“India has earned a significant place in World’s Tourism Map because of its great potential to attract tourists to the diversity of tourist sites spread all over the country. What India requires now is greater ease of access, seamless connectivity, comfortable modes of travel, tourist friendly facilities at destinations, ease of doing business and welcoming people.
To address these issues, India needs special focus on development of high quality core infrastructure, tourism infrastructure and social infrastructure. Although Union Government and State Governments are investing huge amount of funds for development of required infrastructure, however, the financial resources of the Governments can never be enough to address this issue in a vast country like India, having destinations in plenty.
India therefore needs deeper engagement with private sector to bridge the infrastructure gap existing in tourism sector. Tourism in India will grow faster when it is driven by private sector. The Union Government and State Governments must formulate such policies which can create an enabling environment for investors to invest in tourism sector. It is also necessary that Governments involve private sector through PPP mode.”
It was a pleasure to Chair, Moderate and Address the State presentation session today at FICCI Tourism Investors Meet 2019 and to know from the presentations of the States, how Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal have formulated Tourism-friendly Policies & Investment-enabling procedures, for promoting investments in their respective States.
Thanks to FICCI for associating VINOD ZUTSHI CONSULTANTS & ADVISORS as ‘Support Partner’ for their 5th Tourism Investors Meet 2019 and also for acknowledging my contribution and support for preparing the Knowledge Report on ‘Indian Tourism Infrastructure’ released at the inaugural session of the Meet.