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Tourism industry to get fresh impetus on ‘good governance’ day: Sharma

In a move that may revive the tourism industry in the country, the concerned ministry is going to relaunch tourism with a new face on ‘good governance’ day. While announcing the new moves, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism Mahesh Sharma on Tuesday said, “The present government will launch Indian tourism in new avatar on the occasion of ‘good governance day’ on December 25, which is the birthdays of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malviya.”

While spelling out the plans ministry to motivate tourist, the union minister said, “We will defeat terrorism with the promotion of tourism,” adding that the ministry has identified three areas --- cleanliness, hospitality and safety -- where it wants to focus to boost tourism in the country.

“We are working on certain procedures…we propose that on Good Governance Day, the tourism ministry will come forward with some new measures. The flow of international tourists in India is very low in comparison to some small countries such as Singapore, etc,” Sharma said during a free-wheeling interactive session with reporters on Tuesday.

India’s share of international tourist arrivals was 0.64 per cent and it ranked 42nd in world tourist arrivals and 16th in world tourism receipts, according to government data for 2013.

The Ministry of Tourism has also put forward a proposal with the Railway Ministry to add a tourist coach in trains to in most-visited destinations for domestic tourists. “We will have complete information of any passenger who books a ticket for this coach. The ticket for this may be 5-10 per cent costlier than the regular coach fare. We are also looking at the possibility of a surveillance camera in the tourist coach,” Sharma added.
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