The Vice President Calls for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism
Inaugurating the World Tourism Day-2019 celebrations in New Delhi, M Venkaiah Naidu expressed his happiness at India being selected as the host country for a celebration of World Tourism Day 2019 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
THE VICE President, M Venkaiah Naidu urged all stakeholders of the tourism industry to be especially mindful of their ecological footprint and called for more responsible and sustainable tourism practices.
Expressing his concern over the problem of pollution, he asked service providers to make sustainability and conservation an integral part of their business plans. Adopt a more judicious approach to the consumption of resources so that future generations also have the opportunity to avail of all the benefits of tourism.
Inaugurating the World Tourism Day-2019 celebrations in New Delhi, Naidu expressed his happiness at India being selected as the host country for celebration of World Tourism Day 2019 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Naidu stressed that there is a need to keep in mind the aspect of ‘ethics’ in travel and added that tourism should benefit people and the environment in different destinations. ‘It should offer better income to families living in the area, by sourcing products and services locally. It should serve as a tool for the empowerment of local communities.
The Vice President met with Sofia Montiel De Afara, Minister of Tourism of Paraguay on the sidelines of the event and held discussions about India-Paraguay co-operation in the field of tourism. Naidu advised the Minister of Tourism to also look into easing of visa regulations to facilitate the travel of citizens for tourism, business, trade and commerce and called for promoting people-to-people contacts between the two countries.
The Vice President said that World Tourism Day was celebrated every year to create awareness on the social, cultural and economic values of tourism and to encourage global communities to travel, experience and learn to respect the diverse cultures of the world.
Observing that tourism is a major engine of economic growth and an important source of employment and foreign exchange earnings in many countries, Naidu said that tourism in India has tremendous potential, considering the country’s rich cultural and historical heritage, varied ecology, terrains and places of natural beauty spread across the country.
The Vice President expressed his happiness at the fact that, in both developed and less developed economies, Travel & Tourism employed a far higher proportion of women than other sectors. He urged more women to explore career opportunities in the tourism sector.
Noting that India had been placed at 34th position out of 140 economies, in the World Economic Forum’s ‘World Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Rank’ in 2019, the Vice President said that it remained the sub-region's most competitive Travel and Tourism economy.
Outlining the steps taken by the government to make the country accessible and safe to travellers, Naidu applauded the liberalized visa regime and said that it would certainly stimulate business and investment, along with tourism.
Observing that Budget 2019 envisioned the development of 17 iconic tourist sites as world-class tourist centres to improve the flow of domestic and foreign tourists, the Vice President called for augmenting and upgrading tourism infrastructure and urged the corporate sector to supplement the efforts of the governments in this regard.
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