DestinationsNarendra Modi says rise in domestic tourism will increase international footfalls

Indian PM urges citizens to visit 15 domestic destinations by 2022

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The Taj Mahal is named as one of ‘10 iconic sites’ that will be transformed into world-class destinations
The Taj Mahal is named as one of ‘10 iconic sites’ that will be transformed into world-class destinations Photo Credit: Pixabay
“I know people travel abroad for holidays but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022,” the India Prime Minister said. “There might not be very good hotels, but once we start visiting these places, these destinations will improve.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called on his citizens to visit 15 tourist destinations within the country by 2022 to boost the domestic tourism sector.

In his national address on India’s 73rd Independence Day, PM Modi said India has much to offer as a tourist destination and, if domestic tourism rises, international footfalls will also increase.

More than 20 million Indian tourists travel abroad for holidays every year.

“I know people travel abroad for holidays but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022,” the India Prime Minister said. “There might not be very good hotels, but once we start visiting these places, these destinations will improve.

“We must all think how to bring the world to India. We need to strengthen our tourist destinations.”

His statement came after his government’s announcement that 10 “iconic sites”, including Ajanta Caves, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Kaziranga, will be transformed into world-class destinations.

Data on the Tourism Ministry’s website showed that foreign tourist arrivals for the period January-June 2019 were 5,266,898, a 2.2% growth from the same period in 2018.

Foreign tourist arrivals for the month of June 2019 were 721,015, up 5.4% as compared to the same period in 2018.


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