FICCI 6th National Tourism Investors Meet (NTIM) concludes with focus on boosting tourism in India

FICCI 6th National Tourism Investors Meet (NTIM) concludes with focus on boosting tourism in India

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) 6th National Tourism Investors Meet (NTIM) concluded on Friday, 24th September.

Bihar was selected as the ‘theme state’ in this investors summit. The objective of the 2-day event is to encourage investment in travel & tourism and to re-launch India’s tourism industry in the post-Covid era.

The second day of the event was filled with business engagement between investors and the states. Besides Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Karnataka showcased their Tourism policy and travel initiatives through the digital presentation.

Shri Rakesh Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. Of India, in his opening address said, “If you look at the potential of India it is unrealised beyond the words. The Development of Iconic Tourism destination is a new scheme of GOI, which will support capital incentive investment. In Ease of doing business, Maharashtra has practised this. We also need to look at the public interest. Instead of an archaic basis, there are many niches for tourism as eco-tourism etc. Investment should not only be financial but of collaborations and knowledge. A country like Thailand is working hard towards golf tourism.”

FICCI and tourism

Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairman of FICCI’s Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Committee and CMD, Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, also said, “This meet was a huge success and will prove to be a turning point for stakeholders of the tourism industry. Post covid, this is a tremendous initiative led by FICCI to revive tourism across the country.”

Theme state Bihar in its presentation pitched their progressive, competitive and investment-friendly policies in the tourism sector and appealed to the investors to come to Kaimur, Rohtas, VTR for Rajgir as the state is an emerging hub of eco-tourism. The state is thriving upon the abundance of its flora and fauna to strengthen the eco-circuit in terms of footfalls.

An entrepreneur from the hospitality sector Bhawana Chopra participated in the second day of the investor’s meet. The Delhi-based wedding planner saw an immense opportunity in states like Karnataka and Rajasthan to boost travel and tourism. “We can explore different states their culture and put it in our theme. It’s a lovely initiative by FICCI.”

A Noida based stakeholder opined that the state governments are keen to invite investors and provide them with all possible resources to let the wheel of the hospitality sector once again move at a fast pace. “It’s a wonderful initiative.”

Vikas Ahluwalia from Appejay-Surrendra Park Hotels Limited said, “The 6th Investors summit was quite helpful for us. It was a good opportunity to interact with states like Bihar and it was enlightening for us to understand their vision and hospitality. After Covid, people have been looking for opportunities in the tourism sector. All the partner states showcased their policies which were quite helpful for us.”