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Chambers welcome formation of new tourism council

Our Bureau

NEW DELHI, Oct. 30

THE apex chambers of commerce and industry on Tuesday welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement of constituting a tourism advisory council at the Chief Ministers and State Tourism Ministers conference.

The Tourism Advisory Council, according to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), President, Mr Sanjiv Goenka, should help in bringing about rationalisation in the tax structure, removing anomalies and bring about simplification of procedures which would provide the much-needed impetus to the tourism industry in the country.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), President, Mr Chirayu R. Amin, said that this council will give the much-needed fillip towards continuous interaction among various players of the tourism sector -- hoteliers, airlines, railways, travel and tour operators.

In the long run, the private sector will have an opportunity to contribute positively towards the formation of any future policy initiative on tourism framed by the Government, he said.

``The most immediate need would be in the formulation of a pragmatic national tourism policy that is likely to be finalised before the end of this year,'' he said.

The Chairman of the Tourism Committee of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham), Mr Subhash Goyal, said the constitution of the council, with adequate representation from the industry should be expedited to formulate time-bound actio n plan for all stakeholders.

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