Arvind Singh, Secretary-Tourism, Government of India has said that all concerns and misgivings of the private MICE industry on the role of India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) in the national MICE Tourism policy will be addressed at the time of the finalisation of the national strategy on MICE Tourism. Singh was replying to a query by ETTravelWorld on the criticism of the private MICE industry on the proposal in the National Strategy and Road Map for MICE Tourism Draft to appoint India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) as the National MICE Bureau of India ignoring the stake of the ICPB.
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“We have received several communications and emails expressing concerns of the stakeholders on the issue,” he said. The Tourism Secretary clarified that the Ministry never intended to dilute or restrict the stake of the ICPB in MICE Tourism.
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Hinting at a possible review of the proposal during the finalisation of the Draft policy, Singh said that there will be more clarity on the issue as to the role of the ICPB and ITDC at the final policy document. The role of ICPB and the role of ITDC will be appropriately clarified and addressed at the time of the finalisation of the policy, he said.
The Draft policy had evoked sharp criticism from the MICE industry saying the decision to appoint ITDC, a PSU under the Ministry of Tourism, which has commercial interest in the travel, tourism and MICE business will antagonise the ecosystem.