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National Conference of State Tourism Ministers Held in New Delhi

Jul 19, 2013 15:22 IST

The National Tourism Ministers’ Conference was held in New Delhi on 18 July 2013. The objective of the conference was discussion of the future strategies for realising the complete tourism potential of India. The Union Tourism Minister, K. Chiranjeevi chaired the conference.

Highlights of the National Tourism Ministers’ Conference

• The conference was of extreme importance because of the fact that Indian tourism was adversely hit due to natural calamities in Uttarakhand.
• Because tourism plays a significant role in economic development of a country, therefore the need of working together towards reviving the tourism in India was felt during the conference.
• During the conference, exchange of ideas also took place between the State and Union Territory Tourism Authorities as well as the Ministry of Tourism.
• The conference was also attended by 22 National Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Associations.
• The safety as well as security of tourists, especially women, was given stress. During the conference, a new campaign known as I Respect Women was also launched. The campaign was launched with Ministry of Tourism issuing badges in Hindi and ten international languages.
• During the conference, various agenda items such as- safety and security of tourists, Campaign Clean India to improve cleanliness at important tourist destinations, bringing uniformity in the structure of Road Taxes and promote seamless travel, rationalisation of Taxes to make Indian tourism products competitive, no objection certificates for various tourism related services, the timely implementation of tourism infrastructure projects, the time bound issue of licences and the provision of single window clearance for film shootings and MICE(Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities, promoting accessible and sustainable tourism as well as improving coordination between various State Governments and Union Territory Administrations for promoting Intra-regional Tourism, were also deliberated.

Resolutions adopted during the National Tourism Ministers’ Conference

• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work towards safety as well as security of the tourists, primarily women.
• It was also decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will consider establishing special force such as a Tourist Police, by taking certain companies on deputation from Police Department or by engaging Ex-Servicemen or Home Guards.
• It was decided that during unwanted incidents where tourists were involved, the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will ensure that immediate action is taken to investigate the crime and undertake speedy trials to catch the culprits.
• It was decided that in case of assault of any tourist, the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will ensure immediate post-traumatic help to the victim, while at the same time respecting his/her privacy. The highest order shall be given to the service recovery.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will sensitise all stakeholders, which also include community through various electronic and print campaigns towards the need of being sensitive to the needs of tourists.
• It was decided that Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will take action to inculcate proper values in children by arranging at least one lecture each every year in every class on the importance of sensitivity to tourists and the cleanliness of public areas.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will run a mass awareness campaign known as I respect women.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work towards cleanliness at various tourism destinations by making sure that garbage is removed from time to time. It was also declared that garbage free zones and polythene free zones will be made and toilets shall be provided in order to stop public area defecation.
• It was also decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will try to establish proper toilet facilities apart from roads leading to important tourist destinations by making use of the infrastructure facilities such as panchayats, dhabas as well as petrol pumps.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will set up a coordination mechanism with their concerned local body or municipality in order to monitor the cleanliness at different tourist destinations on an ongoing basis.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work towards making tourism destinations and traffic crossings beggar free, by making help zones nearby.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work towards keeping their States and UTs clean, with the help of different corporate houses, PSUs as well as NGOs as the partners.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work towards imparting working spoken knowledge of a foreign language to every member of their staff that deals with the foreign tourists.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work towards rationalising tax structure in order to make various tourism destinations competitive as well as making the travel seamless.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work towards the provision of necessary licenses or the NOCs for various tourism services in a time bound manner.
• It was decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work towards making various tourism destinations accessible to differently-abled tourists.
• It was also decided that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will assess the carrying capacity of various tourism destinations, especially religious places, on the basis of the principles of environmental sustainability and take immediate remedial measures to avoid any unwanted incident.

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