New Delhi: Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH), kick-started it’s annual India Tourism Mart (ITM) with a physical inauguration today.
India Tourism Mart – ITM, which is a buyer-seller meet is taking place in a virtual format from 18th – 20th Feb 2021. In his inaugural address, Mr Subhash Goyal, Chairman – ITM 2021 and Hony. Secretary, FAITH emphasised how the year gone by was the darkest in the history of mankind and tourism was the worst hit where the travel fraternity was literally left hanging from a thread.
He 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.”
Reiterating Mr Goyal’s viewpoint, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India 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. On a reciprocal basis, first with those countries with whom we have an air bubble agreement. 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 was applauded by all for not just burning the midnight oil in putting together a great event but also for putting together extremely insightful and knowledgeable panellists together for the Leadership Conclave. “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.
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 in their respective addresses applauded the efforts of FAITH in organising the event virtually and assured complete cooperation of the government in reviving the tourism sector in India starting with the revival of e-visa and international flights soon. Mrs Rupinder Brar, ADG, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India gave the vote of thanks.
The road ahead vision document prepared by FAITH & KPMG was also released on the occasion.