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New tourism policy coming up on May 15: Minister

New tourism policy coming up on May 15: Minister
Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism was addressing the participants at a workshop held on the formulation of National Tourism Policy 2015. The minister said that potential of existing policy of 2002 has not been used fully and the new policy will use the framework of existing National Tourism Policy of 2002 to make it dynamic to meet the challenges that have emerged in the world, including technological and global competitiveness. He appreciated the idea of a ‘single window portal system’ for making information available to tourists.

Acknowledging the need for synergy between various Ministries of the government, Sharma appreciated the idea of National Tourism Board which is proposed as a part of the new Tourism Policy to speed up and promote tourism in the country.

Various issues ranging from infrastructure development, need for connectivity in remote areas, e-ticketing and safety and security were discussed during the workshop. The stakeholders related to hotel industry and transport business demanded tax incentives from the government especially in the off season. The stakeholders also raised their concerns and gave various suggestions to Government to be incorporated into the Tourism Policy 2015.
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