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The Buddhist Circuit : Enhancing Opportunities for Private Sector Investment in the Buddhist Circuit in South Asia - Technical Note on Investment Entry Restrictions in Tourism Related Services in India (Inglês)

As India continues its path towards development, the tourism sector can significantly enable it to progress on various indicators. Private sector investment can enable India to improve its tourism service infrastructure. This report considers the policy, legal, and regulatory barriers to greater private investment in select sectors, along the Buddhist circuit. In addition to central level legal instruments, laws, and regulations from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh were also reviewed. The full list of laws reviewed for this report is provided in annex one. The report first examines national level laws and regulations applicable to businesses in most sectors of the economy and examines sector specific laws and regulations. To develop tourism in the Buddhist circuit, it is important to create conditions for quality meal services and ensure ease in starting and managing a food business. In this report, tourism-related services are examined, including tour guide services, tour operator services, accommodation services for visitors, meal serving services, local transportation and sightseeing services of passengers, land transport services of passengers, scheduled road transport services, rental services of passenger cars with operators, sightseeing services by land, air transport services of passengers. The report is organized as follows: section one gives introduction. Section two presents findings regarding India’s legal and regulatory framework across sectors that feed into tourism. The analysis covers national level laws and regulations, as well as relevant legal instruments from two states- Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Potential barriers to investment are identified, and suggestions for reform are presented. Section three examines good practices from across other leading tourism destinations that can be adapted to the Indian context. Countries selected include France, Spain, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, amongst many others.

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