Draft National Tourism Policy – UPSC GS3

Context: Government has prepared the Draft National Tourism Policy focusing on Green, and digital tourism.
What are the Key Points of the Draft Policy?
  • Industry Status to Sector:
    • To promote investment in the tourism sector, the document mentions granting of industry status to the sector, along with formally granting infrastructure status to hotels.
  • Five Key Areas:
    • Five key areas would be given significant focus in the next 10 years:
      • Green tourism
      • Digital tourism
      • Destination management
      • Skilling the hospitality sector
      • Supporting tourism-related to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • Relief Measures and Taxation Breaks:
    • The industry, which has been the worst sufferer over the last two years of the pandemic, had sent multiple representations to the government representatives for relief measures as well as taxation breaks.
  • Offers Framework Conditions:
    • The draft policy doesn’t deal with specific operational issues, but offers framework conditions to help the sector, especially in the wake of the pandemic.
    • The overall mission and vision is being laid out to improve the experience of tourists, foreign as well as local.
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