DELHI: Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Incredible India’ stand at the India International Trade Fair 2016, Pragati Maidan was inaugurated by Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi at New Delhi today. The Tourism ministry is participating at the IITF after a long gap. The attractions for its stands are two ‘selfie points’ with Taj Mahal and the Valley of Flowers as background. Be sure to click a picture if you visit.
The Incredible India stand located at Hall No. 18 (Stand No.25) aims to nurture the tourism potential of less frequented destinations which are located closer to the popular destinations for attracting domestic visitors said a press release. Inaugurating the stand the Zutshi said “The stand has been designed with an idea of promoting “lesser Known destinations”.
Domestic tourism continues to be an important contributor to the tourism sector providing much needed resilience. There has been a continuous increase in domestic tourist visits, with a CAGR of domestic tourist visits to all States/UTs from 1991 to 2015 being 13.63%. In 2015, it grew by 11.63% to reach 1431.97 million visits.
There is encouraging sign for inbound tourism too. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during the period January- September, 2016 stood at 6.2 million with a growth of 10.5% as compared to FTAs of 5.6 million between January-September, 2015.
Musafir Namah Bureau