Tourism sector on gradual revival mode, to pick pace soon, says Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel

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He said the use of SAATHI initiative will build confidence in tourists as it helps hospitality industry in preparedness to continue operations safely 

Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said that tourism sector is amongst the worst hit sectors during COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

He said that with continuous dialogue with the stake holders and initiatives taken by the Central and state governments, the sector has slowly started on revival mode and hope to pick up pace again in near future.

Speaking at a virtual meeting with 21 states/UTs tourism ministers and officials in New Delhi, Patel laid stress on the use of SAATHI and NIDHI initiatives of the Union Tourism Ministry which are becoming very crucial during current situation.

He said, “Earlier we only had 1,400 registrations of hotels with us but because of NIDHI initiative now we have 27,000 hotels registered with us and the number is growing regularly. It gives us more reliable data of the tourists and hospitality industry,” said the tourism minister.

He also said that the use of SAATHI initiative will build confidence in tourists as it helps hospitality industry in preparedness to continue operations safely and mitigate risks arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patel drew the attention of the states to the 'Dekho Apna Desh' campaign of Ministry of Tourism and urged them to join the campaign by focusing on promotion of domestic tourism.

He advised the states to develop short videos promoting new destinations in their states as the preference of visitors have shifted to less frequented new destinations.  He also urged the states to adopt uniform protocol for interstate tourists to make their travel hassle free.

Patel also informed about the Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification programme (IITF ) which is an online program to train guides and is seen as a potential employment generator at the Pan India level.

Currently the program has almost 6,000 persons enrolled and with the qualified persons being eventually coming on the e-marketplace, the program is seen as having a huge potential in transforming the tourist experience in terms of the guiding and showcasing India.

 

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