ITM 2021 kick starts with a Physical Inauguration
ITM, India Tourism Mart, a buyer-seller meet which this time is taking place on a virtual format from 18th – 20th Feb 2021. Mr Subhash Goyal, Chairman – ITM 2021 and Secretary, FAITH in his inaugural address, emphasised how the year gone by was the darkest in the history of mankind and tourism was the worst hit.
Goyal urged the industry to come together and consolidate their efforts for the revival of tourism in India. “For us to revive the tourism industry and save millions of jobs, we look forward three key actions from our policymakers – re-starting of e-tourist visas; reinstatement of scheduled international flights, at least to those countries with which India has air-bubble arrangements, with the necessary precautions on safety to allow willing travellers the opportunity to travel again and modification of policies to help subsidise or reduce the financial burden on the sector”.He said.
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, said, “We have already started issuing medical visas and we are planning to soon restart E-Tourist Visas and schedule International flights in a phased manner. The Ministry of health is fully supporting the Ministry of Tourism’s efforts in reviving International tourism to India.”
Mr Amaresh Tiwari, Co-Chairman, ITM 2021– Virtual and Vice Chairman, ICPB said “During these 3 days, there will be 12 Knowledge Sessions with 73 Speakers. At ITM 2021 – Virtual, we have 73 countries participating along with 316 International Buyers, 240 Domestic Buyer and over 1200 delegates joining in virtually,” he shared.
Also present at the occasion were Mr Arvind Singh, Secretary Tourism, Government of India; Mr Rakesh Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Mrs Meenakshi Sharma, DG Tourism, Government of India and Mrs Rupinder Brar, ADG, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
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