While speaking at the recently concluded HIFI Conference in Delhi NCR, Dr Lalit K Panwar, Secretary – Tourism, Government of India, shared that the MoT is planning to extend Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to five countries—France, China, UK, Spain and Italy. With these countries added to the list, 63 per cent of India’s source markets will be covered, and within three years, India will hopefully reach the aspirational figure of one per cent of international arrivals. To support this growth, India would require another two lakh hotel rooms.
Therefore, he said the MoT has approached the government to incentivise the hotel industry, like offering infrastructure status. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India is planning to formulate a new tourism policy in the next six months. It will be a comprehensive action plan and road map for Indian tourism for coming times. The ministry is seeking contribution and valuable suggestions from industry stakeholders, which can help make the new policy more meaningful.