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History of the Indian Tourism


Tourism industry in India is on a great boom at the moment India has become a major
global tourist destination and Indian tourism industry is exploiting this potential to the
hilt. Travel and tourism industry is the second highest foreign exchange earner for
India, and the government has given travel & tourism organizations export house
status.

The Indian tourism industry can be attributed to several factors.

Firstly, the tremendous growth of Indian economy has resulted in more disposable
income in the hands of middle class, thereby prompting increasingly large number of
people to spend money on vacations abroad or at home.

Secondly, India is a booming IT hub and more and more people are coming to India
on business trips.

Thirdly, aggressive advertising campaign "Incredible India" by Tourism Ministry has


played a major role in changing the image of India from that of the land of snake
charmers to a hot and happening place and has sparked renewed interest among
foreign travelers.

Travel & tourism industry's contribution to Indian industry is immense. Tourism is


one of the main foreign exchange earners and contributes to the economy indirectly
through its linkages with other sectors like horticulture, agriculture, poultry,
handicrafts and construction. Tourism industry also provides employment to millions
of people in India both directly and indirectly through its linkage with other sectors of
the economy. According to an estimate total direct employment in the tourism sector
is around 20 million.

Travel & tourism industry in India is marked by considerable government presence.


Each state has a tourism corporation, which runs a chain of hotels/ guest houses and
operates package tours, while the central government runs the India Tourism
Development Corporation.

The policy is built around the 7-S Mantra

Swaagat (welcome),
Soochanaa (information),
Suvidhaa (facilitation),
Surakshaa (security),
Sahyog (cooperation),
Sanrachnaa (infrastructure)
Safaai (cleanliness).

Some of the salient features of the Tourism Policy are:


The policy proposes the inclusion of tourism in the concurrent list of the
Constitution to enable both the central and state governments to participate in
the development of the sector.

No approval required for foreign equity of up to 51 per cent in tourism


projects. NRI investment up to 100% allowed.

Automatic approval for Technology agreements in the hotel industry, subject


to the fulfillment of certain specified parameters.

Concession rates on customs duty of 25% for goods that are required for initial
setting up, or for substantial expansion of hotels.

50% of profits derived by hotels, travel agents and tour operators in foreign
exchange are exempt

from income tax. The remaining profits are also exempt if reinvested in a
tourism related project.

Types of Tourism

All types of tourism in India have registered phenomenal growth in the last decade
ever since the Indian government decided to boost revenues from the tourism sector
by projecting India as the ultimate tourist spot.

The reason why India has been doing well in all types of tourism in India

India has always been known for its hospitality, uniqueness, and charm attributes
that have been attracting foreign travelers to India in hordes

The different types of tourism in India:

Heritage Tourism

India has always been famous for its rich heritage and ancient culture. Indias glorious
past and cultural diversity make a potent blend which attracts millions of tourists each
year to its heritage tourist attractions

India's rich heritage is amply reflected in the various temples, palaces, monuments,
and forts that can be found everywhere in the country

The most popular heritage tourism destinations in India are:

Taj Mahal in Agra


Mandawa castle in Rajasthan
Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu
Madurai in Tamil Nadu
Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh
Delhi, the Indian capital
Ecotourism

Ecotourism entails traveling to places that are renowned for their natural beauty and
social culture, while making sure not to damage the ecological balance.

Eco-tourists have been thronging India in large numbers for it has a rich source of
flora and fauna. A great number of endangered and rare species are also to be found in
the various national parks in India.

The major national parks in India for ecotourism are:

Corbett National Park in Uttar Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh

Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh

Gir National Park and Sanctuary in Gujarat

Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan

Adventure Tourism

Adventure tourism is recently growing in India. tourists prefer to go for trekking to


places like Ladakh, Sikkim and Himalaya. Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and
Kashmir are popular for the skiing facilities they offer. Whitewater rafting is also
catching on in India and tourists flock to places such as Uttranchal, Assam, and
Arunachal Pradesh for this adrenalin-packed activity.

Wildlife Tourism

India has a rich forest cover which has some beautiful and exotic species of wildlife,
The places where a foreign tourist can go for wildlife tourism in India are the Sariska
Wildlife Sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, and Corbett National Park.

Pilgrimage Tourism

India is probably the ultimate destination of all kinds of pilgrims following any faith
around the world. he great religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam,
Christianity and Sikhism are the integral part of Indian culture and heritage whose
values and faiths are mingled with the air, soil and the sky of India

Famous Pilgrimage & places in India

. Ajmer
. Pushkar

. Haridwar

. Amarnath

. Badrinath

. Gangotri

. Kedarnath

. Yamunotri

. Chardham Yatra

. Rishikesh

. Manikaran

. Paonta Sahib

. Rewalsar

. Omkareshwar

. Ajmer Sharief

. Rameswaram

. Mathura Vrindavan

. Puri

. Guruvayur

. Shirdi Saibaba

. Amarnath Cave

. Vaishno Devi

. Jagannath Temple

. Konark Sun Temple

. Tirupati Temple

Pilgrimage Places
. Himachal Pradesh

. Rajasthan

. Uttranchal

. Kerala

. Maharashtra

. Tamil Nadu

. Jammu And Kashmir

. Madhya Pradesh

. Madhya Pradesh

. Karnataka

. Andhra Pradesh

. Temples

. Mosques

Last five year history of Indian Tourism Industry

Jan 8, 2011 - With the travel industry going great guns, religious sojourns seem to be
the latest flavour and according to tour operators like Thomas Cook, Coxs & Kings,
Sita (Kuoni) India, this season has witnessed a number of inquires for specific
religious tours from overseas traveler, foreign tourists spent around US$ 15.4 billion
during their trips to India. Being a country with tremendous diversity, India has a lot
to offer in terms of tourism and related activities.

Jan 10, 2012 - The tsunami tragedy, which has destroy the tourism activity of
countries like Sri Lanka and Maldives, will not lead to a crisis for Indian tourism,
according to the industry. Subhash Goyal, president, Indian Association of Tour
Operators

Jun 28, 2013 - A 2-day meet on Overseas Marketing of Indian tourism will begin
tomorrow at New Delhi under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism. Apart from Heads of
Overseas offices of India Tourism, various stakeholders in travel industry will
participate in the 2-day Meet and will have a review of Tourism

Feb 2, 2014 - "These numbers also include the non-resident Indians that make more
than one trip to India every year. That should not be counted as growth in tourism. We
are way behind other countries. A small place like Macao registered 21.99 million
tourist arrivals in 2006,"
Nov 10, 2015 - Global tourism industry has witnessed a notable shift towards
emerging markets including India, India was featured in six segments such as--
authenticity, history, art and culture, value for money, most impressive last year.

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