India Heritage Tourism Conclave – 2014: Tourism secretary Parvez Dewan urges site developers to preserve tourism heritage

Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Tourism, Government of India urged all the site developers to develop and preserve tourism heritage by protecting ecology, environment and nature in and around it. The official recommended that the best way to develop and preserve them in India would be by evolving efficient manufacturing techniques with imagination on lines adopted by successful global players such as British and German governments.
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Dewan inaugurated the third India Heritage Tourism Conclave-2014 organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi today. The Secretary, Tourism recommended that tourism and heritage sites all over the country and especially in terrains and landscapes within the Himalayan range and other places should be developed in such a way that original structures are intact and protected. For development and preservations of palatial places and sites, the best way would be to turn them into hotels so that those who choose to stay in such places enjoy and imagine the culture and heritage of such vintage, he suggested.
SM Khan, Director General, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said: “The Government in consultation with all States and concerned stake holders were taking all possible measures to develop tourism and preserve our ancient culture in a manner that was not hostile to nature and scenic beauty.  I appeal to all the media organisations to create awareness so that development efforts of the governments and private sector for preservation of India’s tourism and culture are encouraged”.
Sharad Jaipuria, President, PHD Chamber in his welcome remarks assured the participants that the Chamber would take the initiative for promoting tourism and heritage to all 12 States in which the PHD Chamber operates and even in overseas economies in which the PHD Chamber interacts with its counterparts for mutual economic gains. He said that about 13 crore domestic tourists move to inter-state tourist destinations while Foreign Tourist arrivals during the period 2013 stood at around 68 lakhs.
The foreign exchange earnings from the tourism sector during 2013 stood at around $ 18 billion and hence, India has a significant potential to become a preferred tourist destination globally, Jaipuria added.
Saurabh Sanyal, Executive Director, PHD Chamber, in his Special Address said that the total market size of tourism and hospitality industry in India stood at around $ 118 billion currently and is expected to double in the next five years. The tourism sector has excellent growth avenues as the Government of India has allowed 100 percent FDI under the automatic route. The Government is making concerted efforts to develop quality tourism infrastructure at tourist destinations across the country.  Among others who spoke on the occasion for all round development and promotion of tourism and heritage comprised Vijay Mehta, Chairman, Tourism Committee, PHD Chamber; Madan Mohan, Director, Deneb & Pollux Group of Companies.

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