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Friday, 16 October, 2020, 13 : 00 PM [IST]

MoT to create unified database of service providers; seeks information from states

Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC), has asked all the states to provide complete the information roads, hotels and other facilities of all tourist destinations to create a national unified database. 

At a joint virtual meeting with 15 state tourism ministers, Singh spoke about the platform and informed that the online Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification program (IITF) to train guides is seen as a potential employment generator. “Currently the programme has almost 6,000 persons enrolled and with the qualified persons eventually coming on the e-marketplace, the programme is seen as having a huge potential in transforming the tourist experience in terms of guiding and showcasing India.”

Patel stressed on the use of SAATHI and NIDHI initiatives of the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) which are crucial during current situation. He said that earlier there were only 1,400 hotels registered, but because of the NIDHI initiative, MoT has 27,000 hotels registered, and the number is growing. “It gives us more reliable data of the tourists and hospitality industry. He also said that the use of SAATHI initiative will build confidence in tourists as it helps hospitality industry in preparedness to continue operations safely and mitigate risks arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Patel informed the state tourism ministers that MoT is planning to develop a platform which will have all information regarding state roads, hotels and other facilities of all tourist destinations. It will also have updated information regarding weather and other tourism related information, he added. Patel requested all states to provide such information to Tourism Ministry so that the platform can be started soon.

 
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