India to promote tourism
The Working Group on Tourism for 12th Five Year Plan, set up by the Planning Commission, has recommended various strategies for promotion of tourism Industry to increase India's share of International Tourist arrivals to at least 1pc by end of 12th Plan from the level of 0.64pc in 2011 and to provide adequate facilities for domestic tourism sustain the growth of over 12pc during 12th Plan.
This information was given by Minister of State for Tourism (IC) K. Chiranjeevi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
"The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) provides Central Financial Assistance to States/UTs for tourism projects, including those relating to tourist spots, which are prioritized every year based on discussions with them, subject to availability of funds, inter-se priority and adherence to the scheme guidelines," Chiranjeevi said.
MOT also provides funds for the improvement of road connectivity leading to the tourist sites, especially from the National Highways/State highways and other entry points under its Plan Scheme of Product/Infrastructure Development for Destinations and Circuits, he said.
"Identification of tourism projects in the country are primarily the responsibility of the State Governments/Union Territory (UT) Administrations," he said.