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13 January

Tourism will get big boost post-pandemic, Venkiah confident

Tourism will get big boost post-pandemic, Venkiah confident


Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today said the country’s tourism sector will get a boost in the post-pandemic phase as most of the Indians would prefer to “travel local”.

Addressing an event at the Institute of Hotel Management at Porvorim near here, Naidu said India has almost 2.6 crore outbound tourists.

“I assume that in the immediate post COVID-19 phase, most of them would prefer to travel local. This presents a huge opportunity for the Indian hospitality industry,” he said.

India has over 200 beaches, 38 UNESCO world heritage sites and 668 protected areas which can attract significant tourism activities, he said.

Naidu said the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely caused a big setback to the global tourism sector. It will naturally provide a huge opportunity to put the Indian tourism industry back on track and all the stakeholders, including institutes of hotel management, will have a major role in contributing towards the revival of the tourism and hospitality industry, he said.

“In his Independence Day address to the nation in 2019, he suggested to citizens in the country to travel to at least 15 destinations by the year 2022,” he said.

Naidu said the Union Ministry of Tourism has created the National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry (NIDHI) to get a clear picture of geographical spread of the hospitality sector, its size, structure and existing capacity.

TV BRICS reports with reference to Trinity Mirror.



Photo: pixabay.com

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