Explore domestic tourist destinations first before considering international travel: Dhankhar to Indian tourists

NEW DELHI : Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday described India as “the paradise of tourism” and urged Indians to explore domestic tourist destinations first before turning to international travel.

Referring to Bharat’s long civilizational history and rich cultural heritage, he pointed out that most tourist spots in the country have a deep connection with our history, folk arts and ancient texts.

Addressing a rally after the presentation of the National Tourism Awards for the year 2018-19 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, Dhankhar called tourism a key driver for economic growth and job creation in the country. .

Referring to the multiple dimensions of tourism, the Vice President stressed the need to take full advantage of India’s immense potential in the field of medical tourism as well as the growing global interest in our ancient healing practices such as as Ayurveda and Yoga.

Appreciating the efforts of the government for the development of the tourism sector in the country, Dhankhar said that the development of tourism infrastructure has been accompanied by innovative initiatives such as Dekho Apna Desh and Utsav Portal.

Dhankhar praised the Ministries of Tourism and Culture for bringing to light the stories of many unsung freedom fighters as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

Noting the importance of the National Tourism Awards in motivating the travel and tourism sectors, the Vice President congratulated the winners for their hard work and excellence.

He also commended the Ministry of Tourism for celebrating the iconic Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav week starting today. On this occasion, the Vice President also released “India Tourism Statistics 2022” and launched an e-book Go Beyond: 75 Experiences of North India.

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