India sets goal: world leader in tourism by 2047
Polity & Governance
29th Sep, 2022
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
- PRASHAD Scheme
- Buddhist Enclave
- 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.
- Streamlining branding and promotion.
- Showcasing the culture and heritage.