January 25th is celebrated as National Tourism Day in India but not many of us knew about the day. The day was marked by the Indian government to create awareness and the importance of travel and tourism for India’s economy.
India has various tourism opportunities, within the fields of heritage, culture, education, nature, sports, rural, etc. Ministry of Tourism is that the apex body that manages various policies, rules, regulations, and formulation of laws for the general development and promotion of tourism in India.
India also engages in commemorating UN World Tourism Day and even hosted an occasion in 2008 with the theme “Tourism Responding to the Challenge of global climate change and Global Warming”.
The Ministry of Tourism on this occasion has started a unique initiative and invite people to take a pledge to visit at least 15 destinations by 2022.
Come let’s be a part of our Prime Minister’s vision of ‘#DekhoApnaDesh’ & take a pledge to visit at least 15 destinations by 2022 and dive deeper into India’s art, culture, history & heritage. Ministry of Tourism Twitted.
Come let’s be a part of our Prime Minister’s vision of ‘#DekhoApnaDesh‘ & take a pledge to visit at least 15 destinations by 2022 and dive deeper into India’s art,culture,history & heritage.— Ministry of Tourism (@tourismgoi) January 24, 2020
Take a pledge : https://t.co/S6P8fxfome#EkBharatShreshthaBharat #IncredibleIndia (2/2) pic.twitter.com/MQvmM6cLCf
We at travelobiz has also taken the pledge to visit at least 15 destinations by 2022, we request all the travelers and travel agents to be a part of this imitative.
National Tourism Day History
After India’s Independence, in 1948, For the first time, the Tourist Traffic Committee was formed to promote tourism & travel in India. Delhi and Mumbai were selected to established Its first regional offices which are followed by two other offices in Kolkata and Chennai in 1951.
However, in 1958, a department for tourism was created under the govt for the first time which came under the Ministry of Transport and Communication which was headed by the Deputy General in the rank of Joint Secretary.
Tourism in India Important Facts
The tourism industry generated 247.3 billion dollars in 2018, contributing to 9.2 percent of the country’s GDP, according to a FICCI-YES Bank report of 2019.
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, tourism supported 39.5 million jobs or 7.7 percent of its total employment. Every year, the country is visited by millions of foreign tourists.
Visa Policies in India
To visit India, a non-resident who holds a legitimate passport can consult their local Indian embassy. Application for a visa also can be made via mail, visiting face to face or by consulting an agent. Earlier, India had released an inventory of 40 countries who can apply for an e-tourist visa.
An e-tourist visa gives the accessibility to travel on a visa-on-arrival status for various tourists and business visitors in 16 specified international airports.
International Tourism day
Since 1980, September 27 is widely known as World Tourism day. The United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27.
This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted.
Also Read, Ministry of Tourism: Year End Review 2019