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National Digital Tourism Mission

 

National Digital Tourism Mission: Relevance

  • GS 3: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.

 

Tourism in India: Context

  • Recently, Ministry of Tourism has invited final comments from the stakeholders on draft report for setting up of National Digital Tourism Mission.

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National Digital Tourism Mission: Key points

  • Ministry of Tourism had constituted an inter-ministerial task force for National Digital Tourism Mission to define the context, mission, vision, objectives, and overall scope of the National Digital Tourism Mission.
  • The Task Force has prepared a draft report on proposed National Digital Tourism Mission, which inter-alia lays down domain and technology principles, standards, digital stack, governance structure and plan for implementation of the envisaged National Digital Tourism Mission.
  • The vision of National Digital Tourism Mission is to bridge the existing information gap amongst different stakeholders of tourism ecosystem through a digital highway.
  • The National Digital Tourism Mission envisages to achieve the objective of harnessing the full potential of digitization in tourism sector by facilitating exchange of information and services in tourism sector.

 

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Challenges to Indian tourism

  • Lack of formalisation: It leads to gaps in credit worthiness, handle currency exchange fluctuations, lack of infrastructure.
  • Compliance overhead: Absence of single window, labour compliances etc.
  • Unsteady flow: Seasonal dependence, COVID, security issues.
  • Technology upgradation: Lack of internet bookability in India, lack of tourism products, lack of social media promotion campaigns.
  • Employable manpower: Lack of professional approach, low productivity, multi-lingual translators etc.
  • Transport: Lack of secure, fast and quality transport, unified ticket options etc.

 

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Tourism in India: Steps by the government

  • Incredible India Website and Mobile App: A multi-lingual ‘Incredible India’ website and mobile application assist international and domestic tourists to access information about various tourism destinations and attractions in the country.
  • National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry (NIDHI): NIDHI has been established for registration and classification of tourism service providers namely Tour Operators, Hotels and other Tourism Service Providers.
  • Swadesh and PRASHAD Schemes: Two flagship schemes has been launched specifically to boost tourism sector in India.
  • During COVID, the Ministry has developed an initiative called SAATHI (System for Assessment, Awareness & Training for Hospitality Industry), for effective implementation of Guidelines/SOPs issued with reference to COVID 19 and beyond for safe operations of Hotels, Restaurants, B&Bs and other units.

 

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