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We are here for a common cause that has provided livelihood to so many: Nakul Anand

Posted : 21 September 2022 05:53:06 | By TWO Bureau | GNN Bureau

We are here for a common cause that has provided livelihood to so many: Nakul Anand

Despite its rich treasure trove and high rankings in natural and cultural resources, coupled with price competitiveness, India, the fifth largest economy in the world, could capture only 1.24% of the world’s international tourist arrivals in 2019.



This is in spite of India ranking at 8th spot for Cultural Resources & Business Travel, and 14th for Natural Resources on World Economic Forum Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2019, out of 140  countries.

“We, obviously, have not been able to realise the true impact of tourism and convert our natural advantages into potential economic advantage. There are decades where nothing happens and there are weeks where decades happen. The Covid pandemic swept through the world and wreaked havoc like never before. It remains the worst crisis to hits the industry, ironically tourism relies on the same mobility that spreads the disease.


 

Every storm, however, brings with itself seeds of opportunities.

Opportunities are like Sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

Uncertain times are the catalysts for reimagination and the opportunity also lies in seeing what everyone sees and imagining what no one has thought.


 

Archimedes saw the water level in his bathtub rise as he immersed himself.

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.

Gandhi questioned violence

Buddha questioned desire

Christ questioned revenge

And the Wright Brothers questioned gravity.

  

 

What has the pandemic changed?

The pandemic triggered consumers to make this the “Year of the Travel Reset”


 

 The Great Life Refresh, resulting in drastic personal changes and a collective reboot of values, lifestyle and purpose driven goals.

The future is, travelling slower and more mindfully,

-Embracing regenerative travel,

-Challenging over tourism and correcting under tourism,

-Experience-inclusive destinations rooted in meaningful connections with nature,

-Community development,

-Conservation and

-Sustainability (green activism & low carbon lifestyle are here to stay), while putting Purpose first.


 

Travel will be less about where you go and when you go.

More about who you are with & what you can do together from mass travel to meaningful travel. The year ahead will also see the rise of premium travel.



Expedia is calling 2022 the year of the GOAT, or the “Greatest of All Trips.” – The big once in a life time adventure dream trip to loosen the purse strings (go big, spend big)



In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow established a theory of human motivation based on a hierarchical classification of 5 human needs which drive human behaviour. Over the past decades and accelerated by the pandemic, the  Tourism industry has evolved from focusing on primarily basic needs to the higher order of psychological and experiential guest needs.

 

Experience will be the battleground for differentiation.

The four realms of experience

(education, esthetic, escapist & entertainment) can be used to script & stage experiences that are personalized, transformative, travel inspired, food focused & eco-friendly.

 

Many modern-day concerns arising from the pandemic can thus become the new beacon of light for Tourism India. We need to blend our current tourism assets with our ancient wisdom.

 

What then, is India’s opportunity?


 

“In our past lies our future” – While the rest of the world

rushes to find solutions, we in India already have our charter crafted and created centuries ago!

 

We at FAITH believe that we have a great opportunity to make Indian Tourism the mainstream engine of Socio-Economic growth. In our journey to 100th anniversary of India’s Independence in 2047, it is more than possible to achieve 100 million Inbound Tourists and 10 billion Domestic Tourism Visits, with a potential employment of 150 million additional direct and indirect jobs pan India.  

 

At the core of achieving this vision are the strategic pillars;



-Shared National Tourism Vision

-Value Accretive Regulation

-Investment Drivers

and

-Market Excellence.

These can best be summed up in what we term as

Keeping the “FAITH” in Our TEN to WIN 

 

The top TEN ways to WIN:

 


1. NATIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL- “One India – One Tourism”

2. GST amendments- “One Country – One Tax”

3. Infrastructure Sector and Industry Status- “Quality brings Quality”

4. Export Status “Globally Competitive”- Value & Volume

5. Classify Tourism in the Concurrent List

6. Domestic Travel Tax Credit- “Extend Benefits to ‘Aas Paas’Tourism”

7. Create Tourism Centres of Excellence

8. Sensitisation on importance of Tourism across all states’ officers

9.Seamless Tourism Transportation- “Standardise all inter State road Taxes”

10. Integrated Tourism Marketing Campaign between Centre and States

 

Making India more Incredible is a reality waiting to happen.

 

Mark Twain said it many years ago…

 

“India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

 




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