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India sets goal: world leader in tourism by 2047

Published: 30th 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.

Important Schemes

  • 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.

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