Odisha Takes A Leap In Thought Leadership With National Tourism Conference At Marine Drive Eco Retreat
Bhubaneswar: As a continuation of its efforts towards emerging as a trailblazer in the tourism and hospitality sector, Odisha Tourism kickstarted the National Tourism Conference which will be on till tomorrow (24 January 2020) with the objective of building strategic Centre-State and interstate partnerships for boosting sustainable tourism. The Conference is being organised in association with FICCI.
“Under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri. Naveen Patnaik, Government of Odisha has always emphasised that East and Northeast India, in particular, will greatly benefit from best practices in cooperative federalism in tourism and hospitality. High spending tourists seek long stays and diverse experiences. If we can jointly curate circuits and collaboratively devise strategies to refine tourism across interstate borders, we will all win. The objective of this conference is to formulate such a shared vision”, said Shri. Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Odia Language, Literature and Culture.
“The uniqueness and wholesomeness of experience is ultimately what every tourist anticipates and desires. We decided to host the Conference at the Marine Drive Eco Retreat given that it represents a textbook case of an experiential tourism project. Nowhere in India can one imagine spending the night in such luxury in such proximity of the sea waters. The Eco Retreat will provide the most conducive atmosphere to think our diverse ideas and strategies through to an actionable common programme”, added Shri. Vishal K. Dev, Commissioner cum Secretary, Dept. of Tourism.
Ten states are in attendance, while the Union Government will be represented by Hon’ble Tourism Minister, Govt. of India, Shri. Prahlad Singh Patel and Additional Director General Tourism, Smt. Rupinder Brar IRS.
The second day will begin with morning activities followed by a visit to Puri’s Shree Jagannath Temple.
Two key sessions on ‘Promoting India Globally through Centre-State Coordination’ and ‘Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Practices across India’ will be conducted, through which key action points will be extracted and summarised.