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Finance Minister asks Tourism industry to focus on improving atmosphere of hospitality and warmth, TCI, ATOAI, TK Intl join hands with MoT for ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:30 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff| New Delhi

Speaking at the valedictory of the Paryatan Parv, almost 20-day-long nationwide tourism awareness building programme of Ministry of Tourism, here in Delhi, Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley has urged the government agencies and private tourism industry to shift their focus to improving the atmosphere of hospitality and warmth of the citizens in response to tourists in the country to transform India into a destination of choice for foreign tourists. Jaitley said that India has been able to address various issues related to connectivity, road infrastructure, etc. over the last few years, and it is time that the tourism industry focuses now on delivering tourism services with the hospitality and warmth for which an Indian is known for.  

While conceding that there is scope for improvement in quality of rail travel in India, Jaitley said that an initiative is underway to upgrade the station infrastructure at 400 identified stations in the country by involving the private sector.
Without making any commitments on incentivising the hospitality sector in the mid-level segment, Jaitley said that India would require hotel rooms at all price points to cater to different segments of the travellers.

Jaitley gave away certificates of Expression of Interest to seven private companies from travel and tourism and financial sectors who have expressed interest to join hands with Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme. Besides SBI Foundation (Jantar Mantar New Delhi), (Hampi, Karnataka; Leh Palace, Jammu & Kashmir; QutubMinar, Delhi; Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra), Travel Corporation of India (Mattancherry Palace Museum, Kochi and Safdarjung tomb, Delhi),  TK International (Sun Temple, Raja Rani Temple, Bhubaneswar, Ratnagiri Monuments),  ATOAI (Gangotri Temple and StokKangri, Ladakh), etc.

Speaking on the occasion, KJ Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) said that Ministry of Tourism, along with State tourism boards and 18 departments of the Central government organised more than 1100 events across the country in the last 20 days to celebrate India’s tourism. He said that Indian tourism has reasons to celebrate every day because of its rich culture, heritage, diverse topography and 5000 years of civilisation.

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