India Signs MoU with UNEP, RTSOI to Boost Sustainable Tourism, Launches NIDHI 2.0

Industry Watch | October 6, 2021 | News

Ministry of Tourism United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI)

On the occasion of World Tourism Day on 27 September 2021, The Ministry of Tourism, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and The Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI) were part of an event in New Delhi.

They signed a MoU to actively promote and support ‘sustainability initiatives’ in the tourism sector, besides launching NIDHI 2.0 (National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry) and releasing a report titled “India Tourism Statistics: At a Glance, 2021’.

NIDHI is the ministry’s portal to register accommodation units in the country. As on date 44,024 units have been registered on the portal which was activated on 8 June 2020.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla delivered a keynote at the event along with Union Minister of Tourism, Culture & DoNER (Development of North East) G Kishan Reddy and MoS for Tourism, Shripad  Yesso  Naik.

A video  message by Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General, WTO was also played. Secretary Tourism Arvind Singh; DG Tourism Kamala Vardhana  Rao; Head UNEP Atul Bagai; senior officers  of  the Tourism Ministry and representatives of travel and hospitality industry also addressed the audience.

Speaker Birla said that post-Covid, the tourism sector was reviving in India at a faster pace. He further said that committed and collective efforts will ensure that India will emerge as the best tourist destination in the world. “The way we collectively defeated Covid-19, our collective force and coordinated efforts will take our economy to a new height. Tourism is one of the growth engines of economy and employment. Therefore, special focus is needed for further development of this sector,” Birla added.

Minister Kishan Reddy said, “The tourism sector is one of those few sectors which have suffered a lot due to this pandemic and the early resumption of tourism is very important for the recovery and growth of this sector. As on date, India has already administered over 85 crores vaccination doses to its citizens. With the ongoing aggressive vaccination strategy, we are now a step closer to the reopening of the country to tourism in the beginning of the new year. I am grateful to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his relentless focus on vaccination.”

“The Prime Minister's vision has been to use Tourism as a tool for employment generation and inclusive development. The tourism sector has the highest job creating potential among the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors,” he added.

Memorandum with United Nations Environment Programme and The Responsible Tourism Society of India signed at an event in New Delhi on World Tourism Day (27 September).

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