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Shripad Naik assures his full support to IHHA

Sripad Naik, Union minister for tourism, while addressing the annual convention of the Indian Heritage Hotel Association (IHHA) here on Sunday said that for the first time a Union government has recognized tourism as a key sector, which can contribute to India’s foreign exchange earnings. It is precisely the reason why tourism features so prominently in the government’s action plan as spelt out in the Union budget. According to the statistics of the Union ministry of tourism, “Compared to the 4.1 per cent growth in 2013 during June, the growth rate of foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in June 2014, after the new government took over, the figure more than doubled to 9 per cent.”
“In bound tourism too has been showing remarkable improvement with the new government. The radical change in the government is reflected in its approach to provide tourist visa on arrival enabled with electronic travel authorization, which will soon become a reality,” said Naik. With the tourist arrivals in the country showing growth, the government is committed to the principle of “minimum government, maximum governance” and has decided to simplify the hotel classification and reclassification procedure for hotels.
Speaking on the occasion, president of IHHA Gaj Singh of Jodhpur said he was happy that the an initiative taken by some of the owners of the heritage properties in the state by converting them into heritage hotels has become a movement now and a number of states particularly Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are trying to develop heritage tourism.
“Heritage hotels are the pillars of Indian tourism and the PM Narendra Modi has truly recognized the potential of growth by calling it as engine of growth. Taxation, particularly the luxury tax needs to be reviewed the growth of heritage hotels,” said Gaj Singh.
On the occasion, Naik launched a E-newsletter, which would be related to heritage and would be emailed quarterly to travel agencies, hotels, travel writers. The minister also released a book, “Small & Beautiful Hill Stations of Indian Heritage” and “Lesser Known Heritage of India”.