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July 22, 2013 DESTINATION, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59If you think you do too, ‘You might want to wear it on your sleeve’. Indian Tourism Minister Dr K Chiranjeevi and Tourism Ministers from India’s all 35 states and union territories wore ‘I respect women’ badges on their shirts at 18 July’s National Conference of Tourism Ministers.

They have asked other tourism stake holders -guides, tour operators, hoteliers and others to follow their example.

Malayanil Singh, Vice President-Incoming Tours,Travel Blazer Tours India

Malayanil Singh, Vice President-Incoming Tours,Travel Blazer Tours India

The unique proposition to show solidarity with women travelers to India was proposed by National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC) at its recent meeting. The aim is to show that majority of people in India do not support crime against women.

This is in addition to the call given by Minister Chiranjeevi to the State Governments to deploy Tourist Police visibly at all destinations.

Indian Tourism Minister Dr Chiranjeevi said “It is not only important that we provide security to the tourists but it is also important that we must instill a sense of confidence in them”. Tourism Ministry is of the view that incidents of assault on foreign women has led to negative publicity and it is causing harm to India’s tourism sector.

The metal badges worn by ministers were first prototypes provided by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) India Initiative. All states are told to make these badges and distribute them among the people involved in the tourism sector. Even taxi and auto rickshaw drivers will be asked to wear ‘I Respect Women’ badges.

Malayanil Singh, Vice President-Incoming Tours, Travel Blazer Tours India told eGTM: “It’s a great move and carrying such a badge is a matter of pride. Displaying our honor to women also supports eNational Tourism Ministers Meet 2013xistence of a good cultural trait. This will create an ease in the minds of women travelers. It’ll definitely boost tourism. We’ve an average annual increase of five percent growth in women travelers.”

Besides English and Hindi, the metal badges will be in nine international languages, like Chinese, French, Korean, Japanese, Arabic and Russian.

Badges in Goa will have English and Russian language slogans owing to many Russian tourists visiting the tourist state. Similarly Dharmashala will have French and English language badges and Bodhgaya and other Buddhist places will have Chinese, Korean and Japanese language badges.

Singh said: “Badges worn by those on the streets like guides and taxi drivers should also be in regional Indian languages to pass on the message across segments.”

Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti

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