​​​
  1. Not state’s biz to decide what tourists eat & drink, says NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant

Not state’s biz to decide what tourists eat & drink, says NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant

With the widening alcohol prohibition threatening to impact the country's tourism industry, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant today said it is not the states' business to decide what a tourist should eat and drink.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 6, 2017 2:26 PM
NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, alcohol prohibition, Indian tourism, tourism in India, food and drinks for tourists in India, World Economic Forum, alcohol prohibition to affect tourism in India With the widening alcohol prohibition threatening to impact the country’s tourism industry. (Image: Reuters)

With the widening alcohol prohibition threatening to impact the country’s tourism industry, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant today said it is not the states’ business to decide what a tourist should eat and drink. “Indian states can’t get into what a tourist want to eat and drink. Just not possible…what he wants to eat and drink is his individual business and not the states’ business,” he said at India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF) here. He was asked whether states banning beef and alcohol have failed to realise what did Dubai do so brilliantly, as the country needs tourists who should be extended every facility they need.

“I have been a long term believer on couple of things. Tourism is essentially civilisational in character, you can’t have garbage and filth and say that we have great heritage sites. So, India must focus on cleanliness. It is number one. Number-2 its about seamless experience,” he said. At least four states — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Daman — have announced plans to bar liquor sales, adding to the list that includes Gujarat, Bihar, Nagaland and Manipur which are already dry.

The proponents of prohibition maintain India has highest whiskey sales in the world leading to a plethora of social ills and needs to be checked. Also, they say, drunk driving is a leading cause of road accidents and binge drinking is a big problem in the country. Asked by the moderator if he has told the political leadership about his views on the impact of this prohibition on tourists, he said: “I have said it all the time that for a tourist…its about creating experiences. “In the evening he wants to relax and he wants to chill out and therefore you need to create that evening experience for (him) in terms of Indian culture.”

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Go to Top