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We need to create a special focus on Indian heritage tourism: Gajsingh Jodhpur

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 16:00 Hrs  [IST]
Asmita Mukherjee | Hyderabad

"India was ranked globally as being the 9th best in terms of its cultural assets by the tourism global competitiveness of World Economic Forum. 
We are of the most unique countries in world which has a heritage which goes back over 5000 years. As the world goes through a revival post - covid, Indian heritage which is spread out across the country will be a position to provide tourists unbeatable heritage based hospitality  experiences which can heal the world," said Gajsingh Jodhpur, President, Indian Heritage Hotels Associations while speaking on a press conference on ‘India Tourism Vision Day’ organised by FAITH today.

Commenting about making India as an heritage tourism destination, Jodhpur said, “Our goal post-COVID-19 is to provide tourists with unbeatable Indian heritage tourism experiences through ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. 
It is estimated that 1% of India’s tourism assets casually being capitalised. Many of them are crumbling due to lack of funds and policy focus. Many heritage places such as our palaces, forts, havelis, monuments, and historical sites are still undiscovered and are neglected. These have the potential to become world class tourism assets. We need to create a special focus on Indian heritage through a heritage tourism sub brand under the Incredible India campaign. For survival of heritage tourism, we urge the government to create a national heritage fund with a corpus of atleast INR 100 crores, which will keep our history alive. Heritage structures are extremely delicate, require heavy expenditure and also need specialists to maintain them. The restoration of heritage buildings and converting them to hotels is also required. They should also receive major tax rebates. Our PPP contracts should be made more attractive, to facilitate the revival of our economy through private capital. Similarly, we urge the state governments to wave off all property taxes. We look forward to receiving some financial support and rapid restorations of jobs for the revival of the tourism industry.”

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