Tourism policy before budget, 50,000 credit line on cards : Minister G Kishan Reddy : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Dharamshala, September 18

The Center will unveil a national tourism policy ahead of the next budget. He will also announce an emergency line of credit of Rs 50,000 crore for the tourism sector.

G Kishan Reddy, Minister of Tourism and Culture, said this during a press conference here today.

The minister was here to chair a three-day national conference of state tourism ministers.

He said the suggestions that would be given at the conference by ministers from various states and tourism industry stakeholders would be vital in shaping the country’s new policy.

The minister said that in two years, the government will give impetus to the development of tourism infrastructure in the country under the mode of public-private partnership (PPP). Worldwide, 99% of tourism infrastructure had been placed under PPP mode. The Union government would play a facilitating role for states to attract investment. The government would seek private investment in heritage, adventure and cultural tourism, he said.

To attract foreign tourists, offices would be set up in all Indian embassies in other countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whenever he visits foreign countries, urges the Diaspora to invite at least five families of foreigners to visit the country. This is the first time that embassies have been mobilized to promote tourism in the country, he said.

The government had announced that the first five lakh tourists visiting India after Covid would not be charged visa fees. From October 2022 to October 2023, 240 conferences of G-20 countries would be held in different cities.

Acknowledging that there had been a sharp drop in the arrival of foreigners to the country after the pandemic, he said it was a global phenomenon. He added, however, that domestic tourism had picked up. Jammu and Kashmir and the North Eastern states have benefited greatly from a surge in domestic tourism.

To further promote domestic and international tourism, the government has launched Ram Temple Tour, Buddhist Tour, Himalayan Tour and Bhim Rao Ambedkar Tourist Tour. Special trains would take tourists to famous temples, heritage and religious places.

He claimed that the government has invested heavily in improving connectivity, which will boost tourism. Over the past eight years, 66 new airports have been created. Road and rail connectivity with the North East region has also been improved.

Offices abroad to attract foreigners: Reddy

  • To attract foreign tourists, offices will be set up in all Indian embassies in other countries, Tourism Minister GK Reddy said.
  • Government will seek private investment in heritage, adventure and cultural tourism
  • The first five lakh tourists visiting India after Covid will not be charged visa fees
  • 240 conferences of G-20 countries will be held in different cities in one year
  • Govt Launches Ram Temple Tour, Buddhist Tour, Himalayan Tour, Bhim Rao Ambedkar Sightseeing Tour
  • Special trains will take tourists to famous temples and religious places

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