India has bagged 34th position Travel & Tourism competitiveness Index
As per the latest Travel & Tourism competitiveness Index India bagged 34th position in the index. India’s Travel and Tourism competitiveness Index ranking since 2013 has improved. The ranking however in year 2015 and year 2017 was 54 and 40 respectively.
The Government has taken many initiatives for creation of tourism infrastructure in the country to attract more tourists such as launch of two flagship schemes: Swadesh Darshan – Integrated Development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits and PRASHAD- Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive. Ministry of Tourism regularly coordinates with Ministry of Home Affairs and as a result Ministry of Home Affairs has relaxed the Protected Area Permit (PAP)/Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for a period of 5 Years i.e. till 31.12.2022 in the states of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland and for 29 Islands of Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In this year Budget announcements of 2018-19, Tourist department has identified 17 sites in 12 clusters in the country for development as Iconic Tourist Sites.