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Tourism Infra Gets Fiscal Boost

New Delhi: Union Tourism Secretary Arvind Singh has said Rs.950 Crore will be spent for creation of Tourism Infrastructure at different destinations spread over different states.

He also said that Rs.670 Core will be spent on Tourism Promotional activities, while briefing Media here on 10 February.

Mr.Singh said that the outlay for Annual Budget 2021-22 of Ministry of Tourism is Rs. 2026.77 Crore as against the outlay (Rs. 1260.00 Crore) approved for the revised Budget Plan 2020-21.

Briefing Media about the various budgetary provisions benefitting the tourism sector Secretary Tourism, Mr.Singh said that the annual outlay in FY 2021-22 is 61% higher than the revised annual outlay in FY 2020-21.

Out of the proposed budget allocation of Rs 2026.77 crores, about Rs 950.00 crores would be used for creation of tourism infrastructure at different destinations spread over different States and about Rs. 670 crores would be spent on tourism promotional activities, the Secretary explained.

The remaining allocation would be used for funding other Schemes like Capacity Building for Service Providers, Champion Service Sector Scheme among others, the Secretary said.

Mr.Singh said we are confident that with emphasis on the infrastructure creation that we have seen in the budget, it will help to improve connectivity for Domestic and International travellers.

Union Secretary added that developing expressways will provide better connectivity to tourist sites along these routes and contribute to the growth and development of tourism sector in the country. Overall better road, air and train connectivity will benefit the tourism sector the tourism sector.

The Aesthetically designed Vista Dome LHB coach on tourist routes will also give a better travel experience to passengers. 

The Union Budget 2021-22 now takes this concept further as it provides for introduction of aesthetically designed Vista Dome LHB coach on tourist routes to give a better travel experience to passengers.

This initiative will go a long way to promote tourism to destinations where Vista Dome Coaches are introduced.

Mr.Singh emphasised that the vaccination drive will help to curb the spread of Corona Pandemic which will generate confidence among travellers and help revive domestic tourism, and also fast-track international tourism once the situation normalizes around the globe. In India, we are having one of the largest world’s largest vaccination drives.

Mr.Singh further explained that opening of Wellness Centres in urban as well as rural areas would give fillip to wellness tourism in the country and propagate the theme of AtmaNirbhar Bharat.

Union Secretary added that the change in MSME definition during Covid pandemic has also brought relief to travel and hospitality sector.