India Travel -The fifth edition of nice Indian Travel Bazaar 2012 (GITB) commenced on Sunday with great fanfare. The presence of centre and state government representatives beside foreign participants was proof of the growing magnitude of the event. The two-day GITB is organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and FICCI.
Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister of Tourism, Government of India, on the inaugural day released 2 information papers on indigenous tourism and spiritual tourism, a joint initiative by FIand YES Bank. He said time come back when developing tourism in India ought to become a priority. "We ought to verify doubling our inbound tourism and aim at bringing to the country five million tourists by 2017."
"Inbound tourism has nice potential and may grow at a rate of twelve-tone music. For this the ministry is hoping on 2 methods. The primary relates to revenue generation activities and second is developing the infrastructure," remarked the Union Tourism Minister. we have a tendency to need twenty lakh hotel rooms to accommodate our foreign tourists and this can additionally open new opportunities of investment and employment generation, he said.
"A tourism development forum has additionally been discovered for understanding the requirements and grievances of the tourism business and primarily based on these the ministry can develop its tourism campaigns," said Kant.
Speaking on the occasion, Bina Kak, state minister for tourism said, "Research, cooperation, conversion and innovation are the four key factors that may enhance the Indian tourism business. This year seven, 670 B2B conferences are already scheduled for future 2 days of the event. The numbers themselves speak volumes concerning the success of GITB."
Kak mentioned a number of the government's initiatives to push the tourism business, one in every of the foremost vital being that tourism has been identified as an business and hence will avail of all concessions that an business is entitled to and entertainment tax has been fully waived off.
The platinum sponsor of the event, Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, FICCI Tourism Committee and Chairperson & Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality cluster, said, "So several events are going down however the sort of success and growth that GITB has seen is unprecedented. The event this year is witnessing the presence of fifty four countries. Currently the time has come back after we ought to emerge within the domestic tourism sector strongly."
R V Kanoria, President, FICCI, said, "Rajasthan is one in every of the best tourist destinations in India Tours and state government has initiated many policies to support the reason for promoting tourism. an outsized contingent of participants, each national and international, is showcasing the potential for growth of tourism business. We have a tendency to hope that every one stakeholder has fruitful and successful business partnerships over future 2 days."