State Tourism Ministers Conference to be held in New Delhi on 21st August 2014

The Union Ministry of Tourism has convened the National Conference of State Tourism Ministers in New Delhi on 21st August, 2014. Union Minister of Tourism and Culture Shri Shripad Yesso Naik will preside over the day-long deliberations. Union Minister for Finance and Defence Shri Arun Jaitley will be the Chief Guest.

The objective for organising the conference is to initiate a high-level discussion on important issues of tourism sector and to stimulate closer cooperation with all the stakeholders in the Indian tourism sector. There has never been a time in the history of India, when tourism has been more central to the plans, expectations, and programmes of Government. The conference would provide a platform to the State Governments and other Stakeholders to discuss and share their experiences and best practices towards making the collective efforts to propel the tourism sector to new heights.

The day-long deliberations will see the review of Centrally Financed Tourist Infrastructure Projects, Safety and security of Tourists, Electronic Tourist Visa on Arrival, Rationalization of taxes, Development of Theme Based Tourist Circuits, National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) , Cleanliness , Hygiene and Sanitation around tourist destinations, Capacity Building Programmes, harnessing technology for delivery of online services and making tourist destinations accessible for differently-abled tourists.

Till date Tourism Ministers of 22 States/UT and Administrators of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep have confirmed their participation in the Conference.


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