Mr. Subhash Goyal, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators ...

Indian agents and operators have been asked to “pull up their socks” and try to double the number of tourists they are handling now in the next two years.

This advice was given by Subhash Goyal, President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), to its members on January 7 in Delhi at the first meeting of the year.

Goyal said that this was necessary as he had assured the government that tourism will rise steeply, when he lobbied with the authorities to launch the long-awaited electronic visa, which has now been done for 43 countries.

IATO felicitated the key officials who have made this possible, including B .K. Prasad, Additiional Secretary, Ministry of Home, and P. K. Bharadwaj, Chief, Bureau of Immigration.

Former Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan suggested that the three fives policy would help – market the five western coast states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, and Kerala, in the five European countries in the Scandavian region which were looking for travel in winters to get away from the cold. These efforts should continue for five years, he said.

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