The cabinet is likely to give a nod to the new national tourism policy – the New Indian Express

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The much-awaited new National Tourism Policy is in the final stages of processing and will soon be placed before the Union Cabinet for final approval. Tourism ministry officials privy to the development said the ministry has begun finalizing the policy document after incorporating suggestions received from stakeholders and government agencies.

“The draft policy has been circulated among all Central Ministries, State Governments, Union Territory Administrations (UTs) and industry stakeholders (tourism and travel) to seek their comments and suggestions. The draft Policy has been updated; suggestions and feedback received from them are incorporated. The process of seeking Cabinet approval is on,” officials said.

The draft policy, focusing on job creation, community participation and tourism in a sustainable and responsible manner, was sent to central ministries, government departments, states, UTs and other concerned agencies in January.

In the new policy, the ministry proposes a number of reforms and improving the efficiency of the visa regime and transparency in the timely processing of applications. It seeks to streamline and improve visa processing through simplified procedures, shorter application forms, online application, automated and faster processing, improved customer service and capacity at consulates.

Apart from various reforms in the tourism and hospitality sectors, the ministry also proposed provisions for a regular review of visa-related requirements. “We will soon send the (policy) document to the Union Cabinet, which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” officials said.

Main strategic objectives of the national tourism policy

To increase the contribution of tourism to the Indian economy by increasing visits, stays and spending

To create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities in the tourism sector and ensure the supply of skilled labor

To improve the competitiveness of the tourism sector and attract investment from the private sector

A key guiding principle of the policy is the promotion of sustainable, responsible and inclusive tourism

To ensure sustainable, responsible and inclusive development of tourism in the country

To preserve and increase the cultural and natural wealth of the country

 Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat will be a central idea in the policy to improve interaction and promote mutual understanding between people of different states/UTs to promote sustainable and structured cultural connection in tourism and allied fields of culture, tradition and music, cuisine , sport and sharing best practices

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