INDIA. New Delhi: The Hospitality & Tourism Industry is one of the worst-hit sectors in the current pandemic era. Every country in the world is trying its best to revive the sector and various schemes are launched on a regular basis. India is also doing their best, and recently the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Yatra.com to strengthen the Hospitality & Tourism Industry. The event was organised under the arrangement between the Ministry of Tourism and the Quality Council of India (QCI) for implementing measures for strengthening the Indian Hospitality & Tourism Industry.
The main objective of this MoU is to provide extensive visibility to accommodation units, which have self-certified themselves on SAATHI (System for Assessment, Awareness & Training for the Hospitality Industry) on the OTA platform. The MoU also outlines both parties to encourage Units to register on NIDHI and thereby on SAATHI and encourage the local tourism Industry with appropriate safeguards for curbing the spread of COVID-19. The idea is also to gather more information on accommodation units in order to gain actionable insights & designing evidence-based & targeted policy measures and promote safe, honourable, and sustainable tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism & Yatra.com will take necessary steps to encourage and promote strategic and technical co-operation in the Indian hospitality & tourism sector for overall benefit in the identified areas through the MoU. It is expected that in the future more OTAs will come forward for signing such MOUs in order to strengthen the Hospitality & Tourism Industry of India.
The signing of MOU was done in the presence of Shri Rakesh Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism; Shri Sanjay Singh, Deputy Director General (H&R), Ministry of Tourism; Dr. A Raj, Senior Director, QCI; Mr. Aditya Gupta, Senior Vice President, Yatra, and Mr. Akshay Mehta, General Manager, Yatra.
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