SEPC held a Hospitality and Tourism Conclave in New Delhi

Business Events | September 12, 2022 | News

SEPC Hospitality and Tourism Conclave

Services and Export Promotion Council (SEPC) organized a Hospitality and Tourism Conclave in New Delhi. The event was attended by Chief Guest Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

The objective of the event was to organize deliberations amongst shareholders and energize the businesses in all aspects of travel, tourism and hospitality to chalk out an action plan as envisaged in the draft tourism policy. It is projected that by 2029, the tourism sector will account for about 53 million jobs. International tourists’ arrival is expected to reach 30.5 million by 2028.

Arvind Singh, Secretary Ministry of Tourism, Government of India said, “Travel and Tourism is one of the leading sectors of the country. The tourism policy has been drafted in consultation with the central ministries, state ministries, stakeholders etc., to draft a proposition that will help in strengthening tourism and the development of sub-sectors as well.

The pointers from the conclave are: 

- To enhance contribution to tourism by increasing visitation, stay and spend and making India a year around destination. 

- Create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in the sector and the availability of skilled manpower for the same.

- Enhance competitiveness of the tourism sector and remove the compliance burdens, taxation issues etc.

- Preserve and enhance our natural and cultural resources.

- Acceleration of Digitalization, innovation and technological advancements.

- Follow a collaborative approach between various stakeholders and ministries and follow, Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.

Infrastructure development, connectivity, brand building and taxation and visa policies will also be looked into to increase engagement and reach the 1 trillion-dollar economy goal.”

Sunil Talati, Chairman, SEPC said, “The conclave was the coming together of various experts and stakeholders from the industry to add gravitas to the proposed events like ATITHI and strengthen the Travel and Tourism sector in India. It touched upon points for the growth prospects and challenges and the need for a framework to put India on the Global Travel Map.”

Karan Rathore, Vice Chairman, SEPC said, “The hospitality sector is a sunrise industry with immense potential for growth. It accounts for approximately 50 million jobs in the country and direct foreign investments. Hospitality has been the essence of India. The need of the hour is to position India as a holistic travel and wellness destination and help the tourist traffic reach the projected 13.34 million in 2024.”

Abhay Sinha, DG, SEPC said, “Amongst all the sector under SEPC, Travel and Tourism is one of the largest and key sectors. Today, India is the 12th largest country in the world when it comes to international tourism. Therefore, as a sector that contributes to more than 31.8 million jobs, it is of paramount importance to understand how the businesses in that sector are performing, what is their support eco-system and what we can do to augment this reach. The mission is to understand what it would take from the council, the stakeholders, and the ministry to go beyond the growth trajectory of the last decade. The strategy should be about charting the course for this sector for the next 25 years when India will complete 100 years of independence. With perceptual change positioning India as a year around destination, favorable travel policies and aids, infrastructure development, there needs to be a blueprint in place.”

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The objective was to organise deliberations amongst shareholders and energise the businesses in aspects of travel, tourism and hospitality to chalk out an action plan to draft tourism policy.

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