Tourism in India continues on its crazy growing spree, as the country attains third position on an international stage, right after China and the US respectively.
What’s the buzz?
Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons says that tourism in India has created as many as 13.92 million jobs in the last four years alone.
According to a media report, the Minister, while speaking at the 7th edition of the International Tourism Mart in Agartala, said, “We want to achieve more, both in foreign tourists’ arrival in the country and earning from tourism sector”.
Talking about some of the main driving factors behind the growth of tourism in India, Alphons said that the number of domestic tourists in India last year increased by 7 percent as compared to the previous year, while the number of foreign tourist arrivals in India showed a significant growth of 14 percent in the same period. ]
The direct impact of this growth in foreign tourist arrivals in India was seen in the form of INR 1,77,874 crore which was earned in Foreign Exchange in 2017 by the Indian tourism sector alone!
What should you know?
In order to stimulate the growth in tourism in India even further, the Tourism Ministry will be focussing more on the North-eastern states of the country. As many as 15 Central Government-funded major tourism projects under the Swadesh Darshan scheme are being implemented in all 8 North-eastern states, and the budget allocated for that is a consolidated figure of INR 1,300 crore, revealed Union Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma.
While giving his address at the International Tourism Mart, the Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb urged the prominent investors and industrialists to concentrate more on developing the tourism sector in the state, as the state government is happy to help by providing the required land and other logistical support.
What’s our take?
As long as tourism in India is getting a boost from foreign tourist arrivals, it’s always a welcome change. However, it is also important that the breathtaking beauty of the North-east, right from Sikkim to Manipur should be highlighted, so that more and more travellers explore that part of the country.
We appreciate the government’s focus on this part of the country and wish that all of the plans for developing the region are properly implemented so as to bring about a positive impact on the tourism in North-east.