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Tourism Minister Shri Prahlad Singh Patel attends the BRICS Tourism Ministers’ meeting virtually

Union Minister of State (I//C) for Culture and Tourism Shri Prahlad Singh Patel virtually attended BRICS Tourism Ministers’ meeting today. Tourism Ministers of the other BRICS Member States also participated In the meeting.

During the virtual meeting Tourism Minister Shri Prahlad Singh Patel said that the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected various economic activities cutting across all sectors and has brought about many challenges especially for the tourism sector globally. India too is facing similar challenges. However, due to visionary and bold leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India has been able to successfully manage the pandemic.

Shri Patel said that the tourism industry contributes significantly to the economy of the country both in GDP and employment apart from being a key sector for foreign exchange earnings. The tourism sector has been the hardest hit and the Government of India has announced several economic stimulus packages and many other fiscal and relief measures for the survival of businesses, employee retention and sectoral revival. The Provincial Governments have also taken similar measures to support the Businesses.

He further stated that Indian tourism, travel & hospitality industry is highly diverse. There are micro, small, medium and large enterprises across the whole spectrum. Our Prime Minister has laid out a vision for a Self Reliant India (Atmanirbhar Bharat) whereby collateral free automatic loans have been made available for MSMEs to enable them deal with the crisis and revive the economy including the tourism sector of India. The Ministry of Tourism has been in a continuous dialogue with the representatives of Tourism & Hospitality industry stakeholders to discuss solutions and way forward to revive the tourism economy by reviving demand, especially through promotion of Domestic Tourism to build the confidence and trust of the tourists.

(updated on october 28th, 2020)