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MP, Maha beat Gujarat in tourism growth

AHMEDABAD

Despite all the hype around Gujarat tourism and its famous campaign with Amitabh Bachchan, figures tell a different story. When the tourist inflow growth in Gujarat is compared with that of its neighbouring states, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh seem to have done far better.

According to the latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for the year ended March, 31, 2014, when comparing growth rates of tourist inflow with the all-India level, Gujarat manages to do only marginally better, reports Business Standard.

Growth of tourist footfall as on 2013 over 2009 at the all-India level is 70.55 per cent, while that of Gujarat is 72.5 per cent. What’s more, the CAG report also highlights that In comparison, neighbouring states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have actually fared much better. Tourist footfall in Maharashtra in 2013 was up by 162.5 per cent over 2009, and that of Madhya Pradesh was up 172.1 per cent.

From 16 million tourists in 2009, Gujarat witnessed a steady growth in tourist inflow touching 19 million (in 2010), 21.2 million (2011), 24.6 million (2012) and 27.6 million (2013), according to data compiled by the Ministry of Tourism, government of India. A senior official in the state tourism department said that the state government is keen to promote tourism here and has been taking several steps to ensure that the industry flourishes. “We have been workin on strengthening the existing tourist attractions, besides promoting and developing newer ones. We are also trying to create new attractions like focussing on cultural fairs etc,” he said adding that once the ambitious Statue of Unity project comes through it would be a major boost for tourism industry in the state.

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