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 EDITORIAL
Disruptive Growth!
It’s a known fact that India really needs some sort of disruptive growth to carve out its rightful share on the international tourism map. The current inbound figures and the pace of annual growth do not give us any reason for contentment at all. It is high time India explored steps that could unleash that much required disruptive growth.
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IN FOCUS
ICPBIATO Convention 2015 to reiterate potential of tourism as an economy booster
The 31st IATO Annual Convention is scheduled to take place at The Grand Bhagwati in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from August 20-23, 2015. Themed ‘Tourism: We will change the Indian Economy’, the event has raised the expectations of the industry, in that stakeholders and members of the Association are looking forward to more interactive sessions that will highlight the pressing issues, such as taxation, tourist safety, and the way forward for the industry. Akansha Pandey reports
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 IN CONVERSATION
‘IATO calls for Infrastructural Development Policy ’
Subhash Goyal, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and Ashwani Lohani, Commissioner and Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC), in a conversation with Akansha Pandey, reveal details of the upcoming Convention which will be held from August 20-23 at The Grand Bhagwati in Indore, and details of promotion of the less explored parts of the state
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 COVER STORY
Hugh & Colleen GantzerIndia’s e-Tourist Visa Saga: A true growth story?
The gigantic growth of Foreign Tourist Arrivals using e-Tourist Visa (ETV) may be a reason to rejoice at the face value, but the underlying facts hardly give much joy. The country and government can convert this initiative into an opportunity to increase foreign tourist inflow. While it is an opportunity, there are many issues like logistics, infrastructure, etc., that need attention. Itee Sharma talks to industry players to know if ETV can be a game-changer for the industry
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