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Saturday, 17 August, 2019, 15 : 30 PM [IST]

Tourism sector in India requires deeper PPP engagement: ADTOI panel

A panel discussing how states can enhance domestic tourism through public private partnership (PPP) model, at the Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) Convention underway in Ahmedabad, proposed deeper engagement between public and private sector in the country to create world-class infrastructure to enable Indians to travel domestically. 

Moderating the session, Vinod Zutshi, former Secretary Tourism, Government of India, said that although the government has been trying to create enabling environment through schemes like Swadesh Darshan, PRASAD and UDAN, in order to reduce the demand supply gap that exists in terms of infrastructure, human resource shortage, etc., the country requires more deeper and closer engagement between government and the private sector.

Participating in the discussion, Himmat Anand, Founder, Tree of Life Resorts, said that state governments should frame suitable policies to engage the small and medium investors in the sector, that is lacking so far. He pointed grave flaws in the current PPP policies, which do not include the SMEs sector and investors.

Ashish Gupta, Consulting CEO, FAITH advocated a supporting policy to realise the vision of the Prime Minister. He advocated income tax exemption to consumers on hotels and air ticket expenses to encourage people to explore India. He asked the government to look not at the direct revenue loss, but at the indirect benefits that will come out of increased domestic travel.
 
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