New Delhi, Jan 4 (GCCurrentAffairs) The year 2019 saw the Tourism Ministry making policies and programmes for the development of tourism, boosting economy, foreign exchange earnings and providing large number of jobs at every level.
In 2019, the Ministry took several steps like reducing E–visa fees, reducing GST rates on hotel room booking, opening 120 new peaks for mountaineering among others. Several steps were taken under Swadesh Darshan, PRASHAD Scheme and various other events of Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat were some of the important highlights for the ministry in the year gone by.
India’s rank in Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) of World Economic Forum has moved to rank 34 in 2019 from 65 in 2013.
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) during the period January- November 2019 were 96,69,633 as compared to 93,66,478 in January- November 2018 registering a growth of 3.2 per cent.
During January- November 2019, a total of 25,51,211 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 20,61,511 during January-November 2018, registering a growth of 23.8 per cent.
Foreign Exchange Earnings during the period January to November 2019 were Rs 1,88,364 Crore as compared to Rs 1,75,407 Crore in January- November 2018 registering a growth of 7.4 per cent.
Development of thematic circuits is being undertaken under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme. A total number of 77 projects for an amount of Rs 6035.70 Crore have been sanctioned till date under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.