The Centre has invested $400 million in the last 18 months to develop tourism infrastructure in the country, Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma has said.
According to an official statement, the Union ministry of tourism participated as official premier partner at WTM London 2016. At this year’s World Travel Market, Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the World Travel Market along with Simon Press, executive director, WTM London and Union tourism secretary Vinod Zutshi.
The inaugural of the World Travel Market London was followed by the inauguration of the Incredible India Pavilion, which represents the theme of India – The Land of Eternal Heritage. At the inaugural of the pavilion, classical dance performances were held followed by yoga demonstrations. The minister launched a website for an Incredible India Global Tourism Mart which will be held in New Delhi in February.
Sharma highlighted the variety of experiences, including Unesco heritage sites, luxury travel, ecotourism, medical tourism, religious travel, undiscovered regions such as Northeast India and wildlife.
He said the government was expanding its e-Visa scheme to make it easier for overseas visitors to travel to India, and is tackling issues of safety and cleanliness