India welcomed 8 lakh foreign tourists in January: PM Modi

 Monday, March 6, 2023 


Around 8 lakh foreign tourists have come to India in January this year compared to only 2 lakhs in January last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said throwing the spotlight on the increasing number of foreign tourists in India. He made the statement while addressing a Post Budget Webinar on the subject of ‘Developing Tourism in Mission Mode’ on March 3.

It is the seventh of a series of 12 post-budget webinars organized by the government to seek ideas and suggestions for effectively implementing the initiatives announced in the Union Budget 2023.

He expressed confidence that this webinar will seriously consider every aspect related to tourism and come up with better solutions.

“Tourism has the same potential in the country as agriculture, real estate development, infrastructure and textile”, the Prime Minister said.

He further informed that foreign tourists who come to India spend an average of $1700, while international travelers spend an average of $2500 in America and around $5000 in Australia. But as India has a lot to offer to high-spending tourists, he urged the states to change its tourism policy to align with this thought. He gave the example of bird watchers who camp in the country for months and underlined that policies should be made to target such potential tourists.

The Prime Minister also underlined the need to profile such tourists and create a special strategy to attract them to the country who have the maximum spending capacity.

Highlighting the basic challenge of the tourism sector, the Prime Minister pointed out the lack of professional tourist guides here and stressed the need for certificate courses in local colleges for guides. He suggested that guides working in a particular tourist destination should also have a specific dress or uniform so that tourists will come to know at first glance.

The Prime Minister also stressed promoting school and college trips to the northeast so that more people become aware and start developing infrastructure and facilities for tourists.

He also emphasized promoting wedding destinations as well as sports destinations. The Prime Minister insisted on developing 50 such tourist destinations that every tourist from around the globe is bound to visit on his trip to India.

He also mentioned developing apps for tourist destinations in all languages listed in the United Nations.

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