Outlook Traveller|May 2020
Does the ministry of Tourism have any plans to help ease the pain? any special incentives/schemes for the tourism industry?
Given the diverse impact of COVID-19 as well as the different realities in different states, one single balm will not mitigate the impact. Both the central Ministry of Tourism and state tourism authorities have to take action. we have constituted a National Tourism Task force for the revival of the hospitality and tourism industry which is headed by me. This task force includes state tourism ministers, joint secretary-level officers of the concerned central ministries, and representatives from associations like fICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, wTTCII as well as heads of tourism and hospitality associations. we will be holding the first meeting of the task force shortly and make appropriate recommendations for the revival of the tourism sector in the country.
This does not mean, however, that we have not acted earlier. ever since the pandemic started to spread and borders started closing across the world, we have been continuously in touch with the tourism industry of the country. The demands of the industry are already before the Government and I am sure positive outcomes will come. within the means of my own Ministry, I have requested my officials to work out reforms in the existing schemes like Market Development Assistance, extending it to promote domestic tourism, and work out schemes to jointly support the marketing efforts of tour operators and the hospitality industry.
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