On the occasion of World Tourism Day, the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) organized a roundtable on the theme “Rethinking Tourism”. During the discussion, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, assured full support for travel, tourism and hospitality industry players to position the state as a preferred choice for tourists. national and international, using new techniques and changing methods. For the development.
Sharing his view, he said: “The government’s responsibility is to create basic infrastructure, while the job of tourism development lies with industry players. The government will spearhead the initiatives taken by tourism experts. We have created an event calendar for 2 years and will post it soon for review. Tourism in Maharashtra will grow if we focus on developing the areas around Mumbai while focusing on the capital as an entry point.
Listing on the theme, Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President, FHRAI (Federation of Hotels & Restaurant Association of India), “States should compete with each other rather than foreign destinations. We suggested encouraging domestic tourism to revive. If we can convince tourists to spend an extra night in the city of Mumbai, it can add another INR 108 crore to the state revenue.
Ajay Prakash, Chairman of TAFI (Travel Agents Federation of India), pointed out, “There are no facilities for women on our highways and even in cities. created, it will be enough to boost the feeling of traveling. We can save INR 4 crore alone on advertising our destinations. Also, with the changing trend, we should focus on activity-based tourism to spark the ‘interest.
Carl Vaz, Chairman of SKAL International India and Chief Executive Officer of Charson Advisory Services Pvt Ltd, urged the government to support the attrition rate in the industry. “There is a gap between studies and work. Internship and mentoring are lacking. Entry wages are low and we need government support to ensure that the workforce remains attracted to the segment.
Vivek Braganza, Deputy Vice President of Shangri-La Group, spoke about the use of new techniques to make the industry sustainable, such as the use of solar energy.
Rajiv Duggal, MD, travel specialist, was also present on the occasion. He said it was out of sheer necessity that Indians started taking national holidays during the pandemic. “People have lost faith in the tourism industry. Skilled labor is not ready to join the industry after the pandemic. We need to review our effectiveness as a business. Once visa issues are resolved, Indians will start to flock to overseas destinations again.