Tourism in the spotlight at the G20 Presidency meeting
The leaders and delegates of the prestigious G20 have pulled out all the stops to develop plans that will continue to shine for India as a premier travel destination. A recent Tourism Working Group (TWG) meeting under India’s G20 Presidency, held at The Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, looked at planning for the expansion and promotion of tourism. The event was attended by more than 100 delegates from different countries. Also attending was the Prime Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Bhai Patel, and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Development of the North East Region (DoNER), G. Kishan Reddy. A number of bilateral meetings took place and some of the topics for discussion were as follows:
G20 delegates and state ministers exchanged views on India’s tourist destinations and the government’s tourism and safety promotion measures. Most notable was the intense conversation about the five priority themes: Green Tourism, Digitisation, Skills, Tourism MSMEs and Destinations. Digitization in the tourism sector was also an important topic and was discussed intensively. The impact of tourism on the local economy and employment was also clearly discussed.
One of the critical aspects of the holiday business is rural tourism. His needs are specific. Therefore, specialized guidance is required. The TWG meeting included a presentation and discussion on “Rural Tourism for Community Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation”. The event highlighted practices, perspectives and problems in rural tourism. In addition, at a separate event, Miya Hussain Gul Beg, Sarpanch from Dhordo Village, highlighted the positive impact of tourism and praised the development of newer infrastructure and job opportunities.
On the last day of the session, the discussion on the topic “Promotion of Archaeological Tourism: Discovering Common Cultural Heritage” took place. Delegates discussed views on the preservation of archaeological sites and the challenges involved. Panellists highlighted the benefits of promoting archaeological tourism to strengthen and sustain life in local communities. Tourism Minister Arvind Singh said archaeological tourism could support the socio-economic development of local communities. As part of the event, delegates visited the Smritivan Earthquake Memorial Museum in Bhuj and the Harappan Dholavira’s website.
Look forward to more
In addition, four G20 Tourism Trail meetings and three G20 Presidency events are planned. The Ministry of Tourism will organize the first Global Tourism Investors Summit in New Delhi in April, the MICE Global Conference in May and the G2O Tourism CEO Forum in June. Any efforts made will be effective in transforming and revitalizing tourism in India.
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