The Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu today urged all stake holders of the tourism industry to be especially mindful of their ecological foot print and called for more responsible and sustainable tourism practices.
Expressing his concern over the problem of pollution, he asked service providers to make sustainability and conservation an integral part of their business plans. Adopt a more judicious approach to consumption of resources so that future generations also have the opportunity to avail of all the benefits of tourism, he said.
Inaugurating the World Tourism Day-2019 celebrations in New Delhi, Naidu expressed his happiness at India being selected as the host country for celebration of World Tourism Day 2019 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)..
Naidu stressed that there is a need to keep in mind the aspect of ethics in travel and added that tourism should benefit people and the environment in different destinations. “It should offer better income to families living in the area, by sourcing products and services locally. It should serve as a tool for the empowerment of local communities,” he opined.
The Vice President met with Ms. Sofia Montiel De Afara, Minister of Tourism of Paraguay on the sidelines of the event and held discussions about India-Paraguay co-operation in the field of tourism. Naidu advised the Minister of Tourism to also look into easing of visa regulations to facilitate travel of citizens for tourism, business, trade and commerce and called for promoting people-to-people contacts between the two countries.
The Vice President also met with the Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of UNWTO.
The Vice President said that World Tourism Day was celebrated every year to create awareness on the social, cultural and economic values of tourism and to encourage global communities to travel, experience and learn to respect the diverse cultures of the world.