When would the wait end?

TravTalk - India - - GUEST COLUMN -

It’s been a cou­ple of years since we first heard about the Na­tional Tourism Pol­icy, which was to be launched way back in 2015 it­self. Af­ter two years of Min­istry of Tourism con­stantly dis­cussing the launch, it has still not seen the light of the day. Not many of us know what it would en­tail in terms of in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment, func­tion­ing of tourism bod­ies and pro­mo­tion of In­dia in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. How­ever, the in­dus­try is pin­ning its hope on the pol­icy and ex­pect­ing some ground-break­ing de­ci­sions to be made. Rashmi Verma, the new Sec­re­tary-Tourism, has said that they will be re­leas­ing the pol­icy by World Tourism Day on Septem­ber 27. With only a month left for the same, the in­dus­try is beam­ing with hope and ex­pec­ta­tions, es­pe­cially for in­bound, as the next sea­son is just around the cor­ner. A pro­gres­sive pol­icy, aided by the e-visa regime would do won­ders for the in­com­ing tourist traf­fic for the coun­try. We are keep­ing our fingers crossed!

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