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The Ministry of Tourism in India is a branch of the Indian Government and an apex organization for administration and formulation of the laws, rules and regulations that relate to the promotion and development of tourism around India. The ITDC (India Tourism Development Corporation Limited) also a company under the ministry of Tourism which functions of the retail, education and hospitality industry. The ITDC got established in 1966 and owns more than 17 properties of the brand of Ashok Group, a chain of hotels spread throughout India.

About Ministry of Tourism

A nodal agency which is responsible for forming programs, national policies and at the same time co-ordinating various central government agency activities. There is a joint collaboration of the State Government, the UTs along with the private sectors to promote and develop tourism within India. There is an independent charge given to the Union Ministry of State under Tourism, which heads this ministry. The Ministry’s administrative head is the Secretary of Tourism, who also acts as the DG (Director General) of tourism. Both the offices of the Director General and the Secretary of Tourism are merged together, which provides directions on executive levels so that various programs and policies are implemented.

Field of Director General (Tourism)

20 offices in India

14 offices abroad

1 sub-ordinate project- IISM/GWSP

There are 20 offices in India and 14 outside the country that take care of the field projects of the Director General of Tourism in the Country. There is also a sub-ordinate project at the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) or Gulmarg Winter Sports Project (GWSP), which organizes the learning of various Ski and other courses that are conducted in the Jammu and Kashmir Valley. While the offices abroad are meant for promoting and marketing tourism information, their field offices within India help provide information as a service to the travelers. The Indian field offices also monitor the growth and development of these field projects. Recently, the IISM or GWSP activities have been reviewed and as a result there are different ski courses that are being conducted in the valley of Jammu and Kashmir.

Tourism and India

Indian tourism is a huge industry with a GDP of $121 billion generated from India, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council report generated in 2011. The tourism sector GDP has increased to about 229% within 1990 to 2011. Of the total number of employment opportunities, tourism alone provides some 7.9% of total employment, a total count of 39.3 million employees. Within the forthcoming decade, tourism sector in India is expected to grow some 7.7% annually. There is a predicted forecast of about 8.8% annual growth between the years 2011 and 2021. This increased expectation of the Indian Tourism industry comes from the World Travel and Tourism Council. India ranks fifth in the world’s fastest growing tourism industry with the medical tourism expecting a growth of 30% annually by 2015.

World Travel and Tourism Council’s data

$121 or 6.4% of India’s GDP generated

Tourism in India generates

39.3 million jobs or 7.9% of India’s total employment

GDP of tourism sector expanded between 1990 to 2011


World Travel and Tourism Council’s forecast in 2011 finds

8.8% growth between 2011 and 2021

Expected growth of medical tourism

Rs 9,500 crore or 30% annually by 2015 

Growth of Tourism in Eastern India

One could start from Kolkata (earlier known as Calcutta) and move up the hilly terrains of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland. Making Kolkata the Eastern base, one could even travel to Orissa and visit the best temples and architectural expanse around, or Bihar and visit the rich cultural heritage of the ancient universities which has produced academic stalwarts as well as world famous scriptures and subjects of study. The best natural beauty, lush green hills, cascading rivers and waterfalls, meandering roads covered with fog, snow capped mountains and hot and spicy food of the North Eastern states can all be enjoyed with the guided tourism plans by the Ministry of Tourism.

Tourism in Western India

There is a totally different and contrasting experiences you will gather from Western part of India. The Long expanse of the deserts, the vast blue oceans, lines of coconut and palm trees- a totally plain terrain, Western India consists of states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and union territories like Goa, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. While Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra is famous worldwide for being the financial capital of India, Goa is a favorite tourist destination worldwide for all kinds of water adventures and ancient architectural delights. Gujarat brings in the rich variety in ethnic culture and various natural sanctuaries which are much noticed by tourist from outside India especially. Rajasthan, a royal destination of palaces, camels and ancient culture still thriving is one of the main luxurious tourist destinations across India. Western India gives more of an urban experience with luxurious travel facilities and lavish food and lodging available.

Tourism in Northern India

One can start exploring Northern India from Delhi. The political capital of India, Delhi is a unique blend of old and new. The seven older cities that existed here, have left their mark with the old monuments which abound here in Delhi. Being the capital of the country, the facilities for stay, food and shopping are all provided maintaining international quality. A special exclusive mention the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world which is just 6 hour journey from Delhi and is located in Agra. North has the exquisite tourist attractions like Jammu and Kashmir, the heaven on earth, Himachal Pradesh, The hill capital which homes the world’s highest mountains, the Himalaya, Haryana, the fast growing industrial state along with its rich fields of different types of crops. Chandigarh, the place of the highly cultured and masterminds of India, the Sikhs and of old pilgrimage sites with ancient school of both Vedic Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, the heritage state of India, Uttar Pradesh. Then there are the two newly formed states of Chattisgarh and Uttarakhand which is the rich spiritual home of many rare scenic lanscapes.

Tourism in South India

South is totally a new expanse of the Indian subcontinent. Rich cultural heritage, a place where temples and other traditional beauties abound, South tourism can start from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. One could visit the different famous churches and different temples as well as the Marina beach. South has its very essence in the ever expanding seas and the Indian ocean where the states are situated near. South Indian food also has a special place in the world cuisine because of its unique fermented and sour tastes. The entire Southern belt is mainly preferred because of the temples that are still maintaining their ancient rituals and traditions. Although there are different states like Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep, the division of South India based on the states can rarely depict the exquisite picture the state holds. One remembers South with the famous pilgrimage spots and the ancient temple visiting experience more. Places like Rameswaram, Tirupathi, Kanchipuram, Madurai are just a few famous names of the never ending lot temple towns and cities that South holds. Then there is the very famous Kanya Kumari, where two seas and an ocean meet to produce a serene composure of peace, calmness and tranquility. Then, of course, South cannot be left away without the mention of Pondicherry and the Auroville, where the Indian’s and the French live together. Pondicherry is one of the cleanest towns of India and remain very aloof from the unnecessary blockages of human and wheeled traffic. The Lakshadweep Islands of course are the honeymoon place for all tourists who wish to experience everything about the marine life.

India and its rich cultural variations are so vast that it is really not possible to explain what it holds in short. But in all of these, the Ministry of Tourism is trying its very best to cater to all the towns and cities with its extraordinary facilities at reasonable price. As of now the success of the ministry has been quite monumental in the hospitality industry it is famous worldwide for.

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