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Emphasis on infrastructure will help to boost tourism sector: Arvind Singh

The outlay for Annual Budget 2021-22 of Ministry of Tourism is Rs. 2026.77 crore as against the outlay of Rs. 1260.00 crore approved for the revised Budget Plan 2020-21. The annual outlay in FY 2021-22 is 61 per cent 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, Arvind Singh, Union Tourism Secretary, said in a media briefing.

The Secretary said that the emphasis on the infrastructure creation will help to improve connectivity for travellers. He 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 aesthetically designed vista dome LHB coach on tourist routes will also 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.

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, he added.

He 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.

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