At a macro level, India’s jump in the international tourist arrivals category is due to the pro-active steps taken by the Government of India. This is mainly to develop the tourism infrastructure and ease entry formalities for tourists by introducing the e-visa facilities etc.
- Integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits with high tourist value, competitiveness, and sustainability via Swadesh Darshan scheme. Under the scheme, 77 projects worth INR 6035.70 cr have been sanctioned by the Tourism Ministry.
- Under the Iconic Tourist Sites Development Project, the Ministry of Tourism has identified 17 iconic sites in the country for holistic development with respect to tourism.
- The Ministry of Tourism has launched the ‘Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’ project, a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, Archaeological Survey of India, and State/ UTs Government for developing tourism amenities at heritage/ natural/ tourist sites across India for making them tourist friendly. So far, 26 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) have been awarded to 12 Monument Mitras for twenty-four sites and two Technological interventions across India under the project.
- National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) The scheme aims to develop basic infrastructure to support tourism and improve convenience. Under the scheme, 51 religious’ sites in 25 States have been identified for development and 28 projects worth INR 840.02 cr have been sanctioned by the Tourism Ministry.