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Thomas Cook looking forward to Centre's plan to launch Incredible India 2.0

Thomas Cook looking forward to Centre's plan to launch Incredible India 2.0

India Blooms News Service | | 01 Feb 2017, 04:55 pm
Mumbai, Feb 1 (IBNS): Tour operator Thomas Cook has said the Union Budget presented by the Centre on Wednesday has very little to offer to the tourism industry.

The tour operator major, hwoever, said it is looking forward to the Centre's plan to launch  Incredible India 2.0.

Mahesh Iyer, COO, Thomas Cook (India) Limited, said in a statement: "“This budget has very little to offer to the tourism industry, but with plans to launch  Incredible India 2.0 as the next phase of growth for domestic tourism with respect to India, there is something to look forward to. "

"India has a vast railway network and the recently announced Railway Budget acknowledges the strength of this. One of the biggest announcements is the withdrawal of service charge on rail tickets booked through IRCTC. This will not only lead to more bookings but will enable the consolidation of a digital economy. Another significant development is the emphasis on safety and sanitation, by introducing bio-toilets, which will increase passenger comfort. It is also encouraging to note the measures that will be incorporated to make the Railways friendlier for the disabled. With emphasis on a Digital Economy, by introducing measures like elimination of service charge while booking rail tickets on IRCTC, launching DigiGaons to facilitate employment & skilling, and even augmenting transactions done via the BHIM app; the Finance Minister has laid out a path that directs the country towards digital transformation. These are signs of a progressive growth story and we are confident that the steps charted in the Budget will act as catalysts for change and thus move people from the unorganized sector to organized sector. Having said that , from my point of view this budget is a subdued one,"Mahesh Iyer said.