World Tourism Day: Here is what leaders are saying about the delights of visiting ‘Incredible India’

By: | Updated: September 27, 2016 11:24 AM

Today is World Tourism Day. Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27.

Ministry of Tourism also set up a Web-based Public Delivery System for recognition of Travel Trade Service Providers and for classification of hotels in order to ease the process of filing applications by Travel Trade Service Providers seeking recognition from the Ministry. (Pic: Sand art by Sudarshan Pattnaik)Ministry of Tourism also set up a Web-based Public Delivery System for recognition of Travel Trade Service Providers and for classification of hotels in order to ease the process of filing applications by Travel Trade Service Providers seeking recognition from the Ministry. (Pic: Sand art by Sudarshan Pattnaik)

Today is World Tourism Day. Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. When it comes to Indian tourism many steps have been taken by the Narendra Modi government to increase the tourist count. According to a report released by the government, “Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) during the period January- July, 2016 were 49.22 lakh with a growth of 10.0% over the same period in 2015. In January-July 2015, FTAs of 44.73 lakh were registered with a growth of 4.6% over the same period in January- July, 2014. Foreign tourist visits (FTVs) to the States/UTs was 23.3 million in 2015, as compared to 22.3 million in 2014, registering a growth of 4.4% over 2014.”

Ministry of Tourism also set up a Web-based Public Delivery System for recognition of Travel Trade Service Providers and for classification of hotels in order to ease the process of filing applications by Travel Trade Service Providers seeking recognition from the Ministry. This is also to bring in transparency in granting the approvals. This online process has also been integrated with payment gateway with effect from January 2016.

Some of the success stories of the Ministry of Tourism are:

  •  Launching of e-Tourist visa
  • Mobile application of tourists
  • Incredible India tourist helpline
  • Revamping of Hunar se Rozgar tak
  • Tie-up with Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Foundation stone laying of Indian Culinary Institute at Tirupati and its northern India chapter at Noida
  • The PSU of the Ministry, India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), pays huge dividends to the Ministry.

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Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism Mahesh Sharma tweeted “Tourism for One & Tourism for All. On this #WorldTourismDay,Let’s do our bit and help in making Accessible Tourism a reality.” Many ministers like Vasundhara Raje, Harish Rawat, Ashok Gehlot etc also took on Twitter to post about the same:

Sand Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik also made a sand art with message “Keep It Clean Happy #WorldTourismDay ” at Malvan beach in Sindhudurg , Maharashtra.

To boost tourism, IRCTC is also providing train packages. IRCTC has created a budget-friendly package for Indian Railways Bharat Darshan Tourist Trains, with all-inclusive services on a dedicated tourist train, for domestic travellers who want to explore some of the country’s most popular religious destinations.

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