Indian tourism is in for a boost with the first tribal circuit in Chhattisgarh launched
A major update on the travel front, the big news is that India is all set to own its first ever tribal circuit project that would help in maintaining a connection between 13 tourism sites in Chhattisgarh. K J Alphons who also happens to be the Minister of State for Tourism, inaugurated this project that was implemented under the Swadesh Darshan scheme which was launched in 2014-15 and played a major role in development of thematic circuits in India that too systematically.
This tribal circuit of Chhattisgarh connects the famous Maheshpur, Mainpat, Kamleshpur, Jashpur, Kurdar, Kunkuri, Gangrel, Tirthgarh, Kondagaon, Nathiya Sarodadadar, Jagdalpur, Chitrakoot, and Nawagaon. These places are renowned for their beauty and exuberance. Each of them exemplify the cultural heritage. The Tribals actually contribute to one-third of the total state population and have been working towards the holdings and conservations of their culture and traditions.
The inclusion of Chhattisgarh under the tribal circuit theme was with the objective to showcase the distinct types of tribes, the rich culture, traditions and heritage and also display the rich, vivid and dynamic natural assets that are a treasure to Chhattisgarh.
There are many features that are Inclusions to the tribal circuit project such as craft haats, eco log huts, open amphitheater, souvenir shops, workshop centers, tourist amenities centers, tribal interpretation centers, nature trails, solar illuminations, viewpoints etc. Also, there have been many facilities that form a major addition to make the experience a lot more refined and intriguing. All of this also contributes to the economy of India as it is helping to generate more jobs and provide more employment. Also, all of this gives a major boost to the development of tribes and also of tribal culture that also creates a lot many activities in order to develop and promote tourism in the tribal belt of Chhattisgarh.
For all of this, the Tourism Ministry did sanction four projects to Telangana, Nagaland, and Chhattisgarh of INR 381.37 crores under the tribal circuit theme of the Swadesh darshan scheme. Also, there have been 74 projects that cost Rs. 5997.47 crores have been sanctioned to 31 states and Union Territories. Also, the major part of the deal is that thirty of these projects/major components would be completed this year and there would be operations beginning this year that will help in boosting Indian Tourism and would help in promotion of Indian.
Tourist facilities in and Around Sarnath to be Developed Under Buddhist Circuit by the End of this Year: K J Alphons
Shri Alphons also outlined the overall growth trajectory of the Indian Tourism Industry, especially in the year 2017 where the Foreign Tourist Arrivals crossed the `10 million mark for the first time and with the inclusion of NRI’s, the international tourist arrival stood at 15.54 million.
THE MINISTER of State (I/C) for Tourism, KJ Alphons, held an interactive session with Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of various countries stationed in Delhi. The Ambassadors/representatives of fifteen countries including Austria, Argentina, Bhutan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Philippines, Brazil, Malaysia, Germany, Indonesia, Finland, Russia, New Zealand and Oman were present for the meeting. The meeting was held to promote bilateral tourism between India and these countries.
Addressing the participants, the Minister said that the Indian culture can contribute a lot to the world community and Indian culture and philosophy talks about bringing happiness and joy to all, and we want to promote and spread this message to the world. Shri Alphons also outlined the overall growth trajectory of the Indian Tourism Industry, especially in the year 2017 where the Foreign Tourist Arrivals crossed the `10 million mark for the first time and with the inclusion of NRI’s, the international tourist arrival stood at 15.54 million. The minister also presented various proactive steps taken by the government of India towards tourism infrastructure development, ease of travel, safety and security of the tourists and integrated global marketing campaign.
The participants highlighted the importance of improving connectivity to promote tourism and a few countries requested for direct flights of Air India connecting the capital cities of various countries to India. They also offered to give incentives to Bollywood producers/directors for shooting films at beautiful locations in their countries.
As part of the interaction, a presentation on the tourism trends, India’s strong outbound travel potential and few promotional videos were shared with the invitees by Joint Secretary, Tourism Ministry, Suman Billa. Secretary tourism, Rashmi Verma and senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism including the Chairman and Managing Director of ITDC, participated in this interaction.
The interaction with diplomatic representatives was held under the aegis of the Ambassador’s Forum under “Meet the leader” series.
Addressing media persons after the Ambassadors’ meet, Alphons said that the Ministry wants to promote India through the message of ‘Transformational Experience’ as highlighted in its recent promotional films like ‘Yogi of the Racetrack’ which has already had record-breaking 25 million views. These videos are being translated into 9 foreign languages, the Minister added. Giving more details, Alphons said that India is looking at China as an emerging market for foreign tourist arrivals and the Tourism Ministry has already set up its office in Beijing. The promotional videos are also being translated into Chinese, he explained. The Minister further explained that the government is working to tap the potential of Buddhist tourism. Tourist facilities at Sarnath are being upgraded tremendously along with road connectivity and wayside amenities and the same is likely to be completed by year-end, the Minister disclosed.
The Minister inaugurated a workshop on development, branding and promotion of Buddhist circuit and participated in the discussions on the development of Sarnath under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism. This workshop was conducted in partnership with the World Bank group. The representatives of the State governments of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Archaeological Survey of India,Varanasi Development Authority participated in the workshop.
The Ministry of Tourism has identified Buddhist Circuit as one of the thematic Circuits under its flagship “Swadesh Darshan” Scheme for development of infrastructure in various states in the country with the help of State Government/private stakeholders.