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FICCI s National Tourism Investor s Meet infused new energy in the environment

Posted : 24 September 2021 08:10:07 | By TWO Bureau | GNN Bureau

FICCI s National Tourism Investor s Meet infused new energy in the environment

The 6th edition of the National Tourism Investors Meet brought together Investors,  business community, the Ministry of Tourism, State Tourism Boards and travel fraternity. The motto was to give required impetus to the ailing travel and tourism industry.

Narayan Prasad, Bihar Tourism Minister, said that Bihar has immense opportunities in travel and tourism. There is a host of travel circuits like Ramayana circuit, Buddha Circuit, Gandhi circuit and Sufi circuit, to name a few. Minister also told connection of Mandar Hills with the Mythological story of Sagar Manthan.
 He asked the trade to support Bihar Government to promote the destination. He promised to stand out with the investor for the cause of tourism. He invited them to come to enjoy the destination with mouth-watering Bihari Vyanjans.

Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India,  Informed the august audience about the steps taken by the ministry to meet the challenges during covid 19. She said the traffic projection is 15.3 million by 2025, according to the World Tourism Organization. Travel and tourism currently account for 9.6% of India’s GDP (88% of which comes from domestic travel) and supports 9.3% of the country’s total jobs (or 40.3 million jobs). It is a little more than a year since we resumed air travel operations, air travel has proved as a safe and efficient mode of travel.”

The event also witnessed presentations by state governments including Bihar Tourism, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra to name a few, showcasing various investible Tourism projects in their states.

Speaking at the event, Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson FICCI Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Committee, and CMD Lalit Suri Hospitality Group said, “Indian tourism industry has immense potential, is also the largest employment generator. Bihar needs to take the lead to make the state an emerging tourism state. The land of Bihar has greater values than the birthplace of Gautama Buddha in Lumbini. Prince Siddhartha was born at Lumbini, But he became Budha when he got enlightenment at Bodhgaya, so Bodhgaya has greater significance than Lumbini”, she added.

”Suman Billa, Director, Technical Cooperation & Silk Road at UNWTO, joined the meet from Geneva via video-conferencing said, “UNWTO is also propagating this idea of facilitating the travel trade within their respective countries. The governments world over are trying to provide liquidity for businesses to survive. Investments are coming back and this is very important in the matter of investment that we need to be proactive. The people who are investing are looking for very attractive valuation of projects.

The report predicts that by 2029 India’s Tourism sector is expected to grow 6.7 percent to reach Rs. 35 trillion (US $ 488 Billion), accounting for 9.2 percent of the total economy, with more than 30.5 million foreign visitors’ arrival. It will help India grow at faster pace with VCs finding it as a favourite spot. Time to create channels where buyers meet sellers, and an ecosystem/platform can be created for investment to sustain. We need to ensure safety and hygiene standards.”

Co Chairman, FICCI Domestic Tourism Committee & MD, EBIXCash, Naveen Kundu, proposed the vote of thanks. He also offered to start a luxury train to connect different circuits of Bihar.



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