Presently India has only captured 1 percent of the world tourism market. There remains a huge potential for growth in the tourism and hospitality sector. The 7th edition of the India the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) Convention 2018 will focus on ‘Revitalizing India as a Heritage Destination’. This convention will strive to preserve heritage properties from decay while promoting heritage tourism in the in-bound tourism market.
This was informed by General Secretary, IHHA, Mr. Randhir Vikram Singh. He was speaking at a press conference for the forthcoming IHHA Convention 2018 at Hotel Hari Mahal Palace today. The Convention will be held on 13 and 14 September at Hotel Laxmi Vilas Palace in Bharatpur.
Highlighting the special attractions of the convention this year, Mr. Singh said that the convention will witness participation by several national and international experts who will speak on topics such as preservation of heritage building, museums and promoting lesser-known destinations. Other than this the convention will also bring to the forefront ‘Battlefield Tourism’ which will aim at recreating the grand battles of Rajasthan. Similarly, Next Generation heritage owners and spousal participation in property management will also be discussed.
Convention Chairman, Mr. Rajendra Singh Pachar said that there is a need to also look into the preservation of privately owned properties which are being used by the public. These properties are being destroyed because the private owners don’t have the means to restore them and they don’t want government investment because they fear losing ownership of the properties. In such cases, the government needs to implement schemes and policies which looks into restoring these properties.