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Developed tourism infrastructure to augment night tourism
 
Various initiatives undertaken under different schemesDeveloped tourism infrastructure to augment night tourism

The Ministry of Tourism is promoting the diverse tourist attractions of the country which includes the large gamut of experiences available in the evening, viz. evening cruises, illumination of monuments, sound and light shows, evening arti, night bazaars, fairs, etc. The ministry under its schemes of Swadesh Darshan-Integrated development of theme based tourist circuits and PRASHAD-National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, heritage augmentation drive is providing central financial assistance to the state governments/UT administrations and central agencies for development of tourism infrastructure in the country.

Post sunset tourism to be promoted at various destinationsDeveloped tourism infrastructure to augment night tourism


The components under which funding is provided include, inter-alia, illumination of monuments, illumination of heritage streets, SEL (Sound and Light) shows and laser shows, street lighting, high mast lights, amphitheaters, tourist villages which would help in promoting tourism to these destinations after sunset as well. A sum of Rs.5638.87 crore has been sanctioned for a total of 67 projects so far under various thematic circuits of the Swadesh Darshan scheme. Among this maximum amount of Rs. 895.98 crores has been sanctioned for 11 projects in coastal circuit. But on an average amount per project basis Rs. 202.76 crore has been sanctioned for 2 projects in Ramayana circuit.

Targets to increase India’s share of FTAs to 1% in world by 2020Developed tourism infrastructure to augment night tourism


The share of India’s Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in world’s International Tourist Arrivals during 2016 was 0.71%, whereas the share of India’s International Tourist Arrivals (which includes Foreign Tourist Arrivals and arrival of Non Resident Nationals) in world’s International Tourist Arrivals during 2016 was 1.18%. Government has targeted to increase India’s share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in world’s International tourist arrivals to 1% by 2020 and increase to 2% by 2025. Ministry of Tourism has two flagship schemes viz. Swadesh Darshan - Integrated Development of Theme Based Tourist Circuits, and PRASHAD - Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive for creation of tourism infrastructure and thereby generating pro-tourism culture in the people. Ministry has launched Social Awareness Media Campaigns with the objective of sensitising stakeholders in the tourism industry as well as the general public about the importance of good conduct and behaviour towards tourists and to reinforce the spirit of ‘Atithi devo Bhava’. 

 
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