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India's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index ranking has improved since 2013

India's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index ranking has improved since 2013

Improvement in India's ranking in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index is an encouragement for the tourism sector in the country. The rankings are as follows:

In the year 2013 India's rank was 65. In 2015 the rank was 52. In 2017 the rank was 40. In 2019 the rank was 34.

Key Points:

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has taken several steps for the creation of tourism infrastructure in the country to attract more tourists, which inter-alia include:

i. Launch of two flagship schemes: Swadesh Darshan - Integrated Development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits and PRASHAD- Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive. The projects under these schemes are identified for development in consultation with the State Governments/UT Administrations. They are sanctioned subject to availability of funds, submission of suitably detailed project reports, adherence to scheme guidelines and utilisation of funds released earlier.

ii. Under the Budget Announcements of the year 2018-19, this Ministry has identified 17 sites in 12 clusters in the country for development as Iconic Tourist Sites. 

iii. The Adopt A Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan, a collaborative effort by Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), State/UTs Governments, envisages developing heritage sites and making them tourist-friendly, to enhance tourism potential and cultural importance in a planned and phased manner.

iv. Ministry provides Assistance to Central Agencies for the development of tourism-related infrastructure in the country.

 

Further, Ministry of Tourism regularly coordinates with Ministry of Home Affairs and as a result Ministry of Home Affairs has relaxed the Protected Area Permit (PAP)/Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for a period of 5 Years, i.e. till 31.12.2022 in the states of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland and for 29 Islands of Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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