India is among the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world: Shri K J Alphons
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[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ew Delhi: The Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Mr. Piyush Goyal inaugurated the ‘first ever’ India Tourism Mart (ITM 2018) in the presence of the Tourism Minister of Morocco, Mr. Mohamed Sajid, international and domestic delegates, Travel Trade, Hoteliers, Govt Officials from Ministry Of Tourism and State Tourism Departments, Media and other invitees. The India Tourism Mart is being organized by the Ministry of Tourism from 16th to 18th September 2018, in partnership with the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) and with support of State /UT Governments. The function was held in presence of the Secretary, other senior officials of Tourism Ministry and Chairman/members of FAITH and also delegates from India and across the world.
Inaugurating the event, Mr. Piyush Goyal wished the best to the Tourism Ministry to reach the ambitious goal of US$100 billion FTA receipts/year within 5 years. The Minister said that unless the infrastructure/fundamentals are set up, India can’t come up as a well sought after destination and he said that the present government has been developing these like ensuring 24 hour power supply, promoting renewable energy forms, and improving connectivity by effectively connecting the remotest destinations. The Minister also added that the most important element that will help promote Tourism in a complete way is the Government’s cleanliness drive, the Swachhta Abhiyan, which will ensure India becoming a preferred destination for all international tourists. Mentioning the income multiplier effect in the Tourism sector, the Minister said that Tourism generates a number of employment opportunities in formal and informal sectors and can change the destiny of the country. The Railway Minister added that the youth of the country can be entrepreneurs, service providers, interpreters etc in the sector and ascertained that India with its varied features has tremendous potential and we just need to leverage from it.
Speaking at the event, the Union Tourism Minister, Mr. K J Alphons announced that ITM will be an annual event hereafter in line with other International Tourism Marts and it will be held in the month of September. The Minister said that India is so vast that there will be something new for everyone to see and experience in this country with its varied geography, culture, traditions, architectural marvels, religions. Mr. Alphons also added that visiting the country has become easier with the new e-visa regime which is now open to 166 countries.
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