The Chief Guest for the event Girish Shankar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, while addressing FICCI’s conference said that India will host the seventh edition of the Annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in Gurgaon from October 4 -8, 2013. He said that in India wellness tourism can flourish by following 3Cs namely, cost, credibility and consistency. India offers competitive pricing attracting foreign travelers to the country and it needs to continue. There are a large number of service providers in India but there is a need to ensure their credibility and allow only accredited players in the sector.
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"The biggest challenge for the sector is fragmentation. The sector also lacks skilled manpower, and there is an urgent need to skill the workforce. Retaining skilled human capital is another hurdle for the industry." - Sandeep Ahuja (MD, VLCC Healthcare Ltd)
"There exists lack of skilled people in the wellness sector. There is a full-fledged support from the government and income tax has also been exempted for them. Once the para 113 scheme gets implemented, skilled people will get an incentive of Rs. 5,000. Presently, NSDC has 21 training sectors. But we are looking forward to increasing the number of training sectors which would increase employment. NSDC has also initiated project ‘Udaan’ with the aim to help the youth of Jammu and Kashmir." - Dilip Chenoy (MD & CEO, NSDC)
"While players are developing strategies to control costs and arrive at optimal cost structures, managing input costs continue to be a challenge due to the limited capability of the players to pass on these costs to the customers. The wellness industry continues to face a talent crunch. This paucity of skilled talent has resulted in high manpower costs and attrition levels. This may result in a ‘war for talent’, unless active measures are taken to create credible and accessible training infrastructure." - Ms. P Rashmi Upadhya (Associate Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd)
"It is a good initiative taken by FICCI and the support of wellness sector is pretty good. These conferences are organised to bring up the problems in this sector and to discuss the solutions to them." - Anurag Kedia (Director, The Four Foundation Spa)
"The whole thing is that ke bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya!"- Dr. Apoorva Shah (Founder, Richfeel Trichology Centre)
"We are looking forward to opening more spas across the country and this conference is surely a help." - Dr. Abhishek Jain (Spa Manager, ESPA, The Leela Palace, Udaipur)
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