The Union Ministry of Tourism (MoT) will compile and create a check list of common parameters in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and in consultation with stakeholders of the industry, to be implemented across the country. “Post lifting of the lockdown in a staggered manner, we foresee travel to resume within the state and eventually move to interstate when adequate security measures are put in place. International rigidity is going to remain till protocols are implemented. Moreover, there is need for confidence-building measures for stakeholders,” said Meenakshi Sharma, Director General – Tourism, Government of India.
Sharma said that MoT is open to suggestions and feedback from stakeholders on drafting this check list to make it all encompassing, without which it would be theoretical. She was speaking at an e-conference jointly organised by TAAI and TravelBiz Monitor on Domestic Tourism – The Revival Instinct.
Replying to a question on need for accreditation of businesses for offering adequate stimulus to the industry, Sharma said that the Ministry is well aware that the organised workforce is a significant number. “Assessing the impact and reaching out to everyone is difficult because of lack of data with MoT. The idea is not about regulation, but availability of data. This is the right time to provide accreditation without rigidity, and we require information from the state governments since they have large number of businesses registered with them across various vertical heads. We need data to create uniformity and not a parallel structure.”