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Tourism as an engine for growth


Held under the theme ‘Tourism: we will change the Indian economy’, the 31st Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) Annual Convention recently concluded at the Grand Bhagwati Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

The convention was inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma, minister of state for tourism and culture and minister of state for civil aviation, Government of India; Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister, Madhya Pradesh; Surendra Patwa, minister of state for tourism and culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh; Ashok Chandra Panda, minister of tourism and culture, Government of Odisha; Ashwani Lohani, commissioner and managing director, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC); and the entire IATO executive committee, reports Express TravelWorld.

Speaking about the convention, Subash Goyal, president, IATO, stated, “This year, we have our members present from all over the nation and also the neighbouring nations. Today the tourism revolution of the country will start from the heart of India. This revolution will surely change the face of the Indian economy. Tourism is one segment which creates a lot of foreign revenue as well as employment. The e- visa policy implemented by this government is indeed a game changer for us. Now at this stage we have one request, that the e-visa should be changed from 30 days to 60 days and should be made multiple-entry. Also, the physical exporters are getting a lot of subsidy in taxes. We are the ones who indirectly earn foreign exchanges for our nation, hence we should also get some more benefits from the government.”


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