AIIMS to help ITDC strengthen COVID-19 protocols at its hotels

AIIMS to help ITDC strengthen COVID-19 protocols at its hotels
Press Trust of India | Jul 9, 2020 - 5:22 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Tourism Development Corporation Limited - ITDC has signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to strengthen health protocols and monitor the COVID-19 preventive practices across all its properties, including hotels, a statement from the PSU under the tourism ministry said on Thursday.

'Built trust and confidence of tourists'

"The MoU between ITDC and AIIMS to fight the COVID-19 battle is a commendable and appreciable step taken by ITDC. We need to win over our fear and do everything possible in order to revive the tourism industry, which is one of the key contributors to the country's GDP.

This move by ITDC would be helpful in rebuilding the trust and confidence of international as well as domestic tourists," Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel said. He said the memorandum of understanding will help monitor the situation and take necessary measures to fight the pandemic.

"The tourism sector contributes immensely towards the creation of jobs as well as the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of India. It is imperative to ensure preparedness and readiness of the sector in order to gear it back into action," the minister added.

Advisory board formation

To take this forward, an advisory board will be formed comprising representatives from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the ITDC and any other organisation to provide inputs on designing and developing the safety protocols with respect to COVID-19, based on the existing and ongoing situation, a statement quoted Patel as saying.

These measures are in addition to the guidelines issued by the government as well as the extensive training provided to more than 1,000 employees of ITDC-run hotels to effectively handle the situation, the minister said.

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