Focus on development of tourist infrastructure

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 28 2011, 22:16pm hrs
With a view to promoting tourism, the government has allocated Rs 1170 crore in the General Budget for 2011-12, marking an increase of Rs 104 crore over last year.

The budget, presented in the Lok Sabha on Monday, has made provision of Rs 499 crore for development of tourist infrastructure including budget accommodation, wayside amenities, tourist reception centres, refurbishment and illumination of monuments.

For promotion of tourism, Rs 347.75 crore has been earmarked in the budget.

Promotion and marketing activities are undertaken through a network of India Tourism offices located in India and abroad. Social awareness campaigns also released to sensitise the masses and tourism stakeholders.

The Ministry has got Rs 123 crore for its training programmes.

Training manpower is an essential feature for development of tourism in the country. At present there are 41 institutes of hotel management and five food craft institutes which are conducting various courses.

Keeping the special requirements of the northeast region in mind, Rs 110 crore is being earmarked for the NE region and Sikkim in the budget.