Vidyavathi, a 1991-batch IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre will serve as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of Tourism in the rank of Secretary. Currently, she is serving as the Director General in the Archaeological Survey of India.
In this role, she will be working closely with the Union Minister of Tourism, G Kishan Reddy and will be responsible for driving the development of the tourism industry in India and working with various stakeholders to promote India as a leading global and domestic tourist destination.
The officer will take over her position as Secretary of Tourism replacing Arvind Singh upon his superannuation on May 31, 2023.
Singh, a member of the Indian Administrative Service’s 1988 batch, has been holding the position of Secretary of Tourism in India since September 2019. His tenure has been marked by several accomplishments in the growth and development of the country’s tourism industry, including his ability to voice opinions even on global platforms.
One of Singh’s primary focuses has been on the implementation of new policies and initiatives aimed at promoting tourism. Under his leadership, the Ministry of Tourism has also been actively engaged in promoting sustainable tourism practices, even throughout the G20 meetings.
Singh’s tenure as Secretary of Tourism has been marked by his tireless commitment to promoting India’s tourism industry, especially through his consistent engagements with various stakeholders in the industry, including hoteliers, tour operators, and airlines.
He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi and the Delhi School of Economics and has also previously served as a Chairman at the Airport Authority of India (AAI).