Group land­ings to reap ben­e­fits by 2015-16

With group land­ing per­mits, MOT gave a large role to agents. Now, agents should pay back by en­sur­ing bet­ter ser­vice to trav­ellers.

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Re­quest­ing the travel trade to take ini­tia­tives to en­sure 100 per cent safety to fe­male trav­ellers to In­dia, Parvez

De­wan, Sec­re­tary-Tourism, Govern­ment of In­dia said, “The Cen­tre has re­laxed visa rules and ex­tended the Visa-on-Ar­rival (VoA) fa­cil­ity to nine air­ports from four. The govern­ment has al­lowed col­lec­tive land­ing per­mits to groups com­pris­ing four or more trav­ellers. This move will def­i­nitely pro­vide larger ben­e­fits to the in­dus­try in the long run. We do not pre­dict this pol­icy to im­pact the cur­rent year that much. How­ever, 2015-16 will see rev­o­lu­tion­ary pos­i­tive changes on the back of this Min­istry of Tourism (MOT) ini­tia­tive.”

Throw­ing more light on mak­ing In­dia a favoured sum­mer des­ti­na­tion for tourists, De­wan added, “The ‘ 777 days of the In­dian Hi­malayas’ has

been launched with the twin ob­jec­tive of at­tract­ing more for­eign tourists dur­ing the lean sum­mer sea­son and at the same time re­mind­ing the world that a ma­jor part of the Hi­malayan range is in In­dia. Usu­ally the sea­son to visit In­dia is Septem­ber- March. The idea is to ex­tend this sea­son by of­fer­ing more of the moun­tains. Also, when peo­ple think of the Hi­malayas, they think of Nepal. We want to give the mes­sage to the trav­ellers that 73 per cent of Hi­malayas is in our coun­try, and herein lies the op­por­tu­nity.”

The Min­istry is work­ing on the ad­ver­tise­ment, which will be aired abroad only. Talk­ing more about the up­com­ing ad, De­wan ar­tic­u­lated, “Each of the six Hi­malayan states will fea­ture in this ad. Even the gate­way cities, which will serve them with their in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic air­ports and rail­way

When peo­ple think of the Hi­malayas, they think of Nepal. We want to give the mes­sage to the trav­ellers that 73% of Hi­malayas is in our coun­try, and herein lies the op­por­tu­nity

Parvez De­wan, Sec­re­tary, MOT

sta­tions would be pro­moted. Also, we have re­alised most peo­ple who visit th­ese moun- tains do not go there to trek or climb the peaks. Their idea might be to ven­ture into the small monas­ter­ies, visit the quaint lit­tle cafe­te­rias or sim­ply sit in their ho­tel room bal­cony and look at the moun­tains. Thus, all th­ese small as­pects would be in­cluded in the ad.”

Union Tourism Min­is­ter K Chi­ran­jeevi along with his col­leagues in the Min­istry of Ship­ping G K Vasan and Milind De­ora have agreed to pro­vide Cen­tral fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for the de­vel­op­ment of her­itage light­houses as tourist des­ti­na­tions. Out of the 15 her­itage light­houses of his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance, in the first phase, Kon­hoji An­gere light­house in Ma­ha­rash­tra will be taken up for de­vel­op­ment. The Min­istry of Tourism plans to sup­port con­struc­tion of a boat jetty and pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal at Kon­hoji An­gere light­house. The Kon­hoji An­gere is­land is sit­u­ated nine nau­ti­cal miles away from the Gate­way of In­dia, Mum­bai, De­wan said.

Parvez De­wan Sec­re­tary-Tourism Gov­ern­ment of In­dia

K Chi­ran­jeevi Union Min­is­ter for Tourism

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