India is set to introduce a new tourism policy before the upcoming Parliament budget session, stated Union Tourism, Culture and DoNEr Minister G Kishan Reddy. The Minister further stated that the Ministry had extensive discussions with the States and other departments of the governments and drafted a proposal that will be released in the next two months (during the budget session). Minister Reddy recently attended the golden jubilee celebration of Southern Travels - a tourism company in Delhi - where he made the announcement about the upcoming tourism policy.
Minister Reddy further stated at the event that the new policy intends to give a new direction to the tourism of the country that will help "reinvent" the sector and make it future ready. On the policy front, he said that the Tourism Ministry works in tandem with multiple stockholders and several other ministries including the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Roadways and Highways etc.
He added, "We, at the Ministry of Tourism, are well aware that tourism provides massive growth for economic development, and we are working towards improving it as also provide massive employment opportunities in the tourism sector all over India". And the Ministry is taking a number of measures to boost tourism and encourage investments.