IATO meets Tourism Minister to discuss revival of inbound tourism in India

The delegation raised all its concerns regarding the revival of inbound tourism to India

As per directives from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a two-member delegation of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) comprising of Rajiv  Mehra, President, and Ravi Gosain, Vice President, met Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy in the presence of Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The delegation raised all its concerns regarding the revival of inbound tourism to India.  

Mehra said, “We were given a very patient hearing and the Tourism Minister assured to look into all our concerns including the issues related with the other Ministries but relating to tourism sector like MHA, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Culture”. 

The issues which Mehra and Gosain raised for revival of inbound tourism to India were included marketing and promotions of tourism by means of participation in major international travel marts/fairs, road shows, fam trips for foreign tour operators, overseas marketing and promotions through electronic and print media, along with them seeking the deputation of an official of Ministry of Tourism, Governmemt of India in 20 missions where Tourism Officers have been appointed and those countries where India tourism offices existed earlier and are now closed. The delegation also sought that senior officers be appointed in seven India tourism offices which are operational.  

Apart from this, the IATO delegation also asked that MDA scheme be re-instated and made operational, while guidelines regarding incentives to tour operators under Champion Services Sector Scheme for enhancing tourist arrivals to India be revised. For the implementation of Draft National Tourism Policy in its true spirit, the delegation stated that the Ministry should constitute an inter-ministerial committee of all the related Ministries headed by Secretary (Tourism), while substantial funds should also be allocated to Ministry of Tourism. It also sought that airfares be reduced by reducing taxes on ATF by the Centre and the State governments. 

Apart from this, the issues of GST on Tourism, Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme and E-Tourist Visa were also discussed.


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