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There is a need to have a tourism policy in India so that the sector, which has been severely impacted by the covid-19 pandemic, can accelerate its revival process, Union minister of tourism, G. Kishan Reddy, said on Thursday, at the second edition of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality E-Conclave organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

“I’ve met a number of sector representatives, delegates, associations, and organisations in the last 10 days. We think there should be a tourism policy in India. The tourism sector is not in the state or central government list. We are also considering whether or not it should be in the concurrent list. I’m requesting everybody to participate in preparing the new national tourism policy," Reddy said.

Once this policy is adopted, it will be particularly helpful for all industry stakeholders, the minister said.

“Through this policy, we can get proper responses, investments, and support from village gram panchayats and town municipalities. We can see that the tourism sector is one of the major sectors in India for economic growth and employment generation," Reddy said.

Industry stakeholders should keep an eye on what is going on in different countries, particularly tourism-dependent countries, in terms of the measures they are taking and see what kind of measures India can take, the Union minister said. and look at what kind of initiatives India can take.“We should update the government of India and state governments about this," he said.

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