1. PM Modi’s tourism push pays off! India jumps 16 places in UNWTO rankings

PM Modi’s tourism push pays off! India jumps 16 places in UNWTO rankings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been very vocal about improving India's tourism potential.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 19, 2017 4:23 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been very vocal about improving India’s tourism potential and his government has also taken several steps in this regard. It seems PM Modi’s tourism push is paying off if the latest UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) rankings are to be believed.

According to a Ministry of Tourism release, the rank of India in International Tourist Arrivals in both 2014 and 2015 in the latest UNWTO’s World Tourism Barometer (for March 2017) is 24 as against the previous ranks of 41 and 40 in the year 2014 and 2015 respectively.

As per UNWTO, the International Tourist Arrivals (ITAs) comprises of two components — Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) and Arrivals of Non-Resident Nationals. In its World Tourism Barometer, UNWTO ranks countries in terms of their ITAs.

So far, only the figures of FTAs were compiled in India. But now, the country has also started compiling the data of arrivals of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), says the release, adding, “Due to this inclusion, India’s improved rank reflecting the true and comparable scenario has now been acknowledged by the UNWTO.” With this inclusion, the share of India in the ITAs has also increased from 0.68% (based on FTAs) to 1.12% in the year 2015.

According to the ministry, the number of NRI arrivals during 2014 and 2015 were 5.43 million and 5.26 million respectively. The numbers of ITAs arrival in the country during 2014 and 2015 were 13.11 million and 13.28 million respectively.

While addressing a conference of Tourism, Culture and Sports ministries on January 20 this year, PM Modi had said, “As far as tourism is concerned, India is blessed with so much potential and this can draw the world to India.”

Earlier this month, India’s rank in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), 2017 had jumped 12 places from 2015. India stood at the 40th position as compared to 52nd in 2015, 65th in 2013 and 68th in 2011. In a series of Tweets, PM Modi had then said, “Last 4 years have seen a total jump of 25 places in the world travel and tourism index. Reflects the importance Govt. is giving to tourism…Great news for tourism sector. @wef Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report ranks India at 40th (from 65 in 2013) on Travel & Tourism Index.”

The UNWTO gives ranking in terms of numbers of ITAs, TTCI is composed of 14 pillars organised into four sub-indices of ‘Enabling Environment’, ‘Travel & Trade Policy and Enabling Conditions’, ‘Infrastructure’ and ‘Natural and Cultural Resources.

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    Rajendra Halemane
    May 21, 2017 at 8:04 am
    Tourism is having high earning potential to India. Every Indian has to change the mindset regarding this.
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      MRC RAO
      May 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm
      Indeed it is a big boost to Indian economy. Hope we can achieve the best perfect 10th in 2022. आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री जी शुभकामनाएँ!
      1. A
        May 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm
        Sir, I have so much faith in you I'm just 22 year old girl and my first vote I have given to you only with so much of trust, faith and seeing honesty in you . But now I'm losing my hopes regarding you which I have earlier in my mind just because of seeing the situation of Kashmir mycousin he is also in army I have no contact with him from 3 months im so worried about him . it's not all I'm saying for my cousin only but for rest of the family who gave their son for serving the nation and saving people from terrorist attackboth. Sir, I request you to take immediate action against the Kashmir situation which are becoming worst and worst day by day . I hope this message will reach u and u read it.
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          Dr Parbati Prasad Chaliha
          May 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm
          The significant decision of HonPMis his application of mind to select a band of honest and capable,hard working cabinet he heads.More governance with th less government is yielding and will continue to yield dividend.
          1. संतोष कुमार सिंह
            May 20, 2017 at 9:58 pm
            पर्यटन से हम न केवल अपनी अर्थव्यवस्था को समृद्ध करते हैं अपितु संसार को अपने देश की विविधता, संस्कृति एवम सभ्यता से भी परिचय करते हैं ।साथ ही साथ विश्व की विविध भाषाओं एवम सभ्यताओं, संस्कृतियों से परिचित भी होते हैं और कुछ नया करने की प्रेरणा फेटे और प्राप्त करते हैं।आदरणीय एवम प्रिय मोदी जी देश की प्रत्येक तरह से सेवा करने एवं शक्तिशाली बनाने के लिए धन्यवाद।सादर प्रणाम।
            1. K
              May 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm
              So even after includng arrivals of non resident nationals we only have 1.2 share of total, while just for perspective, china occupies 4.5 . And there is no mention of international tourism reciepts. Rankings are good that they have improved but a lot has to be done still.
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                Tripuresh singh
                May 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm
                Tourism sector has the potential to provide employment to every section of society from small vendor to big hotelier. Connecting it with swachh Bharat mission and making historical and tourist places litter free would make India one of the best tourist destination in the world. Traditional arts and crafts can also get a huge boost from tourism industry.
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