The Narendra Modi government intends to double the number of foreign tourists by next year from the present 7.2 million, union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said and assured that total cleanliness will be ensured in the most visited tourist monuments in the next three months.
In an exclusive interview with IANS, Sharma talked about a slew of initiatives planned by his ministry to realise the country’s untapped tourism potential, including tourist police, cleanliness and safety.
Sharma said India’s share in foreign tourist arrivals was far less compared to other Asian countries like China and Thailand.
“Our total inflow of international tourists is about 72 lakh. (7.2 million). We want to double it by next year. We are lagging behind, considering the fact that India has vast natural resources and (places of) beauty. So there is a lot of potential,” Sharma told IANS.