Green tourism, first key priority set by Indian Presidency for G20 3rd Tourism Working Group Meet

India has set 5 key priorities during its Presidency for G20 3rd Tourism Working Group Meet. The first is the Green Tourism sector for a sustainable, responsible and resilient tourism sector. Harnessing the power of digitalisation to promote competitiveness, sustainability and inclusion in tourism. Empowering youth with skills and jobs in the entrepreneurship sector. Nurturing tourism MSMEs, startups and the private sector to unleash innovation in the tourism sector. Rethinking the strategic management of destinations for a holistic approach that delivers on sustainable development goals (SDGs). These are the five priorities on which the Tourism Working Group is concentrating and will bring out the two deliverables. Goa Road Map and action plan for tourism as a vehicle for achieving SDGs which will be based on these five key building blocks. And linking them towards achieving SDGs. The second is the G20 Tourism Industry Declaration which will endorse the key recommendations of the Goa Road Map. And also articulate recommendations for the Travel for Life campaign launched by the Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Day 1 started with a meeting of the Tourism Working Group and inaugural session graced by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER, G Kishan Reddy and Minister of State for Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh along with the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Shri Manoj Sinha. We will have G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant, G20 Coordinator and Chief Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Secretary Ministry of Tourism Arvind Singh. The first working session will deliberate upon the second draft of the Goa Road Map for Tourism as a vehicle of change for sustainable development goals. The UN World Tourism Organisation is helping us. The second working session will have a presentation on Draft G20 Tourism Minister’s Declaration. And we will seek interventions, feedback and suggestions from delegates. On the sidelines we will have important events. One on Film Tourism and another on eco tourism. Participants from governments, private stakeholders and the first event international delegates will participate. For the first side event on Film Tourism for economic growth and cultural preservation it will deliberate upon strategies to promote film tourism and seek the participation of all the member countries and delegates. This event will be addressed by Amitabh Kant along with the Minister of Tourism. We will have acclaimed Actor Ramcharan who has brought laurels to the country. We will unveil a draft national strategy on Film Tourism. It will be open for suggestions and feedback from stakeholders. There will also be a panel session on Film Tourism in which several countries will be participating.

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