MoEFCC invites collective suggestions to solve hurdles in tourism

(From left) HE Jorge Juan Castaneda Mendez, ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Peru; Swadesh Kumar, president, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India; Dipak Haksar, chairman, CII National Committee on Tourism & Hospitality; Satyajeet Rajan, director general-Tourism, MoT; Arun Kumar Mehta, additional 
secretary, MoEFCC and Arjun Sharma, co-Chairman, CII National Committee on Tourism & Hospitality (From left) HE Jorge Juan Castaneda Mendez, ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Peru; Swadesh Kumar, president, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India; Dipak Haksar, chairman, CII National Committee on Tourism & Hospitality; Satyajeet Rajan, director general-Tourism, MoT; Arun Kumar Mehta, additional secretary, MoEFCC and Arjun Sharma, co-Chairman, CII National Committee on Tourism & Hospitality

At the recent national seminar on ‘Adventure Tourism’ by The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Arun Kumar Mehta, additional secretary, ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC), said that the ministry is ready to review the regulatory framework including the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) to boost sustainable tourism. The event which was supported by the ministry of tourism (MoT), Government of India, highlighted India’s need of developments in the sector which could aggregate growth. He quoted the example of relaxations given to the beach shacks in Goa, which has given immense opportunity for their business. Mehta affirmed, “We will be looking at all the problems with regard to adventure tourism, but I would request everyone to be specific with their recommendations. Any suggestion to MoEFCC should be made with regard to areas, zones or amendments to be made to boost tourism growth.”

At the inaugural ceremony, Satyajeet Rajan, director general, MoT stated that adventure travel in India will be forced to grow due to increasing demand of the new generation. He said, “The challenges that are hindering this sector’s growth are safety guidelines and skill development. While the safety guidelines are present, they have not been accepted by the state governments and there is not much skilled personnel as majority of this sector is unorganised. But we have set a National Adventure Task Force, which is closely looking into the matter. More satellite phones will also be added in the next five to six years which shall enable prompt action in safety missions.”

Dipak Haksar, chairman, CII National Committee on Tourism & Hospitality and chief executive ITC Hotels, highlighted the positive effects on adventure tourism. Emphasising on employment generation in the remotest of areas, he said the PPP partnerships can give the much needed push to the sector.