Draft of Centre's new tourism policy suggests 'e-visa' and five new missions

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New Delhi: The draft of the new National Tourism Policy of the Central Government has suggested the introduction of an ‘e-visa’ to boost the tourism sector in India. A mobile application has to be developed for the purpose, says the document.

The policy seeks to make the country a top global tourism destination by 2030. Among the main goals of the plan is to prepare five countrywide programmes - National Green Tourism Mission, National Digital Tourism Mission, Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Mission, National Mission on DMO and National Mission on MSME.

The government has also invited suggestions from the general public on the draft policy.

Green Tourism Mission
The aims of the National Green Tourism Mission include reducing water consumption and waste generation; ensuring efficient energy utilisation; roping in regional bodies for implementing tourism projects and thereby enhancing the incomes of local people as well as their living standards.

Digital Mission
The National Digital Tourism Mission seeks to empower stakeholders in the tourism sector in utilising digital technologies.

DMO Mission
According to the Central Government, new tourism destinations have to be identified and both government agencies as well as private entrepreneurs have to be involved in the process. The new policy has suggested a National Mission on Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for the purpose.

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