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Former FICCI President, Dr Jyotsna Suri stresses upon the importance of developing domestic tourism.

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FICCI President, Dr Jyotsna Suri

India is witnessing a surge in domestic travel. We find that people are opting for domestic travel instead of spending money on international trips. Dr Jyotsna Suri believes that this is a golden opportunity to develop our domestic tourism and make it a highly lucrative industry. 

Gone are the days, when all good vacation options required you to travel outside our country. In recent years, India has seen a boom in domestic tourism. One of the factors that has led to this is the Covid 19 pandemic. Post the pandemic, many people became apprehensive about travelling outside the country. They have started exploring the wide variety of tourism options that are available within our country. India is a beautiful country that has immense potential and each state provides unique sightseeing opportunities. Whether it is the beautiful valleys of Kashmir in the north or the breath-taking expanse of the oceans in the south, every place has the potential to leave you mesmerized. India as a country presents an eclectic mix of tourist destinations for all mountain ranges, while sandy beaches, scintillating deserts, cultural destinations, ayurveda, backwaters and many more. 

While this is good news for the tourism industry, it has also put a tremendous strain on many popular tourist destinations. In response to this issue, Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson for the Tourism Committee of FICCI, has called for promotion of new domestic tourism destinations.  

Tourism has been seeing a rapid growth in our country. The demand is in fact so high that more and more people are looking for alternatives to the popular vacation options. This way, people can avoid the traffic and the commotion and instead enjoy their solitude and privacy. In order to give the customers what they want, the tourism industry must create suitable alternatives. This would also reduce the strain on the already popular tourist destinations.

Dr Jyotsna Suri is of the opinion that it is high time that our country starts to look at other less prominent destinations as viable tourist spots. Her remarks came at a time when the tourism industry is under pressure to meet the rising expectations of domestic tourists. She believes that it is crucial that such unexplored places are developed so that the strain on other destinations are reduced. She also believes that if other tourist destinations are developed the same would also help in creating more jobs and lead to better economic prospects for the local citizens.

Dr Jyotsna Suri also stressed upon the importance of developing infrastructure in new tourist destinations. She believes that developing infrastructure is crucial for any destination to be successful. If there is an absence of good infrastructure would make it very difficult to attract tourists. Further if the infrastructure is poor, it is less likely that tourists would recommend the place to other potential visitors. She also said that infrastructure is important because it ensures the comfort of the travellers. Dr Jyotsna Suri also called for a partnership between the government and private sector when it comes to developing world-class infrastructure.

Dr Jyotsna Suri also heads The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. The group has gained amazing reviews for their infrastructure and comfort. One of the reasons for the Lalit’s success is that they rely on traditional methods of hospitality. By combining international standards of luxury with the Indian methods of hospitality, Dr Jyotsna Suri has made The Lalit into a commendable name in the hotel industry. Her approach is also a lesson to all those who are thinking about developing tourism within our country. We must not forget our Indian values and should not blindly run behind western concepts.

Conclusion 

The issue of over burdening of popular tourist places in India is a crucial one. As more and more people look for alternative tourist destinations, India must concentrate on developing its tourism infrastructure. By improving local tourism, we will not only improve the economy but can also provide suitable travel destinations to the tourists.

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Instagram queen Stephania Morales shares her experience as a traveler, fashionista, and technopreneur

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A skilled multitasker, Stephania Morales! In addition to being a fashionista, and a travel influencer, the rising Instagram star is also a techpreneur.

Traveling, particularly in style, is Stephy’s passion. Your eyes become fixated on the screen as you watch her aesthetic reels and captivating travel photographs. You gain a thoughtful understanding of her life and travels from them.

As a content creator on Instagram, she primarily shares vlogs, photos, and reels of her travel experiences, adventures, hotels, style picks, get-ups, attire, clothing brands, and general life updates and experiences.

She focuses on travel, fashion, and lifestyle for the most part.

You simply cannot stop browsing through her images filled with bewitching beauty and artistic reels once you start.

She offers advice on both budget-friendly and luxurious travel, as well as assessments of both under-the-radar and popular destinations. Her fashion and styling advice is also shared.

Born in Colombia, Stephania has been victorious in numerous beauty pageants and awards.

The rising star has made a place for herself in Miami’s high-life community.

Not just in Colombia and Miami, she has a large following on social media worldwide. She receives a massive number of views and likes on her posts.

She presents her followers with aesthetically satisfying, insightful, new, and original content.

Her jaw-dropping glamour and uncompared beauty are surely an add-on.

She engages with her audience, offering them her help however she can. She also enjoys the love and support of her admirers because of her modest personality.

According to Stephy, her goals are to encourage young people’s sense of style and the delights of travel.

Traveling gives you new eyes, in her opinion.

Similar to how it boosts your confidence, fashion offers you a feeling of who you are as a person.

She urges young people to explore and openly stick with fashion because of this.

These are essential activities for developing one’s personality and for personal growth.

You can find her on Instagram at @stephy_morales.

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Rajasthan Digifest 2022 – Chitransh Jain Shake hands with famous YouTuber Amit Sharma (Crazy XYZ) & Elvish Yadav to promote the startup ecosystem

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Rajasthan DigiFest 2022, an effort of the Rajasthan government to encourage startup innovation in the state, began on Friday (August 19). At Jaipur’s Birla Auditorium, the two-day conference that aims to bring together entrepreneurs, students, and supporters of the startup community officially took place.

 Rajasthan CM Shree Ashok Gehlot Ji inaugurated the event. The DigiFest received an overwhelming response of over 15K participants on the very first day of the event.

The state’s Department of Information Technology and Communication hosts the Rajasthan DigiFest 2022, which continues to celebrate that entrepreneurial spirit by focusing a special emphasis on youth and presenting the newest technology and solutions from companies throughout the state.

It was a two-day event that strives in providing a platform for startups, industry leaders, mentors, and students as well as showcased recent developments in IT and technology which will help improvise the interaction between stakeholders in society for ease of doing business.

Chitransh Jain along with the famous YouTuber Amit Sharma of channel Crazy XYZ & Elvish Yadav visited the event to promote the startup ecosystem.

“Government initiatives, combined with technology adoption and individual efforts, are helping Rajasthan rise among the ranks of India’s top startup hubs. They will also be signing Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with many investors to ensure that startups in Rajasthan receive the monetary support they need to help them achieve success”, says Chitransh Jain.

A knowledge session and interaction between the influencers promoted the idea of nurturing the startup industry effectively. YouTuber Amit Sharma and Elvish Yadav interacted with the students and youngsters answering them about the know-how of the industry and how a startup will help change lives, added Chitransh.

The DigiFest also highlighted the developments in an entrepreneurial ecosystem with various knowledge sessions which will decode the present state of startups and encourage upcoming innovations in Rajasthan.

While talking about the startup ecosystem, Chitransh also highlighted the growth and revolution in the tech world. The drone, Metaverse, and Artificial Intelligence are changing the way India transacts and also the various ways technology will be helpful for the startups.

Chitransh concluded by saying, “DigiFest is a really good platform that would allow Rajasthan’s youngsters to launch themselves to become a member of the startup ecosystem and professional IT workforce. The government will be helping to provide the funds necessary for the innovators to succeed.

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All or Nothing? The Case for Regulated Online Gaming

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Newspapers in India often describe online gambling as a literal “death trap” for its youth. But is that really the case, and how can the government put some order on the market?

Breaking Down Criticism of India’s Online Gaming Industry

The immense potential of India’s youth is often credited for the growth rate of its economy in recent years, as well as the expectations that the desi society has for the future. In all of this, some of the younger generations’ favorite pastimes – online and mobile games – have often been stigmatized as one of the few obstacles to brighter times.

Loud and catastrophic headlines appear in newspapers almost every day, calling out the imaginary menace. Some even claim that once a young person starts playing online games for money, they almost inevitably end up killing themselves over uncontrollable debt. This, however, pictures the desi youth as incapable of making their own decisions and taking control of their actions – quite to the contrary of any hopes the Union might have for its future.

But there is certainly more to such a short-sighted standpoint. A young person playing andar bahar for real cash at Pure Win is obviously not supposed to see this as a family tradition around festive times. Rather, they should be ashamed about it, which only worsens things if they really need help with their gameplay spending.

Occasionally, critics take a shortcut and blame the British Government for introducing gambling in India (for its tax revenues). Others point to the proliferation of online gaming during long periods of Covid-19 lockdowns when people became used to shopping, working and having fun out of their mobile phones.

Some admit that games like poker and rummy may also be a source of income for those who lost livelihoods in the digital transition. The article in question also cites a KPMG report which shows the Indian online gaming sector as the fastest growing Media and Entertainment segment, creating thousands of jobs and crores of investments and revenue.

The issue, then, is to find a way to make the best of this global phenomenon called online gaming but doing it in conditions that allow the Government to protect the average player.

Regulated Gaming Is a Foregone Conclusion – When Will India Make It?

The answer is quite simple, actually, although not so quick to deploy across State jurisdictions. Numerous market studies and best practices around the world have shown that regulation is much more effective than any sort of a ban on real-money games.

By creating (or copying) proper legislation for platforms that offer betting and online casino India will take a step towards market maturity. The only meaningful way of protecting players is to create stringent rules and requirements for licensing and impose high standards for consumer protection, even advertising.

Failing to do so will only repeat mistakes of the past. Banning alcohol, for example, has never worked and only exposed people to homemade and illicit substitutes.

Regulated real-money gaming comes with a series of safety nets – licensed and well-monitored operators (websites and apps), age and spending limits, exclusion registers. There is also much more in terms of responsible gambling policies and transparent gaming and financial operations. This is the way it has been done for years in Europe, Australia and the US. And it works.

Even those that criticize the very existence of the industry admit that things would improve with measures such as affordability checks as part of wider legislation. We have to be certain, however, that a blanket ban on Indian sites will only push people to unregulated gambling elsewhere on the internet.

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