; Suggestions and feedback from them have been incorporated. The process of seeking the cabinet nod is underway,” officials said.

The draft policy, which focuses on job creation, community participation and tourism in a sustainable and responsible manner, was sent to central ministries, government departments, states, UTs and other concerned agencies in January.

In the new policy, the ministry has proposed a number of reforms and improvements in the efficiency of the visa regime and transparency in the timely processing of applications.

The aim is to streamline and improve visa processing through simplified procedures, shorter application forms, online application submission, automated and faster processing, improved customer service and capacities at the consulates.

In addition to various reforms in the tourism and hospitality sector, the ministry has also proposed provisions for regular review of visa requirements.

“We will soon send the document (the guideline) to the Union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” officials said.

Important strategic goals of national tourism policy

  • Increasing the contribution of tourism to the Indian economy by increasing attendance, stay and spending.

  • Creating jobs and business opportunities in the tourism sector and ensuring skilled labor supply.

  • Increasing the competitiveness of the tourism sector and attracting private sector investment

  • The main guiding principle of the policy is to promote sustainable, responsible and inclusive tourism

  • Ensuring sustainable, responsible and inclusive tourism development in the country

  • Conservation and enhancement of the country’s cultural and natural resources

  • “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” will be a central idea within the policy to improve interaction and promote mutual understanding between people of different states/UTs in order to create a sustainable and structured cultural connection in tourism and related fields of culture, traditions and music, Cuisine, sports and sharing best practices.

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