Industry expresses disappointment over GST slab rates, seeks reconsideration

It is too early to assess the impact of the soon to be rolled-out GST (Goods and Service Tax). However, industry stakeholders have expressed concern over proposed slab rates for hotels, restaurants and travel. They fear that this move could make India ...

Posted in Tourism Currents | By TF Bureau

Addressing connectivity piece to make India a competitive wedding destination market, says Suman Billa

Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism was at his candid best. Speaking to industry stakeholders on various facets pertaining to wedding tourism at the first ever FICCI Wedding Tourism Summit held recently at Hotel Lalit in the capital, ...

Posted in Tourism Currents | By Shashank Shekhar

BITB Conclaves

BITB Conclaves are built around a mandate to position tourism as a mainstream activity of national importance. Tourism is a great leveller in society, provides employment and generates incomes across layers. Responsible tourism nurtures our environment, helps restore and rejuvenate what is best of our heritage and traditions.

Our Conclaves reach out to the wider stakeholders of the tourism product. Not just the hotels and airlines, but a vast pool of enterprises both in government and private enterprise. Tourism straddles across verticals in both government and society. The composite tourism product must become the true driver of the tourism effort.

We recognize new-age drivers for tourism, away from a time when sightseeing was the only understanding of tourism. Tourism today is being driven by education, medical, business, wide ranging events from literary festivals to sporting events. We recognize IPL as a major driver of tourism.

BITB Conclaves embrace the wider industry connect, across all levels, where tourism and travel have begun to be recognized by governments across continents, for economic gain and prosperity. Tourism is the most sustainable force for world peace, a passport to progress.

FORTHCOMING EDITION: 2nd BITB Annual Tourism Conference and Expo

BITB Annual Tourism Conference and Expo brings to the fore critical issues and concerns for the growth of tourism in India and the South Asian region. It will be held on 18-19 September 2017 at JW Marriott Aerocity, New Delhi

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TourismFirst-coverOne of its kind, TourismFirst is a monthly magazine that brings together the larger tourism product of India. It connects tourism with its diverse linkages, most notably infrastructure, and many of India's current national programmes. TourismFirst brings the best of global best practices through its Global Exchange pages.