Post-COVID growth and development is the Focus: G. Kishan Reddy

The Tourism Ministers meeting of the BRICS member countries was held virtually on 19th September and was attended by Mr. G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture, and DONER. China took the Presidency of the BRICS Council in 2022 from India.

The Tourism Ministers’ of the other countries viz Brazil, Russia, China, and South Africa participated in Meeting and adopted the Communique on the theme Green Growth, Sustainable Development, and Resilient Recovery. During India’s chairship of BRICS in 2021 key emphasis was put on sustainability, a shift to renewable resources, job creation, and encouraging green and sustainable tourism practices for accelerating tourism recovery.

Mr.G. Kishan Reddy, Tourism Minister stated that India had launched the BRICS alliance for Green Tourism during the BRICS  chairship of India last year. It promotes measures that can shape a more resilient, sustainable, and inclusive tourism sector. It can accelerate the recovery and development of tourism on sustainable lines. India also marks the great importance to implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and promoting sustainable development in the tourism sector to address the challenges in environmental protection and climate change.

The Ministry’s approach is to focus on post-COVID growth and development of the tourism sector and priority areas like Cultural Tourism, Adventure tourism, MICE, Medical, Wellness Tourism, and Rural Tourism for the major initiatives which have been identified are  Green Growth and sustainable development, Digital Tourism, Destination Management, Tourism, and Hospitality Skill Development & MSME Development.

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