Com­ing soon: A safe and clean In­dia

takes pride in the fact that read­ers across the globe are par­tic­i­pat­ing in our polls. To make it more heart­en­ing, they are com­ing up with con­struc­tive sug­ges­tions. So, we con­tinue our ef­forts by cre­at­ing the in­dus­try’s In­di­aThink se­ries to push tourism to

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re­cently con­ducted a poll ask­ing the in­dus­try, “In ad­di­tion to ETA / VOA, which other steps will push tourism into In­dia?” Fore­see­ing a sim­i­lar­ity in replies, the fol­low­ing op­tions were given, in­clud­ing, tourist safety, Clean In­dia, for­ma­tion of a Na­tional Tourism Board (NTB) and the pri­vati­sa­tion of Brand In­dia mar­ket­ing abroad. Nearly 60 per cent of the replies fo­cused on tourist safety and a clean In­dia. The good news is that the re­cent gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives such as tourist po­lice and the Clean In­dia cam­paign are work­ing to­wards mak­ing In­dia a safe and clean des­ti­na­tion for tourists.

The In­dian em­bassies, con­sulates are un­able to give visas to tourists due to short­age of equip­ment and man­power. Peo­ple go on leave dur­ing Septem­ber to March, which is peak tourist sea­son. They are least con­cerned about the ben­e­fits of in­creas­ing tourists. Change the mind­set of gov­ern­ment ser­vants es­pe­cially those work­ing abroad.

Arun Raga Tours, Kaza­khstan We agree with all sug­ges­tions but please in­clude re­moval of touts and bro­kers from around ho­tels, mon­u­ments, air­ports and other lo­ca­tions where tourists go. This is im­por­tant.

Jayant Pal Singh Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent CIE Group Team DDP, It's a nice ques­tion you have asked. As per our thoughts, for­ma­tion of na­tional tourism board is a must. After that, tourist safety and clean In­dia are im­per­a­tive. If we do this, then we will have lot of tourists.

Kumar Maish­eri Peo­ple Hol­i­days In my opin­ion, the steps that would help in grow­ing tourism in In­dia are Tourist Safety and Clean In­dia es­pe­cially area in and around tourist spots. Good in­fra­struc­ture like roads and com­fort­able trains, strict mon­i­tor­ing of qual­ity stan­dard of food in trains and around tourist spots, rec­og­niz­ing and plac­ing ap­proved travel agents/guides at tourist des­ti­na­tions for pro­vid­ing qual­ity ser­vice will also help us to at­tain our goals. In­dia has such a rich and beau­ti­ful tourist places and can gen­er­ate much more than any other in­dus­try. But we have to show qual­ity and stan­dard to boost the im­age and at­tract more and more tourists.

Sudheer Ka­toch Deputy Gen­eral Man­ager, The En­ergy and Re­sources In­sti­tute

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