4th Tourism Working Group Meeting under G20 hosted

Hyderabad: The Inaugural session of the 4th Tourism Working Group Meeting under G20 was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism at Goa today morning.

The inaugural session was addressed by Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and DoNER G.Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Tourism Ajay Bhatt; Minister of State for Tourism  Shripad Yesso Naik and  Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant.  Minister of Tourism in Goa Rohan Khaunte were present.

Addressing the inaugural session, Union Minister Kishan Reddy said in the past few months, G20 Tourism Working Group Meetings were held  under  India’s Presidency and it includes first meeting at  Rann of  Kutch, Gujarat, second at Siliguri, West Bengal, third meeting at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir and had some insightful, thought provoking and positive discussions on different types of tourism products with experts, innovators, and leaders from, across the world.

He also added that a visit to India, would  be incomplete, without experiencing  the beauty, greatness and richness of our spiritual  strength  and  diversity of different places of the country. He said “We are home to more than, 50 Shakti Peethas, where the  divinity of women  is  worshipped. India is the birth place of Sikhism and we have the Sikh Golden Temple at Amritsar, which is a symbol of  brotherhood and equality.

He also said “India is the birth place of the Buddhism and Jainism and  has around  80% Hindu population. The 200 large Buddhist monasteries across India remind us of  the Buddhist  principles  of  non-violence and the Jain philosophy of living in harmony with nature forms,  the basis for  the Government’s Mission  LiFE – Lifestyle For Environment.”

Speaking about Prime Minister’s leadership he said “Ensuring that rich heritage,  and civilizational strength gets due recognition,  our government under the leadership of  Narendra Modi   has been promoting  tourism since 2014 and  he is our very own Tourism Ambassador introducing , Indian  tourism  at  a  global level.”

He also remarked “Since ancient times, travelling to India was an avenue for finding oneself and India has always been a popular destination for travellers from all corners of the globe seeking and Self-discovery. This has provided opportunities for people across 200 countries and varied faiths to experience India’s Culture and Spiritual Heritage.”

Kishan Reddy said in India, in the spirit of our ancient philosophy   of  ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ – where the guest is treated as divine, our foreign tourist arrivals after COVID 19 again  have  increased and Foreign Tourists during the period, January to April 2023 is 166%  higher  than arrivals  registered  during the last year  same period in 2022. India is expected to recover its, inbound travel to pre-pandemic levels in 2023. He also said the final meeting will provide us all, action points and recommendations for national and other governments, and other tourism stakeholders, to act upon to achieve, Sustainable Development Goals.

Union Minister also informed “Currently our Indian government has two priorities: Sustainable infrastructure creation, to cater to the growing needs of  the  tourists,  and Raising awareness among the tourists,  for responsible consumption and adoption of an environmentally conscious lifestyle and through the launch of the G20 Tourism and SDG Dashboard, a legacy has been created. The dashboard being developed, shall promote policies and initiatives by the G20 countries, and guest countries in building a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient sector. He also appealed to together and build a more diverse, resilient, and sustainable tourism sector for our future generation.