India Knocks | 2016-12-14
WTTCII announces appointment of New Office Bearers for 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the World Travel & Tourism Council, India Initiative (WTTCII) was held on 12 December 2016 at New Delhi. WTTCII is happy to inform that the following have been appointed as Office Bearers of WTTCII for the year 2017: 

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman & Managing Director, Air India has been appointed as the Chairman of WTTCII for the year 2017. Lohani, who served as the Vice Chairman of WTTCII for the year 2016, takes over from Kapil Chopra, President, The Oberoi Group who completed his term at the recently held AGM in Delhi. 

Sunder G. Advani, Chairman & Managing Director, Advani Hotels & Resorts (India) Limited has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of WTTCII for the year 2017.

Ashwani Lohani said, “Over the years, WTTCII has been championing convergence between Government of India and States to facilitate tourism in India and we will continue to do so. With the GST in place by next year, the States will have the major onus of implementing smart policies for facilitating tourism on the ground. We will continue to work with the States, with the strength of our Members, to improve access, address infrastructural gaps and policy bottlenecks for tourism to flourish, and most importantly create jobs, employment and provide a vigorous boost to tourism’s contribution to the State’s GDP. The sub sectors of Aviation, Hospitality, Transportation, Railway compliments each other.  In a country like India, all the   subs sectors of tourism need to be integrated and treated uniformly by the Government in its various policy initiatives to give it a competitive edge vis-à-vis other countries.”

Sunder Advani said,  “We welcome the ground breaking move by Government of India introducing E-visa policy for 158 countries at 16 Airports and 5 Cruise Ports. These measures will bring in high spending foreign tourists who will spend more and add to growth of our GDP. While there has been some growth in foreign tourist arrivals and revenues earned but, as an industry, we desire and can achieve exponential growth in numbers and revenues. We will need to work together with the help of the Government to showcase India as an attractive tourist destination through aggressive and targeted marketing. The new Aviation Policy and Regional Connectivity Scheme announced by the Government of India will definitely spur growth in the aviation sector. While we commend the Government to standardize GST........at 18%.We hope that the individual States will not also levy taxes on this Sector which is already losing out to our competitors like Thailand, Sri Lanka which have very low tax rates.

 





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