The three-day National Conference of State Tourism Minister adopted “Dharamshala Declaration” which affirms commitment toward developing “sustainable and responsible tourism” and positions India as a “global leader in the tourism sector by 2047”.
The National Tourism Conference 2022:
The Conference was organised by the Ministry of Tourism (at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh) to discuss issues related to development of tourism in the country.
The Conference holds significance in the current context of India’s G20 presidency (in 2023). G-20 will be used as a platform to showcase India’s tourism potential to the world.
Ambitious goals for tourism sector:
Recovery to the pre-pandemic level by 2024
$250 billion contribution to the GDP by 2030
world leader by 2047
A long-term revenue goal of $1 trillion by 2047
Important Initiatives to promote tourism
West Bengal: With Durga Puja getting a place on UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, Indian Government has made a provision for puja passes for foreign travellers, to give them quick access to the pandals, skipping long queues.
Jammu and Kashmir: promoting destinations beyond Srinagar and Gulmarg.
Incentives for films where more than 50 per cent shoot is done in the UT.
Opened up most of the areas for shoots, even going up till Rajouri, which is close to the Line of Control.
Bharat Gaurav Scheme
SWADESH Darshan Scheme
Dekho Apna Desh initiative
Tamil Nadu pitched itself as a destination for medical tourism, with the state getting 40 percent of all medical tourists coming to India.
The Centre announced that several visa reforms will be undertaken, while immigration will also be made more visitor-friendly.
The Ministry of Tourism has launched a number of initiatives and implemented a four-pronged development strategy that focuses on
Improving the connectivity - air, rail, and roads.
Enhancing the tourism infrastructure and dependent services.