Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised a Roundtable session on Destination Odisha: “Unveiling Odisha Tourism” at Hotel Swosti Premium, Bhubaneswar on Monday.
The session provided a platform to as many as 29 International tourists from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Germany, Netherlands, Russia and UK, who got an opportunity to interact with the State Government officials and the local tour operators.
B L Bagra, Chairman, CII-State Council in his welcome speech said, “As per the Indian Industry Tourism Forecast (2007 – 2011)- In India, inbound tourist expenditure per head is third highest in the world and even more than global average tourist spending. India has been promoting its healthcare tourism by providing the visitors with private healthcare facilities. It is expected that the number of tourists visiting India for the purpose of medical treatment will reach one Million by 2012, representing a CAGR of 28.09% from 2007.”
J K Mohanty, Convenor of CII Odisha Tourism Panel & CMD Swosti Group while welcoming the move by the State Government to regulate visit of foreign tourists to tribal areas said, tourism development are to foster understanding between people, to create employment opportunities and bring about socio-economic benefits to the community, particularly in the interior and remote areas and to strive towards balanced and sustainable development and preserve, enrich and promote India’s cultural heritage. One of the major objectives is the preservation and protection of natural resources and environment to achieve sustainable development.
Shri H S Upadhaya, IFS, Director & Additional Secretary, Department of Tourism & Culture, Government of Odisha said, tourism has been recognized as an industry in Odisha and a sizeable revenue is earned for the State from domestic as well as foreign tourists. He made a brief power-point and audiovisual presentation which covered the State’s potential in religion tourism, beach tourism, ecotourism, tribal tourism, architectural monuments, art and craft, waterfalls, dance and music, fairs and festivals, beaches and hotel accommodations.